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|>>|| No. 24774
So my Three contract (24m One Plan at £33.50pm) is finally bloody ending and I'd rather not keep paying for this lacklustre Galaxy S4. It's caused me more bother than good.
Do any of you chaps have recommendations for a more modern handset, perhaps on contract at a lesser price? Stock Android is a bonus. Expandable memory is a must.
|>>|| No. 27101
Where is this? It looks familiar but I can't place it.
If it's fucking Ossett again I'm going to ban everyone
|>>|| No. 27104
The gratitude of every poster in our board, our website, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the Ossettlads who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the war by their prowess and by their devotion. Never in the field of human cunt-offs was so much owed by so many to so few
|>>|| No. 27114
Anyone know if the Google Pixel 3a is worth the money? I got a new Sony Xperia XZ1 on contract in October, and it's a piece of shit, so I'm looking for an early upgrade. Was going to get a Huawei, but recent events have blocked that avenue, and the Google Pixel 3a is just about in my price range.
|>>|| No. 27115
>Anyone know if the Google Pixel 3a is worth the money?
Yes. It's not brilliant value on pure specs terms compared to a Chinaphone, but the cameras are excellent and you get guaranteed Android updates as soon as a new version launches. It's a wee bit plasticky, but it's a fundamentally good phone at a reasonable price.
|>>|| No. 27116
I remember fondly the days when all phones were plastic. So fucking stupid to make them more expensive and fragile just so some cunt reviewer can talk about a "premium feel".
|>>|| No. 27117
I can't imagine how achingly tedious it must be to be one of these cunts who's supposed to be a "tech journalist" when actually you're one of those tossers who wouldn't have been able to answer an e-mail until the iPhone came along. You know who I mean, those hip trendy fucking dicks who have YouTube channels where they review fucking endless upon endless amounts of identical modern bollocks "tech". Sat there going on about how it's totally great they got rid of headphone jacks, who needed headphones anyway, I for one am glad to be freed of the tyranny of the cable and love having another bastard wireless thing to keep charged. Dropping the fucking things on the floor and counting it as a huge deal if the fucking thing doesn't smash into a million pieces; where back in the day your nokia would have smashed the fucking pavement. Taking selfies and waxing on about how the fucking fraction of an extra megapixel makes all the difference.
Jesus fucking christ the modern world pisses me off.
|>>|| No. 27118
> Jesus fucking christ the modern world pisses me off.
Well it's your own fault for engaging with it.
|>>|| No. 27119
varg in lorica hamata.jpg
It's pretty much impossible not to, unless you're a famous black metal musician who marries an autistic French fangirl and uses her parents' money to buy a cosy rural property.
|>>|| No. 27122
Yeah, it's him. He likes LARPing as an ancient Viking while sponging off his autistic wife and the French government. It's easy to pretend to be a Viking from 10.000BC while on the dole!
|>>|| No. 27125
He's also got 8 kids, and a YouTube channel about freeing your mind and escaping serfdom.
He's clearly been busy since he got out of jail. But then, it was news to me he was even released. Just goes to show how fast time flies- More than a decade has passed since I was a greasy teenlad into Mayhem and Burzum. Varg has had 8 kids and all I've got is a lot of debt.
|>>|| No. 27441
I have three things I would like in a new phone, and you really wouldn't have thought it was difficult but I can't fucking find anything.
-A fucking headphone jack. I use headphones constantly. Imagine not fucking having this. Jesus.
-Screen size under 6". Preferably under 5", my current 4.9" is at the very limits of ergonomics but they just don't fucking make small phones any more.
-Either an SD card slot, or plenty of onboard storage. I'm one of those dinosaurs who still has MP3s instead of Spotify, and I refuse to change, point blank.
I don't need twelve fucking cameras, I don't care if it has a screen that wraps around the entire bastard case, I don't want it to measure my motherfucking blood pressure. I just want a fucking phone that fits in my hand, has a headphone jack, and won't fall apart in six fucking months. Is that so much to ask.
My price range is flexible but ideally under £400. Any ideas lads?
|>>|| No. 27443
> My price range is flexible but ideally under £400. Any ideas lads?
Brand new in the UK? No.
You can pick up older Moto G phones with microSD card slots, headphone slots, and screens of around 5" second hand/refurbished but you'll have to put up with the shit battery life. Interestingly a lot of those phones are still made as new for the developing nation market, so if you know anyone who lives in such a place they can probably ship you one for about £100 or so.
The current market trend is unfortunately to move towards slim and shiny (and easy to drop) and to force us into using cloud storage.
|>>|| No. 27444
The smallest phone with decent specs is the Sharp Aquos R2 Compact. It has a headphone jack, an SD card slot and it's 64mm wide. It's only available in Japan, but there are sellers on eBay that will ship to the UK and you can choose the OS language during setup.
If you're willing to go slightly larger, your options include the Sony Xperia 10, the Alcatel 3 and the Samsung Galaxy a10e, s10e, a20e and s40.
|>>|| No. 27446
Cheers lads. I'll look into these.
