How to choose a mobile phone

Here's my dilemma:  I currently own a Nomia Lumia 520, which I love in every way bar two: the mediocre camera and the FM radio that does not work.  Actually the radio is the deal breaker, as it makes running a lot less attractive, and apparently it's a known problem, so I'm afraid that upgrading to a better windows phone (my preference) would not help.  Before you ask, I have tried different headphones, and I live in a good reception area and have never had this problem before with a phone radio.  Oh and Tune In doesn't work either.

My current phone

In theory I'd love an iPhone, but they don't have FM radios at all.  And I can't justify spending that much money on a phone either.  I don't need lots of Apps, I only use a small number, and they are all available on Windows.

In case you think I'm being extravagant, I'm expecting a long overdue cheque any day now, and it's my birthday in a fortnight...

Perhaps I should go back to Android?  But it's my least favourite operating system.  I find it messy, glitchy, I hate all the flashing ads, and I have to consult google if I want to do anything.

And which to choose?  There seem to be hundreds of them.

Here are my top two at the moment; both cost less than €200, and claim to have good cameras and radios that work.  I'd love to know what you think...

ACER Liquid E3 Duo (released April 2014 and has a 13mp camera)

Galaxy S III Mini (old, €169, good reviews)

I checked out the Moto G, but apparently it is good in every way apart from the FM radio and camera!

But then when I look at the clean lines, and the relaxing simple design of my 520 and I'm tempted to just upgrade to a Nokia Lumia 925, currently on special offer for €169.  Should I risk it?


11 comments:

  1. I have a Samsung galaxy and I hate it, mind you I'm not great with phones xx

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    1. I just don't use them that much, but I still need one! xx

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  2. I have Samsug Galaxy Note II and I love it in every single way... If and when I will change it it will be only the upgraded version of this one... at the moment is III, but I'm not changing it yet...

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    1. Between Facebook and here that makes 2 votes for the Galaxy Note: I will have to check it out :)

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  3. I have the S3 mini & it's a decent enough phone. However, I did drop it down the toilet so it acts bizarrely at times. Interestingly, the 925 was my first choice but I got a good deal on the S3.

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  4. I love my old Samsung phone, but I cracked the screen. Got myself a Sony Experia so, and it's giving me nothing but trouble. Stick within your comfort zone would be my advice xx

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    1. I used to have a Sony Xperia Smartphone, which took amazing photographs, but that was the only thing it did well :)

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  5. My son has a Samsung S4 mini and he says it is the way to go! Me, I just love my iPhone ~ my contract isn't too bad so it isn't costing a fortune.

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    1. I think I will be seriously considering Samsung next time - nearly too much choice though!

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  6. Thanks for all the advice here and on Facebook, it was really helpful!

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