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Balinor
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  #2541214 14-Aug-2020 17:48
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Bhima:

 

Before Amazon ran out of stock I had tried to add one to cart and go through till payment and was able to. It added on GST automatically too!

 

I didn't actually order it though so can't be sure.

 

 

 

 

Nice! Do you recall what the price worked out to be with GST in NZD?


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  #2541304 14-Aug-2020 19:27
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Balinor:

 

Bhima:

 

Before Amazon ran out of stock I had tried to add one to cart and go through till payment and was able to. It added on GST automatically too!

 

I didn't actually order it though so can't be sure.

 

 

 

 

Nice! Do you recall what the price worked out to be with GST in NZD?

 

 

I can't be sure but I think it was like $55. Don't quote me on it!

 

Hopefully it will be in stock soon and we can check again :)


 
 
 
 


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  #2541329 14-Aug-2020 20:19
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I ordered my replacement Pixel 3a via Amazon and they would be my goto if I was going to get the 4a


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  #2541430 15-Aug-2020 09:10
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How long did it take to come from Amazon?


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  #2541540 15-Aug-2020 12:45
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I ordered from Amazon recently. It took them 4 days to dispatch the order, then it took 6 days for DHL to deliver it to my door. I paid economy shipping.

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  #2541668 15-Aug-2020 14:27
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10 days is pretty good.


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  #2544414 19-Aug-2020 13:11
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timmmay:

 

Many phones ship without a charger these days anyone. Not sure if the 4a has a charger in the box. I have plenty of USB power anyway, and I prefer slower chargers as it's better for your battery to charge slowly. I use a good quality moderate speed charger, and stop my phone at about 80 - 85% to help ensure the battery lasts. I only charge it full if I'm not going to be near a charge for half a day.

 

 

Is that actually a thing?

 

It appears that the 4a comes with an 18w type C charger supplied.

 

There's some "oddness" with the Pixel 3 I've got - and chargers.  With the OEM charger I didn't think it was doing "fast charge" as I'd plug it in and it would notify that it was "charging" - not "charging rapidly".  But then on occasions it does go straight into "charging rapidly" mode.  I think (but not sure) that if the phone is warm from being in my pocket, then it won't go in to fast charging mode using the OEM wall-wart.  But if I plug it in to the C port on my Intel NUC, it always goes in to fast charging mode.  If I plug it in to the C port on the Dell laptop I'm using now, then it's "Charging-slowly" - and when they say slowly, they're serious about it. Maybe I should avoid using the NUC for charging phones if it's got potential to kill batteries.  Despite small battery being a gripe about the Pixel 3. Normal or wireless charge speed is plenty fast enough for my usual needs, I'm not a heavy phone user, one full charge lasts me for days.  


 
 
 
 


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  #2544418 19-Aug-2020 13:19
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Fred99:

 

timmmay:

 

Many phones ship without a charger these days anyone. Not sure if the 4a has a charger in the box. I have plenty of USB power anyway, and I prefer slower chargers as it's better for your battery to charge slowly. I use a good quality moderate speed charger, and stop my phone at about 80 - 85% to help ensure the battery lasts. I only charge it full if I'm not going to be near a charge for half a day.

 

 

Is that actually a thing?

 

 

Yes. Read this article, and this article. A key quote in the summary of the second article is "Consumer and most industrial Li-ion chargers charge the battery fully. They do not offer adjustable end-of-charge voltages that would prolong the service life of Li-ion by lowering the end charge voltage and accepting a shorter runtime".

 

 

 

 


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  #2544449 19-Aug-2020 13:52
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timmmay:

 

Yes. Read this article, and this article. A key quote in the summary of the second article is "Consumer and most industrial Li-ion chargers charge the battery fully. They do not offer adjustable end-of-charge voltages that would prolong the service life of Li-ion by lowering the end charge voltage and accepting a shorter runtime".

 

 

OK.  I've never bothered about looking in to it, never needed to replace a battery on a smartphone before binning the phone, my last phone (Nexus 5x) managed close to 4 years before doing random reboots which I expect is a very bad sign given the issues many experienced, but battery life still seemed pretty good.


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  #2544490 19-Aug-2020 14:58
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Fred99:

 

OK.  I've never bothered about looking in to it, never needed to replace a battery on a smartphone before binning the phone, my last phone (Nexus 5x) managed close to 4 years before doing random reboots which I expect is a very bad sign given the issues many experienced, but battery life still seemed pretty good.

 

 

Batteries do wear out. A Huawei I have has battery capacity reduced from 3000mah to 2000mah after three years according to Accubattery. My S4's battery is a few years old, used by my toddler occasionally, that lasts about 40 minutes of screen time. Xiaomi 9T had from memory a 4000mah battery but tested capacity was less than 3500mah, probably lower quality. Moto G8 plus has 4000 mah battery, it's tested at 3800 to 3900 and is staying about level or going down very very slowly over time.


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  #2545264 20-Aug-2020 14:05
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I wonder if Mighty Ape will sell the 4a.  The sell the 4 XL at a price https://www.mightyape.co.nz/product/google-pixel-4-xl-64gb6gb-ram-black/32926283





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  #2546729 21-Aug-2020 07:31
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  #2546736 21-Aug-2020 07:57
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Thanks for the heads up!  Sooooo tempted....   Hmmm, given they're shipping direct (and charging GST, not that this really matters but still)  would this be covered by CGA?





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  #2546748 21-Aug-2020 08:23
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Shame the price jumps up a bit with GST and such. Still, not a bad price. I think I want one, but I want to read some end user reviews before I order.

 

CGA might apply to overseas sellers: "If you bought an item online from an overseas seller, the Act might still apply but it becomes much more difficult to resolve issues and enforce your rights."


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  #2546770 21-Aug-2020 08:45
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@Bhima. Are Google now selling direct to NZ or is that from an overseas third party retailer?


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