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  1. daocat555

    Affordable Smartphone Recomendations

    Fvw53: well yes and no. No, in that I am still a big fan of the Xiaomi Redmi 6A, and yes, in that if I were to offer a single recommendation to someone interested in an affordable phone I would pick one of the Umidigi models. Stereo high tech speakers go a long way for me and ultra rapid wireless charging, to me, is the cat's meow. The Xiaomi is at Lazada in many memory configurations and colors, with quite a few stores to choose from. For example with 2/16 it's 3,590 baht or with 2/32 it's 3,990 baht. I got one for my housekeeper's daughter for 3,405 baht from Aliexpress and it has already been shipped. It's currently 3,281 baht from Hong Kong Goldway at Aliexpress (gold color) and 3,182 baht at Xiaomi Dreami Store (black color only, today they ran out of stock in the other two colors, but tomorrow they may get more stock. I bought mine from Xiaomi Dreami). The 6A has it's single speaker firing straight out of the back of the phone. I think that's disgraceful (sorry; will try not to get too emotional about phone hardware). Comparison between: Xiaomi Redmi 6A, UMIDIGI One Pro, UMIDIGI One So today my singular recommendation for an affordable smartphone is the Umidigi One Pro. I posted a question on Umidigi Thailand Facebook page and am joining Umidigi's Official Forum group so I can get more info on this phone. Will warts be discovered? Maybe. I sang the praises of the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE for weeks until gsmarena posted their review and gave it poor marks (for me) for audio output. So with new phones there are unknown factors.
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    Pure Android OS

    Mtis2005; I went to Facebook for Umidigi Thailand and asked the question in a post, "Are the Umidigi One and One Pro part of the Android One program?" Certainly they are not listed on the Android One site with the Link you gave, as the Xiaomi Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite are. I wonder the same thing about the Cubot's, but, for me, the new Umidigi models are more interesting. I have also asked that question on the Umidigi forum in the Umidigi Official site. Mtis 2005; you are a knowledgeable guy, and I'm really not trying to troll you here but imo you buy the darndest phones. I just checked the specifications on the Elephone S8. Run, don't walk, to a favorite food vender, masseuse, or acquaintance and give that phone away, hehe. Thank you for posting, I will post again if I get an answer.
  3. daocat555

    High End Mobile Recomendations

    Great phone and a nice price. Thanks for posting; enjoy.
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    High End Mobile Recomendations

    While entry and mid-range phones have recently been released and become available by the boatload, not much is real new in the High End sector. Nokia is set for an announcement August 21'rst, which might be the Nokia 9. Oneplus will most likely release its 6T in October. The Oppo R17 Pro has had some of its specifications leaked and it's triple camera setup looks hot. It might be the best Oppo model yet as the Find X has been pretty much shown to be overpriced and underwhelming. The LG Q8 is expected to be released in August. To me it seems like kind of a me-too phone. Lastly, ZTE may be announcing its Axon 9 which might be a nice phone.
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    Pure Android OS

    The last time I posted about the Umidigi one Pro it was listed at GearBest for 16,889 baht. So it's current price on Aliexpress of 6,110 baht which includes a wireless charger makes it a lot more desirable. That's less expensive than the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, which has made it to Lazada.
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    Affordable Smartphone Recomendations

    I want to thank the Xiaomi Official Store at Lazada for drastically raising its price for the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite. That got me searching for alternative seller's (Cool Cool, SUNSKY) and alternative phones. The Umidigi One and Umidigi One Pro are two phones which stand up well to the Xiaomi. https://www.devicespecifications.com/en/comparison/68821170a8 The Umidigi's are shorter, narrower, and thinner than the Xiaomi (by just a bit), and 1 gram heavier with a slightly weaker battery. Both models of the Umidigi have hi tech stereo speakers. The Pro model has ultra fast wireless charging and NFC. With the wireless charger included the Umidigi Pro is less expensive than the Xiaomi, and although the Xiaomi powder blue is cool the Umidigi's twilight color has awesome color shifts in the sun.
  7. Well I went to K Bank just now and asked them about a credit card. They told me I can only get an unsecured credit card if I am working in Thailand or I have a business in Thailand. They were pretty sure that this is true for all Thai Banks.
  8. daocat555

