Buying a modern phone help needed. ;-)


Abarbarian

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My present phone which I have been happy with for quite a number of years is a,



Whilst it can connect to the internet I have never done so as the screen is too small for my old eyes to make use of it.
I do some voluntary driving for the Welsh Ambulance Service and an e-mail is sent to me for example on a Tuesday for work allocated to me on a Wednesday. Occasionally whilst out on a work run control contacts me with changes to that days work routine. There is quite a lot of information needed for these changes, patient names, addresses,phone numbers,job number,hospital/health unit destination and special needs. Normally I ask them to have the details printed out for me to pick up at a ambulance liaison office. However due to the pandemic this is proving complicated. Nearly all the other drivers have the details sent to their e-mail accounts which they read on their phones. So I think it is time I equipped myself with a more modern phone.
I did try several months ago to upgrade and found a secondhand One Plus 5 which i successfully bricked. So this time around I have decided to go for a new phone. I will be using it for the voluntary driving as mentioned above. Also I will be using it as a sat nav with the OsmAnd+ app mainly offline whilst out and about on the Royal, that is if lockdown is ever lifted here in Wales. An occasionally for breakdown recovery.

So I have found a couple of phones that seem to have all I need, Ulefone Armour X7 Pro and the Ulefone Armour X5 both have Android 10.

Ulefone Armor X7 Pro Android10 Rugged Phone 4GB 32GB Smartphone Waterproof Mobile Phone Cell Phone ip68 NFC 4G LTE 2.4G/5G WLAN

Ulefone Armor X5 Android 10 Rugged Waterproof Smartphone IP68 MT6762 Cell Phone 3GB 32GB Octa core NFC 4G LTE Mobile Phone

These are the cpu chips,

X7 - MediaTek Helio A20

X5 - MediaTek Helio P22


The X7 has a fingerprint reader which the X5 does not. The X5 I think has the better cpu and also a slightly bigger battery. However the X7 has 1 GB more ram.

I can buy a X5 with Android 9 from a UK supplier for £150. I can buy a X7 £109 , X5 £119, both with Android 10 from amazon but the supplier seems to be china based. Or I could buy a X7 £74 an a X5 £82 from the official Ulefone shop on AliExpress. If I wait two days I can save £8 on those prices from AliExpress.

So any thoughts on these phones, where to buy from, which one, etc etc. Will I still get the satndard one year warranty from any supplier ? Will 3 GB ran be adequate ?

Any help appreciated folks as I know very little about real life usage.

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I'm not familiar with Ulefone, but those prices on Aliexpress are so much cheaper that I'd be tempted to try it. There are also lots of "select coupons" you can redeem for free on Ali too. I buy a lot on there and rarely have problems. The specs look fine, but I'm just wary about phone manufacturers I've not heard of - but at the price direct from China, it is almost worth a punt.

Xiaomi phones get a good review for the price, and may be a good option for a ~£150 phone. This one looked like a good deal (fingerprint sensor etc):

 

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I'm not familiar with Ulefone, but those prices on Aliexpress are so much cheaper that I'd be tempted to try it. There are also lots of "select coupons" you can redeem for free on Ali too. I buy a lot on there and rarely have problems. The specs look fine, but I'm just wary about phone manufacturers I've not heard of - but at the price direct from China, it is almost worth a punt.

Xiaomi phones get a good review for the price, and may be a good option for a ~£150 phone. This one looked like a good deal (fingerprint sensor etc):

Thanks that phone seems to have pretty good specs for the price which is just a tad too costly for my small budget. That £150 is almost a whole weeks pension, lol.
I decided to go for the Ulefone as they are a rugged design and should be able to give me a decent experience for the way I will be using it. I'll post back when they arrive and if they work. :lol:
 

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Looking forward to seeing what you think of it!
 

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Curious about your impression, looking forward to it. :nod:
 
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