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#232061 27-Mar-2018 13:38
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So I had my heart set on a Note 8 as I use to have a note when I was a PM and they can do some sensational producitivity things. But I feel they need to cut ties with Galaxy as the Note function is getting caught up in the phone side. They need to go back to calling it the Samsung Note 9 like they use to. And concentrate its software on its end users use case.

 

I compared side by side the galaxies, 8 and 9, aside from fingerprint reader (which still isnt ideal), not much change.

 

But overall I liked them and I like that they are amoled hdr for my movie binging.

 

Next was the Lg30, wow its nice too, more focus on sound I found. Unfortunately the g6 wasnt there, but the g7 is imminent?

 

Oneplus 5t doing its thing, not bad

 

Honestly all the OLED phones are good. I am tempted to wait to see Sirocco in the flesh as I prefer 16:9 and its HDR compliant.

 

One phone that shocked me was the Moto x4, I thought it was OLED but its LCD, main its crisp and looks very snazzy. The g5s plus was a bit of a let down, it was ok, you get what you pay for.

 

If I get a laptop/tablet that is either Amoled or is HDR compliant then my phone needs change, as In I dont need an awesome screen. But the options are few, AW13 OLED EDR/HDR, Samsung Tab S3, Lenovo Yoga x1, Lenovo Carbon x1 (they both rock an amazing LCD that has blacks near OLED like, and whilst technically below the 1000 nits, they still 600 nits, so the brighter the whites/colours the darker the blacks look etc.

 

I also tried the Ipad Pro, I wasnt blown away, its ok, but I thought the 9.7 2017 iPad is a lot of bang for buck. Playing a cartoon movie side by side they looked identical. Of course the Pro has the option of HDR, but I saw the 9.7 recently for $390. That might be my choice along with a galaxy note 8.


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  #1984287 27-Mar-2018 13:56
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I sympathise - I have been getting a headache trying to decide what to replace my old Note2 with just recently.

 

I am a pretty light user - so dont really want to spend more than $500.

 

I would expect to get around 4 years out of it. The Note 2 is around that age - and apart from the very old (kitkat) android and the GPS sensor seems to have stopped - the phone still goes pretty well. I tried Lineage for an android update - but it was very buggy - random reboots etc.

 

I was very interested in the Meizu M6 Note - Would buy it tomorrow if it had plain android - I am not convinced it will get much in the way of updates - and I think the FlyMeOS would annoy me.

 

The Xiaomi mi a1 really looks excellent value (as a self import), but the lack of band 28 puts me off. It is effectively the same capabilities as my 4yo Note 2. So figure I might as well start off with something that has full network abilities. Really like the AndroidOne on the mi a1 though. I wish more of the chinese phones did that rather than wrapping android up in their own look and feel.

 

I have been reading up a bit on the Nokia 6 2018 and have decided that (subject to pricing) it might be the one. So will keep a watch out for that whenever it hits the market. The old model is $299(ish) on run out - but it looks like it started out at around $450 when originally released. Hope the new model is not too much different.

 

....Though I might have changed my mind again by this time tomorrow.





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  #1984288 27-Mar-2018 14:03
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I'm looking in the $400 region and have narrowed it down to the Moto G5S or the Huawei Nova 2i.  Band 28 is a must-have for me, and water-resistance is a nice-to-have - so erring towards the Moto at present.  Would like to see a Moto X4


 
 
 
 


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  #1984289 27-Mar-2018 14:12
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  #1984317 27-Mar-2018 14:58
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shk292:

 

I'm looking in the $400 region and have narrowed it down to the Moto G5S or the Huawei Nova 2i.  Band 28 is a must-have for me, and water-resistance is a nice-to-have - so erring towards the Moto at present.  Would like to see a Moto X4

 

 

X4 is VERY pretty in silver and that dial around the camera. id advise against the g5s, it uses the sd430soc. The Nokia 6 should have both bands, band 28.

https://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/Nokia-7-plus,Nokia-6-2018/phones/10810,10067

 

Heres some x4 piccies https://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_moto_x4-pictures-8634.php

 


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  #1984319 27-Mar-2018 15:02
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Moto G5 is a nice basic phone. Not as snappy as my P9, not quite as good doing multiple things in parallel, but plenty good enough for most. The G6 is meant to be out before long, should be a bit faster, but is meant to have a wider narrower screen.

