What phone do you use and do you like it?

What phone do you use?
Why did you chose it?
Do you like it?
Do you regret getting it?
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Lets have an opinion fest

Poll Options

  • 450
    Apple
  • 4
    Blackberry
  • 207
    Google
  • 72
    Huawei
  • 54
    LG
  • 22
    Nokia
  • 118
    OnePlus
  • 47
    Oppo
  • 524
    Samsung
  • 3
    Vivo
  • 135
    Xiaomi

Comments

  • +4 votes

    What phone do you use and do you like it?

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    Does the job, its a work phone.

  • +12 votes

    Note 9, cause it was considered the best of its time. Love it, No don't regret it but financially yes. Just counting down the days till Fold 2 is cheaper or Fold 3 is basically the new note series with pen.

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      Yup note 9 is good.. all new samsung phone dont have iris scanner headphone jack..they removed these features & made it expensive with new models..why pay more for less..till the phone is dead

    • +3 votes

      Same, was nearly $1000 bucks when purchased, which I thought was too much at the time, but really wanted it. 2 and a half years later still cant see a reason to upgrade. Even the battery life is still great.

      Edit: wouldn't buy another phone with the curved screen edges though

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      Love mine, but recently its started to get a orange screen whenever its turned on and off again really fast.

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        MINE TOO!!!!

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          Tried everything suggested on the web to fix it but no go :( bit on sure what phone I will move to next…

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      I bought my note9 a few months ago - before finding out it will not support oneUI2

      Regardless, it's been an awesome device - and for the 450 I paid - is well worth IT. absolutely flawless

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        it supports oneUI2.5

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          I meant OneUI3 - my bad.

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      Another note 9 here from when it came out. Unfortunately I paid full price after cancelling a contract with Vodafone. However It's a great phone and the only thing I'd really like would be more cameras eg wide and more zoom, that would be the reason to upgrade in the future.
      Also don't like the curved screen, impossible to get a decent grip on it without a case.

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      Love hate relationship with my note 9, since its an australian exynos version, it does not even last a day, wish i bought the Snapdragon version

  • +16 votes

    Samsung S10e, was the best out of the smallest phones available. I have the hands the size of a primary school kid. Love it, was cheap, works well and is small which is always at the top of my phone criteria list.

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      Got 10e when my iPhone SE battery died. I was thinking of getting SE 2 but 10e screen size isn't to big for pockets and screen big enough to watch shows to and from work

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      Note 10 Lite which is very similar. Basically is what the S10e was to the S10 but to the Note lineup.

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      I love my S10e. It's a great phone. And you're right it's a good choice for small hands.

  • +20 votes

    Oneplus 7 Pro - It is the best phone I've owned so far. My favourite feature is the hidden away selfie camera, no notch or pinhole in the way of the screen.

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      Oneplus is not what it used to be. Still no Android 11, yet Samsung S10 got 11 a while back. OS on Android 10 is buggy as hell.

      • +8 votes

        Not sure why the downvote?
        OnePlus One was a phone for nerds who hanged out on xda, or their relatives. It got a little more mainstream with the great value OnePlus 3, and OnePlus 3t. Things went south after that, with OnePlus 5 and onwards choosing to let go of their roots, increase prices, and follow gimmicks from Apple-Samsung.

        I do think the OnePlus 8 Pro is a full-fledged flagship. And one of the best from last year. So I'm not bashing it too much. After all, I too have them my money.

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          rant:
          However, I do have my 7pro and the back is cracked in 14 different places despite ALWAYS being in a case. The front touchscreen isn't that responsive with the curved glass causing many issues. Having some (not) charging issues. Overheating happens with the Aussie climate. And the RAM management is too crazy/restrictive killing Apps without my wanting. Battery life is average. No User Removable Battery, nor waterproofing. Speed is great, not awesome. Camera is a little disappointing. Quiet heavy, slippery, non-durable. Rarity means accessories and parts shortage. Telescope cam is a little annoying, but useful/creepy when random websites take a photo upon launch without permission. Honestly, got it at a "cheap" price so it's not a bad value, but want to upgrade.

