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Buying advice need a new phone


I don’t really don’t want to spend more than $400, ($600 if it can really deliver).

I need:

Headphone Jack
Micro SD slot (or it will have to have 512gb or 1Tb models available [probably more than $600])
6-8gb RAM
Decent battery
Android 9
A decent radio would nice, maybe a must, something with good reception, but, from what i can tell mid rang phones skimp on radio quality.

My OnePlusX has all of this minus the 6gb of RAM but, ever since updating to android 9 it’s been acting like hardware failure or like there is moisture the main board, GPS not updating/working, No notifications when i get texts etc etc (all worked at first after initial upgrade) One plus sells nothing over 256gb.



Getting an LG V30 used would be very cheap but its got the best headphone jack on the market and a radio app with a fantastic 3300mAh battery and POLED screen, sadly im still on android 8.1 I think but it doesnt bother me as the new features really dont seem to add much imo. All in All Best phone ive ever had and it competes with my friends S10 in many ways.
I use Lean and Niagara Launcher on it and its still smooth in apps like the day I bought it.



9 has adopted storage but, so might 81 but, whats odd is my phone with adopted storage say it’s full i’m not sure it works the same as apps2sd on a rooted phone so i think your right 9 doesn’t really offer much.

how old is the V30?



almost 2 years, I compared it in store with newer phones, basically same speed, no difference in apps, probably still able to do whatever you want to it without any hassle, and the LG bloatware is there but its not as invasive as other phones, I prefer LG because of its lack of intrusion. thats just my opinion though



phones need 8gb of ram now, the fug



Which of the requirements listed are the least important to you? Might have to forego one thing to get all the others.

Would used be acceptable? A flagship phone from last year may check all the boxes.



I think a pretty good one is the Zenfone 6. You’ll just need to add a micro SD to expand the internal storage and that’s it. Has flagship specs, everything you can have for around 500$.



android 9 if it has 8.1 and possibly headphone jack, used might be ok, i’d like to not be any more than a year old or new in box, i’m wondering if sweat has gotten to my OnePlus’ motherboard.

another kicker is how crappy is the SD slot i found outthe OPX would have been faster had they not nerfed the SD slot by going with a slow SD reader/chipset :frowning:

EDIT: Zen 6 is no go with it’s IPS …well maybe…



Don’t know if you’re still looking, but the ZTE Axon 10 Pro checks every box except price and headphone jack.

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not sure if you are still looking, if you are, you may want to try Sony XA2 Ultra especially if you are interested in flashing your own ROM (Lineage OS and /e/ comes to mind especially). You also have the option to install Sailfish OS - its a secure mobile os BUT it is not android.

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i purchased a used galaxy s9+ 256gb for under $400, specs say it’s a massive phone so idk how i’ll like it.

funny thing, now that i bought a new phone, my old phone has started working more correctly now, like GPS not keeling over dead as soon as i try to use it.

Also picked up a Samsung 512gb micro sd, it’s supposed to be fast too?? if i use a stock rom and regular android 9 adopted storage and install a ton of app it shouldn’t fill up. … i think…

for all i know the phone is piece of garbage and i’ll have to file for a refund.

EDIT: the XA2 is an IPS screen, only 4gb of ram. but, less than $200 on eBay? not bad for $150



Well i think i just wasted $800 USD. going to try and send this garbage back, can’t be rooted, no adopted storage!!! With the way phones fill up storage. IDK man this might have been a bad deal and i got the 256gb, i bet it will up fast with a few big games.

EDIT: we shall see if the phone can prove me wrong!

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