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Topic # 150323 18-Jul-2014 16:32
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So looking to upgrade my S3, and not just going for S4 or S5 , what are the better Android phones out there.
I do like a large screen and a good camera, the rest is open.

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  Reply # 1091550 18-Jul-2014 16:46
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Sony Z2
Dont touch a S4/S5..

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  Reply # 1091552 18-Jul-2014 16:48
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wow just wondering that myself, wife wants an upgrade

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1091553 18-Jul-2014 16:49
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I have been an HTC fan for a long time. However the M8 camera may not be good enough if that is a key factor for you.
Luckily these days, the best phones available in NZ are very close to the best available in the world. Gone are the days when the only way to get a decent one was to parallel import. I like to be able to physically hold and use a handset to see how it feels and whether it will fit in my pocket. 5 inch screens with a super slim bezel is about the limit for me. Bigger than that and you may as well carry a tablet in a satchel.
Try an S5, an M8, a G3, a Z2. And watch some reviews of them, particularly the way they are skinned.
None of these for are perfect, but I also believe you can't go too far wrong with them either.




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  Reply # 1091559 18-Jul-2014 16:50
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depends on your budget but the LG G2 is under $500 now, and that's a great phone for the price.

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  Reply # 1091560 18-Jul-2014 16:53
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Sorry Bernard for jumping on this thread

How does a Google Nexus 5 stack up to those mentioned above?

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  Reply # 1091562 18-Jul-2014 16:54
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Maybe give it a few months until LTE is up and running?

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  Reply # 1091564 18-Jul-2014 16:58
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My picks would be:

 

Nexus 5
HTC M8
LG G2 (Which the Nexus 5 is loosely based off)




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  Reply # 1091596 18-Jul-2014 17:19
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Dingbatt: I have been an HTC fan for a long time. However the M8 camera may not be good enough if that is a key factor for you.
Luckily these days, the best phones available in NZ are very close to the best available in the world. Gone are the days when the only way to get a decent one was to parallel import. I like to be able to physically hold and use a handset to see how it feels and whether it will fit in my pocket. 5 inch screens with a super slim bezel is about the limit for me. Bigger than that and you may as well carry a tablet in a satchel.
Try an S5, an M8, a G3, a Z2. And watch some reviews of them, particularly the way they are skinned.
None of these for are perfect, but I also believe you can't go too far wrong with them either.



Just wondering, what you mean by Skinned ?

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  Reply # 1091605 18-Jul-2014 17:32
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highly subjective topic so always best to go and have a look at some and get the feel for them and then ask about the ins and outs of the ones you like.

The top of the range all have good and bad points so it usually, for  some, gets down to the look and feel or what you are used to.

I'm a Samsung 'fanboy' mainly for the following reasons

 

  • used to the layout and Touchwiz interface.
  • I like the physical button at bottom of scree mores so than on screen as it uses up useable screen
  • Extrnal SD storage, yep know I can save to cloud or get 64gb versions but I like having the choice.
  • Changeable battery for convenience of never getting caught short especially when cycling and using gps functions the batteries will drain quickly
  • The S5 camera is very good compared to the S4 and after having used AOSP I really like the Samsung camera software. The previous Galaxy models weren't good in low light now the S5 is better.
  • Previous Galaxy models weren't good in sunlight the S5 is way better.
  • I use custom Roms so , so called, bloatware isn't an issue to me.
  • I like the plastic casing after seeing what happened to my S4 after being dropped on concrete apart from some dents it was/is fine and its very light.
as I said its subjective and I'm sure others will have similar justifications for what they buy so what fits one doesn't another but the choices available are all good.




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  Reply # 1091611 18-Jul-2014 17:43
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I would say the HTC One(m8) or the Sony Z2




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  Reply # 1091699 18-Jul-2014 19:53
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By skinned, I mean the coating that oems put on top of vanilla android. Examples are Sense on HTC phones and Touchwiz on Samsung. Some is good and adds to the useability of the phone, some is just bloat.
Personal preference as a lot of the goodies can be achieved with third party launchers, widgets and apps.




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  Reply # 1091712 18-Jul-2014 20:06
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have not tried many - but i am very happy with my s5

that said i did come from an s2...

and why the hate on the s5 from some people?

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  Reply # 1091716 18-Jul-2014 20:08
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Well I have owned the S5 and M8, the S5 wins for me as the s4 did over the m7. I have had the Sony in my possesion for a week and couldn't "gel" with it. It's an ok device, but didn't give me that wow feeling. 

My vote with 50 smartphones ownership experience is the S5

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  Reply # 1091738 18-Jul-2014 20:28
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LG G3 or Nexus 5

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  Reply # 1091860 18-Jul-2014 23:46
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If you like large screen, comfortable with TouchWiz, want a good camera, consider the galaxy note series. The note 3 is still impressive hardware for its age. If you're not in a hurry the note 4 shouldn't be far away.

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