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Topic # 224087 1-Nov-2017 20:46
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Need to get a new budget phone, $200 max, have read lots on both the Meizu M3 Note and the Huawei ShotX/Honor7i and both seem like solid units. Mainly need phone for using the AT apps (bus), Facebook, Twitter etc, and taking photos. 


Anyone tried them both ?


Or is there something else you want to throw in the mix ? :) Have seen Samsung S5's going for $150 2nd hand but always wary of 2nd hand goods.

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  Reply # 1893884 1-Nov-2017 21:25
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These are the same devices that I looked at for my nephew.

The build materials on the Meizu are nicer and felt like it would handle knocks a little bette being aluminium casing, but in the end the ShotX won out.

He was stoked with it and loves the camera being able to rotate to take great selfies as well (typical teenager haha) as most cheaper phones don't have great front facing cameras.
As for the apps you're wanting to use, can't comment on the bus one but the social media apps seem to work great given how much he's on them haha.

Performance seems decent, although getting it to update to Android 6 has been annoying. That said, I haven't had a long play with it. Apparently it won't just update by itself, you have to register the device or something I read.

Either way, they both seemed excellent value for $200..

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  Reply # 1894047 2-Nov-2017 09:18
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Just been down this road myself
options were hi quality used ph, or cheaper new ph

I wanted a phone camera that was good in low light, so I bought a used phone . Factor in possible cost of a new batt, make sure batt is user
replaceable . Be willing to wait for a ph that looks in good condition at a reasonable price.
I avoided the trademe re-sellers who sold obviously repaired phones (worn body yet no scratches on screen)


The cheapy chinese phones dont have a particularly good camera (low light).



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  Reply # 1894114 2-Nov-2017 10:43
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For ~$200 you can get a Xiaomi redmi 4A or 4X .. and this would be better than both of them (says the guy using a Redmi 3S wink )

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