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12 minutes ago, daocat555 said:
I have gotten feedback from a hands on user of the Xiaomi 6A that the speaker output is indeed poor as the speaker fires out of the back of the phone.  So I am removing the Xiaomi Redmi 6A from any recommendations I make in the future.
 
I have also looked into the Sony XA1 and found some problems, so that is also off the lists.  And researching (but not hands on) I am replacing the Cubot J3 Pro with the Cubot Nova.  I'll add the well proven and Super AMOLED screen Samsung . Redoing the list quickly my top 4 value phones are:
 
1) Umidigi One Pro
 
2) Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
 
3) Samsung Galaxy J6 2018
 
4) Cubot Nova

YES the J6 seems to be a bargain at under 5000 baht with 3GB ram. it is a slim phone with great screen to bezel ratio . It is light and battery life is good. And of course SAMSUNG has been in the game the longest and gets its software reliability and compatibility the best.

Better if the J6 was not so long in my opinion but I guess good for social media.

 

Enjoy your phone today !

 

 

 

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The new Pocophone F1 looks pretty impressive 11,000 baht with top of the range specs. The only downside (for some) is the plastic back. Half the price of even the OnePlus 6.

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On 8/28/2018 at 8:33 AM, daocat555 said:
For free you can get a suite address at Shipito.
 
 
Order from Amazon or Ebay, then forward via Shipito anywhere in the world.  I've used it maybe 10 times in the past year.  I pay for the Shipito premium suite so they consolidate several boxes into one box for cheaper shipping costs.  But for just one delivery get the free Shipito suite for free and their handling and shipping charges are reasonable.
 

 

thanks,

can it be specified to Shipto that shipping with DHL is not acceptable?

 

with my DHL track record over the past 5 years I will not engage in anything that might involve DHL.

 

a number of parcels shipped to me from US, UK, NORWAY, NETHERLANDS, GERMANY,

not a single one reached me, most were returned to sender, some just vanished

 

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For each package you send out from Shipito you get a choice of USPS, Fedex, or DHL.

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Bought my wife the Oppo F9 yesterday, in a gorgeous blue colour. Just under 11k bt.

 

Giving it to her tomorrow as an anniversary present.

 

Poor Khun Faraday still has his ancient Galaxy S5...feel sorry me?

 

:laugh:

 

 

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The price of the Samsung J6 went up yesterday at all Lazada stores, making it a good but no longer great value.  Faraday, start saving for the LG V40 ThinQ which will have quite the camera and is expected to have a September announcement.  Henryford, yes on the Pocophone and Lazada has it for a better price than Aliexpress.

 

 

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14 minutes ago, daocat555 said:

The price of the Samsung J6 went up yesterday at all Lazada stores, making it a good but no longer great value.  Faraday, start saving for the LG V40 ThinQ which will have quite the camera and is expected to have a September announcement.  Henryford, yes on the Pocophone and Lazada has it for a better price than Aliexpress.

 

 

Pocophone f1 looks like the one to beat, great spec for the price point

 

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1 hour ago, daocat555 said:

The price of the Samsung J6 went up yesterday at all Lazada stores, making it a good but no longer great value.  Faraday, start saving for the LG V40 ThinQ which will have quite the camera and is expected to have a September announcement.  Henryford, yes on the Pocophone and Lazada has it for a better price than Aliexpress.

 

 

J6 still at 4799. On Lazada. Big c 4999.

Were they ever much cheaper than that?

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I bought my Samsung J6 for 4,823 baht.  If I look at the store at Lazada that I bought it from it shows a price of 6,990 baht.  Which I would say is a price increase.

 

https://www.lazada.co.th/-i246201654-s388045469.html?spm=a2o4m.order_list.detail_image..1dfa6108oVfnSt&urlFlag=true&mp=1

 

Could you post the Big C link if they sell online?, or are they just retail Stores?

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Okay Stud, I just poked around Lazada and you are correct.  Some stores still have it for less than 5,000 baht; it seems it was only the Store I bought it from (Qwentyone.house) which raised its price by a lot.

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Slow days on the affordable, midrange, and high end topics.  I got my Umidigi One Pro today and I'm having fun with that,  I bought it from dealextreme on 8/21 and it was shipped from Malaysia.  In my mind dealextreme was based in either China or Hong Kong; but maybe they are based in Malaysia.  It was a bit scary as the sophistication of their tracking system is that from 8/21 until today if I tried to track my phone I got "Full Shipped" and no other information.  So I cannot recommend dealextreme on the basic of it's tracking system for the free, budget shipping, which falls way short of Aliexpress, but dealextreme had the best price for the phone ($169.99) and 14 days from order to receipt is actually better than usual for Aliexpress.  Also, kind of odd, the phone was not officially released until a few days after they shipped it.  I imagine I am one of the first to have this phone in my hands (maybe I should branch out and upload a Youtube review?  Nah, thats not me.)
 
