1. LeeHudson's Avatar
    Hi all, long time lurker here. Great forum, picked up loads of good advice from other posts over time, but I need some specifics answered so here goes......

    1st if your reading this thanks for taking the time to look. Now onto my dilemma. (Let me know if you have any views / good ideas please)

    The boss (Wife) has told me I can have a new phone for Xmas Wooopeeee.
    Keep in mind the following. Current phone is an Xperia Arc (no s)
    So were talking 1 core, 1Ghz processor, 320mb storage 512 ram.
    Pretty rubbish by todays standards.

    Ive 99% decided to plum for one of the emerging Chinese models as from what I've read they're not totally the pile of plastic rubbish they once were. Value for money is key. (Her indoors + 2 kids arent cheap !!!! )

    Jelly bean or above
    Decent speed (Processor & Ram)
    Sensible storage 16g+ (ability to increase via SD preferred)
    Large screen 5.7 6.0 (Not really after anything outside this range)
    Good camera 12mp+ (I know mp isn't the total factor and aperture / lens quality play a significant part)
    Price <200
    Good GPS, I often use Sat Nav apps
    Im not an intensive gamer, so GPU not massively important, but would appreciate help if you have any good views on this

    My current thoughts
    Quad / Octa core @ 1.5ghz or above
    2G ram. In my experience ram is one of the key factors to a true smooth multitasking device.
    Screen, not entirely sure, obviously capacitive or better, but doubt Ill get better quality in my price range. Resolution, Im thinking 1920x1080, but whats the real benefit over 1280x720? This is often a difference in the phones Im looking at.
    WIFI. I had originally discounted phones that dont have N band, as I have 78meg fibre at home. (Just lucky I live near my local cab). This took a fair few phones Out of scope but on reflection do I really need that? G band will do real world speeds circa 20-25meg and thats plenty fast enough for phone browsing, isnt it? (I dont do much heavy downloading on my phone)

    Ive looked at loads of phone, all seem to be very similar and I have put 2 on my wish list for now which seem to be the pick of the bunch I've seen. Would be great to get some feedback on my views above and the shortlist below. What would you recommend?



    JIAKE V8
    Why Ermmmm its an Octa core, nuff said!
    Honestly... Ticks all my boxes except screen. Its 1280x722

    Orientphone P6
    Quad core Vs the JIAK octa but does have 1920x1080. Only has b/g band wireless, but again refer to my thoughts on wifi above
    11-27-2013 07:28 AM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Are you in the UK? That's what I'm assuming, since you're talking in pounds. I'm in the US, so I can't be entirely sure what's available over there. In general, though, I would recommend against the off-brand devices. They may look good on paper, and you might see some individual anecdotes of great experiences, but keep in mind that devices like this may have poor support and questionable quality control. Make sure you get a wide sample of reviews and opinions, and be wary of reviews that might be fake.

    With the holiday season fast approaching, you will no doubt see a lot of great deals on all kinds of devices, so perhaps you should take this opportunity to look at phones from some of the bigger names like Samsung, HTC, and LG (as well as Google). Good luck!
    11-27-2013 05:49 PM
  3. Rukbat's Avatar
    I heartily second what B. Diddy said. You may get a great device, but when you need support you're on your own. And you'll get an Android update when the Martians take over Gibraltar.

    That leads to your second problem - your price. You aren't going to get what you want, quality and that price. Settle for a cheap phone that might have to be replaced in a year, or spend more for one that you'll probably still like after no one will pay you scrap price for it.
    B. Diddy likes this.
    11-27-2013 08:11 PM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    and you'll get an android update when the martians take over gibraltar.
    11-27-2013 08:32 PM

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