I’ve had a Samsung Galaxy S3 for over two years now, and it’s starting to show its age – the screen occasionally becomes too light on the right hand side, and it’s becoming a little slow – only having 1GB of RAM is the culprit here I think. I like the form factor of the device and the camera, and my contract is up for renewal so I’ve started looking around at alternatives.
As I mentioned, I like the size – whilst I think before I would have liked a phablet (i.e. a Galaxy Note-sized device), these days I use my tablet (an LG G Pad 8.3) around the house much more for general browsing, game-playing, etc. and so the phone would only be used when I’m out and about. As I work from home this is not too often and so I am happy with a screen of under 5″.
The other function I could not do without is a camera – I rarely take my proper camera out unless we’re going away for an extended period of time, and being able to take photos and videos is a necessity. A lot of cheaper phones these days do not have the best cameras – I don’t need the best quality camera but an average one would do.
At the moment there appear to be two main contenders:
- Motorola Moto G (2014 edition) – this is very cheap (<£150 sim free), features an almost vanilla version of KitKat and has a much better camera than the 2013 version.
- Sony Xperia Z3 Compact – I don’t really want the bigger version of this, but the Compact looks ideal in terms of size and especially the camera. However, it is a lot more expensive than the Moto G.
In the end it will come down to whatever I can get for the cheapest price possible – I’ve seen the Z3 Compact available for £20/month which is about the upper limit of my budget, but the Moto G would be much cheaper. The screen on my S3 is working for now so I’m not quite so desperate to upgrade, but I would like to get some money for it when recycling and that value is dropping by the day as it gets older.