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Posted 23rd Apr 2014

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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.

Paired with:

Toshiba 32gb Micro SD Card £10.80 (the biggest the LG can take)

hotukdeals.com/dea…607

Giving us:

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.

EDIT

Arguably a better phone for £44.95 more if you're interested in a bigger, better screen. Courtesy of Da11as.

Huawei Ascend Y300
carphonewarehouse.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.
- Da11as

If you have an nus card you get spotify premium for £4.99

Also get other discounts woth nus extra.
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I am new to this android I have a blackberry curve just use it for phone calls, I want an android mainly to have as a spare and occasional use as a sat nav is this deal worth a try for this or should I get a better phone thanks all
lindezulian

I am new to this android I have a blackberry curve just use it for phone … I am new to this android I have a blackberry curve just use it for phone calls, I want an android mainly to have as a spare and occasional use as a sat nav is this deal worth a try for this or should I get a better phone thanks all



The screen would be too poor to use as a decent Sat Nav, in my opinion. However, Da11as posted an alternative which I have included at the end of my OP which has a much better screen and is probably a better phone.

If you're new to Android though, I would go to a local phone retailer and have a chat as there's no point in us all blinding you with facts and figures on here! Good luck.
daanuk

This is a sensible suggestion, however, my Spotify experience started … This is a sensible suggestion, however, my Spotify experience started when my large HDD died with all my MP3 music on it a few years back. Spotify was the most convenient and legal way for me to restore that catalogue of music. As such I have very few MP3s these days, and as such the Sansa combination would be ineffective for me, hence the reason for the caveat at the beginning of the OP.



OP, please reply to my post #34.

You stated in your deal details ''Remember, this is not about the beautiful quality of the phone, or the pixels on the screen, or its spectacular features'

So why are you posting negative spec details regarding the Alcatel ?

You have ask HUKD members can they do better this is detailed in your deal title.
Extremely stupid comment incoming.

Are people downloading their Spotify playlists when doing this? I currently just stream off 4G but obviously with varying signal it can go t**s up.
Edited by: "DevilWithin" 23rd Apr 2014
daanuk

The screen would be too poor to use as a decent Sat Nav, in my opinion. … The screen would be too poor to use as a decent Sat Nav, in my opinion. However, Da11as posted an alternative which I have included at the end of my OP which has a much better screen and is probably a better phone. Thank you If you're new to Android though, I would go to a local phone retailer and have a chat as there's no point in us all blinding you with facts and figures on here! Good luck.

What is stofipy anyway?
Love the idea, Love Spotify. HEAT
Da11as

OP, please reply to my post #34.You stated in your deal details … OP, please reply to my post #34.You stated in your deal details ''Remember, this is not about the beautiful quality of the phone, or the pixels on the screen, or its spectacular features'So why are you posting negative spec details regarding the Alcatel ?You have ask HUKD members can they do better this is detailed in your deal title.




Whilst I grant that you have indeed bettered the original price of the OP, the Alcatel phone is poor and my concern would be that its lack of RAM and obsolete OS, will mean it will struggle to run the Spotify App. We are trying to balance low price with this:

The idea of this thread is to see if anyone can put together the two … 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.



The operative word being 'decent'.


Edited by: "daanuk" 23rd Apr 2014
lindezulian

I am new to this android I have a blackberry curve just use it for phone … I am new to this android I have a blackberry curve just use it for phone calls, I want an android mainly to have as a spare and occasional use as a sat nav is this deal worth a try for this or should I get a better phone thanks all



The Huawei Y300 is a superb phone, it's powered by a 1GHz dual core Snapdragon processor, has a 1730mAh battery.

For a much better phone you can pay £44.95 + £10.80 32GB SD card would make the deal option £5.95 more than the OP LG deal.
Edited by: "Da11as" 24th Apr 2014
I pretty much did this when I upgraded to a nexus, kept my old phone, installed a CM rom and shoved a 32Gb card in it and loaded it with music and poweramp, since subscribing to google music all access it rarely gets used now but it's still great for taking on holiday as I can load up 32gb of music and the battery will last long than any flight i'll ever be on and I don't need data when in a foreign country to listen to music. With CM i also found you can install google music and make it send to the SD card, not sure how I did it but it did work
DevilWithin

Extremely stupid comment incoming. Are people downloading their Spotify … Extremely stupid comment incoming. Are people downloading their Spotify playlists when doing this? I currently just stream off 4G but obviously with varying signal it can go t**s up.



