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#1 kass87

Posted 20 October 2019 - 08:33 AM

Hello looking at getting my husband a new smart phone as his is playing up. Any recommendations.

#2 WannabeMasterchef

Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:07 AM

How much is budget friendly?
What screen size?

The LG V30+ currently at JB for $400 is a very good phone.

If you subscribe to Ozbargain forums they post some good deals in the phone section.

#3 IamtheMumma

Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:21 AM

It depends on what his needs are.

Kogan is a good place to start. Officeworks have specials on frequently. Aldi has a Nokia 5.1 32GB for $200 at the moment.

#4 Jenflea

Posted 20 October 2019 - 10:29 AM

Choice listed Kogan on their recent Shonky awards.

Costco have cheaper smartphones, about $75 cheaper than regular retail for some Samsungs, no idea how much cheaper their iphones are though.

#5 BeAwesome

Posted 20 October 2019 - 10:48 AM

My parents each got Samsung A50s recently, they've been happy with them.

#6 IamtheMumma

Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:12 AM

View PostJenflea, on 20 October 2019 - 10:29 AM, said:

Choice listed Kogan on their recent Shonky awards.

Good to know. I've purchased from them without issue but I've never had to return anything.

#7 Ayr

Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:20 AM

Oppos are good.

I'd stay away from Kogan.

#8 Jenflea

Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:22 AM

I'm getting the A 70 soon, but the 50 did look good too.

#9 Bereckii

Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:58 AM

I got a Samsung Galaxy J5 Pro earlier this year. I am happy with it.

#10 WannabeMasterchef

Posted 20 October 2019 - 12:06 PM

View PostBeAwesome, on 20 October 2019 - 10:48 AM, said:

My parents each got Samsung A50s recently, they've been happy with them.

Ive also heard these are good.
Ive heard oppos are good from a few people, but the ones Ive seen were buggy and laggy. Obvs. depends which model though.

#11 WannabeMasterchef

Posted 20 October 2019 - 12:11 PM

View PostIamtheMumma, on 20 October 2019 - 11:12 AM, said:

Good to know. I've purchased from them without issue but I've never had to return anything.

Ive had bad experiences and wont touch them, but a couple of friends have had good experiences. Guess it depends what you order.

#12 ........

Posted 24 October 2019 - 08:27 AM

Asus zenfones are very good value if you get models that have been out for a year.

#13 WannabeMasterchef

Posted 24 October 2019 - 09:03 AM

View Post........, on 24 October 2019 - 08:27 AM, said:

Asus zenfones are very good value if you get models that have been out for a year.

A friend had one that was fantastic and only around $200. That was the 6 I think ? It was a while ago though

#14 Sentient Puddle

Posted 24 October 2019 - 09:12 AM

We got DD an Oppo a few months ago leading into going to High School next year and it was around $250.  Looks like an iPhone 8 in size and has a camera better than my Samsung.  Seems to make and receive calls and texts fine and DD can play games on it (no other apps such as social media - so cant tell you how they work) and has a longer battery life than my Samsung.  The only thing I don't like about it is that you cant tell from the screen in % how charged it is (when charging) only shows how far along the line is on the battery.  You may be about to change this in settings - but only thing I don't like about it and cases were a little more difficult to come by - but not prohibitive.  We paired it with the $10 Amaysim deal.  Cheap way to provide a child with a phone (and partner)!

#15 Quick hedgehog

Posted 24 October 2019 - 09:29 AM

same ^  

DS bought himself an oppo as his first phone going into year 9 and loves it.

So much so that when DH's iphone died, he replaced it with an Oppo.  

You might want to specify what you consider 'budget' though.

#16 ........

Posted 24 October 2019 - 09:31 AM

View PostWannabeMasterchef, on 24 October 2019 - 09:03 AM, said:

A friend had one that was fantastic and only around $200. That was the 6 I think ? It was a while ago though

the 6 was really great phone .I have a 2017 zenfone 3 zoom, battery life is insane.

#17 kass87

Posted 24 October 2019 - 09:44 AM

Thank you everyone I'll probably get him a Samsung a50

#18 **Xena**

Posted 24 October 2019 - 10:20 AM

We all have Oppos. They are under $300 and have fantastic cameras.

#19 ~elle~

Posted 29 October 2019 - 11:20 AM

Love my OPPO - had it nearly 3 years still going strong. Got one for my son this year.

#20 Greatmum

Posted 29 October 2019 - 01:54 PM

DD has oppo and loves it.

And when I get a new phone will get one too.

Easy to get cases from eBay.

#21 sophiasmum

Posted 30 October 2019 - 08:10 AM

I would look for refurbished on sites like ozsale, kogan, catch, deal, oo, groupon, cudo, scoopon. I'm an iPhone gal.

#22 lazycritter

Posted 30 October 2019 - 08:38 AM

We bought my son a xiaomi phone,  very nice phone with the current specs for the price. The only thing is the camera isn't so good but I'm used to a Sony phone camera.

#23 Bearynice

Posted 30 October 2019 - 08:50 AM

Oppo is good. You can get them at officeworks, big w, job hifi

#24 doubledelight

Posted 30 October 2019 - 09:05 AM

My DP switched from Samsung to Oppo and when DS iphone died he switched to Oppo as well.  DP loves his.

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