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Hi everyone,

This thread is a continuation of this thread.

This is here so you can discuss what your next phone/tablet should be, if you're not sure what to pick.

Also, if you need advice as to which device is better than another, then feel free to ask those questions in here aswell.

This is an attempt to clear out all the similar threads being created around these forums.

*NOTE* I will be requesting thread maintenance as and when it is needed, to remove any SPAM comments
 
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Fytdyh

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Hello, I'm looking for a new phone for myself, the phone I currently have, mi a1 is finally starting to have problems for me after 5 good years, it's screen now doesn't detect certain places after I left it in my trip backpack.

I was really satisfied with my mi a1, it's battery was decent, it was rootable, and most importantly it lasted me a very long while!

I want my next phone to be cheap, 200$ range, the lower the better.
It needs to last me a long time, not to start having problems after only a year or something.
I've been thinking, if the phone won't have oem unlock support, then I'll be alright with it, but if it will I'll probably get a custom rom with regular updates and just stick with it.
The camera needs to be decent, it can even be bad if the phone has oem unlock support, because the pixel camera app is fire!
A headphone jack would be nice since I currently use wired headphones, but apparently there are jack to usb c adapters so it isn't a requirement.
..and that's it!
Get a redmi phone. I have a redmi note 8 pro, which is still on stock, for almost 3 years. It has a plethora of custom roms, kernels and guides. At launch it was about 250 €, now it could be about 100€. Quite compatible with Google camera ports, they work quite well out of the box. Micro sd support, headphone jack, lcd display. Still rockin the original battery and display.
 

gtwice

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I was about to post and I'm in a very similiar situation: I've had a Xiaomi 9T for the last 2 years, and recently the battery has degraded, it's getting problematic etc. so I'm looking for a replacement.
Similiar requirements:
- good battery life
- decent performance for the next 2 years (I'm not gaming much)
- dual sim, NFC, fingerprint scanner, 5G
- Android 12, with official or semi-official (think xiaomi.eu) support for the next 2 years, with easily unlockable bootloader, root, little bloatware etc.
- very appreciated rough back panel (not smooth glass) to be able to use it without cover - without fear of dropping it or it slipping from a chair
- budget of €500-600
 

Fytdyh

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I was about to post and I'm in a very similiar situation: I've had a Xiaomi 9T for the last 2 years, and recently the battery has degraded, it's getting problematic etc. so I'm looking for a replacement.
Similiar requirements:
- good battery life
- decent performance for the next 2 years (I'm not gaming much)
- dual sim, NFC, fingerprint scanner, 5G
- Android 12, with official or semi-official (think xiaomi.eu) support for the next 2 years, with easily unlockable bootloader, root, little bloatware etc.
- very appreciated rough back panel (not smooth glass) to be able to use it without cover - without fear of dropping it or it slipping from a chair
- budget of €500-600
Xiaomi poco f4 gt with a back skin
 
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Fytdyh

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Hello all

Currently i have my 3rd Xiaomi phone Mi 9T 128gb that has degraded battery life & broken rear camera.
Looking to buy another phone that has better specs
- Better battery life
- Better camera
- Dual Sim
- Sd card or 256gb storage
- At least 6"5 inch
- Water resistance would be a plus
- Stock android? Or close.
- 5g Network
- Rootable

I can stretch budget up to 450 euros.
I'm from Belgium.

Thanks in advance
Xiaomi Poco X4 Pro 5G with a gcam port
 

Andy T11

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I have galaxy S10 with a swollen battery.
My requirements for a phone: Android, must have removeable micro SD card.
Should I:
1. Repair the phone, replacing the battery - $50
2. Buy another new Galaxy S10 - 200-250
3. Get a new phone ?

I looked at Galaxy 20/21/22 and they don't seem to offer much beyond S10 except their $1000 price tag. I would appreciate any advice/suggestions.
 

blackhawk

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Jun 23, 2020
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
I have galaxy S10 with a swollen battery.
My requirements for a phone: Android, must have removeable micro SD card.
Should I:
1. Repair the phone, replacing the battery - $50
2. Buy another new Galaxy S10 - 200-250
3. Get a new phone ?

I looked at Galaxy 20/21/22 and they don't seem to offer much beyond S10 except their $1000 price tag. I would appreciate any advice/suggestions.

