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sparky 02-08-2013 01:00 PM

Alright... I need a new phone
 
Classic question...

Need some ideas for a new smartphone as my last one died a few months ago (massive over abuse living on a bicycle in Australia) and wouldn't work on Canadian networks anyway.

Here's what I'm after:

- Not a Iphone
- Touchscreen
- Under 300 bucks full buyout price or so (I don't go on contracts as I'm usually out of country 3/4 of the year)
- Unlocked, I have 2 phone numbers (Canada/USA)
- Smartphone

My usage on the phone is moderate. Its my primary entertainment at work (mostly reading online newspapers), Skype (cheaper that directly calling overseas), road maps and tethering for data usage for my computer. Borderline just considering just getting a smaller tablet with a 3G slot. Prefer a removal battery....

Shocker2k 02-08-2013 01:18 PM

You can get a Nexus 4 for a good price, I think somewhere around $250 and thats brand new. Unlocked and everything.

Nexus 4 - Google

Only hard part is getting it while they are in stock.

I have a Galaxy Nexus and love the phone, battery life kinda sucks but you should be able to get them cheap now that they are kinda being replaced by the other newer phones. Its a great phone if you like to tinker with your phone and put new roms and such on them.


Nick

Zoo 02-08-2013 01:31 PM

Second vote for Nexus4.

Falcon16 02-08-2013 01:54 PM

Samsung Galaxy S2X if you can find one in stock. Right around the $300 mark. Unlock codes are around $20. 16GB memory with micro SD expansion. 8MP camera with flash and runs Android 4.0 though I hear the 4.1 update is coming. if you're looking for a 3G tablet take a look at the Galaxy Tab with 3G. it could do everything (ie be a phone and a tablet offers tethering and putting custom roms on is easy as pie) If you look around people are dumping them used but mint shape at around $140

Murf425 02-08-2013 02:01 PM

I've become a huge Windows Phone fanboy of late. The new Windows 8 is awful slick.

Z3R0 02-08-2013 02:34 PM

Third Nexus 4 vote.

voodooballer 02-09-2013 11:36 AM

anything Samsung :) best company out there.

O'Lane 02-09-2013 11:42 AM

Im in need of new phone as well and have been looking at the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro.

It's a toned down version of the Galaxy S3 processor but makes up for it with its durability (water proof, crush proof, shock proof, etc....)

https://www.samsung.com/us/system/con...ble_i547_2.jpg

Danny D 02-09-2013 12:31 PM

If you are in Alberta or any part of Canada pick up a galaxy s2 x with koodo. They have em in stock and for your price. They were cheaper before the holidays by $100 but you missed the boat.

Falcon16 02-09-2013 12:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Danny D (Post 2619711)
If you are in Alberta or any part of Canada pick up a galaxy s2 x with koodo. They have em in stock and for your price. They were cheaper before the holidays by $100 but you missed the boat.

bingo that's the phone I have and I love mine

shadow_772 02-09-2013 01:30 PM

Nexus line.

voodooballer 02-09-2013 02:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by O'Lane (Post 2619650)
Im in need of new phone as well and have been looking at the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro.

It's a toned down version of the Galaxy S3 processor but makes up for it with its durability (water proof, crush proof, shock proof, etc....)

https://www.samsung.com/us/system/con...ble_i547_2.jpg

i think i need that... :P my galaxy note is smashed all the hell, had it fall off top of the car onto pavement 3 months after i got it :bang:

sparky 02-09-2013 03:28 PM

Taking a really good at the Nexus phones. Just haven't actually seen one in person.

Stuck with using Telus sadly, as where I work has zero signal for any other phone company. They own virtually all the towers outside of the cities in Western Canada.

chrislognshot 02-09-2013 06:35 PM

not sure if someone touched on this. but you should ask carrier if the phone you get will have change able sim card. so that way you do not get charged off network. most company's are tied to another one in another country where they all you change sim card so you get no extra charge for making phone calls you just pay small fee to use it. that way you can have your cell phone any where your at. what type of phone should way in if you can use other place with new sim card from another country.

gainman 02-09-2013 10:53 PM

https://play.google.com/store/device...icrosite&hl=en

comes unlocked and you can buy the walmart pay as you go plan and put it on there

Tracker 02-09-2013 11:28 PM

as a former galaxy nexus AND current nexus 4 owner.. i also totally recommend a nexus 4. i got mine about 2 weeks after they were released (got in an order, but got delayed) i love this phone.. its a HUGE improvement over the samsung

Tracker

Danny D 02-10-2013 01:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sparky (Post 2619857)
Taking a really good at the Nexus phones. Just haven't actually seen one in person.

Stuck with using Telus sadly, as where I work has zero signal for any other phone company. They own virtually all the towers outside of the cities in Western Canada.

Telus = koodo. Same company uses the same towers and frequency. I would go with koodo if I were you. Better rates and you get the s2x for cheap. Not to mention no long distance charges. Just order it online. They ship to your door.

mpsd 02-10-2013 03:12 PM

Get a Nokia Lumia. Best phones around for sure. I'm looking forward to getting mine next month.

Falcon16 02-10-2013 04:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Danny D (Post 2620429)
Telus = koodo. Same company uses the same towers and frequency. I would go with koodo if I were you. Better rates and you get the s2x for cheap. Not to mention no long distance charges. Just order it online. They ship to your door.


These exact reasons are why I love Koodo's service


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