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PostSubject: Good mid-range phones   Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:48 pm

I am in the market for a new phone.  My Samsung Galaxy S5 is gettin slower and slower.  It does some weird stuff changing screens, freezing, or just not doing anything when you push a button now.  It is two years old and it was a refurb when I bought it to save money.

I do not want a new Samsung Galaxy or iPhone.  I can't afford that.  I use Straight Talk and have to buy my unlocked phone.  To get these designer brand phones, it is going to cost me anywhere from $750 to $1000.  No phone is worth that kind of moolah.  I don't game.  I don't have an unlimited plan, so I don't do streaming audio.  Getting older, I just can't see straining my eyes to try to watch tv or movies on such a tiny screen.  Also, without an unlimited data plan, that isn't really feasible anyway.

So, what are some good MID level phones?  I want a great camera and expandable memory.  I have given up on getting a great phone with a removable battery as everyone is moving away from that.  I give up on a headphone jack.  I don't really want Blu-tooth headphones, but I can buy an adapter to keep using my headphones I already have with most phones now.  I just want a decent size screen as I have big fingers, be able to get an Otterbox for it, the great camera, and expandable memory.

What would you recommend?  Anything over $500 with my paying out of pocket is just too extreme.

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PostSubject: Re: Good mid-range phones   Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:09 pm

My son and I just got the Moto G5 Plus. There is also G5S (Plus) avaiable. They can be bought unlocked, still have headphone and SD card, decent cameras. They were <$200 during Black Friday.

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PostSubject: Re: Good mid-range phones   Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:09 pm

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My son and I just got the Moto G5 Plus. There is also G5S (Plus) avaiable that are about 7 months newer. They can be bought unlocked, still have headphone and SD card, decent cameras. They were <$200 during Black Friday.

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PostSubject: Re: Good mid-range phones   Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:13 pm

Get the cheap 15 dollar "dumb phones" at Dollar General.
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PostSubject: Re: Good mid-range phones   Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:07 pm

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My son and I just got the Moto G5 Plus. There is also G5S (Plus) avaiable. They can be bought unlocked, still have headphone and SD card, decent cameras. They were <$200 during Black Friday.


I am looking at those.  I am also looking at the LG G6 Prime addition as well.

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PostSubject: Re: Good mid-range phones   Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:40 am

I've got an LG G5 and love it, so I'm sure the G6 would be a good choice too, though I don't know how the offers/ads thing works. You might also want to consider a Galaxy S7, which retails for $465 on Amazon (excluding tax). It's the previous generation Galaxy phone (the GS8 is the latest generation) so you'll still be getting a good phone but at a lesser price than the latest and greatest.
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PostSubject: Re: Good mid-range phones   Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:16 am

I will check it out.  I still think that $400 or more is kinda steep.  When I bought my Galaxy S5 2 years ago, they were still $400 so I bought a refurbished one for $200.  If you have a phone plan that does the financing for you, a higher price phone is great.  When you buy them yourself with a no-contract plan to save money, you typically have to pay full price for your phones.  I understand I will never have a flagship phone, but I don't mind.  I am not a gamer nor do I watch movies.  I don't need something built for that.

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PostSubject: Re: Good mid-range phones   Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:25 pm

Right now you can get the iPhone 6 for Straight Talk for $199. My daughter has one. Her S5 also went ka-put and she wanted an S6. Those were $399 so I told her no... The guy behind the counter suggested iPhone 6 for $199 and we got her that since she has an iPad for school we both thought it would be a good idea. My phone is an unlocked ZTE ZMax2. Decent and I got it cheap (by it being listed wrong on the Walmart website -- got it for $27.99 which was a misprint, should have been $27.99 OFF the price of $299 at the time but since it was listed wrong they had to give it to me for that price).

Also Straight Talk now offers some phone on a monthly payment (yeah I know you don't want anything super huge but the options are out there).

I used to have a Moto E, was good at the time and I hear good things about the Moto G (which is way better than the "E" version I had).

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-Talk-Apple-6-32GB-Prepaid-Smartphone-Space-Gray/329264833

Also look for something with 16 gig internal memory. I think a lot of the LG phone have half of that but have heard good things about the LG G5 and G6 as well as the LG Stylo 2 & 3 (I checked the 3 and it has 16 gig internal) https://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-Talk-LG-Stylo-3-16GB-Prepaid-Smartphone-Black/547422534

I almost bought a Stylo 2 a couple of years ago (around the time I found this ZTE phone) and the deal breaker for me was it did not have an LED message indicator light for missed call or new text messages. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Straight-Talk-LG-Stylo-3-16GB-Prepaid-Smartphone-Black/547422534
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PostSubject: Re: Good mid-range phones   Today at 7:59 am

Curious to know what you decide on. Post here for us to see. I have wondered about those Samsung Galaxy phones that aren't really Galaxy (Sky, J7). I don't need one and I hope I don't for a while. but I want to know what is out there.
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PostSubject: Re: Good mid-range phones   Today at 8:47 am

I still haven't made up my mind.  There are too many options!!!!

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