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Old 17-05-19, 04:24 PM
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Mobile Phone Upgrade?

I've had an Xperia Z5 Compact for ages. It's a great phone, especially now I've paid off the handset and am paying next to nothing a month on a SIM only price-plan. Unfortunately, it is starting to get a bit slow. Most modern games I try on it just chug along, make the device stupidly hot. I'll probably do a full factory reset soon to see if that helps, but I doubt it will. Therefore I've been considering an upgrade.

However, it's been so long since I was in the market for a phone I have no real idea what's available. I barely use the "phone" element of my devices. Texts and phone minutes barely get used, and I use less than 1GB of data month on average due to having Wi-Fi everywhere. I don't want to pay a stupidly high tariff in order to get some better hardware. Ideally no more than £20 a month all inclusive.

So what phones should I be looking at? Because from what I can see there's basically nothing within that budget that even comes close to the features my current phone has. I want expandable storage (I currently have a 128GB Micro-SD), and a 3.5mm jack so I can use my dirt cheap headphones when I go for an evening stroll. It also has to be more powerful than an Xperia Z5 Compact. No point in "upgrading" if it's not going to run my gaming apps and emulators any better, is it?

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I anxiously await any recommendations.

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Old 17-05-19, 05:29 PM
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I've had an Xperia Z5 Compact for ages. It's a great phone, especially now I've paid off the handset and am paying next to nothing a month on a SIM only price-plan. Unfortunately, it is starting to get a bit slow. Most modern games I try on it just chug along, make the device stupidly hot. I'll probably do a full factory reset soon to see if that helps, but I doubt it will. Therefore I've been considering an upgrade.

However, it's been so long since I was in the market for a phone I have no real idea what's available. I barely use the "phone" element of my devices. Texts and phone minutes barely get used, and I use less than 1GB of data month on average due to having Wi-Fi everywhere. I don't want to pay a stupidly high tariff in order to get some better hardware. Ideally no more than £20 a month all inclusive.

So what phones should I be looking at? Because from what I can see there's basically nothing within that budget that even comes close to the features my current phone has. I want expandable storage (I currently have a 128GB Micro-SD), and a 3.5mm jack so I can use my dirt cheap headphones when I go for an evening stroll. It also has to be more powerful than an Xperia Z5 Compact. No point in "upgrading" if it's not going to run my gaming apps and emulators any better, is it?

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I anxiously await any recommendations.
I believe the new pixel 3a has a jack.

It doesn't have expandable storage but their phones come with free cloud back up of all your photos videos etc. so I haven't found myself even coming close to filling my 64gb pixel 2 XL
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Old 17-05-19, 05:39 PM
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Might be worth considering getting the contract separate from the phone if you don't mind paying for the phone upfront, I'm on a 1GB data rolling-monthly/cancel anytime contract, £5 a month from iD.

You can also use £10 or so bluetooth to 3.5mm adapters to use normal earphones wirelessly which is useful for phones without a jack, usually allows you to push the volume further too, though cheaper ones aren't the greatest quality.
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Old 17-05-19, 06:14 PM
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Pixel 3a or One plus 6T. 6T has a better processor or at least scores higher pretty consistently from what I've seen.

Both are probably the best mid range phones right now.

I use a Pixel 2XL and love the software. Vanilla Android (or Google as they want to call it now) is so much better than any competition using there own version.
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Old 17-05-19, 06:54 PM
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OnePlus 6T is an awesome phone, but the OP is looking for something cheaper I suspect. Great phone though, I love mine. Just DO NOT buy any accessories from OnePlus, especially their garbage overpriced tempered glass protectors. JUNK! Fleabay for those things.
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Old 17-05-19, 08:08 PM
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Cheap phones to me personally are not worth it. Midrange phones are where its at now. The new CPUs in the midrange for Pixel3a is as fast a snapdragon 835 which isn't that old or slow. It's impressive really because it's also consuming less power and has better feature support.
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Old 17-05-19, 08:27 PM
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At £400 here I'm not sure most would consider the 3a midrange, for a £20 contract I think you're usually more looking at around £180-300 phones depending on contract length, like the Moto G7 series, or a bucket load of Huawei models, including some spec'd quite similarly to the 3a like the Smart P 19, though you usually have some trade offs to do in this range you can often find models with a good build quality and lots of premium features, 600 series snapdragons or equivalent, just nothing too fast and no OLEDs or similar.
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Old 18-05-19, 02:35 AM
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Depending on budget I'd go:


Nokia 6.1 < Pixel 3A < S10E


Not cheaper or more expensive, used flagships are worth checking out as well. 6.1 is probably less powerful too. Pixel is also relatively weak on processing power.
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Old 18-05-19, 10:09 AM
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Ngl I thought the 6.1 was abit outdated nowadays, didn't that compete more with the G6 than the G7?
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Old 18-05-19, 12:45 PM
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For around 260 you can get a "new other" Razer phone on the bay.

I bought one a few weeks ago from a mate who dropped it in sand and a small portion of the touch screen doesn't work. I paid £37.50 for it missing the end mesh covers but it had all been cleaned. I only wanted it as a docked music player any way and was going to set it up on my beyer clone amp. It comes with a USB c to headphone dongle and is, hands down, the loudest phone I've ever heard. So much so the amp is still packed away.

I made some end covers from solid plastic acetate as I will never use it for anything else but for lolz I did run some benchmarks and it's other world fast. So much so I've considered buying a Razer phone 2 as a daily driver.
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