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Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby Silkie on Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:41 pm

I believe the Moto G is the phone of choice for budget Android not loaded down with Apps but which model? I don't fancy a contract just now so something I can just slot my current SIM and SD into will do. I am a bit confused as to the various models so any advice is welcome.

Sim Free Motorola Moto G LTE could be the one I need. My current SIM is for a 3G but it should do for a little while. Argos seem as good as anyone right now as well at £149
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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby Silkie on Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:32 pm

Where is everyone? Anyhoo I nipped to Argos who seemed as good as any for a SIM Free Moto G and being a numpty I didn't check in advance on the SIM size but I've had enough of Virgin Mobile and their lack of 4G so I have my PAC and spotted a nice deal on EE for a monthly SIM that's on it's way.

All the required stuff is downloaded and the OS updated with clever old Google making it a quick single logon for loads of stuff leaving just the usual Facebook etc. Nice responsive phone and it seems happy using my old charger as well. All I need is a suitable protective case or two and I'm good.
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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby coldandtired on Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:29 pm

Sorry mate, I don't have any idea about the UK's phone market/system.

I would recommend a Windows phone for your next purchase though. The Lumias are pretty solid and the OS is good stuff.
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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby Raav7 on Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:41 pm

Go buy an iphone 5s! I got one.. Deliciousssssss


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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby Silkie on Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:57 pm

So far the deal seems good but I await the new SIM. I got a double data offer and my area has double speed 4G on EE. Mind you my old phone was so underpowered anything will be a step up.
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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby Security on Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:08 am

Since everyone is mentioning the platform they use I want to chip in and say I love my Blackberry and you are all wrong for not using it. :D
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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby hagz on Mon Dec 15, 2014 6:58 am

still got my 4 year old HTC Desire HD works well battery is pretty rubbish now though. Is the MOTO G pretty snappy and whats it lke for internal memory?
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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby Silkie on Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:04 am

It seems very responsive to me and the model I have is 8gb internal. It's not loaded down with junk either which I like. The camera is a bit basic but Google do a free app. That helps.
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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby EWJ on Wed Dec 17, 2014 5:41 pm

have the 1st gen Moto G. For its price its amazing. Wouldn't change it.. Well ok I would for the newest version.
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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby heuji on Wed Dec 17, 2014 6:00 pm

EWJ wrote:have the 1st gen Moto G. For its price its amazing. Wouldn't change it.. Well ok I would for the newest version.

same. still unbeatable in its price range. we also get lollipop soon-ish.
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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby heuji on Wed Dec 17, 2014 6:03 pm

Silkie wrote:It seems very responsive to me and the model I have is 8gb internal. It's not loaded down with junk either which I like. The camera is a bit basic but Google do a free app. That helps.

what you lose in camera quality you get in screen clarity. the screen is awesome for a budget phone. the camera(s) are adequate for daft shots.
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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby hagz on Wed Dec 17, 2014 7:56 pm

so i bought a MOTO G 4g LTE today ( as i was already on Tesco it only cost me £125) seems really quick and the screen is nice and sharp. i will let you know if i have any issues.
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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby Silkie on Wed Dec 17, 2014 8:18 pm

It seems a good camera but the app lets it down. Snapseed seems to give me the bits I feel are missing so all I need now is the drat SIM to actually turn up. Oh and maybe a case as I have dropped both my phone and tablet a few times so a case is a must with me.
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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby hagz on Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:10 pm

HEHE well i am pretty amazed at how quick it is i added a 32 gig sd card so my apps can go on there tbh
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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby Silkie on Fri Dec 19, 2014 6:55 pm

I loves watching live BBC on the bus home. 4g rocks.
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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby heuji on Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:51 pm

most of the buses here now have free wifi onboard, soon to be all. double check your buses aren't wifi enabled too ;) you sometimes have to switch your wifi off and on again then log in using your web browser.
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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby Security on Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:20 pm

Silkie wrote:I loves watching live BBC on the bus home. 4g rocks.

Ah yeah last night was the first time I really made use of 4g and I loved the experience, too bad it burns through data caps so fast (went through 1GB of my 3.5GB bundle in an hour).
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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby Little_Devil on Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:08 pm

4G in the UK is extremely fast at present, give it time to slow down as more numpties buy into 4G. :P

Moto G is made in China along with Apple and just about every other phone going, so your choice of phone is down to buying brands more than quality, in the majority of cases.

Apple of course runs its own O.S. so is quick, having a responsive system tailor made to their own chips.

Android varies and can be Quirky but is slowly getting better with each successive release, I have a quad core phone which cost me £55 which is pretty responsive and with the addition of a 32MB memory card, I can offload some apps, along with photos and music. It runs XBMC pretty well and the TV is OK, so I am not fussed about 4G at present.

As far as telephone providers are concerned, I am with 3 which has the lowest call charges from what I can see, being 1/3 the cost of everyone else, making these double your minutes still more expensive, given the initial call charges.

Just think you can ditch the names Orange and Tmobile, since they are owned by EEE, and soon you will be able to ditch that name as well and just call them all BT.
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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby Security on Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:22 pm

Little_Devil wrote:Moto G is made in China along with Apple and just about every other phone going, so your choice of phone is down to buying brands more than quality, in the majority of cases.

Blackberry ftw when it comes to quality. :P
They actually put the phones together in Canada, Hungary and Mexico as far as I know and don't use cheap Chinese labour or hardware.
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Re: Mobile Phone advice needed

Postby Silkie on Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:48 pm

Not all Chinese factories are bad and none Chinese good. It all comes down to quality control really anyway.

I'm puzzled at the lack of a pre installed music player. That seems kind of odd. :scratch:
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