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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8280 on: October 10, 2021, 03:20:51 am »
The Galaxy A52 is a very good midrange phone. Check that out whenever you do decide to buy one.

I was looking at the A52 but am seriously thinking about moving away from Samsung and getting a Redmi Note 10 Pro,just as good a phone imo but £160 cheaper.
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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8281 on: October 11, 2021, 12:11:59 pm »
I was looking at the A52 but am seriously thinking about moving away from Samsung and getting a Redmi Note 10 Pro,just as good a phone imo but £160 cheaper.


Yep, the Chinese brands are usually always more value for money.

I don't know, I see things like this -- https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/lithuania-says-throw-away-chinese-phones-due-censorship-concerns-2021-09-21/ -- and just reinforces my belief not to buy any of their phones.

Not that I'm discouraging anyone from buying them, and yes all phones can be spied on, and yes I know I'm just being paranoid  ;D

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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8282 on: October 12, 2021, 01:40:42 pm »
I was looking at the A52 but am seriously thinking about moving away from Samsung and getting a Redmi Note 10 Pro,just as good a phone imo but £160 cheaper.


Had my Redmi Note 10 Pro for about 4 months now and absolutely love it. Great screen, battery life and not had any issues with ads etc that seems to get mentioned.

It had a few odd little quirks to begin with, but these were software and recent updates have sorted them (how notifcations were being displayed, the spacing looked odd).

Paid mine in installments through Amazon - feels like I've got a top range phone with 120hz screen and haven't really noticed the money going out over the months in comparison to dropping £800 on a Samsung Galaxy or iPhone.
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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8283 on: October 12, 2021, 02:34:10 pm »
yes my wife needs a new phone and is adamant she wants to stay with samsung

trying to push her towards the redmi note 10 pro

I actually think our electricity bills have gone down owning it, instead of 3 hour charges a day im doing often only 1 hour every two days.
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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8284 on: October 12, 2021, 02:52:42 pm »
I use a Redmi note 10s and I am quite happy with it. At home and work, we have wifi and battery lasts 2 days without any issues. I listen to songs enroute to and from work, click a couple of photos every week and play some 30 mins of games every day. I check my mails, whatsapp and fitbit are the other things that I use the phone for. No instagram and no facebook though. I am quite happy with it. Costed 240 Euros 4 months ago. Its now 190 or 200 something.

Edit: 2 days might be a stretch. But when I reach home the 2nd day, I have 8%-10% left.
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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8285 on: October 12, 2021, 06:30:34 pm »
Had my Redmi Note 10 Pro for about 4 months now and absolutely love it. Great screen, battery life and not had any issues with ads etc that seems to get mentioned.

It had a few odd little quirks to begin with, but these were software and recent updates have sorted them (how notifcations were being displayed, the spacing looked odd).

Paid mine in installments through Amazon - feels like I've got a top range phone with 120hz screen and haven't really noticed the money going out over the months in comparison to dropping £800 on a Samsung Galaxy or iPhone.
How do you pay in installments? Doesn't give me the option when I checkout

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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8286 on: October 13, 2021, 10:29:02 am »
How do you pay in installments? Doesn't give me the option when I checkout

I seem to get these options on certain items, it doesn't always show up - for instance if I search for one now it's not giving the payment plan options but there is a Sony phone that is.

Must be some random offers they periodically show for customers. Also I have Prime with them so not sure if that makes a difference.
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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8287 on: October 14, 2021, 12:52:45 pm »
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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8288 on: October 31, 2021, 03:14:18 pm »
I was long overdue an upgrade, so went from an iPhone 8 to a new 13.

Since upgrading, my Twitter videos donít play properly. Iíll get that spinning wheel or they will play and stop after about 15-20 seconds.

Any ideas?

Canít be a signal issue as happens on both Wi-Fi and 4G.

I think my Husband has a similar issue sometimes on his Huwaei but we thought it was an Android thing.
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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8289 on: October 31, 2021, 06:22:48 pm »
I was long overdue an upgrade, so went from an iPhone 8 to a new 13.

Since upgrading, my Twitter videos donít play properly. Iíll get that spinning wheel or they will play and stop after about 15-20 seconds.

Any ideas?

