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Wannabe Geek

#270153 25-Apr-2020 17:28
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Just recently discovered my M6 Note does not have the ability to transfer apps to an SD card (stupid Flyme software). I can't uninstall anymore apps that what is currently there as I need them (I can’t function as a human otherwise, no really). Only have 1 game for ffs! Biggest user of space is my Spotify cause I do like to download so I can listen to my playlists anywhere, but even that is only just over 5GB. Have done cache cleaning etc but it really is just the App storage. Anyways now looking to replace it but I am on a bit of a tight budget – what would you recommend based on the following:



  1. Can reuse existing SD Card 32GB Sans Micro
  2. Unlocked – don’t need plan, use Skinny prepay just fine
  3. Decent speed and internal storage WITH ability to transfer at least some Apps on to SD!
  4. Decent battery – 12hrs between charges? (depending on usage)
  5. OS that wont be obsolete within a year and can still get updates
  6. Good Bluetooth capability (use this quite a bit)
  7. Front and back cameras
  8. Average size, average weight
  9. Warranty support within in NZ


Cheers in advance 😊

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Uber Geek

  #2471227 25-Apr-2020 17:36
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this is a very good (budget) phone

edit: NZ Mi store has sold out online (only available for pickup)
PBTech have in stock for delivery

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Ultimate Geek

  #2471235 25-Apr-2020 17:53
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Quite happy with my Moto G7 plus. Battery life is not as good as my old Oppo AX5 but it lasts the day and the fast charger is super fast.

When I bought it a couple of months ago it was well within your price range and had a silicone case with it (not advertised)

Works fine on Skinny prepay. It came with Android 9 but has updated itself to 10 which seems like a good sign. Camera is OK but not as good as my aged DSLR :)


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Master Geek

  #2471247 25-Apr-2020 18:36
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I've got a Xiaomi Mi 9T 128gb and it goes swimmingly well. It's not the purest form of android compared to say a Pixel, but I removed all the stuff I didn't want with an ADB desktop tool. Chucked on GCAM for astrophotography.


Decent camera, plenty of space, okay updates, great battery etc. 


Must be pretty popular though, since they've sold out in many places. If you wrote this a week ago, you could have bid on a brand new 64gb Mi 9T I sold for $460 on Trade Me. 

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Ultimate Geek

  #2471249 25-Apr-2020 18:42
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Nokia 7.2. $549 from Spark - you could probably find it cheaper elsewhere.

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Uber Geek


  #2471289 25-Apr-2020 20:30
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Moto G8 Plus is a good, solid midrange phone. My wife, myself, and my Mum all have them. Great battery, good display (though I can't see it when it's rotated to landscape when I wear sunglasess), good performance, good storage. Everything is good. Nothing is great, but nothing annoys me either.


Skip Xiaomi IMHO. I had the 9T, which was quite a bit faster than the G8 Plus, great cameras, but the in-screen fingerprint reader was *terrible* and Xiaomi have disabled things like Google Smart lock that would've made it easier to use, it only works with their own branded products. I don't trust them to do what's best for their users.

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Uber Geek


  #2471319 25-Apr-2020 21:51
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I got a nokia 6.1 myself recently, havent had any complaints with it, good battery life, android updates thus far have been great.


photos are fine for what i do with them, which isnt much.


only thing i would like is some form of notification led, i belive thats on some of the .2 nokias.

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Wannabe Geek

  #2471645 26-Apr-2020 16:00
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timmmay - Do you think the G8 is better than the G7?


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Uber Geek


  #2471646 26-Apr-2020 16:11
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timmmay - Do you think the G8 is better than the G7?



I've never used a G7 and I don't know anything about it. Based on reading the G8 will be faster with better cameras and a better display, so yes, I expect it would be.


The G8 plus is out, not sure if the base G8 is out yet. We got two from the UK, I got mine from PB Tech the day before lockdown as my old phone was on its last legs, and without MFA I can't do my job.

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Wannabe Geek

  #2471652 26-Apr-2020 16:24
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Thanks everyone for suggestions. I think I might give the Moto G8+ a go. My only concern is that it is all plastic (G7 has glass back and gorilla glass front) but as I normally always have my phones in a wallet case I guess this will be ok.


Looking forward to Level 3 apart from round 2 of home schooling kids so a new phone will cheer me up! 😆

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Uber Geek


  #2471738 26-Apr-2020 20:14
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In a case, the G8+ feels like every other phone. Plastic, metal, etc, doesn't matter, most people cover them in rubber cases anyway.

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