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Old 03-10-2013, 23:02
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Hi.

My phone is coming up for upgrade soon, and before I start going into shops & getting babbled to death by sales people regarding deals & packages, I'd like a heads up regarding which actual handset to get.

My current one is a Galaxy Ace and I've not been overly keen on it. Are they any better now than they were a couple of years ago, or still basically the same? I found the internal storage to be laughable, even without any movies, music or tonnes of apps on there. I only have 1 page of apps and it tells me all the time my storage is getting low.

I'm going to stick with a smartphone, as I'm used to it now. I don't make a lot of calls, mainly texts. Don't play games, or listen to much music on there - certainly don't use it like an ipod. Just a good sized screen for web browsing - nothing smaller than what I have now, basic phone/text capability and ideally more storage.

Any suggestions? Cheers.
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Old 03-10-2013, 23:22
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The Galaxy Ace is definitely at the budget end of the Galaxy series: the current run of Galaxy phones is generally better and the Galaxy S4 is one of the top 5 phones out at the moment. That said, the S4 is probably overkill for your needs.

You will get a lot of responses of different phones because your needs are fairly generic and fulfilled by the vast majority of phones. Any phone you buy now will have a better screen than the Ace and likely more storage. A few weeks ago I'd have recommended my own phone, the Google Nexus 4 - fantastic piece of kit, excellent value for money, screen a good size (4.65") and a decent amount of storage (16GB). However it's currently discontinued by Google, but if you can find one being sold at a decent price, I'd certainly highly recommend one.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:44
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Thanks for that. All suggestions very welcome. Obviously the phone shop will try & sell me anything, so it's nice to have input from consumers. So you think the S4 is more than I need? Doesn't look like I can get it for no more than I'm spending anyway. So, budget end, any ideas? If I have to stick with something similar to what I have, it would be good to get it for less a month than I pay now... lol
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:50
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The Galaxy Ace is definitely at the budget end of the Galaxy series: the current run of Galaxy phones is generally better and the Galaxy S4 is one of the top 5 phones out at the moment. That said, the S4 is probably overkill for your needs.

You will get a lot of responses of different phones because your needs are fairly generic and fulfilled by the vast majority of phones. Any phone you buy now will have a better screen than the Ace and likely more storage. A few weeks ago I'd have recommended my own phone, the Google Nexus 4 - fantastic piece of kit, excellent value for money, screen a good size (4.65") and a decent amount of storage (16GB). However it's currently discontinued by Google, but if you can find one being sold at a decent price, I'd certainly highly recommend one.
The Galaxy Nexus has a 4.65" screen. The Nexus 4 has a 4.7" display.

I would recommend the Nexus 4 if you can get hold of one, perhaps on eBay. The Huawei Ascend Y300 and the quad-core ZTE Blade V are also extremely good budget options. There's lots out there on Android.

If you want to go slightly more high end, the Galaxy Ace 3 is a good device also.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:56
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I'll be bound by my contract and whatever I can get free as an upgrade I'm afraid, as I can't afford to spend a bean on a handset..

Just trying to feel out some alternative handsets around the Ace mark, maybe a wee bit better...
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:21
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Just looking on my contract provider (Carphone Warehouse) website and it looks like I can get the Galaxy S4 Mini for the same price per month I've been paying for the Galaxy Ace for the last two years. That would seem like a much better handset?

Same price deal with the Nokia Lumia 625....
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Old 04-10-2013, 07:56
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Samsung galaxy s3 mini UK sim free at more lower price at 164.00 blue only from Amazon


Don't know if you can stretch to this?
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:00
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Here is the link direct to Amazon

It has some good reviews and sounds like a good phone (especially for that price.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:01
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The Sony SP now 199 from Phones4u is a good mid-range phone.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:12
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The S3 Mini is a subpar phone not worth more than 110 to be honest.

The S4 Mini is a bit better but the screen resolution is still quite low. I'd also recommend the Xperia SP.
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:32
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As I say, I have no budget to buy a handset - none at all.

I guess what I need to know is, if I went for the Galwxy S3 or S4 mini - will I notice a difference from my old Galaxy Ace?
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:51
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I think both the Galaxy S3 Mini and the S4 Mini are better than the Ace.
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:56
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As I say, I have no budget to buy a handset - none at all.

