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  Reply # 1106284 11-Aug-2014 11:32
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Without hikacking the thread too much, I'm in a simlar boat. I see the original Xperia Z can be had for about $330 + postage from Kogan. How would that phone compare to those listed above? I read in some reviews the scrren is a little sub-par, but that seems to be compared to higher end models. I like the look of the Z ultra, especially the water resistance, it just seems so BIG!

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  Reply # 1106294 11-Aug-2014 11:44

CutCutCut: Without hikacking the thread too much, I'm in a simlar boat. I see the original Xperia Z can be had for about $330 + postage from Kogan. How would that phone compare to those listed above? I read in some reviews the scrren is a little sub-par, but that seems to be compared to higher end models. I like the look of the Z ultra, especially the water resistance, it just seems so BIG!


The Xperia Z is absolutely gorgeous. The screen is a bit of a crapshoot, however. I've seen some units with passable screens, others with poor ones that wash out when slightly tilted - Sony has since come a long way in this department with the Zultra, Z1 Compact, and Z2, all of which have excellent displays. The battery life is not spectacular, although software updates have helped in this department. A colleague just picked up a Z the other week, and I updated it for her - it's a much better phone now than it was at launch. There are cheaper options with better displays, to be sure, but you can't beat older flagship models when it comes to build quality on a budget.




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  Reply # 1106300 11-Aug-2014 12:02
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NikT:
CutCutCut: Without hikacking the thread too much, I'm in a simlar boat. I see the original Xperia Z can be had for about $330 + postage from Kogan. How would that phone compare to those listed above? I read in some reviews the scrren is a little sub-par, but that seems to be compared to higher end models. I like the look of the Z ultra, especially the water resistance, it just seems so BIG!


The Xperia Z is absolutely gorgeous. The screen is a bit of a crapshoot, however. I've seen some units with passable screens, others with poor ones that wash out when slightly tilted - Sony has since come a long way in this department with the Zultra, Z1 Compact, and Z2, all of which have excellent displays. The battery life is not spectacular, although software updates have helped in this department. A colleague just picked up a Z the other week, and I updated it for her - it's a much better phone now than it was at launch. There are cheaper options with better displays, to be sure, but you can't beat older flagship models when it comes to build quality on a budget.


Good to know. The water resistance quite appeals to me. I might have to start my own thread to help me narrow down the choices.

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  Reply # 1106338 11-Aug-2014 12:23

CutCutCut:
Good to know. The water resistance quite appeals to me. I might have to start my own thread to help me narrow down the choices.


The Moto G and X are 'splash resistant'. While not as robust as Sony's waterproofing, it's nice to have.

May be able to get a Z1 for a reasonable price now that the Z2 has superseded it.




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  Reply # 1106508 11-Aug-2014 14:43
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++ Moto G,

Yea it may be a smaller than Nexus 5 but for sub $250 its a steal and its got quality to boot.

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  Reply # 1106516 11-Aug-2014 14:47
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NikT:
CutCutCut:
Good to know. The water resistance quite appeals to me. I might have to start my own thread to help me narrow down the choices.


The Moto G and X are 'splash resistant'. While not as robust as Sony's waterproofing, it's nice to have.

May be able to get a Z1 for a reasonable price now that the Z2 has superseded it.


It's a bit more than splash resistant according to water tests on youtube. Erica Griffin did a 30min under water test and it still worked fine after. The Moto G got a nano coating on the internals to protect from water.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVaTKG5q4YI

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  Reply # 1106542 11-Aug-2014 15:13
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Nexus or Huawei. It's definitely hard to choose. Do you want a direct line to the NSA or a direct line to the MSS? 

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  Reply # 1106545 11-Aug-2014 15:15
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BlackGlove: Nexus or Huawei. It's definitely hard to choose. Do you want a direct line to the NSA or a direct line to the MSS? 

 

The Nexus you will get major software updates witrh  Huawei most likely not..




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  Reply # 1106629 11-Aug-2014 17:32
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Moto G on special for $149 (awhile ago, at that price it is an amazing phone)




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  Reply # 1106674 11-Aug-2014 19:03
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The Smart 4 Power is on sale at DSE at the moment - http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/mobiles-wireless/vodafone-smart-4-power-4g-dsnz-em6628

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  Reply # 1107711 13-Aug-2014 15:15
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I'd go with the MotoG, although there's a MotoG2 that should be coming out soon too. 

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  Reply # 1108020 13-Aug-2014 23:56
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Nexus 5 without a doubt. Moto G is great the nexus is just a lot better. Also a great long term option.

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  Reply # 1109020 15-Aug-2014 13:10
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kiwijunglist: Moto G on special for $149 (awhile ago, at that price it is an amazing phone)


o.o wow! thats a really good price. Where was that? wonder if that special would come back any time soon

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  Reply # 1109049 15-Aug-2014 13:55
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Was warehouse stationary.




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AVR: Pioneer Elite SC-LX87 220W 9.2 Ch AVR
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Subs: iNuke 3000dsp 3000W proamp with 4x 15" JBL Sealed Subs
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