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Help me choose a phone!

Discussion in 'Gadgets and Gizmos' started by Vikki, Apr 27, 2014.

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    OK, so my contract is about up and I'm looking for a new phone. I currently have a Samsung S4 which I got about a month after it came out. Previously I had an iPhone.
    Just after some recommendations.
    I mainly use my phone for photos and music (and podcasts) so they have to be good.
    I know I like Samsung but the new S5 is looking pricey at the moment.
    I'm willing to pay up to about £30 a month. Am going to leave o2 as their coverage is terrible.
    What about Sony and Nokia? Don't know much about them.
    All opinions welcome!
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    Nokia are mainly windows phones (although they have started doing some android), windows phone is really great and the new 8.1 update (out for developers now and everyone else may/june) makes it every bit as good as android/iphone BUT there are far fewer apps available :( disney experience isnt out and not every bank has a windows phone app etc.

    Sony's xperia z2 is really smart looking. kinda expensive but very swish looking.

    If you really like android and enjoyed the S4 then the HTC one M8 is REALLY great! tons of great features on there and I personally rank it higher than the S4/S5

    Question is, do you miss the iphone? If you DONT then great, I'd say the htc one m8 needs looking at but if you DO miss it, then every rumour is that Apple will be bringing out a nice new iphone 6 in september ish. It's a while to wait but I wouldn't recommend buying an iphone 5s right now.
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    I don't really miss iPhone to be honest. I've never considered HTC before.
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    ok well if you don't miss the iphone, it's not worth waiting and paying the Apple premium.... I dont think many people are impressed with the S5 for the price to be honest, but yeah, I'd have a look at the htc one M8 version which is brand new and has a really nice quality iphone-like feel to it but using the same android system as the S4 just a newer version
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    How's the camera on it? I understand I'm asking a proper photo man, but for quick snaps of the kids, a good phone camera is essential.
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    really good ;-) it's one of their best features.... http://www.htc.com/uk/smartphones/htc-one-m8/camera/

    they have this thing where you can change the focus after you've taken the image which is really nice
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    That's clever!
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    yeah as I say everytime, I get pretty much every phone at work but have to leave them there for test phones but a rare one comes along which I have to have and the HTC M8 is one of those! I really like the blinkfeed too which is like a sort of magazine that dynamically updates to give you articles you'd be interested in.
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    Once again, that's clever! I knew you'd know all this lol!
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    :D I love phones (I just hate getting called :lol: )
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    Hehe, I promise I won't call you that again ;)
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    :p :p :p
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    Keeping my promise not to call you, but hoped you could help me some more.
    How do I move all my contacts over? Is there somewhere I can save them all without resorting to pen and paper? ;-)
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    oooo did you get something new???
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    Not yet, I want to be prepared. My contract is up the middle of May.
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    ok :) well some phone places will do a transfer from phone to phone for you anyway so that's one thing.

    Do you sync your phone anywhere?
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    sooooooo which did you get and how are you finding it?
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    Ahhhh, I got the Sony z2 in the end. Just got it the other day so am just getting used to it. The camera is fantastic on it, and that was what swung it for me to be honest. The clarity on the screen is very impressive! Just waiting for.my PAC code to work now. Since it's been a bank holiday it's taking a little longer. Should get my number back tomorrow.
    Last time I had a phone change it was from apple to android. This time it has been an awful lot easier to get the new one set up.
    So far I really like it and it looks really stylish.
    Have moved from O2 to EE so we'll see how that pans out.
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    If there's one thing Sony does well, it's their screens.

    I was also really impressed by the sound out of their tiny little phone speakers - ringtones sounded wonderful.
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    I agree. I also like that the speaker isn't on the back like it is with the Samsung.

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