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Title: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: moish on November 16, 2017, 01:51:15 PM
Title says it all. It needs to work with T Mobile, and a good camera would be appreciated.

Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: sky121 on November 16, 2017, 02:00:00 PM
Some options..


Moto x4
LG V20 (not my Taste but some people like it )
One Plus 3
Honor 8


Are you willing to buy used ?
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: moish on November 16, 2017, 02:22:06 PM
Are you willing to buy used ?
No

Thanks
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: wayfe on November 16, 2017, 06:08:08 PM
I've done Apple, Samsungs and I chose this one for my most recent purchase (for $200 more back in June)

https://www.amazon.com/Huawei-Amazon-Alexa-Leica-Camera/dp/B01MYRABC3/ref=sr_1_3?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1510873421&sr=1-3&keywords=huawei+mate+9
 
If you don't need a USA warranty there are newer models and/or cheaper high-end grey/imported options from Huawei.

If you absolutely can't go higher than $400 look at the Huawei 8.


Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: Myccrabbi on November 16, 2017, 07:44:05 PM
Nexus 6P?
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: mordechain on November 16, 2017, 08:28:00 PM
I've had this for a year and think it's great..
https://m.newegg.com/products/N82E16875705054
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: sky121 on November 16, 2017, 08:31:38 PM
I've had this for a year and think it's great..
https://m.newegg.com/products/N82E16875705054
+1 Another nice choice
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: myi on November 16, 2017, 09:47:18 PM
Is the Samsung Galaxy or an iPhone not Considered unlocked?
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: JACKBLUE on November 16, 2017, 09:48:38 PM
Is the Samsung Galaxy or an iPhone not Considered unlocked?
OP said under $400 and not used.
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: myi on November 16, 2017, 09:50:57 PM
OP said under $400 and not used.
I have gotten a Samsung Galaxy S7 for under 400 brand new from swappa.
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: JACKBLUE on November 16, 2017, 09:51:28 PM
I have gotten a Samsung Galaxy S7 for under 400 brand new from swappa.
great deal
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: myi on November 16, 2017, 09:52:22 PM
great deal
sure was, I have gotten many phones over the past few years from them very reliable and great condition and even some new ones.
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: moish on November 17, 2017, 05:35:50 AM
Thanks all
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: Zalc on November 22, 2017, 10:42:23 PM
Title says it all. It needs to work with T Mobile, and a good camera would be appreciated.

Any thoughts?

My 2 Cents:

ZTE Axon 7 - $379 new, on sale every now and then. Newegg (https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16875705054&cm_re=ZTE_Axon_7-_-75-705-054-_-Product)
Pros:
Cons:
LG V-20 - $319 new, on sale often as well. amazon (https://www.amazon.com/LG-V20-Display-Android-Smartphone/dp/B06XMQCGKB)
Pros:
Cons:

These 2 phones are very different in size, that may be the main decider.
Both have Fast, good service on T-mobile.
Both have good hardware and SD card slots.
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: MegaFlyer on November 24, 2017, 09:29:59 PM
How about PIxel 2? Anyone who's using it, please share your experience?
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: moish on November 25, 2017, 03:39:40 PM
I ended up getting the Mate 9. Hope it works out.
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: sky121 on November 25, 2017, 06:16:35 PM
I ended up getting the Mate 9. Hope it works out.
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Nice choice, let us know how you like it.
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: keemster26 on November 25, 2017, 06:44:55 PM
How about PIxel 2? Anyone who's using it, please share your experience?
Dw's cousin is a photographer. He bought one and was soo impressed with the camera that he uses it instead of his professional camera.
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: Geshmak25 on November 25, 2017, 07:08:44 PM
LG G5 32GB Unlocked Smartphone For $199.95 Shipped From B&H https://t.co/dbC5nCLzfb
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: Myccrabbi on November 25, 2017, 07:33:14 PM
  If you are fast enough (https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/electronics/iphone/iphone-8-256gb-unlocked-smartphone-779-99-google-pixel-phone-5-display-128gb-unlocked-smartphone-399-99-shipped-via-ebay-daily-deals/)
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: cozmohoot on November 25, 2017, 10:51:14 PM
  If you are fast enough (https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/electronics/iphone/iphone-8-256gb-unlocked-smartphone-779-99-google-pixel-phone-5-display-128gb-unlocked-smartphone-399-99-shipped-via-ebay-daily-deals/)
That seller always has iPhones discounted on ebay.
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: Myccrabbi on November 26, 2017, 12:31:24 AM
That seller always has iPhones discounted on ebay.
My point was the "pixel" for under  $400
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: cozmohoot on November 26, 2017, 11:40:44 AM
My point was the "pixel" for under  $400
Still available can even get 10 percent eBay bucks.
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: wayfe on November 26, 2017, 01:26:53 PM
I ended up getting the Mate 9. Hope it works out.

