Which Android smartphone?

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  1. tenohfive

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    My current phone - a Moto E 4G - is becoming slower and more sluggish by the day. Time to upgrade. I'll be buying the phone outright with a budget of £200-300. Maybe £330 at a push for something special.

    Priorities:
    5.2-6" screen with decent (400+) pixel density
    Fast performance (3GB RAM, octa-core SoC style.) Capable of running the latest games and films smoothly.
    Min 32GB ROM plus microSD or 64GB without microSD.
    Good camera and/or RAW shooting.

    That last part is important to me - I run most of my photo's through Lightroom, so I don't need something that takes vibrant, oversaturated photo's that look good on the screen - they can look flat as long as the detail and dynamic range is there. And so far I'm not keen on these 13MP/2MP combo cameras that are designed to create bokeh etc - if the main unit is good enough, fine, but I'm not looking for novelty - just a good camera.

    Front runner so far is the Honor 8 - it's not perfect, but I like the RAW capability, performance and screen. And I believe Nougat is being rolled out currently. I'm currently holding off for a) G5 plus reviews and b) to see if the price drops down - it's currently £320 but it's successor is likely to be released soon.

    Moto G5 Plus is a consideration but a) despite the paper specs I'm waiting on decent reviews of the camera and b) it's missing a compass. I could survive without it, but I currently miss having one. And no RAW shooting. Still firmly in second place though.
    Lenovo P2 - no RAW but otherwise worthy of consideration.
    Honor 6X - gimmicky camera, no RAW.
    Oneplus 3 & 3T - unavailable in the first, too pricey in the second.
    ZTE and Xiaomi offerings - no RAW, don't want to wait for shipping from HK or China.
    Nokia 6 - looks somewhere between the above, and I doubt it'll shoot RAW.

    Is there anything else I've overlooked? I'm trying to aim for that tier just below 'flagship beaters' like the Oneplus 3T. (Or a discount of £100 on the OP 3T.)
     
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    I'm using an Honor 8 at the moment and it's fast, just got updated to Android 7 in the last few weeks.
     
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    Yes, the Honor 8 is a great device and the camera is pretty good but just as "gimmicky" as the 6X if you think using a second sensor is a gimmick.
     
  4. WhiteHartMart

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    LG G5?? I've been using one for a week or so now after coming from a OnePlus 3T - performancr still great and camera a good step up from my experience.

    Should be some deals around with the G6 coming. Ebuyer had them for £349 with the cam plus accessory recently.
     
  5. tenohfive

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    I saw the deal on the Moto Z for £300 (couldn't get the speaker mod, but can live without) and jumped at that - it ticks almost all of the boxes and in some areas exceeds them. Apparently it's now been shipped. Otherwise the LG G5 might have been worthy of consideration.
     
  6. tenohfive

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    The discount did include the JBL speaker mod (so £300 for the phone and the speaker) but it was out of stock. But I went ahead with the order anyway - £300 for the phone alone seemed like good value.
     
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    I agree but its £300 more so slightly over budget [emoji14]
     
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    Have you used them before? I'd always go via Credit card, but just curious.
     
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    I haven't used them, but they are certainly a legitimate company. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase from them.

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    Sorry for late response.
     

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