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Old 15-06-2013, 15:34
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I'm not a mobile phone addict, so have stubbornly clung onto an old Nokia on Orange pay-as-you-go. However, when I was visiting my dad in hospital I handed him the phone to make two fairly short phone calls and was gobsmacked to find that it cost me 4.70. A tenner normally lasts me a month!

There are now many cheap phone deals around (I'm with TalkTalk for my landline), so can anyone suggest the best of the cheap smart phones that I can get for 10 per month? I think an Android phone would probably suit me better than a Blackberry, even though I get thoroughly pissed off by the childishly named Jellybean thingy - whatever it is.
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Old 15-06-2013, 15:48
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This looks good to me.
https://www.talkmobile.co.uk/mobile-...fcode=TKMKM041
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Old 15-06-2013, 15:57
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Any reason for wanting to change your phone when it's the tariff that's a problem?
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Old 15-06-2013, 17:24
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http://shop.tescomobile.com/mobile-p...re+c?deal=8537
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Old 15-06-2013, 21:15
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depending on your expectations, you might struggle to find a good smart phone on a tight budget.....that's what I did and have been shocked at how bad the product is.
...Now today I saw an iPad Mini and had a play with that, and was shocked to find I could (having never used one before) type 3 lines of text in a note pad (pre-loaded by apple) utility without a single mistake by the touch screen input. Perfect first time. This is not the case with my HTC smart phone where I dread (I don't use the word lightly) typing anything on it and even got to the point where I don't send messages and wait till I get home to fire up the PC.

Furthermore, I got the impression Apple has deeply thought about their product and its design. I mean it "feels" (IMO and all that) that they have sat down and spent a long time figuring out what is the smallest screen size they can use, what is the min processor speed needed, overall size of product, and work out how well their iOS works (and looks) on different size products. With Android this is doesn't appear to be the case - so what works well on a brand new Quad core monster screen tablet doesn't work anywhere near as well as on a 5in smart phone with a single core cpu. Note, also, I have not mentioned anything about Apps, or other features - my issue is with the overall experience or "ergonomic design".

Problem is, Apple products are not cheap, and their phones are almost always on expensive monthly subscriptions. But at least I now know why this is! You can have cheap or cheerful, but you cant have cheap and cheerful, it seems (IMO).

So, on a tight budget, stick with a push button mobile to use as a phone. Maybe consider an apple ipad - maybe wifi only (depending on what you need) for mobile internet.

In any case, you really need to try before you buy (although this is near impossible in many shops as i found out).

PS, don't expect battery life to be anywhere close to what you are used to now. Think of a smart phone as a pocket computer and you understand why. My smart phone (HTC) lasts just 2 days after a full charge without using the phone for those 2 days. Use it, even just a bit and you will be charging it every night.
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Old 15-06-2013, 21:32
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I'm not a mobile phone addict, so have stubbornly clung onto an old Nokia on Orange pay-as-you-go. However, when I was visiting my dad in hospital I handed him the phone to make two fairly short phone calls and was gobsmacked to find that it cost me 4.70. A tenner normally lasts me a month!

There are now many cheap phone deals around (I'm with TalkTalk for my landline), so can anyone suggest the best of the cheap smart phones that I can get for 10 per month? I think an Android phone would probably suit me better than a Blackberry, even though I get thoroughly pissed off by the childishly named Jellybean thingy - whatever it is.
10 month is pitching it a bit low for a phone contract, especially if you want data for internet etc. If you really want to save money, get your number upgraded to a SIM contract, and buy a phone outright. You should be able to pick up a reasonable Android phone (2nd hand) for 40-60.

Th "Jellybean thingy" is just the way Google name different versions of Android. By going in alphabetical order, you can tell which is the most up-to-date. Thus "Honeycomb" is newer than "Gingerbread", but older than "Ice-cream Sandwich". Using dessert treats is an odd whim, but it's actually more memorable than "Version 2.3 versus 3,2" or whatever.
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Old 15-06-2013, 21:37
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Any reason for wanting to change your phone when it's the tariff that's a problem?
Same as /\ its youre tariff you need to be looking at.
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Old 15-06-2013, 22:56
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Old 15-06-2013, 23:13
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Talk Talk are doing this for a tenner:
mobile.talktalk.co.uk/handsets/huawei-ascend-g330#small
It is the best value on their site.
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Old 15-06-2013, 23:25
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depending on your expectations, you might struggle to find a good smart phone on a tight budget.....that's what I did and have been shocked at how bad the product is.
...Now today I saw an iPad Mini and had a play with that, and was shocked to find I could (having never used one before) type 3 lines of text in a note pad (pre-loaded by apple) utility without a single mistake by the touch screen input. Perfect first time. This is not the case with my HTC smart phone where I dread (I don't use the word lightly) typing anything on it and even got to the point where I don't send messages and wait till I get home to fire up the PC.

