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My Samsung A3 has died, loved its smallness and lightness (most important features), but the screens keep failing and I'm not hard on phones so I'm not going to replace a fourth screen in 3 years. 

Got a nice £9 a month 5GB sim only deal that I've just started so can't commit to a new contract, budget is less than £200.

 

Seeing Moto E4+, Sony Experia L1, Nokia 6, Huawei P10 Lite.

 

Any suggestions, experience? 

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Try a Moto G5(S). The normal G5 is £180 (for 3GB RAM) off Amazon whilst the G5S is £199. Couple of reviews here:

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/moto-g5

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/moto-g5s

ETA: My Mum has a G4 and it seems to be a perfectly functional phone. Obviously won't run as fast as some of the top of the range models but for the price they are cracking phones by all accounts.

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You'll get something for similar specs for around 120 if you go onto Gearbest. Head over to the chinese phone thread, and I say that as a person who doubted it 18 months ago!

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1 hour ago, fatshaft said:

My Samsung A3 has died, loved its smallness and lightness (most important features), but the screens keep failing and I'm not hard on phones so I'm not going to replace a fourth screen in 3 years. 

Got a nice £9 a month 5GB sim only deal that I've just started so can't commit to a new contract, budget is less than £200.

 

Seeing Moto E4+, Sony Experia L1, Nokia 6, Huawei P10 Lite.

 

Any suggestions, experience? 

 

46 minutes ago, Big Fifer said:

You'll get something for similar specs for around 120 if you go onto Gearbest. Head over to the chinese phone thread, and I say that as a person who doubted it 18 months ago!

Like the amazing Elephone S8. AND I just happen to have a brand new one sitting boxed and available for £175 ;) 

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Just now, Mr X said:

 

Like the amazing Elephone S8. AND I just happen to have a brand new one sitting boxed and available for £175 ;) 

How can I report a mod for spamming? :P

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Just now, Big Fifer said:

How can I report a mod for spamming? :P

Come at me :lol:

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20 minutes ago, Mr X said:

 

Like the amazing Elephone S8. AND I just happen to have a brand new one sitting boxed and available for £175 ;) 

I noticed in that China topic, currently reviewing specs. Stay with me ;) 

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  Samsung A3 Moto E4+ Moto G5s Nokia 3 Nokia 6 Experia L1 Experia L2 Huawei P10 Lite Elephone S8
display 4.5" 5.5" 5.2" 5" 5.5" 5.5" 5.5" 5.1" 6"
res 540x960 720x1280 1080x1920 720x1280 1080x1920 720x1280 720x1280 1080x1920 1440x2560
pixels 245 267 424 294 403 267 267 432 403
processor 1.2GHz 1.3GHz 1.4GHz 1.4GHz 1.4GHz 1.45GHz 1.5GHz 2.4GHz 2.5GHz
camera front 5 mp 5mp 5mp 8mp 8mp 5mp 8mp 8mp 8mp
camera back 8mp 13mp 16mp 8mp 16mp 13mp 13mp 20mp 21mp
storage 16GB 16GB 32GB 16GB 32GB 16GB 32GB 64GB 64GB
RAM 1GB 3GB 3GB 2GB 3GB 2GB 3GB 4GB 4GB
L 130mm 155mm 150mmm 143mm 154mm 151mm 150mm 145mm 158mm
W 65mm 77mm 74mm 71mm 76mm 74mm 78mm 69mm 80mm
T 6.9mm 9.6mm 9.5mm 8.5mm 7.9mm 8.7mm 9.8mm 7mm 8mm
weight 110g 198g 157g 140g 169g 180g 178g 145g 195g
protection Gorilla glass Gorilla glass Gorilla glass Gorilla glass Gorilla glass   Gorilla glass x  Gorilla glass
Battery 2300 aMh 5000 aMh 3000 aMh   3000 aMh 2620 aMh 3300mAh 3200mAh 4000 aMh
  £230 £149 £199 £130 £170 £150 tbc £180

£174

 

 

 

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8 minutes ago, fatshaft said:

Mr X, I think the Huawei shades it :(

What, the P10 lite? With its 5" screen and paltry 8 cores?

