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Discussion in 'Mobile Phones & Devices' started by Matt P, Feb 16, 2007.

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  1. glenpinn

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    Video recording

    - The Galaxy S10+ is a highly-capable video camera that offers 2160p video at 60fps and 30fps, with the H.264 codec, the 4K@60fps videos are captured at 72Mbps bitrate, the 4K@30fps captured at 48Mbps, AND H.265 mode is also available, bringing those bitrate numbers down.
    - There is electronic stabilization available in all modes except 2160p/60fps.
    - The regular stabilization is already very good and it has you covered when more detailed footage (or, you know, autofocus) is required. It smooths out shake nicely and we didn't observe any jello effect or issues when panning.
    - Otherwise video quality is very good. 4K footage from the main cam is detailed and contrasty, with spot-on color reproduction. There's virtually no difference between 30fps and 60fps clips in terms of detail, which is quite a feat.


    At least this phone records the 4k/60p at a higher bitrate than the 4k/30p does, which means that 4k/60p should look as good as, or even nicer and clearer than the 4k/30p does, unlike the LG G8 that i got samples from, that phone records both 30p and 60p at the same bitrate, making the 30p mode look much better, and the 60p mode had no stabilization either.

    Sadly, there is no Auto Focus in any of the 4k modes, only in 1080p or lower, which is sad, but most likely the same for all mobile phones up until now, so i need to get over this barrier, and not use the phone if shooting on the run or doing any kind of panning, so it looks like i will be getting my new GoPro 9 Hero for travel videos afterall.
     
  2. glenpinn

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    How good or bad is the Galaxy S20 Ultra and the S21 5G phone.

    Read several mixed reviews on this, most seem to rate it 4/5 stars, generally i have never been a fan of Samsung.
     
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  3. Go_Cat

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    Can anyone suggest a small phone? My last phone was a Samsung Galaxy s5 which was 142mm, i really cant handle much bigger then that. I want something thats going to last me a while too so something not too crapy or old, nothing more then 2 years old. Thanks!
     
  4. MR CHILLED

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    Maybe have a look or ask in the Small phones thread : )
     
  5. Aussiejuggalo

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    Looking for a new phone, my LG G6 Wi-Fi is finally giving out after years of hard work. Not after anything fancy, gotta have decent battery (at least 20h internet), headphone jack, IPS screeen preferably, OLED burn in is shit, IP68 ideally at least some kind of protection but can go without if need be and not be the size of a small country 6 - 6.5 inch top to bottom, seeing screensize doesn't determine physical height. I do like the knock on feature LG have, tap the screen to wake up / sleep but LG also have horrible Wi-Fi issues, always have so I guess I'll have to sacrifice knock on :( (seriously why the hell don't all phones have it, it's extremely convenient).

    I was looking at the Poco M3 (cant find it in stock) and the Moto G10 but I dunno, both seem ok but not great. Not really looking to spend more than $400, no point seeing flagship phones have utterly atrocious battery and battery really is my main priority.
     
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  6. jpw007

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    That knock feature has been on the last few Samsungs. I loved that about my G6 also and missed it until they brought it in also but LG started to drop the ball hence my change also.

    It's a bit older now so cheaper: I always had a great experience and battery with my S10+. I loved that phone until the charge port melted...But samsung did replace under warranty with minimal hassle.
     
  7. Stooge007

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    i'm running an LG V40+ which hasn't had any wifi issues, but otherwise sounds like would fit the bill

    not sure you can get them new anymore though
     
  8. Aussiejuggalo

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    Thanks, I'll check them out. Currently looking at the Samsung A32 $425, Motorola Moto G9 Plus $397 & Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro $350. All 6GB Ram and 128GB storage.

    A32 is more expensive, slightly slower hardware, an AMOLED 90Hz screen but has 3 year software updates and seeing I cant be assed to root, might be ok. G9 has the best battery of the lot, pretty powerful but slightly bigger than I wanted and I've heard from quite a few people over the years the updates they push may or may not hamper performance. The X3 is the most powerful with the most features etc and the cheapest but, Xiaomi... Lot of hassle to remove all the bloat and other things that could be present.


    Edit, found the Samsung A32 on Kogan for $349, bought it a Spigen case and screen protector for $398 delivered :thumbup:. Was the best deal I could find after spending the whole day looking at phones, reviews, problems etc.