Furthermore, I got the impression Apple has deeply thought about their product and its design. I mean it "feels" (IMO and all that) that they have sat down and spent a long time figuring out what is the smallest screen size they can use, what is the min processor speed needed, overall size of product, and work out how well their iOS works (and looks) on different size products. With Android this is doesn't appear to be the case - so what works well on a brand new Quad core monster screen tablet doesn't work anywhere near as well as on a 5in smart phone with a single core cpu. Note, also, I have not mentioned anything about Apps, or other features - my issue is with the overall experience or "ergonomic design".

Problem is, Apple products are not cheap, and their phones are almost always on expensive monthly subscriptions. But at least I now know why this is! You can have cheap or cheerful, but you cant have cheap and cheerful, it seems (IMO).

So, on a tight budget, stick with a push button mobile to use as a phone. Maybe consider an apple ipad - maybe wifi only (depending on what you need) for mobile internet.

In any case, you really need to try before you buy (although this is near impossible in many shops as i found out).

PS, don't expect battery life to be anywhere close to what you are used to now. Think of a smart phone as a pocket computer and you understand why. My smart phone (HTC) lasts just 2 days after a full charge without using the phone for those 2 days. Use it, even just a bit and you will be charging it every night.
Oh dear , where do I begin? Yes I am sure you like your iPad mini with its 8 inch screen. And yes I am sure it is much nicer to use than your unidentified HTC phone. But it is hardly a fair comparison a tablet and a phone. Please explain what you mean about 5 inch smart phones not being capable.

Anyway a tip. Install swiftkey keyboard on your phone. It has fantastic prediction and a cool feature called flow where you slide your finger around
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Old 15-06-2013, 23:38
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Will you people read the OP


I'm not a mobile phone addict, so have stubbornly clung onto an old Nokia on Orange pay-as-you-go. However, when I was visiting my dad in hospital I handed him the phone to make two fairly short phone calls and was gobsmacked to find that it cost me 4.70. A tenner normally lasts me a month!

There are now many cheap phone deals around (I'm with TalkTalk for my landline), so can anyone suggest the best of the cheap smart phones that I can get for 10 per month? I think an Android phone would probably suit me better than a Blackberry, even though I get thoroughly pissed off by the childishly named Jellybean thingy - whatever it is.
There main complaint is the cost of calls, stop turning this into yet another apple v android v my phone is better than yours
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Old 16-06-2013, 09:08
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Will you people read the OP




There main complaint is the cost of calls, stop turning this into yet another apple v android v my phone is better than yours
He pushed me first.
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Old 16-06-2013, 09:33
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Oh dear , where do I begin? Yes I am sure you like your iPad mini with its 8 inch screen. And yes I am sure it is much nicer to use than your unidentified HTC phone. But it is hardly a fair comparison a tablet and a phone. Please explain what you mean about 5 inch smart phones not being capable.

Anyway a tip. Install swiftkey keyboard on your phone. It has fantastic prediction and a cool feature called flow where you slide your finger around
my so called smart phone is a htc wildfire s. What I mean by being not capable is...
Screen is unresponsive. Leading to missed calls (cant activate the screen fast enough), poor texting, poor accuracy (wrong things being selected).
Slow or very slow depending on what you are doing (or on what it is doing in the "background"). Combine this with a unresponsive screen and you find your self pressing stuff 3-5 times before it responds.
Android doesn't rotate with phone, but other content does.
Auto screen rotate has a mind of its own - put the phone down on a flat surface like a table and it will go landscape on its own. Even certain angles confuse it.
Android OS is poor, with too many ways to the same thing, too many screens, cant see the files stored on it, I could go on but the list would be too long. Theres no note pad function, and the virtual keypad is rubbish. I know you can add your own, but really, basic things like this should just be there out the box, with no need to add on stuff due to missing or poor built in features. I wouldn't expect to buy a tv which only had On/Off and Vol+/- on the remote and be told to I need to buy an upgrade to get the one with all the expected features.
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Old 16-06-2013, 09:44
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Oh dear , where do I begin? Yes I am sure you like your iPad mini with its 8 inch screen. And yes I am sure it is much nicer to use than your unidentified HTC phone. But it is hardly a fair comparison a tablet and a phone. Please explain what you mean about 5 inch smart phones not being capable.

Anyway a tip. Install swiftkey keyboard on your phone. It has fantastic prediction and a cool feature called flow where you slide your finger around
yeah, it's got another cool feature called i'll correct your last word after you've sent the text/whatsapp/fb msg too.
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Old 16-06-2013, 09:45
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Tesco mobile do some great sim only deals with inclusive minutes, data & texts. you can even cap it so u cant go over the limits, ideal on a budget, or for teenagers!

http://shop.tescomobile.com/sim-only
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Old 16-06-2013, 09:50
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my so called smart phone is a htc wildfire s. What I mean by being not capable is...
Screen is unresponsive. Leading to missed calls (cant activate the screen fast enough), poor texting, poor accuracy (wrong things being selected).
Slow or very slow depending on what you are doing (or on what it is doing in the "background"). Combine this with a unresponsive screen and you find your self pressing stuff 3-5 times before it responds.
Android doesn't rotate with phone, but other content does.
Auto screen rotate has a mind of its own - put the phone down on a flat surface like a table and it will go landscape on its own. Even certain angles confuse it.
Android OS is poor, with too many ways to the same thing, too many screens, cant see the files stored on it, I could go on but the list would be too long. Theres no note pad function, and the virtual keypad is rubbish. I know you can add your own, but really, basic things like this should just be there out the box, with no need to add on stuff due to missing or poor built in features. I wouldn't expect to buy a tv which only had On/Off and Vol+/- on the remote and be told to I need to buy an upgrade to get the one with all the expected features.
Please excuse me for getting involved .

