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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by blindman96, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. blindman96

    blindman96 Member
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    can someone help me find a new android phone, I've been an ios user for some time now and am looking to change to android. These are the specifications I would like to have in a phone and details below:
    My Birthday is coming up in the middle of March and have a $200/$250 limit and was hoping to get a new android phone!

    BUDGET: $200/$250USD OR AUD at absolute max!
    Unlocked phone for use in Australia (or locked to vodafone carrier)
    at least android 2.1+
    Australian wall charger

    -3inch+ screen (I have a hard time seeing so a screen bigger than 3inches is a must as I have low vision)
    -not so many buttons at the bottom
    -touch screen
    -slide out keyboard (really doesn't have to have a keyboard it's just I kind of like them but never used one on my own phone)
    -2+ MP camera (I'm used to a 1.5 on my phone which is pretty old now)
    ---must play angry birds!!!!

    Phones I've looked at:
    lg gt540 (it could do, just won't update android anymore which is a shame)
    ideos (small screen)
    ideos x3 (not out yet and I'm wanting the phone by the middle of March)
    galaxies (the ones I can afford have too smaller screen)
    htc smart (screen is too small)
    and alot of other phones...

    I think that's all my musts if it has all that (keyboard doesn't matter much) for under $250 i'd be very very happy.

    thanks for reading and hopefully you can help me out!


  2. amit_eighty8

    amit_eighty8 Well-Known Member

    i think go for galaxies in this price range ... specs says value for money for the galaxies...
    Galaxy mini ... would be preferable
  3. blindman96

    blindman96 Member
    Thread Starter

    they look really cool!

    I was hopping to get it by March, shame it won't come out til May or June :(
  4. amit_eighty8

    amit_eighty8 Well-Known Member

    Ohh man .. but in india it has been launched as galaxy pop... here one of my friend has this!!!.. so check samsung store !!
  5. blindman96

    blindman96 Member
    Thread Starter

    thanks, I'll looking right now
  6. bodybuilder27

    bodybuilder27 Newbie

    HTC HD2 - simple as.

    Runs ...well, everything.

    blows away the galaxy, desire etc.

    bored? then 5 mins can put ubuntu on it, meego, windows 6.5, win7.....etc etc.

    best phone i ever owned.

  7. amit_eighty8

    amit_eighty8 Well-Known Member

    @bodybuilder27 he has limited budget ... otherwise i am also pride the owner of HTC
  8. freedom1911

    freedom1911 Newbie

    Don't know if you have purchased yet or not. But I highly recommend the LG Optimus V from Virgin Mobile. The phone is only 150.00, you can port your old number to it, Unlimited talk, text and internet is 60 a month, insurance if you like is 5 and you can install an app called quick settings (free in the android market) that activates the wifi hotspot capabilities of the phone.

    Hope this helps, i have and use this and it works great.
    I give the Optimus 5 out of 5 stars for being a great entry level android phone.
  9. I was thinking an EVO or an EPIC... which one would you get?
  10. blindman96

    blindman96 Member
    Thread Starter

    I don't want to mod or hack or flash or use cryogen to let everyone know
  11. srujan7

    srujan7 Lurker

    i've got the same problem... i've to select one from galaxy mini (POP) or galaxy 5.
    which one should i go for?
  12. blindman96

    blindman96 Member
    Thread Starter

    I was looking for the optimus v but I couldn't find it, can I get a link for australia?

    the galaxy pop looks great but it's only in India and don't know where to get it for australia.
  13. amit_eighty8

    amit_eighty8 Well-Known Member

    @srujan7 well obviously galaxy pop is better than galaxy 5 and galaxy 3! so go for it in this budget range

    and @blindman96 i think you should write a mail to samsung ... about your queries within 24 hrs u will get your reply...
  14. Outlaw71

    Outlaw71 Android Expert

    Ruling out Cyanogenmod? Have you ever tried it? That ROM is tits, you shouldn't rule it out if you've never tried it. Maybe not on day one, but sooner or later..... don't rule it out.
  15. tijsje

    tijsje Lurker

    i have a htc wildfire and im very happy with it.
    i can do everything do with it (gps, music, youtube...)
    its just like the little brother of the htc desire
    and its only like 200-250 euro
    so i should say buy a htc wildfire :)
  16. Usta

