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I need a new phone. I've had a Moto X Play for the last two years, but its battery is finally dying.

 

Can anyone recommend a decent smartphone for around £200-300? (that's $283-425 for our American friends :) )

 

Not really bothered about the latest cutting-edge tech, but at the same time I don't want a low-end phone, just something in the "medium" range.

 

I might also be getting a tablet or e-reader in the next few months, so might as well create a thread for general consumer/personal tech.


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The budget phone category starts at 6:42


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Are we including virtual reality here too?

The reality? There are millions of normal people who are starting to LIKE the idea of fascism BECAUSE there are literal bolsheviks flooding the streets and attacking people. I swear to God, when the Left actually gets the storm they've been preaching about, you won't even see it on the news. The population will just shrink from 330 million to 230 million overnight and nobody will ever speak of it again.


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Are we including virtual reality here too?

 

Yes, why not. :)



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I've just ordered a Kindle.



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I've just ordered a Kindle.

Cool, you should get prime with it, its $90 a year(I don't know how much in pounds) and you get a ton of free shows, movies, music, and all the amazon original content.  Also free shipping and handling on Amazon.


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I already have Prime. :) And yeah, it's great.


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Well it's now August and I still don't have a new mobile. The one I have is seriously dying now. Battery life is hopeless, and the processor is becoming slower and slower.

 

No idea which new one to get!



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Who the hell would pay £1,449 for a smartphone??

 

https://www.bbc.co.u...nology-45502465


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Finally decided what phone to get. I am ordering a Samsung Galaxy S8.

 

https://www.amazon.c...uct/B06XYMCMHD/



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So I recently bought a PSVR headset to go with my PS4. 

 

I'm aware that PCVR is superior but I have friends who have bought PSVR so I needed to go that route for multiplayer. 

 

Current games I've played:

Super hot, Skyrim VR, Firewall: Zero Hour

 

They're all great. Having experienced the current state of VR I'm incredibly excited for the future:

 

Firewall Zero hour has basically solved player movement and multiplayer well enough to act as a blueprint for other FPS games. Sony need to kick activision-blizzard until COD VR comes out. I'd buy that and I never buy COD games.  

 

Skyrim VR is not the best port, but clearly demos the basic mechanics you'd want on a VR MMO. As well as giving a taste of how amazing open world RPGs will be when someone designs one for VR from the ground up. I'm hoping someone other than Bethesda does this fairly soon. Final Fantasy VR? Dragon Age VR? Mass Effect VR? (Bioware should stop producing terrible games, and just remake their good games for VR)

 

My current big regret with PSVR is that I cant get VR for elite dangerous and set up all the voice controls and stuff for maximum immersion, which sounds amazing. Also when is Beat Saber coming out?

 

Anyone else got VR, and if so any recommendations/comments/complaints/upcoming games to watch for etc. 

 

EDIT: Feel free to merge with other threads if I missed one?



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EDIT: Feel free to merge with other threads if I missed one?

 

Done.

 

Oh, and RE: my previous post, I ended up buying an S9, not an S8! :)



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If you're getting a kindle, Kindle unlimited has a lot of books. The ones i read are generally a bit below the quality i would expect from proffesional publishers. But i think this is likely more a result of my terrible taste than anything else.



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^ So naturally, Apple will double the size of the notch and declare it to be a "Bold and brave" move on their part.  And then maybe improve facial recognition a bit.


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 I ended up buying an S9, not an S8! :)

 

My experience so far:

 

Amazing phone, with only one down side – poor battery life. I shouldn't have to recharge it before I leave my office at the end of each day. A high-end phone like this should last well into the evening/night. In all other respects, the S9 is practically flawless and performs like a dream. Ultra-fast processor, gorgeous clear screen, etc.


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I've got a 8 year old LG tracfone (pay as you go service) and my battery is still the original and can still hold a charge for 3 days before recharging. The secret: turn off data and remove any apps that run in the background. only make 1-3 calls a week that are longer than 3 minutes.

 

I use it mainly for texts, take pictures, the clock, and only use the GPS when I'm traveling (and I have a car charger so...). It can't do much these days, but I think thats actually a plus for me. I really don't want to be constantly tethered to a touch screen device, and I don't know many people whose life is so important and eventful that I can't catch with their lives in a minute or two twice a week.

 

sometimes I wonder if people are using apps on smart devices like fidget spinners.


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I now need a new laptop. Something cheap, just enough for basic web browsing, etc. so I can work on FT at my parents' house over Christmas.

 

Any recommendations?

 

Budget around £300-500.



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Samsung has delayed the release of its foldable smartphones due to reliability problems. 

 

https://www.cnbc.com...ch-delayed.html







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