You are not being really fair to android as unfortunately you have a very cheap and poor phone (sorry, in my opinion). Like you said previously, you get what you pay for.

I have a Samsung Galaxy S3 which is a very good phone (only recently been surpassed by the new phones out) and none of your experience rings true to those who choose an android phone that costs the same as an iPhone.

The good (and bad) thing about android is that it is available at all price points so you really do need to compare like for like here.
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Old 16-06-2013, 11:14
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Will you people read the OP
There main complaint is the cost of calls, stop turning this into yet another apple v android v my phone is better than yours
Thanks for bringing it back on track, but that isn't really what I meant.

My current phone is probably the Nokia 1202, which suited me fine for a long time, as it slid easily into my pocket and was mainly for emergency calls when I was out in the car. I grew up without feeling the urge to phone somebody every few minutes, so I very rarely use it.

However, apart from the fact that PAYG is outrageously expensive, I now feel that I really ought to familiarise myself with the facilities of modern phones and take advantage of some of their apps (god I hate that word).

I know it's impossible to buy one without, but I really couldn't care less if it doesn't even have a camera at all I paid good money for an expensive SLR and a variety of lenses.

I can see how the "Where am I" app could be very useful and even a simple sat-nav type of function for finding my way back to a campsite at night or even finding my car in a huge car park. I prefer a proper sat-nav when driving.

I don't send huge amounts of text, but it would be nice to be able to catch up on half-time scores and check various websites when I'm away from home.

I think Android is the way to go (or is it?), although I'd like to inflict serious damage on whoever it was who decided that the term "ice cream sandwich" should be inflicted upon anyone over four years old.

p.s. I loathe predictive text with a vengeance.
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Old 16-06-2013, 11:23
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At the cheap end of the market you really only have two choices: Android or Windows Phone.

I would suggest a Windows Phone device like the Nokia Lumia 520 or 620. Some others will suggest Android devices like HTC Desire C.

Android has more apps. But for someone like you who would use a handful of basic ones, I think the consistently smooth experience on a Windows Phone is the way to go.

Also the Here Drive satnav app IS "proper satnav" - you just need to find a holder to attach to your windscreen.

The cameras on most phones are OK, it's only when you get to top phones like iPhone 5, Galaxy S4, Lumia 920 that you get very good cameras.

For picture quality, many will be comparing the forthcoming Nokia Lumia EOS to the cheaper SLRs.
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Old 16-06-2013, 12:26
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So it looks as if I'm being swayed back to a Windows phone at the moment I already have a sat-nav, so I'm not bothered about a car-mounting. An app dedicated to walking might be useful though.
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Old 16-06-2013, 12:34
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So it looks as if I'm being swayed back to a Windows phone at the moment I already have a sat-nav, so I'm not bothered about a car-mounting. An app dedicated to walking might be useful though.
If you don't want to spend much then Windows Phone is certainly a good choice. The phone like the Lumia 520 would suit you and performance wise would be better than a cheaper Android handset.
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Old 16-06-2013, 12:49
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So it looks as if I'm being swayed back to a Windows phone at the moment I already have a sat-nav, so I'm not bothered about a car-mounting. An app dedicated to walking might be useful though.
I'm in a similar boat to you, and asked a question about the Nokia 520 in a new thread. From my own research, and a helpful reply received here, I'm swayed in that direction as well.
Professional and customer reviews all appear to be positive, it looks a good deal for the money..until the next one comes along of course.
That's the problem with technology, there's always something better around the next corner.
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Old 16-06-2013, 19:27
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TalkTalk have a Lumia 520 in their packages, but for some bizarre reason only have white and blue. I'm afraid that when it comes to phones I prefer boring old black. I assume the Lumia 510 is Tesco's own version of the same phone, only locked in to their own network (or whatever the correct term is).
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Old 16-06-2013, 20:25
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TalkTalk have a Lumia 520 in their packages, but for some bizarre reason only have white and blue. I'm afraid that when it comes to phones I prefer boring old black. I assume the Lumia 510 is Tesco's own version of the same phone, only locked in to their own network (or whatever the correct term is).
The 510 is a Windows Phone 7 whereas the 520 is a Windows Phone 8.

You shouldn't buy a 510 at this point.
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Old 17-06-2013, 11:59
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...and performance wise would be better than a cheaper Android handset.
Shame its got that more useless walld garden, and is fully locked down into future obselescence.
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Old 17-06-2013, 13:08
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Shame its got that more useless walld garden, and is fully locked down into future obselescence.
Walled garden - not bothered at all. Does what I want and does it very well.

Locked down, yes....so

And as you tend to need to uprade every few years if you want the latest apps/games etc what does it matter?
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