    Edit 2, got the Samsung A32, case and screen protector yesterday, seems to be pretty decent for the price. Took a while to remove the crap but the knock on works well and it was enabled by default.
     
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  9. Lost Property

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    Any recommendations for Android phones under $250?
     
  10. mareke

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    I just bought a Nokia 6.1 for $196 on eBay with free postage and sent by express post. It's my first smartphone. I only bought it so I could use the QR code reader when I go shopping. I'm happy with it. You could drive a car over it and it would still work. It's a nice size. It feels a bit strange having a phone made of aluminium. It's got Android 10 on it. The funny thing is yesterday I noticed an ad for a Nokia G10 that was cheaper and had Android 11 installed. The Nokia 6.1 is an old model so maybe the G10 would have been a better buy.
     
  11. miicah

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    https://www.jbhifi.com.au/products/motorola-g30-128gb-pastel-sky

    30seconds looking on JBhifi, but this shows the kind of specs you should be getting for $250.

    Snapdragon 6xx series, 128gb storage, 90hz screen, USB C, water repellent (whatever that means), 5000mah battery.
     
  12. Lost Property

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    I've already looked at JB and the usual suspects and know what they have, just wondering if any names I saw popped up in recommendations.
     
  13. scruffy1

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    i'm running an old nexus 5 on lineage, and want a recommendation for a similar sized phone that is on the official list
    https://wiki.lineageos.org/devices/

    ideally, i'd like a headphone jack (how old school) and i really like induction charging

    what i don't want ? some huge arse phablet

    the nexus 5 is perfect size - it's a phone, not a laptop substitute
     
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  14. pwlm1975

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    Ditto, I am changing phones next month and want something 6" or under but they're hard to find - even the basic Samsung A32/A52 are 6.4" and above now! I'll literally use it for calls, SMS and web browsing and that's it, I don't play games on it or anything fancy. Would appreciate a recommendation on a small, 5G phone that's not an Apple.

    Function-wise the Google 6 (non-Pro) is perfect, but it's just too big to comfortably fit in a pants pocket.
     
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  15. glenpinn

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    I bought a new RealMe C21 for my mums birthday for $80 (retails for $179+ at most places) it was locked to Optus, but who cared, i took her off her $15p/m 3gb Aldi plan and bought her a 12 month 60gb Amaysim plan for $120 to go with the phone, she has had it for 17 days and not one complaint, so for under $179 or even less if you get lucky, this phone is a good option for those who are basic non power users.
     
  16. scruffy1

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    let me recommend a "new, old stock" option

    i replaced the nexus 5 with a oneplus 5t, and flashed it to lineage 18.1 (android 11) - thanks aliexpress < $200usd delivered inclusive of gst
    https://www.gsmarena.com/oneplus_5t-8912.php

    6.01" :) but no 5g (just 5t :D )

    8gb ram and 128gb storage is fine for my uses
     
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  17. Ratzz

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    Galaxy A12 is a damn good buy if you can lash out a bit extra at $300 (or close to $200 if you are willing to buy a network locked phone). The only features it's really missing are 5G, Amoled, NFC and wireless charging but you won't get any of those from any phone in that price range.

    It has better cameras and screen than anything else in that price range though, plus 128GB/4GB, big battery and USB C, all good stuff at that price. Wife has one, loves it to bits though not a power user. Stepdaughter is a power user however, but also has one since she can't afford any better (I bought both of them an A12) and she is pretty happy with hers.

    I had an A52 ($600), but the 4G version (there is an A52 5G for an extra hundred bucks). I decided I wanted 5G despite not needing it, went silly and traded up to an S21 Ultra instead of just the 5G A52. In for a penny.... :lol:

    When I compare it to the A52 or even the A12's I kinda wish I'd just bought 3x A12's to be honest. Great bang for buck, far better value. Of course the others are better phones but not double the price better, such as the A52, nor more than a thousand bucks better, which is what the ($1400) S21 Ultra cost me.
     
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  18. archie

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    Next time keep your eyes peeled for the Samsung trade in program run by Samsung. Cheap way to get the flagship models.

    Got my s21 Ultra for $800 brand new, bought a second hand iPhone 6 to trade in for $150
     
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  19. macktheknife

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    if you have an education email you might be able to get an A52s for as low as $370 from their education portal and an apparent discount voucher for signing up to the mail list.
     
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  20. Ratzz

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    Unbeatable bang for buck at that price :thumbup:
     
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