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DFord

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Addressing the OP: I bought a couple of Galaxy S7 in April 2017 used off eBay for about $300 apiece at the time. They were in perfect condition even though the seller rated them at 9/10. I've been completely happy with both of them. The wife was a newbie to smart phones at the time but now I can't get her off FB with all her friends. I love the camera! Especially the "panoramic" feature that lets me start at one side of a scene and sweep in any direction up to 360 degrees (it gets a little messy and confusing if you go past 360). I've got a hot spot that runs over its 15Gb high speed data by the 10th of the month. If the throttled speed is too slow to do what I need to do or if I don't have the hotspot with me, I'll switch on the phone's hotspot feature and continue on using it. I've thought about upgrading but why would I want to? The camera meets all my needs and I've all the apps I could ever want at my finger tips. I added a 32Gb micro SD card to store my pictures as the built-in memory can't handle a lot of images from the camera - like I have stored on the SD card. Here;s a link to an eBay search for the Samsung Galaxy S7: https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R4........ala.TRS0&_nkw=samsung+galaxy+s7&_sacat=0
I see the price way down from what I paid 3 years ago making them an excellent choice. I've never had any problems with either phone. I use this horizontal case: ">d0AAOSwX8tdHOkr]https://www.ebay.com/i........e="eek" alt="[emoticon]">d0AAOSwX8tdHOkr
And keep the phone in one of these: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Samsung-Galaxy-........one-Rubber-Protective-Cover/281663933443
I found a glass screen protector for $1 at Dollar Tree. If I were to take the covers off the phones today, there wouldn't be a mark on them.
I highly recommend the Samsung Galaxy S7. Don't get sucked into any of the 5G hype for the next several years till after the providers build out their networks. I doubt if you'll ever be able to get 5G service while boondocking in the desert at Quartzsite. The range on 5G tower isn't nearly as good as 4G/LTE towers.


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If you haven't bought anything yet, we went with Googles phones after our banking apps wouldn't work with our old Samsung S3s. We absolutely LOVE them, and the improvement in cameras and not having Samsungs crappy interface on top of the Android stuff made them a breeze to use.
If I can help it, I will not be using any more Samsung phones, and will be sticking with the Pixels as long as we can afford them.
BTW, our Pixels are not tied to any carrier, and will work with them all. I am currently with Straighttalk, and my DW is with Google FI. We are considering switching to Visible, but not ready to make the jump yet. I know Visible will let you use the hotspot as will Google FI, but Straighttalk will not.


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monkey44 wrote:

Hope you don't mind me butting into your thread, but I logged on to ask the identical Q? I'm in the exact same pickle - new phone - so will watch and this with interest.

Been looking at Moto G7 and Samsung A20 ... but am wondering if these are older models that will not keep up with service. This seems low-price to me at $250, and am not sure we'd get good service from it over time. We'd spend more for good quality, but not for fancy stuff and ability we never use. We always have our laptop. So many brands out there, hard to know quality of the phone.

We don't game or stream. We need only Internet, Phone, Hotspot, Message -- we don't use all the apps or games in top-line phones, but do not want something that will run out of ability soon. Seems the older models can't stay up with the changes in service.
i own the g7 power and wont own another phone for awhile absolutely love it

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The new soon to be available moto g power will prove the biggest bang for the buck. I am comparing it spec wise to my g 4 which I paid the same price several years ago. For most of us this is more than we use.


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I have started a similar search because my S8 screen has cracked twice and I need to find something less expensive and more durable. I think the move towards tiny bevels is the root cause. Currently considering an unlocked Samsung a50 - inexpensive, hot spot, long battery, decent camera ... but not waterproof.


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Posted: 04/14/20 08:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dieseltruckdriver wrote:

If you haven't bought anything yet, we went with Googles phones after our banking apps wouldn't work with our old Samsung S3s. We absolutely LOVE them, and the improvement in cameras and not having Samsungs crappy interface on top of the Android stuff made them a breeze to use.
If I can help it, I will not be using any more Samsung phones, and will be sticking with the Pixels as long as we can afford them.
BTW, our Pixels are not tied to any carrier, and will work with them all. I am currently with Straighttalk, and my DW is with Google FI. We are considering switching to Visible, but not ready to make the jump yet. I know Visible will let you use the hotspot as will Google FI, but Straighttalk will not.

Exactly our experience, we have had Samsung and Moto phones but my last three phones have been unlocked Google phones and I will never go back. The Moto phones are unlocked and priced lower than most and we had no problem with them. But the Google Pixel series have excellent cameras. Having an unlocked phone separates you from the carrier and Samsung apps that are not needed but can't be removed.


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Look at www.bhphotovideo.com for unlocked phones, good prices, great service and quick shipping.
I've had Samsungs in the past but a couple years ago bought 2 Moto X4. Really like them, was on ATT until December then switched to RedPocket.

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Exactly our experience, we have had Samsung and Moto phones but my last three phones have been unlocked Google phones and I will never go back. The Moto phones are unlocked and priced lower than most and we had no problem with them. But the Google Pixel series have excellent cameras. Having an unlocked phone separates you from the carrier and Samsung apps that are not needed but can't be removed.

As an added bonus, (my DW is not easy on phones) neither of us has ever cracked a screen on these. They must use good glass!

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we recently switched to Consumer Cellular (get the AT&T Sim card option) and have been very happy. We replaced our Samsung S4 minis (6 years old) with Samsung S10e models. The e part means it is smaller than the regular S10 model. Again very happy with the phones and the cost of the Consumer Cellular. We only have the 10gb plan per month so your results may vary depending upon your data needs. Cut our Verizon plan costs in half.


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dieseltruckdriver wrote:

As an added bonus, (my DW is not easy on phones) neither of us has ever cracked a screen on these. They must use good glass!
I have a Pixel 3 and I dropped it three times in a row on a concrete sidewalk within a 20 minute period. Each time I thought this is not going to be good but on the first two drops there was no damage.

On the third drop the glass was slightly cracked on the upper right corner. First of all, I made a pledge to always focus on what I am doing when I take my phone out of my pocket. [emoticon] I ordered myself a new Pixel 3 from Google (luckily they were on sale at the time) and when it was delivered I sent my phone with the broken glass to Google for repair (it still worked normally). It came back looking like new and my wife decided she wanted to use it to replace her Moto G 5S Plus because the Pixel was a little smaller and felt better in her hand.

The Moto G ended up with a grandson whose phone died when he was visiting with us. So we are a two Pixel family now and have been for a year and I have not dropped my phone again.

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