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Old 11-24-2019, 07:55 AM   #1
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Ordering Chinese phones off aliexpress?

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Im getting tired of the $1200+ flagship phones, and have been looking into buying a chinese brand phone. Is there any brands I should steer clear of, or might not work on most canadian bands?

Oppo Reno Ace
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Old 11-24-2019, 02:43 PM   #2
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I've had experience with Xiaomi's(bought a few over the years), just make sure its the global version. Bang for buck.
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Got a Xiaomi note 5 that I used when I go back to China. Is been pretty solid so far. Other than the So So camera and the phone is just too big for my pocket I really have no complains.

Used a 1+1 before give it to my dad and he still uses it. Still pretty good. I used a 1+3 before and I find the battery life not great.
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the razor phone 2 is on sale for $399 at various places like amazon/microsoft/razer size. good alternative that is not a Chinese phone.
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Hey guys,

Im getting tired of the $1200+ flagship phones, and have been looking into buying a chinese brand phone. Is there any brands I should steer clear of, or might not work on most canadian bands?

Oppo Reno Ace
Realme x2 pro
Xiaomi Mi 9T pro
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Check and see what 4G/LTE bands the phone will work on and compare that with your carrier to see which bands they offer.

I've bought a few phones but they are for wifi only but my next phone will be from Aliexpress. I don't want to pay $1000+ for another cell phone.
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OnePlus is having a sale for OnePlus 7 Pro for $700ish which is still a good price if you want the warranty.
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the razor phone 2 is on sale for $399 at various places like amazon/microsoft/razer size. good alternative that is not a Chinese phone.
Order the razor phone 2 from Amazon for $399. Drop my S8 and the screen crack. Is way too expensive to replace the screen (stupid curve screen).
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I think I'm gonna cave for the oneplus 7 pro over something from aliexpress
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Check and see what 4G/LTE bands the phone will work on and compare that with your carrier to see which bands they offer.

I've bought a few phones but they are for wifi only but my next phone will be from Aliexpress. I don't want to pay $1000+ for another cell phone.
you dont have to drop 1k to get a nice phone, but i've learned my lesson with cheap budget phones... camera that can't focus, slight lag even from day one, and bad reception made me go out and buy a good quality phone.
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I got the oneplus 7 pro and a spigen case... Now the waiting game to get it
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the razor phone 2 is on sale for $399 at various places like amazon/microsoft/razer size. good alternative that is not a Chinese phone.
Take back what I said, tested the razor phone 2 the camear is just really really really bad. Is wore then 1+3. It lags and sometimes after you zoom in the picture becomes super dark and when you try to zoom back out sometimes it won't let you zoom all the way out, other times it will just lag and the lighting is way off. Going to refund it. Got on the waiting list for the Pixel 3a $399.
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I gave up on buying smart phones and decided to go with a Punkt MP02. Great reception and voice quality. No camera and social media. It's great.
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I got the gf a Xiaomi Mi 9T when I was in HK.

Bought it at the Xiaomi store. It works here.
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Do you guys root your phone after receiving it? I just got a OPPO Reno and even after selecting English the search function is in Chinese.
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I got the gf a Xiaomi Mi 9T when I was in HK.

Bought it at the Xiaomi store. It works here.
I thought about that phone as my next phone. Good to hear that it works here.
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all xiaomi phones i've bought works here except for being on freedom mobile.
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I would pick oneplus rather than xiaomi.

preferred to have better support than price. Xiaomi support isn't bad, just that you have to look for global or stable rom is not everybody wants
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If you are into photography with your phone... BE VERY CAREFUL which Chinese phone you pick.

They've got this "AI" bullshit (more like filter) going on and "beautifies" everything. It's great when you don't care. But if you simply want the pure capture, they will turn you crazy as that crap is buried deep down in the hardware level on how the information from the sensor is processed.
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I thinking about replace my iPhone 6 with either Smartisan or vivo, as I have not try those 2 brands yet

I had bad experience with xiaomi, Meizu, huawei, zte and oppo, but those were cheap phones in past

Current Chinese phones are much better now
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I think I'm gonna cave for the oneplus 7 pro over something from aliexpress
I love my OP7. I opted for the regular 7 vs the pro. Got mine off aliexpress in the summer for $580CAD. This is the 2nd OP phone that I've owned.
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