Cheap Android phone recommendations

Discussion in 'mobiles, tablets and wearable tech' started by treelover, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. yield

    yield zero

    ^ that is odd :D. Then again I'm no good at ideograms.

    Most mobile phones are assembled in China these days. Hopefully Lenovo have sorted the security issues out?

    At under £200 think the best options are

    Honor 10 Lite. 3400 mAh battery, 3GB RAM, 64GB ROM, £188 at amazon

    Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite (Redmi 6 Pro). 4000 mAh battery, 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM, £183 at amazon

    Motorola Moto G7 Power. 5000 mAh battery, 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM, £180 at lenovo
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  2. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel Gabba Gabba-pentin

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  3. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    Okay, I tried to get a second hand phone recently and it hasn't gone great, so I'm going to buy a new phone. Is the best budget phone for camera the Moto G6/7?
  4. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    Well I got the G6, and in doing so discovered Amazon Warehouse. Their returns re-sold at a good discount, and you still get the option to return if you aren't happy. Nobody has ever mentioned this to me before. Go to 'used' sales to see the Amazon Warehouse options. Got the G6 for £152. They have some with screen imperfections for £125.
  5. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Bulla liberali in perpetuum.

    My Motorola G4 plus turned out to be fairly crap - though it was a special economy version made for Amazon.

    It developed phantom screen touches from new and the screen was replaced under warranty, but a couple of years later I have to rub then tap the screen every time I wake the phone .

    Also the battery life is shit and has noticeably deteriorated so I will at least have to solder in a new battery even if I don't pluck up the courage to replace the screen myself.

    Perhaps for perverseness I will deliberately buy Huawei next.
    Last edited: May 1, 2019
  6. Idaho

    Idaho blah blah blah

    After 4 and a half years the Samsung s5 is finally failing on several fronts... So I got a Moto g7 power. Absolutely fine and was happy with it until this evening.

    When I got it I asked the sales assistant "does it have 5ghz WiFi?". He thought it did, and the info he had said it did. I spent a few hours setting it up and got a case (my phones get rough treatment - gardening, walking, building, etc).

    So tonight I was in the shed and went to connect to the 5ghz only garden router... And yes, first world problems.. it can't connect to 5ghz. Some subsequent searches show that they can't, but their marketing blurb says they can.

    Tedious... Oh well. Got it from John Lewis as they had it cheap and they are good at returns. At least I will be limited to a few alternatives as I can't be arsed thinking about it any more.
  7. Rivendelboy

    Rivendelboy Active Member

    Is there such a thing?

    Being a pauper and living in 21st century Britain I need one. All I have is a vodafone Smart First 7 which cost me £25!

    Needless to say it's a bit rubbish :D though tbh I knew it would be and that's fine, but it'd be nice to have the tech that could reliably run things like M ticket apps.

  8. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    Try music magpie (.com).

    I paid £120 for a good as new Samsung Galaxy 6 about 18 months ago.
  9. Rivendelboy

    Rivendelboy Active Member

    I wouldn't know what to look for.
  10. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words

    I'm sure you can get an old Iphone for less than 100. The one I use is secondhand and seems fine. payg sim a tenner a month.
  11. mwgdrwg

    mwgdrwg Be a Pisces. Jam.

    Nokia 3.2
  12. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Xiaonmi Note 5 is 99.95 at Argos. It's a ridiculously good phone for the money. Worth twice that, easily.
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  13. ruffneck23

    ruffneck23 Well-Known Member

    the smart v8 and smart v10 are great phones, on Android marshmallow and pie respectively.

    you can get the V10 for £105 PAYG or you can pick up a V8 on ebay for about £70 , you can always get them unlocked.

    TBH the v8 is better IMO
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2019
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  14. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    I'd go with a Xiaomi

    Redmi 6A is £99 at Amazon with 12 GB Three Data sim (you don't need to use that sim, it's unlocked) Do the promotion to add the EE Flex sim as well for a penny, and you'll get a £10 Amazon voucher for a future purchase.

    No idea if the Redmi 6A is better than the Note 5, (ETA: A quick glance suggests the Note 5 is probably better) others will be able to help in that regard as I'm more an Apple person.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2019
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  15. ruffneck23

    ruffneck23 Well-Known Member

    The 6 has 3gb of ram and the note 5 has 4gb for a start :)
  16. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel Gabba Gabba-pentin

    The xiaomi advice above is good advice.

    I recently bought a Moto G7 Play for lil'Angel from Argos - just over a ton at £129
    Great phone, dual sim, stock android afaik (which is what I like about Moto's) great camera (13mp) according to LA, fingerprint sensor, micro sd slot,
    Full specs here

    G6play is currently £99.97 on Amazon too if price is critical. Similar prices elsewhere too.
  17. editor

    editor hiraethified

  18. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Argos eBay has some decent prices on refurbs (aka returned because they didn’t like it) with 12 month guarantee.

    Argos | eBay Shops
  19. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Also posted this in the cheap android thread but there are some sub £100 ones (at time of posting)

    Argos eBay has some decent prices on refurbs (aka returned because they didn’t like it) with 12 month guarantee.

    Argos | eBay Shops
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  20. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Bulla liberali in perpetuum.

    I hope the G7 is less shit than the G4-plus Amazon Special I got lumbered with.
  21. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel Gabba Gabba-pentin

  22. Rivendelboy

    Rivendelboy Active Member

    thanks for the answers.

    maybe if i save my pennies i can afford something better.
  23. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I've merged the two threads as they're more or less identical.
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  24. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel Gabba Gabba-pentin

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  25. Idaho

    Idaho blah blah blah

    Had this g7 power for a few months and am perfectly content with it. Love the fact that you can just leave it for a couple of days and it still has power.

    Went on the train to London and back yesterday - 2 hours each way of listening, browsing, etc. And was doing a fair bit of phone peaking in the office for 7 hours. It was on 76% battery when I started the day and was on 30% when I switched it off at 11pm.
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  26. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel Gabba Gabba-pentin

    Switched it off?!?
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  27. Idaho

    Idaho blah blah blah

    Definitely. Its meant to be a useful tool, not a demanding 24 hour baby substitute.
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  28. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    Am looking for a small android phone, ideally under £200 but will pay a bit more for the right model.

    Any suggestions?
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  29. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

    As it happens, the GPS seems borked on Mrs. C's Mi A1. And, being a Pokemon Go fanatic, this is outright unacceptable.

    So I'm in the market, too. I think there should be something with a BIG.little SoC instead of the little.little most things in that bracket have. I'll have to do some sniffing about to see what there is. Unless I can somehow fix a broken GPS. (yeah, right)

    Hoping I can maybe find an Honor 8x for that price somewhere. That would be lovely.
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  30. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

    A quick look round gives me a shortlist of Honor 10 Lite, Xiaomi Note 7, and Xiaomi Mi A3. The last one would be a dead cert if not for the lower resolution screen. Which might be fine, but I wouldn't know without actually seeing it.

    Edit: This is without grey market imports, since I'm going to need it quickly.
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