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    Default Android Phone buying guide in reasonable budget

    Didn't know where to post this but I think it would be reasonable here,I currently own an iPhone 4s as my first ever smartphone,It is all good but I got bit bored of the

    too much simplicity of it,So want to try android but my budget is extremely tight,and my choices are phones

    which are not greater than 4.8''

    Have Good battery life "especially" while surfing/using app like fb,twitter over wifi,having 6 7 stock apps opened in the background (like note,reminders calenders messages app and call app ETC,no web hungry/power hungry app,just stock apps to quickly navigate b/w them)...

    A snapper equalling 4s's offering....cause I have really got used to its camera it is quite good....


    Now here,there are NO Contracts,installments etc...moto g sells off contract on 270$,My choices are much much narrow (I am telling in my count...


    1. A new moto G
    2. A used 10/10 Optimus-G
    3. Pantech/Xiaomi phones maybe (LOL) like Xiaomi redrice/Mi2s etc or pantech quadcores
    4. Sony xperia M2 (IF THE PRICING is right)
    5. Xperia SP (it is dual core so I AM REALLY REALLY hesitant about it,also i have heard it has some wifi issues?)
    6. Acer Liquid E3 (IF the pricing is right)
    7. Alcatel one touch Mini 2s (if the pricing is right)
    8. Nexus 4 (though ,it has reportedly horrendous battery life [gsm arena],AND don't say to buy a nexus 5,cause it is out of my budget in my country)

    Kindly Help me as I am all cluttered and really really confused,it is gonna be my first android experience so I am a noob yes..Also you are free to recommend phones of your own opinion...


    P.S: sometimes i just feel waiting for wp 8.1 to come and buy a L920,or even a Z10 running 10.2.1 as a matter of fact..what about these random thoughts? LOL JK
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    I'd lean very heavily on the Moto G or Nexus 4, and of the two my opinion is that the Moto G is a bit better pretty much across the board.
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    From all thoses
    I would recommend the moto G, but if you need a great camera, go for the optimus G since the moto G camera cant be compared with the 4S
    And i don't know why you say the moto g cost that high
    It's: 8gb for 179$, 16gb 200$ on amazon, so its probably the best for that price

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    After my researching android phones under $399 I would suggest due to your budget that you get a Moto G.
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    Under 399? I totally choose the moto X, it's like 300$
    Or maybe a nexus 5

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtvictor View Post
    From all thoses
    I would recommend the moto G, but if you need a great camera, go for the optimus G since the moto G camera cant be compared with the 4S
    And i don't know why you say the moto g cost that high
    It's: 8gb for 179$, 16gb 200$ on amazon, so its probably the best for that price

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwillard92 View Post
    After my researching android phones under $399 I would suggest due to your budget that you get a Moto G.
    Quote Originally Posted by NothingIsTrue View Post
    I'd lean very heavily on the Moto G or Nexus 4, and of the two my opinion is that the Moto G is a bit better pretty much across the board.
    Quote Originally Posted by mtvictor View Post
    Under 399? I totally choose the moto X, it's like 300$
    Or maybe a nexus 5

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    Well thanks for the kind replies,to answer a few questions


    1. I am from a 3rd world country so Moto-G's price is quite high here,about $250 for the 8gb version and $270 for 16gb...at launch the prices were $300....

    2. I can't buy under $400 phones,under $300 would be a nice spot btw...

    BTW folks I have recently found Xperia SP to be a viable option,THOUGH it is dual core and reportedly has some wifi issues,but still I am considering it cause it has almost

    zero lag experience with multitasking ETC and it is a solid choice due to camera aswell...What about that? Optimus G or Xperia SP? OR maybe if i can help myself to compromise the camera,A moto G?
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    Motorola Moto G: Camera

    Reviews seem to be pretty optimistic about the camera, although it's definitely not in the league of the others that you've mentioned, it seems to take decent shots.
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    Of the options given, the Moto G is best by far. A great phone, and meets all of your requirements


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    Quote Originally Posted by NothingIsTrue View Post
    Motorola Moto G: Camera

    Reviews seem to be pretty optimistic about the camera, although it's definitely not in the league of the others that you've mentioned, it seems to take decent shots.
    So what do u suggest...


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    It does takes some decent shots
    But the flash is not that strong
    I've compared the front facing camera with my nexus 7 (2012) both in a bit of dark, and the nexus 7 is by far better
    The rear one, its actually good for being a 5 mp camera


    And I just checked the xperia SP and it has some beast specs
    If you can afford the sp, go for it.
    1.7 dual core ,1gb ram, 2300 mAh battery, 8 mp camera
    And because its a sony device, I know it would be a solid device

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtvictor View Post
    It does takes some decent shots
    But the flash is not that strong
    I've compared the front facing camera with my nexus 7 (2012) both in a bit of dark, and the nexus 7 is by far better
    The rear one, its actually good for being a 5 mp camera


    And I just checked the xperia SP and it has some beast specs
    If you can afford the sp, go for it.
    1.7 dual core ,1gb ram, 2300 mAh battery, 8 mp camera
    And because its a sony device, I know it would be a solid device

