laceyjaynewilliams

i need a new contract phone - what is the best one i can get at the moment?? always had an Iphone - is there a better phone out there?? open to advice please

Most Useful Answer judgey  Nov. 11, 2013 at 16:27

Sony z1 all the way, such a good phone

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 11, 2013 at 11:53

always had an Iphone - is there a better phone out there??

Hi, that is one loaded question. "Better"? In what way?
A better 4-inch device than the 5/s/c? Nope. A better phone to run your favourite iOS apps?
Nope :p
Do you crave a bigger phone? A really big phone? A good camera? Is your PC or laptop a Windows machine or a Mac? Or Linux?

I'm currently using an old Nokia N9. But also trying a Lumia 925. Stunning device.
And I'm saying that as someone who really really hates Microsoft.
I find Android 'messy' and immature (oops), and avoid all things Google, so I will refrain from any recommendations other than: If you're tempted by a BIIIIG phone, get a Note 2 or 3. Great overall; good battery life, and Samsung put the screen estate to good use. Android's still a mess, but at least the Notes offer the maximum.

I suggest you tell us a bit more about your favourite apps, your main 'must-haves' and 'not important' features....

laceyjaynewilliams  Nov. 11, 2013 at 12:05

Well... I recently upgraded to a 5s (from an iphone 4) with Vodafone (i switched from orange) - however couldnt get a 3g signal where i live, so the phone in a week became pointless as i walk to work a lot - and couldnt use the internet/3g service!!

I am sending the iphone back and cant decide whether to change phones and provider and completly switch from iphone? I feel a bit disheartend by the way it wasnt performing (becuase of the lack of 3g) - not sure what to do...

I've been looking at Nexus 5, Iphone 5c, Samsung S4 and the HTC one??

lcurdie / MOD  Nov. 11, 2013 at 14:23

Remember: it wasn't the iPhone 5s' fault you couldn't get 3G on Vodafone ;)

Nexus 5: Seriously good value for money, though - like Jan - I have issues with Android. One of the things I do most on my phone is play games, and the App Store still beats Google Play in that respect. Also, Google recently reiterated that the software support cycle is 18 months. After that, you're on your own.

iPhone 5c: The consensus seems to be that you're better off going for the iPhone 5s as it's only marginally more expensive and has the fingerprint scanner, slow motion video and a 64-bit processor. The iPhone, in general, is a good choice, as it tends to hold onto a chunk of its value, with lengthy iOS software support.

Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One: I'd be reluctant to recommend either of those, as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC M8 are tipped to launch early next year. Mind you, that's the constant problem with buying new tech: something better is always just around the corner.

I understand how you feel about fancying a change from the iPhone, but bear in mind that you'll have to live with your choice for (presumably) 18-24 months.

Maybe a good idea to hit up a phone shop and have a play with a few phones.

In any case, let us know what you go for :D

EDIT: Promoted in the interest of fairness. Jan isn't exactly your typical phone user, and I'm 'Head Apple Fanboy' ;)

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 11, 2013 at 14:57

Hahaha
All too true.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 11, 2013 at 15:03

Lewis made a good point, by the way! IS it the fault of the 5S that you get no signal where you need it? Have you tried other devices? Have you tried other areas with the 5S? Does it get 3G anywhere? Does any phone with your nano-sim get 3G?

Nbaker  Nov. 11, 2013 at 15:50

My contract has just expired with 3 Mobile.
I've asked them to put me on a 1 month rolling contact (Still direct debit) and it's reduced my monthly bill from £36.25 to £9.90.

I use the iPhone 4s btw, and i was very much in the same boat!
But i decided in the end i don't want to upgrade, it's not worth it at the moment!
No one seems to be offering anything significantly better.

Each to their own of course!

judgey  Nov. 11, 2013 at 16:27

Sony z1 all the way, such a good phone

lance41  Nov. 11, 2013 at 16:29

My contract has just expired with 3 Mobile.
I've asked them to put me on a 1 month rolling contact (Still direct debit) and it's reduced my monthly bill from £36.25 to £9.90.

I use the iPhone 4s btw, and i was very much in the same boat!
But i decided in the end i don't want to upgrade, it's not worth it at the moment!
No one seems to be offering anything significantly better.

Each to their own of course!


Was you on the one plan then?

I'm out of contract with Three in January 2014 they have told me I can go on the sim only one plan tariff £15 twelve month contract. Don't truly need new phone as I have a Sony Z1 I do need the tethering though as I do consume around 13Gb monthly on my travels.

613508  Nov. 11, 2013 at 19:48

appreciate that it probably wasn't the iphone 5S that was faulty - but the network, but after having an iphone5s - i'm not sure if all the hype is worth it???

Nbaker  Nov. 11, 2013 at 20:00

My contract has just expired with 3 Mobile.
I've asked them to put me on a 1 month rolling contact (Still direct debit) and it's reduced my monthly bill from £36.25 to £9.90.

I use the iPhone 4s btw, and i was very much in the same boat!
But i decided in the end i don't want to upgrade, it's not worth it at the moment!
No one seems to be offering anything significantly better.

Each to their own of course!


Was you on the one plan then?

I'm out of contract with Three in January 2014 they have told me I can go on the sim only one plan tariff £15 twelve month contract. Don't truly need new phone as I have a Sony Z1 I do need the tethering though as I do consume around 13Gb monthly on my travels.



Hi,

Yes i was on the One Plan, but i don't need half the usage allowance i was given!
I'm currently on £9.90 a month for 200 minutes, 5000 texts and 500MB of data as i use Wi-Fi most of the time anyway!

I was also offered a one plan deal for £15 a month (12 month commitment) but i know they offer the same deal on a 1 month rolling contract for £18.

Personally i wanted to get out committed contract cycle for a while, I'm saving £26.35 a month on my rolling contract so £316.20 a year!

Can't argue :)

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