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#1 4 years ago

Sorry if this is not really tech stuff, but I just wanted to play it safe.

Can anyone here suggest a phone (~$150 budget converted estimate,though maybe slightly lower) that'd be 1. Good with latest app functionality (I'd like to use What'sApp, if you've heard of it) 2. Good battery/power usage 3. Ability to use it without being forced to use a touchscreen. Resistive if it is there. 4. 4G functionality (if possible). 5. Wireless charger (if possible/advantageous). 6. Multi-SIM/RUIM capability. 7. Features that would allow ease for someone travelling a lot worldwide such as multiple band/standard adaptability so I can use the same phone in the east and west without having to worry much. 8. Internet access with nearly as much capability as on a computer like being able to use youtube or crap and not just plain image and text browsing (maybe dependent on SP but just in case there are other factors involved). 9. QWerty keypad maybe. 10. CPU that you think would go well with the above while remaining in budget (if said phone has CPU). 11. Others that would be handy in a pinch or allow some degree of future proofing (at least next 1-2 years).

I haven't exactly upgraded from one of those old Nokia bricks from 2009, so I'm not sure if there is any difference between the available features that I suggested from being on a smartphone or a regular mobile (or if there is even any difference nowadays), if an OS is necessary or what have you, so please bear that in mind.




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#2 4 years ago

I don't think you are going to get all those specs for $150 unless you buy some kind of Chinese low-quality phone.

I bought a Motorola G a while ago. It is within your budget and mostly considered good value for the money.




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#3 4 years ago

All right, then, which features should I not concern myself with to stay within said budget and/or which are not really necessary?

Personally I was thinking of removing whichever combination of 2,4,5 and 7 you'd suggest, if it came to that. Any others you think I should remove or any of those that I may be able to and should keep?




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#4 4 years ago

The requirement of having high-end smartphone specs while simultaneously not requiring a touch screen at such a tight budget is problematic.

Trying to get a 4G enabled, wireless charging, dual sim, built in keyboard phone on such a budget is tricky assuming you're looking for something unsubsidised.

Like weird combination of high end stuff (apps, wireless charging) with third world market requirements (dual sim) makes it a weird one.

I don't think there's a phone that matches what you want, but here's my suggestions;

Nokia Lumia 630 It's the little phone that can from Nokia. While mostly ignored in US markets, the Lumia has made a huge wave in the sub-$150 markets by being a full-fledged Windows smart phone on a budget.

News_71717_2.jpgPros - Very cheap unsubsidised ($159.99) - Runs WhatsApp and the Windows app store looks much healthier - Good specs at a low cost, decent camera for the price - Simple to use interface - Dual Sim capability - Good battery life.

Cons - Windows store, although much healthier, is still a bit lean compared to Andorid. - No physical keyboard, touchscreen only although has physical power, volume keys. - 3G only, although a 4G version (635) is coming in the future. - Less compatibility with certain ecosystems if you're heavily using things such as Google services or iTunes.

Nokia X A more affordable option at $129.99, and has some advantages and disadvantages over the above for your needs.

nokia-x.jpgPros - Also Dual Sim - Runs Android AOSP so, although without the Google play store, has a better app selection (runs Android apps) Cons - As above, 3G only, touchscreen - Does not include Google services such as Play store or Google Maps

ASUS ZenFone 5 While coming in slightly above budget, this phone from ASUS is potentially a good candidate for your needs. asus-300x336.jpgPros - 5 inch decent display - Android apps & services - Dual Sim - High specs for a low price Cons - Still touch screen input primarily - No 4G support - Battery not amazing, not removable.

So, in conclusion, I think these are your best options.

If you want a physical keyboard, or keys, you're entering Blackberry territory. They're more or less dead now and will lack any decent app support as their market share is essentially non-existent after Microsoft trounced them for 3rd place.

Blackberry Q5 Not yet out in the US market, not sure if it is available anywhere or if it will be, but as it's likely to be $300 off contract, it's not a contender.

blackberry-q5-libre-negra.jpgPros - Physical keyboard - 4G support - Really good battery life

Cons - Single sim - Poor app ecosystem - Well out of your budget - No wireless charging here either.