Canít be a signal issue as happens on both Wi-Fi and 4G.

I think my Husband has a similar issue sometimes on his Huwaei but we thought it was an Android thing.
Same happens to me on Wi-Fi on my Huwaei.

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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8290 on: October 31, 2021, 07:12:58 pm »
I think it's the Twitter app

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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8291 on: November 4, 2021, 09:23:40 am »
I was long overdue an upgrade, so went from an iPhone 8 to a new 13.

Since upgrading, my Twitter videos donít play properly. Iíll get that spinning wheel or they will play and stop after about 15-20 seconds.

Any ideas?

Canít be a signal issue as happens on both Wi-Fi and 4G.

I think my Husband has a similar issue sometimes on his Huwaei but we thought it was an Android thing.

I was going to post similar (also 13). Have cleared cache, reinstalled app etc etc but still the same. Videos for ads play straight away, of course, but vids from other sources lag before starting then sometimes stop and start again. Has to be the app as I don't get that issue with any other playback on social media apps.

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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8292 on: November 4, 2021, 01:17:03 pm »
god I love not having a notch

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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8293 on: November 22, 2021, 09:31:38 am »
Need to get a new mid-low range mobile, what are the best options out there for phones not pre-loaded with a bunch of bloatware?
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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8294 on: November 22, 2021, 09:45:08 am »
Pixel 6 is your best bet.
Got my wife the standard one for 650 euros with financing for 12 months at 0%.
No bloatwares. And every customisation possible there is.
If thats too much, then go for Nokia. They also use vanilla android, the same as google pixels. But they are not as durable as the pixels.

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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8295 on: November 22, 2021, 09:47:02 am »
Pixel 6 is your best bet.
Got my wife the standard one for 650 euros with financing for 12 months at 0%.
No bloatwares. And every customisation possible there is.
If thats too much, then go for Nokia. They also use vanilla android, the same as google pixels. But they are not as durable as the pixels.

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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8296 on: November 22, 2021, 10:06:02 am »
The Pixel 5a is pretty good as well and a lot cheaper. Released in August I think
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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8297 on: November 22, 2021, 10:18:04 am »
There are loads of £200 ish really good phones around, Poco, Mi?

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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8298 on: November 24, 2021, 10:32:05 am »
There are loads of £200 ish really good phones around, Poco, Mi?

Oppo Find X3 Lite Smartphone £269.10 / Reno4 Pro £241 / Reno 5G Smartphone £189.05 With Codes @ Oppo Store

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/oppo-find-x3-lite-smartphone-ps26910-reno4-pro-ps241-reno-5g-smartphone-ps18905-with-codes-at-oppo-store-3833253

All very adequate phones. The Reno 5G if you have 5G sim plans



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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8299 on: November 24, 2021, 02:03:04 pm »
Oppo Find X3 Lite Smartphone £269.10 / Reno4 Pro £241 / Reno 5G Smartphone £189.05 With Codes @ Oppo Store

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/oppo-find-x3-lite-smartphone-ps26910-reno4-pro-ps241-reno-5g-smartphone-ps18905-with-codes-at-oppo-store-3833253

All very adequate phones. The Reno 5G if you have 5G sim plans


Yeah not like a few years back when a "cheap" phone was God awful. Nowadays £250 gets you 120Hz, 64 Gig +sim, good chip, decent cameras etc etc

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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8300 on: November 24, 2021, 02:33:00 pm »
Yeah not like a few years back when a "cheap" phone was God awful. Nowadays £250 gets you 120Hz, 64 Gig +sim, good chip, decent cameras etc etc

It's strange to look at it now as 5-10 years ago there were 3 tiers of phones

The shite tier - Nokia, wish.com knock offs etc

Mid tier - Oneplus, OPPO, Realme, xiaomi

The God Tier phones like Samsung, Apple, Huawei (pre google ban) etc

Now there really are only 2 tiers

God Tier and Mid Tier. Just the brands and prices have shifted

Oneplus is now not the Flagship killer any more but operate like they are god tier Samsung equivalents

Phones haven't really been hit as much by the silicon crisis that has hit the PC market because there has been a major shift in mobile processing power. The latest 5G snapdragon chips have been on paper less powerful than last years equivalents (but with 5G included). But consumers haven't complained about the difference. This allows the chip companies to get a better silicon efficiency whilst still maintaining their demand

Apple do fall out of this as they now supply their own chipsets for their iphones, ipads and imacs.