          Couldn't choose the Sony 5.2 as that came too late (and had a promotion in Denmark where it was both discounted AND came with free XM4 Headsets). Not sure what my next phone would be, since no local warranty is a risk too. I got the 7pro hoping to play with Custom Roms, but haven't done that, as I found the StockOS with root sufficient…. I just want the software to get out of my way for most flashy phones.

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          Soo true. My OnePlus one still works. My 3 yr old son dunked it in toilet, didn't work for a month then started working…rock solid. Still on older android though. But it does the job well.

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        Android 11 can be accessed by running open beta software, most OnePlus phones have beta software

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      Agreed I have owned all the generations of OnePlus phones except 6 & 8 , I have never had a problem with any of them , I have onsold them to friends that have had them for years , also handed down to kids all still going strong , they belong to BBK electronics, they also make Oppo, vivo and a few others I can't think of now . Great phone , excellent prices, adaptable software .

  • +6 votes

    Oppo A52. Not the best performance, but pretty good in most other metrics, especially at it's price point.

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      Same here. The battery life is excellent (I get 4+ days) and so far the updates have been frequent (multiple android 10 security updates, then android 11, just got the march security patch and some other fixes yesterday).

      For my relatively light usage of email, sms, web browsing, MFA apps and a bit of youtube it's been excellent for a ~$200 phone.

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      Agree for the most part. Screen brightness outside is a problem in my opinion. I would choose a brighter phone next time.

      I'm definitely enjoying the regular updates but will go iOS next time; I value the updates and consistent UI more than the "freedom" of a variety of phone.

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        Screen brightness outside is a problem in my opinion

        The thing that annoys me with the screen brightness is that it's fine sometimes. So I'm not sure if it's the actual screen brightness, the auto-brightness not detecting the ambient level properly, or something else that's the actual issue.

        will go iOS next time

        Was seriously considering getting an iPhone this time, but cost was still prohibitive (for me). Though the price point for the latest SE was pretty good (for Apple).

  • +6 votes

    Xiaomi Mi Max 3. Massive screen and battery.

    It sends messages, plays music/podcasts and surfs the internet which is about all I need it for.

    Got it second hand for $200 a year ago, happy days.

    • +2 votes

      Xiaomi Mi A2

      bought it new shortly after it was released in end of 2018 replacing a HTC Windows phone.

      I like that it uses Android One so it gets updates as soon as Google releases them.

      Very good value for money.

  • +7 votes

    Where is the SONY© option?

    • +3 votes

      Xperia 1 ii

      Seriously the best phone of 2020

      • +1 vote

        Nah, that's 2nd.
        Best is the Sony 5.2, it's cheaper, more compact, slightly better battery life, 120Hz display.

        Third option goes to the OnePlus 8 Pro.

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          Nah, the Sony's basically do nothing better than anyone else but do some things worse, like the camera and the price.

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            @MrFunSocks: Headphone Jack, Front-firing stereo loudspeakers, Cinema 21:9 display, and a great track-record for software updates. You can't get that from a Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, ASUS, etc.

            Sony used to have the best cameras from 2010 to 2015 because they used their flagship sensors. Despite the great hardware it was held back by horrible software. From 2016 to 2019 they didn't use their best and their software improved, but they were playing catch-up for the most part. With the Xperia 1 line, they've caught up, and have certain strengths and weaknesses, but definitely on the flagship level.

            ….I don't recommend Sony tho.
            They're expensive, and have no local warranty in Australia. If they were more price-competitive, had better after-sales support, etc etc, you betcha!

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      I like my Xperia 5 ii a whole lot.