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    what's with that dual core vs quad-core factor in it? lag in multitasking? etc


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    disclaimer: ok i know I can't have everything in that bugdet,and not even if I HAVE $1000 to spend but still it is a hunt
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kashan Osama View Post
    what's with that dual core vs quad-core factor in it? lag in multitasking? etc


    P.S: :::

    disclaimer: ok i know I can't have everything in that bugdet,and not even if I HAVE $1000 to spend but still it is a hunt
    Not really a big deal, see the moto x,dual core and yet, outstands a lot so don't worry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kashan Osama View Post
    what's with that dual core vs quad-core factor in it? lag in multitasking? etc


    P.S: :::

    disclaimer: ok i know I can't have everything in that bugdet,and not even if I HAVE $1000 to spend but still it is a hunt
    Specs don't really matter, if the device's software isn't optimized. The Moto G has similar or better specs than the Xperia SP, but the software performance is likely a lot smoother because of the optimization of the software Motorola did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    Specs don't really matter, if the device's software isn't optimized. The Moto G has similar or better specs than the Xperia SP, but the software performance is likely a lot smoother because of the optimization of the software Motorola did.

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    Ok then Xperia SP it is,LASTly,wifi issues of xperia SP? I have heard quite a lot about it and amusingly my Wifi is actually at quite some distance from my room xD
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kashan Osama View Post
    Ok then Xperia SP it is,LASTly,wifi issues of xperia SP? I have heard quite a lot about it and amusingly my Wifi is actually at quite some distance from my room xD
    Sorry, should have been more clear in my last post. I was recommending the Moto G.
    Better software and similar or better specs across the board. Don't think I've heard issues about WiFi with that one

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    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    Sorry, should have been more clear in my last post. I was recommending the Moto G.
    Better software and similar or better specs across the board. Don't think I've heard issues about WiFi with that one

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    ahan,actually I am shy to by Moto G because of the camera...As people here have quite facilitated me with the view that its Dual core is as much capable as Moto G's quadcore,Like Moto-X....so a good camera + decent battery life + lag-free multitasking experience in dual core is a win win deal xD

    BTW i use to suspend apps in the background with my iphone,would do the same on android,suspending 5-6 stock apps in background like Messages,phone/contacts,Mail,Reminders,alarm,Notes etc...Will the SP lag or become slow?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kashan Osama View Post
    ahan,actually I am shy to by Moto G because of the camera...As people here have quite facilitated me with the view that its Dual core is as much capable as Moto G's quadcore,Like Moto-X....so a good camera + decent battery life + lag-free multitasking experience in dual core is a win win deal xD

    BTW i use to suspend apps in the background with my iphone,would do the same on android,suspending 5-6 stock apps in background like Messages,phone/contacts,Mail,Reminders,alarm,Notes etc...Will the SP lag or become slow?
    Not sure how the SP's camera is, but the Moto G should be better when it comes to battery life and software performance.
    Android's built in task manager is fine, so there is no need to clear out the RAM. Again, I'm not sure how the SP performs, but the Moto G does not lag, even with multiple apps open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    Not sure how the SP's camera is, but the Moto G should be better when it comes to battery life and software performance.
    Android's built in task manager is fine, so there is no need to clear out the RAM. Again, I'm not sure how the SP performs, but the Moto G does not lag, even with multiple apps open.

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    Can't we install Stock 4.4 kitkat on SP by rooting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kashan Osama View Post
    Can't we install Stock 4.4 kitkat on SP by rooting?
    Yes, that is possible with a custom ROM, but I believe there is a planned update to KK for the SP, and the Moto G is already on it. Either way, you could get a great phone with the latest Android version
    Edit: Hmm, I just looked up the SP, and it's over $300
    At that price, you'd be much better off getting a Moto X or Nexus 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    Yes, that is possible with a custom ROM, but I believe there is a planned update to KK for the SP, and the Moto G is already on it. Either way, you could get a great phone with the latest Android version
    Edit: Hmm, I just looked up the SP, and it's over $300
    At that price, you'd be much better off getting a Moto X or Nexus 5.


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    In my country Nexus 5 is as low as $400 and Moto X isn't even released,but with Intl. Warranty it is $550...And surprisingly SP is $270... so
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kashan Osama View Post
    In my country Nexus 5 is as low as $400 and Moto X isn't even released,but with Intl. Warranty it is $550...And surprisingly SP is $270... so
    How much is the Moto G? It's around $179 here for GSM carriers and only $99 on Verizon

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    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    How much is the Moto G? It's around $179 here for GSM carriers and only $99 on Verizon

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    @ op the xperia sp screen looks washed out compared to other 720p displays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtvictor View Post
    Under 399? I totally choose the moto X, it's like 300$
    Or maybe a nexus 5
    Who's selling them new for $300 off contract?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unicorn Rancher View Post
    Who's selling them new for $300 off contract?
    Motorola was selling them for $329 for a few weeks...

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