Probably done before but can the knowledgeable suggest something
suitable for the following spec:-
good battery life
I have just side-graded to a 2 year monthly contract with 4Gb data but
have no interest in video chats etc. Preferably something that can
withstand being dropped.
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'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.
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.
Mine is one of the older models with Gorilla glass and has survived a 6'
drop onto concrete with only minor spalling of the front surface.
It isn't quite stock Android but the battery life is very good.
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
I have always liked the Otterbox Folio cases for protection.
Not the most glamorous but I like the fact that it doesnt lock the
phone automatically when closed.
Usually find them on eBay for a fraction of the Manufacturers site price.
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.
I have been happy with a couple of Moto G5's but have just gone over to
a Huawei P smart 2019 which is OK. Personally I like the cases with a
front that flips over the screen, but the fat rubbery ones with chunky
corners seem to work OK too. Probably worth adding an extra glass screen
protector. It looks as though the Huawei comes with one.
In message , John
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:-(
These days that will limit you choice. The batteries in the Nokia 6.1,
my Xiaomi and many of the Moto G... phones are not easy to change. You
would need special tools and a youtube video to show you what to do to
change the battery.
With the previous mobile phones I have had, the battery has to be
removed to change the SIM.