I'm in a somewhat wierd position that I'm coming from the XZ1 compact which was, to the best of my knowledge, the last time anyone put "flagship" specs into a "compact" model. So most of the options I'm looking at here are either equivalents or slight downgrades.
Not that the specs really matter any more frankly.
|>>|| No. 27447
Smaller phones are thermally limited. They don't have as much surface area to dissipate the heat from the SoC, nor do they have enough internal volume for a heatpipe solution.
With that said, the Xperia 10 should be a substantial upgrade over your Z1. It's only 3mm wider, but you get a bigger and vastly sharper screen, twice as many CPU cores, a much beefier GPU and a fingerprint sensor.
|>>|| No. 27448
It already has a fingerprint sensor, but you've just reminded me that's another thing I'll have to keep my eye out for, because that's another thing I've been spoiled getting used to and now won't be able to do without.
|>>|| No. 27450
If you're concerned about privacy at all don't get Xiaomi or Huawei, unless you're ok with China having a backdoor into your life.
|>>|| No. 27451
Apple and Google are no better, neither are Microsoft or fucking Facebook. Once you get a mobile phone or use pretty much any search engine or social media you're already being face-fucked. After that it's only a question of how much you're willing to gag.
|>>|| No. 27452
Huawei and Xaomi actively send data such as pictures, call logs etc, back to servers in China. Yes we're spied on at home too, nobody should be using the likes of Facebook anymore, but I'd rather only one country have access to my info at a time and even then I like to have the flexibility to choose how much I compromise my personal data. Saying we're fucked anyway is like saying if we've got nothing to hide we have nothing to fear. Thankfully there's a multitude of ways you can protect yourself these days and minimise your data being stolen. Don't buy Chinese phones.
|>>|| No. 27465
Pixel 3A is 5.6", has a headphone jack, and is currently available for £279. It has 64GB of storage, not sure if that counts as plenty for your purposes (although just FYI, you can upload tens of thousands of your own MP3s to Google Play Music and listen to them anywhere for free). It also will be guaranteed security and OS updates for a few years, unlike most android phones in that price range.
|>>|| No. 27467
>Pixel 3A is 5.6"
It does have fairly chunky bezels by modern standards, so it's not quite as small as the screen size might suggest. The Pixel phones are a safe long-term bet though, as you mentioned.
|>>|| No. 27468
My student deal with Vodafone has expired, and I'm now currently paying £18ish for 10GB/unlimited/unlimited.
All the deals on Vodafone's site are actually worse than that, but the deals on VOXI, a network run by Vodafone, are all much better - 8GB + social media (not that I use a lot of that anyway) for £10, no contract.
What's the catch, lads?
|>>|| No. 27469
It'll be to attract people who like to use challenger brands and avoid the big names. A bit like when people think they're sticking it to Amazon by ordering through AbeBooks instead.
|>>|| No. 27470
Catch is these sub-networks always have shit coverage, as if they don't utilise the full network or something. I've no idea but there must be a cost saving somewhere. I'm with O2, my missus is on plusnet, who supposedly us O2. She always has poor signal or limited Internet, where I'm having no trouble.
|>>|| No. 27471
I thought maybe that, but the Vodafone logo is displayed on the VOXI website, though granted only at the footer. Then again, I remember when they launched, they had a stand in my uni's SU, which as I recall had the "BY VODAFONE" fairly prominently displayed.
Whatever, I'll probably go with them as my vodafone coverage where I am is fairly good, and if it's shit I'm not on contract.
|>>|| No. 27472
Three operate a similar sub-brand called SMARTY. It allows them to compete on price with the likes of GiffGaff without directly competing with themselves. You don't get some of the perks available on the main brand, but the core service is exactly the same.
Plusnet uses the EE network, not O2.
|>>|| No. 27485
Finally got round to giving Vodafone a ring to cancel, and they offered me a discount to £12 on the same plan, so not all too different to VOXI.
What they didn't say until I asked before agreeing to the new contract, was that it was for 24 months instead of the 12 I've been on for the past few years. I don't like that at all.
|>>|| No. 27580
Stuff happened, and I didn't get round to trying to switch to VOXI until today.
Trying being the operative word. Their chatbot comes up with an option to chat to an advisor, but when you click the button it simply disappears, and anything you type is automatically answered by the chatbot in an endless loop.
Their Facebook chat will never let you speak to a real person, and they'll only answer the phone on their complaints line if you're already with VOXI.
So, fuck that and fuck them. Guess I'll shop around elsewhere.
|>>|| No. 27802
The Pocophone talk in /101/ got me thinking about my Pocophone F1 and how it's still working great, but the camera is fucking atrocious. If only they were interchangeable phone-to-phone, I'd upgrade it without having to ditch the rest of the phone.
Fucking planned obsolescence.
|>>|| No. 27806
Thank you for this, I'm looking to upgrade my phone at some point this year and wasn't aware of these.
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