Best phone to buy outright under $400?

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  1. MathBunny123 macrumors regular

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    Hello! I'm currently the owner of an iPod Touch 5th Generation 64GB, and I want to purchase a phone. I've been looking at the Nexus 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, and I've been wondering what I should do. What is the best phone under $400?

    Oh, and do you think it's stupid to buy a smartphone alongside a iPod Touch? Is it better to purchase an iPad instead?
     
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    I was very intrigued by the form factor of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini because I like smaller devices, will I be ripped off for the specs?
     
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  5. Vetvito macrumors 6502a

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    I meant Nexus 4 from last year.


    The S4 mini is just the normal S4 in a small package. No ripoff.
     
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    No, it isn't.
     
  7. MathBunny123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Isn't the Nexus 4 like 4.7''? Oh, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has a dual core 1.7GhZ processor instead of the quad core in the Galaxy S4 (normal)... :(

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    Which Nokia is good for under $400?
     
  8. Vetvito macrumors 6502a

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    Lumia 521 is around $99 off contract.

    Sorry about the s4 mini. I didn't know.
     
  9. MathBunny123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's fine, and thanks :D

    Would you guys say a 1.7GHZ Dual core is slow for Android?
     
  10. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    Nexus 5 32 gb 399. It's a really good price for 5 inch, 1080p phone. Snapdragon 800, lte capable, and unlocked. I'm not the biggest android fan but man that's a good price for the phone
     
  11. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    I agree. And if it had an SD slot, I'd buy in an instant. I usually get phones from my family member's upgrades. I can't justify spending close to a grand for any latest phone off contract.
     
  12. Alfuh macrumors regular

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    Nexus 5 for sure.

    If $400 is your budget then snag a 32gb

    That's exactly what I have and it's great so far. I would say that if you are at all price sensitive and want an unlocked phone then you really can't beat a Nexus
     
  13. Technarchy macrumors 603

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    These days, their is almost no reason to pay full contract on any phone.

    Between craigslist and trade-in for store credit, phone costs can be shrunk by nearly 50% in many cases.

    My iPhone 5, Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5S were all done off contract and cost almost nothing after selling another device.

    I agree with you though, no way in hell I would pay full pricing for a phone that's north of $400.
     
  14. WilliamBateman macrumors regular

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    Under $400 is awfully limited for solid phones new, used is much better. The HTC One is only $550 new off contract and as low as $300 used. Its arguably better than the N5 too.
     
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    Nexus 5 for sure. Galaxy S4 mini is just a cheap version of the Galaxy S4 with low end specs, plus any phone with TouchWiz comes with a large amount of lag, let alone low end devices. With the Nexus 5 Google is pretty much selling these high-end hardware at a loss.
     
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    I have a Nexus 4 and would recommend it in a heartbeat, I have had no experience with the new Nexus 5 but if my time with the N4 is anything to go by, it will be a stunner, hopefully I will be picking up a N5 close to Christmas. :)
     
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    I have a Nexus 5 and I love it. But if it is too big for you, have you considered the HTC One Mini?
     
  18. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    Nexus 5 hands down. The mini version of other flagships you lose specs and other features. At least with the n5 you are getting a beast of a phone at a great price.
     
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    Agreed, the Nexus 5 is a great phone for the price.
     
  20. Eddie Bombay macrumors 6502

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    S4 Mini

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    Better camera, better speaker, looks better and feels better in the hand.
     
  21. MathBunny123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Alright, thanks a lot guys. Is the AMOLED screen good in terms of colour reproduction? Is the Nexus 5's screen better due to the higher PPI and colour accuracy?

    I probably won't use it a lot for games, mostly just calling & reading articles.
     
  22. alex2792 macrumors 6502a

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    Nexus 5 if you like android, Nokia Lumia or HTC 8x if you want to try WP8.
     
  23. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    Just get the nexus 5. It fits in pockets and in the hand fine. Its no bigger than the nexus 4 or the galaxy nexus.
     
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    I'm really skinny, do you guys think the Nexus 5 will still be good for me? I'm 5'10 in height but I only weigh ~100 pounds... so I'm scared because my pockets are generally small and I sometimes have difficulty with my 4'' iPod Touch. :(
     
  25. Alfuh macrumors regular

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    Maybe get a Nexus 4 used and spend the rest on a gym membership and food? :p
     

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