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Should I bother fixing my phone, and if not - what do I replace it with?

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 4:36 am UTC
by Zohar
I've had my Nexus 5X for a bit more than a year, and in the last couple of weeks it started to either not recognize my sim card/recognize it but have zero reception/have reception but no data. Rarely it works as it should. I changed my sim card today and it's still happening, so it's definitely a phone issue.

1. Should I bother trying to get this fixed? I'm happy with the way everything else works.
2. If not, which phone should I get? Wirecutter recommended the Motorola Moto G5 Plus as a cheap option. At this point (and my previous phone only surviving two years), I'd like decent performance but mostly durability. I don't particularly care about a having a great camera, but I'd like a fingerprint reader.

Re: Should I bother fixing my phone, and if not - what do I replace it with?

Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:25 am UTC
by Cathode Ray Sunshine
I've been having problems logging in and just now I was able to. I don't know if you still need any input, but I thought I'd still throw my 2 cents. I can't answer the first question, but seeing as I'm also on the market for a new phone, I think if you do decide to buy one, the G5 is a solid decision. How much would you be willing to spend, if you don't mind me asking? Check this link for some affordable budget phones. The video is 9 months old, so most of those devices should be much cheaper. Motorola is also releasing a new version of the g5 Plus, called G5S Plus. Specs wise is pretty much the same, but with better camera (which you don't care much about) and an all metal body.

Even if you don't care for that model, if you wait a while longer you could get the G5 plus on the cheap(er) side. For the record, I have owned the G4 for almost a year and the phone has held up well. The power button came a bit loose a couple of days ago but I popped it back in and so far so good.

Re: Should I bother fixing my phone, and if not - what do I replace it with?

Posted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:00 pm UTC
by Zohar
I ended up getting the G5 Plus and I'm very pleased with it. The battery life is fantastic. It was very cheap through Amazon Prime's offers (which I don't mind). The camera isn't good, which I knew about. The fingerprint reader is incredibly susceptible to even a tiny bit of moisture, the least bit of sweat and it doesn't read my finger, but after you get used to it it's fine. And I really like the fingerprint swipe gestures, too.

Re: Should I bother fixing my phone, and if not - what do I replace it with?

Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:38 am UTC
by somitomi
I already asked about the "repair" option in a different thread, so I'm going to use this for phone buying advice if you don't mind. I'm not much of a power user (my current phone is from 2013) and I generally like it (unlike some of the trends in smarphones lately), so basically I'd want a similar newer phone. I think most of what I want (basic communication, navigation and music) any current phone can do, so it's mostly a matter of finding the phone with both hardware and software built to last. The only real requirement is a heasphone jack and a good DAC to go with it. Additionally I am a curmudgeonly old man, so the battery has to be removable. I don't care much about cameras, fingerprint readers and such.

Re: Should I bother fixing my phone, and if not - what do I replace it with?

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:08 am UTC
by sardia
somitomi wrote:I already asked about the "repair" option in a different thread, so I'm going to use this for phone buying advice if you don't mind. I'm not much of a power user (my current phone is from 2013) and I generally like it (unlike some of the trends in smarphones lately), so basically I'd want a similar newer phone. I think most of what I want (basic communication, navigation and music) any current phone can do, so it's mostly a matter of finding the phone with both hardware and software built to last. The only real requirement is a heasphone jack and a good DAC to go with it. Additionally I am a curmudgeonly old man, so the battery has to be removable. I don't care much about cameras, fingerprint readers and such.

I had a good experience with Swappa.com It's ebay but mostly for used phones. It's a marketplace with public bidding, so you'll have to know what phone you want. Why not just get the next generation of the phone you already have? I usually look up on wikipedia, the device history behind a phone brand/series. Not sure how comfortable you are with any of these steps.

Re: Should I bother fixing my phone, and if not - what do I replace it with?

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:29 am UTC
by somitomi
sardia wrote:I had a good experience with Swappa.com It's ebay but mostly for used phones. It's a marketplace with public bidding, so you'll have to know what phone you want. Why not just get the next generation of the phone you already have? I usually look up on wikipedia, the device history behind a phone brand/series. Not sure how comfortable you are with any of these steps.

Thanks. I'm usually not iffy about buying used appliances, but I ended up buying a brand new phone, mainly because I expect it to have a longer life expectancy than either of the other options.

Re: Should I bother fixing my phone, and if not - what do I replace it with?

Posted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 2:06 pm UTC
by sardia
Eh, secondary market for phones via the Internet isn't for everyone.
The key to a long lived phone is to never update it so that apps don't consume more resources. Which is a terrible idea security wise.