1. Post #1
    Em See's Avatar
    January 2008
    1,108 Posts
    Alright I'm looking for Android phones between $300 and $500 (AUD), and I though I'd get some insight from you guys.
    The only requirement I've considered is a touchscreen design.

    What are the current leading Android touchscreen smartphones in that price range?
    I've been considering the Xperia Arc S, thoughts?

  2. Post #2
    SK17a
    garychencool's Avatar
    October 2010
    13,348 Posts
    The Arc S is pretty good. Assuming you want a fully unlocked, the Samsung Galaxy SII is a good phone too. The ARC S is thinner.

    You can probably get it cheaper than the MSRP

  3. Post #3
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    psychomidget's Avatar
    November 2005
    404 Posts
    If you're willing to save up a little more, the Galaxy S II is a brilliant phone
    http://www.mobicity.com.au/samsung-galaxy-s2.html

    Otherwise, the Arc S is a fine choice for an inexpensive price
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  4. Post #4
    Ruzza's Avatar
    December 2011
    1,137 Posts
    I got my S2 for $550 on ebay.

  5. Post #5
    I'll do whatever you want me to do babe ;)
    Lord_Schrotty's Avatar
    September 2011
    1,780 Posts
    get the s2. i think its not that expensive in the us

  6. Post #6
    Aokaji's Avatar
    April 2008
    240 Posts
    The SII is a great phone, if you can stretch to it you should get it :)

  7. Post #7
    Ruzza's Avatar
    December 2011
    1,137 Posts
    The battery life sucks dick though, you get used to it and work out ways to save heaps however.
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    I'll do whatever you want me to do babe ;)
    Lord_Schrotty's Avatar
    September 2011
    1,780 Posts
    The battery life sucks dick though, you get used to it and work out ways to save heaps however.
    i think everyone can charge his phone at work/school. thats not a big problem anymore

  9. Post #9
    Gold Member
    Dennab
    March 2007
    4,426 Posts
    Well it's a problem if you're on a day out somewhere

  10. Post #10
    I'll do whatever you want me to do babe ;)
    Lord_Schrotty's Avatar
    September 2011
    1,780 Posts
    Well it's a problem if you're on a day out somewhere
    if you dont use it that much a new phone will eat less or about 1% of battery per hour
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  11. Post #11
    Godline's Avatar
    February 2010
    1,255 Posts
    HTC sensation is pretty rad.

  12. Post #12
    Ruzza's Avatar
    December 2011
    1,137 Posts
    The main thing that made a difference to my battery it turn off 3g when you're not using it. but the biggest battery saver is to put your phone into airplane mode. took my phone 5 days to die with it on

  13. Post #13
    I'll do whatever you want me to do babe ;)
    Lord_Schrotty's Avatar
    September 2011
    1,780 Posts
    The main thing that made a difference to my battery it turn off 3g when you're not using it. but the biggest battery saver is to put your phone into airplane mode. took my phone 5 days to die with it on
    my old phone is still running since i got my galaxy nexus more than a week ago

  14. Post #14
    SK17a
    garychencool's Avatar
    October 2010
    13,348 Posts
    i think everyone can charge his phone at work/school. thats not a big problem anymore
    Implying that everyone that owns an Android device is a guy.
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  15. Post #15
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    Nipa's Avatar
    June 2006
    1,095 Posts
    Aim for the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus, or the Nexus S (if your budget gets cut down, I got mine for 400 AUD). I'd go for a Nexus phone for development and update reasons.
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  16. Post #16
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    The Baconator's Avatar
    April 2011
    9,090 Posts
    I own a Galaxy Nexus, love it. Like the other Galaxy phones, battery life can be an issue, but letting your battery drain and then doing a full recharge can help it last longer.
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  17. Post #17
    Flem's Avatar
    September 2011
    868 Posts
    Trying to decide between the S2 and iPhone can anybody with a S2 try and sell it to me? Ive read up about both in depth and to me they look pretty much on par with each other.

  18. Post #18
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    sjberlyant's Avatar
    October 2011
    281 Posts
    I would personally recommend the Galaxy Note. It is a great device boasting a 5.3 inch super amoled screen, 1.5 GHZ Snapdragon processor, and an S-Pen for drawing and just random note taking. It is going to be released soon on AT&T

  19. Post #19
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    Dennab
    March 2007
    4,426 Posts
    Trying to decide between the S2 and iPhone can anybody with a S2 try and sell it to me? Ive read up about both in depth and to me they look pretty much on par with each other.
    The main differences is the iPhone has a high resolution screen, whilst although the S2's is not as high resolution, it uses a Super AMOLED display which brings out the colors on the screen much more vibrantly, and there is much better contrast. Compared to phones in general, the iPhone is quite small, whilst the S2 is quite large. Then there's the biggest main difference which is obviously S2 is Android, and iPhone is iOS. They're hard to compare, but in general Android has more customization

  20. Post #20
    Aezir's Avatar
    October 2008
    667 Posts
    I got my Droid X last year (along with resigning a 2 year contract) for 99 bucks, and I'd say it runs more reliably than many of my friend's newer phones. Also running an IceCreamSandwich based ROM at the moment, and it runs smoooooth.

  21. Post #21
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    rhx123's Avatar
    October 2008
    3,768 Posts
    I have an Arc, I think it's great. Cheaper than the alternatives, (I guess due to the TFT screen rather than AMOLED), but the screen still looks great.
    It was easy to install CM7 on, meaning I could overclock to 1.4, (Same as ARC S) with no problem.
    Battery life gets through a day and night with wifi+data on.
    Screen kills the battery the most.
    If you want something great, but not super-expensive arc/arc s is way to go.
    Only downside of arc is low space for apps, but that's resolved with CyanogenMod.