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5th August 2019, 12:29 PM |#11681  
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Hello, my current phone is a CID 15 S5 G900V which means it's a Verizon model with unlockable bootloader. I run custom everything like most on here.

My problem is not only is my screen cracked but my aftermarket extended battery is almost shot (about 2 years old). This was a local trade in and I only paid 140 for a 1 year old S5.

I need a new phone or a new to me phone.
I'm also low on funds. I'm with Verizon because where I live they roam with data on their extended network (regional carrier Appalachian wireless). That being said prepaid won't work because you don't get to use the extended network.

Right now I could try to get a phone from Verizon like the a50 or g7. Or save up and get another like new used phone with unlocked bootloader.

My S5. S3, and Droid X were all rooted with custom ROMs and other bits.

I'd like to get a phone with a 6in+ screen and have it work on any network because I may leave big red. I'd like a removable battery, SD card, fingerprint reader, and IR blaster.

I'll probably have to do without a removable battery and IR blaster but need the big screen and SD card. I'd like my next phone to take better low light photos. I prefer AMOLED too. That's why I'm looking at a50 but the dev community might not last as long as the S3 or S5. Or be non existent. I'm not a gamer. But use everything else.

One other option is getting away from smart phones and going back to a dumb phone so I'm not reading news and stuff all the time. And not flashing ROMs all the time.

So I'm torn between what I should do.

Thanks for your help. I'd like to switch to ting which uses Sprint and T-Mobile. Sprint supposedly has extended coverage here too but requires a Sprint phone from what I've read.

I know this is a tough one. But I appreciate your advice. I don't keeps up with the latest and greatest.

One last thing. I've moved away from Google and use microg with nextcloud.

Edit. I'm sorry this is so long but it's better to have too much info than too little.
 
 
5th August 2019, 01:06 PM |#11682  
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Depends on what you want.. I would take. Xiaomi mi A3 for that price with Android one ...

Well, for me thats 170€ vs 240€.
Update:
There is a deal on Lenovo Z6 lite for 170€, it has snapdragon 710 over 660 from note 7 but there is a catch - so far no development on xda. Anyone has experience with lenovo's "zui"? And do you think there is any hope for lineage os in the future?
6th August 2019, 06:04 AM |#11683  
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I wanted to buy Xiaomi Mi A3 with Android One, but they released really a lite version without NFC. So I think about Motorola Moto One Vision. Any experiences with it? I use smartphones as multimedia device, so I'd like good photos, good audio output as well. How is running Exynos on it?

Or is any chance that Xiaomi will release any Mi A3 Pro with better parameters?

Thank you in advance

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I am looking for a smartphone with a lengh about 15 cm. I dont like big phones! I have to buy it from Amazon.es.

Xiaomi mi A3 and honor 10 are about 250€.
Which other models should i consider at this price range ?

Enviado do meu Redmi 4 através do Tapatalk

I love pure Android and don't like EMUI.
I wanted to buy Mi A3, but after releasing it I think about Moto One Vision. It have NFC, optical stabilisation, it should even get Android R.
7th August 2019, 10:50 AM |#11684  
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Wow, i didn't remember choosing a phone to be so confusing... Decided to take my budget up to 250€ and its either no headphone jack, slow chip, no expandable memory or no development. Like, honor 10 seems nice but I'd like Lineage OS. Mi9se? No headphone jack... I guess thats the beauty of this price range...
7th August 2019, 10:55 AM |#11685  
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Wow, i didn't remember choosing a phone to be so confusing... Decided to take my budget up to 250€ and its either no headphone jack, slow chip, no expandable memory or no development. Like, honor 10 seems nice but I'd like Lineage OS. Mi9se? No headphone jack... I guess thats the beauty of this price range...

Pocophone F1??
Nokia 7.1?
7th August 2019, 10:58 AM |#11686  
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Pocophone F1??

Seems like the best choice (although it's pretty hard to find one at or under 250€), how is it that i always buy 1 year old phones...
Nokia has sd 636, even Redmi note 7 has 660
7th August 2019, 11:14 AM |#11687  
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Seems like the best choice (although it's pretty hard to find one at or under 250€), how is it that i always buy 1 year old phones...
Nokia has sd 636, even Redmi note 7 has 660

Motorola One Action coming out soon may have a cheaper variant that hits 250
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7th August 2019, 11:22 AM |#11688  
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Motorola One Action coming out soon may have a cheaper variant that hits 250

I should wait, but knowing myself I won't. Or maybe i shouldn't even pay attention to specs and just get one i like... I mean, even that nokia with sd 636 is waaay better than my current phone
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7th August 2019, 05:31 PM |#11689  
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I'm looking for a rootable phone that people have made custom firmware for, with one caveat: I want it to have a wide, landscape-style keyboard built into the phone. No external bluetooth attachment.