In a nutshell, yes. That's my intention when my Spotifone arrives

Download all the playlists on Wifi, then turn off the phone element and all the other nuts and bolts of the phone. In theory the battery will be good for 3 or 4 days then, I would hope.
To download the app simply point the browser on your phone to m.spotify.com and follow the installation instructions.
You don't need an android OS!
A used Blackberry Bold 9000 can be had for under £24 delivered!
Sadly I think the 9000 & 8520 only support a maximum of 32GB, but hey I have both sitting about, might as well put them to use!
Thanks for the inspiration OP!
(I just bought the kids ear muff headsets @ £5 a pop from Tescos (reduced from £14.99) they have the added bonus of a 4 pole jack which includes a built-in mic, didn't realise at the time! Probably should've posted that deal, but I know it was store specific!)
I think one important point is missing:

* How good is the sound quality?

Most cheap android phones tend to have rather bad sound quality, not just on the speaker, but also via head phones. Out of all the cheap devices, I found the Orange San Diego by far the most convincing in terms of sound quality. You can get a used version for reasonable money. But while it has an SD card slot, it is not usable unless you root the phone. Oh, and the battery is a bit weak.
Why wouldn't you just sell your small storage iDevice (one of the plus points of buying them is apparently better residuals) and buy just the one Android device with larger capacity and a microSD card slot?
MrPuddington

I think one important point is missing: * How good is the sound … I think one important point is missing: * How good is the sound quality?Most cheap android phones tend to have rather bad sound quality, not just on the speaker, but also via head phones. Out of all the cheap devices, I found the Orange San Diego by far the most convincing in terms of sound quality. You can get a used version for reasonable money. But while it has an SD card slot, it is not usable unless you root the phone. Oh, and the battery is a bit weak.



Thank you for pointing this out. I haven't had the chance to test it yet because I've ordered online, but if the quality is awful then I shall send it back.

However, I did look at a lot of reviews about the LG and one of its advantages was that the media playback was not bad at all.
Now to find cheap _genuine_ 32GB micro SD cards!
omgpleasespamme

Why wouldn't you just sell your small storage iDevice (one of the plus … Why wouldn't you just sell your small storage iDevice (one of the plus points of buying them is apparently better residuals) and buy just the one Android device with larger capacity and a microSD card slot?



In my case, it's my contract phone which I am very happy with all-in-all.
daanuk

In a nutshell, yes. That's my intention when my Spotifone arrives In a nutshell, yes. That's my intention when my Spotifone arrives Download all the playlists on Wifi, then turn off the phone element and all the other nuts and bolts of the phone. In theory the battery will be good for 3 or 4 days then, I would hope.



Nice one, don't know what the hell I've been playing at. Might just use my second phone for this purpose.
daanuk

In my OP I said this:Whilst I grant that you have indeed bettered the … In my OP I said this:Whilst I grant that you have indeed bettered the original price of the OP, the Alcatel phone is poor and my concern would be that its lack of RAM and obsolete OS, will mean it will struggle to run the Spotify App. We are trying to balance low price with this:The operative word being 'decent'.



The Alcatel 3040 would run the Sportifone app.

You seem to have already changed the rules to suit yourself regarding your original posting. There was no point is asking members to ''Can you do better'' and then throw your dummy out of your pram when someone comes up with a cheaper deal. (_;)

You dont play fair.

Edited by: "Da11as" 23rd Apr 2014
If you have an nus card you get spotify premium for £4.99

Sign up to this

groupon.co.uk/dea…088

And get a card for £12.

Also get other discounts woth nus extra.
tl;dr
daanuk

What in God's name is a Spotifone you ask?



I didn't.
No love for a Google Music phone?
Squirtle

No love for a Google Music phone?



I think it's a bit SNES or MegaDrive - you are allowed to love one, but not the other!
Da11as

The Alcatel 3040 would run the Sportifone app.You seem to have already … The Alcatel 3040 would run the Sportifone app.You seem to have already changed the rules to suit yourself regarding your original posting. There was no point is asking members to ''Can you do better'' and then throw your dummy out of your pram when someone comes up with a cheaper deal. (_;)You dont play fair.



