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wratterus
14-06-2013, 06:00 PM
Time to upgrade the HTC One V. Would like a Nexus 4 but that's not going to happen this time around.

What's good at the moment?

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=603981328

Finding that quite tempting, not for the 4g though.

Chilling_Silence
14-06-2013, 07:18 PM
Why not? You can import the 8GB model for just on the $420 mark if you can stretch your budget a tiny bit? :)

Nick G
14-06-2013, 08:48 PM
http://www.fairbuy.co.nz/lg/lg-optimus-4x-hd.html

Add in the $30 shipping charge, and you're a whole $2 under $400, but still under.

DeSade
14-06-2013, 09:18 PM
You could pick up a Galaxy S3 for about that on Trademe.

wratterus
15-06-2013, 12:22 AM
Wow I didn't realise the Nexus had come down that much in price. Do you know somewhere good to get it from, and a decent substitute charger?

Chilling_Silence
15-06-2013, 09:46 AM
Yeah straight from Google Play store in the US, so you'd have to import it yourself. It's pretty damn easy to do and the 8GB model should easily land for around NZD$420 all up:
1) Setup Wallet using details from http://ship2u.co.nz/sub/m5.php
2) Order phone from Play Store US while using TunnelBear: https://www.tunnelbear.com/download/
3) Wait a few days for it to show up at Ship2u, then pay NZD$20 to have it forwarded to your doorstep

Done! :)

Otherwise if you have $499, you can buy the 16GB local from The Warehouse Stationary, they have an *insane* deal going on until tomorrow!!

Jen
15-06-2013, 10:22 AM
Do you know somewhere good to get it from, and a decent substitute charger?Why do you need a substitute charger for the N4? It charges via a USB-power plug, so you just need an American-NZ plug adapter for a couple of $ and you are sorted. Or do what Chill did and take to the American style pins with a pair of plyers.

I got myself a NZ power plug that also has two USB sockets - so I plug straight into that.

wratterus
15-06-2013, 10:57 AM
Thanks heaps Chill - gives me something to think about. Jen - it was more about a decent charger. As there are a lot of not that great ones around, and using an adapter is annoying. Not a biggie though. :)

PC builder
15-06-2013, 11:29 PM
The nexus 4 is on sale at Warehouse stationary right not but they maybe understocked.
http://www.warehousestationery.co.nz/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/WSL-B2C-Site/en_NZ/-/NZD/ViewOfferDetail-Product?ProductRef=214182@WSL-B2C

Chilling_Silence
16-06-2013, 12:01 AM
Yeah I think that's only until tomorrow, but it's a bloody amazing deal for sure!!

The standard charger is *fantastic*. Just bend the pins so it fits, works fine, charges fast, all good :D

paulw
16-06-2013, 03:44 PM
The standard charger is *fantastic*. Just bend the pins so it fits, works fine, charges fast, all good :D

That's all I did with the charger that came with mine.. Bent the pins..

sahilcc7
16-06-2013, 05:39 PM
Yeah straight from Google Play store in the US, so you'd have to import it yourself. It's pretty damn easy to do and the 8GB model should easily land for around NZD$420 all up:
1) Setup Wallet using details from http://ship2u.co.nz/sub/m5.php
2) Order phone from Play Store US while using TunnelBear: https://www.tunnelbear.com/download/
3) Wait a few days for it to show up at Ship2u, then pay NZD$20 to have it forwarded to your doorstep

Done! :)

Otherwise if you have $499, you can buy the 16GB local from The Warehouse Stationary, they have an *insane* deal going on until tomorrow!!

Or you could use YouShop (NZ Post) and possibly get it cheaper as they have their warehouse in Oregon, which doesn't have sales tax.

paulw
16-06-2013, 08:11 PM
Or you could use YouShop (NZ Post) and possibly get it cheaper as they have their warehouse in Oregon, which doesn't have sales tax.