  • +6 votes

    What phone do you use? Oppo Reno 10x Zoom
    Why did you chose it? Decent telco offering
    Do you like it? Tes, it's good
    Do you regret getting it? No

    • +1 vote

      Also hidden camera allowing full screen no hole punch

  • +1 vote

    I have a Samsung Note 8

    Do I regret getting it? No (in entirety bcos its served me pretty well, it will be 3 years in May )….but feelings wise Yes bcos I paid full price for it in May 2018 :') $1347 and like IT DROPPED IN PRICE SO MUCH

    LIKE SHITTING BRICKS FAST
    one of my neighbours got it for like fricken $200 from Gumtree/Fb Market but 2 years ish later

    Neg is Sammys tend to start lagging fast after u add stuff to it imo….faster than Apple…
    but I have an SD card :9 and Pen and wide angle camera.

    Good and bad. (Notes App is kinda messy and the system UI is too)

    Battery pretty poor now tho … it cannot last a whole day and I need to have a battery pack with me now if I go out for an extended amount of time.

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      Best thing I did 2 years ago was swapping the note 8 I had for a mate 20 pro.

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        thnx will consider it .
        im thinking about maybe going to Apple for my next phone but who knows.
        my new requirement will be a smaller form factor, not mini level but small sized since it's more comfortable to hold in smaller hands and also fits better in the back of your pants pockets

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      I bought it in 2017 Black Friday offer of $999 and had Amex offer of getting $100 back. I also took the phone overseas to claim Gst. I also claimed tax on the phone as part of my work over 3 years as I use it as my work phone.

      I sold my Note 8 in December last year to Mobile Monster for $260. I practically didn't pay anything for the phone after tax deductions. It was still a decent phone but was slowing down.

      I bought Note 20 Ultra for $1249 as part of Samsung EPP Black Friday pre-sale. Won't be as cheap as Note 8 but happy with the purchase.

  • +12 votes

    I picked up an iPhone 12 Pro in December after having been an Android user for a decade. Have to say, I'm fairly indifferent to it vs the Pixel I had, but I'll never buy another Samsung phone.

    Both ecosystems have their ups and downs. Battery life is significantly better than previous Android's I have had, as well as camera. But I do find the iPhone hangs sometimes as well which is what I was told by Apple fan boys would be a big change. I have noticed that the aps open faster, but then take longer to load things within them, so it makes it feel instant.

    Could go on for ages about the differences, but personally, I'd only every buy stock android or iPhone now. The long update cycles they receive is my primary concern, as realistically, any flagship phone is pretty good these days, I just ensure I only use aps that are cross platform so I don't get forced into one ecosystem long term and can flip whenever I feel like it.

    • +1 vote

      why not another samsung?

      • +9 votes

        I have had issues with the two I have owned. They slowed down significantly within the first year of use. They did not get updates for anywhere near long enough (this may have improved, I haven't had one in a few years now), and they messed with stock android too much, I felt all of their UI customisations were a downgrade. I also don't think they are worth the premium they charge vs other brands.

        I actually moved to Apple mostly because in December I felt it was the best phone available, and we have work iPhones, I was impressed that our iPhone 6 phones were still getting the latest updates 5 years later. I don't generally replace phones until my last one is unusable or stops getting updates, so from that perspective, iPhone seemed to be the clear winner at the moment.

        • +4 votes

          Agreed, plus resale value. 👍🏼

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            @ShortyX: Resale value is pointless considering they cost a bomb new.

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              @LifeStories: Considering equivalent android phones are costing the same. It does play a role in which phone someone should go for if they plan on selling it in a few years time.

  • +6 votes

    S10 Plus, it was on special and I wanted a new phone.

    I do like it. I don't see myself wanting a new phone for a very long while.
    Partially because I am really happy with how the phone works, and partially because the flagships being released don't make me want them as much.
    The camera is adequate on the phone for me, I don't plan to use 5G until it becomes more viable, my current phone performs reasonably and it even has a headphone jack.

    I will see what the phone makers release few years down the line. Hopefully there are still options with headphone jacks when I want to change my phone.

