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Affordable android smartphone

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  1. hel22

    hel22 Active Member

    I have a Nokia phone now which I'm not happy with. I have an ipad too so I would like a low end smartphone. Max around 160 euro. Which model will give me the best bang for the buck? Camera should be 'more than 3mp and capacitive screen (hated the Nokia touch) and the phone shouldn't be slow! I have never owned an android so I have really no clue! Any help is welcome.I looked into Samsung and Sony but I'm open to all suggestions.

  2. shelliewnj

    shelliewnj Well-Known Member

    I know I go against the curve, but I have a pantech burst and I love it. it was a "free" phone with a contract, so I don't know how much it runs by itself, but the camera works well, it's not laggy if you don't update it, and the screen touch is pretty sensitive. all in all, I'm happy with my phone, and it isn't a "top of the line" model.
  3. Digital Controller

    Digital Controller The Real Bass Creator Guide

    I have moved this thread into the Device Comparison forum since you are asking for a comparison of some low end devices.

    Hope this is alright and good luck in your pursuits :D
  4. hel22

    hel22 Active Member

    As long as ppl will reply lol. Looking into the galaxy family, htc and Sony Xperia. Any advice?
  5. siggy1964

    siggy1964 Well-Known Member

    I can't believe I'm going to tell you what I'm gonna tell you but here goes. Since you already have an Ipad I heard Apple may release a cheaper version of the Iphone. I haven't checked on it though since I'm not a fan of Apples stuff.
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  6. hel22

    hel22 Active Member

    I have an iphone 3GS but I cant wait till Apple will release a cheaper one :)
    I just want a low end smartphone that will NOT lag. It has to be good for calling and SMS but as I know myself I love gadgets and will want to put some apps on so which is the best of the cheaper ones??
  7. hel22

    hel22 Active Member

  8. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor Guide

    Well you're asking for a bit much on a tight budget. Getting lower end means more apps incompatible and higher risk for lag, especially when using pretty RAM heavy apps like the Facebook official app. You could be better off going for one of the older flagship models, like a Galaxy S for second hand rather than a brand new low end unit. Not sure in your place, but here in my country, you can get a second hand Galaxy S for the price of a Galaxy Mini 2 but still has better specs (except for lacking camera flash).
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  9. hel22

    hel22 Active Member

    Thanks! That was helpful. I might look into secondhand. I do have an ipad already so I don't need to play around that much but I know myself, since i'm a gadget person I will get frustrated if my phone can't do anything.
    Also, I won't have internet on my phone (no 3G) so FB app isnt needed.Just games, some apps for organizing. Someone told me to get the xperia U. I'll look into that.
  10. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor Guide

    Depends on how low you want to get. Samsung's lowest of the low (Galaxy Pocket and Galaxy Y) can't even run Temple Run and I think is incompatible to Instagram. You should probably be looking at a used Galaxy S, Xperia Arc, SII, S Plus, Xperia Neo. Although one caveat would be you won't be getting the latest Android updates officially.
  11. hel22

    hel22 Active Member

    I can get the xperia J for cheap. Interesting?
  12. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor Guide

    Should be good enough for basic purposes, but the Galaxy S has a better graphics chip.
  13. hel22

    hel22 Active Member

    I would like ics though, I decided and clear screen is a priority and no lag. Which of the Xperia are interesting?
  14. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor Guide

    Well any of the Xperia phones seem pretty good. Although I am not very much familiar with their mid-range to low end offerings. The cheapest I know of that's pretty good is the Acro S, but that's almost pushing high range if I remember correctly. If you can get that for cheap, its a great deal.
  15. rui-no-onna

    rui-no-onna Well-Known Member

    Get at least a dual-core model. In the US, you could get an Xperia Go (water-resistant), Xperia U or Xperia sola for ~$200-250 (150-190 euros). Do not consider anything lower than dual-core if you want something with minimal lag.

    The Xperia Acro S is a water-resistant version (IP57) of the Xperia S and in the US, usually goes for $400-460. It's more like a flagship model, albeit an older one. I'm not sure if the new Xperia flagships with Krait have even been released yet.
  16. hel22

    hel22 Active Member

    I believe THE xperia u is what I'm looking for. Thanks.

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