    Affordable Smartphone Recomendations

    LomSak27; can I give you a gentle push to buy a new mobile? I don't have a lot of money myself and I also like Laptops and cameras; though I have never bought a tablet. If you are interested check my profile and go to my post on my Laptop set up which I'm proud of. I haven't posted in photography yet, as my Nikon D90 with Sigma 35/1.4 and Nikon 135/2.0 are still sitting un-used in the suitcase they arrived in, oh, those many months ago, but taking some shots and posting in photography is on my "to do" list. I bought the camera body at MBK quite a while ago, the Nikon 135/2.0, used, at the same time, and then added the 35/1.4, so I only have two lenses. These days I guess I would buy a camera kit online if I did buy a camera kit. Pre-online shopping it was fun to surf the Malls and interact with the salespeople. Okay, stud858 brought up the Samsung Galaxy J6 2018. I just bought the last one available at Lazada in Purple for 4,790 baht, not for me, but for someone who I haven't chosen yet, and just on general principles. So the bad news for you, LomSak27, is that you will need to pay 4,912 baht if you want one in purple. https://www.lazada.co.th/products/samsung-galaxy-j6-2018-ram3rom32-1-i237097982-s363665156.html? I have provided the link to Lazada to ease your shopping, the store has a 82% positive seller rating with 4+ years at Lazada, so those are good marks for that store, IT Hut. For the SIM card for this mobile, which will most likely go to, how to say this politically correctly, ah, my next personal service provider with talent, I choose the AIS prepaid Net Marathon 1 mbps/12 months, which I bought online. That's a fun SIM with free calls to AIS for one hour for one year and unlimited 1 mbps net for one year. When bought online you get a selection of phone numbers to choose from, and I find it fun to select a "lucky" phone number, or at the very least a phone number which is easy to remember.
  9. daocat555

    Affordable Smartphone Recomendations

    stud858; I have written about the Samsung Galaxy J6 in this topic and I think it's a great phone. It's currently 4,790 baht at one Lazada Store available in that nice Samsung Purple Color That has me thinking that I could have bought that for my housekeeper's daughter. It is surely a much better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi 6A which I did buy. But that would have meant me kicking in 2,790 baht out of pocket; just a bit too much but certainly tempting as I look at the J6 specifications; quite a phone for the money. I can happily say that the Xiaomi Dreami Store at Aliexpress lived up to its name so far, they just shipped my order to me, 26 hours after I bought it, a record for me for Aliexpress. I just wish Hong Kong SKYWAY would take a cue from them and ship my Meizu 16th which I ordered on August 9'th. Ceciclia Garcia; nice to see a new member here and I agree entirely with your first post.
  10. To me, getting a secured credit card is always a money losing venture. But I am happy I stumbled on this Topic because I have decided to apply for a non secured credit card at K Bank; which could come in handy at times. Most of the time I use a credit card I'll use my USA Discover or Capital One, which pay me 1.5 % cash back immediately and more cashback at the end of the year (another 1.5% from Discover, I forget what Capital One does). I can use the K Bank Credit Card (if I get it) for the Online purchases that I currently make with my K Bank debit card; and K Bank says I will get points for using the credit card, so why not apply. Thanks guys.
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    Affordable Smartphone Recomendations

    Today the price decreased at Aliexpress for the Meizu 15, down to 10,343 baht for the blue color. Original Meizu 15 4G LTE 4GB 64GB Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 5.46" 1920x1080P Screen Fingerprint ID Fast charger Smart Phone-in Mobile Phones from Cellphones & Telecommunications on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group When you consider the sound,camera, screen, and speed of this mobile it could be arguably the best value for the baht phone available today. Nyezhov; add a soft case for 199 baht and you'd be good to go. Clear soft case For MEIZU 15 ,15 PLUS Transparent silicon TPU anti fall case cover FOR 15PLUS THIN All inclusive M15plus-in Fitted Cases from Cellphones & Telecommunications on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group Yeah, it's 543 baht over your 10,000 baht ceiling. And there is some wait to get the phone when ordering from Aliexpress (by your post about a SIM card it seems you might be going Stateside at some time?). So maybe this doesn't work for you? Also don't you have a mule bring in a Moto G6 Play? That's a fine mobile in every respect except it's Antutu score of 47,963. Would you notice that much of a difference when using the G6 Play compared to the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite which has a 76,500 Antutu score? Well not to talk on the phone but for sure for gaming and probably for videos, multi-tasking, and switching applications. It depends what you use the phone for. The Meizu 15's Antutu score of 134,170 is pretty much high enough for anything except hard core gaming. For gaming consider the Meizu 16th which has an Antutu score of 291.185; about the highest of any phone available today. Xiaomi; Meizu; yeah I like those two brands, but I also think that Asus and Huawei tend to offer good value.
  12. I am retired and living in Thailand and I have never considered applying for a Credit Card at Local Thai Banks. To me it's like applying for a postpay SIM card, the prepaid cards, to me, are better. I do recommend Kbank for a savings account and a debit Visa card; with an Internet account the debit card can be used to make online purchases. Kbank also has easy top up of prepaid SIM cards. I do not recommend a Bangkok Bank online account, which will give you a Union Pay debit card which is accepted at far fewer places compared to Visa. I think there are quite a few Thai Banks which will give you a Visa debit card and an online account (eg SCB, etc).
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    Affordable Smartphone Recomendations

