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Mr Fourex

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How much would it cost to fix the touch screen on an iPhone 6?

It's completely fucked. I unlock the phone and a whole bunch of apps just keep opening up, people being called etc.

Exactly this.


I would say the sensors and screen needs to be replaced.

I restarted the phone because that usually stops it for a bit and I can't even unlock it because I can't type in the code. Now the phone is disabled for a while.

I think a few more of that and it's going to wipe my phone completely.
This wouldn't happen if you owned a Galaxy S9......
 

soup

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So, I bought a Xiaomi Mi 4 tablet for my son about a month ago for his birthday, and honestly, it’s the duck’s nuts for what he needs, especially at around $ 250.

My partner of 15+ years is in desperate need of a new phone, upgrading from a Sony Z3 Experia and I’ve spent the last 2 (full) days getting my head around Xiaomi’s offerings. I’ve passed over the Mi 8 Lite due to no NFC and a slightly inferior camera to go with an Mi 8 6GB/128Gb at around $580.

Am I doing the right thing? Pro’s and con’s?

EDIT: forgot to mention Kimlo broncospwn for his tip on buying the tablet.
 
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ningnangnong

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I own an assortment of different Xiaomi products - you can't go wrong TBH. The build quality is excellent, and the value unbeatable.
 

Kimlo

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So, I bought a Xiaomi Mi 4 tablet for my son about a month ago for his birthday, and honestly, it’s the duck’s nuts for what he needs, especially at around $ 250.

My partner of 15+ years is in desperate need of a new phone, upgrading from a Sony Z3 Experia and I’ve spent the last 2 (full) days getting my head around Xiaomi’s offerings. I’ve passed over the Mi 8 Lite due to no NFC and a slightly inferior camera to go with an Mi 8 6GB/128Gb at around $580.

Am I doing the right thing? Pro’s and con’s?

EDIT: forgot to mention Kimlo broncospwn for his tip on buying the tablet.
Xiaomi don't make anything shit, honestly. They are just quality all round, but if I had to buy a phone, I'd definitely recommend a One Plus 6 (or 6T pending budget) over a Xiaomi phone. You're looking at closer to $800, rather than $600, but they have better software, and get more frequent updates, so as a long term phone I think they're just better. A bit pricier, but a better experience all round. They are very very similar to what a Google Pixel is.

I personally just purchased a One Plus 6, which is older than the 6T but I prefer that because it still has a headphone jack.

You can't go wrong with a Mi 8 though, definitely a very nice phone. Should be fixable as long as parts are available, they are for their previous Mi 6 (they skipped "7"), so I'd say parts for the Mi 8 should start to be readily available in the next few months.
 

soup

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Xiaomi don't make anything shit, honestly. They are just quality all round, but if I had to buy a phone, I'd definitely recommend a One Plus 6 (or 6T pending budget) over a Xiaomi phone. You're looking at closer to $800, rather than $600, but they have better software, and get more frequent updates, so as a long term phone I think they're just better. A bit pricier, but a better experience all round. They are very very similar to what a Google Pixel is.

I personally just purchased a One Plus 6, which is older than the 6T but I prefer that because it still has a headphone jack.

You can't go wrong with a Mi 8 though, definitely a very nice phone. Should be fixable as long as parts are available, they are for their previous Mi 6 (they skipped "7"), so I'd say parts for the Mi 8 should start to be readily available in the next few months.
That might be my next phone.

I originally had a max budget of $350 for my partner’s phone and was looking at the Mi 8 Lite, but the reduced camera specs and no NFC forced me to extend the budget to the Mi 8. She primarily uses it as a camera so I didn’t want to skimp on family memories, if you know what I mean. At the same time, if I extended the budget any further, she’d likely kill me meaning I wouldn’t be around for those family memories.

I’ve pulled the trigger and bought the Mi 8. I’ll definitely keep the One Plus in mind for when I need to upgrade, though. Thanks for the tip!
 
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Nashy

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That might be my next phone.

I originally had a max budget of $350 for my partner’s phone and was looking at the Mi 8 Lite, but the reduced camera specs and no NFC forced me to extend the budget to the Mi 8. She primarily uses it as a camera so I didn’t want to skimp on family memories, if you know what I mean. At the same time, if I extended the budget any further, she’d likely kill me meaning I wouldn’t be around for those family memories.

I’ve pulled the trigger and bought the Mi 8. I’ll definitely keep the One Plus in mind for when I need to upgrade, though. Thanks for the tip!
Be careful with NFC with banking. Australian banks suck. I'm not sure if Android Pay will work here on all banks, and the likes of Westpac and CBA will likely not support this phone for payments on their own apps.
 

soup

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Be careful with NFC with banking. Australian banks suck. I'm not sure if Android Pay will work here on all banks, and the likes of Westpac and CBA will likely not support this phone for payments on their own apps.
It works with ING, ANZ and Citibank. I’ve been using it for the past 4 years on my iPhone without drama. Very handy. I’ve also seen a number of people using Android Pay with ING successfully on eftpos. Pretty confident.

With the Mi 8 though, apparently I’ll need to lock the ?boot loader? or some crazy shit to enable NFC to work outside of China. All good though, there’s a hundred DIY articles on what to do for Australian setups.
 
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Nashy

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It works with ING, ANZ and Citibank. I’ve been using it for the past 4 years on my iPhone without drama. Very handy. I’ve also seen a number of people using Android Pay with ING successfully on eftpos. Pretty confident.

With the Mi 8 though, apparently I’ll need to lock the ?boot loader? or some crazy shit to enable NFC to work outside of China. All good though, there’s a hundred DIY articles on what to do for Australian setups.
That's straight into phone hacking territory there. Root access and all that jazz. I love it, but be careful, you can easily brick your phone. But you can also open the phone up to it's true potential.

Be careful though. You can pirate. And piracy is bad.
 

soup

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That's straight into phone hacking territory there. Root access and all that jazz. I love it, but be careful, you can easily brick your phone. But you can also open the phone up to it's true potential.

Be careful though. You can pirate. And piracy is bad.
Like drugs, mmmkay
 

Smartseal

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I phone 8+ or xs or xs Max. Swmbo has old iPhone 6 and thought I would get her an upgrade for birthday. I know nothing of iPhones. Are the latest ones worth the extra money? Will admit to finding it hard to justify $2k+ for a mobile.
Tia
 

Kimlo

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I phone 8+ or xs or xs Max. Swmbo has old iPhone 6 and thought I would get her an upgrade for birthday. I know nothing of iPhones. Are the latest ones worth the extra money? Will admit to finding it hard to justify $2k+ for a mobile.
Tia
The most reasonable purchase is probably an iPhone Xr at $1200 it's somewhat acceptable. The Xs starts at $1659, and XS Max about $1800, I don't think a slightly nicer screen is worth $500+ more. If they use an iPhone 6, the Xr is a huge upgrade in every way.
 

Smartseal

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The most reasonable purchase is probably an iPhone Xr at $1200 it's somewhat acceptable. The Xs starts at $1659, and XS Max about $1800, I don't think a slightly nicer screen is worth $500+ more. If they use an iPhone 6, the Xr is a huge upgrade in every way.
Thanks for info, very helpful
 

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