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Buying a Phone

Feb 12, 2019 7:50PM PST


I am looking to get a smart phone (though I won't be using it as a phone, just for entertainment). The music or video(camera/video/images) don't have to be top notch or anything, just decent. Also, it must have an external memory capabilities to SD 256GB. It must have to have at least 32GB of internal memory. Ability to Fast charge is also a must. I use my smart phone most of the day and I don't want have to spend to time charging more than I have to. Lastly, I don't want any annoying tasks regarding unlocking the screen (like the fingerprints or something).


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What phone forced unlocking?
Feb 12, 2019 8:19PM PST

On every phone I've owned that was a setting. What phone forced you to do otherwise?

The iPhone X has a 256GB model. My brother bought it.

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Buying Phone
Feb 12, 2019 8:40PM PST

I've previously owned a much older phone (Asus Zenfone 2). Is there a way on the newer phones (doesn't have to be brand new, could be something like Samsung Galaxy S8 or something) to just turn off any unlocking mode and just have a simple swipe for example (I don't really have any sensitive information on my phone).

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I see I was unlcear.
Feb 12, 2019 8:46PM PST

I was writing that no phone I know forced one to use a pin or other login. When folk tell me about this I usually find they just weren't interested to google how to do it.

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Buying a phone
Feb 13, 2019 3:50AM PST

You could buy Huawei P9 as it meets your requirements.

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CNET did a review of the Moto G6.
Feb 13, 2019 9:56AM PST
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB Black
Feb 13, 2019 9:36PM PST

Well, to meet all your requirements I have a phone in my mind, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB Black. It has internal memory of 32GB and SD upto 256GB. You can charge it once and use it all day.

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Post was last edited on February 13, 2019 10:08 PM PST

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Feb 15, 2019 8:22PM PST

Iphone X was be created for intertament Happy

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Buying a Phone, About Battery Life
Feb 17, 2019 10:41AM PST

Sorry about not getting back to you guys earlier, had to buy a new mouse since it broke on me.

Anywas, I tend to use 6-7 hours of video a day on my device + 1 1/2 of web browsing (music is immaterial since it doesn't use much battery of course). Will these hold up battery wise, or will I have to charge several times a day? Sorry if it seems I'm being lazy in asking these questions but I am riddled with health problems and my medications have at times, logic impairing side effects.

Thank you all for you're help.

P.S. Don't want to spend much more than $300.

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Mar 7, 2019 10:54PM PST

I have a phone in my mind, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge 32GB Black. It has internal memory of 32GB and SD upto 256GB. You can charge it once and use it all day.

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Post was last edited on March 8, 2019 12:39 AM PST

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Good Mobile
Mar 12, 2019 7:45AM PDT

I have used many mobiles in my life. But I have used all these mobiles with very care. I can easily use mobile 2 to 4 years Minimum with good conditions. Nowadays I am using a mobile Huawei 560 With great experience. Especially it is a gift for me for the last 3 years from my cousin on my marriage day.