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# 240633 18-Sep-2018 08:25
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Hi everyone,


mini-gbwelly will be soon traveling home via bus after school and will need a cell phone. I don't want to spend $500 on a phone which may be in perilous danger of being broken on a daily basis though.


What would you guys recommend in the ~$200ish range?


I don't want to go second hand, and will need it to be available locally (so no dse/kogan for me)


Thanks in advance smile

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  # 2092276 18-Sep-2018 08:26
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I saw a huawei nova 2 for around that price. Looked decent. 

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  # 2092290 18-Sep-2018 08:51
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We got a Meizu M5S for my 10 year old. So far it's survived all the abuse it had thrown at it over the last year. You can get them from PBTech.


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  # 2092385 18-Sep-2018 10:39
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Purchased a Redmi Note 5 Pro for my partner for $285 NZD via Gear*Best and I am well impressed with it. Worth a look I reckon.


Note: My work ph is an S8 and sure its better - but not 3 or 4 times better as the price difference would suggest.



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  # 2092403 18-Sep-2018 10:55
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If you are on vodafone then have a look at the n9.  I got one the other week and it's really good for the price


Running android 8.1

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  # 2092537 18-Sep-2018 13:29
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Purchased a Redmi Note 5 Pro for my partner for $285 NZD via Gear*Best and I am well impressed with it. Worth a look I reckon.


Note: My work ph is an S8 and sure its better - but not 3 or 4 times better as the price difference would suggest.





sorry should have added specs - which are pretty good value imo:


Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 4G Phablet 5.99 inch MIUI 9 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa Core 1.8GHz 4GB RAM 64GB ROM Dual Rear Cameras Bluetooth 5.0 Fingerprint Recognition 4000mAh Battery
Display: 5.99 inch, 2160 x 1080 Pixel Screen 
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa Core 1.8GHz
System: MIUI 9
Camera: 13.0MP front camera + 12.0MP + 5.0MP dual back cameras
Sensor: Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, E-compass, Fingerprint Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Hall Sensor
SIM Card: dual SIM dual standby, 1 x Nano SIM + 1 x Nano SIM / TF card
Feature: GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou

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  # 2092959 19-Sep-2018 09:04
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Another good value option is the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite


See specs here:


On sale at AliExpress from NZ$231.59


I bought one last week; very happy.


Has Android One so you get pure android (no bloatware) and regular android updates from Google.


Can have 32GB/3GB Ram or 64GB/4GB RAM. Eight core, 2.0 GHz processor. Exceptional value for money. If this was an iPhone you'd be paying 3 times this price.


AliExpress has always been reliable for me.

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