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>> No. 27993 Anonymous
8th November 2021
Monday 8:37 pm
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I'm quite a fan of the Moto G series of phones. My G5S has served me well for about 4 years now, but the screen is now smashed up. Would a G9 be a good replacement phone, or are there better budget handsets about now?

Dual SIM and a lot of storage is a plus.
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>> No. 27994 Anonymous
8th November 2021
Monday 9:01 pm
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I'm quite happy with my Huawei, even if it means the Chinks are spying on me.
>> No. 27995 Anonymous
8th November 2021
Monday 9:07 pm
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I jumped ship from my old moto g to a pixel 3a because at the time there was a massive gulf in specs between that and the newer moto gs at the time.
I still think in terms of what they do with the moto gs, they get a lot right, nearly stock android, good updates, well balanced specs, no pointless flashy features like glass backs or curved screens.
>> No. 27996 Anonymous
8th November 2021
Monday 10:22 pm
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Something from Oneplus might be worth a look too, although Chinese I think so probably mega-spying. But yeah Huawei stuff is alright too, but for the mega-spying. I'm running a secondhand Oneplus 5 with /e/ OS which hopefully avoids (some of) the spying. I would've put it on my Huawei but it wasn't supported.
>> No. 27997 Anonymous
8th November 2021
Monday 10:36 pm
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Xiaomi consistently offer the best bang for the buck, but their version of Android is something of an acquired taste. My top pick would be the Poco X3 Pro at £160. It's a big unit, but you get ultra-fast charging with a huge battery, a 120Hz display, a headphone jack, dual SIM and a flagship-level processor. There will be heavy discounts available over the next few days, because 11/11 is the Chinese version of Black Friday.

The G9 Play isn't a bad phone, but the specs are generally underwhelming. There's no rapid charging, the screen is mediocre and the processor is a bit anaemic. If you can find it knocked down to less than £100 then it'd probably consider it, but it's poor value at anywhere near MSRP.
>> No. 27998 Anonymous
8th November 2021
Monday 10:49 pm
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I have no idea why everyone hasn't bought a Poco X3 NFC. I'm blown away by how good this phone is for 150 quid.
>> No. 27999 Anonymous
9th November 2021
Tuesday 1:19 am
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My last two phones have been Motorola phones. I think I have a G8 currently. They do everything I need, but the charger port always winds up going to shit and the cable keeps falling out, or not being recognised, and that's the biggest downside for me with these phones. It's happened with both of mine, so I bet it'll happen with the new ones too.
>> No. 28000 Anonymous
9th November 2021
Tuesday 10:02 am
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>>27998>>27997

I've just checked the Poco X3, and all the specs are as good if not better than the G9 and G30 models I was looking at.

One big plus is that it has a compass / magnetic field sensor, which the Moto G phones have always cheaped out on for whatever reason.

If the price drops further over the next couple of days I'll go for the Poco X3, thanks lads. Should I anticipate any ballache transferring all my old Android settings and apps over?
>> No. 28001 Anonymous
9th November 2021
Tuesday 12:02 pm
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>>28000
You'll spend ten minutes turning all the ads off.

Reason enough for me not to buy.
>> No. 28002 Anonymous
9th November 2021
Tuesday 12:07 pm
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>>28001

What do you mean, ads? When browsing the internet, or ads built into the actual OS?
>> No. 28003 Anonymous
9th November 2021
Tuesday 12:24 pm
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>>28002
The latter.
>> No. 28004 Anonymous
9th November 2021
Tuesday 12:38 pm
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>>28003
>>28002
He's talking bollocks. I've never seen an ad in a year of owning this phone.
>> No. 28005 Anonymous
9th November 2021
Tuesday 12:39 pm
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>>28004
The UK version has 0 ads whatsoever.

https://www.rudgwicksteamshow.co.uk.com/r/PocoPhones/comments/j90s08/how_to_remove_ads_on_poco_x3_nfc_poco_redmi/

See comments. And yeah, I've not had a single one.
>> No. 28006 Anonymous
9th November 2021
Tuesday 1:05 pm
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So has that changed?

Mrwhosetheboss on YT was complaining about the ads a year ago.
>> No. 28007 Anonymous
9th November 2021
Tuesday 1:09 pm
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>>28006
I'm not sure, but looking at the video, even he says:

"I should clarify that, you CAN disable ads in the settings of the phone - The point I was trying to make is that, I didn't like fact that they're there in the first place. "

Personally I don't remember even doing that, unless I disabled the setting unknowingly. But I can safely say I have not seen any ads.
>> No. 28008 Anonymous
9th November 2021
Tuesday 4:43 pm
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>>28006

The Indian and Global version has ads. The UK version doesn't.

>>28000

>Should I anticipate any ballache transferring all my old Android settings and apps over?

Nope. You just log in with your Google account and it'll transfer everything automatically.

You can get £15 off on the Xiaomi store if you use an invite-a-friend link, on top of any other discounts. I won't post my own link, but if you search "xiaomi invite a friend" you'll find plenty of links.
>> No. 28010 Anonymous
9th November 2021
Tuesday 5:34 pm
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>>28008
Looks like they're out of stock.
>> No. 28011 Anonymous
9th November 2021
Tuesday 9:16 pm
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>>28008
>The Indian and Global version has ads. The UK version doesn't.


Does the EU fall under global, in this case?
>> No. 28012 Anonymous
9th November 2021
Tuesday 10:10 pm
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>>28011

I couldn't say, but AFAIK you won't get any ads if your locale is set to UK during setup.
>> No. 28014 Anonymous
20th November 2021
Saturday 2:41 pm
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I went with an X3 Pro because I wanted a bit of extra RAM and storage (8 GB RAM, 256 GB storage). I spent about 250 GBP on it, all in, with a couple of fancy outer cases. I could have probably spent less if I'd waited for the right sale day, but regardless, I'm very happy with it.

Also, to clarify, I purchased the phone from a Swedish vendor for delivery within the EU, and I haven't encountered any UI-based ads. There was an option for "Personalised ads" when setting up the phone that I turned off.

Thanks for the recommendation ladm9s.
>> No. 28015 Anonymous
21st November 2021
Sunday 12:09 am
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You almost tempted me too with your Chinese knockoff but I just ordered a Pixel 6. Spent an extra £200 to stay with EE to boot. Oof.
>> No. 28016 Anonymous
21st November 2021
Sunday 8:58 am
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>>28015

The X3 isn't perfect, I will say. It's a bit heavy, unnecessarily big, and plastic feeling, but in terms of hardware crammed into an affordable package it's the best phone I've ever had.
>> No. 28017 Anonymous
21st November 2021
Sunday 4:07 pm
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>>28015
>Spent an extra £200 to stay with EE to boot
Same. 3 and O2 might have better prices, but I enjoy being have a phone signal.
>> No. 28018 Anonymous
23rd November 2021
Tuesday 3:10 pm
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>>28017
Just got it. I did a speed test and while EE don't rate the indoor 5G coverage as good at my house, I can get around 400 Mbps download. Very impressed.

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