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    switching from iOS to android

    Can anyone make a recommendation for a good android phone, preferably under £300. I'm currently using an iPhone 5C which can be quite slow now - I was considering the iPhone 7 but I don't really see the point in spending so much money for what I use it for, and the lack of a micro SD slot is frustrating. I have looked at the Samsung a5 2017 that seems to have good reviews

    All help appreciated

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    Try the Huawei range

    The newest Moto g that's out

    If you can manage a little bit more (admittedly £100 more) the OnePlus 3T is excellent.

    Apart from that one of the Motorola Moto G phones.

    for that price a oneplus 3t or for about £230 a Nexus 6p.

    i just bought my wife an LG G5 for about £350, you may get it cheaper, but by far the best bang for buck you will get for an android phone for the price

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    only from argos...added the link
    Edited by: "kingtreelo" 6th May

    kingtreelo

    i just bought my wife an LG G5 for about £350, you may get it cheaper, … i just bought my wife an LG G5 for about £350, you may get it cheaper, but by far the best bang for buck you will get for an android phone for the pricehttp://www.argos.co.uk/product/6688323only from argos...added the link



    ​Damn that is tempting (especially that I can get 8% off through my work with argos gift cards and also normally get a £10 voucher for over £100 spend).

    I'll be selling g my LG g5 next week.. Pm me if your interested

    I'll be selling my LG g5 next week. Pm me if you are interested.

    Wileyfox Swift 2X is the one to get. However I consider Android to be a step backwards from IOS and wouldn't recommend it. Some change because of the novelty of using another OS with a different interface but there are numerous problems with the Android platform:
    - The Play store does not validate apps like the Apple App Store and many Android apps contain malware or are financed by integrated ads that could link to malware. Over 80% of all malware targeting smartphones are for Android
    - Unless you get a Google Nexus phone you will never be on the latest version any time soon after its release. Most vendors take months before releasing the latest version for their phones and in the meantime you are exposed to the latest vulnerabilities.
    - Android does not enforce its apps to use https for all their communications so you could be sending your private data in clear text for anyone to snif.
    - Most Android apps force you to give them full disk access permissions and a malware will invariably have read/write access to ALL of your data.
    - If your iPhone has a hardware problem during its warranty period all you need to do is go to an Apple store and your phone will be swapped on the spot. The old phone will be wiped securely where possible and they will also transfer all your data so you just walk out with a fully functioning phone. With other vendors there's the hassle of shipping it to a service centre usually at your own cost and wait several days before a repair assuming they do repair it and don't send it back saying the problem could not be reproduced which happens all too often!
    - Once a newer model gets released, Android phone manufacturers tend to forget about users of last year's model and delay or even don't release the latest version for it. iPhones tend to always get the latest version unless it is not possible due to hardware requirements.
    - Apple recycles *a lot* of the electronic components of its phones. No other phone manufacturer has made a commitment to recycling as much yet.

    N.B. I'm no fan boy but I acknowledge a good product when I see one.

    I have always used android, never felt the need for iPhone, always considered it to be a music lovers phone with icloud and iTunes and what not(I don't research into it much) but dush_yant has just written the most informative piece on why anyone may choose to go for iOS . if I could afford it I would truly consider getting one.

    dush_yant

    Wileyfox Swift 2X is the one to get. However I consider Android to be a … Wileyfox Swift 2X is the one to get. However I consider Android to be a step backwards from IOS and wouldn't recommend it. Some change because of the novelty of using another OS with a different interface but there are numerous problems with the Android platform:- The Play store does not validate apps like the Apple App Store and many Android apps contain malware or are financed by integrated ads that could link to malware. Over 80% of all malware targeting smartphones are for Android- Unless you get a Google Nexus phone you will never be on the latest version any time soon after its release. Most vendors take months before releasing the latest version for their phones and in the meantime you are exposed to the latest vulnerabilities.- Android does not enforce its apps to use https for all their communications so you could be sending your private data in clear text for anyone to snif.- Most Android apps force you to give them full disk access permissions and a malware will invariably have read/write access to ALL of your data.- If your iPhone has a hardware problem during its warranty period all you need to do is go to an Apple store and your phone will be swapped on the spot. The old phone will be wiped securely where possible and they will also transfer all your data so you just walk out with a fully functioning phone. With other vendors there's the hassle of shipping it to a service centre usually at your own cost and wait several days before a repair assuming they do repair it and don't send it back saying the problem could not be reproduced which happens all too often!- Once a newer model gets released, Android phone manufacturers tend to forget about users of last year's model and delay or even don't release the latest version for it. iPhones tend to always get the latest version unless it is not possible due to hardware requirements.- Apple recycles *a lot* of the electronic components of its phones. No other phone manufacturer has made a commitment to recycling as much yet.N.B. I'm no fan boy but I acknowledge a good product when I see one.



    absolute nonsense spouted by someone who loves Apple

    You don't think those same apps on Android also access your details on an IPhone...think again buster, you just don't get the warning

    I have had android phones for about 10 years now, and have never ever had a single piece of malware on my device, i once was asked by someone with an IPhone what anti-virus software i had installed, i actually laughed at him and told him what i thought

    i almost guarantee also, that android phones more than 5 years old still work, even though they dont have the latest software, where Iphones often start to run extremely sluggish as the latest OS often cripples the older phones, meaning you have no choice but to get a new one or look elsewhere

    Original Poster

    Thanks everyone - after looking at your suggestions, and watching some YouTube vids I'm going to go for the Samsung A5 2017 I originally considered. I can't justify spending £600 on an iPhone 7, as nice as iOS is, I have my ipad to continue using that - but phonewise I want plenty of space and without a micro SD card or extra money that's just not gonna happen. I'm not keen on the look of the Moto or LG (sorry) - they're just not for me.

