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    Just to add that the build quality of the S3 mini is excellent - it lives in my pocket with no case or screen protector alongside keys and whatever else gets put in there. It's pretty much as new after about 6 months of that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit:
    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.
    Which is a shame, because their Android phones are pretty solid. But then again, it's only a phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs:
    I dont have one, need to get one as I'm feeling left out.
    Since Samsung seems to be a well used & recomended brand I looked at it carefully and found one that I liked.

    Samsung Mega -- big screen, decent processor, reasonable price (just below 3K) and fairly decent reviews. There are others that are much better (and much more expensive) but this seems to be good enough for what I need it for. I need a phone, a bit of surfing&email, decent battery and play a few games now and then. Will definitely watch a few movies too.

    Should I be looking at other brands with similar specs? I know there are a lot of knowledgable people here and I'm looking for pointers to other brands&models with similar characteristics so I can go do some more homework before finally buying one.
    I looked at the Mega when my Note was trying to die a few months back. I liked it, but it was not a fast phone (which I need for playing certain online games LOL). If you are looking for large screen, good functionality but not too worried about super fast response, I'd say it would be a good choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit:
    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.
    it's the laptop (window pc is losing market share anyway) and tv department which is losing money, smartphone is one of the profitable section and increasing

    http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sony-...vision_id45938

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    Quote Originally Posted by MovingIn07:
    I looked at the Mega when my Note was trying to die a few months back. I liked it, but it was not a fast phone (which I need for playing certain online games LOL). If you are looking for large screen, good functionality but not too worried about super fast response, I'd say it would be a good choice.
    I do like a game or 2 - what game were you playing and what did you end up buying instead?

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    Quote Originally Posted by imparanoic:
    it's the laptop (window pc is losing market share anyway) and tv department which is losing money, smartphone is one of the profitable section and increasing

    http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sony-...vision_id45938
    I wouldn't look at a single quarters results if I were trying to judge the long term competitiveness of a division :-) HTC had great sales not so long ago, and so did Blackberry too. Smartphone is very product cycle driven, and cycles are very short. Does Sony have a competitive edge against Apple and Samsung... or even against subscale brands like LG, HTC and Lenovo?

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    FYI the missus upgraded her Note 1 to the Note 3. She is very happy with it. Super fast, excellent quality screen (note, The Brit will find this important) and updated software. Only problem is they only sell the 16GB model in HK, but you can stick a micro SD card in it.

    However, may be out of your budget. Can probably get it for around HK$5k at the moment.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBrit:
    I wouldn't look at a single quarters results if I were trying to judge the long term competitiveness of a division :-) HTC had great sales not so long ago, and so did Blackberry too. Smartphone is very product cycle driven, and cycles are very short. Does Sony have a competitive edge against Apple and Samsung... or even against subscale brands like LG, HTC and Lenovo?
    htc has not had a successful product since sensation (2011) and the original nexus (2010), wasting their money on beats audio ( which is not cashcow now), their products have severely missed sales and most of the executive are jumping ship to form kazam.

    blackberry is almost dead from mismanagement.
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    Yes, it is all product cycle driven. Only Apple and Samsung have demonstrated they can consistently make money. All the other sub-scale brands go through periods of hit products and miss products and once you've had some miss products it can be very difficult to recover.


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    The big difference with Sony is that their current cycle is their first since emerging from the Sony-Ericsson JV. It took them some time to find their feet but I think their current stuff is actually really good - they've managed to make the waterproof thing into a genuine selling point, and I like the thin-slab design style they've got going.

    HTC, on the other hand, have excellent flagship products - the One X was really good, and the One* is excellent, and whenever I've dealt with HTC people, in HK or the US, I've found they're open and helpful - but they just don't seem to be able to compete in the marketplace. Whether it's Samsung and Apple's marketing budget/muscle, or HTCs own bad messaging, things aren't looking great for them right now. Which is a pity...

    * Disclaimer: I was given a One by HTC, but I was planning to buy one anyway.

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