Smartphone moononastickery – small, thin, 32gb, android, decent camera/battery
To replace my Nexus 5. Everything’s so big these days; I just want a phone, not a flat screen telly in my pocket.
Any ideas? Up to £150 ideally, £200 okay, more than that it’ll have to be pretty darn perfect…
There’s the Sony Xperia compacts, but the Sony UI is pretty ropey. I’d ideally like pure-ish Android, but the only people who really do that are Motorola and they’re mahoosive phones.Posted 1 year agoCougarSubscriber
I don’t have an answer, but if you find one I’d love to hear it as I’ve been looking for exactly that for years.
I’ve currently got a HTC One (M7), it’s over 4 years old and brilliant, never put a foot wrong, but it’s twice the size I’d like it to be when I’ve got a tablet to do the heavy lifting. At the time there was a HTC One Mini which I thought would be perfect but it turned out to be nominally smaller and half the spec.Posted 1 year agoIHN wrote:
Phew, I was looking at them last night
Battery lasts me two days (I’m a light user) which is good, it’s only 16gb but does take an SD card (plus dual SIM capability) which is a plus point, but GPS is not brilliant and camera is not great.
Motorola G4 lokos good but it’s massive. Mate got one and it’s far bigger than I want – I only really wanted a 4.5″ screen but had to go 5″ in the end based on the cost / value analysis
Will keep an eye on this thread in case you find something thoughPosted 1 year agowzzzzMember
I’m tempted to buy a Xiaomi Redmi 3S (not note). Some Chinese market phones are well built and far outstrip the spec of similar priced UK market phones.
$150 from gear best, but you might need to re-flash the phone before its useable as some sellers put strange firmware on.
Check out the battery life!
If you have deeper pockets there is the Mi5 http://www.techradar.com/reviews/phones/mobile-phones/xiaomi-mi5-1315657/reviewPosted 1 year agojefflSubscriber
Agree with IHN. Had a Nexus 5 and was upgraded by work to 5x. The 5x is a nicer phone, really like the fingerprint scanner, but it is noticeably bigger. When I have to buy a personal phone I’d be tempted to go for a small dumb phone that easily slips in the pocket of my jeans and I don’t have to take out if I want to sit down.Posted 1 year ago
ah yes the xiaomi,. was looking at that recentlyPosted 1 year agostumpy01Member
Bloke at work has got an Xperia Z3 Compact & loves it.
What is ropey about the Sony UI?
I’ve got an Xperia T which is coming up for 4 years old & I think the interface is pretty good – definitely better than the Samsung style of over-saturated toddler-plaything look, in my opinion.
I don’t get the Sony are fragile thing either, but that’s probably because my phone doesn’t have the fancy glass panels on the back that the newer phones seem to have…..
It does seem to be harder to find a decent phone though, which doesn’t come with a 5″+ screen…..
Some of the LG phones look pretty good, but big screens & questionable battery life would put me off.Posted 1 year agobailsSubscriber
I was looking for something and i got a Wileyfox Swift. Don’t get one of those.
Same here. It’s about 6 months old and horribly slow now. GPS seems to only be connected about 50% of the time that I’m using it for google map navigation. It will manage to do navigation while also streaming music to the car via bluetooth, but only just. The music will stutter and sometimes drop out completely when the phone is working to update/rotate/zoom the map.
Even running the ‘animation’ of fading the screen to black when turning it off (the screen, not the phone) seems to be hard work. I’ll press the button to turn the screen off and nothing will happen for 3 seconds, so I press it again. Then maybe another 5 seconds pass and it’s still not done anything, so I give it a firm press, thinking I might not be pushing it properly. Then finally, a few seconds later, the screen turns off, then back on, then opens the camera because it thinks I’ve double tapped the power button. Then turns the screen off again. So you press the button to turn the screen back on and go through the whole thing again in reverse!
If I press the Home button it lights up the button to show I’ve pressed it, and then just sits there for a few seconds before showing me a blank home screen, then a few seconds later loading the icons.
Also, it drops wifi, and then reconnects a few seconds later, whenever I connect or disconnect to a bluetooth device.
Also, it buzzes whenever it connects/disconnects to a wifi source which is annoying when I walk to the back of the house and it connects to the range extender in the kitchen rather than the router. *bzzz*, then back to the front of the house and *bzzz* again.
Also, the camera’s rubbish. But given how long it takes to get going the thing you were going to take a photo of will have usually gone before you can get the app open.
Also, the screen is too bright and the earpiece is way too loud.
And the battery drains faster than it charges if doing something like bluetoothing iPlayer radio to the car, or just using the screen for navigation.
Other than that, it’s quite cheap.Posted 1 year agotomasoSubscriber
Sony compact is good and the camera great but I broke mine twice and failed to get it fixed…its in that “drawer”
I’ve got a WileyFox Spark+ and it works very well all round, it is just too big.Posted 1 year ago
I am really reluctant to lug around a phablet, but don’t especially wish to compromise on spec too much.
Moto G 3rd generation is only 5 inches, as is the WileyFox Swift2.
I may trawl through phonearena.com’s website search function of sub 5 inch screens…cx_monkeySubscriber
Sony supporter here too – originally went for them because the Xperia Z was one of the only slim waterproof phones at the time – since had Z3+ and z5+, missus has the Z3 compact, and it’s a tidy little phone. All been very robust – apart from the Z3+ – that got run over in a car park. It did still sort of work though.
The Z is still alive and runs our music at work. Back is smashed in, and the port covers are all hanging off, but it holds over a days worth of charge still.
Quite like the UI too, mainly because it’s tunable to be very ‘light’ i.e. near Google standard… great cameras on all of them, but then most top end phones, including Apple, use Sony hardware for that.Posted 1 year agoslackman99Memberspooky_b329Member
Another Sony compact fan, Z3 Compact.
It has been the phone with the most issues, two were water ingress issues so just treat the waterproofness as a backup and don’t dunk the phone. Broken button from a small drop. Those three were all fixed under warranty (even after I opened it all up to try and fix myself, and sent it in with a fake rear glass glued on). Pretty sure the moisture detectors under the doors dropped out during reassembly too!
Later issue is the mag connector has stopped charging, need to check if still in warranty!
I would still buy another, Sony seems to buck the Small size = budget spec approach, and the camera is great (mainly due to the dedicated camera button)Posted 1 year agoBreganteSubscriber
I was really impressed with the Z3 compact that I had. It was fast – the battery lasted two days and the camera was fantastic. It was however very fragile. It’s the only phone I’ve ever broken. It fell 18″ onto a carpet and the screen smashed. Tried a professionally replaced screen but it was awful so ended up getting refunded.
I now have a Oneplus 2. It’s a large phone but it is superior to the Z3 in almost every way.Posted 1 year ago
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