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  Reply # 1397821 1-Oct-2015 11:26
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I was originally set on the 5X but now the 6P is looking enticing. 32gb is enough for me although $1100 is in the Apple realm of prices and that is the reason I sold my iPhone and went to Android. Will wait for some reviews to come out and then make the call.

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  Reply # 1398087 1-Oct-2015 15:30
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Buying in the US is a poor choice. Even if you can get it sooner, the US models don't have support for Band 28 - so it just doesn't make sense to buy from them unless you're absolutely not keen on good 4G coverage. Waste of money IMHO, and reduces resale value.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1398095 1-Oct-2015 15:42
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thewanderingv: Buying in the US is a poor choice. Even if you can get it sooner, the US models don't have support for Band 28 - so it just doesn't make sense to buy from them unless you're absolutely not keen on good 4G coverage. Waste of money IMHO, and reduces resale value.


It's only a waste if you live in the below cities/towns:

Cromwell, Takaka
Waikato rural: Thames, Waihi, Turanga, Hamilton, Taupo, Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Morrinsville, Matamata, Huntley, Coromandel
Rotorua, Taupo

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spark_New_Zealand_Mobile_Network_%28XT_Mobile_Network%29


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  Reply # 1398102 1-Oct-2015 15:54
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Yeah I think 2Degrees will have taken their usual strategy and gone for the easiest route as opposed to providing consumers with choice, and not stocked the 5X. It will probably be available on the GStore however.

I think I'm committed to the 64gb 6P, but having droned on about how it is ridiculous to pay 1200 for an iphone, I am in danger of being a hypocrite! lol

then again, the 6P is much better specced than the iphone for the same amount of money

have tweeted them and asked when we can pre-order before the 2 November release day.

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Reply # 1398129 1-Oct-2015 16:28
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With all the talk about the N5X, how would the US N6P perform on our mobile networks?  Does it have the same restrictions as the N5X?  I'm on 2deg in Warkworth and we piggyback off Vodafones network up here.  Not too worried about no 4G as it's not up here and I don't imagine it will get here any time soon (with 2deg).  With a potential $330 cost saving on the N6P 32gb, I'd definitely forego 4G.  That is of course if I can get someone to bring the phone back in with them and not have to ship it.  

Thanks for the help   laughing

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  Reply # 1398165 1-Oct-2015 17:14
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The 5X is not enough of a step up from my Xperia Z2 to warrant the dollars to change (and it's a step down in some areas, eg. RAM, battery, storage, waterproofing).

Really like the overall package of the 6P - only one minor hardware gripe, would have preferred more traditional camera presentation. Have looked at most hands-on videos from yesterday and these are universally positive. And, although the tests are not yet in, expectations are that Google have finally nailed their traditional shortcoming, the Nexus camera. Just not sure I want the extra heft over my current phone, I feel the phone may be a little too big for weekend jeans etc (but will I overcome this reservation in time?)

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  Reply # 1398190 1-Oct-2015 18:02
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pulsta:
thewanderingv: Buying in the US is a poor choice. Even if you can get it sooner, the US models don't have support for Band 28 - so it just doesn't make sense to buy from them unless you're absolutely not keen on good 4G coverage. Waste of money IMHO, and reduces resale value.


It's only a waste if you live in the below cities/towns:

Cromwell, Takaka
Waikato rural: Thames, Waihi, Turanga, Hamilton, Taupo, Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Morrinsville, Matamata, Huntley, Coromandel
Rotorua, Taupo

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spark_New_Zealand_Mobile_Network_%28XT_Mobile_Network%29


At the moment, only those places.

However band 28 700mhz will be the equivalent of what 850/900mhz is here today on 3G. Speaking to someone at spark, who confirmed that they  the intention of lighting up everywhere with this as the future primary access band, and then other bands will serve extra capacity.

This is basically the same as what happened with 3G - take vodafone for example, years ago they had 2100mhz in cities and you'd drop back to 2G in low coverage and rural areas.
Then they rolled out 900mhz 3G extended in rural areas only outside of cities, and so 900mhz was only billed as being being needed if you were rural by many. Then finally they added it to urban areas and now you can go everywhere without dropping back to 2G.
This will essentially be what Band 28 4G will be like in the future. This is what has already happened across the majority of japan with Band 19 4G (800mhz)

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  Reply # 1398250 1-Oct-2015 19:37
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Well I've been a little in the dark with the fact that Vodafone and Spark both have 4G up and running in Warkworth.  Pretty frustrating that 2deg haven't matched them yet.

