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  • Deleted user 25 January 2013 11:22:03
    Have you seen the punishment the Lumia 920 can take? O_0
  • Deleted user 4 February 2013 23:21:52
    Well, my Nexus 4 has arrived. But it needs a micro sim and I have a normal sim, aaah, what's the best / safest was to micro-ish it?
  • neilka 4 Feb 2013 23:33:17 21,208 posts
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    I took my SIM into a Carphone Warehouse and they cut it down to micro SIM size for free.
  • Zerobob 5 Feb 2013 00:23:27 2,057 posts
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    Make sure you definitely can't push the middle of the sim card out to reveal a micro sim; That's how my latest sim card worked. Other than that, you'll have to order a micro sim from your provider unfortunately. That's what I had to do for the remainder of my Orange contract.

    Just thought I'd add I've had the Nexus 4 for a while and can confirm it's an amazing phone. It feels solid and the subtle design works well. Switching between apps is like lightning, seemingly no matter how many are open, and can handle anything you throw at it really. Been having fun with an N64 emulator :) Definitely a good choice malloc.

    For people trying to decide between top end smartphones it's a tough choice; There's obviously the iPhone 5 which is the most powerful phone, has the App Store, but is fairly expensive. Then there's the Nexus 4 which has pure Android 4.2 with fast updates, a slightly faster processor and better GPU than the Galaxy S3, but then the S3 has a better camera, a more responsive and AMOLED screen which gives better blacks and bright colours, but is hard to see outdoors compared with other screen types.

    Taking price into consideration though I think it'd be almost stupid not to go for the Nexus 4 at the moment for only 240/280 unlocked. Stick it on a giffgaff sim for 5-12 a month and you've got one of the most powerful phones available for relatively little money.
  • WoodenSpoon 5 Feb 2013 03:08:51 12,345 posts
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    You can cut your normal SIM down to size with a stanley knife or whatever, there's guides online - I've done it twice now and not had anything go wrong!
  • Mageme 19 Mar 2013 11:58:18 2,221 posts
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    Closest thread I could find for my question... has anyone used They have what I'm looking for but having never heard of them til now (and the internet reviews are a typical mixed bag), I'm a bit apprehensive of buying from them.
  • SuperCoolEskimo 19 Mar 2013 12:14:39 11,286 posts
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    @Mageme The prices on that website look very high. 708 for a 16GB iPhone 5 is extortionate.
  • Vortex808 2 Oct 2013 10:46:10 12,188 posts
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    Has anyone got a Samsung S4 mini? Are they any good?

    I don't want a phone that's bigger than my S2, so think the 'mini' might be an option as opposed to the larger standard version.
  • mikew1985 2 Oct 2013 11:07:33 14,512 posts
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    I've had a play with the s3 mini recently and it's surprisingly nice. Looks like I'll be getting an s4 mini from work in the next few weeks too so I should be better able to tell then.

    I was surprised how good the s3 mini is though. Super smooth and the size is quite nice to boot.
  • mrpon 2 Oct 2013 11:31:02 34,304 posts
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    @Vortex808 I'm your man for questions V! Upgraded from an S2 to a S4 Mini.

    So far:

    + form factor, feels lovely in the hand
    + super fast
    + 4G ready, I upgraded to a 4G plan as well
    + Android 4.2.2 brings a whole host of features to the party

    - only 8GB storage, though microSD up to 64GB
    - back panel is smooth so feels slightly slippy compared with the S2
  • Vortex808 2 Oct 2013 11:58:23 12,188 posts
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    Nice, thanks mrpon, I guess that settles it, an S4 mini it is! :)

    I have a 16Gb SD card in my S2 anyway. Now I just need to check if it's a micro-SD card or not.
  • mrpon 2 Oct 2013 12:01:51 34,304 posts
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    Oh another negative, the stock apps you can't delete nor move to the SD card. However, any downloaded apps you can move to the SD card.

    Swings and roundabouts etc..

