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# 260083 9-Nov-2019 21:38
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Samsung A30 vs A50 vs oppo A9 2020 vs Nokia 7.2  They all seem so similar

 

The Samsungs have great batteries as does the oppo

 

The oppo and Nokia have better cameras

 

The A30 is obviously the cheaper of the lot but other than camera doesn't appear that different from the A50 (missing a depth camera that i don't care about).

 

Have gotten quite used to the Samsung skin after 2 years with a s7 edge

 

Does the Nokia 7.2 work well with 2degrees seeing as it is only sold by spark?

 

Is there much difference in usage between the A30 and A50 with the faster processor?

 

Has anyone used the oppo?

 

Any other alternatives my s7 edge is randomly turning off and need to replace and have a budget of around $500.


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  # 2350879 9-Nov-2019 22:07
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I think at this stage Nokia 7.2 sold currently are locked on Spark (you need to pay $30 extra to unlock), you can try and get it from mobilestation or expertinfotech but I wouldn't touch them with a pole as you never know where those mobiles come from and if you will get after sales support, I have used A30 and A50 a lot, both are generally underpowered CPU's so I would recommend A50 in this case. You can compare here: https://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=9579&idPhone2=9554#diff- 

 

A30s and A50s have just come out so see if you can maybe get one of those instead. I personally stay away from Oppo due to the Chinese software personalization. 


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  # 2350883 9-Nov-2019 22:24
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@blackjack17

I was a Samsung fanboy until...last week.. (owned note 1/2/3/4/5/6/8 and Galaxy s2, s8+ in the past)

I bought dual SIM phone as a spare and chose oppo reno2. Oh my, my note 9 is sitting there collecting dust.

If you want my note 9 let me know. If you get oppo on 36months interest free the phone will only cost you $500 rather than $700.





 
 
 
 


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  # 2352314 12-Nov-2019 15:10
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lNomNoml:

 

I think at this stage Nokia 7.2 sold currently are locked on Spark (you need to pay $30 extra to unlock), you can try and get it from mobilestation or expertinfotech but I wouldn't touch them with a pole as you never know where those mobiles come from and if you will get after sales support, I have used A30 and A50 a lot, both are generally underpowered CPU's so I would recommend A50 in this case. You can compare here: https://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=9579&idPhone2=9554#diff- 

 

A30s and A50s have just come out so see if you can maybe get one of those instead. I personally stay away from Oppo due to the Chinese software personalization. 

 

 

 

 

Nokia 7.2 is not SIM/network locked to Spark. Spark variant also supports Dual SIM.


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  # 2352614 13-Nov-2019 08:50
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There are great midrange options in NZ right now - and looming sales.

 

Also worth considering:

 

  • LG V30+
  • Xiaomi Mi 9T
  • Redmi Note 8 Pro
  • Huawei Nova 5T
  • Motorola One Vision




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  # 2352659 13-Nov-2019 09:16
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Why not throw the Xiaomi Mi 9 lite into the fight as well? Bought this from PB Tech (when it was $499) for my son and I'm seriously impressed with this device. AMOLED screen, 4000maH battery, under screen fingerprint scanner, headphone jack, micro-sd card slot and Snapdragon 710 processor. He's stoked with it and I'm seriously considering looking at Xiaomi for my next device purchase.








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  # 2352669 13-Nov-2019 10:00
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Ended up going with the A50 $480 from Noel Leemings and I could use true reward points.

 

Only issue I had has the inscreen finger scanner was hopeless, but an update has been installed that is meant to fix it (just need to retrain my fingers).

 

The face unlock is great (but doesn't work with sun glasses).

 

Looks good and feels quicker than my s7 Edge.

 

Battery is great

 

Overall quite happy with it.

 

 


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  # 2352741 13-Nov-2019 12:46
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maoriboy:

 

Why not throw the Xiaomi Mi 9 lite into the fight as well? Bought this from PB Tech (when it was $499) for my son and I'm seriously impressed with this device. AMOLED screen, 4000maH battery, under screen fingerprint scanner, headphone jack, micro-sd card slot and Snapdragon 710 processor. He's stoked with it and I'm seriously considering looking at Xiaomi for my next device purchase.

 

 

 

 

Best Xiaomi deal around at the moment (IMO) is the Pocophone F1 from Dick Smith for $400

 

https://www.dicksmith.co.nz/dn/buy/xiaomi-pocophone-f1-128gb-armoured-edition-with-kevlar-xiaomi/

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2352745 13-Nov-2019 12:54
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How are Xiaomi for:

 

  • User interface - plain Android or a heavy skin?
  • Updates - security and Android versions?

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  # 2353170 14-Nov-2019 10:59
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timmmay:

 

How are Xiaomi for:

 

  • User interface - plain Android or a heavy skin?
  • Updates - security and Android versions?

 

Almost all of their devices run MIUI, pretty heavy skin with ads (though ads can be removed with some free and rootless ad blockers, like Blokada). Xiaomi has Android One devices A1/A2/A2Lite and recently released A3. A1/A2/A2Lite are lacking Band 28. A3 has Band 28, but it has low resolution display and for some ppl it's a deal breaker. I've bought it for 147 USD on Ali, best ever value for money.

 

Re security updates, as part of Android One program Xiaomi committed to 2y of OS updates and 3y of security updates for its Android One devices.  Though MIUI is updated regularly as well. My kid has Mi 8 Lite and it gets updates ever month or so.


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