Help choosing a smartphone for 250-300€

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  1. anticupidon

    anticupidon Ancient Guru

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    Hello guys!
    Wife's Nokia 950 just stopped running WhatsApp and although she mentioned it, I completely forgot to search for something.
    Well, I did some searching, but reviews only show so much about smartphones, sometimes an opinion from someone who has the phone as their daily driver can shed more light on the issue.
    So, budget is 250-300€ good camera, battery life and software support.
     
  2. Samsung Galaxy A50 is what i have. Going for $300 US. 4000 mAh battery, decent multi-lens camera, plenty speedy, 64gb storage onboard plus a microSD slot. I really like it.
     
  3. anticupidon

    anticupidon Ancient Guru

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    Thanks for the input!
    Anyone here has a Motorola G8 Plus or a Pocofone F1?
     
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    scoter man1 Ancient Guru

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    I'm not sure what country you're looking in but the Pixel 3a/3a xl would be good options.
     

  5. anticupidon

    anticupidon Ancient Guru

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    Thanks for your input.
    Last draw was between Pixel 3a and Motorola G8 Plus. Wife wanted a red smartphone and she had a 20%off coupon for Amazon, so I ended up ordering Motorola G8 Plus.
     
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    I just ordered a Pixel 3A to replace an LG G7 ThinQ.....but FedEx is doing their usual "we're going to reschedule your delivery multiple times so that we deliver your package at the last possible minute" BS..... The phone is sitting 4hrs away....in a FedEx depo....

    If you want long support life, Pixel phones are the best option since the Nexus line is gone. Motorola makes some nice phones though. I still have an old Moto X4 sitting here that I use as an alarm clock....lol
     
  7. MaCk0y

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    I am also looking at buying a new phone. Don't really like changing phones. What I would like:
    • Notification LED light on the front. Is it me or is this very useful feature a rarity nowadays?
    • Dual SIM support
    • SD card support (can be 1 sim + 1 sim or sd)
    • Headphone jack
    • USB C port
    • Don't really care about the cameras as long as the back camera is decent in lit conditions and a decent front camera for video calls
    • Preferably durable that doesn't require a case
    Can cost more than 300€ but alas the higher it costs, the less features that I want it will have. :p
     
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    When my S5 finally dies I plan to get an LG G8s or G8x. Adreno 640, 6GB RAM and basically all features you could wish for for about 325 Euros right now (G8s).
    Oh yeah, one thing is missing: shiny blinky RGB LEDs. :D
     
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    I would be down for a Nokia 6.2 (4/64gb) with 2 years of guaranteed software updates, but my 6.1 hasn't shown any signs of struggle.
     
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    Pixel 4a is coming out in May I believe, which should drop the price on the 3a quite a bit.
     

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    Hope the pandemic will not delay the launch.
     
  12. MaCk0y

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    Got a Mi 9T for €270.

    It ticks most of my requirements bar the SD card support and probably not that durable but it comes with a free case and it's got a good grip so not bothering me. It actually does have a notification LED but it's on top of the pop up camera. Pretty useless there since I won't be able to see it unless I keep the phone upside down.
     
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    The Redmi Note 8 Pro is fantastic. Xiaomi also just released the Note 9 Pro and I'm sure it's even better. I may buy that one as well. They sell for $200-$250 with specs that are really hard to top at that price.
     
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    Is the new Apple Se2 in that range for you? Personally I'm a Samsung guy, but I've heard that the budget friendly iPhone is pretty slick.
     
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    After having a Pixel 3A for the last few months, I'm having a hard time recommending it to anyone..... The performance of the phone has been fantastic, however, it's "glitches" have placed it among the worst phones I've used. I'll probably be switching back to my (equally glitchy, but not in the same way) LG G7 ThinQ soon to wait out better phones....
     

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