    PS: the S2 will be a micro-SD card.
  • Deleted user 2 October 2013 13:09:15
    I thought you couldn't install on an sd card on Android anymore?
  • mrpon 2 Oct 2013 13:16:11 34,304 posts
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    That's what I thought, but I've been through all the stock apps and the Move to SD is disabled. However, all my downloaded apps have the option enabled and have subsequently been moved. This is on 4.2.2.

    I might remove the SD to see if it's tricking me!

    Edit: you can't install direct to the SD card, ie: download a brand new app straight the card. But you can certainly move it once it has been installed, well I certainly can!

    Edited by mrpon at 13:21:30 02-10-2013
  • Deleted user 2 October 2013 13:17:54
    Oh cool will do that tonight then. My s4 came with only 8/9 gb left thanks to all the stock shite I can't remove.
  • DrStrangelove 3 Oct 2013 01:42:52 12,327 posts
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    Anyone have any good experiences with newer Sony phones?

    A friend of mine wants to buy a new phone, currently owning iPhone 4 (but due to common sense, being pissed about Apple) and considers buying a S3 Mini or S4 Mini.

    To me it always looks like that by pure specs per price, and by design, Sony is fucking good. However, from my own experience (XPeria S), Sony's software is, well, not as good as, say... haemorrhoids.

    Any advice? Currently I think S3 Mini is best, mostly thanks to its common sense 4" screen.
  • mrharvest 3 Oct 2013 02:17:23 5,495 posts
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    I got an S4 Mini with my contract. It's alright. Rubbish battery life compared to my old Samsung "smart"phone. Feels pretty massive as well but at least it's smaller than the Note3 / LG G3 or whatever else they were trying to offer me. I think I would have preferred the Sony SP but since I'm in Samsung-land, I didn't really have a choice.
  • hupper124 3 Oct 2013 03:44:18 7 posts
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    Go For Xperia Z Ultra It Is One Of The Best Smart Phone available in the market out there!
  • Deleted user 3 October 2013 22:28:31
    I have the Xperia Z and it is almost perfect, the interface is now mostly stock Android with a few little touches and they ditched the stupid time-scape along with other guff. As for specs the regular Z is technically behind the HTC One but you wouldn't know it as it flys and is smooth. They are the same in the important areas like screen resolution, ram and the Z has a micro sd slot.

    There were some niggles with the Z so the refresh Z1 fixes a few like for example the waterproof cover for the headphone socket has gone. Also the processor and camera have been beefed up in the Z1. I got a refurb Z for 240 and is a bargain, but if the Z1 was same price i would say get that.

    Edited by Sharzam at 22:29:52 03-10-2013
  • DrStrangelove 4 Oct 2013 19:20:28 12,327 posts
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    I well believe that the XPeria Z is a great phone, but what if you want one that is slightly smaller? Like 4", or 4.3" max? Is it only Apple there?
  • grey_matters 4 Oct 2013 20:04:20 4,370 posts
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    DrStrangelove wrote:
    I well believe that the XPeria Z is a great phone, but what if you want one that is slightly smaller? Like 4", or 4.3" max? Is it only Apple there?
    Z1 mini is due out soon. In a deviation to the Android trend it actually has the same spec as the large Z1 (except for screen resolution which goes down to 720p on the the smaller screen)
  • DrStrangelove 4 Oct 2013 22:35:08 12,327 posts
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    That would be pretty much what I'd buy. I think 720p is more than enough for a phone, I think 4" is enough... being not Apple is a plus, and being Sony is another plus. So is it 4" or another 4.7/whatever monster?

    edit: because I'm tired of so-called "mini" 4.3 phones... my XPeria S has 4.3" and that was a flagship phone in 2012, not some "mini" device. If only someone made a 4" flagship phone... oh? you mean, who? Oh for God's sake.

    Edited by DrStrangelove at 22:47:31 04-10-2013
  • grey_matters 5 Oct 2013 09:00:11 4,370 posts
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    Yeah, I think it is 4.3 too. In fairness, the "mini" tag has been added by various websites and not Sony themselves, although they might yet.
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