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Posted 12 October 2019 - 11:51 AM

Hi all!

 

I've just flown in from the UK, and I'm soon buying myself a new phone, had been considering the Asus Zenfone 6, which from all the reviews looked to be the best in its price bracket at under 600 GBP for the top spec model, but the market is different here...

 

The huge battery is a draw, pretty much top end specs across the board and even has a headphone jack, but availability and unfamiliarity with all the phone retailers has me questioning everything.

 

The last high-end smartphone I bought was the LG G6 and it was great for the price (360 GBP Oct 2017), and had essentially everything I needed, but I kind of destroyed it...

 

Just need a little point in the right direction!

 

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 07:55 PM

Which aspect is the most troubling? Stores or phones? I'm not much help on the latter, unfortunately.

 

With regards to stores, I'd strongly recommend you stay very far away from Supero (they're absolute scum), preferably avoid Mobile Station too, and otherwise you shouldn't be too bad.


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Posted 12 October 2019 - 08:07 PM

Cheers I'll keep that in mind.

 

In terms of the stores, there's such a variation in prices on some models, it's hard to be confident in them.

 

When it comes to phone choice, I've trawled through reviews and benchmarks and comparisons for hours and I feel like there's really not much in it except for a few key differences at the top end.

I'm also hoping to find some confidence that spending the extra ~$500 over something like a Xiaomi Mi 9 or similiar will be worth it. Got until Thursday to decide either way.


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Posted 13 October 2019 - 10:07 AM

If you can hold out till Labour Weekend, then I am sure there will be sales from the likes of PB Tech,Noel Leeming etc... can save a bit of money.
Black Friday sales are 5-6weeks away as well.

You missed PBTech's phone sale by 2weeks... they actually had very decent sales on phones.. picked up a S10 for my sister for $899.

I would recommend sticking with the bigger stores.. you may need to pay a bit extra but at least you know they won't muck you around with shipping delays, returns or RMAs.


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Posted 15 October 2019 - 09:06 AM

Cheers I'll keep that in mind.

 

In terms of the stores, there's such a variation in prices on some models, it's hard to be confident in them.

 

When it comes to phone choice, I've trawled through reviews and benchmarks and comparisons for hours and I feel like there's really not much in it except for a few key differences at the top end.

I'm also hoping to find some confidence that spending the extra ~$500 over something like a Xiaomi Mi 9 or similiar will be worth it. Got until Thursday to decide either way.

 

Yeah, there really isn't much between the various different top-end phones. And there isn't a huge difference between them and something mid-range either – mostly faster processors which are of minimal use, and potentially actual downsides.

 

The thing I'd be looking for in a phone is support for LineageOS or similar. That way you can keep getting upgrades long after the original manufacturer stops supporting it. For instance, my old LG G2 (passed on to someone else now) is on the latest version of Android, and regularly has updates available.


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