Note 10+ N975U1, new factory sealed box, Android 10, $750.
Killer display with a better color rendering index than most of the newer variable rate displays and spen.
Used about $450 but will probably have Android 11 loaded.
It's still a better all around flagship in many respects than the S22U. Proven durability and reliability.
 

Andy T11

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Note 10+ N975U1, new factory sealed box, Android 10, $750.
Killer display with a better color rendering index than most of the newer variable rate displays and spen.
Used about $450 but will probably have Android 11 loaded.
It's still a better all around flagship in many respects than the S22U. Proven durability and reliability.
Thank you! Are there any phones in the S10 form factor that are decent? Ideally, I would love something that is the same size as S8.
 

blackhawk

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Jun 23, 2020
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
Thank you! Are there any phones in the S10 form factor that are decent? Ideally, I would love something that is the same size as S8.
I would go with something that has 12 gb of ram.
That's one reason the N10+ has remained such a long lasting phone especially if not updated.
The Beast has a lot of perks going for it and unlike the S22U it's not near as heavy but still has excellent build Q.
I'm not well versed on Samsung models other than the flagships...
Known good vendor.
 

firefox201191

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Hey good people,

I'm looking to buy a new phone as my current one ( Realme 5 Pro ) became very slow and the battery drains kinda fast, I'm confused between Realme GT Neo 2 and Realme GT Neo Flash , where I'm at the Neo Flash goes for roughly $430 and the Neo 2 is almost $500, cost aside which phone do you think is the better one overall ?

GSM arena comparison link:

Your assistance is highly appreciate.
 

Fytdyh

Senior Member
Hey good people,

I'm looking to buy a new phone as my current one ( Realme 5 Pro ) became very slow and the battery drains kinda fast, I'm confused between Realme GT Neo 2 and Realme GT Neo Flash , where I'm at the Neo Flash goes for roughly $430 and the Neo 2 is almost $500, cost aside which phone do you think is the better one overall ?

GSM arena comparison link:

Your assistance is highly appreciate.
Go with the Neo 2. On the other hand, have you tried getting a replacement battery, an update and an factory reset on your realme 5 pro? Might be quite cheaper
 

Kristian_dms

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Im looking to buy a new work phone as my last got stolen.

  • Basic use, twitter, email, podcasts.
  • No intense camera requirements
  • No need to root (cant due to company restrictions)
  • Price is irrelevant, as i'm not paying
  • Im in the EU, so Samsungs dont have snapdragons.

Pretty much all i'm interested in is the phone with the best build quality and reliable performance.

What would you get?
 

Fytdyh

Senior Member
Im looking to buy a new work phone as my last got stolen.

  • Basic use, twitter, email, podcasts.
  • No intense camera requirements
  • No need to root (cant due to company restrictions)
  • Price is irrelevant, as i'm not paying
  • Im in the EU, so Samsungs dont have snapdragons.

Pretty much all i'm interested in is the phone with the best build quality and reliable performance.

What would you get?
Get a redmi. Redmi note 11 pro

Or if you aren't paying, you could go for a 1 Terabyte Samsung s22 ultra or 2 terabytes iPhone 13 pro max
 

pra1shiv

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Hi Respected XDA-community members

June-2022

------------------------------------------------------
Note / Serious Concerns in my next purchase:
------------------------------------------------------
Recently,My Redmi note 5 pro got bricked without doing any new thing, and hung on mi bootloop.
My Redmi Note 5 Pro device was not bootloader unlocked, and after bootloop hung issue,
it is not even allowing me to flash a device on my own, with so many Xiaomi centric walled garden techniques.
I have understood from many of our XDA community members that, Xiaomi is not allowing bootloader unlock, without visiting their center and paying.

------------------------------------------------------
Based on above ordeal, I need suggestions from community.
For Below kind of requirements, Please suggest a good Android Phone with below specs.
------------------------------------------------------
1. Freedom to Flash by self, when there is a brick in device
2. 6 to 8 GB RAM
3. 128GB ROM
4. Qualcomm Processor
5. Must have native Call recording facility


-------------------
Type Of usage
-------------------
--> Many utility apps I need to install
--> No Gaming at all
--> Not too much camera usage except urgent documents scans
--> Good GPS
--> 5000 mAh battery is plus if it has.


