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Need Recommendation for Smart phone for around $200.

jbloggs 9,661 4,515 February 22, 2016 at 07:35 PM
I'm in the market for a smart phone around $200 and would appreciate recommendations and opinions

Currently considering....

Blu Vivo XL or Vivo 5
Honor 5X
LG G3
LG G Flex 2
One Plus x

Any others?

EDIT: Currently for use on T-Mobile

Vivo 5 -> http://www.amazon.com/BLU-VIVO-Sm...B01AH1BWOO

Honor 5X -> http://www.amazon.com/Honor-5X-Me...019O8YX1K/

ZTE Axon -> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01685O9Z2

HTC Desire EYE M910x -> http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-HTC-D...rmvSB=true

XIAOMI RedMi Note 2 32GB -> http://www.amazon.com/Redmi-Smart...B018EO8YW4



This one -> Asus Zenfone Max ZC550KL -> looked great but does not work on T-Mobile 4g lte -> http://www.amazon.com/Asus-Zenfon...B01ANFTFV6

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Can't say I know much about the brand but ran across this while browsing.
XIAOMI RedMi Note 2 32GB

ZTE Axon Unlocked Phone [amazon.com]

New HTC Desire Eye M910x [ebay.com]
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What carrier?
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Also:
Moto G 16GB $229
If you could stretch your budget ~$300 there are some other options like the Nexus 5X

Used phones on swappa are always an option.
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You can get a mint condition, used S4 on Swappa for under $150...an S5 in good condition for around $200. Far better than paying new imo.
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The one caution for buying old phones is that you should expect the battery to be pretty worthless and have a plan to replace it. That shouldn't be too big a deal on the s4/s5 since they have replaceable batteries and were popular enough that replacements are easy to find. On the other hand I wouldn't touch something like a used nexus 5 with a ten foot pole.
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Thanks for all the input Smilie. I have updated OP with some links.

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What carrier?
Currently for use on T-Mobile
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Last edited by jbloggs February 23, 2016 at 11:48 AM
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The one caution for buying old phones is that you should expect the battery to be pretty worthless and have a plan to replace it. That shouldn't be too big a deal on the s4/s5 since they have replaceable batteries and were popular enough that replacements are easy to find. On the other hand I wouldn't touch something like a used nexus 5 with a ten foot pole.
If you consider used or even refurbished, you should check repair ability on a site like ifixit.com paying special attention to the battery.

The software support life cycle is also important, as phones approach 18-24 months from their initial release and beyond software updates dry up. Often even fairly critical security updates stop. The biggest problem is that the carriers and big box stores sell the phone for 12+ months of this window leaving people with phones that may get no updates 6 months or less from the date they purchased it.
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I've been happy with my ZenFone 2. I bought it to do some testing. You can root it and install Cyanogenmod unofficial. Never had any problems with Swappa personally. In fact I'm getting ready to list my Note 3. I'm one of the good guys though that usually throws in a few batteries with the price. I like rotating them so they keep their charge.

And it gets LTE on T-mobile as I recall. Txts and everything else work fine.
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I bought a Sony xperia z on eBay for around $80. it was a store display. came in great condition. had a galaxy 3 before, along with a ton of other phones. the sony phone blows it out of the water. I will only buy sony from now on. I'm also with t mobile.
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Any of the phones you listed will probably be fine but some will be better then others at certain tasks. Reviews and specs can help guide you a little but ya never really know if you like a phone until you spend a week or two with it. Personally, I can usually get used to any decent phone as long as the voice quality is top notch.
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If i were you I would choose XIAOMI RedMi Note. I have great experience using it
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Just make sure it supports the correct bands. https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-4988
The redmi & honor phone don't look like it they mention support for 1700.

Edit they do support 2100 which should be fine.

You can compare the phones (3 at a time) @ http://www.phonearena.com/phones/...,9032,9038
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Ended up spending a more money and getting the ZTE Axon Pro for $324 (Also received $50 B&H Photo GC)
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Quote from YanksIn2009 View Post :
You can get a mint condition, used S4 on Swappa for under $150...an S5 in good condition for around $200. Far better than paying new imo.

My immediate thought was this. Swappa. Got the FL a used SG4 for ~ $150 and it's much better than comparably-priced new "cheap" phones/
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