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#277352 9-Oct-2020 14:59
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My partner is beginning to make noises about wanting a new phone for Christmas. She's got a bee in her bonnet about wanting one with triple cameras (I think she read something positive about them somewhere, and while she's not a photography geek she does enjoy trying to take nice photos). She also said she'd prefer a smaller phone over a larger one. Can anyone recommend something that is half decent and meets the following requirements:


  • Android 9+
  • Triple cameras
  • 3GB RAM minimum
  • <= $400
  • Available in NZ
  • For the Vodafone network
  • Must be able to play Pokemon Go reasonably well

I've looked at the following:


I haven't really looked at Huawei as my understanding is that their newer phones don't have access to the Google Play Store and I really don't want to have to side-load apps or use their own limited app store.


Any other recommendations I should have a look at? At the moment I'm leaning towards the Motorola Moto G8 but all of the above phones are largish and I haven't found any luck finding a smaller phone (eg < 6") that meets the other requirements.



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  #2581960 9-Oct-2020 15:26
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I was going to recommend the Oppo A91 which recently had a price drop - down to $437 at PB Tech and $448 at Noel Leeming, but it seems just as I look now the price has jumped back up to $600.


Was a great buy for my wife who is very happy with it. Oppo are running a promotion where you also get a bonus HP Sprocket printer by redemption.


Probably not as good a deal at $600, and of course is well over your budget at that price.

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  #2581962 9-Oct-2020 15:28
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Oppo A52?


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  #2581967 9-Oct-2020 15:41
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A little bit more expensive but take a look at the Huawei nova 5T - has everything you're asking for (including the Google Play store) and is getting frequent Android updates too. I bought my mother one of these and she loves it and so far this phone has really impressed me too.


The other one to look into is the iPhone SE - again, a bit more expensive but has the processor of the iPhone 11 and a very good camera also. By going with an iPhone you'll get a phone that'll last and get reliable software updates for years to come. Apple are extremely good at supporting their devices.

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