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#295689 15-Apr-2022 00:16
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I'm looking for advice on a new Android phone.


I've had an LG V30+ for the last 3 years. It's been really good but it's starting to lose
connection to the mobile phone network more & more often which requires a restart before I
can make/receive calls or texts. I think this indicates its getting close to end of life.


I'm looking for a mid-range (or high end previous generation) Android phone.


Budget is up to $700.


Aside from a good bright screen, important features are:
* good camera (used often for snapshots).
* decent battery life
* decent performance
* needs to work on Vodafone network


Nice to have would be some level of water resistance rating (eg IP68 or similar).


Looking at Easter sales, I've found a couple that look good around the $700 mark:
* Motorola Edge 20 Pro 5G (2021) 12GB + 256GB
* Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) Snapdragon 865 Edition 6GB + 128GB


Does anyone have any feedback on these models, or any other suggestions?


Thanks in advance,

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  #2902542 15-Apr-2022 05:09
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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) Snapdragon 865 Edition user here.


Takes good photos, battery lasts me the day, very happy with the performance, not sure about Vodafone network? I'm 2degrees.


I would be surprised if it didn't work on Vodafone.

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  #2902544 15-Apr-2022 05:53
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Your shortlist of these two phones suggests to me that:
- water resistance of some sort is necessary and not an option
- you want a local retailer with stock on hand rather than relying on drop-shipping 


On paper the Motorola looks a winner meeting more of your main requirements but the Samsung is sold by Vodafone so it is the safe option for trouble-free configuration and support. Personally, I’d take IP68 and better Vodafone support because better performance is no good if the phone doesn’t work.


Camera: +Motorola - selfies, macro, AF
Battery: ++Motorola - 5 days vs 4 days
Performance: ++Motorola - 12GB memory!
Vodafone: +++Samsung


IP68: +Samsung - IP68 vs IP52


5G: +++Motorola
Sound: ++Samsung - stereo & quality
Storage: +Motorola - 256GB usually beats 128GB + microSD

  #2902549 15-Apr-2022 07:12
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How about a Pixel 5A? It is a little over the budget, but I’m sure it goes around that price if on a special deal. I guess the only hard part of owning a Pixel in an iPhone-Samsung dominated country is that hardware support is really lacking, whether it be accessories or replacement parts. But hey it meets your requirements lol


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  #2902556 15-Apr-2022 07:35
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Mrcutiepatootie: How about a Pixel 5A?

Don't do it. Google does not support 5G or VoLTE for NZ carriers or vice versa. There is a long topic about that on geekzone. Please read it if you need more info on that.

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  #2902559 15-Apr-2022 07:49
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I love the Pixel 4a I have, but I agree that looking for something that supports NZ 5G / VoLTE is probably a better bet. I will look at a Samsung or Oppo when this needs replacing.


You could try a hard reset of your phone to see if it's software rather than hardware causing the problem. Make sure you take a good backup first - data, photos, text messages, etc.

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  #2902593 15-Apr-2022 11:35
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Cheaper than the A53 with this special. 


Vodafone already supports VoLTE and also VoWiFi with this device.


It's gonna be supported for good few years to come.


It's also packing a much better SoC than the A53.


Also you can still get the A52s 5G which has the Snapdragon 778G which is still better than the A53's Exynos 1280. It also has a headphone jack and it's cheaper than the A53 and the S20FE, and you get 5G!






I would also advise looking against anything that isn't explicitly supported by Vodafone(or by any other carrier by that nature). Certain features like 5G and VoLTE and VoWiFi will be a "your mileage will vary we can't guarantee it, you're welcome to try but we can't support it".





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  #2902610 15-Apr-2022 12:47
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Cheaper than the A53 with this special. 

Even less from noel Leeming via the market. Same offer but 10% for market club members that's got a free trial.


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  #2909995 4-May-2022 10:11
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Thought I'd update the topic - after reading a little about the VoLTE calling, I ended up buying the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) Snapdragon 865 Edition.


Very happy with the new phone so far.


Thanks everyone for the advice.

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  #2910005 4-May-2022 10:43
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I have Samsung M51 and A52 phones.  They both tick those boxes. The battery on the M51 in particular is a tank, you'd need to wait for a special as its ~$750.  The A52 camera seems better, especially for video.


My only regret is that when I bought the M51, I didn't check if it has wireless charging (it doesn't).  Not a major with USB-C though, as charging is so quick.



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  #2910010 4-May-2022 11:02
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I grabbed a Samsung A72 last year via work, been happy with it, great camera.



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