New Phone Time...?

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  1. BLEH!

    BLEH! Ancient Guru

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    Hey Gurus

    My beloved (hated) Lumia 950 is dying. Having charging issues/crashes/it not knowing how much charge is left, so it's time to invest in a new phone methinks.

    I'm not looking to spend stupid money, but a few things I'd like:
    • Good camera capable of 4K30fps (for YouTube content)
    • 1440p screen ideally
    • Expandable storage (up to 128 GB ideally)

    Looking android because iphones are no. Preferably something without bloatware and that will be supported for a few OS generations. I'm SIM only so can buy the handset outright.

    Suggestions please!
     
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    The S7 fits all those requirements other than bloat, Samsung enjoy adding bloat, but it can be removed with package disablers or root and system app remove tools / debloat scripts

    If you're hoping Android can do what WP can do with expandable storage you'll be disappointed, without root and a fair bit of mucking about, MicroSD cards can only be used to hold media / downloads, you can't install apps to it

    At least not with the S7, maybe stock Nougat allows it?
     
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    I'm not *too* fussed about expandable for apps, more doc, music and video storage. My main gripe is android is the lack of support (with respect to OS updates) after 18-24 months. My old windows phone is still supported even though that's 3 years old. I know some android manufacurers are better than others.
     
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    Samsung keep support for 3 major OS releases, my S5 had KK, LP, and MM, this S7 has had MM, Nougat and will get Android O

    After that it's custom ROMs from XDA if you want to stay current
     

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    Any other comparable handsets to the S7?
     
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    yeah get S7e and flash a custom rom. i recommend Minotaurus Rom S8 port or Batman S8 port. (minotaurs needs romcontrol from playstore which is $5 , not much. Batman has one free).
     
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    Pixel/Pixel XL does not support expandable storage but does have the best support of any Android device.
     
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    Oh really? That sucks, you'd think in 2017 it would be standard

    I use mine for media, have my camera set to save direct to SD, all my music on there, would be running out of room even on a 32GB phone if I was stuck with Internal only

    Hope the Pixel 2 has expandable support, either that or isn't a fortune for a 64GB+ version
     
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    S7 might be the best bet then. Next question is where can I get one at not a stupid price?
     
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    £170 - 1 hour left - 0 bids - 100% positive feedback
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Samsung-G...054417&hash=item361f0d7e4e:g:1PAAAOSwAYJZiCnG

    £195 BIN - 100% positive feedback
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Samsung-G...054417&hash=item238b64622c:g:3rIAAOSwa~FZkLUy

    Make sure it is 100% the G930F though, a lot sold on eBay are US Snapdragon models and have a locked bootloader, meaning no custom ROMs / recovery

    Ask to see Download Mode model number as firmware / stickers etc can be and are easily faked You want the Exynos CPU International S7 only sold in the UK (G930F)


    Or S7 Edge = G935F
     
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    Google doesn't want Android phones to support expandable storage. They want everyone to use Google Drive instead. Manufacturers just refuse to drop support for expandable storage because consumers want it.
     
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    No interest in using cloud storage for personal media, and it would be a PITA trying to listen to music on a 3GB data plan if I had to use GDrive every time I wanted to play something
     
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    Moto Z, X, G series will set you good! Near stock Android performance, can be obtained unlocked at a reasonable price, and expandable storage!
     

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    Why are we talking of year-old phones?

    OP, considered the S8(+)?
     
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    Cost?
     
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    Exactly why I have a S5 Neo.
     
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    Exactly why I stuck to cheapo Pay'n'Go Lumias until I realised I could get flagship on contract, even if they do rip your eyes out over 24 months lol
     
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    I'm using a Nexus 6P on Google's Project Fi.... If it wasn't for Project Fi, I'd probably be using a Lumia now on some other prepaid service.
     

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