Also people aren't scoffing at seeing £1,000+ phones now. They aren't arsed about losing the headphone jack and packed in wall charger. The God tier will still dominate and they will still have queues when the iPhone 14 and Samsung 22 comes out next year. But the lower tier has a lot of space to operate.

*Should say that I still wouldn't pay £1000 for a phone (even over 12, 18 or 24 months) and am pissed off there is no more headphone jack and wall charger
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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8301 on: November 24, 2021, 05:45:04 pm »
Thanks for the tips, folks.  Picked up the standard Reno 4 in the end and it's peachy.  Only problem is I cannot get rid of that poxy swipe left to get to Google feature on the home screen.  Been through a million different guides online but none of them ever seem to have the exact same settings as this phone and I'm losing my mind.

Other than that, all good.
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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8302 on: November 24, 2021, 05:58:20 pm »
Thanks for the tips, folks.  Picked up the standard Reno 4 in the end and it's peachy.  Only problem is I cannot get rid of that poxy swipe left to get to Google feature on the home screen.  Been through a million different guides online but none of them ever seem to have the exact same settings as this phone and I'm losing my mind.

Other than that, all good.

Download a launcher (nova launcher) and that runs instead and change the gestures

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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8303 on: November 24, 2021, 06:26:09 pm »
Download a launcher (nova launcher) and that runs instead and change the gestures

Yeah I've been thinking of doing that anyway to sort the icons out.
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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8304 on: November 25, 2021, 12:38:21 am »
Went with the pixel 6 for my upgrade and Iím loving it compared to my p30 pro. The screen, cameras and speakers are a miles better bar the zoom in function in the camera of the p30 pro. In the specs the display is smaller in the pixel but side by side the pixel screen looks bigger, possibly due to it being flat rather than curved screen. The software looks more modern with android 12 stock where the colours blend more with the new ui thing.

Iíve an iPad Pro with a 120hz screen and going from that to the 60hz was a bit jarring where as I canít tell the difference on the 90hz screen. Iíve seen it side by side with a 120hz phone and can only tell the difference once I really focus on both screens.

Only downside so far is charging is a lot slower at 21w max if you have the right charger. Iím using an 18w so itís not great at all.

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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8305 on: November 25, 2021, 12:45:32 am »
Forgot to say that the speech to text feature once you have it set correctly is mental. Iíve not seen anything like it on any other phone.

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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8306 on: November 26, 2021, 07:54:39 am »
Forgot to say that the speech to text feature once you have it set correctly is mental. Iíve not seen anything like it on any other phone.

Does it heat up? 
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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8307 on: November 26, 2021, 01:06:20 pm »
Does it heat up? 
on initial setup and when charging it gets a bit warmer than I would like. Other than that no but then I don't play games on my phone.

Forgot to mention that the fingerprint scanner isn't great but I reckon that will improve somewhat after some updates.

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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8308 on: December 2, 2021, 06:40:13 pm »
Got myself a Poco X3 Pro for my Christmas presant yesterday first time I have had a new phone for 7 years loving it so far can play all the games I throw at it like call of duty and a great battery life with the 5,160 mAh battery that with 33w charging only takes about an hour to fully charge it says.
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« Reply #8309 on: December 2, 2021, 06:58:23 pm »
Got myself a Poco X3 Pro for my Christmas presant yesterday first time I have had a new phone for 7 years loving it so far can play all the games I throw at it like call of duty and a great battery life with the 5,160 mAh battery that with 33w charging only takes about an hour to fully charge it says.

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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8310 on: December 2, 2021, 07:25:43 pm »
No not tried it yet my old phone was so old that nothing hardly worked on it couldn't get on the Internet and just used it with no credit but the health center and the UC people could still ring me and text me and if I needed a code that had to be sent to your mobile number.
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« Reply #8311 on: December 2, 2021, 07:32:42 pm »
No not tried it yet my old phone was so old that nothing hardly worked on it couldn't get on the Internet and just used it with no credit but the health center and the UC people could still ring me and text me and if I needed a code that had to be sent to your mobile number.

