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Suggestion on a new phone?

Discussion in 'Techno-Magic' started by SlickRCBD, Feb 17, 2020.

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    My HTC One X+ is breaking down. The front-side camera has broken, and the GPS tends to glitch out a lot.
    Can somebody recommend a new one? I'm looking at the Samsung Galaxy S9. I know the S10 is out, but I can't confirm if I can use an FM radio with that, plus I don't see anything the S10 has that the S9 doesn't have that I'd care bout, and the S9, being last year's model is cheaper.
    Looking around, it seems the key sticking point is the FM tuner and storage. I've heard of NextRadioApp and seen that there is a list of supported devices here, but the S10 is absent:
    https://nextradioapp.com/supported-devices/

    I tend to have a lot of stuff stored on my phone, so I need something with at least 64gb of storage that I can connect to a computer and load like a USB drive.

    Other key features are:
    Any suggestions? If the phone has less storage but can use a microSD card for MP3s, fanfics or e-books, and movies, include the cost of the microSD card in the cost calculations.
     
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    Except for the FM tuner which is getting left out more these days, everything else is pretty standard. The current phone I own is a Xiaomi A2 Lite which I think ticks all of your boxes, but I'm sure there are better/newer versions out by now in the same line. Considerably cheaper than Samsung's offerings.
     
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    I use the FM tuner all the time, so that and the storage are the only real sticking points. Does the Xiaomi have an FM tuner, and/or does NextRadio app work when cellular data is turned off and there is no wifi?

    One other thing I forgot to add was that some phones back in 2013 did not have a universal control for making the text readable, it only affected e-mail and text messages. The HTC One X+ does have a near-universal control, and I do need that as my eyesight isn't as good as it was 30 years ago.

    So, suggestions on storage and the FM tuner is a must. Seriously, I do use that A LOT and I often don't have wifi when I do. Evey time I go walking such as the 1.25 miles to the library I use the FM radio, every time I stop to rest on my bicycle I use the FM radio (won't be doing that until next month at the earliest, and the Groundhog said back on the 2nd not until mid to late March if not April). Often at lunch or on break I use the FM radio.
     
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    I don't know about FM radio, but as Tal said, everything else is pretty standard, or can be gotten by getting the right application for it.

    I wouldn't worry about internal storage, just make sure that it has a micro SD card slot. Getting that much internal storage is going to cost an arm and a leg, but an SD card for 64 GB (or 128 or more) doesn't cost nearly as much.
     
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    A surprising number of models do NOT have micro SD card slots. So storage and the radio seem to be the main sticking point.
    I agree that I don't have an issue with getting less storage and a microSD card slot, it's just the number of phones without that feature that is the problem.
    Also if it is a choice between a $350 phone and a $60 microSD card or a $400 phone with 64gb without one, well, I come out ahead getting the $400 phone.
    If it's a choice between a $300 phone and a $75 microSD card or a $400 phone, I'd go with the cheaper phone. (I have not adequately researched microSD card prices in the last 7 years. A quick glance at Costco and Sams shows prices from $45-70 for the storage range).
     
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    A quick glance here gives me €20 for a 128 GB micro SD card, € 13 for 64 GB. Slowest speed, but Sandisk, so should be reliable. And in terms of transfer speed, usually the phone is limiting, not the card, unless you usually take it out to transfer (large amounts of) files.

    A phone without micro SD card slot would be a no-go, I agree.

    Also, my phone was around €150, a Moto G5(+, maybe). It's nothing special, but I wouldn't spend € 300 on a phone. You pay a lot extra for not a lot of features, sometimes no extra features. Even mid-low end phones are fine, nowadays. My wife has a Samsung Galaxy S7, that cost more than twice what mine cost, maybe even trice, but in practice, the biggest difference is that the camera on her phone is better than mine. Well, mine came with mostly vanilla Android, not so much bloatware as on the Samsung, which is a benefit, in my eyes.

    So really, just make sure it has the FM radio, a micro-SD card slot, and find something that's fairly cheap, but with good reviews.
     
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