Android Thread v2

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by Knoyleo » Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:06 am

Errkal wrote:
Knoyleo wrote:Whatever happened to the days when the Nexus and OnePlus phones were giving you flagship handsets for south of £300?

Are there any good, up to date handsets in that de range, or are they all just cut back/outdated models, now?


Companies can't run ay a loss forever at some point they have to increase prices to gain profit.

Also the power in them makes the hardware cost more to make so cost more to buy.

It'll be worse if Google start charging oems for android which they currently don't as a result of new rules from the eu after their fine.

strawberry float the companies, I want my bleeding edge tech for under £300.

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by Meep » Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:42 am

Something that cost £300 five years ago is probably going to cost about £370 now based solely on monetary change with inflation and currency values, so about half the price rise probably has nothing to do with the hardware or increasing profits.

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by That's not a growth » Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:49 am

I got a Pixel a few weeks ago on a deal I saw on HotUKDeals for £195. Most I was willing to pay and am very happy with it.

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by Grumpy David » Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:11 pm

I bought my Nexus 6P in 2015 for £449.

Nexus 5 in 2013 for £299.

Nexus 4 in 2012 for £279.

Nexus S in 2010 for I think £430.

And now I am considering paying £900 in 2018 for the Galaxy Note 9 in a few days time. Can't imagine the Pixel 3XL will be much cheaper.

Smartphone price inflation these last few years has massively gone up especially when Google scrapped the Nexus range and introduced Pixel. Samsung and iPhones were never as cheap as the glorious days of Nexus 4 and 5 but £1,000~ flagships are normal. :dread:

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PostRe: Android Thread v2
by Meep » Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:34 pm

Still plenty of perfectly good models for around £300-400 range. If you're paying nearly a grand for a phone you better have a good reason or a lot of money.

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by Karl » Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:03 pm

What's the advantage of a £1000 phone over a £300 phone? I think my A5-2017 was about £300 at the time I signed up for it and I think it's pretty good. This is an an honest question: what am I missing out on?

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by Return_of_the_STAR » Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:27 pm

I urge anyone who doesn't want to spend silly amounts on a phone call to check out the Nokia 8. Now £259 in john Lewis. Great phone.

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by Grumpy David » Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:22 am

Meep wrote:Still plenty of perfectly good models for around £300-400 range. If you're paying nearly a grand for a phone you better have a good reason or a lot of money.


I have a nexus 6p so a phone at that price range won't be an improvement. Would just be a replacement and probably a compromise in some areas.

I can afford it and I need an upgrade. Battery on this phone is strawberry floated.

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by Death's Head » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:29 am

Poco F1 looks like it could shake things up. High spec phone at budget price from Xiaomi. Probably have to import like their other phones though.

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by HailToTheKingBaby! » Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:50 pm

The Honor 10 is great still at sub £400. Had it since around launch and still loving it.

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by Rocsteady » Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:05 pm

If you shop around you can do well.

Recently bought an S8+ second half for 320 from Amazon - said the back was all cracked but there's barely a scratch and the battery still lasts all day no bother.

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by Errkal » Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:25 pm

Random new phone company in Germany doing a cheap phone with their own android skin that's black and white.

https://www.blloc.com/

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by Johnny Ryall » Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:30 pm

Got an s9+ with a work discount. I love it. Samsung are definitely pushing the premium end, the screen and speakers are something else.

UI is nowhere near as bad as the last time I was near a Samsung either. Note looks cool but too big for me I think.

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by Rightey » Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:41 am

Can confirm the whole price inflation thing. I recently turned in my Asus Zenfone 3 which I had for 2 years as I had an extended warranty on it which was about to run out and I replaced it with an Asus Zenfone 5q. Spec wise, it's nearly the same thing!

- 2Ghz octocore processor vs 2.2Ghz in the 5q
- Adreno 506 vs Adreno 508
- 4GB or RAM each
- 64GB of storage in each

Yet 2 years later the 5q costs more, how is that possible? When it was released the 3 was basically flagship level, while the 5q is barely mid range, and somehow the camera is worse and it's had a bunch of features removed! :x

So now I'm regretting turning in my 3, but if I didn't I'd lose out on the $100 that the extended warranty cost me. I'm going to bring back my 5q though and get another phone but the only problem is I need to select something from this list...

https://www.staples.ca/en/Unlocked-Cell ... CA_1_20001

Does anyone have any suggestions? The one thing I found that looks good spec and price wise would be the Zenfone AR, on there it's listed for $899, but I've found it from somewhere else for $499, so I can get a price match, only problem is the reviews for reliability are awful.

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PostRe: Android Thread v2
by Grumpy David » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:38 pm

Google announced the Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3. I'm glad I swapped to the Note 9 (previous phone history: Nexus S, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6P).

The state of the notch and chin on the 3XL...

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So big you could stack the notifications on top of another (it doesn't do this).

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Sooooo off-centre, would drive me mad.





On the plus side the camera is almost certainly going to be the best camera of 2018 just like the Pixel 2 was in 2017.

And I'm sceptical of the screen claim because I can't see it being better than my Note 9:




Pricing for USA and EU: $899/€959 so possibly around £799 in the UK.

Further details here:

https://www.xda-developers.com/google-pixel-3-google-pixel-3-xl-specs-features-pricing-availability/

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by Rocsteady » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:27 pm

Got a lot of travel coming up, anyone got good game recommendations? Thinking along the lines of Civ/Age of Empires style historical game if there's one that's good. Thanks.

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PostRe: Android Thread v2
by Meep » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:55 pm

Why can't we just have cameras behind the screen and just turn those pixels off when it needs to be used? OLED and other displays are transparent when not powered so I'm sure it could be done and get rid of the notch rubbish.

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PostRe: Android Thread v2
by Sandy » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:17 pm

Or just build a phone for people that don't take selfies or make video calls, like me. I want a completely bezeless phone with no front facing camera.

I can't be a niche market...

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by Rocsteady » Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:43 am

Rocsteady wrote:Got a lot of travel coming up, anyone got good game recommendations? Thinking along the lines of Civ/Age of Empires style historical game if there's one that's good. Thanks

Mon lads eh, thought this was a gaming forum. Regret selling my switch now.

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by Drumstick » Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:21 pm

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