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A good phone for programming (European)?

Discussion in 'Android Help' started by turboscrew, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. turboscrew

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    I'd like to hear about opinions about which phone I should get.
    Some criteria:
    - Main focus on use as programming target (also under-the-hood)
    - I'm a Finn, so phone should be available in Europe.
    - Less than 300 eur (I can't affect that)
    - Well documented (documents of HW found at least somewhere)
    - Very "typical" (No "creative" HW solutions)
    - Variety of integrated peripherals (connectors, sensors, ...)
    - "OK" in actual daily use as smart phone (mostly calls, but also some web browsing, e-mail, text messages, ...)

    Good(ish) battery life in both senses: Long operation with one charge, and battery not known to die every now and then.

    For daily use, it would be a phone with ability to take pictures, not camera with ability to make calls. ;-)

    For the daily use there are plenty of comparisons, but for use as programming target, not so much.
     

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    Hi turboscrew, Welcome to the site!

    I moved your thread to the Device/Carrier Comparisons forum which is dedicated to discussions about comparing and choosing different devices and carriers. :)
     
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    Hi turboscrew,

    It really sounds like the Nexus 5 would probably be a perfect fit for you. It's designed and marketed largely as a developer-oriented device, runs stock Android, has lots of sensors, decent battery life, is well documented, and can also make and receive calls ;)

    The device is available in Europe, though only direct from Google in UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain. I believe the price is 350 Euro, but I'm not entirely sure (and not all that great with numbers).
     
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    Nexus 5 sounds like the perfect device for you!
     
  5. turboscrew

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    DARN, in Finland the price is suddenly over 400 eur, and Nexus 4 is not much cheaper.
    What were the best options a couple of years ago?
    Do I have to settle with jungle drums or a campfire and blanket?
    Hmm, blanket programming... doesn't sound cool... ;-)

    [edit]
    How would you rank these?
    Samsung Galaxy Express I8730
    Sony Xperia L
    Samsung Galaxy S3 I9305 4G
     

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