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  1. Crumbs! That Redmi Note 3 Pro can be had for less than £150 delivered (albeit slowly). Plus you might end up paying duty. Fwiw, when I've bought dodgy products from Aliexpress I've been surprised how good the aftersales care has been
  2. So, you've 170 quid. Do you buy this or the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and have 40-50 quid over for sweets? The processors are reportedly comparable, though you might know better. Comparable memory (options on 32gb with the Xiaomi. Pros I can see for the Honor 5x are a better screen (1080p v 720p - also I think the Honor is half an inch bigger), also you get a fingerprint scanner. Some degree of UK support, which has to count for something. The Redmi Note has a considerably bigger battery, IR blaster, costs a lot less (though you may get hit with duty, which still brings it in cheaper). Honor phone looks nice, but the Xiaomi ain't too shabby from where I'm sitting. You have both in your massive box of telephones - which is better? FIGHT! Also Paul, what's going on with no updates on Modaco for months then loads in a day?
  3. Well, that Padsell deal looks suspiciously cheap. Just under £200 for a Note 5? Free delivery too, you say? Really?
  4. Or else, if it's dual sim you want at this price, why not get the dual sim moto g (2nd gen)? Might have an older soc, but it's a better package Bit of a shame this Blade s6 isn't better. Why do low end manufacturers bother trying to differentiate with software features when inevitably all they do is kneecap their devices? A stable, stock lollipop build on this would go a long way to improving its stability, which is the main issue here.
  5. Do you always wear a smartwatch on each arm Paul? I was just wondering what you'd make a of a Pebble, then I saw one on your right arm! Don't remember reading a review of it...
  6. Love the phone Until a couple of weeks back, just as it passed it's 4 week birthday, my wife forgot to put it on charge overnight and the battery must have run down completely It has since stubbornly refused to accept charge Or do anything at all, actually The internets tell me that this is a pretty common problem with both the G and the G-2nd ed and that there are various things you can do to get it to accept charge (eg, leave it to discharge fully then plug in and hold the power button and vol - for two mins. That didn't work. Nor did 15 mins) Anyway, Amazon don't want to know since it's >28 days old Motorola have been fine about taking it back and replacing it. Just a PITA as it's going to take a while Alledgedly this problem will be fixed in a firmware update The moral of the tale - don't run your battery down
  7. I bought one for my wife (after she fell out of love with my old nexus 4) and agree with you - it's a really great phone. Hard to find fault with it plus lots of really neat features (water resistant, dual sim, removable sd, useful enhancements to Android - first device I've used with additional apps which add value). Makes me miss some of these features on my Nexus 5 Can't recommend it highly enough!
  8. I guess the 4g is the big selling point here. If that ain't your thang (wouldn't be mine, particularly) then it's hudls all the way, though if it's a must have feature then this seems a steal. Alcatel don't seem that bad, so far as I can tell - after all, it's not like any of these brands actually build the hardware themselves (all seem to come from the same few Chinese producers)
  9. Lookit! And for people who don't want a mahoosiv phone, they're not retiring the 5 Gimme mah Lollipop!
  10. One on top of the other? No They only have a short effective range (5mm or so) so unless your devices are paper thin you couldn't piggyback them & keep the coils within range. Plus I'm sure if you could get both in range charging would be slow since your wall charger is only throwing out around 0.5-1a. There used to be some Powermat dual /side by side chargers but I haven't seen any qi ones like that Actually, Google tells me there are a few, eg Bit pricey Cheaper one here through AliExpress
  11. Yup - this is a Very Good Thing
  12. How are you finding battery life? I understood previous atom based phones were pretty good for this
  13. Are you installing after a full wipe each time? Mine (or rather, my wife's since she inherited it) went dicky like this a while back. Unfortunately since she wouldn't let me "mess about with it" (root it etc) when I passed it on to her I couldn't use Better Battery Stats to check it out so had no option but to do a full wipe and reinstall stock 4.4.4. It was fine after that If you are doing a full wipe then you'd best check your battery stats and see what's causing the problem
  14. Apologies for reviving such an old thread but I'm about to move house and am interested in getting one of these or something similar. Wondering if anyone has any recommendations. Thanks
  15. @comicbookguy Sorry, I should have explained my thinking a bit more. What I meant was that outside the US Apple smartphone market share is in decline. iOS will not again be anything like the dominant platform for phones. I was meaning that if Apple could make a really nice watch that played as well with Android phones as it did with iphones, WP, Tizen etc, I think they'd do really well. Why limit themselves to selling to an ever shrinking number of iPhone owners when there's a whole world full of users of other phones who might want showy Apple hardware on their wrists? Watches are jewellery - your watch is loads more visible to others than your phone is, hence some people spend a packet on a Rolex when a Casio tells the same time just as well. Apple could charge a lot of people a lot of money for something that needn't actually do much so long as it does it reliably and makes the buyer think it's going to impress. I wouldn't waste money on the Apple-tax myself but there's plenty of punters out there that would I'm sure I'll be interested to see how the Smartwatch thing plays out - looking forward to your review Todoleo

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