I guess what I need to know is, if I went for the Galwxy S3 or S4 mini - will I notice a difference from my old Galaxy Ace?
I have an ace 2 and a S3 mini. You will have a much improved user experience with the newer phones.
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:11
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have you considered a Windows Phone? amazing phone, nokia Lumia 925 is the best choice, but there is also a Lumia 920 and the latest 1020 with a 42MP camera.

You should also consider a HTC One android handset
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:27
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What new phones are on the horizon anyone know?

Not sold on the Z1, Note 3, 5S etc, Nexus 5 and LG G2 looks interesting but nothing really stood out this time.
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:51
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I think both the Galaxy S3 Mini and the S4 Mini are better than the Ace.
I'd agree. The S Mini range is a middle level phone. The Ace range is bargain basement cheap for consumers who have very low expectations.

OP - the fact that you've run into issues with the Ace means that your usage requires something better. I think either the S3 or S4 Mini would improve what you have now. If you're going to keep it for 2 years though, I'd go for the S4 Mini if you can.
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Old 04-10-2013, 13:44
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Hi.

My phone is coming up for upgrade soon, and before I start going into shops & getting babbled to death by sales people regarding deals & packages, I'd like a heads up regarding which actual handset to get.

My current one is a Galaxy Ace and I've not been overly keen on it. Are they any better now than they were a couple of years ago, or still basically the same? I found the internal storage to be laughable, even without any movies, music or tonnes of apps on there. I only have 1 page of apps and it tells me all the time my storage is getting low.

I'm going to stick with a smartphone, as I'm used to it now. I don't make a lot of calls, mainly texts. Don't play games, or listen to much music on there - certainly don't use it like an ipod. Just a good sized screen for web browsing - nothing smaller than what I have now, basic phone/text capability and ideally more storage.

Any suggestions? Cheers.
Hi nightofjoy,
How much are you spending now and which network do you prefer? And when can you upgrade.
Aside from the S4 mini there is the HTC One mini at about the same price range. Also the Sony Xperia SP, is decent. and you can pick up the real Galaxy S3 on a good deal these days.
These are all good mid range phones that would be able to cope with what you need for the length of a two year contract.
When the time for the new phone have a play in the phone shops but buy it by using a comparison site as you will get a much better deal or at least have a bargaining tool to negotiate an upgrade.
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Old 04-10-2013, 14:20
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I'm due to upgrade Oct 30th. I could pay 12 now & do it imediately, but I'm assuming that's just to squeeze more cash out of people who get excited by the prospect of getting a new phone and can't wait lol.

I've been through the lists with my current contract provider, and these seem to be the deals where I can get the data, minutes and texts for the same price or lower than I'm paying:

GALAXY S4 MINI

GALAXY S3 MINI (5 less per month)

NOKIA LUMIA 520 (FREE TABLET)

NOKIA LUMIA 625

SONY EXPERIA M

Once I narrow it down a little I'll get on the comparison sites
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Old 04-10-2013, 14:24
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The Sony SP now 199 from Phones4u is a good mid-range phone.
Got told by 3 the other day that Sony have recalled them all. Not sure if that was just an excuse though!

My son ended up with an Xperia T instead. Seems a decent enough handset.
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Old 04-10-2013, 14:33
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S4 mini is best out of that list I'd say
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Old 04-10-2013, 14:34
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S4 mini is best out of that list I'd say
That's the way I'm leaning...
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Old 04-10-2013, 14:37
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S4 mini is best out of that list I'd say
I'd agree with this.

I guess the S3 Mini if you wanted to save 120 over the contact (assuming they are 2 year contracts)?
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Old 04-10-2013, 14:41
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Just looked at the specs for you, the S4 mini is better in every way possible (than your old Ace), it has a higher quality screen, it's lighter, it supports 4G for the future(and normal 3G will be faster), it can do HD video recording, can be updated to the latest version of Android etc etc.

You will see a massive speed improvement in everything too.
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Old 04-10-2013, 14:43
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I'd agree with this.

I guess the S3 Mini if you wanted to save 120 over the contact (assuming they are 2 year contracts)?
Good call, although if we're talking for the next 2 years the S4 version will be more future proof than the S3.
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Old 04-10-2013, 14:46
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My OH has an Ace, I have an S3. He hates the Ace - it's the first smartphone he's ever had and the memory is too small (even with an SD card) and the screen is rubbish. He's thinking about an S4 or S4 mini (or the equivalent) when he's due an upgrade on 3 next summer.
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