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Old 6th March 2017, 3:39 PM   #1
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Talking Budget android smartphone for nephew

Hello!

Buying my nephew his first smartphone for his 12th birthday. He has a tablet and is used to android, so sticking with android.

Want to spend less than $200.
Q1) any awesome android phones spring to mind? He would probably want to play clash of clans, robot wars and maybe Pokémon go.
Q2) has anyone bought from this site? Is it trustworthy? What does it mean by TW spec?? Is this phone from Taiwan? :/

https://www.eglobaldigitalcameras.co...spec-gold.html

Q3) anyone have personal experience with the phone listed in the link above? Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime g533g


Thanks in advance
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Old 7th March 2017, 3:33 PM   #2
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eGlobal are OK, but can take a long time for shipping.

for under $200, id recommend getting a ZTE Blade V Plus.

the J series samsungs are budget, low powered rubbish. buy a last-gen flagship for $200 or get either the ZTE (or a redmi note 3 pro if you're feeling like an import).
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Old 9th March 2017, 9:15 PM   #3
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eGlobal are OK, but can take a long time for shipping.

for under $200, id recommend getting a ZTE Blade V Plus.

the J series samsungs are budget, low powered rubbish. buy a last-gen flagship for $200 or get either the ZTE (or a redmi note 3 pro if you're feeling like an import).
Thanks heaps for this response. I'm really glad you've enlightened me to the fact that there are WAY better phones out there at my price range than the budget Samsung series.

Unfortunately the promotional price for the ZTE blade V Plus ended by the time I read your reply

I realised postage from eGlobal will wreck my budget; so not using them.

Please more information on affordable android tablets under or at $200 -> and what's the best way to keep an eye out for great specials like the one I missed out on??? Thanks heaps

EDIT: Is GearBest good? what is a good price for Redmi Note 4? for a Redmi 4? for a Redmi 4a? Thanks

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Old 12th March 2017, 9:30 AM   #4
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Can anyone see a problem with this item?
http://www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/...62.html?wid=21

I'm worried it might be Chinese language? I'd prefer not to have to install a new ROM; I've never done that before.
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Old 12th March 2017, 11:20 AM   #5
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This is as-new and an excellent option http://forums.overclockers.com.au/sh....php?t=1217137
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Old 19th March 2017, 5:15 PM   #6
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I'm about to go with a Redmi 4A from AliExpress:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Orig...66123553.html?

It's only ~$120 from AliExpress.

I want to ask a few questions:

1) Does anyone recommend any of the optional purchases of screen protectors or cases? Are they any good? Can I get better ones somewhere?

2) Does anyone recommend a good place to buy a memory cards? I'm buying the 16Gb version of the phone and want to expand storage with a memory card.

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Old 24th March 2017, 10:20 AM   #7
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have a look at this
https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/298788
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I'm about to go with a Redmi 4A from AliExpress:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Orig...66123553.html?

It's only ~$120 from AliExpress.
I think i will grab one of these as well to replace my Samsung Google Nexus, which is still an amazing phone, i just need something newer, only i hate the size of all these new phones.

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for under $200, id recommend getting a ZTE Blade V Plus.
I know this is old, but Sanjay, how does one know if they are buying the ZTE with the Qualcomm or the Mediatek cpu ?

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I know this is old, but Sanjay, how does one know if they are buying the ZTE with the Qualcomm or the Mediatek cpu ?
im not sure, honestly the easiest way would be to just check with the seller of any given model.

for $200 id probably sooner try to snag a redmi note 3 pro special edition, but the ZTE wasnt a bad deal for local AU stock for a reasonable price.
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Thanks for that, i would have thought the ZTE might be a better phone than the Redmi 3 pro, which are very good phones (wife and daughter has them) but the camera is shit.

My sister has asked me to buy her a Redmi 3 pro as well, have to look at the special edition, not heard of it before.

What about the Xiaomi-Redmi-4-Prime-3GB for $195 rather than the Note 3 Pro ???

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Orig...JpkaAii98P8HAQ
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