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dezire 22-02-2013 11:47

What is the best bang for buck used phone out there on ebay below 150.00
 
At the rate manufacturers are releasing new models these days, there must be some great bargain for android phone out there on Ebay.
I currently use a Galaxy Ace, but am increasingly finding it too slow and unresponsive for me needs.
So looking for a nice big screen phone 4" - 4.5" with a nice speedy processor.,,,suggestions. Oh, looking for a phone that is easy to root too!

finbaar 22-02-2013 12:19

I am kind of interested in this as well, but have a limit of about 100. What I have been looking at is

HTC Desire HD
Samsung Nexus S
Motorola Atrix

All three have decent developer communities. The Atrix runs a dual core Tegra 2 with 1gb of RAM. They seem to be very cheap even with the "laptop" accessories.

Looking at the 150 limit, a HTC Sensation could well be about that price. However you may be lucky and pick up my phone (well not mine as I want more than 150), a Galaxy Nexus for about that kind of money.

moordown66 22-02-2013 13:28

For that price I'd definitely go with the Nexus S. Really good phone but no FM radio or SD card slot

finbaar 22-02-2013 14:24

Quote:

Originally Posted by moordown66 (Post 64402625)
For that price I'd definitely go with the Nexus S. Really good phone but no FM radio or SD card slot

The develpoer community is spot on for the Nexus S and I think that is the way I will jump. It is for my son later this year and he is currently using one of my old phones, a ZTE Blade, but it pains me every time I see that phone. In many ways I really think I am getting the phone for me to play with before I hand it over to him. Every Android device in our house is rooted and only my daughters cheapy 7" tablet is still stock. So I am looking forward to getting the phone and trying various custom ROMs out. Then of course I will default to Cyanogen Mod as always seems to happen.

dezire 22-02-2013 15:14

Quote:

Originally Posted by moordown66 (Post 64402625)
For that price I'd definitely go with the Nexus S. Really good phone but no FM radio or SD card slot

No sd card slot is a bit of a deal breaker. FM radio I could live without....anything else to consider (with sd slot)?

dezire 22-02-2013 15:39

Quote:

Originally Posted by finbaar (Post 64401292)
I am kind of interested in this as well, but have a limit of about 100. What I have been looking at is

HTC Desire HD
Samsung Nexus S
Motorola Atrix

All three have decent developer communities. The Atrix runs a dual core Tegra 2 with 1gb of RAM. They seem to be very cheap even with the "laptop" accessories.

Looking at the 150 limit, a HTC Sensation could well be about that price. However you may be lucky and pick up my phone (well not mine as I want more than 150), a Galaxy Nexus for about that kind of money.


It's a hard one. The Motorola Atrix is 4G and very cheap and can be rooted with ease. The mind boggles.

bobbycharlton1 22-02-2013 17:49

having got one myself, i cannot fault my Galaxy Note II CLONE, 140

see the full thread on these phones

http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1777011

dezire 22-02-2013 19:38

Quote:

Originally Posted by bobbycharlton1 (Post 64407975)
having got one myself, i cannot fault my Galaxy Note II CLONE, 140

see the full thread on these phones

http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1777011

A bit too big for my liking. I would consider a chinese clone if it could be trusted for reliability and could be rooted.

paulyoung666 22-02-2013 19:40

sensation xe should be in reach , well worth a punt :)

moordown66 22-02-2013 19:43

Nexus S is 16gb and I'd definitely vouch for it. I had mine on contract for 2 years and never quite filled it. Was really REALLY easy to root, some great ROM's out there for it. My son has it now. There's always Google Cloud or similar too if 16gb isn't enough. Don't touch the Desire HD. Way too long in the tooth and battery was rubbish. Not really familiar with the Motorola

dezire 22-02-2013 19:51

Quote:

Originally Posted by paulyoung666 (Post 64410659)
sensation xe should be in reach , well worth a punt :)

This looks like a great phone with a snapdragon processor....Is there a updated operating system for this phone?

8 MP Primary Camera
0.3 MP Secondary Camera
4.3-inch Touchscreen
1.5 GHz Scorpion Processor
Wi-Fi Enabled
Full HD Recording
Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB
The HTC Sensation XE is a smartphone that is crafted with style and finesse. This touchscreen phone runs on Android v2.3.4 (Gingerbread) operating system and has a 1.5 GHz dual core processor integrated in to it. This HTC smartphone has a preloaded RAM size of 768 MB.
The Sensation XE from HTC has a 4.3-inch qHD screen with a resolution of 540 X 960 pixels.

finbaar 22-02-2013 20:46

Quote:

Originally Posted by dezire (Post 64410970)
This looks like a great phone with a snapdragon processor....Is there a updated operating system for this phone?

