Before you go any further, this is probably most relevant for Spotify Premium users. It is also not necessarily a 'deal' per se, as we have nothing yet to compare it with, but we have established a benchmark price to work from if this idea raises its head again in future.
What in God's name is a Spotifone you ask?
Well, this morning my 16gb iPhone was, once again, full to the brim with data - pictures, apps, videos and Spotify songs.
Fortunately I had a few episodes of Masterchef that I could delete on iPlayer - I find there's nothing more satisfying than banishing Greg Wallace with the same glee he demolishes puddings - but the 8gb of Spotify files is crippling my iPhone.
As a consequence of not wanting to constantly delete things on my phone just to make space for Spotify data, I wondered if there was a way of creating a cheap and cheerful 'Spotifone', so I can delete Spotify from my iDevice and re-download all that data to a standalone device.
The first alternative was to go simple and buy an iPod that was capable of running Spotify.
The result? Brutal. £199 gets you a current 16gb iPod touch, with no expandable memory.
We've set the benchmark though. How far under £199 can we get in the search for a device with a large memory and will accomodate the Spotify App.
After about 3 seconds thinking, I decided Android was the way to go. Why?
a) People are more familiar with Android than Windows phone as a rule.
b) There are myriad Android handsets to choose from, giving us the best chance of making a cheap Spotifone.
What does a Spotifone comprise?
1 x Cheap Android Phone, preferably with a recent iteration of Android
1 x 32gb Micro SD card
The idea of this thread is to see if anyone can put together the two items to make a decent Spotifone for the cheapest price.
Remember, this is not about the beautiful quality of the phone, or the pixels on the screen, or its spectacular features. It's about:
"Can it run Spotify?"
"How good is the battery?"
"Has it got a headphone jack?"
This is my attempt:
The LG L3 II, currently reduced to £39 with Tesco Mobile:tesco.com/dir…730
It might be a deeply average phone, but it runs Android smoothly and the battery is awesome.
Toshiba 32gb Micro SD Card £10.80 (the biggest the LG can take)hotukdeals.com/dea…607
An Android 4.1 media player with 34gb of available space for music and a 2+ day battery for a total cost of £49.80.
So come on HUKD, can you beat that? It's meant to be a bit of fun and I appreciate it's quite specific, but it'll be interesting to see what we can come up with. I'll update the thread as and when.
*please note there is obviously going to be discrepancies between mobile carriers. This isn't supposed to be a thread for that. As long as the phone can update Spotify over Wifi, we're in business.
Arguably a better phone for £44.95 more if you're interested in a bigger, better screen. Courtesy of Da11as.
Huawei Ascend Y300carphonewarehouse.com/pho…414
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T-Mobile Alcatel One Touch 3040 Mobile Phone £19.99 + £10 Top-Up @ Argos.
Toshiba 32GB MICRO SD CLASS 10 £10.80 @ amazon.
Total £40.79. X)
And the best thing about it is, you have £10 credit to get you going.
If you have an nus card you get spotify premium for £4.99
Also get other discounts woth nus extra.