-------------------
Budget Range
-------------------
INR 15000 to INR 20000
Country India
 

Arrovil

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Hi, could you please suggest new phone to replace my old Xiaomi Mi A1.
Usage:
  • primary - web, messengers, music
  • secondary - video watching, camera, GPS
Desired requirements:
  • ~350$
  • good battery life
  • 6GB RAM or more
  • Enough performance for my usage for 2-3 years - so I assume phone released this year (2022)
  • Not too bulky
  • 3.5 mm jack
  • Nice to have custom roms
  • Nice to have call recording
Thank you in advance.
 

LeDavida

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May 22, 2022
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Hello, I've previously asked about a phone to choose, after a long research (I'm interested in AR and the tool Depth API) I'm between two options:

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Pros:
  • More RAM at the same price (as promotion)
  • More feedback by the users
Cons:
  • MIUI (and things like publicity in system apps and, if I'm correct, you must create a Mi account to use it as develop purposes)
  • Issues with proximity sensor

Motorola Moto G51
Pros:
  • Native Android OS
  • Better performance (Antutu result)
Cons:
  • Mostly the price (Moto G51 4 GB RAM is pretty close to Redmi Note 10 6 GB RAM)
As I said, I wanna try AR development and maybe play some VR things (is not the best but is better than nothing) and it's around my budget range.

Which one do you think is better for AR/VR?
 

Coldbreeze16

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May 30, 2013
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I have a Galaxy S21 Plus for nearly 1.5 years and a couple of months back a vertical green bar appeared. Yesterday, another one appeared so in thinking, this is gonna progress. Screen replacement cost is 17000₹. So I'm thinking about getting a new one instead.

My only requirement is a good camera on the unit. Processing power or screen doesn't matter (my S21+ has stayed at HD resolution 60Hz since purchase). I wanted Pixel 6 but it isn't available in India officially and Google's service is sketchy. I've been thinking either Vivo X70 Pro or Vivo X80 (not pro). I can go up to Xiaomi 12 Pro but I don't see much difference between the in terms of photos. Please suggest any other phones too in 40k-60k range if more suitable.
 

kröte

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Jun 10, 2021
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BEST phone for lineage os for 100 usd?

Best lineage os phone for around 50 USD?

Which phones please? only price maatters.
 

kubans2301

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Apr 7, 2015
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Hi guys,

I am looking for a cheaper alternative to the Pixel 5 or 6 for 250 USD or less maybe something used. Now I have a Pixel 3a and it's time for a change. The most important thing is the quality of the photos. I want to install Lineage and GCam.

Or what phone can be with good camera and always on display?
 
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kröte

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Jun 10, 2021
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Hi guys,

I am looking for a cheaper alternative to the Pixel 5 or 6 for 250 USD or less maybe something used. Now I have a Pixel 3a and it's time for a change. The most important thing is the quality of the photos. I want to install Lineage and GCam.

Or what phone can be with good camera and always on display?
how about a NEW not RENEWED "google pixel 2 xl" for 180 usd at amazon. Get a case so it wont break when dropped. works with lineage and google camera. google pixel 2 xl camera is state of the art.
SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle PRO Series Phone Case for Google Pixel 2 XL, Full-Body Rugged Holster Case with Built-in Screen Protector for Google Pixel 2 XL17 usd
 
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5746_RTS

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Sep 20, 2019
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Hi All!
I need to upgrade my phone to a 5G compatible phone. since my carrier (Tmobile) has been sending me messages saying July 1, my phone will no longer work on their system. I have been using Lineage Discovery 19 on a Sony Xperia Xa2 Ultra (H3223).

What is the best 5G phone that will work on a secure/private custom ROM? I would love suggestions! I do use the camera quite a bit, and use the phone for note taking and with business. Privacy is important.
Thank you in advance!
 

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    hi,
    after it seems that my XZ1 compact has slowly died today i need a new one.
    What are the option for me given following specs:

    around 4" - 5" Display.
    no bootlock (easy flashable like the SGS4 mini was once)
    min 4g (3G don't work here anymore)
    sd card slot.
    Not a suggestion for a phone, however, ALL my previous phones had SDCards, specifically because I would only consider ones that had one. My current phone does not have an sdcard, but has 128GB internally (previously used a 64GB sdcard between phones). I had times that my 64GB was full. that hasnt happened to me yet with 128GB built in. PS: Pixel 4a. Moral of the story, if 128GB is enough and you dont have specific reasons for an SDCard, open up your options and consider some of the phones with built in massive internal memory.
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    Hi Respected XDA-community members

    June-2022

    ------------------------------------------------------
    Note / Serious Concerns in my next purchase:
    ------------------------------------------------------
    Recently,My Redmi note 5 pro got bricked without doing any new thing, and hung on mi bootloop.
    My Redmi Note 5 Pro device was not bootloader unlocked, and after bootloop hung issue,
    it is not even allowing me to flash a device on my own, with so many Xiaomi centric walled garden techniques.
    I have understood from many of our XDA community members that, Xiaomi is not allowing bootloader unlock, without visiting their center and paying.

