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Hey all, I'm new at smartphones. Gonna buy my first soon. Looking for some recommendations
Budget is around ~300. I'm looking for something solid that will last me a long time. 5 years at least. I'm thrifty, not the type to buy something new every 2 years, so I'm ready to pay for quality that will last long (if that's what you recommend).
My use case: I mostly need one as a pocket computer when I'm away from home (got no laptop). GPS, messaging, browsing, as well as music/audiobooks, reading, mobile games as a way to pass time while traveling. Battery is a concern. Also carrying heavy files between places, so memory expandability is a big plus. I'm not too concerned about camera quality but it's a plus.
I live in France. I've looked at many smartphones. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro seems like a really good deal at ~185€, but I'm concerned about the UI which I hear is bad and the spying practices of chinese manufacturers. The Motorola G8+ also seems like a good deal at ~225. The Realme X2/Samsung A50 are also appealing at ~270/250, and the Samsung A71 seems great but is getting really expensive as the cheapest I can find here is ~370 (330 used).
I searched the forum high and low and am a bit lost in my own thoughts...
I had a Xiaomi Mi A3 which had Bluetooth problems that couldn't get solved, so I sent it back to Amazon after just five Months. Before that I had a Mi A2 and before that a Mi Mix 2 and those have only been the last one and a half years. So I had bad experiences with Xiaomi and I need a new phone. At the moment, I'm using my Nexus 4 with Lineage 17.1. Terrible battery life but the fact that it works at all is just beautifull.
I need a phone with good bluetooth connectivity for home office and the car. I also would like to have a phone that I can care for myself on the software side. It would also be nice if the 200€ refund from amazon would be enough to buy a new phone. My thoughts at the moment are Moto Z, Moto Z2 Play, Moto X4, Axon 7, Nexus 5x, Sony X Performance or....
Any suggestions? If the phone has a physical Fingerprint sensor and a classical DIsplay without notch, that would be a bonus. What has to be there is a USB-C port.
I Need Help.
After long hours of browsing, i have decided upon 2 mobiles.
One is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 and the other is Realme 5i.
I am looking for a phone that will have great custom rom support in next 2-3 years.
Currently, the Redmi Note 8 has some custom roms.
The Realme 5i has no roms, maybe because its been only 5 months of release. Also, its kernel source has been released. I believe it will get support later.
As i would be using this mobile for 5-6 years, what do you suggest me to buy?
I might suggest other strategy. Instead of going for oneplus and samsung, which are quite expensive, way above 600$ why don't you go with Xiaomi. Got myself a Xiaomi Note 8 Pro, quite a good phone, for less than 250$. For sure it gets two years of updates and the custom roms will be stable enough to work for another year or so. Afterwards, simply sell it and buy another one. Drawing a line after 5-6 years you will see you invested less and you have a good phone.
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