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What to get in the sales.

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by ericrollo, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. ericrollo

    ericrollo Megabyte Poster

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    Could anyone point me in the right direction?

    I'm looking for a portable device which has a minimum of Satellite Navigation, Music/ MP3, Video/ MP4 and WiFi for internet browsing.

    I have no idea what devices to be looking at so i would be very grateful for some advice.
     
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  2. Phoenix
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    I think they call them smart phones... :)
    otherwise some kind of tablet that has GPS built in would work i guess, but if its car GPS you need make sure they are not too big or you wont be allowed to mount it on the windshield
     
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  3. ericrollo

    ericrollo Megabyte Poster

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    My knowledge of phones and portable devices is shameful; so what models should i be looking at?
     
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  4. Phoenix
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    an iphone or an android based device
    the W 7 phones are pretty fully featured too but i have not had a chance to play with one yet till mine arrives in a few weeks

    all of these should be able to meet the needs you mention
     
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  5. billyr

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    I'd maybe wait until the end of January, there is a bunch of tablet devices about to be released around then and you'll probably kick yourself if you buy one now with a lesser spec.
    Failing that my fave at the moment is the Desire HD or the Win 7 phones.
     
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    this:D
     
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  7. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Sorry to be negative but with VAT in the UK going up to 20% in Jan........ are there going to be any sales??? :S
     
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  8. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

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    I don't see how a 2.5% increase is going to affect whether there are sales or not. As I understand it sales are driven by the needs of shops to clear any leftover christmas stock to make way for new stock (anything in the category "If it doesn't sell at christmas, it never will..." and end-of-line products for example). There may well be less bargains, but that is probably more down to careful control of stock levels than a mere £2.13 increase per £100 (retail price pre-increase).
     
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  9. jk2447

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    VAT goes to the government mate, retailers have either got to take 2.5% less to keep the same sale prices they would have done or pass that 2.5% increase onto you the customer, hence my comment.....
     
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    soundian Gigabyte Poster

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    Since the VAT increase on a £1K (pre increase retail price) item only comes to £21.27 I don't see that being much of an issue. If the are planning on selling it for £750 they would have to mark it up to £765.95 to accommodate the VAT increase. Would you balk at getting £235 off instead of £250 off?
    It actually helps retailers in the short term because any VAT they have paid on the items will have been at 17.5% but they have to charge 20%. that's more money sitting about earning interest before they have to hand it over to the VATman.
     
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  11. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Maybe I'm looking at this the wrong way but retailers are probably going to have to increase prices to reflect the change in VAT. I've got everything I need, unless its a bargain I'm not buying it so yes, £15 would make a difference in my eyes, times are hard for a lot of people......
     
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  12. NZ Kris

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    Hey mate, i have worked in the phone industry for last 3 years and would advise 2 phones

    - If you can afford an iphone, i know so many people that have had them and noone complains, they all love it even though they are paying way to much. So if you can stomach the crazy price tag iphone is a good bet.

    - I also highly recommend HTC (android) phones. The software is not quite as intuitive but once you get the hang of the operating system these a great phones. Also you pay less then the iphone tariffs. I know quite a few people with the HTC Desire (you can now get the desire HD or Desire Z is you want a slide out keyboard) and they love them.

    - Windows 7 phones i can't comment on as i didn't have time to play with it when i was offered a demo but they all are very high spec (as microsoft made the software requirements far to high imo.)

    -SYMBIAN PHONES (nokia smartphones amongst others) stay away from these, i use to be a nokia a fan all the way when i started this job, but the past 2 years have seen them fall behind the 8 ball. They refuse to get off the symbian horse even though its web experience is worse then using a 56k modem to to stream tv shows
     
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  13. soundian

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    If you've got £750 to spend on something you don't need then I don't see why you would worry about spending another £15, especially since they won't be nice enough to give you both prices for comparison.

    We're going off topic here, perhaps we should agree to disagree and leave it there.
     
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  14. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Absolutely! Get a HTC Desire, does everything you've listed Joe
     
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