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13th May 2019, 12:46 AM |#11571  
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Thank you very much for the suggestions.

Where I live, the options available are very limited. Flagships readily available are only from Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi; any kind of HTC phone or other exotic brands (except cheap chinas like Ulephone, Elephone, Wiko and the like) have nearly no presence.

When I bought my HTC 10, in the summer of 2017, the cheapest HTC 10 available in my country cost about 450 euros, and only one online shop had it for sale. I ended up ordering it from overseas, which cost me 380 euros with customs taxes. Currently, only another online shop has it for sale in borders, but now it costs over 550 euros ... A raise of 100 euros in two years, for a 2016 flagship??? The price should go down, not up!!!

About the Sony, I've had a Xperia M4 Aqua, the 8GB version. It was terrible, the stock OS alone took 7GB, had to install a custom ROM to remove some bloat, and even so it only ended up with about 2GB of free space. I was pretty much forced to install any app in the sd card, and even so the installation would take chunks of internal storage. When under 1GB of free space, it became unbearably laggy. I've been weary of Sony devices ever since. Also, as far as Sony phones go, over here, anything that isn't a Xperia is very hard to come by.

Surprisingly, I can find both Razer phones in here. Prices are over the roof, with the Razer 1 costing over 700 euros and the Razer 2 costing over 800 euros. But, I've found a few less known online shops, in borders, that sell them for less. A deal until the end of next week for the Razer 1, costs 350 euros (otherwise it was 500 euros), and another shop sells the Razer 2 for 500 euros. I wanted to wait until about August or something, before commiting, but these deals ... I'm still holding to the hope of, somehow, being able to fix my HTC 10, but I may be wasting time and effort on a dying phone ...

I can speak to personally having an XZ premium and it was a fantastic phone... Su h a light Android skins and top specs made it a beast and very snappy. Pretty good software support too... Do not judge recent Sony flagships on the M4 aqua... The experience will be worlds apart - definitely recommend if you don't mind the design language.
 
 
13th May 2019, 02:35 PM |#11572  
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Which do you guys think is a better phone, the galaxy a50 or the redmi note 7 or moto g7 plus or the p30 lite?

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14th May 2019, 07:06 PM |#11573  
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Please to all the big community here on XDA I need some guidance on my next phone.
Brief History:
I start my history with my LG G3, what an amazing phone, ultra fast, great software support, great camera, great and faster repairs, had it since 2014 and still a few months ago was fully working until the damn faded screen issue arrives, I dig a lot here on XDA and try different repairs, thermal paste, in the oven etc.
Then I switched to LG G5 but honestly the phone feels like a toy, has lag with last update to Oreo and the damn Screen burn appears in less than 2 months, shame on you LG.
Less than 3 weeks ago I got what I tough will be a great phone, my LG V20 H910, when it arrives I discover the Att Bloatware and after a couple of days I flash the US996 kdz, the ROM is clean and beautiful, unfortunately I realize the phone is slower than my LG G5 (What the actual **** LG!), after days of research I discover that something with the kernel to avoid overheat thus the phone run slower than usual, and guess what, I started to see some screen retention, I'm from Mexico so I´ll say in Spanish NO MAMES LG!!! How is it possible that a new phone with amazing specs runs slower than MY G3!, how is possible that I have to open the phone to replace the factory thermal paste, root, and change the kernel to run smooth as I should be.
Big question!!!!!!, Is there any phone, that runs smooth with NO LAG, great camera, with NO Bloatware rape as ATT use to do with their phones, no screen retention or image burn and all of these without the need to Root It, disassembly and modify any internals, I just want to power On the Damn phone and use as I use to do with my G3.

Big Thanks, Really really I appreciate any feedback.
14th May 2019, 11:34 PM |#11574  
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I am a furious owner of an S9 G960U1. I have never spent so much money on a phone as this one, and yet I absolutely hate it. I hate that I cannot change anything or make my own device do what I want. I will never purchase another Samsung device. I am going to sell this pos as soon as I can replace it.

What I'm generally looking to accomplish with my next device is achieve a high level of security and customization.

I need the following:
-Based on Android, can use Android apps
-A fully functional ROM available
-Root, ad blocking, customization possible (attempting to completely degoogle)
-Working wifi calling

I would like if possible:
-High end hardware, cost no object--nice cameras, fast, etc.
-Tap & Pay (probably not going to happen without Samsung or Google)

Please give me some models & even ROMs to research. Thanks!
15th May 2019, 10:34 AM |#11575  
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Samsung A70 Or Asus Zenfone 5Z (6/128gb) - which one sholud I pick ?
15th May 2019, 11:30 AM |#11576  
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I am a furious owner of an S9 G960U1. I have never spent so much money on a phone as this one, and yet I absolutely hate it. I hate that I cannot change anything or make my own device do what I want. I will never purchase another Samsung device. I am going to sell this pos as soon as I can replace it.

