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  1. #31

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    Quote Originally Posted by imparanoic
    n5 is a good premium phone with some compromise (limited battery and no sd card, thus, 16gb is not sufficient and only model available in HK, crap if you wanna watch films, probably only fit 3-4 720p movies), excellent if you can get the cheap US ver in 32gb
    N5 does have some flaws as pointed out above, also the camera isn't the best. It does however support USB OTG to get round the storage issue. However that's why I went down the Japan route, cause I wanted 32GB and LTE.

    [I should add, I still haven't received the N5 yet].
    Last edited by pin; 15-11-2013 at 04:16 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pin
    N5 does have some flaws as pointed out above, also the camera isn't the best. It does however support USB OTG to get round the storage issue. However that's why I went down the Japan route, cause I wanted 32GB and LTE.

    [I should add, I still haven't received the N5 yet].
    yes, USB otg can be used ( potentially utilized up 256gb on a flash drive) , however, there is only one mhl/slimport/usb ( nexus standard for tv out, quite rare, no confirmation whether it's CEC compatible, ie, use tv remote control phone), thus, you can't plug in to TV and use usbotg at the same time, thus, 16gb can not be really used as media player as storage is so limited

    even mp3 collection on my phone is at 5gb, on my dedicated noise cancelling Walkman - 12gb, and we have not even started to confirm the video collection. total used space on my xperia TX is at 42gb and capacity is 16gb built in and 32gb micro sd card!!

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    Dude, watch less porn.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruntfuttock
    How are you planning to carry the phone? It seems to me that much bigger than 4" is too big to go in trouser pockets
    Perhaps your trousers are different than mine Due to my girth, almost all my outfits are custom made and I make sure the pockets are made extra large and deep.

    I've tried the mega with several different outfits and its not that unwieldy for me. It will go straight in my pocket, front and sometimes back pocket but it does need to come out if I decide to sit down.

  5. #35
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    Like others have said, it depends on what you are doing with it..I recommend samsung, although their customer service is terrible, the galaxys are very good technology wise and are more intuitive than some others... xperias are also quite good... just bear in mind, the cheaper phones look tempting, however they can be quite laggy (take forever to refresh and load) and are very limited camera wise etc...

    My galaxy s3 is a fantastic all rounder but the case is of poor quality, im told the s4 is better in terms of physical make up, I also had an issue with ot dieing without warning and had to get a board swap done at my expense...

    I had an xperia j and it was ok for a cheap phone and had better sound than the Samsung, but the video camera was trash and it was terribly slow and hard to use, for example sometimes if I touched the space bar when typing, it would hit the home button instead! Frustrating!

    You are best to find a good dealer who does not try to rush you into a sale, and trial several devices of different brands and see what you like best...take your your time,also remember that you are the one using it not anyone else and it pays to get a better phone, as you will learn about new features and be able to take advantage of them all

    Hope this helps

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    Samsung S4 case is also very poor quality - deforms if you drop it, the raised SAMSUNG letters on the back rub off easily and it feels shoddy compared to an iPhone. Overall I am very happy with the phone, but build quality is poor - helps keep it light but doesn't stand up to the knocks of daily life well.


  7. #37
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    Thanks for elaborating on that TheBrit, its a shame, I feel Samsung are the best technology, however they build them cheap and nasty yet sell them at a high price. ..ive always believed that high technology and poor quality don't mix... mine has a crack at either ends of the plastic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by preludefan
    Like others have said, it depends on what you are doing with it..I recommend samsung, although their customer service is terrible, the galaxys are very good technology wise and are more intuitive than some others... xperias are also quite good... just bear in mind, the cheaper phones look tempting, however they can be quite laggy (take forever to refresh and load) and are very limited camera wise etc...

    My galaxy s3 is a fantastic all rounder but the case is of poor quality, im told the s4 is better in terms of physical make up, I also had an issue with ot dieing without warning and had to get a board swap done at my expense...

    I had an xperia j and it was ok for a cheap phone and had better sound than the Samsung, but the video camera was trash and it was terribly slow and hard to use, for example sometimes if I touched the space bar when typing, it would hit the home button instead! Frustrating!

    You are best to find a good dealer who does not try to rush you into a sale, and trial several devices of different brands and see what you like best...take your your time,also remember that you are the one using it not anyone else and it pays to get a better phone, as you will learn about new features and be able to take advantage of them all

    Hope this helps

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    very different price range and product placement, last year Samsung flagship now HK$
    3200 ( was HK$5288), compared to entry level xperia j now HK$1500 ( was HK$1900), thus, not really comparable. it's like comparing a ford fiesta 1litre compared to a Honda civic type r

    much better comparison would be xperia sp now HK$2600 ( was HK$3500) which feels much better than s3 or much higher spec xperia zr now at HK$3300 which kills s3 and is also waterproof)
    Last edited by imparanoic; 18-11-2013 at 07:04 AM.

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    I agree that the xperia j is no match for the s3, and that the high end xperia is a better comparison, but I was trying to explain the difference between a cheap phone and a up market (if you will) phone based upon my personal experience... thats good Sony are producing high end units...will look into one when I retire the s3

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    Sony might not be producing them for much longer. They are reviewing their lines of business and several are expected to be wound down/closed completely. Sony are not even third rate in smartphones, they have a tiny market share too.


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