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# 245562 10-Feb-2019 20:37
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I've been putting of this question for as long as possible, but the time is now here to accept that Windows Phone is perhaps dead.

 

My Lumia has decided to start rebooting randomly throughout the day (and night). This results in a 'charging' sound every time it restarts if connected to the charger, and a loud notification telling me about some messaging feature which has been in the OS for months if not years. This wakes me up at night (if the vibration doesn't manage to - light sleeper), and is inappropriate at other times.

 

I am a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to phones. I only run three apps on my Windows Phone (jokes about lack of software support aren't appreciated) - SoundHound, FlightRadar24 and Edge, so my requirements aren't exactly great. I doubt I'd do much more with a new phone, so I don't need anything fancy... an OLED screen would be nice though.

 

I currently own two Android devices... one television where I use a grand total of zero features, and one X96 media player which came with Android installed, and was immediately flashed with CoreElec as soon as I confirmed the hardware booted. In other words, you can assume I know basically nothing about Android and what to look for in a phone. I am informed they all look completely different however, so I would prefer something that can be easily flashed with a custom ROM. That way my next Android phone can look exactly the same as my first.

 

Recommendations would be appreciated.


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  # 2176096 10-Feb-2019 20:53
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If you want to rom buy a second hand oneplus and call it a day.




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  # 2176098 10-Feb-2019 21:09
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If you want OLED at low price your options are Samsung like the j6 plus

https://www.pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=4946239

Can be had from 299 from Supero.

But prob not much luck with custom roms, though the appeal in doing that has pretty much died now, as android Oreo is soo good.

So yeah, get a Samsung j6 plus or a second hand oneplus.




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  # 2176105 10-Feb-2019 21:33
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I switched from windows phone to the Nokia android phones, I’m not interested in changing the rom, but the phone has been getting updates, there’s a distinct lack of bloatware, and it seems to behave itself.

Mine is a Nokia 5 ... and my requirements are similar to yours

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  # 2176149 11-Feb-2019 08:00
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Am going to end up in a very similar boat soon. Just wondering if this might help a bit, though never tried it

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.launcher&hl=en

 

 





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  # 2176151 11-Feb-2019 08:04
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You don't need a ms launcher to use office apps on an Android phone, sure you can skin it how ever you like.

Its still superior as it's android.




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  # 2176152 11-Feb-2019 08:15
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If you want a custom ROM you need to forget about Samsung, Sony and pretty much any name brand manufacture...

Oneplus, Nexus and other out of the box "Unlocked" android phone. Needs to be able to root it.. Samsung use Knox so you cannot do anything unless you want to void a warranty. 




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  # 2176441 11-Feb-2019 14:07
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Stopped in to PB on the way home, and that just confused matters with a bunch more budget options thrown in to the mix. Playing with the phones though, the Nokia software (plain and boring Android) was my preference, so I will likely go down that route with a Nokia 5.1 (which annoyingly was missing from the display desk).

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2176488 11-Feb-2019 14:45
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"I only run three apps on my Windows Phone" I know of three people who have recently made the switch from Windows Phone (all went to Apple) and all of them now use many apps and it's the first thing they comment on, the number of apps available. 





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  # 2176491 11-Feb-2019 14:49
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One major is no google apps on wp, I use about 10 google apps daily.

And everything else from podcasts to banking, even parking in auckland uses an app now.




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  # 2176536 11-Feb-2019 15:34
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geekiegeek:

 

"I only run three apps on my Windows Phone" I know of three people who have recently made the switch from Windows Phone (all went to Apple) and all of them now use many apps and it's the first thing they comment on, the number of apps available. 

 

 

I'm stubborn. I have access to a PC almost all day every day, so I only use the phone if I absolutely need to. I read e-mail (fourth app!) but don't reply unless it's urgent, and browse the Interwebs when I need to look something up on the run, but otherwise the phone stays in my pocket and behaves as a mere communication device. There's more to life than looking at a screen all day.


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  # 2176703 11-Feb-2019 18:54
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As an ex Windows Phone user, I use a KeyOne with Microsoft Launcher and love it. I also use Edge as default browser with Ad-Block+. It's not a cheap phone, but I have had it since 2017 and I can't see any reason I'll be getting rid of it in the near future, so in terms of total cost of ownership I think it's been very good.








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