What I'm generally looking to accomplish with my next device is achieve a high level of security and customization.

I need the following:
-Based on Android, can use Android apps
-A fully functional ROM available
-Root, ad blocking, customization possible (attempting to completely degoogle)
-Working wifi calling

I would like if possible:
-High end hardware, cost no object--nice cameras, fast, etc.
-Tap & Pay (probably not going to happen without Samsung or Google)

Please give me some models & even ROMs to research. Thanks!

The Mi8 would be perfect for what you are wanting. I believe that you would also be happy with the OP6T

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15th May 2019, 05:13 PM |#11577  
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Budget rootable phone
Hello I am looking for a budget phone that I will only very lightly use.

-Root, ad blocking, customization possible
-Tmobile Compatible
-Works in US (LTE)
-ROM available

I wish I could just get a xiaomi phone, but from everything I read they don't work well in the US

Thanks for the help
16th May 2019, 10:20 AM |#11578  
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Originally Posted by engardeknave

I am a furious owner of an S9 G960U1. I have never spent so much money on a phone as this one, and yet I absolutely hate it. I hate that I cannot change anything or make my own device do what I want. I will never purchase another Samsung device. I am going to sell this pos as soon as I can replace it.

What I'm generally looking to accomplish with my next device is achieve a high level of security and customization.

I need the following:
-Based on Android, can use Android apps
-A fully functional ROM available
-Root, ad blocking, customization possible (attempting to completely degoogle)
-Working wifi calling

I would like if possible:
-High end hardware, cost no object--nice cameras, fast, etc.
-Tap & Pay (probably not going to happen without Samsung or Google)

Please give me some models & even ROMs to research. Thanks!

Pixels....or One Plus.

---------- Post added at 10:20 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:18 AM ----------

[QUOTE=googly_glop;79531984]Hello I am looking for a budget phone that I will only very lightly use.

-Root, ad blocking, customization possible
-Tmobile Compatible
-Works in US (LTE)
-ROM available

I wish I could just get a xiaomi phone, but from everything I read they don't work well in the US

Thanks for the help[/QUOTE

Used pixels or moto G6 / G7
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16th May 2019, 11:10 AM |#11579  
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I 'm looking for my first Android phone (coming from Windows Phone) for T-Mobile (USA). I'd like one that could last at least 5 years and that works with all or most of the LTE bands from my service provider. I'd like a phone I could flash a custom ROM onto from someone who keeps up with security updates once I stop getting them from the manufacturer.

A couple phones that have caught my attention are the Motorola Moto G7 Power and the Google Pixel 3A.

I like the G7 Power because of the "3 days" of battery, the FM radio, also an SD card slot and because it has all the LTE bands used by my service provider. Also the price is great. But I understand this phone gets security updates only every 3 months and will likely be updated by the manufacturer for only 2 years.

What I like about the Pixel 3A is that it already comes with 3 years of updates. I mean, I feel like buying this phone is a way of supporting a company that also feels that updates are important. It also has 64GB internal memory instead of only 32 making the lack of the SD card slot less of a problem for me (only the 32GB G7 Power is available here.) The battery in the Pixel 3A is ok, but it has all but one of the LTE bands my service provider uses and it doesn't have an FM radio.

But which would be the best bang for buck and the one I could keep updated with a custom ROM? Or should I consider another phone?
16th May 2019, 06:42 PM |#11580  
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Hello I am looking for a budget phone that I will only very lightly use.

-Root, ad blocking, customization possible
-Tmobile Compatible
-Works in US (LTE)
-ROM available
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I wish I could just get a xiaomi phone, but from everything I read they don't work well in the US:

Thanks for the help

They work just fine if you buy one that has most of the 4G bands. I am in the Us and have every band for ATT and T-Mobile.

I have the Mi 8 ( Global Version)

Other Xiaomi's that have all of the same bands as Samsung and the iPhone are as follows : Mi8, Mi9 , Mix 2, Mix 3, A2, and Note 7. I may have missed a few but the ones I listed will absolutely suit you your needs.

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17th May 2019, 08:24 AM |#11581  
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