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ToothTooth
Sep 19, 2013, 09:59 AM
I've got my eye on the upcoming Nexus 5 as a potential future purchase, but I'm also looking for suggestions and opinions on what might be the "best" unlocked, no-contract phone out there for around 350 bones or so.



AutoUnion39
Sep 19, 2013, 10:03 AM
In a few months, many phones should be in that price range. Moto X, HTC One, etc.

GS4 should hover around $400ish by that time.

appledes7
Sep 19, 2013, 01:55 PM
Nexus 5 will likely come in somewhere around $330-$400 I think. So if it comes in at your price range, I have no doubt it will be the best unlocked phone out there.

mattopotamus
Sep 19, 2013, 02:11 PM
In a few months, many phones should be in that price range. Moto X, HTC One, etc.

GS4 should hover around $400ish by that time.

? I don't see those phones dropping that much for another year.

AutoUnion39
Sep 19, 2013, 02:47 PM
? I don't see those phones dropping that much for another year.

Why not?

The HTC One is hovering around $375-400 right now. It will drop to $350 in a few months easily. I can pick up a lightly used Moto X off CL for $400 today. GS4s are closer to $450-500 right now.

In a few months, of course, the prices will go down. With the Moto X and One being the cheapest.

mattopotamus
Sep 19, 2013, 06:08 PM
Why not?

The HTC One is hovering around $375-400 right now. It will drop to $350 in a few months easily. I can pick up a lightly used Moto X off CL for $400 today. GS4s are closer to $450-500 right now.

In a few months, of course, the prices will go down. With the Moto X and One being the cheapest.

Oh. I didn't realize you meant in the second hand market.

Savor
Sep 20, 2013, 06:10 AM
Sony Xperia M - $249.99 (new)

ToothTooth
Sep 20, 2013, 12:42 PM
I've found very good condition HTC One models listed locally on craigslist for $300-$375.

alex0002
Sep 20, 2013, 08:56 PM
Sony Xperia SP - I'm not in the US, but amazon and others appear to have them in your price range.

I've recently got the C5303 one (European LTE bands version) and I've found most of the reviews were reasonably accurate.
http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/14/sony-xperia-sp-review/

ToothTooth
Oct 3, 2013, 10:50 AM
Okay, so I went and bought a Nexus 4 for my wife and she didn't like the large form factor that goes along with the 4.7 inch display (she's currently using a phone with a 3.7 inch display). So I guess I'm selling the Nexus and looking for a good phone with a display of 4.5 inches or smaller at at price south of $350. Any suggestions?

MacRumorUser
Oct 3, 2013, 12:27 PM
Okay, so I went and bought a Nexus 4 for my wife and she didn't like the large form factor that goes along with the 4.7 inch display (she's currently using a phone with a 3.7 inch display). So I guess I'm selling the Nexus and looking for a good phone with a display of 4.5 inches or smaller at at price south of $350. Any suggestions?

Nokia Lumia 920 ?

http://www.amazon.com/Nokia-Lumia-920-Smartphone-unlocked/dp/B009ZC90P0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1380821193&sr=8-2&keywords=lumia+920

or 820 ?

http://www.amazon.com/Nokia-820-Black-Factory-Unlocked/dp/B00AF6TPIC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380821325&sr=8-1&keywords=lumia+820