/ Medium spec smart phone
Was thinking about the Nokia Lumia 925.
Anyone got experience of this phone?
How does it compare to the Galaxy S3 (my phone: which I would have got for her too if they were still available: the S3 mini has too small a screen as she will use phone to view youtube a fair bit)
It depend if you think she'd like Windows.
My pick for a mid-range smart phone right now would be either a Google Nexus 5 if you want top-end specs or a Motorola Moto G if you want very good specs at a very good price(new Moto G 4G version launches in 5 days, but only worth waiting if you'll use 4G).
They are both 'vanilla' android so shoudl be easy to use and are likely to receive upgrades for a good few years.
Or I expect you could still pick up a refurbed S3.
+1 for the Google Nexus 5. If you buy it outright (about £200 I think), there are some very good SIM only deals around from the likes of GiffGaff (I think my wife pays around £10/month for 500 mins, unlimited texts & 1 GB data)
I'm getting quite tempted by the HTC One Mini 2 to replace my HTC One S, which is probably classed as a midrange phone. I've had HTCs for a while, they tend to be quite well built and don't have too much vendor crap on top of Android, while they still make good small-form-factor phones that don't have a terrible spec, for those of us who have small hands and like to be able to use one handed.
4G probably not as big a factor as I myself first thought: its available in Glasgow but not really anywhere else she would be using it.
She's currently with O2.
Are Virgin Mobile any good?
I'm looking at the Moto G 4G as well: not because of the 4G (although this might be useful in the future), but because it also has a microSD card slot. Whether this is worth the extra ~£40 depends on what you want to use the phone for.
I'd look at an iPhone. I have a iPhone 4s and although it's not the latest model it is great. I'm not a massive apple fan but can't deny how well their phones work. I pay £15 a month on ee, think I have 400 mins, unlimited texts and 100mb data.
No iPhone! I'm not at all familar with iphone stuff but am with android & windows. No way am I going to be dealing with iphone issues as well!
My suggestion would be to go with the lumia, but that's because I've really enjoyed Windows' mobile platform since getting a HTC 8X, although having said that, it's not the best OS for youtube...
Nexus 4 or 5. I've owned both, and they've been the cheapest and best smart phones I've ever had. (Sure, you can go cheaper, but they really excel in what you get per dollar).
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