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I have recently began selling a lot of things on ebay and my paypal account balance has been slowly growing and growing. I am currently using a Samsung Gravity T which has a terrible resistive screen and terrible build quality, not to mention the terrible OS it has on it. I love my mothers android. Its a Samsung Galaxy S, the Vibrant from T-mobile.

I am in the market for an android phone. My budget is a mere $250 and while I can increase my budget, I am also planning on snatching up a nice pair of headphones. I am looking for an android phone that is running at least Android 2.1 (natively), a screen that is at least 3", supports GSM, and most of all, has a beautiful capacitive display (not resistive). Lately I have been googling the phones I see on android-devices.net but it is very time consuming and it is very hard to choose from the variety of phones.

Also, I would like to add that It would be a con if the phone had 3rd party GUI to the android OS, such as Touchwiz on the Behold 2 or that social networking stuff on the Motorola's. I want the android OS to be as clean as possible.


Thanks a lot guys!
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What carrier or unlocked? Contract or not?
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What carrier or unlocked? Contract or not?
this.

If your looking at unlocked tbh there isn't many options, the first and best option (which should be in your price range) is the motorola droid 1, then the HTC wildfire. Those probably are the two best phones you can get for this price range. Obviously the moto droid is closest to stock (this was motorolas first android phone btw, before the lockdowns and stuff), but the wildfire still is a very hackable phone, and sense is very bearable once hacked (its a bit laggy if left stock).
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Well my carrier is T-mobile. I really like the droid 1 however isn't it a CDMA device? T-Mobile is GSM so it wouldn't work. Also, I am in the middle of my contract so either the phone is from T-Mobile or it's unlocked.

EDIT: Just read it supports GSM. Beides ebay, do you know where I can buy a new droid price that will fit my budget?
Edited by CrazzyRussian - 5/11/11 at 3:51am
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Well my carrier is T-mobile. I really like the droid 1 however isn't it a CDMA device? T-Mobile is GSM so it wouldn't work. Also, I am in the middle of my contract so either the phone is from T-Mobile or it's unlocked.

EDIT: Just read it supports GSM. Beides ebay, do you know where I can buy a new droid price that will fit my budget?
Can't get them new anymore from what I've seen... you'll have to find one second hand somewhere unfortunately

I'm sure you can find one thats been looked after though
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Check out the HTC Trophy - they are going quite cheap on eBay at the moment. It's not Android though.
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Check out the HTC Trophy - they are going quite cheap on eBay at the moment. It's not Android though.
This is another viable option, its a win mo 7 phone but their all lovely phones anyways. The only thing that may be of concern to you is the lack of tinkerability (did I just invent a word? ), it hasn't got the best dev community behind it and no android ports (yet) but these are the best phones (when stock) around.
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I got a Dell Streak 5" version here and happy with it. It replaced an iphone 2g the main reason for my upgrade was I had started to surf more on my phone at home and out and about. So liked the idea of a bigger sceen.

Not sure what price the Dell Streaks are over there but have seen them as low as £199 in the UK.
    
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UPDATE: I quickly changed my mind and after much consideration, I snatched the Viewsonic Android tablet. I think that after rooting it the device with be well worth the $300 price tag. Nvidia Tegra 2, dual core ARM A9 cortex processor, a 10.1" 1024x600 screen, a $300 price tag (originally $4500), whats not to like? I have heard about the terrible viewing angle however I will only be using it in front of me and I've read that putting on a quality screen protector actually helps improve the viewing angle.

Anyways, I chose a tablet and not an android smartphone because I realized that the things that I was looking for in a small android smartphone can easily be found in an android tablet, but you get much more for your money. Anyways, thanks for the help OCN!
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