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Bought on a whim - Top quality phone [EDIT AFTER 1 YEAR OF USE]
on 5 January 2014
I upgraded from a HTC wildfire (~yes that old) to this. I was supposed to get a nexus 5 but they messed up my delivery order so did some looking around and found this the best choice for my budget (£340 at the time)
I have the white version
++ Design is top notch, love the look of the glass surfaces
++ black is definitly the sleekest colour to choose
++comes with good quality headphones and screenwipe and protectors
++custom SONY screen protector is already installed (can be removed but i believe this one is shatterproof? I just put one on top)
++ can run pretty much any app out there
++Kitkat should be supported
++ not much bloatware
++seems like the heavy chassis is good protection (check out some drop tests on youtube)
++ WATERPROOF!! big feature. Very usefull when i want to watch.... videos in the shower
++ Full HD screen on brightest settings is lovely
++ expandable storage
-- picks up scratches and dust and fingerprints like hell
-- one single side speaker is not very loud and quality is not amazing (loudspeaker for example is not great)
-- black looks better but is more expensive (personal i guess)
-- Torch / Flashlight is not very bright
-- battery lasts for a day so nightly charges are a must.
-- Monster of a screen drains battery quickly
No issues so far, very quick, looks good physically and inside the device. Running standard firmware no custom roms.
Pretty big phone although i have small hands. For this price you can get a nexus 5 for much cheaper and its a newer model if you are willing to compromise on a few features.
Overall it is a great phone. Bear in mind it was previously a flagship model so it can still hold its ground against some of the newer phones. Not top dog anymore but it will run anything out at the moment with ease.
Had the phone for 11 months and the thing broke on me. So here is an update!
I would still buy this phone again (props to amazon for a full refund on my phone for being dodgy!!) After 11 months of near perfect use with no issues it decided to stop charging and booting up. lots of other people have this issue and it seems quite hard to get an actual fix (mixed results online).
++ At current prices (£199 especially) it is a steal. No longer top dog but will hold its own and will run all apps out there for a while.
++ has kitkat
++ waterproofing is brilliant and I will miss it on my new phone
++ Solid build, dropped numerous times and has a few small scratches. No cracks or shattering!!
++ Screen is great and I will miss going to a smaller size or resolution
-- battery gets drained
-- you need external storage to get a multimedia device (unlesss you are a peasant and dont run 1080p films on this beauty of a screen)