I have my Xiaomi Redmi 6A and my Samsung J6 (2018), all ready to sell/give away, wrapped in fancy paper that I bought from Lazada.  And the only phone which I am waiting to be delivered is the Cubot Nova from Aliexpress.
 
Here is my plans for these phones.  My housekeeper is very nice and hardworking.  Her daughter, who I've met, needs a mobile, so for 2,000 baht my housekeeper gets the Samsung to give to her daughter (my housekeeper is on vacation now but before she left we agreed that she would give me 2,000 baht and I would give her a phone.  I had been considering the Xiaomi Redmi 6A, but that one is not good with respect to audio output.).  The maintenance man can have the Xiaomi 6A if he gives me 1,000 baht.  That's a deep discount but the phone is tainted by having a single speaker firing out the back of the phone so I don't want to charge him too much for it.  When I made him this offer he told me he would have to discuss this with his wife, who I know as she works in my laundry.  The young woman, kind of friendly to me, who works in the bar of my complex can have the Cubot Nova for 2,000 baht, which is my least generous discount but she works bar so my thinking is that in two good evenings of work she can get the 2,000 baht which my housekeeper may not get in a month of scrubbing sinks.
 
My loss total for the Samsung, Xiaomi, and Cubot will be 5,837 baht.  Expensive hobby this buying mobiles is.  How do I make a profit?  Volume! (my accountant 30 years ago told me that joke.)
 
So my big news is the Umidigi One Pro is here.  I put my SIM card in it, updated it OTA and It's now charging (wireless charger).  I plan to give it a full review here after I have given it a good test drive.  
 
I have pretty much exhausted the number of people I can give phones to, so if anybody out there in Thai Visa land wants to buy it from me in Jomtien or pay me via Paypal to ship it to them I will be open to offers.  There's a trust issue involved there, so if not I will just take my time finding someone, you know, to make, um, some deals with.
 
Please posts any thoughts about affordable phones.  I found the great deal Lazada had on the Samsung from a post here.  Cubot and Umidigi I found from net surfing, and everybody knows Xiaomi.  Cheers.
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38 minutes ago, daocat555 said:

o for 2,000 baht my housekeeper gets the Samsung to give to her daughter (my housekeeper 

If she doesn't like it. I'll take it for 2000. Plus wash your socks for a week.

 

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On 8/30/2018 at 11:49 AM, daocat555 said:
I have gotten feedback from a hands on user of the Xiaomi 6A that the speaker output is indeed poor as the speaker fires out of the back of the phone.  So I am removing the Xiaomi Redmi 6A from any recommendations I make in the future.
 
I have also looked into the Sony XA1 and found some problems, so that is also off the lists.  And researching (but not hands on) I am replacing the Cubot J3 Pro with the Cubot Nova.  I'll add the well proven and Super AMOLED screen Samsung . Redoing the list quickly my top 4 value phones are:
 
1) Umidigi One Pro
 
2) Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
 
3) Samsung Galaxy J6 2018
 
4) Cubot Nova

I kind of have my mind set on the Redmi 6 pro,anything against this?

Camera quality is a must and not a lot of bloatware,battery life also important i can not find it in any shops i have tried but will keep looking.Have you had this one to test out?

I can't even find the price yet.

If i could remove the bloatware i would consider the j6 ,the j6 2016 i have now has never given me any trouble.

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1 minute ago, jvs said:

I kind of have my mind set on the Redmi 6 pro,anything against this?

Camera quality is a must and not a lot of bloatware,battery life also important i can not find it in any shops i have tried but will keep looking.Have you had this one to test out?

I can't even find the price yet.

If i could remove the bloatware i would consider the j6 ,the j6 2016 i have now has never given me any trouble.

Easy to root Samsung and remove bloatware, unlike Huawei 

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It's very important to understand that the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite and the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro have the exact same hardware. It's also important to know if you want 3/32 memory or 4/64.  Then, know prices and your seller.
 
Then order from LazMall with the link below.
 
 
Unless you want 4/64, if so message me and get a long story as there is no clear Shop for the 4/64 at present.
 
Oh, camera? They tend to be the weak point of so many Xiaomi phones and the Mi A2 Lite is no exception.  Hard to have it all at this price point but I'll get back to you on the best 6,000 baht mobile for best camera.
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