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Old Feb 27, 2018, 09:27 AM   #1
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Looking on some info or advice on a decent quality low end, el cheapo smartphone.

Basically just going to be a travel phone and backup phone, not replacing our primary iphones.

I have a Lumia 710 and in this day and age I just cant justify using it as its almost as useful as a featurephone, and we're going to need a bit more than just featurephone style ability.

I wish my Nokia Lumia 930 worked (well it does but the screen's all sorts of not working properly) but its useless without a working screen.

So I ask the wisdom of the crowd, enlighten me with smartphone options that do not suck! Are some of the lesser brands like cheap Chinese brands that I never heard of or something like an RCA or Polaroid phone worth looking into?
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depends on what you'd call "el cheapo". Market is basically flooded with low/mid-end-phones.

You could get a P8 (Huawei) for around 140 bucks or the P9 for around 230.
An S7 (Samsung) for around 230-250 bucks or a Honor 6X for 150.

Personally i'd avoid brands like Cubot or ZTE but that's just because a lot of friends had Troubles with them.
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Old Feb 27, 2018, 10:28 AM   #3
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I'd like to find something in the 100 dollar or less range.

Probably closer to low end than midrange.
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I'd like to find something in the 100 dollar or less range.

Probably closer to low end than midrange.
Keeping in line with the Lumia, maybe a 640 ($99) 640 XL ($120) or for Android Nokia 2 ($99) or Nokia 3 TA-1032 ($120)
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in that range it would be something like the LG K4 2017 (98 bucks), the Lenovo Moto E3 (75 bucks) or even a HTC Desire 526G (around 95 bucks) or if you're a fan of Acer, the Liquid Zest 3G (90 bucks). There are also the "outsiders", like the Blade L7 from ZTE (Chinese brand) 5" with a real HD-Display and well under 80 bucks. With brands like ZTE it's a bit of lottery, you can get a gem, but you also can have more trouble than fun with them. It's up to you to decide, of course
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Anyone know if the Huawei GR5 is any good?
seems like a bang for the buck bargain for the specs. I know its an el cheapo phone and its somewhat older (seems to be refreshed as the Honor 5X currently) but compared to what I found for the same price point seems like its far better. (Its up against brands like BLU, Polaroid, RCA, SKY)

I can get it in Fido in Canada for $100 no term contract. And with the unlocked phones being mandatory rule since December last year I don't need to sign up for Fido (assuming they will allow a straight up phone purchase)

Not too concerned with the upgradeability of the OS and all the crap, its not going to be a daily driver, just a backup/travel phone.
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never had one, nor know someone who has, but i never had any issues with Huawei. Looking at the speccs it seems to be a good phone. You can get them for around 70 bucks over here (if you can find one that is).
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