I think you'll be happy.

Huawei is really coming up... I chose them because I was feeling like Apple and Samsung were getting complacent and weren't truly innovative anymore. I think Huawei was the first one to start working on depth of field simulation for phones. Not sure how the camera compares to Samsung/iPhone 8 - but it outdoes previous models from those makers.

It's a great phone and excellent camera. Here's some of my snapshots with this phone (most are SOOC), and you can click on the link to see them in full resolution and details.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4538/24787271988_a1eebb79cd_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DLnfoq)

IMG_20170612_194011 (https://flic.kr/p/DLnfoq) on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4554/37772148645_127bc4461e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZxN8Qa)

IMG_20171009_164020 (https://flic.kr/p/ZxN8Qa) on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4570/38627538382_14212f67c2_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21Roep5)

IMG_20170827_190952 (https://flic.kr/p/21Roep5) on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4533/37772149975_acbd127edd_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZxN9e6)

IMG_20170815_165236 (https://flic.kr/p/ZxN9e6) on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4564/38627539072_147db14f37_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21RoeAY)

IMG_20170730_165534 (https://flic.kr/p/21RoeAY) on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4539/37772150365_a2809a9e7e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZxN9kP)

IMG_20170730_165530 (https://flic.kr/p/ZxN9kP) on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4561/38627539412_c342a29746_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21RoeGQ)

IMG_20170714_171900 (https://flic.kr/p/21RoeGQ) on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4562/37772150855_9d836acafb_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZxN9ug)

IMG_20170704_202646_1 (https://flic.kr/p/ZxN9ug) on Flickr
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: Dan on November 26, 2017, 01:35:32 PM
FWIW
https://www.cyberscoop.com/android-malware-china-huawei-zte-kryptowire-blu-products/
http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/100862/20160914/government-still-sees-huawei-front-chinese-spying.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/us/politics/china-phones-software-security.html
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/19/huawei_spied_us_jury_finds/
https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/kryptowire-adups-news/
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: ludmila on November 26, 2017, 02:35:04 PM
I think you'll be happy.

Huawei is really coming up... I chose them because I was feeling like Apple and Samsung were getting complacent and weren't truly innovative anymore. I think Huawei was the first one to start working on depth of field simulation for phones. Not sure how the camera compares to Samsung/iPhone 8 - but it outdoes previous models from those makers.

It's a great phone and excellent camera. Here's some of my snapshots with this phone (most are SOOC), and you can click on the link to see them in full resolution and details.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4538/24787271988_a1eebb79cd_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/DLnfoq)

IMG_20170612_194011 (https://flic.kr/p/DLnfoq) on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4554/37772148645_127bc4461e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZxN8Qa)

IMG_20171009_164020 (https://flic.kr/p/ZxN8Qa) on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4570/38627538382_14212f67c2_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21Roep5)

IMG_20170827_190952 (https://flic.kr/p/21Roep5) on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4533/37772149975_acbd127edd_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZxN9e6)

IMG_20170815_165236 (https://flic.kr/p/ZxN9e6) on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4564/38627539072_147db14f37_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21RoeAY)

IMG_20170730_165534 (https://flic.kr/p/21RoeAY) on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4539/37772150365_a2809a9e7e_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZxN9kP)

IMG_20170730_165530 (https://flic.kr/p/ZxN9kP) on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4561/38627539412_c342a29746_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/21RoeGQ)

IMG_20170714_171900 (https://flic.kr/p/21RoeGQ) on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4562/37772150855_9d836acafb_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ZxN9ug)

IMG_20170704_202646_1 (https://flic.kr/p/ZxN9ug) on Flickr
Pictures look great.
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: moish on November 27, 2017, 11:56:15 AM
nice pics.

So Pixel vs Mate9. Go!
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: pghtown on November 27, 2017, 12:16:15 PM
Verizon Black Friday Sale has Google Pixel on sale for $5 per month x 24 months.  Is this a good phone, even though not the newest model?
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: pghtown on November 27, 2017, 12:16:35 PM
Verizon Black Friday Sale has Google Pixel on sale for $5 per month x 24 months.  Is this a good phone, even though not the newest model?