    • +1 vote

      Have a galaxy S10 Plus and 100% agree with everything you said.

  • +6 votes

    Samsung A20 and I barely use it other than browsing ozbargain .

  • +8 votes

    iPhone 12 mini, and I am quite satiated with it.

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      I love it too. Yet it very well might not get into the next generation since it does not sell well. Apparently most people still believe that smaller phones have to be significantly cheaper.

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        Yep but hey, if they only throw a small phone into the mix every three or four years, that's fine by me - that's as long as I hold onto em for!

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      Me too.
      Perfect size!

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        It's a liiiittle larger than I'd like, but the screen size is fantastic.

  • +12 votes

    P30 Pro, 2 years running and still can get 2 days battery life - no glitches or issues - I'm not going back to Apple or Samsung again

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      Bought a second hand one last year and love it - great phone, amazing battery life (despite it being two years), outstanding camera, very happy with it.

    • +3 votes

      I love my P30 but don't think I will get another Huawei just because they don't have Google Play on their new phones.

      • +1 vote

        Likewise, it's a shame really because the P40 Mate Pro looks fantastic, as well as the Mate X2.

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        I read its not hard to get google maps etc
        Thats the only feature i really use, the Huwei Play is similar to google play and it has quite alot of the same apps.
        To me its not a deal breaker, pain in the ss sure, but not a deal breaker.
        There is that Waze app that is popular, so i guess even then i dont need google maps etc

    • +1 vote

      I have a Mate 10 circa about 2018, owned it since new and it's fantastic, still excellent battery a literally not a thing wrong with it.

      I can't see myself upgrading until it dies which might be a while.

  • +17 votes

    Where's the Motorola button? Moto Gs used to be an OzBargain favourite for awhile.

    • +1 vote

      Then they got sold to Lenovo and sort of lost a lot of what made them great.

      • +4 votes

        Still have no bloatware; vanilla Android FTW.

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          It would be nice if they still had superfast updates and a less tacky design like they did under Google.

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            @StrayfireX: True about the updates, design doesn't bother me.

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              @DashCam AKA Rolts: I switched over to Nokia when Motorola (Lenovo) gave up on updating regularly.

              What irks me now is that Nokia doesn't always get VoLTE on as many networks as Apple/Samsung.

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      Couldn't agree more! <3 my Motorola ;)

  • +3 votes

    Oppo Reno 5G on sale from JB Hi Fi almost a year ago. Was a great price and still does everything I need it to including taking pretty good photos. Only regret is that it is too large. It can be uncomfortable sitting down with the phone in my pocket. My next phone will be a smaller form factor similar size to the regular sized.

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      Same :)
      Still a nice phone and I find it the perfect size.

      Mine was from hardly normal the evil man.

  • +1 vote

    Just upgraded from LG V30+ to Samsung s20 FE 5G. Got it free as a work phone

    So far pretty good.. Haven't finished the migration yet

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      So if it's a work phone you will have to return it upon leaving, yes ?

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        That's what I thought, hardly free if it's on loan.

  • +4 votes

    Had until recently: Huawei P20 Pro. Loved it, easily my favourite phone I owned.

    Switched because: no more security updates for 6+ months :(

    Have now: Galaxy S21 Ultra

    Do I like it: not really, it's fine I guess but honestly I just want my P20 back :(

    • +1 vote

      same boat. my p20 pro just died all of a sudden and I had to get an s20 FE :(

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      Mine is 3 years old and still going strong.

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      P50 coming soon - looks v impressive

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      Have a P20 for 2.5 years now and still using it even though the fingerprint doesn't read anymore. Have always been an iPhone user since the dawn of time but now I wouldn't go back.

      I'm waiting for the Mi 11 to be on sale as without fingerprint access it has make things a bit inconvenient.

