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Topic # 152133 17-Sep-2014 11:00
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My Huawei G300 is getting very wobbly on it's legs and it's time for a new phone. I'm in the budget section of the market so bang-for-buck is what I'm looking for. $300 is pretty much tops so that limits the options somewhat. I did look at possibly going to Windows Phone via Lumia but the lack of apps puts me off as does the lack of support for Google Music All access (of which I'm enjoying more and more despite the awful experience on the current Huawei). So I've narrowed it down to the Moto G LTE version, the Kogan Agora 4G, and the ASUS Zenfone 5 A500KL. There is also the LG G2 mini LTE but most reviews I found tend to recomend the Moto G over this. Ideally I would like a decent 5 inch screen, LTE, and SD storage, so that's how I ended up with those 3. Additionally it would be gereat if there was an Android L update available and also I've messed around a bit with custom ROMs etc on the Huawei and think that kind of community support can really help extend the value/use of some of these low to mid end phones.  

I was holding out for the announcement of the latest genreation of Moto G phones but alas no LTE, and no mention if/when there will be an LTE version. The Moto G LTE seems like a solid choice, would have liked a bigger screen but compromises must be had at this end of the market I realise. I realise this is last-gen hardware for Motorolla so I don't know how much futher they will provide updates for it.
The Kogan Agora 4G looks like great value but the lack of accesories and the fact that Kogan don't seem to have ever provided software updates for their phones puts me off somewhat.
I liked the look of the ASUS Zenfone and when I discovered there was an LTE version now availble I threw that in the mix too. The LTE version doesn't have the Intel processor anymore they've switched this to the quad core Qualcomm - same argue the phone is better for it, some argue against it. The rest of the specs look pretty good though. It's been hard finding decent reviews of it as it hasn't been realeased in many markets.

I'm currently leaning towards the Moto G or the Zenfone but I'd love some input. So please share any thoughts or experiecnes you may have with the above. Thanks guys!

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  Reply # 1130564 17-Sep-2014 11:56
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Of those I would lean towards the Moto G if updates and the mod community matters, It's a far more popular platform and more likely to get updates seeing as Google owned Motorola when the phone was developed which left it with a very close to stock rom and they've been pretty consistent on updating it.

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  Reply # 1130566 17-Sep-2014 11:56

Zenfone 5 looks awesome. Asus has a good track record for software updates, too.

Has cat4 LTE (150/50) where the Moto G has cat3 (100/50) and also supports band 28 700MHz (So does the Agora 4G, but it doesn't look so stellar in the screen or battery life department). That's a lot of phone for $280.




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  Reply # 1130586 17-Sep-2014 12:15
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  Reply # 1130599 17-Sep-2014 12:28
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Based on the fact that the Moto G V2 is not out here yet and does not have LTE then I would vote for the Zenfone 5 ..




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  Reply # 1130605 17-Sep-2014 12:40

2GB of RAM in the Zenfone as well, think that makes it the clear winner.

Kopkiwi: Shame you can't push the budget up a little to around $390.

http://www.einfo.co.nz/mobile-phones/vodafone-2degrees/sony-ericsson/sony-xperia-zr-c5503-white.html


Other than camera + waterproofing, there's no real advantage of the ZR over the Zenfone IMO - except build quality, although Asus is no slouch in that department.




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  Reply # 1130613 17-Sep-2014 12:46
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NikT: 2GB of RAM in the Zenfone as well, think that makes it the clear winner.

Kopkiwi: Shame you can't push the budget up a little to around $390.

http://www.einfo.co.nz/mobile-phones/vodafone-2degrees/sony-ericsson/sony-xperia-zr-c5503-white.html


Other than camera + waterproofing, there's no real advantage of the ZR over the Zenfone IMO - except build quality, although Asus is no slouch in that department.


Yeah waterproofing would be nice for sure, and there look to be some good performers closer to the $400 mark but the budget won't stretch that far.

I appreciate the comments and feedback guys, keep 'em coming if anybody else has an opinion.

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  Reply # 1130992 17-Sep-2014 20:18
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At just under 5" (4.7), the LG G2 Mini looks like a good phone - $288 from Harvey Norman or $260 from Mobile Station.

or this?

http://www.trademe.co.nz/mobile-phones/mobile-phones/lg/optimus/auction-781179198.htm

Not sure if they're any good, just throwing a couple more ideas your way.

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  Reply # 1131004 17-Sep-2014 20:37
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Nexus 5!

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  Reply # 1131012 17-Sep-2014 20:57
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Yabanize: Nexus 5!


Nexus 5 for $300? Where's that?



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  Reply # 1131089 17-Sep-2014 22:36
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33coupe:
Yabanize: Nexus 5!


Nexus 5 for $300? Where's that?




Yeah :/ They're not unfortunately, but they were $399 on special the other week.

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  Reply # 1131092 17-Sep-2014 22:38
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Was taking a look at the Zenfone 5 today, I'd probably take that over the Moto G to be honest (and I really like the Moto G in this price bracket).




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  Reply # 1131230 18-Sep-2014 09:49
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Thanks for your input everybody. I've gone ahead and ordered the 16GB Zenfone 5 from Expansys. I think it ticked more of the boxes than the other phones. Will let you know what I think when I've had a play around.

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