- Another 'Which new phone?' thread
Yet another what new phone post. My Xperia Z3 Compact emerged from my pocket last night with a broken screen/digitizer to accompany the broken back panel, self-ejecting MicroSD slot, broken charge port cover, failing battery and slowing performance. I can’t even unlock it as the screen only works to half way, so I either spend money on it and turn it into the phone equivalent of Trigger’s broom or just recycle it. I was going to replace it early next year anyway. So…
Any recommendations? Criteria are:
Quicker than Z3 Compact and >2gb RAM
32gb internal storage + SD card slot (or 64gb without)
Unlocked (I’m currently SIMO on EE)
Plastic or metal back (not glass!)
ZTE Axon Elite almost to fit the bill, but is a horrible colour (though I’d probably get a cover) and the UI gets mixed reviews. I’m a big fan of the basic Android experience that I had on my previous Moto G, but the higher spec Moto phones seems out of price range (and out of stock).Posted 2 years ago
Other options are cheaper imported Chinese phones (Lenovo ZUK Z2, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4) but I’m put off by potential need to root, glacial delivery/hidden customs duty.
From my own experience of a replacement z3c screen I seriously wouldn’t bother. They probably vary in quality but the one on mine was awful and had to be returned as the colours were so washed out and the screen would get really hot. I now have a Oneplus Two and it’s better in every way than the z3 (apart from the non waterprooferyness).Posted 2 years ago
From my own experience of a replacement z3c screen I seriously wouldn’t bother. They probably vary in quality but the one on mine was awful and had to be returned as the colours were so washed out and the screen would get really hot. I now have a Oneplus Two and it’s better in every way than the z3 (apart from the non waterprooferyness).
Yeah, I’ve discounted trying to mend it. The battery is crap and it runs slowly now. There’s only £40 difference between fully working and faulty on the tradein value on Mazuma/O2 etc. It’ll cost far more than that to mend DIY with non-OEM parts (not including the faff). Will look at the OneplusPosted 2 years agoroccoMember
In true STW fashion I’ll recommend what I have, Huawei P9 lite. Has 3gb ram, only 16gb but is SD card compatible and 5.2″ screen.
Got mine for £149.99 on black Friday but they have it at for £205 on carphone warehouse so should be able to pick it up cheaperPosted 2 years ago
What’s with the needing something faster? Where do you get performance problems? Still don’t have any performance issues with a Z1c here.
It’s just slow. Slow to switch between apps, slow to bring up the keyboard, some buffering when typing etc. It could be a memory issue; the internal memory is (was) constantly @>95% full despite having as much as possible on the 64gb SD card (hence wanting 32gb internal).Posted 2 years agoStainypantsSubscriber
I think once you’ve smashed the screen you on a hinding to nothing. my wife and I broke ours had them replaced and they were broke again in 3 months. I replaced them with 16gb Moto G 3rd gens for about 150 quid. There a bit thicker than a high end phone but not too big 5 inch screen and waterproof. Battery life seems good too. Only thing I miss is NFC as id just started using Android pay.Posted 2 years agoaracerMemberwrote:
It’s just slow. Slow to switch between apps, slow to bring up the keyboard, some buffering when typing etc. It could be a memory issue;
Could be – I don’t have those sort of issues here. What is your memory full of (because I have a load of junk on mine with 16GB internal and a 32GB card)?Posted 2 years agocheshirecatSubscriber
In the spirit of recommending what you have, a Motorola G4 (though I did research this, so it counts).
16GB storage, but you can configure a (fast) micro SD card as internal memory. Got a 64GB card in there, so currently have 70GB available after all the Android gubbins. Think it will take up to a 128GB card.
Only irritation is that it’s fairly big (5.5″) and no NFC, so no Android pay.Posted 2 years ago
Thinking about it, I use the thing all the time, so am flexible on the budget. Now is probably a bad time to buy though, I can’t see any obvious bargains. This is the no man’s land between Black Friday and the post-Christmas sales.
Could be – I don’t have those sort of issues here. What is your memory full of (because I have a load of junk on mine with 16GB internal and a 32GB card)?
Unfortunately I can’t remember and now I can’t check. But anything that could go on an SD card was transferred. It stopped me downloading apps a few times because there wasn’t space (even though they could be transferred afterwards). Also, every time an app updated it appeared back on the phone (rather than the card), which is just annoying.Posted 2 years ago
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