  • +3 votes

    What phone do you use? Google Pixel 4a.
    Why did you chose it? The camera-processing power (and its relatively small size).
    Do you like it? Love it!
    Do you regret getting it? Absolutely not.

  • +6 votes

    IPhone Xs - It just works!..

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      Battery is a bit pants and can get a little hot, but it's a good size, fast enough, decent camera and was under a $1k when I bought it.

  • +5 votes

    iphone 8+
    it works, so yeah, i like it.

  • +1 vote

    GS8
    Had a Samsung before, plus it had better specs when it was released at the time.
    Yes, had a few problems but I like it.
    Nope, not really.

  • +2 votes

    HW Mate20, with all the features that phones remove nowadays.

  • +2 votes

    What phone do you use? Motorola e5
    Why did you chose it? $150
    Do you like it? its OK, can be slow (although I've got waaayy too many open browser tabs open; too many i'll read that later ons…..)
    Do you regret getting it? no; which is good because there is another one in the house for the next person that smashes current phone
    .

  • +6 votes

    what phone do u use? Pixel 5
    why did you chose it? Wanted pure google experience
    Do you like it? Yes. Ive used iPhone for the past two years and good to use something different for once.
    Do you regret getting it? No. battery life is too good

    • +1 vote

      Exactly my experience and reasoning! Thought hard about getting an iphone 12 mini but spending so much and getting something that is so… similar to my iphone 8 was just too stale. Then the bad battery life reviews was the nail in the coffin- Pixel 5 battery life is great!

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        I was on the same boat as well. Thought about iPhone mini 12 for a couple of months but pull the trigger on pixel 5 with jb hifi $59 deal and never looked back.

  • +6 votes

    LG v30+ love it.

  • +4 votes

    iPhone 12 Mini.

    I’ve always used iPhones. Never found a compelling reason to switch, although I use Android quite a lot as part of my work (cross platform app design & development).

    i love the Mini. I don’t have the largest hands and have always preferred the smaller form factor. I always said if they ever brought out a large screen phone in the form factor of the old iPhone 5/SE that it would be my ideal device and then they went and did it so I snapped one up and haven’t looked back. Wish it had a zoom lense in the camera but I can live without it.

  • +8 votes

    Samsung Galaxy S10e. Such a solid all rounder.

    If only Samsung made a new model with the same compact screen size, flat screen, 3.5mm jack and expandable storage.

    • +1 vote

      Wish I could say the same. The charging port on mine has become lose and their service providers don't cover this under warranty.

      • +1 vote

        So you can still charge?
        If you can't, they have to fix or replace under law as this is a major fault.

        The S10 line was Samsung's last-best. Though they could have done better in the processor department (QSD 855 versions are bootloader locked, Exynos versions were a huge downgrade unlike in 2021)…. and secondly in the Naming Scheme:
        Samsung 10 XL = Galaxy Note 10 Plus
        Samsung 10 L = Galaxy S10 +5G / Galaxy Note 10
        Samsung 10 M = Galaxy S10 Plus
        Samsung 10 S = Galaxy S10
        Samsung 10 XS = Galaxy S10e

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          Not without wiggling it to connect. The shop that returned are trying to tell me I caused the physical damage and under Australian consumer law this fault isn't coveted because the problem isn't the result of a factory error. I am questioning the quality of their parts as they're telling me I need to pay $540 to repair a phone that coat $800, 18months ago.

      • +1 vote

        Wireless charging still works?

        Since we had S7 Edge, we have been wireless charging all the time and rarely touch the charge port. Even the transfer of files (eg photos) go quite fast through 5GHz wireless connection so reallly rarely need to connect the cable. Went to S10e for my other half and now both have S20FE 5G. Only thing is wireless charging isn't as fast and heats up the phone a bit more but we charge overnight so no need for fast charge.

  • +4 votes

    iPhone XS Max. Previously an Android user of 10 years with my last 4 phones being flagships.

    Switched due to the consistent user experience and battery life, well-developed apps and long term support (updates).