Cheap Android phone recommendations

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

  1. Me76

    Me76 Not very good lurker

    I've just ordered an Honor 9.
     
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  2. hattie

    hattie quite quiet

    Me too!
     
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  3. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    FWIW I returned the A7 and swapped it for an A10. Which is essentially the same phone as the A7 except has an extra GB of RAM and an extra 8GB of internal storage and this one has a fingerprint sensor for an extra £8!

    It loses the dual camera lenses which I never used and to be fair I doubt it was any good.

    I’m quite impressed with these
    Blackviews. The stock rom is pretty basic. No bloat. Some lite versions of browsers and file storage etc. Looks like the same suite that would come with the lineage OS custom ROM.

    They do some more expensive models and if I was in the market for spending more on a android phone. I’d certainly be prepared to give a more expensive blackview a go, especially knowing with amazon the returns process is pretty easy and generally no quibbles. The a7 refund was issued same day as I posted the parcel in amazon credit as I knew I’d just be spending it again on the different model.

    There’s English speaking support forums on their site and they do seem to post updates to fix stuff. Although I wouldn’t hold my breath on newer major versions of android than what it ships with, but if you’re spending £60 - £150 then it’s not so much a bitter pill to swallow.
     
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  4. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

    I can see that. The SoC is still slower than molasses, but 2GB of RAM makes it quite usable for general purposes (rather than the single use you bought it for) I'd imagine. I'd say it's well worth the extra £8!
     
  5. Idaho

    Idaho blah blah blah

    Ok, to replace my 4 year old samsung s5, I have the option of:

    Huawei p smart
    Samsung j6
    Samsung s8

    Any opinions from people who know about this? I am leaning toward the s8 as I have had Samsung s series phones for 7 years and they've always been good.
     
  6. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    I had a work S8 for a few months at the start of this year and it was a decent phone. Normally I would go for a 'note' sized screen myself but was perfectly happy with it.
     
  7. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

    S8
    ^
    ^
    ^
    P Smart
    ^
    J6

    In that order.
     
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  8. Hassan I Sabha

    Hassan I Sabha Kick Muck !

    Has anyone looked at the Pocophone f1? According to my boy this is the new budget flagship killer and the YouTubers are bigging it up.
     
  9. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

    Nice hardware, import only, new and glitchy as fuck right now. It's a fair bit more powerful than the ~£200 phones for not a lot more, but it's also questionable whether anything needs to be more powerful than the current batch of ~£200 phones.
     
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  10. Rosemary Jest

    Rosemary Jest Wrong and Unstable

    I got a Cubot P20 recently, it's got 4 GB ram and 64 GB of storage, so more than enough and was just 140 quid delivered from the UK, so came pretty quick.

    Does everything I need and will go sim only once my current contract runs out in a couple of months. My previous phone was a LG K8 and was useless in terms of storage. Had 8gb so I could only put 2 apps on it before it was full. :(

    The irony is, I've now got 64 GB in my phone and another 64 on an SD card and am only using 12 GB in total... Still, at least it's there if I need it!
     
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  11. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    Pocophone arrived yesterday. It's great. I ran it next to my Redmi Note 4 and it's much quicker. Nicer screen, decent camera (I'm no expert). 128GB storage and 6GB RAM. Feels like the first decent phone I've owned (although the Redmi felt like that too).

    Feel like I should do more stuff with it but not sure what. :)
     
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  12. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I'll meet you further on up the road

    Where did you get it from?
     
  13. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    Gear Best. Took about three weeks I think.

    It was about 250 for the 64GB version and 280 for the 128.

    Figured if it lasts two years then it's about a tenner a month.

    Xiaomi have just launched in the UK with 3 but not sure if they sell this phone or how much it is there.
     
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  14. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    Although have just seen that they are now on sale on Amazon, for about 60 quid more.

    Did realise this morning that my mobile data wasn't working but I just needed to set up the access point details.

    I also never had 4G on my last phone and I can't seem to connect with this either. Virgin assure me that it's all set up correctly and should work but it tells me I'm not authorised when I try to connect to the network. Probably more of a virgin thing than the phone.
     
  15. Idaho

    Idaho blah blah blah

    Still haven't got a replacement for this s5, and now I've cracked the screen and the speaker is dying.

    Been looking at these xiaomi and other budget phones... But it's just a cascade of tedious technical specifications.

    My priorities are :

    Stability
    Robustness
    Longevity
    Battery life

    That's about it. Don't care about fingerprint scanners, advanced cameras, gaming, fancy screens. I just need a workhorse. Any nominations for around £200?
     
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  16. Rosemary Jest

    Rosemary Jest Wrong and Unstable

    See my post above, pretty pleased with phone so far, does everything I need and more for 140 quid. I think you may be able to get something slightly better if you order from China but for a similar price and a few weeks delivery. I think John Lewis even sell the Cubot, worth a look at imo.
     
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  17. izz

    izz Madam, to you. :-P.

    Hello, I'm pondering a Huawei p smart, I'm pondering buying it and putting my PAYG SIM into it. I have been informed that I need a contract in order to use the WiFi calling and text features, is this correct ? If so, is there any technical reason why this should be so ?
     
  18. iona

    iona makes George Orwell look like a dalek

    Think that's a network thing rather than a technical phone thing.
     
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  19. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Additionally you may need to buy the phone from, or at least on, the relevant network, i.e. not SIM-free or branded with another network.
     
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  20. izz

    izz Madam, to you. :-P.

    I think so too. This is interesting as I'm pondering doing this in order to stay with O2 who provide some, patchy cover where we live.
     
  21. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    With O2 you definitely need a contract and an O2 branded phone. It might be possible to flash branded firmware onto an unbranded phone but, aside from it needing technical knowledge, I'm not sure if it works. Someone at work was doing this so I'll check to see if it's happened yet and how they got on.
     
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  22. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Just bumped an old thread, but Nokia 8 fits the bill nicely for this. Only thing I really miss from my S8 is the camera, but it's quite passable by modern standards and feels well made.
     
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  23. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Dad has decided he wants a smartphone. Mostly I suspect to look at my sisters Instagram feed.

    Anyway was looking at a Honor 9 Lite as OH is fairly happy with hers and the price has come down a little. Any better suggestions for £125?
     
  24. Me76

    Me76 Not very good lurker

    I have the honor 9 and its amazing. Dunno what the difference is on the lite though.
     
  25. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel Gabba Gabba-pentin

    Comparison here: Compare Huawei Honor 9 Lite vs. Huawei Honor 9 - GSMArena.com
     
  26. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Yeah, more then it's worth paying for a full fat version. I'm still not totally convinced he will use it, but he has decided he wants one and to give him a fighting chance it's worth having something that isn't to sluggish and fustrating.
     
  27. editor

    editor hiraethified

    The Huawei P20 Lite is an outrageously good phone with real premium looks for the comparatively small outlay of £250.
     
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  28. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    My Samsung Note 4 is really creaking now. Still working just well enough to stave off replacing it but the writing is on the wall :(

    So I want a big screen note phone with as much storage/spec as possible to replace it. Not Apple for the usual reasons ;) and not got a huge budget so although a Samsung Note 9 would be nice it is out of my range.

    Not getting a contract again as I paid £1,200 for this one on contract over 24 months :facepalm:

    Xiaomi seems the best spec for buck? Been having a look online and hard to work out what is best

    Huawei also look decent? Are they a big enough step up from Xiaomi to justify the higher cost?

    Any recommendations?
     
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  29. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

  30. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel Gabba Gabba-pentin

    What's the budget cap Badgers ?
     

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