 

If I was buying now I'd look most closely at Google, Nokia, and the handful of decent Asian brands to see which have a reputation for being good with updates.


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#1984323 27-Mar-2018 15:04
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qwerty123:

 

no phone, no burden of choice

 

 

Wow - That is really useful!
Thanks for posting this - you must have spent a lot of time and effort with this response and have done a great deal of research.

 

 





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  #1984324 27-Mar-2018 15:04
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I think out of the OLEDs the best bang for buck is the LG G6 or the Oneplus 5t.

 

The oneplus 5t uses a 1080p like 18:9 AMOLED 6" screen.

 

The G6 uses a 1440p like 18:9 (I dont know what to call the pal numbers lol) 5.7" screen. The G6 is HDR compliant. Ill have to check on the 5t. The g6 is soon to be replaced by the G7 which I think is moving to OLED like the v30, retaining the Quad Dac which is what the LGs are all about, sound quality.

 

But to be honest at $720, its only another $130 for a galaxy S8 which is high ppi  amoled hdr screen.

 

 


 
 
 
 




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  #1984342 27-Mar-2018 15:16
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The RRP AU for the Nokia 6 2018 is $450, thats where I get $500 from. But if thats RRP you will soon find prices cheaper. Depends how desperate people are. I know people are already importing the Nokia 7 to NZ because they dont want to wait.

 

The tough choice is which colour, both look gorgeous.

 

http://nokiamob.net/2018/01/23/beautiful-image-gallery-of-the-new-nokia-6-2018/

 

 


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  #1984344 27-Mar-2018 15:20
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TeaLeaf:

 

X4 is VERY pretty in silver and that dial around the camera. id advise against the g5s, it uses the sd430soc. The Nokia 6 should have both bands, band 28.

https://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/Nokia-7-plus,Nokia-6-2018/phones/10810,10067

 

Heres some x4 piccies https://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_moto_x4-pictures-8634.php

 

 

 

 

I hear what you say about the G5S Plus, but from what I've read it will be ample for my needs.  I rarely watch videos or play games on the phone, it's more for web, facebook, navigation, email etc.  The water resistance is a big plus for me because I do a lot of boating and it's good to be able to use the phone without worrying about being splashed

 

I don't like to spend too much on phones because experience shows that after 2 years, the battery is pretty much stuffed and I'm up for a new one.  So $400 is about my sweet spot


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  #1984347 27-Mar-2018 15:22
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TeaLeaf:

 

So I had my heart set on a Note 8 as I use to have a note when I was a PM and they can do some sensational producitivity things. But I feel they need to cut ties with Galaxy as the Note function is getting caught up in the phone side. They need to go back to calling it the Samsung Note 9 like they use to. And concentrate its software on its end users use case.

 

I compared side by side the galaxies, 8 and 9, aside from fingerprint reader (which still isnt ideal), not much change.

 

But overall I liked them and I like that they are amoled hdr for my movie binging.

 

Next was the Lg30, wow its nice too, more focus on sound I found. Unfortunately the g6 wasnt there, but the g7 is imminent?

 

Oneplus 5t doing its thing, not bad

 

Honestly all the OLED phones are good. I am tempted to wait to see Sirocco in the flesh as I prefer 16:9 and its HDR compliant.

 

One phone that shocked me was the Moto x4, I thought it was OLED but its LCD, main its crisp and looks very snazzy. The g5s plus was a bit of a let down, it was ok, you get what you pay for.

