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Title: New Phone Thread
Post by: horlock07 on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 16:11:45
I would normally go into the shop and sort this out but obviously that's a non starter at the moment.

I presently have a Samsung Galaxy J3(2017) which is getting on a bit and I am due a 'free' upgrade as my contract is ending. I would be looking for a fairly new model of Samsung (could go elsewhere if necessary) which is broadly the same size any suggestions?


Title: Re: New Phone Thread
Post by: 4D on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 16:22:55
I have an A50 and really like it


Title: Re: New Phone Thread
Post by: Peter Venkman on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 18:26:53
I have a Samsung M31 which has the high capacity battery and its brilliant, with fairly heavy use each charge lasts me 3 to 4 days easily.

https://www.samsung.com/in/smartphones/galaxy-m/galaxy-m31-blue-64gb-sm-m315fzbdins/


Title: Re: New Phone Thread
Post by: bamboonoclue on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 20:59:49
Huawei VOG-LO9. With HC Battery, 128GB Mem. With very heavy use, I get 48hrs inc a fair amount of YouTube streaming, camera and video usage.

With moderate (or normal) usage for me, I would get similar in the range as PVs M31.

This is also with any extra strain it takes whilst working a bit harder than most as my device hotspots to three others nearly constantly. So you may see even better performance but not sure how much that comes into play. I'm lucky in the sense that I have a 4G+ (Basically O2's better middle ground getting close to 5G) repeater mast, about 100yards away from my property.


Title: Re: New Phone Thread
Post by: jayohaitchenn on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 05:22:39
Nokia 7.2

I'll never buy a flagship smartphone brand again.


Title: Re: New Phone Thread
Post by: Chunkyhair on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 10:24:20
Samsung A series (I think they were J series previously) have always been good for me.  I would recommend going sim only though and buying the phone outright (under 200 on Amazon).  Long term much cheaper than phone on contract and massive range of Sim only deals out there


Title: Re: New Phone Thread
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 10:28:23
Thanks all, seem to have narrowed it down to A21s v A12, not idea what the difference is gonna be sticking a pin job I reckon!


Title: Re: New Phone Thread
Post by: Peter Venkman on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 10:49:45
Thanks all, seem to have narrowed it down to A21s v A12, not idea what the difference is gonna be sticking a pin job I reckon!
If thats your choice its a no brainer A21s has more RAM making it faster opening and running apps, its a 64gb internal storage which is double the other for the sake of losing 5% processor speed which is neither here nor there with octa cores, otherwise the specs are pretty similar.


Title: Re: New Phone Thread
Post by: Wobbly Bob on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 10:53:11
Thanks all, seem to have narrowed it down to A21s v A12, not idea what the difference is gonna be sticking a pin job I reckon!

Recently switched to a A21s.
Very good battery life and a decent enough phone.
Not had cause to try any of the 4 cameras yet but works well as an alarm clock.


Title: Re: New Phone Thread
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 11:06:55
If thats your choice its a no brainer A21s has more RAM making it faster opening and running apps, its a 64gb internal storage which is double the other for the sake of losing 5% processor speed which is neither here nor there with octa cores, otherwise the specs are pretty similar.


The offers from Vodafone are...

A21 3gb RAM and 32 internal storage
v
A12 4gb RAM and 64 internal storage, hence I am more inclined to go A12.

FWIW I don't know why I get into all this, I only use the bloody thing for basic work phone and emails and pissing about in the evening!


Title: Re: New Phone Thread
Post by: Peter Venkman on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 11:10:41
The offers from Vodafone are...

A21 3gb RAM and 32 internal storage
v
A12 4gb RAM and 64 internal storage, hence I am more inclined to go A12.

FWIW I don't know why I get into all this, I only use the bloody thing for basic work phone and emails and pissing about in the evening!
I think you are mistaken mate.

The specs are the other way around.

