Technology & Social Media Low/midprice Phone (Around $400 mark)

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  1. Gockie

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    While looking around, on JB Hifi I saw this brand, Realme.
    Any thoughts? From my reading, it's an offshoot of Oppo. Low price and good specs? New brand in Australia.
    realme XT

    Otherwise the sales guy at JB Hifi was recommending this Motorola:
    Motorola One Vision 128GB Handset (Bronze)

    Otherwise there is the Samsung A30 and A50. I'm after at least 64GB space. I've got a Samsung Galaxy A8 and it's been great except I stuffed the On/off button up when I dropped it (Unfortunately the impact was right where the button is) so it's a bit annoying and I couldn't ever let the battery die or else I cant restart it without paying someone to fix it.
     
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    Is this for everyday use? I think that's an awkward price range, and I'd personally be tempted to go up a little to around $600 and get a lot more bang for buck - for example, a pixel 3a.
     
  3. Peter_Tersteeg

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    In the office we use a Samsung Galaxy A20. Cost about $300. It does everything the high end $1500+ models do, but the camera isn't as good and it doesn't have the same processor or storage. It's probably better than a 2 year old flagship phone though.
     
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    I've got a Realme XT - which, at $449 (Kogan), is already $50 cheaper than when I bought it three weeks ago.

    The battery life is great. I use it very heavily, and it's the first phone I've had which lasts all day without having to charge. The camera is excellent, with a 2x zoom as well as a wide angle.

    On the minus side, it's no good in very bright light (perhaps too generous on saving power), and the preinstalled screen cover is a little soft, and damages easily.
     
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    I've got a Nokia 6.1 which is worth about $250.

    It's er..... excellent?

    Everything works great and it gets updated regularly.

    I can't find fault with it.

    Definately worth putting on your short list!
     
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    BTW I love the inscreen fingerprint detection on the RealMe. It works extremely well, even with damp fingers.

    I wouldn't even buy a Motorola again. My wife and I both had Motorolas, which just stopped working not long after the warranty expired.
     
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    After a few days with a phone repairer, (and $120 lighter), I got my Samsung A8 back, and it all works, even the on and off button! So, I don't urgently need a phone just yet any more.
     
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    Try a samsung s8+ refurb model for about $400-$450, flagship phone , 12 month samsung warrranty, big screen, I loved it, bought 3 already (obviously not all 3 for me)

    also cost co selling new s9+ for $699 now, if you want new
     
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    Hi Geoff I had a look at Kogan website but the Realme XT is listed at $499. Do you have a link to the price for $449?
     
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    I think it must have been a temporary reduction, sorry.
     
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    Motorola DynaTAC - Wikipedia
    Was this the Motorola you owned ?
    It was a toss up a house or a phone ...I brought the house :)
     
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    No, not quite that long ago.

    Nearly $10k in today's money - before even call costs? No wonder you went for the house.
     
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    Last week the little battery cover on my Samsung S5 snapped off. I'm surprised it has taken this long to snap. More surprisingly the machine has not bombarded me with requests to close it to prevent damage. Anyway being the Major Tightar$$ I am, I seriously asked Mr Angel to solder it back on so I wouldn't have to get a new phone. I knew if I attempted soldering after a 20 year break, it would do a lot more damage to the delicate join.

    He frowned at me and my new phone will arrive on Tuesday. It's purple.
     
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