    I've had android phones in the past too and never had issues in regards to security and malware. I love my iPhone but it's far too slow now, and for what I use my phone for (browsing/scrolling/pictures/videos) it's not worth paying more than double for the sake of using iOS imho.

    morethananaddict

    Thanks everyone - after looking at your suggestions, and watching some … Thanks everyone - after looking at your suggestions, and watching some YouTube vids I'm going to go for the Samsung A5 2017 I originally considered. I can't justify spending £600 on an iPhone 7, as nice as iOS is, I have my ipad to continue using that - but phonewise I want plenty of space and without a micro SD card or extra money that's just not gonna happen. I'm not keen on the look of the Moto or LG (sorry) - they're just not for me. I've had android phones in the past too and never had issues in regards to security and malware. I love my iPhone but it's far too slow now, and for what I use my phone for (browsing/scrolling/pictures/videos) it's not worth paying more than double for the sake of using iOS imho.



    I dnt think it will take long for you t regret it and change back. I use apple for personal and an s7 samsung for work and the apple phone is far better hardware and software.

    kingtreelo

    absolute nonsense spouted by someone who loves AppleYou don't think those … absolute nonsense spouted by someone who loves AppleYou don't think those same apps on Android also access your details on an IPhone...think again buster, you just don't get the warningI have had android phones for about 10 years now, and have never ever had a single piece of malware on my device, i once was asked by someone with an IPhone what anti-virus software i had installed, i actually laughed at him and told him what i thoughti almost guarantee also, that android phones more than 5 years old still work, even though they dont have the latest software, where Iphones often start to run extremely sluggish as the latest OS often cripples the older phones, meaning you have no choice but to get a new one or look elsewhere



    Like you, I have used iPhone(s) for 10 years or so, never had the need for antivirus, never had malware, never had any problems whatsoever.

    Does that prove ones better than the other?
    No, course it doesn't, savvy users won't have problems regardless of there phone choice.

    dush_yant makes some valid points re Android which you dismiss, wrongly IMHO but hey ho, but it looks like you've missed the first sentence where they actually recommend an Android handset..(_;)

    Any android phone with 2gig plus ram will serve you well. The next thing to consider is camera. I have xiaomi redmi note 3 international at £121 was a best buy for me,but camera not great. Stretch a little more and the one plus 5 might be in reach

    kingtreelo

    absolute nonsense spouted by someone who loves AppleYou don't think those … absolute nonsense spouted by someone who loves AppleYou don't think those same apps on Android also access your details on an IPhone...think again buster, you just don't get the warningI have had android phones for about 10 years now, and have never ever had a single piece of malware on my device, i once was asked by someone with an IPhone what anti-virus software i had installed, i actually laughed at him and told him what i thoughti almost guarantee also, that android phones more than 5 years old still work, even though they dont have the latest software, where Iphones often start to run extremely sluggish as the latest OS often cripples the older phones, meaning you have no choice but to get a new one or look elsewhere



    The same apps work differently in iOS. All iOS apps are silo'd off into their own space and cannot access the space of other apps or the full disk drive. The only shared spaces that you can give iOS apps access to are predefined e.g. Photos library, iBooks, etc. Android developers acknowledge this weakness in their OS but can't do anything about it since this is highly embedded into the design of the OS.

    By you not noticing anything doesn't mean the malware isn't there - many malware are well written and go unnoticed on the phone. The more apps you install the more chance at getting malware and the level of damage varies depending on the malware - they could just want your phone to simply collect the odd bits of data to sell off on the black market and use all kinds of techniques to go unnoticed for as long as possible.

    Antivirus is not needed on iPhone unless you have jailbroken your phone to get access to 3rd party app stores that distribute pirated apps which could have been repackaged to include malware due to the fact that the apps are already thoroughly validated before going on the official App store, where as Antivirus is always needed on Android.

    My point wasn't on sluggishness, by choosing to run an older software version you are accepting the risk of being exposed to the known vulnerabilities of that version. To run the latest versions optimally will invariably mean getting more recent hardware no matter if it is Android or iOS.

    Apostasy: defection from one cult to another

    xiaomi mi5s plus 128GB is the best with a 5.7" screen although it's a Chinese phone and you are more than likely to buy from China . or there is the OnePlus 3T which alot like but i think again it's from China . so if you would like a UK phone then it's seems to be the LG G5 if you are worried about warranty .

    LG G5 is phenomenal, the build quality is very good and sturdy. The phone is lightning quick (like any flagship really) it's the best phone I've ever used, plus the cameras are very nice.

    You don't always need antivirus on android at all, chances are if you are pretty normal and only use your phone for the essential things then you won't ever need it. However if you like downloading ghetto apps that have no value whatsoever from untrusted creators, then yes you probably might.

    oneplus 3

    I have just bought my wife the A5 2017 edition and it's a solid phone. I have the s7 and to be honest there's not much difference apart from the price.

    OnePlus

    Lg g5 by far is the best value, the snapdragon 820 chipset is so snappy, it also runs android nougat.
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