(https://i.postimg.cc/zDFdY0f7/Untitled.png)


Title: Re: New Phone Thread
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 11:23:22
I think you are mistaken mate.

The specs are the other way around.

(https://i.postimg.cc/zDFdY0f7/Untitled.png)

Not according to the Yodafone website, sorry don't know how to do a screen dump.

Oh I don't bloody know!


Title: Re: New Phone Thread
Post by: Peter Venkman on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 11:34:02
:) TBH I hate buying new mobiles as specs can change with each year upgrade etc.

If they say its 64gb and 4gb ram then obviously whichever has that on Vodaphone go with it as you would be silly not to.


Title: Re: New Phone Thread
Post by: Chunkyhair on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 12:11:32
FWIW I don't know why I get into all this, I only use the bloody thing for basic work phone and emails and pissing about in the evening!

Just buy the cheapest phone you like :D. I am like you - phone calls, texts, WhatsApp messages and a bit of web browsing.  Who needs a 1000 phone for that?

As for 4 fucking cameras??? WTF


Title: Re: New Phone Thread
Post by: pauld on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 12:20:34
Just buy the cheapest phone you like :D. I am like you - phone calls, texts, WhatsApp messages and a bit of web browsing.  Who needs a 1000 phone for that?

As for 4 fucking cameras??? WTF
No you don't need all the bells and whistles but if you go uber cheap (100 quid or less) you may find they quite struggle to run even basic Android if they're underspecced, esp on CPU or memory (as opposed to storage) and that you might struggle to install more than a few apps if they've skimped on the storage. As specs improve, OS and app developers allow their code to bloat accordingly. The other thing I've found with cheapish phones from no-name manufacturers in the 100-200 quid range is that they sometimes don't last that long, the charging port being a particular point of weakness usually goes after 18 months to 2 years. Doesn't mean you need the latest and greatest 12 core behemoth as you say, but cut too many corners in the uber cheap range and it can be frustrating.

FWIW we got my Mum and Dad a couple of the new budget Motorolas at Christmas to replace their aging and creaking old handsets and they are delighted with them. They weren't a lot more than 100 quid.


Title: Re: New Phone Thread
Post by: horlock07 on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 12:29:02
No you don't need all the bells and whistles but if you go uber cheap (100 quid or less) you may find they quite struggle to run even basic Android if they're underspecced, esp on CPU or memory (as opposed to storage) and that you might struggle to install more than a few apps if they've skimped on the storage.

^^^^ This

The only reason I am upgrading now is the phone I have is full to the Sally Gunnells meaning that if I ever want to install a new app I have to remove another one first (and I have fuck all on there). Had my fingers burnt previously when I bought a phone which turned out to be a model which was already about 2 years old so after about 6 months it was struggling to do anything.

Anyway ordered now so we can close the thread! 


Title: Re: New Phone Thread
Post by: Chunkyhair on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 12:35:48
Apologies - wasn't advocating the cheapest posssible phone (the old adage you get what you pay for rings true at the cheap end with any tech purchase).  Cheapest decent phone was what I meant (eg A12vA21s) - is the performance difference that great it will have an impact on a "normal user"? Thats the choice I guess. 

For the life of me why someone would spend a grand on the latest Iphone or whatever is a mystery to me


Title: Re: New Phone Thread
Post by: bamboonoclue on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 17:15:39
 

For the life of me why someone would spend a grand on the latest Iphone or whatever is a mystery to me

It really should depend on what you will be using it for and it is all relative. Even at the top end, comparing performance/specs/memory etc should still be a priority regardless of the usage. As many know, often the latest iPhones aren't a good match with models in the same range but they have such a good marketing strategy/brand loyalty that people will buy/upgrade with them without even thinking if they are getting anything better/VFM.

The same applies when buying cameras RE: Brand loyalty. Sometimes it comes down to familiarity or purely just "what you like". Horlock here is a prime example as he has stayed with Samsung. It's no bad thing of course and whatever works for him (and price) is ultimately the defining factor :)