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# 253110 26-Jul-2019 11:32
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hello,

 

I usually spend months looking/reviewing before buying a phone but my gf's Samsung is starting to cr@p out a bit so need to get a new one (I will probably buy for myself and pass my essential PH1 to her)

 

 

 

I'm pretty impressed with the specs of the Oppo (except processor), but haven't found any reviews / much info on it. The Oneplus 6t is really well reviewed but last years model. 

 

The Oppo would work out at around $550 with free speaker (if go through 2degrees - if my math is correct lol), while the OP 6t is $750.

 

I have tried both phones, both look & seem good but hard to tell unless day to day use.

 

 

 

Can anyone recommend either? Or suggest any alternatives?

 

Thanks


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  # 2284072 26-Jul-2019 12:01
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I had the 6T for couple of months earlier this year, loved the stock experience and the hardware and how smooth it was but hated their garbage vibrate motor, was missing calls/notifications.

 

Got rid of it in the end and went for S10Plus.

 

My 2 cents...


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  # 2284239 26-Jul-2019 14:12
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With that price range, I would definitely suggest looking at Xiaomi Mi 9T.

 

Got myself one the other day and would recommend to anyone looking at a mid-range phone.
On screen fingerprint sensor, full OLED screen with no notches or camera punch hole, comparable camera capabilities to a top tier phones.

 

It does have a mid-range Snapdragon 730 SOC (processor), but it really does not come into play unless playing mobile games is a priority.
Day to day application and switching between them are snappy, even with side-by-side comparison to a SD 855.
For comparison it has similar performance as a yesteryear Snapdragon 835.


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  # 2284261 26-Jul-2019 14:54
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ech3lon:

 

With that price range, I would definitely suggest looking at Xiaomi Mi 9T.

 

Got myself one the other day and would recommend to anyone looking at a mid-range phone.
On screen fingerprint sensor, full OLED screen with no notches or camera punch hole, comparable camera capabilities to a top tier phones.

 

It does have a mid-range Snapdragon 730 SOC (processor), but it really does not come into play unless playing mobile games is a priority.
Day to day application and switching between them are snappy, even with side-by-side comparison to a SD 855.
For comparison it has similar performance as a yesteryear Snapdragon 835.

 

 

Agreed, another good option to consider, would take SD SOC over MTK any day!!

 

I am however not a fan of MIUI though.




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  # 2284262 26-Jul-2019 14:57
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Thanks for the replies, its really appreciated.

 

Some good info, but I still cant quite decide (bit more difficult thanks to ech3lon and a new recommendation lol). The pop up camera on the Xiaomi looked like it could snap off / get caught easily. Is it sold here?


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  # 2284292 26-Jul-2019 15:40
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Consider the Samsung Note 9 as well which you can get for $650 at NL with the $200 2Degrees discount on an open term $40 plan.

 

https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=164&topicid=253114

 

 

 

 




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  # 2284410 26-Jul-2019 20:47
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Thanks for that, good info.

The Samsung sounds like a pretty good deal, but for some reason I Don't think I can buy samsung. Not fully sure why, maybe bloatwate, maybe I'm just a phonist.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2284455 27-Jul-2019 01:30
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I was looking at the Reno Z to replace my wife's Pixel (gen 1). It does look like a nice phone, but I did have a couple of issues when playing with it in store. For starters, it wasn't responding to Bluetooth media controls, which makes at an immediate no for my wife. Second, getting to the camera was a lot harder than the Pixel's double-tap of the power button.

I ended up getting her a Pixel 3a from Kogan.co.nz (the company that runs the new, online-only Dick Smith). It's $712.99 incl shipping and GST, which is in your price range. They're based in Aussie, but shipping is pretty good and most stuff arrives within a week.

While the Pixel phones may not have all the bells and whistles, they're generally pretty solid devices. Plus you get guaranteed monthly security patches for at least 3 years, and OS upgrades for 2 years.




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  # 2284888 28-Jul-2019 17:21
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Hmm didn't realise the pixel 3a is in that price range. Only issue is warranty and returns I guess. How long did it take to get here? How long does the battery last?

If I were to buy that I'd probably give it to her instead of myself. I love my essential ph1 but do miss the extra screen size on my LG g pro 2

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  # 2285309 29-Jul-2019 18:12
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I'd love to give you answers, but the phone is still on its way. I ordered last Wednesday evening, it shipped on Thursday, and right now it's showing as going through customs processing.