Shirley, you cannot be serious?

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Got to agree with Mr X. The Elephone S8 has a cracking 2k 6" screen, while the P10 lite has a smaller 5.2" screen and is only full hd with a smaller battery and inferior processor.

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1 hour ago, Mr X said:

What, the P10 lite? With its 5" screen and paltry 8 cores?

Shirley, you cannot be serious?

5" screen = good. Smaller the better (remember those days when big was bad) :)  

 

8 cores means nothing to me? Fitsat? 

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29 minutes ago, fatshaft said:

5" screen = good. Smaller the better (remember those days when big was bad) :)  

No, to both

29 minutes ago, fatshaft said:

 

8 cores means nothing to me? Fitsat? 

Number of cores in the processor. The more the better.

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Ah, ok, should have clarified my opening post then. 

Smaller, thinner and lighter the better, more storage the better, good camera. That trumps technical stuff I'm not going to notice. Rarely watch anything on phone, never use it for any sort of games. 

 

I'd be right in saying my 2014 model A3 has quad-core, so the Huawei is doubly better? Other than the screens keep exploding, I've had no issues with it, so 8 core would be good for me. 

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28 minutes ago, fatshaft said:

Ah, ok, should have clarified my opening post then. 

Smaller, thinner and lighter the better, more storage the better, good camera. That trumps technical stuff I'm not going to notice. Rarely watch anything on phone, never use it for any sort of games. 

 

I'd be right in saying my 2014 model A3 has quad-core, so the Huawei is doubly better? Other than the screens keep exploding, I've had no issues with it, so 8 core would be good for me. 

What colour? :rolleyes: :P

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Just now, Mr X said:

What colour? :rolleyes: :P

Does it come in pink? :wub:

I don't think your fancy technical stuff trumps getting it in ma pooch, but thanks for the offer. 

 

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14 hours ago, Gypsy Joe Swanton said:

Mr Shaft, my tuppence....

 

https://m.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_691987.html?wid=4&currency=GBP&vip=1006721&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9t2R2cPL2AIVSWYbCh2l_QHyEAQYAiABEgJ8OfD_BwE

 

New model out so £100.... Octacore, big 4100mah battery, small at 5"  screen.

 

Sure it has the Miui9 upgrade available too.

 

 

I have the Redmi 4 (which I think is slightly different from the 4X?). It's a brilliant phone.

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15 hours ago, Gypsy Joe Swanton said:

Mr Shaft, my tuppence....

 

https://m.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_691987.html?wid=4&currency=GBP&vip=1006721&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9t2R2cPL2AIVSWYbCh2l_QHyEAQYAiABEgJ8OfD_BwE

 

New model out so £100.... Octacore, big 4100mah battery, small at 5"  screen.

 

Sure it has the Miui9 upgrade available too.

 

 

Thats a huuuge battery for such a teeny tiny phone

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I just got my Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 yesterday. Less than £120 for 5.5 inch 1080P screen. Belter. https://www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_704640.html

On the smaller version, nothing wrong with the 720P screen.  The linked model doesn't support 800MHz 4G, kind of a big issue since all carriers use that band. O2 only have 800MHz 4G and you will have diminished coverage with other carrier. You need to get the Global Version

https://www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_625751.html?wid=4

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So just make sure you check you get the correct version. FDD-LTE B20. TD-LTE doesn't matter, it is only used in China.

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Mr Shaft, my tuppence....
 
https://m.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_691987.html?wid=4&currency=GBP&vip=1006721&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9t2R2cPL2AIVSWYbCh2l_QHyEAQYAiABEgJ8OfD_BwE
 
New model out so £100.... Octacore, big 4100mah battery, small at 5"  screen.
 
Sure it has the Miui9 upgrade available too.
 
 
That's the one I have as well. Got it about 5 months ago and it's been brilliant. The battery honestly lasts two days even with moderate/heavy use. Saving battery is not even a consideration now. Got it for £105 as well.

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