 

If I get a laptop/tablet that is either Amoled or is HDR compliant then my phone needs change, as In I dont need an awesome screen. But the options are few, AW13 OLED EDR/HDR, Samsung Tab S3, Lenovo Yoga x1, Lenovo Carbon x1 (they both rock an amazing LCD that has blacks near OLED like, and whilst technically below the 1000 nits, they still 600 nits, so the brighter the whites/colours the darker the blacks look etc.

 

I also tried the Ipad Pro, I wasnt blown away, its ok, but I thought the 9.7 2017 iPad is a lot of bang for buck. Playing a cartoon movie side by side they looked identical. Of course the Pro has the option of HDR, but I saw the 9.7 recently for $390. That might be my choice along with a galaxy note 8.

 

You use to be a prime minister? are you john key?


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TeaLeaf:

 

So I had my heart set on a Note 8 as I use to have a note when I was a PM and they can do some sensational producitivity things. But I feel they need to cut ties with Galaxy as the Note function is getting caught up in the phone side. They need to go back to calling it the Samsung Note 9 like they use to. And concentrate its software on its end users use case.

 

I compared side by side the galaxies, 8 and 9, aside from fingerprint reader (which still isnt ideal), not much change.

 

But overall I liked them and I like that they are amoled hdr for my movie binging.

 

Next was the Lg30, wow its nice too, more focus on sound I found. Unfortunately the g6 wasnt there, but the g7 is imminent?

 

Oneplus 5t doing its thing, not bad

 

Honestly all the OLED phones are good. I am tempted to wait to see Sirocco in the flesh as I prefer 16:9 and its HDR compliant.

 

One phone that shocked me was the Moto x4, I thought it was OLED but its LCD, main its crisp and looks very snazzy. The g5s plus was a bit of a let down, it was ok, you get what you pay for.

 

If I get a laptop/tablet that is either Amoled or is HDR compliant then my phone needs change, as In I dont need an awesome screen. But the options are few, AW13 OLED EDR/HDR, Samsung Tab S3, Lenovo Yoga x1, Lenovo Carbon x1 (they both rock an amazing LCD that has blacks near OLED like, and whilst technically below the 1000 nits, they still 600 nits, so the brighter the whites/colours the darker the blacks look etc.

 

I also tried the Ipad Pro, I wasnt blown away, its ok, but I thought the 9.7 2017 iPad is a lot of bang for buck. Playing a cartoon movie side by side they looked identical. Of course the Pro has the option of HDR, but I saw the 9.7 recently for $390. That might be my choice along with a galaxy note 8.

 

You use to be a prime minister? are you john key?

 

 

Product Manager I would say. I thought he was the Black Caps manager in waiting ...  :-)


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  #1984356 27-Mar-2018 15:34
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project manager.

 

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  #1984360 27-Mar-2018 15:38
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shk292:

 

I hear what you say about the G5S Plus

 

 

No I said G5S, the G5S Plus is a good phone. The SOC in the g5 and G5s is known for stuttering. Its just reality, along with its ram count.

 

The SD625 is much superior. And you have the option of 4GB Ram in the larger storage model of the Plus.

 

Here, side by side.

 

https://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=8698&idPhone2=8699

 

But still personally Id wait for the Nokia 6 as its running the new 630 SOC and is Android one, no waiting around for motorola to push out updates.


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  #1984362 27-Mar-2018 15:42
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TeaLeaf:

 

No I said G5S, the G5S Plus is a good phone. The SOC in the g5 and G5s is known for stuttering. Its just reality, along with its ram count.

 

The SD625 is much superior. And you have the option of 4GB Ram in the larger storage model of the Plus.

 

Here, side by side.

 

https://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=8698&idPhone2=8699

 

But still personally Id wait for the Nokia 6 as its running the new 630 SOC and is Android one, no waiting around for motorola to push out updates.

 

 

My mistake - I meant the Plus all along.  The 4GB model seems hard to find




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  #1984363 27-Mar-2018 15:42
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Speaking of which, there is talk Moto will re use the SD625 on the G6, unless the phone is $300 thats a really crappy play. The SD630 is this years SOC and has much better battery enhancements, even though the sd625 was good already.


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