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Old 20-06-2013, 17:21
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Hi. It's time to say goodbye to my faithful old BlackBerry. It's served me well, but the poor internet connectivity and limited range of apps has got to me at last, and I think I need to make the change now.

What do you experts recommend? Priorities are[LIST][*]email (I shall miss the BlackBerry's keyboard)[*]internet[*]wide range of apps[*]compact[*]light weight[*]good battery life[/LIST]Camera, games and music are not important.

Many thanks for any advice

Dave
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Old 20-06-2013, 17:29
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You are going to get a ton of suggestions as everyone has a favourite but for me the HTC One is unbeatable, by far the best battery life I have had on a smartphone, it's very slim and fast, I really can't fault it so far
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Old 20-06-2013, 19:01
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You need to list a price range, whether you're buying outright or contract etc...
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Old 20-06-2013, 19:11
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HTC One.

Other than that it would be close between iPhone 5 or Samsung S4.
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Old 20-06-2013, 19:45
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[LIST][*]compact[*]light weight[/LIST]
How small and light are you thinking?
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Old 20-06-2013, 19:51
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HTC One is a contender here as its thin and light, but another contender here is the Nokia Lumia 925 as its even lighter than the HTC One and the screen being 4.5 inch vs 4.7 on the One.
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Old 20-06-2013, 20:58
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Why don't you go the obvious route and get the new Blackberry with the keyboard?
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Old 20-06-2013, 21:08
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Can't some android apps be side loaded onto blackberry s now?
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Old 20-06-2013, 21:49
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Lumia 925
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Old 20-06-2013, 22:07
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Hi. It's time to say goodbye to my faithful old BlackBerry. It's served me well, but the poor internet connectivity and limited range of apps has got to me at last, and I think I need to make the change now.

What do you experts recommend? Priorities are[LIST][*]email (I shall miss the BlackBerry's keyboard)[*]internet[*]wide range of apps[*]compact[*]light weight[*]good battery life[/LIST]Camera, games and music are not important.

Many thanks for any advice

Dave
What about cost?
Contract?
No contract?
Used only in the uk?
Keep present phone number or not?

Best let us know those before you post goes mad
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Old 21-06-2013, 00:02
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HTC One is a contender here as its thin and light, but another contender here is the Nokia Lumia 925 as its even lighter than the HTC One and the screen being 4.5 inch vs 4.7 on the One.
Surely also the S4 then, given it's lighter than both of them and smaller overall?
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Old 21-06-2013, 00:07
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You sound like a person who wants an easy phone to use which will do everything you want (by the mere fact you're asking )... depending on the tariff get the iPhone 4S or 5 (or wait for the 5s)...

... ill be quoted now by people telling you their phone is easier to use, but after using all platforms... the most simple platform and user friendly for non geeks is still iOS.
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Old 21-06-2013, 00:13
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Surely also the S4 then, given it's lighter than both of them and smaller overall?
At this point you are better of waiting and just getting the S4 LTE-A specially if it is getting Snapdragon 800.
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Old 21-06-2013, 00:15
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At this point you are better of waiting and just getting the S4 LTE-A specially if it is getting Snapdragon 800.
It's not going to be sold over here.
By the time LTE-A is available in the UK, the S5 or at least the Note3 will be out.
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Old 21-06-2013, 01:00
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Surely also the S4 then, given it's lighter than both of them and smaller overall?
my friend has an S4 and the battery life is awful he says, its also loaded with so much bloatware, if you're ok with all that then go for it!
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Old 21-06-2013, 01:09
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Why do people start threads but never put anymore input other than original post?
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Old 21-06-2013, 01:33
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my friend has an S4 and the battery life is awful he says, its also loaded with so much bloatware, if you're ok with all that then go for it!
It comfortably beats the 920 in all of GSMArena's battery tests and the 925 has the same capacity battery as the 920, so there's no reason to think the S4 won't hold an advantage over it as well.

As for the features, you can switch off what you don't want/need.
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Old 21-06-2013, 02:14
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It comfortably beats the 920 in all of GSMArena's battery tests and the 925 has the same capacity battery as the 920, so there's no reason to think the S4 won't hold an advantage over it as well.

As for the features, you can switch off what you don't want/need.

According to GSMArena http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3...&idPhone2=5451

The Lumia 925 beats the S4 in both standby time and talk time. They must have made some changes somewhere since it does have the same 2000 mAh battery as the 920.
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Old 21-06-2013, 02:31
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iPhone 5. The only phone that matters.
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Old 21-06-2013, 11:22
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Why do people start threads but never put anymore input other than original post?
Blimey, I only posted it at 4.00 yesterday afternoon - give me a chance!

Anyway, many thanks everyone for all the responses - helpful, though as expected, there is the inevitable conflicting advice.

In answer to the queries about contract, cost, etc - I'm currently on a Vodafone SIM-only contract, and would like to keep it, which I guess means shelling out a tidy sum for a handset. Which is why I need to do plenty of research and get the decision right, obviously.

Alan1302 wrote: 'Why don't you go the obvious route and get the new Blackberry with the keyboard?'

It would be the obvious route, were it not for the chronic shortage of apps available for the BlackBerry.

But then John_Patrick wrote: 'Can't some android apps be side loaded onto blackberry s now?'

Can anyone answer John's question (and explain what side-loading is)?

Many thanks for all this help - really useful.
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Old 21-06-2013, 15:18
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Side loading apps means manually downloading them and then installing to your phone. I am unfamiliar with the princess on BB10 but it will certainly not be as straight forward as using an app store. All it is is a sticking plaster over the poor selection of apps on BB10 - if you want Android apps then get an Android phone. The best value phone out is still the Nexus 4 available for 239. If you are buying outright and don't want to break the bank then it is ideal.
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