8 MP Primary Camera
0.3 MP Secondary Camera
4.3-inch Touchscreen
1.5 GHz Scorpion Processor
Wi-Fi Enabled
Full HD Recording
Expandable Storage Capacity of 32 GB
The HTC Sensation XE is a smartphone that is crafted with style and finesse. This touchscreen phone runs on Android v2.3.4 (Gingerbread) operating system and has a 1.5 GHz dual core processor integrated in to it. This HTC smartphone has a preloaded RAM size of 768 MB.
The Sensation XE from HTC has a 4.3-inch qHD screen with a resolution of 540 X 960 pixels.

There is an official 4.0 build for the XE. There is also a selection of 4.1 & 4.2 ROMs as well:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1112

Also there is a Cyanogen Mod 10 (Android 4.1.2) build as well. I have no idea how stable it is but I would give it a look.

finbaar 22-02-2013 20:55

dezire - if you can get a XE for 150 then go for it. But they do seem to be going for similar money as the GNexus and I would the GNex is the better phone. The only thing the XE has is removable storage.

dezire 22-02-2013 21:02

Quote:

Originally Posted by finbaar (Post 64412838)
dezire - if you can get a XE for 150 then go for it. But they do seem to be going for similar money as the GNexus and I would the GNex is the better phone. The only thing the XE has is removable storage.

The XE has all I need really. I will consider the Nexus S - would I really use 16gb of data music....not sure. I have lived with a Galaxy Ace with a 16gb card which has never been anywhere near full...so maybe.

bobbycharlton1 23-02-2013 11:47

Quote:

Originally Posted by dezire (Post 64410604)
A bit too big for my liking. I would consider a chinese clone if it could be trusted for reliability and could be rooted.


you can get the S3 versions too,so smaller. They can be rooted, as I have done mine with no issues. I have had mine 2 months now, with no issues whatsoever. it is 'almost' identical to the official Note 2, and is 1/5 of the price:D

Plus, i get to use twin sims! ideal for home and work

dezire 23-02-2013 12:06

Quote:

Originally Posted by bobbycharlton1 (Post 64420571)
you can get the S3 versions too,so smaller. They can be rooted, as I have done mine with no issues. I have had mine 2 months now, with no issues whatsoever. it is 'almost' identical to the official Note 2, and is 1/5 of the price:D

Plus, i get to use twin sims! ideal for home and work

I think I have seen these phones....i9300's? Can you post a link to a reliable seller. It there a website to show how to root these phones?

bobbycharlton1 23-02-2013 14:23

I got mine from these guys on Ebay

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/rc-engine-...&_trksid=p3686

UK seller, posted same day recored, but he has no 9300's

Just search on Ebay, and make sure the seller is in the UK.

stringman 25-02-2013 17:05

Quote:

Originally Posted by dezire (Post 64412993)
The XE has all I need really. I will consider the Nexus S - would I really use 16gb of data music....not sure. I have lived with a Galaxy Ace with a 16gb card which has never been anywhere near full...so maybe.

Or you could buy a sensation and then load the xe rom on it

jabbamk1 25-02-2013 17:22

Quote:

Originally Posted by dezire (Post 64405597)
It's a hard one. The Motorola Atrix is 4G and very cheap and can be rooted with ease. The mind boggles.

The Motorola Atrix is NOT 4G!

AxeVictim 25-02-2013 18:28

I would try and get hold of a Galaxy S2 its still a brilliant phone albeit a little plasticky.

Chairman___Meow 25-02-2013 19:42

iPhone 3GS. Best phone available for that money by far.

jabbamk1 25-02-2013 19:52

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chairman___Meow (Post 64465622)
iPhone 3GS. Best phone available for that money by far.

Not sure if trolling? or deadly serious? :D

dezire 25-02-2013 21:16

Quote:

Originally Posted by AxeVictim (Post 64463542)
I would try and get hold of a Galaxy S2 its still a brilliant phone albeit a little plasticky.

I was looking at the Galaxy S2 today at my local back street phone shop. I would get a nice trade in for my ace and splash out a hundred quid for a decent used on. They are pretty well designed phones and very powerful.

AxeVictim 25-02-2013 22:09

I'm using one at the moment till the new phone arrives, as fast as my S3, removable battery, sd card slot, it ticks all the boxes.

finbaar 25-02-2013 22:16

Quote:

Originally Posted by jabbamk1 (Post 64462334)
The Motorola Atrix is NOT 4G!

They called HSPA+ 4G in America before LTE was rolled out. On XDA it is known as the Atrix 4G.


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