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  # 1323812 13-Jun-2015 08:39
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Jaxson:
lokhor:

I reckon just get a local device instead, there are some wicked mid-range devices coming out for cheap as these days. The Vodafone Smart Prime is a lot better than the S3 for $149


Thanks man, will look further into it.
I see it's locked to Vodafone.  The wife is on 2Degs work cell.  I see the point about shopping local though, and for a 'production' level device, that's often important.

Just saw this too, if of any use/interest to others:
http://deals.banggood.com/deals/edm/topic/DOOGEE150608.html?



In terms of being locked to Vodafone, there are two options - first is to pay $30 to unlock it, second is to switch to Vodafone which is free and you can transfer your number.




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  # 1324708 15-Jun-2015 08:04

Option. #3: Buy Smart prime unlocked from the online shop. :)




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  # 1324711 15-Jun-2015 08:12
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NikT: Option. #3: Buy Smart prime unlocked from the online shop. :)

What's the story about updates for vodafone phones?

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  # 1324778 15-Jun-2015 10:04
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NikT: Option. #3: Buy Smart prime unlocked from the online shop. :)


Does look good.

There's kind of a big gap between cheap and suitable and the really good.
ie around the say $250 mark and then $800+

(I haven't looked at this much, just from quick investigations).


I wonder if this will go the way of say cameras, and laptops to some degree, where even the basic devices are now so good that they are sufficient for many, and one doesn't need to upgrade as often as they used to.


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  # 1324796 15-Jun-2015 10:23

rmt38:
What's the story about updates for vodafone phones?


Up to Vodafone Group and their partners vs. the lifecycle of the handset.

Smart prime runs 5.0.2 Lollipop out of the box and includes access to the AppOps permissions manager.

Jaxson:

Does look good.

There's kind of a big gap between cheap and suitable and the really good.
ie around the say $250 mark and then $800+

(I haven't looked at this much, just from quick investigations).


I wonder if this will go the way of say cameras, and laptops to some degree, where even the basic devices are now so good that they are sufficient for many, and one doesn't need to upgrade as often as they used to.



I'm looking forward to telling you guys about the phone I'm using as a daily driver.




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  # 1324831 15-Jun-2015 10:50
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Jaxson:  There's kind of a big gap between cheap and suitable and the really good.
ie around the say $250 mark and then $800+


I actually reckon there are a good bunch of phones in the $450-$600 bracket, especially if you're comfortable with buying parallel-imported phones and /or previous models.

Personally I reckon the best deals can be high-spec phones at an excellent price, eg the G3 I bought at the start of the year (when it was a current model) was just a bit over $600, whereas the official NZ version (with half the storage and half the RAM) was still going for over $800 on special. That's a lot of phone for the price! It's even cheaper now the G4's out. Similarly, while I'm not a Galaxy fan, I see the S5 can be got for not much over $500. Then there are the solid mid-range phones like the Nexus 5 - that's now around $450.

I decided that it wasn't worth the potential savings to go for a phone like the One Plus One or other cheaper Chinese-sourced phones; yep, it would be a bit cheaper, but not by much, and I'd rather have the security of knowing the phone would be easily available and supported. With importing one's own phone there's also the issue of having no CGA coverage and potentially having the risk of needing to pay GST/duty.

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NikT:
rmt38:
What's the story about updates for vodafone phones?


Up to Vodafone Group and their partners vs. the lifecycle of the handset.

Smart prime runs 5.0.2 Lollipop out of the box and includes access to the AppOps permissions manager.

Jaxson:

Does look good.

There's kind of a big gap between cheap and suitable and the really good.
ie around the say $250 mark and then $800+

(I haven't looked at this much, just from quick investigations).


I wonder if this will go the way of say cameras, and laptops to some degree, where even the basic devices are now so good that they are sufficient for many, and one doesn't need to upgrade as often as they used to.



I'm looking forward to telling you guys about the phone I'm using as a daily driver.


I'm pretty excited to find out about that! My wife needs a phone to replace her ageing M7 which runs out of battery by mid-afternoon




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  # 1328116 19-Jun-2015 22:12
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NikT: 
I'm looking forward to telling you guys about the phone I'm using as a daily driver.


Is this the one you were alluding to by any chance?

http://www.androidcentral.com/vodafone-smart-ultra-6-offers-4g-and-55-inch-full-hd-display-125

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  # 1328271 20-Jun-2015 13:18
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FYI my Elephone P7000 arrived on Thursday :) it seems pretty good so far. Battery isn't as great as expected but its generally fast, stable and has some extra features like permission controls and an autostart manager built in. 




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P1n3apqlExpr3ss:
NikT: 
I'm looking forward to telling you guys about the phone I'm using as a daily driver.


Is this the one you were alluding to by any chance?

http://www.androidcentral.com/vodafone-smart-ultra-6-offers-4g-and-55-inch-full-hd-display-125


We can only hope that it is!




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  # 1328521 20-Jun-2015 23:16
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lokhor: FYI my Elephone P7000 arrived on Thursday :) it seems pretty good so far. Battery isn't as great as expected but its generally fast, stable and has some extra features like permission controls and an autostart manager built in. 


This one interests me so keep the reports coming! Elaborate on the battery comment if you wouldn't mind.

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On the first day I only get ~2.5hrs screen time before hitting 30% battery. I have since uninstalled the Facebook app and am using the mobile website instead. It's definitely looking a lot better now (day 3) on 87% with 50 minutes screen time and off charger since 9am (so 2.5hrs). I installed a couple of games this morning as well. 

The worst thing so far is the charging takes forever, it comes with only a 1A charger and takes ~4hrs to charge. I bought a 2.4A charger hoping it would help, but it's still incredibly slow. I also tried a Logitech UE Boom charger (2A) and that charges much more quickly, so haven't quite figured this out. 




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P1n3apqlExpr3ss:
NikT: 
I'm looking forward to telling you guys about the phone I'm using as a daily driver.


Is this the one you were alluding to by any chance?

http://www.androidcentral.com/vodafone-smart-ultra-6-offers-4g-and-55-inch-full-hd-display-125


Yep. More info soon.




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  # 1329816 23-Jun-2015 11:09
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Be interesting to see what the new VF handset can do and for what cost.
I'm hoping the ele vowney is as good as the marketing suggests it will be

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I have the K3 Note and it is a great phone.  Works flawlessly on Spark mobile network.  I also got one for my brother and he uses it on 2 degrees.
I got mine a couple of months ago.  Mine was shipped with a dodgy Lenovo vibe 2.5 UI repackaged with a lot of bloat. 
I have been following the custom ROM developments for this phone.  I currently run the AOSP v4 ROM.  I've also tried the LiMoNcHeLo ROM.  Both are very good.
Now that the phone has been released in India I have heard that the stock ROW ROM from Lenovo is now bloat-free and very good. 

For $230NZD (NZD has shifted since I bought mine) it is a great alternative to essentially the same thing but over 4X the price from Samsung.

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