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18 minutes ago, matroska said:

It seems there will always be some compromise - I'm just thinking I'd be disappointed just when I was when I had to downgrade from a Note3 to a Nokia 6 a few years back. My uncle bought a Redmi Note 10S on Monday - so waiting to have a look at it. I'm also considering the numerous Samsung midrangers too : Wife uses a Samsung M32 for over an year it's an Ok phone for the price. 

Well the dealers could start jacking up the prices in the coming days. I was considering the Poco F3 which is slightly more expensive. The Samsung phones seem alright but for me I dont like the look of those camera placement it looks very cheap. According to GSM Arena the best flagship killer is the Poco F3, still going through the specs on that and biggest issue on those is the software and if you are looking for a cam the wide angle camera.

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I have a POCO X3 NFC. Bit of a heavy and bulky phone over my previous Galaxy M30S

Did not see much of a difference over AMOLED of the M30S on colour accuracy. 120 Hz on the POCO is better if you are into games.

POCO is a faster phone and has better chip set and does not lag when gaming like the M30S

Bit concern on data speeds as there were few issues reported. Do not know whether it is the phone or our service providers.

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On 9/14/2021 at 11:32 AM, matroska said:

Pulling up this old thread as I've been out of touch with the latest trends in mobile phones. What would be a 'graceful' downgrade to a mid-ranger from a Samsung Galaxy Note 9? Currently do not have the budget for a flagship.  A mid-ranger with around 6-8 Gigs of RAM and at least 128 GB of storage. The bigger the screen the better. Has anyone been using the Xiaomi's and Pocos - which on paper seem bang for the buck. How good are they in real life? 

I'll agree on the Xiaomi/Redmi stuff. Used a Note 4, liked to enough that when I got a new one I went to the Note 7, and seeing how they are priced I'm likely to stick with the range. tho the Note 7 is still good enough for me. Still plays Real Racing 3 very smoothly, battery is still generally good enough to last the day, so unless there is a drastic upset with the company policy, I will stay with this range. (Or I win the lottery, which means I will promptly go for a Pixel.)


For history reference, I've had an LG (can't remember the model, Android Slider keyboard), Xperia Pro (have a thing for physical keyboard phones. just comforting), Google Nexus 4, One+1. and the Redmi Note 4 (Which I only replaced coz I dropped it, it was a decent phone even when I got the replacement)

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On 9/17/2021 at 6:54 PM, Pericles said:

I'll agree on the Xiaomi/Redmi stuff.


On 9/16/2021 at 5:52 PM, kush said:

I have a POCO X3 NFC

Well I did get to play around with a Redmi Note 10 s- and i have to say overall it was impressive : the build quality was great for the price ... the only initial downer was maaaybe the camera but I cannot say for sure. The Poco X3 seems quite tempting too. 

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