Is there any such phone that isn't ancient?
7th August 2019, 07:29 PM |#11690  
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Years of Apple servitude is starting to get a little boring and I’m thinking about jumping ship. Currently have the iPhone XS Max and a Watch and whilst they are functional, I’m a bit bored.

After a little search of the most recent flagships I feel most of them have compromises, some are deal breakers. Looking forward to the Note 10 announcement later.

Got to admit, I’m a bit nervous about losing iCloud sync for messages and photos and more but I’m sure I can muscle through. Also my last toe dips into Android went badly (A note 2 with horrible UI and a Sony which used to die whilst on charge and not reboot).

But yet, here I am, looking for options and I have a list of needs and nice to haves:

Needs:
- To be new enough to get the next few major updates.
- Wireless charging.
- Google Pay ability.
- The ability to do cloud backups (not sure if this is native these days?)
- Battery life to support medium to heavy usage including using hotspot.
- To be a brand, as much as some of the Chinese makes are doing well, I like to have a support network when things go wrong.
- OLED screen.
- Android Auto (is it standard?)

Nice to haves:
- Smaller screen? I sometimes feel my XS Max is too big, but I think the days of sub 6” phones are gone for now.
- A “wow factor” feature, it’s always nice to have a party trick.
- Notchless, also not too keen how Samsung are doing the offset holepunch either.
- Ability to connect to a decent smartwatch (haven’t decided which one).

Things I care not about:
- Camera, don’t use it for anything serious.
- Where the fingerprint sensor is, it just doesn’t matter.
- Gaming, except PoGo.
- Price, I’ll pay whatever is needed for the right thing.

So where do I go? What do I have to sacrifice?
8th August 2019, 01:04 PM |#11691  
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Years of Apple servitude is starting to get a little boring and I’m thinking about jumping ship. Currently have the iPhone XS Max and a Watch and whilst they are functional, I’m a bit bored.

After a little search of the most recent flagships I feel most of them have compromises, some are deal breakers. Looking forward to the Note 10 announcement later.

Got to admit, I’m a bit nervous about losing iCloud sync for messages and photos and more but I’m sure I can muscle through. Also my last toe dips into Android went badly (A note 2 with horrible UI and a Sony which used to die whilst on charge and not reboot).

But yet, here I am, looking for options and I have a list of needs and nice to haves:

Needs:
- To be new enough to get the next few major updates.
- Wireless charging.
- Google Pay ability.
- The ability to do cloud backups (not sure if this is native these days?)
- Battery life to support medium to heavy usage including using hotspot.
- To be a brand, as much as some of the Chinese makes are doing well, I like to have a support network when things go wrong.
- OLED screen.
- Android Auto (is it standard?)

Nice to haves:
- Smaller screen? I sometimes feel my XS Max is too big, but I think the days of sub 6” phones are gone for now.
- A “wow factor” feature, it’s always nice to have a party trick.
- Notchless, also not too keen how Samsung are doing the offset holepunch either.
- Ability to connect to a decent smartwatch (haven’t decided which one).

Things I care not about:
- Camera, don’t use it for anything serious.
- Where the fingerprint sensor is, it just doesn’t matter.
- Gaming, except PoGo.
- Price, I’ll pay whatever is needed for the right thing.

So where do I go? What do I have to sacrifice?

Welcome back!!!

1 - any major flagship will get next 2 updates .. but some may take a while .. Google Pixel, One Plus or any Android One device best bet for quick updates.

2 - wireless charging most flagships have these days.. except one plus.

3 - All have Google Play unless you get Chinese version of Chinese phones

4 - cloud backups are natively built ( to an extent ) into android.. each OEM though have their own version . I have a pixel and they work well... But different than iPhones.

5 - notches...you can always hide them!!

6 - andoird auto standard ... But some phones connect better than others... My pixel seems very good.. a Sony I had was very good... A Samsung U had wasn't...

Google photos SOOOO much better than apple photos ... So you won't miss that.

You may want to check you tube for videos on moving from iOS to android . Especially about changing your iMessage settings first .. otherwise you will lose messages sent to you after you switch

From a you have said.. I would say check out a pixel 3 or 3xl ( you can hide the notch ) ...the always listening song detection on lock screen is a GREAT wow thing... All my iPhone toting friends and family ( which is ALL of them ) LOVE that feature.
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