05-10-2018 08:12 AM
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  1. Loren Terveen's Avatar
    I'm a happy Note 8 owner. When I get a new phone, I always pass my previous one to my wife, and take the one she was using as my backup (i.e., this was my two-times-ago phone). I use the backups purely on WiFi, without a SIM card, as media viewers, game playing, a bit of social media, etc., primarily at night while I have my Note 8 on the charger.

    Currently, my 'backups' are a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 4. The Note 3 works fine, but is pretty old and slow. The Note 4 appears to have some sort of hardware problem, otherwise, I'd be satisfied to continue using that as my backup.

    My question is: is there a decent cheap (sub $200) phone with performance in the same ballpark as the Note 4? I should say that I'm happy to buy "like new" or manufacturer refurbished from ebay or swappa.

    I'd been thinking about the Motorola G5 family, but I can't really figure out how these would compare to a Note 3 or Note 4. Does anyone have experience with these? Or are there better alternatives?

    Thank you!
    04-20-2018 01:29 PM
  2. westham7's Avatar
    Go with the hauweii mate 10 pro or the honor 10 amazing battery life and specs me personally I'm going with the mate 10 pro
    04-20-2018 01:38 PM
  3. Ryano89's Avatar
    Go with the hauweii mate 10 pro or the honor 10 amazing battery life and specs me personally I'm going with the mate 10 pro
    Great phones but the Mate 10 pro is gonna be waaaaay more than 200 bucks.
    04-20-2018 05:04 PM
  4. JREwing's Avatar
    Motorola G5S Plus here. never had to use it. For $229, it's a great backup.
    04-20-2018 05:50 PM
  5. Dooki's Avatar
    the note 3 is four years old and the 4 is five, actually, add a year to each. they will not receive updates, and haven't for awhile, and by today standards the guts are sub par except for the screen.

    my g5+, 4/64gb, blows away my note 3 in performance and camera, the battery life is more than double. A friend of mine just got a $150 E and it is a nice phone as well, especially for the price.


    for cheap phones Moto is my choice, Huawei also has great reviews but I have never used one. I would not touch a cheap Samsung, notoriously bad long term.
    04-20-2018 05:59 PM
  6. Chromium 4's Avatar
    I would suggest an LG V20. I've had one for going on 2 years and it is a tank of a phone: rugged design, decent dual cameras, removeable battery, expandable storage, great audio/DAC set up for headphone listening and IR blaster for those times when you can't find the remote. You can probably find one on Swappa for around your price range.
    04-20-2018 06:16 PM
  7. chazglenn3's Avatar
    I also have a V20 for my backup
    04-20-2018 09:05 PM
  8. Theot's Avatar
    The G5 series is a very capable daily driver for the average user. I know a couple people with them and they love them. You can't go wrong with it as a backup.
    04-20-2018 09:11 PM
  9. donm527's Avatar
    I have my iPhone 6s as backup and spent the $30 for a fresh battery from Apple so should be good for at least another two years and will probably be supported up to iOS 13. Can't go wrong with an iPhone when you just want a solid emergency backup phone.
    04-21-2018 10:07 AM
  10. Tsepz_GP's Avatar
    I'm a happy Note 8 owner. When I get a new phone, I always pass my previous one to my wife, and take the one she was using as my backup (i.e., this was my two-times-ago phone). I use the backups purely on WiFi, without a SIM card, as media viewers, game playing, a bit of social media, etc., primarily at night while I have my Note 8 on the charger.

    Currently, my 'backups' are a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 4. The Note 3 works fine, but is pretty old and slow. The Note 4 appears to have some sort of hardware problem, otherwise, I'd be satisfied to continue using that as my backup.

    My question is: is there a decent cheap (sub $200) phone with performance in the same ballpark as the Note 4? I should say that I'm happy to buy "like new" or manufacturer refurbished from ebay or swappa.

    I'd been thinking about the Motorola G5 family, but I can't really figure out how these would compare to a Note 3 or Note 4. Does anyone have experience with these? Or are there better alternatives?

    Thank you!
    How about a Galaxy Note5? I am sure you can get it at a low price now and it makes more sense to have another Note back up if you rely on the SPen.
    exdrinker likes this.
    04-21-2018 12:05 PM
  11. j_hansen's Avatar
    Factory reset your Note 3, root it and install Phronesis N7 ROM, it'll be almost like having two Note 8, did it for a friend and put Nova Prime on it as well
    04-23-2018 02:50 PM
  12. dlgus's Avatar
    Factory reset your Note 3, root it and install Phronesis N7 ROM, it'll be almost like having two Note 8, did it for a friend and put Nova Prime on it as well
    Can you do that to the N4 too?
    04-24-2018 02:47 PM
  13. Rukbat's Avatar
    A good condition Note 4 on Swappa is under your budget. You may also find some on eBay. (I looked a while back, but decided on a Pixel 2.)
    04-24-2018 03:04 PM
  14. j_hansen's Avatar
    Can you do that to the N4 too?
    PHRONESIS team did make a ROM for Note 4 as well but as far as I remember it wasn't as good as the one they did for Note 3, have a look at the Note 3/4 forums on xda developers
    04-24-2018 03:05 PM
  15. Ryan Kilgore's Avatar
    I use a Nexus 5 as a backup and music player. They can be picked up for just over $120.
    04-27-2018 08:06 AM
  16. gendo667's Avatar
    the S8 is my daily driver while the Honor 8 is my very capable backup. love that phone, too. it's a little theming machine.
    04-27-2018 08:29 AM
  17. Joseph Rose1's Avatar
    iPhone X (work phone) is my backup. Weird huh? My main driver is a Google Pixel 2 XL. It convinced me to finally escape the Apple ecosystem, something Samsung has never been able to do.
    04-27-2018 08:34 AM
  18. pkcable's Avatar
    Honor 7X is a good choice for a backup phone.
    04-27-2018 09:40 AM
  19. maf113's Avatar
    My daily phone is the Note 8 with the Note 5 as a backup. I keep the 5 up to date so if any thing happens I can just swap in the sim card and be ready to go.
    gendo667 and Tsepz_GP like this.
    04-27-2018 09:57 AM
  20. hgoldner#CB's Avatar
    I don't "carry" a back-up phone. I do have an HTC One Max which I keep available, updated weekly, and even have a SIM adapter in the event I need to use it instead of my daily driver. I often use it as a media player on an airplane since it has a 200gb sdcard in it with all my music and podcasts, and it's phablet sized so I can also use it instead of my Nexus 7.
    04-27-2018 10:19 AM
  21. tale 85's Avatar
    I'm using my old Moto X Pure Edition as a backup, I've considered getting something in the G5 series but.... The PE is still one beast of a phone.
    04-27-2018 10:31 AM
  22. muscle682's Avatar
    I am too a Proud Galaxy Note 8 owner. Love everything about my Note. My backup is another Great Phone, my Essential Ph1 comes with just as much processing power but in a smaller footprint. There are times when a smaller phone (like, wearing a suit or formal gathering)
    is the perfect compliment. Sometimes I just love the smaller form factor.
    04-27-2018 10:43 AM
  23. Dave Blake's Avatar
    I wear my backup phone. It's the Samsung Gear S3 T-Mobile carrier audition.
    04-27-2018 10:52 AM
  24. rdubmu's Avatar
    My iphone 7 plus is my primary phone and note 8 is secondary
    04-27-2018 11:25 AM
  25. Dooki's Avatar
    I find it funny that with the large amount of great low cost budget phones no one has mentioned a mid or low end Samsung. 😁
    not that I ever would.
    04-27-2018 11:32 PM
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