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Topic # 151126 14-Aug-2014 17:58
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Hi all.

I am looking to get a android phone for work and I was wondering which of these phones to get?
The Sony Xperia Z, Nexus 5, and Vodafone Smart 4 Power are my current options.They all look like nice phones so I am asking the experts (you guys) which one is best. My requirements are:

Good Camera
Able to run VoIP apps in background
Long lasting battery
Over 4.5 inch screen
4G (future proofed if possible)
Can work with Spark NZ
Snappy overall experience

Which phone do you think best matches these requirements? I am open to suggestions if there are any other band name phones worth mention.

Thank you in advance,

P

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  Reply # 1108576 14-Aug-2014 17:59
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Z2




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  Reply # 1108578 14-Aug-2014 18:01
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I forgot to mention that my budget is around $450.
Thanks

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  Reply # 1108587 14-Aug-2014 18:22
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IMO best value for $$$ in your pricepoint would be the nexus 5.

Covers all your requirments 

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  Reply # 1108591 14-Aug-2014 18:26
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nexus 5 or one plus one(if you can get it)

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  Reply # 1108611 14-Aug-2014 18:46
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ut of the ones you listed I would say Nexus 5 as well.

long battery life with a phone that has a large screen is hard to find but most are very good but would depend on your expectations.




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  Reply # 1108628 14-Aug-2014 19:54
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For a work phone I would get the Nexus 5. Clean, good specs, no garbage clogging the UI.




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  Reply # 1108629 14-Aug-2014 19:55
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TimA: Z2


Thanks Tim, but an explanation of WHY would be most welcome. Actually, almost mandatory, when suggesting something to someone else.





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  Reply # 1108660 14-Aug-2014 20:38
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nexus 5, best android experience! Only phone the converted me from iOS, I've used the Xperia z1 not the power 4 though.

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  Reply # 1108754 15-Aug-2014 00:08
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TimA: Z2


Thanks Tim, but an explanation of WHY would be most welcome. Actually, almost mandatory, when suggesting something to someone else.



It is out of his price range as said above.
I liek the Z2 because:
Screen is perfect size.
Fits well in hand. 
Build quality feels good and solid.
Camera is good in low light.
Camera is good in general.
Buttons are easy to use. 
It is fast.
It isnt 100% full of useless junk that runs in the background.


For his amount. I would suggest the Vodafone branded one.




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  Reply # 1108785 15-Aug-2014 08:14
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Long lasting battery life is going to be difficult to achieve for any large screen phone and is subjective. For me something that can last a day of moderate use is adequate. Could I suggest you may want to consider getting a supplementary battery pack if you are going to be away from a recharger for long periods at work. I am a long time fan of HTC phones, but they have always been beset by small capacity batteries. I have got around this by carrying a battery pack in my briefcase.
If it fits within your budget then you may be able to select a phone whose only weakness is battery life if it meets all other criteria.




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  Reply # 1108806 15-Aug-2014 09:02
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What about the HTC One M7? You could get one for fairly close to your price range, May be last year's model but is still being well supported by HTC & Google. Specwise I would say it covers your needs, the camera receives a lot of flack but in real world terms it is actually more than acceptable. I am a fairly heavy user and get a solid 12~16 hours a day out of a charge, far more if frugal.

Also this model has been confirmed to be receiving Android 'L' upgrade within 90 days of release so futureproof for at least another year or so

Put it this way, I usually get bored of my phones after 6mths and change them but its been over 12mths and I am still loving the M7



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  Reply # 1108839 15-Aug-2014 09:43
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Hmm. I agree with Wade - consider the HTC One M7 since that is still quite a wonderful phone. It does have quite good software support (4 updates since I bought it just over an year ago!).

Also, the camera has received quite a lot of bad press - but it is a decent camera for your everyday use. Battery life has improved since the latest update. You can occasionally find it on specials down to 450 (I saw that LV Martin or something had it for that much a few weeks ago and Harvey N have had it for about 460 or something).

If not that, then the Nexus 5 would fit your bill perfectly. It is quite a high end phone and is at a very good price!

I would suggest getting it from somewhere like Warehouse stationery or one of the NZ stores - purely for customer service reasons. Speaking from experience!

Oh did I mention that if you get the HTC one m7, it has 24 months NZ warranty!! Only if you get official NZ stock though. 

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  Reply # 1108860 15-Aug-2014 10:27

Paparangi: Hi all.

I am looking to get a android phone for work and I was wondering which of these phones to get?
The Sony Xperia Z, Nexus 5, and Vodafone Smart 4 Power are my current options.They all look like nice phones so I am asking the experts (you guys) which one is best. My requirements are:

Good Camera
Able to run VoIP apps in background
Long lasting battery
Over 4.5 inch screen
4G (future proofed if possible)
Can work with Spark NZ
Snappy overall experience

Which phone do you think best matches these requirements? I am open to suggestions if there are any other band name phones worth mention.

Thank you in advance,

P


The Nexus 5 would be my recommendation as the best balance between all those features. The Smart 4 power is by far the best of those three in the battery life department, but doesn't have the 850MHz band for use on Spark, so it's out. The Z is worth a look, as Sony make nice kit, and it's waterproof. Camera, expandable storage, and build quality aside, the Nexus 5 would serve you better.




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