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11. Posted by polomarco123 (Budding Member 5 posts) 32w Star this if you like it!

In my point go for any chines cell phone brand because they offer lots of features and best camera. instead of iphones and samsungs, i thing one plus 6 is best option.

12. Posted by MilesTX (Budding Member 26 posts) 32w Star this if you like it!

I agree with an earlier poster that you should stick with the operating system (Apple or Android) that your brother already uses.

In my case, GPS and compass are important while traveling.

I stick with Moto G-series phones, because they are inexpensive and (mainly) because they have microSD slots so you can add large amounts of memory at very little cost. My Moto G5 came with 32GB of built-in memory, and you can add up to 128GB more for roughly $30...this sort of expansion is not possible on most brands of smartphones.

13. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1429 posts) 32w Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

My advice - if you do get a phone - get a cheap phone that does the minimum things your "brother" needs.

Good point. Maybe don't bother at all, he's better off taking his old android phone!

14. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1142 posts) 32w Star this if you like it!

If you're a U.S. resident, Google's Project Fi service works in most countries without the need to buy SIMs. Price is reasonable. I use the service; and spend at least six months overseas. I'm currently in Honduras. Using my Pixel 2 smartphone with Project Fi in China apparently will allow me to access Facebook and other sites that otherwise would not be possible. Will test that next month in China.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Aug-2018, at 07:32 by berner256 ]

15. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 735 posts) 32w Star this if you like it!

Quoting karazyal

[i] 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

It's quite amazing how often I've seen people do or nearly do that in places like Philippines and Thailand.
The open drains/ missing covers does take some getting used to.
I always carry a tiny wind-up torch (really low lumens but enough to see a few steps ahead), just because one evening I very nearly fell down a hole in the pavement/sidewalk in Manila during a brown-out...

16. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2204 posts) 32w Star this if you like it!

(Andrew Mack.)

It's quite amazing how often I've seen people do or nearly do that in places like Philippines and Thailand.

Yeah, also fire hydrants in the middle of the sidewalk and cracked pavement! Holes without orange cones or other warning devices!

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Along the same line "things that hang down a little too low!" (Plants, signs, street vendor junk, etc.) At a height that a Thai or other Asian would probably walk under but right around eye level for a taller foreigner. Another reason I wear a ball cap! Things that hang a little too low that I don't notice hits the hat brim first instead of poking my eye out!

17. Posted by askgudmundsen (Travel Guru 82 posts) 32w Star this if you like it!

If you're doing most of your travelling outside the US and Europe, I would recommend an Android-based phone over an iPhone, simply because it can be difficult to find repair shops, replace lost gadgets/accessories for iPhones in many off-beat places outside those two continents...

18. Posted by lasspwer (Budding Member 8 posts) 32w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Stefmuts

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

Thanks ,he has never used an iPhone ,but he doesn't seem to reject the iPhone .

19. Posted by lasspwer (Budding Member 8 posts) 32w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Quoting karazyal

My advice - if you do get a phone - get a cheap phone that does the minimum things your "brother" needs.

Good point. Maybe don't bother at all, he's better off taking his old android phone!

If it's me, I'll take two phones with me.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Aug-2018, at 21:10 by lasspwer ]

20. Posted by lasspwer (Budding Member 8 posts) 32w Star this if you like it!

Quoting MilesTX

I agree with an earlier poster that you should stick with the operating system (Apple or Android) that your brother already uses.

In my case, GPS and compass are important while traveling.

I agree .