Decent phone to learn to consider Android

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  1. ipv6ready

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    what is a decent 2nd phone to test out android?

    Been an IOS user since 4s currently on XS max.

    Am looking for Android with USB-c to test to give android a good try out.

    I’ll still have XS max as my daily phone, I was considering an $99 new one... but thought that would not give me user experience.
     
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    mid range Nokia, have very clean Android and give you a good idea of what to expect.
     
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    Wow did not even know nokia still made phones
     
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    Oppo, some Huawei models.


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    just remember these brands have a tendency to change a lot of the ROM and customise it away from stock android.

    also Huawei are currently a bit of a no go zone - i would avoid one.
     
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    At $99, you'll struggle to find something decent with a newer android OS to compare it to.

    I get that you want to just get a feel for Android and maybe learn the differences, but you'll be going from top of the line apple to the lowest of the low android specs. Then will be left with a bad taste in your mouth and happily go back to your XS Max or 11 Pro.

    Personally I would go with something newer like a pixel 2 xl, which can run latest Android 10 and still runs quick. You can pick a decent one up second hand for a good price at the moment.
     
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    pixel 1 last one I bought was $150 on here.
     
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    I’m leaning towards phone say two gen back.

    Would I be correct in presuming a secondhand $200 to $300 phone would outperform new $200 to $300 phone?
     
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    if you get a shit cheap android then it'll only affirm whatever biases you might still have towards apple.

    get something like an LG G6/G7 or galaxy S8 - recent enough to still have decent performance but cheap enough that it won't be a huge impost.
     
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    Thanks I will look into G6/7 or S8
    Yeah I want try a good android phone otherwise as you say it won’t give a good impression. I’m quite keen to buy an android for my main phone.

    Am I correct to presume a S8 or LG 7 is equal to IPhone 7/8
     
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    Whatever you get will be equal to whatever iPhone was released in the same year.

    Personally I would go with a phone that sticks closer to stock android. Samsungs have really good hardware and design, but tend to overbloat their OS and they feel laggy.

    Pixels, Essential Phone, OnePlus etc have less bloat after a few years.
     
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    S8/G7 probably equivalent to iphone 8.

    my G7 just got updated to android 9 pie (finally) and they seem to be cheap as dirt so that'd be my preference.
     
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    I just looked on Telstra site and they have Samsung tab A 10.1 2019 for $288 might get that with a plan. At $8 a months for 36 months plus a plan fee starting $15 a month plus 5gb total $23 a months for 36 months. Which I can just expense so I can the latest tech.

    Though not a mobile phone seems reasonable for me to learn android and it uses the same USB-c as my iPad Pro 3rd gen as all my other other mobile device except iPhone max.
     
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    Tab A is a budget tablet. guess it will give you a basic idea of Samsung's tablet version of Android (it will run an old version - Android P also known as 9 by the looks of it so not bad at all).
     
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    There's not much to learn anyways, swipe up, swipe down, swipe left, swipe right, pinch, press icon to open....and there's a store to buy stuff. Done : p
     
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    Looking at reviews of TAB 10.1 2019 I’m thinking it’s equal to last gen iPad. And hopefully SS will support it long term with android upgrades.

    It’s not technical things I need to learn but usability and such. I am taking the long term approach to migrating off Apple. Frankly IPhones bore me now, and when I upgrade my XSmax in 2021 I’m hoping to be ready to go.

    And slowly I will have to Un DRM all the Apple Music and movies I’ve bought lol. Until recently I didnt realise I can’t play Apple Music files on anything other Mac/iOS devices
     
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    I'm a bit confused here, what do you mean in terms of usability?
     
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    Eh, he wants to move away from Apple and test out android. He gets a pat on the back from me, whatever way it's done.
     

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