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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by janetla, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. janetla

    janetla Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Matching the subject - I'll keep the thread short.

    I need a phone to that can run apps. And check the time, and send and receive the occasional text message. That's about it. I'm trying to learn a foreign language and want to download a flashcard app off the market - and use it continually throughout the day.

    Each different phone generally has something that makes it special - good camera, or handles multimedia well, or handles social networking well, whatever. I don't need any of that. I just need pretty much the most basic Android phone ever. I guess the firmware should be upgradeable - I've read of one Motorola phone (the Cliq/Quench) that is not upgradeable.

    So:
    What specific phones should I be looking at?
    What price range should I be looking at? Obviously it should be cheap, but not too cheap.

    I don't have the sanity to research every Android equipped phone to come to a conclusion on this. There are WAY TOO MANY.

    Thanks!
     



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  2. Shocky

    Shocky Android Expert

    Galaxy Ace, it's not the most basic Android ever but very good value imo.
     
  3. jrizal

    jrizal Newbie

    Samsung Dart

    Huawei Ideos (T-mobile Comet)

    LG Optimus series.

    These are entry level Android phones that have Froyo (2.2) installed. Processor speeds are 500Mhz or half of what is available on higher models. This translates to Flash not being able to run on the devices though in theory it can. The processors are simply too slow to run Flash plus no GPUs installed either. Otherwise, the phones run fine for most apps save for video and graphic heavy games such as Angry Birds. The screen is usually smaller too. But average price should be around $150.
     
  4. janetla

    janetla Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Damn. I was actually thinking about making an app for Flash.

    For future reference if anyone comes across this thread, Flash requires at least Android 2.1. The processors it requires and the devices it supports are on the Adobe website.
     
  5. danaj

    danaj Android Enthusiast

    get the Huawei Ascend II from Cricket...no contract, and very cheap....just your basic Android, and unlimited everything for $55 a month....I had the first one, and it was a great intro to Android. the Ascend II runs 2.3...but no flash, because the processor is not fast enough...check it out...best value out there....NO CONTRACTS!
     
  6. stalkythefish

    stalkythefish Newbie

    I'll second for LG Optimus series. No Flash but dirt cheap, well built, and good basic functionality. Flash doesn't work well even on higher end phones, mostly because of the touch screen translation. It's useful for the odd restaurant web site, but that's it.
     
  7. stalkythefish

    stalkythefish Newbie

    I'll second for LG Optimus series. No Flash but dirt cheap, well built, and good basic functionality. Flash doesn't work well even on higher end phones, mostly because of the touch screen translation. It's useful for the odd restaurant web site, but that's it.
     
  8. pentel

    pentel Well-Known Member

    For basic phone, I'll go for LG Optimus One. Most carriers sell it for free.
     
  9. karandpr

    karandpr Android Expert

    You will need a V7 processor phone for that .
    Motorola Defy ,Sony Ericsson Sk15i , Huwaei Ideos X6 ,HTC Salsa
    Or best go for the Nexus S .
    We cant say about what phone you want without a price range .Cheap is a very relative term .
     
  10. mantera

    mantera Android Expert

    Also, are you looking for a phone on contract or off contract? If on contract, do you care what carrier? Also what region are you in? There are regional carriers that may or may not have certain phones.
     
  11. janetla

    janetla Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I want to spend less than $200.

    I'm not going to be calling people or even texting people that often. I'd mainly receive the occasional text and then reply to it. So it'd just be cheaper to buy credit when I need it? I'm in NSW, Australia.

    I guess I'll go with the Optimus. Has anyone here experienced a restive touchscreen? Are they easy to get used to? On average how many times do you have to touch the screen more than once to get a response?
     
  12. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    I used a resistive touch screen on a Nokia 5800. Its fairly responsive enough (I still use it as my second phone), but you have to exert a little bit more pressure, and its not as accurate as a capacitive screen. Good thing though is that you'll be able to use almost anything as a stylus. Bad this is that the screens tend to get scratched as I dont think you can use glass for resisitve screens because the screens need to be able to bend a little.
     
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