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  1. power

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    OnePlus have excellent support - mrs 3T got OTA Oreo already.
     
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    So... the missus' son still has a shitty old nokia (unusual for a bloke in his mid-20s bloke) which is past it's "last legs" and we are thinking of buying him his first smart phone.

    Our two 'wants' are often mutually exclusive but - we would like him to have a phone that wont require updating for say 5 years. Not that he'd need to, but just thinking of the phone if it will have support continued etc. The other want is that it's not expensive (were hoping for sub $500). (I'd expect that aftermarket cases and screen protectors would also be available, hopefully that's not a stupid assumption).

    He lives in south-west rocks NSW (i.e small town nowhere) which I assume would have telstra coverage and possibly nothing else. Would be a case of buying a phone outright and then putting him on an Aldi plan or something.

    In the last few pages of the thread the oppo oneplus5 has been mentioend which sounds good. Edit: Though a search indicates it is a bit too expensive...

    Anything else we should be looking at?

    The idea of having a phone under warranty appeals; but I suppose we would also consider a second hand Samsung phone but that can be a bit of a lottery surely.

    Anyway, all sensible suggestions welcomed (other than extending the budget ideally)

    Cheers
     
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    Additional: Oh dear it looks like OnePlus can't be purchased in Australia at the moment?
    https://www.oneplus.com/au

    What gives?
     
  4. power

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    pretty sure they went back to going through resellers only.
     
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    Mids 20's and parents buying him phones? :p

    Anyhoo, it is best to buy outright + go on ALDI prepaid, cheap and uses Telstra network (A Must if rural).

    Sounds like he doesn't demand much from a phone, so something like the Nokia 6.1 (to keep the theme going) would do fine..

    https://www.jbhifi.com.au/phones/Outright-Mobile-Handsets/nokia/nokia-6-1-2018-white-iron/639144/

    https://www.techradar.com/au/reviews/nokia-6-2018-review
     
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    walker - thanks. He's not my son but I gotta keep my missus happy :)
    Seriously though he's a good young fella, works hard when he can get work and so on. Doesn't have much in the way of $.
    Anyway the boss reckons he deserves a present - who am I to say no? :)

    I've never been a Nokia fan personally but it's not for me, so I'll definitely have a look - thanks for the links mate.
     
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    Is some great mid range phones, Samsung J8 is another good one.
     
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    Most of the J8 reviews refer to 64Gb internal storage but the Australian version (and some other markets) only has 32Gb :(
    I've seen contrasting specs - does it or does it not have a micro-sd slot allowing additional storage?


    Supplementary question - what are Xiaomi phones like? Best avoided?
     
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    you should be able to get an LG G6 brand new for < $500

    i run one daily, should easily be more than adequate (especially if he's coming from an old Nokia)

    not sure about it being usable in 5 years, but it's pretty well spec'd
     
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    Eglobal are good, but grey importers so takes a while to arrive etc. Good price for a good spec'd phone. No idea why but the LG's drop in value so quick, good to buy, not the best to sell.
     
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    So given they are grey importers it's still the same phone so fully functional with our networks etc? Possible warranty issues?

    Truth be told 32GB would probably be more than adequate for him so I guess the question is would the better (safer) option be to get the 32GB version from Kogan/DSE for around the same price?
     
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    They tend to ensure they work in Aus before selling em on there as its a site marketed to Aussies. But best to double check the frequencies they advertise. Warranty would be painful sending overseas. It might be worth spending the extra $ and going Kogan etc.
     
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    Thanks everyone for the input, much appreciated.
     
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    I would stick to nokia to be honest.
    stock android, Nokia/HMD have promised regular 3yrs of updates (2yrs of which will be for new android versions), 3rd year will only be security updates.

    most of the other brands cannot be counted on for updates.

    yes the nokia 6 (2018 model) will be great, or if the budget allows nokia 7 plus.
    both can be purchased outright at JB etc, or one of these grey importer sites, though you will still pay GST now.
     
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    the nokiia 6.1 (2018) is a nice clean handset, i'd also recommend it - just buy from a JB or the like you save bugger all going elsewhere.
     
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    if he is using a 5yr old phone at the moment, even the 6.1 will be a huge step up in my opinion.
    though yes, if the budget stretches nokia 7 plus is the budget winner. its what I just bought for ~AU$420 during ebay sale in june.
     
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    Wow how did you manage that ?! JB HiFi has it listed for $649...
     
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    JB did have it on sale a week or two ago for around ~$550ish.

    I bought mine from ebay (grey import stock) during a 15% or 20% off sale, just have to keen an eye on ozbargain
     
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