    ------------------------------------------------------
    Based on above ordeal, I need suggestions from community.
    For Below kind of requirements, Please suggest a good Android Phone with below specs.
    ------------------------------------------------------
    1. Freedom to Flash by self, when there is a brick in device
    2. 6 to 8 GB RAM
    3. 128GB ROM
    4. Qualcomm Processor
    5. Must have native Call recording facility


    -------------------
    Type Of usage
    -------------------
    --> Many utility apps I need to install
    --> No Gaming at all
    --> Not too much camera usage except urgent documents scans
    --> Good GPS
    --> 5000 mAh battery is plus if it has.


    -------------------
    Budget Range
    -------------------
    INR 15000 to INR 20000
    Country India
    Who told you you have to pay to unlock bootloader? Or that Xiaomi isnt allowing bootloader unlocks? Given that Xiaomi is the complete opposite of that. Oh well. Now, every smartphone out there needs to have the developer option OEM unlock activated in order to unlock it. It is not that your phone refused to flash, is a security functionality. How secure would be any phone if it allowed me to dirty flash a rom in order to access your data?

    As for a suggestion, see realme gt Neo 2
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    But how secure is the graphene os? After all you already unlocked the bootloader. And given that, couldn't a malware app get root access?
    No. Two things to note.
    1. GrapheneOS has been built SPECIFICALLY with security and privacy at front of mind.
    2. Once you flash the ROM (or any custom ROM &/or recovery) , you can re-lock the bootloader.
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    Hi everyone,

    This thread is a continuation of this thread.

    This is here so you can discuss what your next phone/tablet should be, if you're not sure what to pick.

    Also, if you need advice as to which device is better than another, then feel free to ask those questions in here aswell.

    This is an attempt to clear out all the similar threads being created around these forums.

    *NOTE* I will be requesting thread maintenance as and when it is needed, to remove any SPAM comments
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    Excellent, I hope this will attract some discussion on new devices so new threads won't be opened.

    I am not looking for a new phone right now, well maybe not depending on the outcome of HTC repairing my Sensation I guess. I sure hope to find out tomorrow. I think if I was going to get a replacement now I would probably get the SGS3 over the OneX. I really don't like the non-removable battery and maybe worse, no SD slot. I know why they did it for economic reasons but I am just not going to go that direction. Batteries do not last forever and their maximum charge level goes down over time. I want to be able to plug the SD into my computer and do a local backup. I also want to be able to get a bigger or faster SD if one comes out.
    I am used to Sense but I am sure I could get used to Touchwiz as well, and I just read in the portal that ROM Cleaner works with the SGS3 now, as long as I can rid of the bloat I am content. I am sure that when my contract is done in a year there will be something newer and better out anyways. ;)
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    I hope it does aswell. These forums definitely have too many of those threads being created :rolleyes:

    I think I'd choose the S3 aswell to be honest. Even though the One X is a powerful phone, the S3 can quite easily out perform it, as it can with most phones.

    The only time I'd be looking to upgrade is when mine become redundant, which with having an S2 (which can still keep up with the newest flagship devices) and Xperia S, I won't need to upgrade for a while I don't think.

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    I would take the Lumina. My girlfriend has one and its pretty good.

    √ HTC Evo 3D GSM
    √ Android JB 4.1.2
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    √ 4EXT Recovery Touch
    √ Anthrax Kernel 3.7.0 @ 1.6ghz
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    Never owned a tablet before.. flirting with the idea of a galaxy tab 2 10.1. As of current, I'm all good with my s3 but I'm kinda interested in what this next galaxy note 2 will bring. Guess I'm some sort of galaxy fan.. ever since my vibrant :p

    ---> Brought to you in part by my T999 / T-Mobile Galaxy SIII :)