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    Best Phone for up tp 400$?

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    Hi all,

    I'm looking to replace my old, buggy and barely functioning Samsung Galaxy S.
    The budget is up to 400$ and the key features I want are:

    1) A fast and responsive deice(Good CPU, RAM, Touch response etc.)
    2) A good camera
    3) Not too big: Glaxy S3 size is the maximum, an iPhone 5 size is great.
    4a) A popular model so that online support & accessories are easy to access
    4b) I think It has to be Android or iOS for the same reason as 4a.
    5) this is not exactly a feature but I will point out that I live outside of the US so I need an unlocked or at least an unlock-able phone.
    6) New phone (not used).


    So far I think the Galaxy S3 is a good option, but I'm open to suggestions.
    Also, if I choose to go with galaxy S3 - which one should I get? there are several models and so far the i9300 seems the best from what I checked out.

    Thx in advance, ZBBZ.

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    If you're already inclined towards a Galaxy S3, out of the few different ones available, the i9305 might be the best of the lot. It has LTE/4G. Now, is LTE 4G available where you are? If not the i9300 is good enough. The specs are respectable.
    Are you able to access Google Play Store to buy smartphones? If so, take a look at the new Nexus 5 by LG.
    Your budget won't allow you to consider iOS. Unless of course, you could settle for the iPhone 4S 8Gb. But that iPhone is far inferior to the the one you're considering. Or the Nexus 5.
    By the way, welcome to PinStack. I hope you'll enjoy your stay.

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    I heard good things about the nexus 4/5.

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    Just saw you live outside the states. You still should be able to buy a iPhone 5 for $400 over there.

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    ...if it's 2nd hand. And if it's a 4S 16Gb or lower BHP. We "rest of the world" pay dearly for iPhones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delfim View Post
    ...if it's 2nd hand. And if it's a 4S 16Gb or lower BHP. We "rest of the world" pay dearly for iPhones.
    I guess depends on what part you're in. Pretty sure you can get a 16GB 5 for a couple hundred quid. What's that, about 260-270 in USD.

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    Here in Europe, so you know bhp!
    Here goes: iPhone 5 16Gb - 2d Hand, unlocked, starts at 450€ up to 550€ if there are no scratches (that´s 596 $US - 730$US); 1Phone 4S 16Gb - 2nd Hand, unlocked starts at 350€ ( 465 $US).
    By the way, there at already iPhone 5C available 2nd hand - going average price 590€ - ( 782 $US).
    Just shows ya!

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    Not doubting you. But where are you looking? I've found 3-4 iPhone 5 in Germany, unlocked 16GB for €250-€350. In the UK for Ł200-Ł300. I didn't find anything in Porto though.

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    Mmmm... Yes, I know those. They're also here. OLX and CustoJusto have them too. Over the border in Spain as well.
    But it's stuff I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole.
    But each to his own.

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    Ah. Gotcha

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