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[–] Eduard_Laser 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I can only recommend the Nexus 5. Got it when it came out and besides a few small sporadic issues with the power button (sometimes it gets locked in the "pressed" state, but it gets fixed by pressing again it a few times) it's still rockin'.

 

The phone is also powerful for its price (at least it was back then but I think that hasn't changed), comes with clean Android (Google-phone, fuck yeah), without shitty bloatware and I like the design, too.

A downside would be that the speaker is pretty quiet and there is only one output, so when you play a game or watch a video you have to watch out that you dont cover it witch your hand. But at least I can live with that.

 

I really like the phone overall, the best smartphone I had. 9,5/10 would by again.

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[–] aggressivesalad 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I would agree with that, I have had some issues with mine but google replaced it very quickly so I can't complain. The only downsides to the Nexus 5 for me is battery life and the camera though. However I would without a doubt recommend it for all the same reasons as you its been great and I am really hoping the rumor of an updated version is true as that could be an even better phone.

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[–] xXx_yolo-swagbl4ze_x 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I have a Moto X 2014 and I absolutely love it. The pure edition is stock android with Moto Voice preinstalled, but unlike Samsung S-voice Moto Voice integrates completely with Google services and is pretty much a beefed up Google Now.

No bloatware, nice to look at, easily customizeable through Moto Maker.

Also two dual front facing stereo speakers.

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[–] fluffingtonthefifth [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Moto abandoned my market. :(

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[–] lawofchaos 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

I'm told those phones come with proprietary apps that can't be uninstalled. Is this true?

True but completely fixable through either rooting or using a custom firmware (which is worth it, Samsung TouchWiz is shit). I'm relatively happy with my S4 mini but I've never seen the big deal about touch screens and miss having a keyboard on my smart phone. Otherwise its actually quite tough, I've always been a Nokia man and was worried about this delicate little thing but after dropping it many many times I can conclude that it shrugs that off.

I can only answer that question for you because I have never been able to explore phones much and honestly miss Symbian and find Android average in comparison.

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[–] ClassyJacket 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I wish there was a full-specced S6 mini. It's good hardware but I am never buying a phone above five inches again.

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[–] lawofchaos 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Lol is that too small or too large? When I originally got this S4 mini I thought it was fucking huge, coming from old N-series Nokia phones. I thought it was going to snap in two in my pocket just from being so skinny and flat and large. Now I couldn't imagine going back to anything smaller but the idea of something even bigger then this thing seems crazy to me, I'd have to walk around with a bag just for my phone, at least that's the impression that I get.

Edit: woops, missed the word above five inches, so I guess we agree then haha.

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[–] lawofchaos 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

At the moment CM12.1 but I'm waiting very impatiently for Carbon Lollipop would should be arriving soon. Before upgrading to LP I was a Carbon user. Best ROM in my opinion.

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[–] Vatras 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

  • Nexus 5: great phone, shitty battery, I wouldn't buy a phone that's only average or below average in terms of battery life.
  • HTC One M9: Snapdragon 810 = overheating and throttling, stay away from that.
  • HTC One M8: even though it's a year older than the M9, I'd rather choose this. Great screen, fast performance, good battery life, one of the best speakers, great build quality, the only con is the shitty camera, but you said that's not important.
  • OnePlus One: objectively the best phone for $250, doesn't really have any huge flaws like the other phones, and cheap as hell, try to import one if it's not available in your country (if there's Expansys in your country check their website).
  • Alcatel Idol 3: probably the 2nd best phone for $250. Not as high end as the OPO, but still an all around great phone.
  • Asus Zenfone 2: pretty good phone for $200, but IMO the software is bad and full of bloatware, but still not bad for the price.
  • LG G2: though it's an almost 2 year old device, it still holds up pretty good. It's like a Nexus 5 with way better battery life, but shittier software, but still not bad software. The worst thing about it software wise is that it probably won't get Android M, otherwise I think it's a great phone.
  • LG G3: though I wouldn't buy it because it has a QHD screen, but otherwise it would be an awesome phone, and it'll more than likely get Android M.

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[–] fluffingtonthefifth [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thanks, this was super useful!

I think I'll probably go for the M8 then.

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[–] WhySoSwoleBrah 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

HTC One M9, even the M8. There is not a better designed phone and packs quite a punch, the camera needs improvement.

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[–] Clipboards 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

After a year of use I personally wouldn't recommend the M8. The phone has suffered terrible performance issues (not user error) and battery life is abysmal.

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[–] RedSocks157 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I have a HTC One M9 and I love it. it's got all those things you listed and since you don't care about the camera it would be perfect for you. There are some prepackaged apps but you can hide them (not as good as removing them but I'll take what I can get until they crack the Verizon version of the phone). It also h as a replacement plan that comes with the phone - HTC will send you a new one if you manage to break it.

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[–] YearGood 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I am in the same boat as you. I love my Z1 and have been thinking about an upgrade lately. Just don´t know what to get.

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[–] xxb4xx 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Don't get a Nexus 5 yet, hold out if you can for the 2015 version

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[–] fluffingtonthefifth [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Another comment mentions that the battery life sucks, so I'll probably get a M8 instead.

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[–] xxb4xx 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I had one, it's an OK phone, but it has a horrendously bad camera from my own experience.

I'm comparing the camera to my iPhone 6 and Nexus 6

If you're not to fussed about photos, it's a great phone.

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