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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by discreet, Aug 22, 2021.

  1. discreet

    discreet Lurker
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    I’m looking for an affordable Android phone the size of an iPhone 12mini. Specs could be similar to a Pixel 3.

    I would prefer to buy an used one since Android phones tank in value after a short period (Pixel 3 cost $100 on eBay). I can’t find a portable device.

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  2. kate

    kate Dreaming of Bugdroid.

    There is the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact and Sharp Aquos R2 compact.

    A little bigger and you have the Pixel 4a, Galaxy S10a, and Galaxy A40.
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  3. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    word of advice on used phones. make sure the imei is clean before you make the purchase. i would meet the person and hand the money directly. i would not recommend that you buy it over the internet. i have seen many here who buy a used phone only to find that the imei has been blacklisted and you have to pay the final bill of the previous owner in order to get it off of being blacklisted......so be careful.
  4. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Assuming that there is any way of removing the blacklist: I'm pretty sure most UK carriers don't even let you pay off the previous person's bill to clear it.

    "Size of an iPhone Mini" is tricky, since if the 64mm width is important you get very few options. Here is a list from GSMArena's phone finder, where my search criteria were simply "year > 2018, Android, bar form-factor (to eliminate watches from the results), width < 66mm". There aren't many, and the only half-decent ones are old (which is important because you have to consider battery condition: both 3 years use and sitting in a box for 3 years will degrade that, though being used for 3 years is likely to be worse unless you have an extremely battery health conscious user).

    Relaxing the width restriction to 68mm doubles the number of results, though most of them are still lower-end than the Pixel 3. The Pixel 3 itself appear when you loosen the width limit to 70mm, but is also a cm taller than the iPhone 12 Mini: if you want to restrict the height as well you will lose most of the extras you gain by being more tolerant of the width.

    I tend to not care about resale value because by the time I replace a phone I don't expect it to have any significant resale value left, no matter who made it. But if you are serious about size-matching the iPhone Mini then you'll be looking at either old or second-hand anyway: when I asked for Android phones of similar height and width to the iPhone 12 Mini released in the last 2 years I got only 3 results, and all 3 are junk that falls far short of the Pixel 3.

    Note that I'm writing as someone who has no interest in large phones, and would regard the iPhone 12 Mini size as perfect (being able to use it one-handed on the go matters to me, watching videos on a phone does not). But there simply aren't any recent decent Android options as small as that.
    #4 Hadron, Aug 23, 2021
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2021
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