Journal #8601

Posted 7 years ago2015-09-02 04:20:53 UTC
//UPDATE1: Since I unexpectedly I can afford a tiny bit more if necessary, I've been looking a bit more. I've come across two models that are essentially the same, the only differences being a marginally bigger screen, more camera resolution (can't say I care about either) and a bigger battery (I do care about that though).

Does a 2600mAh battery vs. a 2000mAh battery seem worth a $75 difference? Because I'm thinking probably not and I'd rather find out if the bigger battery fits the smaller phone :P
I managed to scrounge up a few bucks from places I didn't know existed so I could get a long-needed phone upgrade* and now I must choose what to spend them on. From what I can afford, I'm between two models with very minor differences**.

Do I need to worry about 4G vs. dual-band wi-fi, or should I go for 4G without a second thought?

I don't care about the other differences, but I won't refuse an explanation if anyone feels I should know something I'm ignoring. Such as what's listed under Bluetooth or NFC***, which are things I'm intrigued about but I'll probably never need. I just want to future-proof it as much as I can so I can hold on to it long after most people change it. Because I'm poor and also because I'm lazy and I don't want to do this research too often.

*Current phone not only hangs, freezes and restarts, now it started to reject texts blaming lack of memory. Deleting all the old ones did nothing, so I can pretty much only receive calls.

**I know those sites might give incomplete or inaccurate information, but that seemed the most complete. I tried to double-check with the manuals, but they don't say anything at all about the specs. How silly is that?

***NFC intrigues me the most because the manuals don't even mention it. If I don't even know how to use it, how am I going to know if it's useful?

14 Comments

Commented 7 years ago2015-09-02 12:00:28 UTC Comment #62750
I'd go with the Galaxy ACE; here's why.
You definitely want 4GLTE
It only has 4gb internal storage, but You can always use a memory card for more storage and this phone supports more expanded memory than the S3 Mini.
The ACE comes with Kit Kat, a newer, better version of Android.
The ACE has 20% more battery.

And like I mentioned in your previous journal, you can always install a different OS on it to speed it up and remove all the bloat ware. Samsung has nasty habit of pre-loading their phones with a bunch of useless crappy apps that always run in the background and waste battery / RAM. There are a lot of phones out there that run stock android, such as LG and Nexus
Commented 7 years ago2015-09-02 12:44:58 UTC Comment #62763
After extensive research, I have come to this conclusion:

[shrug]
Commented 7 years ago2015-09-02 14:19:41 UTC Comment #62756
Even with those smartphones you'll feel a massive difference from what you have now.

When I switched from Galaxy S1 Mini to S4 it was like I entered the Matrix.
Commented 7 years ago2015-09-02 16:56:04 UTC Comment #62757
Neither is listed in the cyanogen site, so I can't do much about that for now. Also I've had bad experiences with LG in the past. Don't know anything about Nexus though.
Commented 7 years ago2015-09-04 12:41:58 UTC Comment #62753
If you save a tiny bit more I'd honestly really reccomend the Umi IRON. Thing came out a month ago from a chinese manufacturer, so far the phone has been nothing but exceptional. Specs aren't the best specs ever, but for the price I got it they're absolutely phenomenal.

Chinese phones can be dodgy, but Umi are trying to really break the mould with this and with various teardowns people have done, the phone is true to its specs. I got it for £110 on an early bird, so no idea what this is USD or otherwise

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/review/android-smartphones/umi-iron-review-android-is-ultra-secure-with-eye-scanning-security-3624103/
Commented 7 years ago2015-09-05 03:45:52 UTC Comment #62758
Looks pretty snazzy, but they don't have it where I'm buying and I surely can't afford to have it shipped overseas.
Commented 7 years ago2015-09-05 09:30:36 UTC Comment #62754
Ah, that's a pain. You might be able to get it cheaper ( & Postage ) through a greymarket website. Where is it you are actually situated?
Commented 7 years ago2015-09-05 17:45:32 UTC Comment #62759
Disco Stu does not reveal his secret location.

Consider me in Antarctica.
Commented 7 years ago2015-09-05 20:24:18 UTC Comment #62755
Well, check what P&P is from Banggood.com, they're a reliable chinese reseller. Everything myself and my father have got from there has been A-OK
Commented 7 years ago2015-09-06 03:23:41 UTC Comment #62760
Amazing! Free shipping to Antarctica! I might consider that.

I probably won't be getting it though, it will definitely get a very high imports fee that I won't like at all.
Commented 7 years ago2015-09-15 16:26:12 UTC Comment #62751
Get a phone yet?
Commented 7 years ago2015-09-15 18:44:57 UTC Comment #62761
Not yet, but since I found out I can buy it, I'm getting this one. Was going to update when I actually had it in my hand, which will be in a few days.
Commented 7 years ago2015-09-16 18:47:14 UTC Comment #62752
Stock Android - Good choice!
Commented 7 years ago2015-09-17 01:24:32 UTC Comment #62762
I believe it comes with 4.4, hope they update it to 6.0 soon. And apparently it has a better battery usage. Will update findings as soon as I have it.

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