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New Mobile - $300-$400

Post by Otto-matic Reiffel » 02 May 2016, 18:24

Hi All

After finally getting tired of fixing up my old mobile, I'm now in the market for a new one. Budget isn't that great so looking for something $300-$400 at most, preferably on the low side.

Needs to have Android OS, FM radio and would like at least 16 GB onboard storage.

Two main options I've been looking at

LG G3 D855 32GB - I can get this for $313 + shipping from eGlobal. Main concerns is the phone is getting a bit old so updates could be an issue and that I would have to buy it from a grey importer. Kogan has the 16 GB for $359.

Motorola Gen 3 xt1550 - $319 from The Good Guys. Have heard that Motorola aren't doing very well after being bought by Lenovo. Specs are also well below that of the LG.

Any other suggestions or advice?
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Re: New Mobile - $300-$400

Post by Yurtles » 02 May 2016, 19:02

I seem to see a lot of people talking up the Chinese stuff (Xiaomi and Huawei) these days being decent bang for buck. But I'm not nearly well read enough on current phones to say much more than it's probably worth having at look at what they're offering as well as the more familiar brands.
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Re: New Mobile - $300-$400

Post by kharis » 02 May 2016, 19:05

There is a huawei kiosk at my local westfield so they're doing ok. Reviews have been positive as well
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Post by Otto-matic Reiffel » 02 May 2016, 20:24

The Huawei Honor 5x / GR5 looks to be in about the right price range. Few reviews around say their Android version (EMUI) is pretty poor though. Anybody had any experience with one?

Can you get Xiaomi stuff in Australia or are they all imports from China / USA?
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Post by Yurtles » 02 May 2016, 21:11

Well that's interesting, looking around I don't think they do have an official distributor here. Although there does seem to be a few local online places selling them. But then you have to start looking into if the phones support all the bands/frequencies/whatever we use here in Aus and then warranty stuff and just... no. Probably forget I mentioned Xiaomi I guess.
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Post by Otto-matic Reiffel » 02 May 2016, 23:12

All good.

I think there is a Huawei kiosk at my local shops. Will have a look there on the weekend to see if they are cheaper than JBs.

I wish the Nexus had FM radio.
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Post by Disruptor4 » 03 May 2016, 09:17

Check out some older Sony's like the Z3 compact or something maybe? Not sure on price though.
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Post by Anon. E. Moose » 03 May 2016, 10:59

The OnePlus One falls in that price range and it's an exceptional phone for the price. I highly recommend that if you don't mind waiting for it to arrive in the post.
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Post by Yurtles » 03 May 2016, 14:44

Doesn't look like the Oneplus One has FM radio, the Oneplus X does though. Slightly different phone - newer but also purposely built a bit cheaper (but still seems to be rated fairly well).
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Post by Otto-matic Reiffel » 03 May 2016, 19:11

Oneplus X seems pretty good too. Nice to have some options :)

Chinese stuff seems to be pretty good for the price. Is there some catch given most of the other brands are made in similar conditions and with similar parts?
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Post by Yurtles » 03 May 2016, 20:15

Dunno, I think it might be they're not using the very bleeding edge of technology, they're just jumping on board after Apple/Samsung/whoever have done the hard work. So it works out like the difference between buying the top tier video cards and then the next step down. Sure you're missing things, but did you really need them to start with? That's my theory.
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Re: New Mobile - $300-$400

Post by Treloar » 23 May 2016, 13:27

Depends on what you really want to do...

I use my phone as a phone, not for anything else.

My last phone can currently be bought for $10 at Target, which made me lol, currently with Amaysim As You Go plan $10 for 90 days, so $40/year.

Just seen Aldi doing a plan on the Telstra network $15/year.
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Post by Otto-matic Reiffel » 23 May 2016, 17:22

So my work ended up buying me a phone anyway :)

If that didn't happen, from the research I did I probably would have ended up with a Huawei GR5. Seemed to have the right stuff that I wanted for about the right price.
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Post by Yurtles » 13 Jun 2016, 14:12

Otto-matic Reiffel wrote:So my work ended up buying me a phone anyway :)
Just out of curiosity, what'd your work give you and how's it working out for you?
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Post by Otto-matic Reiffel » 13 Jun 2016, 19:19

LG G5 and it's pretty awesome.
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Post by Yurtles » 23 Jun 2016, 16:39

Well... yeah. It's 3 times the price of the phones you were looking at so you'd hope it'd be pretty good :lol:

As it turns out, I actually ended up buying a Moto G 3rd gen myself. Got it for $255 from the 20% off Ebay sales that were on. I had no intention of buying a new phone before you made this thread, you've gone and put ideas in my head. Looks to be a solid phone for the price, even if it is 12 months old now.
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Re: New Mobile - $300-$400

Post by Brad » 23 Jun 2016, 16:55

urmmm opo3?
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Re: New Mobile - $300-$400

Post by Disruptor4 » 05 Jul 2016, 08:32

Brad wrote:urmmm opo3?
Not all network bands in Australia are supported on the OP3
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Post by Otto-matic Reiffel » 05 Jul 2016, 12:05

Disruptor4 wrote:
Brad wrote:urmmm opo3?
Not all network bands in Australia are supported on the OP3
Biggest issue I found when looking at all of the grey market importers. The phones they sell are often overseas models that may not support Australian network bands.
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