Galaxy S5 vs new mid range phones?

I'm looking to get a new phone for sub $300. There is a deal for $270 for the S5 unlocked and reburbished that I'm thinking of getting, but I've also seen new phones released lately, but none have gotten that great reviews.

Would I be better off getting the S5 now or waiting for black friday and getting one of the newer phones?

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I would just wait pal... New smartphones come out so frequently these days id just sit on and see what happens.

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Keep shopping.
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How do they compare?

I realize new phones come out all the time and there are new ones cheaper, but which would be a better phone?

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So far, only you can answer.

For me I'm more of a "real Android" type user. Others like flagship phones. I noted one that is out and may slay the refurb/used model you lead with.

There are many Android models out there. Heck I even own a few BLU models that ran from 89 to 199 bucks.

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The better phone is the one that suits your needs

We can't answer that one definitively, unfortunately.

That said, the S5 would give you a removable battery and memory slot that went away w/ the S6. So you can see, there are some other issues involved which may or may not be the deal breaker for you, other than the price point different you mentioned already. Many of the new more generic phones are already unlocked, so that may not be important either.

A refurbished Samsung device may or may not still be supported by the manufacturer or carrier- YMMV. That said, a BLU or other Chinese phone may not provide the support you expect either, even w/ a new model at an arguably more attractive price point.

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Black Friday

Hey max,

If you need branded then go for it. I suggest you wait for black friday and decide on it.


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The Galaxy S5 is a powerful phone and i would recommend. There are so many new phones n the market but, do not provide new eye poping features.

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Still wish it could be a better phone.

For making phone calls. Something is wrong when my 20 buck flip phone sounds better than the S5.

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Considering the LG G3 or any w/a removable battery

After doing more research I'm thinking the LG G3 seems just as good as the S5 if not better in some categories. As I mentioned before a removable battery is a must have.

I'll just wait for black friday and see which phones I can get for a good price. I think pretty much any recent phone with a removable battery should do it.

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Have the LG G4

Flip phone still wins for calling here. As to removable battery why? That results in bigger phones and well, I get days on a charge so why would I penalize my phone for that?

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I tend to keep my gadgets for a long time and I've had multiple batteries die on all kinds of devices so I'd hate to have to throw away my phone simply because it needs the battery replaced. That's why I've discounted the HTC phones.

Call quality is probably my #1 consideration in the phone, yet I don't see it mentioned in any cnet reviews.

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Weird. I've replaced batteries in such many times.

Even in those phones that don't have an easy consumer replacement design.

This is why I dismiss such ideas today.

1. I get a slimmer lighter phone.
2. I can replace the battery.
3. See item 2.

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