Yes but you can't just order it online. You have to go thru all sorts of hoops with shipping address, changing your credit card address setting up a VPN just to access the Playstore. Most people including myself can't be bothered with all these hoops and just pay a bit more and buy it from a parallel importer for about $500 ~ 600. Definitely not the ripoff price of $799 that 2Degrees is selling it for..

Sanco
17-06-2013, 03:31 PM
I bought myself a new Nokia Lumia 520 a month ago, it's not android but Windows 8 based phone.

I must say I am quite impressed by the quality of build and software. Has a powerful CPU, a big and extremely responsive screen and comes in many colours ( I got the yellow one) :)

$278 at Dick Smith.

Can't go wrong.

plod
17-06-2013, 05:24 PM
I bought myself a new Nokia Lumia 520 a month ago, it's not android but Windows 8 based phone.

I must say I am quite impressed by the quality of build and software. Has a powerful CPU, a big and extremely responsive screen and comes in many colours ( I got the yellow one) :)

$278 at Dick Smith.

Can't go wrong.cool, looking at replacing the wife's 710 with it, how's the battery life on it?

Sanco
17-06-2013, 05:27 PM
Battery is good bud. I had it on 3 days in a row now (light use though; texting odd call) and still have 3/4 battery there.

I think Nokia have given it a good shot at regaining their status as an excellent handset's manufacturer here.

Plenty of reviews online also that give them very high scores ;)

Sanco
17-06-2013, 05:28 PM
PS: Your wife will also love the funky colours I am sure ;)

PPS: The screen is so sensitive (you can adjust it down) that would work well even with gloves on!!!

plod
17-06-2013, 05:32 PM
PS: Your wife will also love the funky colours I am sure ;)

PPS: The screen is so sensitive (you can adjust it down) that would work well even with gloves on!!!you just helped make my mind up, looked at the 620 & 720. Would seem you don't gain much from the other two.

PeterQ
17-06-2013, 05:53 PM
Nice phone but not as many apps as android , correct me if I am wrong

plod
17-06-2013, 06:01 PM
Nice phone but not as many apps as android , correct me if I am wrongno you're correct. But if apps matter then iOS would be the choice

Sanco
17-06-2013, 06:14 PM
you just helped make my mind up, looked at the 620 & 720. Would seem you don't gain much from the other two.
You won't be disappointed, in my view.

Sanco
17-06-2013, 06:15 PM
Nice phone but not as many apps as android , correct me if I am wrong
True that. I think it may be aimed at a more mature audience:-)

wratterus
20-06-2013, 04:45 PM
Good info...in the end I bit the bullet and bought an S3. 2 months old, originally bought from Telecom, $530. Happy with that.

Chilling_Silence
20-06-2013, 05:04 PM
Cool :)

Fishb8
26-06-2013, 02:36 PM
So, 33% over-budget....do you work for a govenment agency?? ;-)

wratterus
26-06-2013, 02:53 PM
Haha...decided in the end I'd probably end up here anyway. :p

Must say I'm not much of a fan of Samsung's 'overlay' compared to HTC's. I prefer vanilla Android over Samsung's, where (well I reckon anyway) HTC Sense is really good.

Chilling_Silence
26-06-2013, 03:17 PM
You do realize you could get the Nexus 4 for that price, which would give you the desired vanilla Android? I'm sure I mentioned in here that Warehouse Stationary were doing the 16GB for NZD$499 brand new? :-/

wratterus
26-06-2013, 04:33 PM
You did, they were sold out, and I really wanted the microSD card slot. :)

Chilling_Silence
26-06-2013, 05:50 PM
They can't all have been sold out?

Guess you've got me there though.. I *thought* I wanted an SD Card slot, but to be honest since going with the N4 I've not missed having it once. A friend asked me "How often did you pull out a 16GB MicroSD Card from your last phone to plug it in to your laptop and replace it with another? Never? Same.", and that set me on the idea I didn't need it, personally at least :p