Need a good Android phone foe less than $300

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  1. Remobz

    Remobz Platinum Member

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    Hey all,

    I need a no contract phone (not for USA) but am hoping to find a good reliable touchscreen phone.

    All the iphones seem out of my range. The Samsung Galaxy S seems like a nice one but costs over $300.


    Should I just bite the bullet and go with Samsung Galaxy S?

    Or is there a good android phone less than $300?
     
  2. zerocool84

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  3. Remobz

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    Looks perfect:)

    Thanks.
     
  4. magomago

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    Just announced too :)

    God bless Google ;-)
     
  5. DLeRium

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    even for those prices, you should be looking for used on XDA or something for an SGS2. SGS1 is not worth that price.
     
  6. Remobz

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    Not sure what u mean?
     
  7. DLeRium

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    i mean for $300 you should be looking for a used SGS2 and not an SGS1. But as the others said. GNex for $299 is a good deal, though I'd strongly urge you to look at the 16gb version.
     
  8. Vdubchaos

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    It still costs $300? Wow

    I have one sitting around doing nothing (nice to have for kids on drives etc).

    Even loaded Jelly Bean on it. It's in like new condition too (always had silicone cover /screen protector on it).
     
  9. s44

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    Actually, T-Mobile prepaid has the S2 new for $300. But yes, Nexus 4.
     
  10. leper84

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    I almost think it would be worth it to get a used Galaxy Nexus vs a Nexus 4 if you can find it for the right price. Might find some people selling to upgrade. I don't know whether to lol or picardpalm knowing someone's selling Galaxy s1 for more than $100.
     
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    Absolutely!

    One could argue that this is the finest phone at any price.
     
  12. bigrash

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    Came here to say Nexus 4 also.
     
  13. Remobz

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    The phone is for my woman as a Christmas gift** She is one of those over 40 women that do not really care for much fancy features** She is NOT a gamer and she does not download any large HD movies to watch on her phone** I will be visiting the USA for a couple weeks this Christmas** Time is not on my side:(

    The 8gb seems fine for her needs** Actually, the Nexus 4 might be overkill but I want to get her a really nice phone for that price range**

    The funny thing is that I will buy a much cheaper blackberry or cheap android (older generation) while she gets the better phone**

    As long as I can text, talk and download a few songs then I am fine** :)
     
  14. sygyzy

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    Is this a joke? OP posts the day of one of the most anticipated Android releases that happens to match his needs exactly?

    Speaking of, can anyone recommend a 10" Android tablet running 4.2 that's $399?
     
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    yeah wondering same...
     
  16. Zink

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    I was thinking you could get a TF700 at Black Friday pricing and put CM10 on it but I know 1080p just isn't good enough. If only there was a tablet with a 4MP display.
     
  17. Remobz

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    I posted this yesterday. Its not for me.

    I never owned an Android phone. Never even thought of the Nexus. Was thinking about a Samsung type phone cheaper than Galaxy s2 for my woman.

    Anyway, I am going for the Nexus 4 although its overkill for her needs.
     
  18. VirtualLarry

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    http://prepaid-phones.t-mobile.com/prepaid-phone/Samsung-Exhibit-4G-Prepaid

    What about this one? I'm considering purchasing, would like to know whether others think this is a decent first Android phone or not. I really like that it has WiFi calling, and a WiFi hotspot feature. (Which, based on the phone's feature description, should be a built-in feature, no?) 1Ghz SnapDragon, 4GB flash, 512MB RAM, accepts up to 32GB microSD card.
     
  19. ponyo

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    You can't use WiFi calling with prepaid. Only T-Mobile postpaid. Don't know if WiFi hotspot feature is blocked by T-Mobile or not.

    I would suggest looking for used GSM Galaxy Nexus. You should see plenty for sale soon as people upgrade to Nexus 4.
     
  20. s44

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    Look, the guy already settled on the Nexus 4. Don't make him downgrade. ;)

    For most people the used GSM Galaxy Nexus is a fine phone though. Just check the screen with some bright-background stuff -- there's a surprising amount of panel variation. The Exhibit/Exhibit 2 is a single-core stuck on Gingerbread though... so no, just no.
     
  21. vshah

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    except they're sold out. OP, are you willing to wait?
     
  22. VirtualLarry

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    Huh. Really. I was looking at their no-contract(pre-paid) phones, and there were no asterix next to those features that said that they were limited to post-paid only. If that's true, then I'm going to have to return the phone, due to false advertising.

    I currently use a T-409 samsung flip-phone with wifi calling on pre-paid, but I used to be on flexpay, so possibly that feature is grandfathered in on my sim.
     
  23. ponyo

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    Well you should be able to use your current sim in the new phone so maybe the feature will work for you.
     
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