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« Reply #8312 on: December 3, 2021, 10:15:34 am »
Got myself a Poco X3 Pro for my Christmas presant yesterday first time I have had a new phone for 7 years loving it so far can play all the games I throw at it like call of duty and a great battery life with the 5,160 mAh battery that with 33w charging only takes about an hour to fully charge it says.

The proximity sensor sucks though. 

Great phone otherwise. Snapdragon 860 at 200 odd is great.  It has a notification LED as well, which is a dying feature, so more points for it.  Not to mention a headphone jack.

It can play Genshin Impact at the highest settings and framerate, which is something no phone in its price range can do.


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« Reply #8313 on: December 3, 2021, 10:19:16 am »
on initial setup and when charging it gets a bit warmer than I would like. Other than that no but then I don't play games on my phone.

Forgot to mention that the fingerprint scanner isn't great but I reckon that will improve somewhat after some updates.

I love the use of 2 Cortex X1 cores in the SOC.   The GPU is also massive and can handle anything you throw at it.

How is the night camera?  The previous pixel had a great camera despite having a middling processor. With a top end SOC, I am interested to see how this performs. They have hyped up its AI capabilities like anything.
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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8314 on: December 4, 2021, 12:07:06 am »
I'm due an upgrade from EE on my Samsung S10e (its only 4g), but I don't really know the lay of the land with phones.

I'm in no rush to change phones - like the size and android/samsung (this my first phone after leaving iphones), and never spend my 60gb data - so I could always get a SIM only with more data than I'll ever need for 20 a month.

But there do appear to be some nice-ish deals on 5g phones though (Google Pixel 6 and Samsung S21 are available) - I'm just not sure if planning for 5g is something I need to start considering (since this'll be my phone for the next 18-24 months)

Anyone with more of a clue than me able to tell me how much I should factor in having a 5g ready handset? (and a great data allowance)

Or reassure me that I don't need to bother for the next couple of years, and I should get a cheap sim only upgrdae instead?

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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8315 on: December 4, 2021, 11:56:45 am »
Decent little site for comparing phones

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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8316 on: December 4, 2021, 01:42:20 pm »
I'm due an upgrade from EE on my Samsung S10e (its only 4g), but I don't really know the lay of the land with phones.

I'm in no rush to change phones - like the size and android/samsung (this my first phone after leaving iphones), and never spend my 60gb data - so I could always get a SIM only with more data than I'll ever need for 20 a month.

But there do appear to be some nice-ish deals on 5g phones though (Google Pixel 6 and Samsung S21 are available) - I'm just not sure if planning for 5g is something I need to start considering (since this'll be my phone for the next 18-24 months)

Anyone with more of a clue than me able to tell me how much I should factor in having a 5g ready handset? (and a great data allowance)

Or reassure me that I don't need to bother for the next couple of years, and I should get a cheap sim only upgrdae instead?

Thanks!

Depends on how much you use mobile data as opposed to wifi. 5G network coverage in the UK is spotty at best, currently and to be honest 4g is fast enough for anything you are going to do on a smartphone.

5g network penetration will obviously get much better over the next couple of years. Your current phone is good enough for now and you will not be missing much to be honest.
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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8317 on: December 5, 2021, 01:39:35 am »
Depends on how much you use mobile data as opposed to wifi. 5G network coverage in the UK is spotty at best, currently and to be honest 4g is fast enough for anything you are going to do on a smartphone.

5g network penetration will obviously get much better over the next couple of years. Your current phone is good enough for now and you will not be missing much to be honest.

Thanks mate, appreciate you making sense of the UK situation for me!

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« Reply #8318 on: December 8, 2021, 07:30:55 am »
Thanks mate, appreciate you making sense of the UK situation for me!

It will be a few years before 5G becomes widespread in the UK. Even then, unless you are watching 4K videos online or downloading torrents, 5G speeds will offer no real advantage. 
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Re: What mobile phone?
« Reply #8319 on: December 12, 2021, 09:46:25 pm »
I still have fond memories of blowing peoples minds when I appeared on MSN messenger from a pub via WAP on a Nokia 3330 in 2002.

Skip forward less than 20 years and we all have what are basically super computers in our pockets which contain our entire lives.