In conclusion, I doubt you'll get a phone with such an eclectic set of requirements. In any event you'll do better to either consider upping your budget significantly or looking for something on contract.


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#5 4 years ago

India is about to get Googles new offering for what it calls the emerging market. Android one is a stock android operating system that is going into quite high end phones for the price of around $100. They are reported to be dual sim with a minimum dual quore with around the 4.5 inch screen. They are not due until October though in India. Do a quick google search for Android One and have a look.




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#6 4 years ago

Thanks for the suggestions guys. Unfortunately, most of those are actually $20-30 higher than the prices in the US itself for them. So I had to stick with a Samsung Duos. It actually does cover a lot of the important things that I wanted in a phone like apps, dual sim, quad-band, internet access.

Doesn't seem to have a good battery life comparing to my old phone (a week's worth on purchase), though. Haven't tested, but I think it would be drained within ~1.5 days. As for the touchscreen, I was trying to avoid it because I was afraid, after experiencing my dad's undersensitive touchscreen phone and mashing away at it, that I may break it. But this one SEEMS to have it right. Maybe they've come a ways since then. Good thing I didn't get 4G, since it seems that 4G networks aren't available in India and I wouldn't have been able to use it for it's most basic function.

So I supposed it turned out well in the end, especially, considering that I just wanted to get a new phone since my old one was getting worn and I'm not to keen one getting a particularly high tech phone. Not to undermine your suggestions, however, since they did help me in deciding which features were really important.

As for the google phone, I'll probably buy that next year if it suits me. I couldn't wait till October to get a new phone since I have moved from India yesterday and it could have been possible that a new phone would have been relatively more expensive where I am now.




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#7 4 years ago

Touchscreens have come a long long way in the last couple of years, yeah.


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#8 4 years ago

You probably want to do some lurking on Engadget to prepare for next time. You'll probably end up a lot happier with your choice of phone in the end. They cover a lot of different phones for a variety of markets and price ranges.

It does seem to me though that you haven't so much looked at a phone in a very long time, though. Touch screens are not only very good these days, they're pretty much a requirement. Battery life will simply always be meh, it's just the nature of the beast. That said, you can certainly stretch it quite a bit. Turn on power saving mode if your phone has it, disable any radio bands (including wifi) that aren't actively in use, lower screen brightness, and check out the Battery section of the phone's settings for any background apps you don't need that are draining a lot of battery. Most of the time, however, you'll find the screen is a large portion of battery usage. I think you'll find actual idle time to be as good or better than your old phone, it's just that you tend to do a lot more with it. Talk time on my old phone when I finally traded it in was about an hour from a full charge. With my smartphone I can use it for 6 hours straight before it finally hits 1%. If I turn everything down as much as I can to save battery, I estimate I could hit a week of idle time. Even so, you're just going to have to get used to plugging it in every night if you want to actually use the phone. If for some reason that's not an option, you can buy auxiliary battery chargers that have a capacity far greater than that of your phone. You should also read up on battery maintenance for lithium-ion batteries. They have certain quirks that can make a difference in battery life. In summary, keep them cool (not always easy to do, I know my Galaxy S4 likes to turn into a little furnace sometimes) and keep well charged. Running a lithium-ion battery all the way down is bad for them, you want to keep it as high as possible to get the most life out of the battery.

All that said, enjoy your new phone! There's really very little difference between the phone you bought and the "high-tech" (lol) phones out there. It's all Android. You might be missing a few novelty features, and it's certainly slower and with less capacity, but there's really nothing you can't do with that phone that any other phone could. (Except a blackberry, nobody buys blackberries, they're paperweights) I was hesitant on getting a smartphone, but I decided to dive right in to the flagship models and I've been using and enjoying the heck out of it. It's one of those things that can make a pretty big difference in your life, at least as far as electronic devices goes.




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#9 4 years ago

I would suggest you to buy the Sony X-Peria C




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#10 4 years ago

It just occurred to me that I may need some sort of anti-virus/malware software on the phone since it has an OS and all and may be vulnerable to malware.

Any recommendations?