Recommend a Smartphone

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1. Posted by lasspwer (Budding Member 8 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

I am new to the Travellerspoint forum ,I need your help, I don't know which smartphone is the most popular among those who travel,because my brother likes traveling, and i want to buy a new phone to replace his old samsung , thanks .

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1253 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

I don't think it matters. Either iphone or Android do the things you want to do, and you really just use the same apps whilst travelling as at home.

Sounds odd to be selecting a phone for someone else. Hoping this isn't a setup for some spam.

3. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 449 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

I'd suggest the cheapest.
I'm not very good with smart phones and an age were I really don't understand why younger people think of them as anything more than a tool.
I'm quite happy with my Doogee which does the things I need, but I do take a laptop...

4. Posted by UliS (Respected Member 104 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

I'd suggest the cheapest.

But in my opinion it should have at least 3 GB Ram and 32 GB Memory, Battery 3000mAh if it is Android, Apple is more expensive, there at least 32 GB Memory. Personaly i am quite happy with Xiaomi (Redmi 5 for instance, from about € 140, but not in every country available)

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 801 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

I have a MotoX Pure (Android) and have traveled with it for a couple years. I use a USA SIM card at home and a French SIM card in Europe.

I have most of our accommodations on it; plane tickets on it; train tickets on it; contacts for anything we might need including family and even store a few books on it when I get stuck waiting and don't have my Kindle. It also has maps, gives directions (better than a GPS in many cases), takes pictures (better than an iPhone) and you can even talk on it if you want to although I seldom do that. You can check your email, facebook, Twitter, etc. and text friends and family. You can look up things on the Internet with it.

In short, it does anything an iPhone can do at a much cheaper price and has a great and very readable screen. Be sure you get an unlocked phone so your brother can use different SIM cards if he wants to.

6. Posted by lasspwer (Budding Member 8 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Quoting UliS

Quoting Andrew Mack

I'd suggest the cheapest.

But in my opinion it should have at least 3 GB Ram and 32 GB Memory, Battery 3000mAh if it is Android, Apple is more expensive, there at least 32 GB Memory. Personaly i am quite happy with Xiaomi (Redmi 5 for instance, from about € 140, but not in every country available)

Personally, I think more storage is better ,is the battery 3000 mah enough? i have never used Xiaomi , i don't know much about it .

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Aug-2018, at 01:43 by lasspwer ]

7. Posted by lasspwer (Budding Member 8 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

I have a MotoX Pure (Android) and have traveled with it for a couple years. I use a USA SIM card at home and a French SIM card in Europe.

I have most of our accommodations on it; plane tickets on it; train tickets on it; contacts for anything we might need including family and even store a few books on it when I get stuck waiting and don't have my Kindle. It also has maps, gives directions (better than a GPS in many cases), takes pictures (better than an iPhone) and you can even talk on it if you want to although I seldom do that. You can check your email, facebook, Twitter, etc. and text friends and family. You can look up things on the Internet with it.

In short, it does anything an iPhone can do at a much cheaper price and has a great and very readable screen. Be sure you get an unlocked phone so your brother can use different SIM cards if he wants to.

Thanks , That sounds pretty good .

8. Posted by Stefmuts (Budding Member 125 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

I wouldn't go iphone if your brother is used to a samsung, just stick with android
Look at batterylife, camera function and memory
In some cases GPS can be nice while travelling but I hardly ever use it, I just use the google offline maps of the area I visit

9. Posted by UliS (Respected Member 104 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Quoting lasspwer

Quoting UliS

Quoting Andrew Mack

I'd suggest the cheapest.

But in my opinion it should have at least 3 GB Ram and 32 GB Memory, Battery 3000mAh if it is Android, Apple is more expensive, there at least 32 GB Memory. Personaly i am quite happy with Xiaomi (Redmi 5 for instance, from about € 140, but not in every country available)

Personally, I think more storage is better ,is the battery 3000 mah enough? i have never used Xiaomi , i don't know much about it .

Of course more storage and more battery is better, particulary if you use it as the main camera (i don't), but it will cost also more. GPS is in my opinion important (i travel quite a lot and in out of the way places), sometimes the transportation arrives in a unexpected place, and sometimes you have to tell the driver the way, only possible if you know where you are. A Xiaomi i bought first 4 years ago in China, then only 2GB Ram and it was a bit difficult to get the Google store on it (today most models have come also in global versions with the Google store), i still used it this spring without any problem and any scratches travelling in Africa except the 2GB are not quite enough now (have now a Xiaomi Mi Mix2 with 6GB, €350)

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Aug-2018, at 03:49 by UliS ]

10. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2098 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

All my brother ever got me was a cheap coffee from McDonalds!

Being sort of an old fart I did not grow up having a cell phone or smart phone nearby every single minute of my life! I do have a couple cheap phones one for back home and one that works in Asia and probably parts of Europe. I only use the cell phones for talking. Maybe a simple reply to a short message - a reply such as yes, no or call and talk! Don't care at all for punching silly little keys all day long! At home I keep the cheap Tracfone in my car. ( I do have a real land line at my house. Good for when the power goes off in snow storms or hurricanes, etc.)

I don't need an electronic gizmo to check where I am when walking around. Usually street signs and landmarks give the location away! I don't need to use a dinky phone screen for maps or directions. I can read a simple free tourist map and my little travel compass works for cardinal directions.

I do travel with a small laptop. I choose hotels with free wifi and a safe or safety box. People who need to contact me from back home can email me. I will get to the emails when I get around to it. I do use the laptop for booking flights, keeping records and accessing my bank accounts. (Password - pin number protected!)

My advice - if you do get a phone - get a cheap phone that does the minimum things your "brother" needs. Chances are if he is careless or accident prone he will drop a good phone or if stupidly looking at the screen all the time fall in a hole or get hit by a car. (Like you see on You Tube! Those videos are amusing!!) If careless and not paying attention to his surroundings a thief could snatch an expensive phone and run away with it!
https://www.healthline.com/health-news/tech-texting-while-walking-causes-accidents-031014#2

Good luck.