I meant- Cyber Monday sale
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: Geshmak25 on November 27, 2017, 12:17:06 PM
Verizon Black Friday Sale has Google Pixel on sale for $5 per month x 24 months.  Is this a good phone, even though not the newest model?

FYI bestbuy has Pixel XL for same $5 per month.
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: pghtown on November 27, 2017, 12:23:18 PM

FYI bestbuy has Pixel XL for same $5 per month.
THANKS- is that Pixel XL at Best Buy unlocked?  Or can I get it unlocked to use in Israel with an Israeli Sim? TIA
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: sky121 on November 27, 2017, 12:28:06 PM
THANKS- is that Pixel XL at Best Buy unlocked?  Or can I get it unlocked to use in Israel with an Israeli Sim? TIA
Unlocked. Great price.
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: moish on November 27, 2017, 12:42:43 PM
can even get 10 percent eBay bucks.
how?
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: ADG on November 27, 2017, 12:55:56 PM

FYI bestbuy has Pixel XL for same $5 per month.

Dont get how this phone is selling for 120?

Can I buy it and use with Tmobile without getting the service?

Thanks
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: pghtown on November 27, 2017, 01:13:35 PM
Unlocked. Great price.
Thanks. Is there much difference compared to the smaller Google Pixel?  Don't want the big size of the XL.  Other than size are the phones essentially the same?? TIA
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: sky121 on November 27, 2017, 01:27:04 PM
Thanks. Is there much difference compared to the smaller Google Pixel?  Don't want the big size of the XL.  Other than size are the phones essentially the same?? TIA
Yup. One of the nice things about the Pixel is that the specs are the same basically besides for screen and battery size.
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: moish on November 27, 2017, 01:32:32 PM
Thanks. Is there much difference compared to the smaller Google Pixel?  Don't want the big size of the XL.  Other than size are the phones essentially the same?? TIA
The bigger one has better battery life and a better resolution screen
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: cozmohoot on November 27, 2017, 01:42:39 PM
how?
EBay had a promotion for 2 days of 10 percent bux. Every 10 days or so they have similar promos
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: Geshmak25 on November 27, 2017, 01:51:05 PM
Unlocked. Great price.
It's not unlocked. It's only via Verizon on payment plan. $5 for month after Verizon bill credit.
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: moish on November 27, 2017, 01:51:18 PM
I think the fact that there's no warranty should scare me more than this?

FWIW
https://www.cyberscoop.com/android-malware-china-huawei-zte-kryptowire-blu-products/
http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/100862/20160914/government-still-sees-huawei-front-chinese-spying.htm
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/us/politics/china-phones-software-security.html
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/19/huawei_spied_us_jury_finds/
https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/kryptowire-adups-news/
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: sky121 on November 27, 2017, 01:53:11 PM
It's not unlocked. It's only via Verizon on payment plan. $5 for month after Verizon bill credit.
You sure about this? I was pretty sure even the Verizon version was unlocked.
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: Geshmak25 on November 27, 2017, 02:04:30 PM
You sure about this? I was pretty sure even the Verizon version was unlocked.
I don't know about that part, but I do know that it needs to be signed up on a Verizon plan for the full 24 months in order to get the $5 per month value (as mentioned on the other thread).
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: pghtown on November 27, 2017, 02:23:18 PM
Yup. One of the nice things about the Pixel is that the specs are the same basically besides for screen and battery size.
Thanks.  How is the camera?
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: sky121 on November 27, 2017, 02:25:32 PM
Thanks.  How is the camera?
One of the best there is. You can Google all this obviously. But the camera was specifically one area where the pixel shines.
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: pghtown on November 27, 2017, 02:40:06 PM
One of the best there is. You can Google all this obviously. But the camera was specifically one area where the pixel shines.
I believe no SD card slot, correct?
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: sky121 on November 27, 2017, 02:42:31 PM
I believe no SD card slot, correct?
Correct. One of it's negatives, though Google does offer unlimited storage for photos and videos on Google drive.
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: yitzgar on November 27, 2017, 02:45:59 PM
Anyone have experience with the Moto g5 plus?
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: Eliyohu on November 27, 2017, 03:43:52 PM
Anyone have experience with the Moto g5 plus?
For the price I paid, I'm loving everything about it except for the camera..
Title: Re: Best Unlocked Android Phone Up To $400?
Post by: sky121 on December 05, 2017, 03:27:24 PM
Honor 7x now a nice option at $199