    Well I'm on Mobile fire now. The price for the Xiaomi Redmi 6A 2/16 went down today on pretty much all Aliexpress stores. The best price being at Xiaomi Dreamie (also the best Store name) which is $102.99 (3,427 baht). It didn't get back to the don't snooze or you'll lose sub 3,000 baht price that it once was, but I bought one. This is for the daughter of my housekeeper, the deal being that my housekeeper will give me 2,000 baht and I'll get a phone for her daughter when I think I have found a good one, contributing anything in excess of 2,000, if needed, to purchase the phone. I considered the Leagoo S9 which is not that much more expensive from SUNSKY, and has way better specifications, but decided that Xiaomi quality and reputation for audio would win out, and the newly posted review of the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite on gsmarena had me in a very pro-Xiaomi mood.
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    Affordable Smartphone Recomendations

    I visited gsmarena just now and saw that they have posted their review of the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite. The review exceeded my expectations. Audio output, always a big unknown on new phones, was 70.6 dB max voice and 86.1 dB for ringing phone; and was described as "rich and clean"; nice. The display, which was not good on it's cousin, the Xiaomi Mi A2, was given high marks, and it was given stellar marks for battery performance. I post on gsmarena using the name "daocat555", and for those interested, have posted on the Mi A2 Lite, the Meizu 15, and the Meizu 16th.
  15. daocat555

    Affordable Smartphone Recomendations

    For me, there is exactly one Huawei model which I recommend friends consider buying, the P 20 Pro. And virtually all the other Huawei models have the weakness of IPS screen, poor audio output from a single down firing speaker, and no Optical image stabilization on the camera, which makes the pixel resolution irrelevant if you get motion blur. The Huawei P 20 Pro is listed for a good price at Lazada, which means you can avoid the International sellers. A Word of caution about buying the P 20 Pro from Lazada. a shop called "i-Smart Shop" lists it for 19,790 baht, and if you buy from that link you will get the Huawei P 20. So many people on Lazada have complained about this and yet i-Smart Shop continues with the false listing. I believe Superiphone Shop at Lazada actually sells the P 20 Pro where they list the P 20 Pro (for 22,700 baht), but I am not certain of this. The P 20 Pro has stereo speakers and in my opinion (which is not shared by most review sites) the best camera available today. For me the Huawei Nova 3 has the classic Huawei faults. A single down firing speaker with expected poor audio output. I do not see where the camera has Optical Image stabilization. The screen is huge (6.3 in) considering the body width of 73.7 mm, but it is IPS not Super AMOLED. It is very light for such a good sized battery (3750 mAh). I won't criticize the aged Kirin 970 GT processor based on performance (however gsmarena sure did) as I think an Antutu score of 213,380 is plenty fast enough for any non gamer. Gsmarena also was not amused that the "fast charging" brought the phone from 0 to only 25 % in the first 30 minutes and 55% in the first hour. This is pretty slow by today's standards. The Huawei Nova 3 is not yet available at Lazada. If you venture to Aliexpress it's 14,305 baht. For that you are getting poor audio output, a camera which might not have OIS, and a phone which charges fairly slowly. Not my cup of tea. Compare Huawei P20 Pro vs. Meizu 16 vs. Huawei nova 3 - GSMArena.com Comparison between: Huawei nova 3, Huawei P20 Pro, Meizu 16 Huawei Nova 3 VS. Huawei P20 Pro VS. Meizu 16th: Comparison Not to be a broken troll, er, record. But doesn't the Meizu 16th stand up well vs the two Huawei's here. It's about the same price as the Nova 3 and a lot cheaper than the P 20 Pro. I enjoyed Murakami's Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (spend your money on things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can't buy). My favorite Murakami is "A wild Sheep Chase" and the last Murakami I will read was 1Q84; too violent and the same stuff over and over. But I did enjoy the many books I read by him.
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