    Usta Android Expert

    A phone with a low budget doesn't have to have a crappy QVGA screen resolution, because a proper screen is part of the good Android experience. In that price segment you can try phones like Motorola Defy or wait for the successor of Wildfire - the Wildfire S.
  17. freedom1911

    freedom1911 Newbie

    Not familiar with the Epic. But my sister has the Evo and as much as I like my Optimus, if Virgin had the Evo, my Opt would be history. The Evo may as well be a tablet PC. I think it has a 4 inch screen which is not tablet size but it is much larger than mine and the phone just does everything under the sun.
    8 mpxl camera to boot, takes 32 gig SDcard. So nice long videos.
  18. freedom1911

    freedom1911 Newbie

    Sadly it looks like the Optimus V is not available in Australia at the moment.
    These appear to be the only LG phones in your line up,
    Optimus............... One Optimus .....T320

    The Optimus V is basically the same phone as the Optimus S from sprint, they just moved two of the keys to different locations.
    These phones being LGs would only make me look closer at them if they are in your price range.
    After having only good experience with LGs and Nokias they will be the brands I look to. I got bit by Samsung and Motorola and will not be spending my money with them in the future.
    Also look at HTC phones. M sister has the EVO and loves it, My brother is getting ready to plunk down some big change on two of them because they are so nice.
    I don't know if HTC makes entry level Android phones, but I can only think that they will be quality products if they do.
    Good luck.

    Looking at tijsje's post I looked up the HTC Wildfire.
    Here is the phone and
    here is a link to the spec page.
    Detailed specifications

    CPU Processing Speed

    528 MHz


    ROM: 512 MB
    RAM: 384 MB
    Expansion slot:

    • microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
    • Supports up to 32 GB


    • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
    • Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)


    • G-Sensor
    • Digital compass
    • Proximity sensor
    • Ambient light sensor

    HTC Widgets

    • Bookmarks, Calculator, Calendar, Clock, FM Radio, Friend Stream, Mail, Messages, Music, News, People, Stocks, Weather, Settings (such as Profile, Ringtone, Wi-Fi™, Bluetooth
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  19. blindman96

    blindman96 Member
    Thread Starter

    what should I say in the email? what's their address?
  20. NickNitro

    NickNitro Newbie

    I too have bad eyesight and we people with bad eyes have complained for 2 years now and our complaints fall on death ears. iphone & Blackberry have system wide font change to enlarge the font size so us bad eyesight folks can read the screen without having to put glasses on 40 times a day. It sucks BIG time that for 2 years no-one is listening to us. I love my droid but now advise all the visually impaired to buy iphone or blackberry so they don't have to put glasses on every time they use their phone. Using a phone 40 or more times a day just plain sucks fumbling around looking for glasses because text is freaking tiny. Sorry for the rant folks, but it ticks me off to have to think about buying an iphone because android refuses to consider the handicapped folks when iphone & BB did consider us...8/
    If you had to put reading glasses or glasses on 40 or more times a day like me you would understand the frustration. Blogs all over the internet for two years now have MANY complaining on this and nothing is being done.
  21. blindman96

    blindman96 Member
    Thread Starter

    yeah, glasses don't help me because I have scarring all on the back of my eyes and maculars are completely destroyed
  22. amit_eighty8

    amit_eighty8 Well-Known Member


    well u shud ask about the launch date of the galaxy pop or mini ....and say that i am quite interested and willing to buy this phone ... hoping i will get a quick reply otherwise i have to switch for other brands.
    eagerly waiting!!!

    you can find their email address on their website....

    about WILDFIRE i have this device ... its totally cool except the resolution of the screen ... if in Australia this device is in your price range then go for it

    Call 1300 362 603
    or visit ther contact us page

    or as said above for wildfireS i think that will be out of your budget

    hope this helps!!!

    PS wildfire has been updated to 2.2 too

    so plz reply by what u think .. so i can help u get a phone quickly
  23. blindman96

    blindman96 Member
    Thread Starter

    thanks I might email them now.
  24. blindman96

    blindman96 Member
    Thread Starter

    can't send the email because the product model isn't lsited
  25. amit_eighty8

    amit_eighty8 Well-Known Member

    call them or write your email with another model ... what it takes

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