Huawei - if you don't want a rooted phone
Xiaomi - if you do
All phones are sensitive to being dropped but having a wallet type of
case improves the chances hugely. I cracked a screen once and had it
repaired under warranty because there were no marks on the case.
I have and Xiaomi MI A2 which so far has worked well. I did try to
unlock it for fun but was unsuccessful, perhaps just as well as one
banking app said it would not work on a phone that had been unlocked.
Which bank? Root can be easily hidden from banking apps.
I had to wait a week for my unlock code. At least Xiaomi allow you to
unlock the bootloader and its free.
On Thursday, 30 July 2020 18:57:37 UTC+1, Tim Lamb wrote:
I'll suggest Here We Go (free) for navigation. Not perfect (not that any are) but pretty good. I use a 7 inch Samsung tablet with a very low data allowance which costs next to nothing. Not ideal as a phone but you can use it for calls and SMS, if you wish.
(I think it might be Samsung Galaxy TAB 4 7.0 SM-T235N WI-FI+4G 8GB but not certain.)
I can leave it on for days without having to charge it - mostly connected to wifi and checking mail from time to time, updates, etc. I don't need to charge it at all on the sort of journeys I make - that is, a few hours.
Lots of food for thought. Someone has gifted me a redundant Microsoft
something. (Does 4g so not very old) Doesn't meet any of the *drop*
criteria but does meet the low cost one:-)
Curiously my news reader put your post in my kill file. I suspect
someone else has used the *@nowhere.null* bit and Turnpike has picked up
The biggest problem is that I am 15 years behind the learning curve on
hand held technology:-(
On Thu, 30 Jul 2020 18:57:19 +0100, Tim Lamb wrote:
Define... I'm quite pleased with my Nokia 6.1 that costs around £150.
The app you use is up to you but I guess this means it must have GPS.
The Nokia 6.1's body is machined from a solid lump of aluminium.
The 6.1 will do several days on standby in a good signal area. At
home, poor signal, a couple of days.
The app you use is up to you.
As has been said a case ups the abilty of a phone surviving being
dropped and also decreases the chances of it being dropped in the
first place. I find naked phones to be slippery little blighters.
The Nokia 6.1 is also an Android One device so doesn't come with a
load of bloatware.
Our children have always had the Motorola Moto phones - for years.
- Around the £150-160 for the top of the range model
- Owned by Google, so first to receive every new Android upgrade
- It does everything a £400-£1000 phone does, just doesn't look as fancy
(a little heavier/bigger)
- Very good camera
- Battery is very good
- Support Fast Charge (at least twice as fast to charge)
- Takes SD card, so if memory an issue you buy a 64GB card for £15 and
put it in (supports up to 256 GB I believe)
- 2 year warranty
- Plenty of cases/screen protectors/etc on eBay for pennies
- Dual SIM (if you buy the right model)
- Navigation is through software (every phone nowadays has the GPS
hardware). Use Maps, Waze, or one of the many other free apps (Nokia do
a pretty decent offline one).
- Mail is also software (app). It comes with a free one that is very
good. Otherwise there are plenty free ones to choose from
For protection: buy a rubber/silicon case that covers everything but the
screen. Hardly noticeable and VERY robust. You can safely drop it from
your pocket to the ground. For the screen buy a glass screen protector.
They suggest that you could hit it with a hammer without causing damage
to the screen. Never tried that, but from experience it will protect
your screen from pretty much EVERYTHING. It is really good.
Both case and protestor are no more than a few pounds each on ebay and
will last you the lifetime of the phone (buy a pack of 2 screen
protectors, just in case).
We tend to upgrade them every 2 years or so and sell the old ones on
ebay for around 40-50% of the original price
Look for deals on the MOtorola website, Amazon, or just a Google search.
To choose the model use gsmarena.com
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