What's the most important thing when buying a phone?

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Apr 9, 2014 5:56:22 PM via Website

Hi guys,

With all the great new phones out there that very in price, hardware, software, etc, what are you looking for in a phone in particular? What will make it or break it for you? The display? The built-in features? The camera? The price/performance ratio?

When I look for a phone, I'm looking for a good price/performance ratio, so I would consider the Moto G.

So how about you?
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Apr 9, 2014 6:24:09 PM via Website

Yeah for me it's more (high) performance/ratio (hence having a Nexus 5), but if money was no obstacle I'd go a Google Play edition of a flagship I like the display/camera/battery combination on.

It's hard to get the recipe ''right'' because everything changes so quickly. If I was to buy one now, it'd be a GPe HTC One M8. In a couple months a LG G3 (I expect).

I'm very interested to see the OnePlus One in a couple of weeks. It may very well be the perfect smartphone right now: all the top of the line specs AND a rock-bottom price. Hopefully that will be the way of the future as Chinese manufacturers pick up speed in Europe and the US.

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Apr 9, 2014 8:34:59 PM via Website

I always check out my options, so I can't say there's a specific order of importance. Though when I bought my first android new flagship phones were about 18 months apart whereas now it seems to be 6 months and shrinking...

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Apr 10, 2014 4:33:18 PM via Website

Something new (Innovation) and i don't mean upgrades
Good price
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Apr 11, 2014 5:50:53 PM via Website

That's a good point @John. We hear endless complaints about delayed updates all the time, and yet, the market for Nexus devices, Google Play editions, and custom ROMs that bring those updates much faster than manufacturers and carriers is relatively small.

With 3/4 of US carriers blocking the Galaxy S5's Download Booster feature too, it makes you wonder, if your manufacturer sucks at updating and your carrier starts blocking features, what options are you willing to look into as alternatives?

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Apr 13, 2014 10:14:08 AM via App

Well, I need power and an fhd screen (or a codec that has no problems playing fhd, hi10p encoded videos on a lower resolution screen), a large screen, removable battery and micro sd slot, s-pen is nice but not necessarily needed. Also I prefer TouchWiz (but pls not with bloatware, just the ui)...

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Apr 14, 2014 10:44:36 AM via Website

I would pick a phone with which I can call, send SMS and surf internet.QUICKLY :p :D :D

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Apr 17, 2014 2:41:26 AM via Website

Screen size (4 to 5 inch), size of RAM (min 1.5gb)/Built in Memory (min 16gb), card slot, decent camera. but if I was holding 2 identical spec handsets I'd have to go with the one that felt best in my hand. I love the spec of the Xperia z2 but I don't think it will feel right in my hand/s (based on using the Xperia T)

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Apr 18, 2014 6:00:39 AM via Website

John Farrell

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I would pick a phone with which I can call, send SMS and surf internet.QUICKLY :p :D :D

I think this can be done by every phone available in the market because this is why they mobile phones are built for !! :D

:D :D :D Was kidding bro !!

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Apr 18, 2014 7:49:34 PM via Website

I want to keep my phone for a while so I look mainly for a premium build. Processing power isn't that important, but a good camera is nice bonus.

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Apr 19, 2014 8:21:15 PM via Website

I look for hardware specification first and then the display second. That is why the samsung galaxy note 3 is the best phone around.

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Apr 21, 2014 1:38:28 PM via Website

I just upgraded to the S5 and the contributing factors that I look at are aesthetics, weight, size, and options that make a particular phone or device stand out from the crowd. In the case of the S5 it was the only phone that had all the things I was looking for (see above) plus the water resistent and dust resistent aspects because water intrusion is my biggest cause for destroying phones.

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Apr 22, 2014 6:31:56 PM via Website

Big screen with high resolution and good price

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Apr 22, 2014 6:33:09 PM via Website

but at least iin place of phones FHD should be enough, we dont need 2 or 4K...

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