Give it a rest mate, you look like a right tool.
Great post mate - if we had more posters like you and less trolls HUKD would be great again!
Heat for all the effort
Just sell the iPhone and get a decent android. One phone and problem solved.
I like the idea of this, I have a sansa clip + for music but it's not great, would rather a larger physical device but the only other real bigger storage device is an ipod classic but they're pretty expensive. A cheap phone with a 64gb micro sd card sounds like a good idea.

Do already have an android phone but using it for both phone function and music with that android battery life? Must be joking
Edited by: "Trace6x" 23rd Apr 2014
jez794

Just sell the iPhone and get a decent android. One phone and problem … Just sell the iPhone and get a decent android. One phone and problem solved.



It's a fair point Jez.

I posted this on page 2 regarding the reasons this was a practical measure for me:

I don't want a player that's as big as my iPhone or a Galaxy.
I want something I can be rough and tumble with for when I go riding on the bike or in the Gym.
I want a device where the battery is longer lasting than my CPU-intensive phone.
I want my music and my phone to be separate.

I also understand that not everyone will want a situation like this.
Trace6x

I like the idea of this, I have a sansa clip + for music but it's not … I like the idea of this, I have a sansa clip + for music but it's not great, would rather a larger physical device but the only other real bigger storage device is an ipod classic but they're pretty expensive. A cheap phone with a 64gb micro sd card sounds like a good idea



One major issue with the cheaper phones is the lack of support for SD cards greater than 32gb, so be sure to check before you invest. Glad to have you on board!
Is spotify premium not limited to 3300 offline tracks? If so why the need for 32gb memory cards?
daanuk

One major issue with the cheaper phones is the lack of support for SD … One major issue with the cheaper phones is the lack of support for SD cards greater than 32gb, so be sure to check before you invest. Glad to have you on board!


That's a good point, sound quality is probably an issue with cheaper phones too
steluca5

Give it a rest mate, you look like a right tool.



Its not rocket science to buy another device to run the app.

The OP has asked HUKD members can they do better than the LG option, go figure.

The deal was first up for moderation, in all fairness the deal should have been deleted.

I guess I should point out that my current phone (BlackBerry Q10) is my "music box" as well - although I am playing the music from the SD card - added bonus is the bluetooth streaming to my headphones! It also does FLAC, not that I take advantage of that though...
I'm going to repurpose my old Blackberry handsets (No Ovivo anymore, I'll maybe get one of those shemobile SIMs for "emergency" calls - may as well take advantage of all the features!)
heat just for the sheer balls to offer the hukd community on
jaydeeuk1

If you have an nus card you get spotify premium for £4.99Sign up to … If you have an nus card you get spotify premium for £4.99Sign up to thishttps://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/london/write-story-books-for-children-12/37856088And get a card for £12.Also get other discounts woth nus extra.



Will this actually work?
craig80

Is spotify premium not limited to 3300 offline tracks? If so why the need … Is spotify premium not limited to 3300 offline tracks? If so why the need for 32gb memory cards?



I wasn't previously aware of this, thank you for bringing it to my attention.

I haven't been able to get that many tracks on my phone as there's not enough space. I'll leave the listing as-is, but I will make a note in the OP. Some people will choose to sync in HQ which will take up considerably more space than normal tracks.

Again, my device will arrive on Friday, so I will add more to the OP then.
okosanto

Will this actually work?



Yeah, i got one from it. Not been a student for 10 years

10% off coop and 5 - 10% off lots of stuff at amazon. Wife likes it for all the asos and new look discounts. You'll recover the £26 cost easily!
Edited by: "jaydeeuk1" 23rd Apr 2014
Da11as

Its not rocket science to buy another device to run the app.The OP has … Its not rocket science to buy another device to run the app.The OP has asked HUKD members can they do better than the LG option, go figure.The deal was first up for moderation, in all fairness the deal should have been deleted.



This type of post isn't really for me. So usually i'd just ignore it but asking the OP to please reply to post #Whatever is poor. You made two alternative recommendations and they are decent, you don't need to start being arsey just because the OP doesn't agree with you. It's his post. He even listed your recommendations in his post so people can choose.

I do agree though, that this is an odd deal and very specific.
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