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  Reply # 1398441 2-Oct-2015 08:30
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hadenkose: Well I've been a little in the dark with the fact that Vodafone and Spark both have 4G up and running in Warkworth.  Pretty frustrating that 2deg haven't matched them yet.


Was there in January  and my 2D phone had no 3G until I realized that i had to turn on roaming to get it via Vodafone..  Yep frustrating. 




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  Reply # 1399880 4-Oct-2015 21:53
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To be honest guys, I am pretty excited about the Nexus 6p. I have been looking forward to the launch for months. 

I absolutely loved my Nexus 5 (except for the absolutely horrendous battery). I have been using an second hand Xperia Z3 for the last couple of months and I can't wait to get back to stock android.

I was always planning to have to fork out around the $1000 so it is around budget. The joys of living in little old NZ.

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  Reply # 1400625 5-Oct-2015 23:53
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I have to admit, I've been surprised with the take-up of the Huawei Nexus 6P here in the UK.

Although it is an exclusive launch phone for Dixons-Carphone (and its subsidiary websites) which means price comparison is an issue, customers seem to not care and have been snapping up the stock Android device.

The cheapest contract deals here that include a Huawei Nexus 6P with no upfront cost are currently priced at £27.50 a month on a 24 month contract, however they are not offering the phone as a SIM free device ... yet! UK prices compared here

You can currently own a Samsung Galaxy S6 for the same £27.50 a month or even an iPhone 6 so it doesn't really make for a smart investment.

I think once the initial exclusive launch period has ended and third party retailers receive stocks to connect on different networks, we may see some serious price drops!

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  Reply # 1400781 6-Oct-2015 10:40
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I found this price comparison, which I found interesting, apologies if it has already been linked to
http://www.androidheadlines.com/2015/10/global-pricing-nexus-5x-nexus-6p-chromecast.html

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  Reply # 1400799 6-Oct-2015 10:48
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How much do you really think we need 4g? will it make a huge difference in our lives? I work in Central Auckland and live in West Auckland, ok CBD will get 4g but does every corner in Auckland will be covered? what about rural areas?

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  Reply # 1400813 6-Oct-2015 10:54
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yudumcan: How much do you really think we need 4g? will it make a huge difference in our lives? I work in Central Auckland and live in West Auckland, ok CBD will get 4g but does every corner in Auckland will be covered? what about rural areas?


The issue is the US versions of the 6P and 5X don't have LTE Band 28 (700) which is being deployed in some areas (and probably increasing) by all Telco's since they have all bought spectrum in this range.

And as Nathan notes even the non-US version of the 5x which has Band 28 only supports the lower part of Band 28 so only would work with Skinny/Spark.

The question is really can you live with H or H+ in some areas or need to have LTE everywhere there is coverage. I am not sure that is a huge issue for me since the apps that do require fast bandwidth such as video streaming, burn up data so quickly that it's not feasible to use them anyway, IMHO.




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  Reply # 1400867 6-Oct-2015 11:19
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lchiu7:
yudumcan: How much do you really think we need 4g? will it make a huge difference in our lives? I work in Central Auckland and live in West Auckland, ok CBD will get 4g but does every corner in Auckland will be covered? what about rural areas?


The issue is the US versions of the 6P and 5X don't have LTE Band 28 (700) which is being deployed in some areas (and probably increasing) by all Telco's since they have all bought spectrum in this range.

And as Nathan notes even the non-US version of the 5x which has Band 28 only supports the lower part of Band 28 so only would work with Skinny/Spark.

The question is really can you live with H or H+ in some areas or need to have LTE everywhere there is coverage. I am not sure that is a huge issue for me since the apps that do require fast bandwidth such as video streaming, burn up data so quickly that it's not feasible to use them anyway, IMHO.


I'm on 2Degrees and just checked the 4G coverage it's mostly central areas. the only time I'll need LTE when I use periscope as I do live streaming. Otherwise other basic apps I'm sure will be fine with 3G or even H+

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