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#150999 10-Aug-2014 20:04
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I'm planning on getting my partner a new phone for her birthday. I'm looking to spend up to $400 - what is the best android phone available in this price range?

Thanks for your help!

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  #1106021 10-Aug-2014 20:07
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nexus 5.......  tis the best for that price.

can be had for 400 on price spy.

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Master Geek

  #1106022 10-Aug-2014 20:10
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+1 on the Nexus. S3 is also a good phone, with lots of the newer connectivity features (eg. NFC, Miracast). 


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Ultimate Geek

  #1106027 10-Aug-2014 20:14
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Hey man, best for what? Like overall? 
The Samsung  Galaxy s3 is $389 at Dick Smith. 
Quad core, 4.8" HD screen and a decent camera. 

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  #1106030 10-Aug-2014 20:20
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Galaxy S4 mini and HTC One mini also come in right around that price. Otherwise, the Moto G is a winner and gives you a decent chunk of change from your $400.

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  #1106051 10-Aug-2014 21:00
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The new BenQ ?

Involuntary autocorrect in operation on mobile device. Apologies in advance.

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  #1106053 10-Aug-2014 21:03
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Moto G is worth considering, think it's cheaper than most of those mentioned but not as good looking.

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  #1106060 10-Aug-2014 21:17
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Nexus 5, or Sony Z Ultra if a bigger phone is in order (seen it for $379ish new a couple of times now). Z1 Compact getting down into that kind of price range also.

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  #1106061 10-Aug-2014 21:29
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Asus Zenfone 5 is worth considering. Great phone for under $300.

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  #1106068 10-Aug-2014 21:32
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If being thing and well built is what you're after, try the Huawei P6. 

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  #1106155 11-Aug-2014 07:23
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Moto G. Excellent build quality, fast, very little bloatware.

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  #1106160 11-Aug-2014 08:12
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I'd stay away from the s3 at this point in time. Samsung have stopped updates for it, so it's is going to be stuck on an older version of android (unless your boyfriend roots which is a different story). With the big new android update coming up soon, that is going to become a nuicence.
Like the others mentioned, you can get the N5 for just around $400, it's going to be a lot better than any phones around it's price. Same with the Xperia Z Utra if you want something bigger. Other than that I'll parrot in for the Moto G and Zenphone. The Z ultra and especially N5 blow these out of the water in terms of speed though. They're more similar to the flagship, high end 2014 phones (That's the S5 and 2014 HTC One).

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Ultimate Geek

  #1106164 11-Aug-2014 08:18
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+1 to Moto G. Very fast and responsive. Build quality also very good for the price.

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  #1106165 11-Aug-2014 08:23
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+2 for Moto G - wife loves hers. Stock Android with no bollocks on top, rapid updates - unlike Samsung.

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  #1106208 11-Aug-2014 09:39
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400 bucks - no brainer. Nexus 5 hands down..

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  #1106268 11-Aug-2014 11:10

Nexus 5, Moto G, Smart 4 power. All great options - although I'd hang out for the local release of the 4G Moto G rather than the current dual-SIM 3G version.

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