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I have been looking for an Android smartphone, my first smartphone, and I want something that has a front facing camera, lets the user browse the web, and have GPS and navigation capabilities.

I came across the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit II 4G, for around $120 slightly used on ebay. It seems like a good phone, with the right features I am looking for.

But being someone who hasn't been in the whole smartphone world, I have no idea what other phones there are.
I am using T-Mobile prepaid now, and I wont be switching to monthly, and won't use 4G or 3G, only wifi.

So any good android smartphones under $150?
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You can get a motorola atrix or photon. I have the atrix and it's quite nice but it won't be receiving the ICS update from Motorola and I don't know if you will be rooting your phone so I'm just throwing it out there. The phone has a dual core cpu, 4 inch display, 1GB of ram, 5MP back camera, 0.3 MP front camera and 1950 mah battery. It can do pretty much anything you want to and it's relatively cheap.
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TMobile sells that Exhibit, new, for $179; they also offer $50 prepaid card - so, you get a new phone for $129.
Check their website.
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You can get a motorola atrix or photon. I have the atrix and it's quite nice but it won't be receiving the ICS update from Motorola and I don't know if you will be rooting your phone so I'm just throwing it out there. The phone has a dual core cpu, 4 inch display, 1GB of ram, 5MP back camera, 0.3 MP front camera and 1950 mah battery. It can do pretty much anything you want to and it's relatively cheap.


The Atrix seems like a good phone, but it is AT&T. How do I make it use T-Mobile though, unlock it? And if T mobile finds out, is it bad? Also I came across the Atrix 2, but it is a bit more expensive, and has better battery life and 8mp camera rather than 5.

Sorry for the late reply.


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TMobile sells that Exhibit, new, for $179; they also offer $50 prepaid card - so, you get a new phone for $129.
Check their website.

Yeah I saw that, but I don't need the card since I do $100 once a year for the GOLD so the minutes expire in 365 days.
But if I can use the $50 and add $50 later would I still get GOLD? If yes, than that is a very good deal.



Also I found the Atrix HD version. The screen is 4.5, kinda big, I think, but it is Android 4.0. For about $170 used on ebay.
Is there going to be a significant difference in the 2.3 and 4.0 OS versions? Would I get less apps?
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The Atrix seems like a good phone, but it is AT&T. How do I make it use T-Mobile though, unlock it? And if T mobile finds out, is it bad? Also I came across the Atrix 2, but it is a bit more expensive, and has better battery life and 8mp camera rather than 5.
Sorry for the late reply.
Yeah I saw that, but I don't need the card since I do $100 once a year for the GOLD so the minutes expire in 365 days.
But if I can use the $50 and add $50 later would I still get GOLD? If yes, than that is a very good deal.
Also I found the Atrix HD version. The screen is 4.5, kinda big, I think, but it is Android 4.0. For about $170 used on ebay.
Is there going to be a significant difference in the 2.3 and 4.0 OS versions? Would I get less apps?
Save the PP card for when you need it. Yes, the GOLD is by how much you spend in a given time. So you do not have to go 100$ at once. For a non-att phone you would have to get it sim unlocked, unless it is a true international phone.
Depending on the phone, there is plenty of custom rom development and most can run 4.0/ICS
Would say I have a T989/S2 for sale, but need more than 200$ .. if interested let me know.
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Save the PP card for when you need it. Yes, the GOLD is by how much you spend in a given time. So you do not have to go 100$ at once. For a non-att phone you would have to get it sim unlocked, unless it is a true international phone.
Depending on the phone, there is plenty of custom rom development and most can run 4.0/ICS
Would say I have a T989/S2 for sale, but need more than 200$ .. if interested let me know.

Oh okay I guess that works. But I think I like the Atrix way better now.
I know about CM9, but it might stop other things from not working, ie camera.

Also could I dual boot these phones, either the original 2.3 and CM9?

Oh it's fine. I am not interesting in the galaxy S, too sudden for me, also I have lower budget.
But really thanks for the offer and help, mate. thumb.gif
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You can dual boot by making an sd card bootable with cm9 f.ex.
You can get used stuff for that price, check the marketplace here...
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Not sure about the newer phones, but I know that on my HD2 when running android from the sd card battery life sucked.
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Seems like smartphones all in all have shorter battery lifes compared to cheap $20 flip up or slide phones.

I bought the Motorola Atrix 4g BTW.
Thanks to "Capt" for the recommendation. For $180 on ebay like new already unlocked with original batteries/accessories.

Thanks everybody for the help as well. Let's just see how my first smartphone experience is like, and I will move on from there.

Saving for a iPhone 5 afterwards! haha, yeah right. buttkick.gif
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