I did a fair bit of research before getting another Pixel, given that my wife's original Pixel had given her some issues and mine has a dying battery. From everything I've read it's well worth getting. It's meant to have good battery life due to the mid-level CPU, but is fairly well optimised so it doesn't feel slow.

The only complaints I've read about it are for lack of RAM (4GB) and background apps being closed to compensate. It's the same with the old Pixels, and not a serious issue unless you're a heavy multitasker.



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  # 2286124 30-Jul-2019 23:17
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Thanks for that. Yeah I've read quite a few good reviews on the pixel.

I think I've narrowed it down to either the xiaomi 9t for myself, or the pixel 3a for the gf.
Unless someone else springs in with another suggestion lol

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  # 2286721 31-Jul-2019 17:07
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33coupe:

 

Thanks for the replies, its really appreciated.

 

Some good info, but I still cant quite decide (bit more difficult thanks to ech3lon and a new recommendation lol). The pop up camera on the Xiaomi looked like it could snap off / get caught easily. Is it sold here?

 

 

Copied from my DM to 33coupe:

 

 

I've got it from einfo.co.nz, they have a store in northshore, you may need to order in advance, usually took 4-5 days.
They've been around for awhile and never had any issues from them, although personally never had to return/RMA an item, so I can't say what the after-sales support is like.

 

Do check out pricespy.co.nz (https://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=5143701 for the product listing)

 

Also, checkout it's bigger brother Mi 9T 'Pro', which is the same phone but with SD855, if you really want a flagship processor.
It's not available yet, but keep in mind it will also be pricier.

 

As for the negatives, nothing too major:

 

- Mono speaker, only at the bottom of the phone. Watching video in landscape it will sound from one side only.

 

- MIUI is quite a deviation from stock android, the good thing is it will work perfectly fine using custom launcher (Nova, etc)

 

- Onscreen fingerprint reader is a hit and miss; some people have better experience but in my case probably 1 out of 4 unlocks failed, although subsequent retries eventually works.
Coupled with the fact that MIUI doesn't have "lock after x minutes" setting means that you have to unlock pretty much every single time the phone falls asleep. It does have the usual pin/pattern/password/face unlock.

 

The pop up camera looks pretty sturdy, although apparently it has drop sensor which automatically retracts if it detects a free fall. I haven't tried it myself however.. :-)


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  # 2287322 1-Aug-2019 17:56
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The Pixel 3a turned up yesterday, and so far there are no major quibbles from Mrs NZgeek.

The biggest differences for her were the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen (only the new bar/back layout, not the classic 3 button layout) and that the Lens Blur mode in the camera is now Portrait.

Battery has been pretty good so far. I started at a full charge, did the setup and data transfer, downloaded and installed 89 apps/updates... and after all that and about 15 minutes playing a game, her battery was down to 77%.

I'll post back if she finds any more quibbles, but so far it's a winner for her.



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  # 2289210 3-Aug-2019 15:09
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Thanks for that, sounds like a great phone.

I think I'm leaning towards the xiaomi (I think I like an underdog haha) The bigger screen would be nice, andthe gf can have my phone.

Although I have just seen the oppo r17 on special. Hmm here we go again.. Haha

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  # 2290134 5-Aug-2019 11:51
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nzgeek:

 

I was looking at the Reno Z to replace my wife's Pixel (gen 1). It does look like a nice phone, but I did have a couple of issues when playing with it in store. For starters, it wasn't responding to Bluetooth media controls, which makes at an immediate no for my wife. Second, getting to the camera was a lot harder than the Pixel's double-tap of the power button.

I ended up getting her a Pixel 3a from Kogan.co.nz (the company that runs the new, online-only Dick Smith). It's $712.99 incl shipping and GST, which is in your price range. They're based in Aussie, but shipping is pretty good and most stuff arrives within a week.

While the Pixel phones may not have all the bells and whistles, they're generally pretty solid devices. Plus you get guaranteed monthly security patches for at least 3 years, and OS upgrades for 2 years.

 

 

 

 

Hi nzgeek, this is OPPO NZ, what kind of Bluetooth devices were you trying to connect to the Reno Z? We're they connecting and having difficulty with maintaining the connection?





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