"Cheap" OnePlus 7 (8GB TBH)

From: william (WILLIAMA)29 Jul 2019 10:16
To: ALL1 of 25
Just in case any of teh folks are looking for a new phone, the OnePlus 7 8GB not the pro, at £365


Amazon.co.uk are doing the same at £549 so looks like a pretty good deal. If you're a sucker for extra RAM and humungous data storage, the same link has the 12GB model with 256GB for £430 
From: ANT_THOMAS29 Jul 2019 13:04
To: william (WILLIAMA) 2 of 25
That looks to be a good deal does that.
From: william (WILLIAMA)29 Jul 2019 13:07
To: ANT_THOMAS 3 of 25
I was quite interested because Mrs WilliamA needs a new phone. Problem is we're off on holiday round about the delivery date, even if I shell out the extra £20 for a 'rush' delivery.

It's actually cheaper to get the 12GB/256GB version than the older OnePlus 6 of a lower spec can be got most places.
EDITED: 29 Jul 2019 13:09 by WILLIAMA
From: ANT_THOMAS29 Jul 2019 13:12
To: william (WILLIAMA) 4 of 25
If I was in the market for a new phone I'd probably get one.

Currently got a OnePlus 6 8GB/256GB and hoping to get at least another year out of it. My only big issue with my previous OnePlus 3 was I struggled with 64GB of space. Otherwise I was still fairly happy with it.
From: william (WILLIAMA)29 Jul 2019 18:20
To: ANT_THOMAS 5 of 25
From what I can see there's precious little difference between the 6 and 7 with the 6T being pretty much on a par until you get to the 7 pro. If I had a 6 I wouldn't be interested in upgrading to the 7 either. 

I've got a 5 at the moment and tbh that's fine for me. I had a OnePlus 1 then a 2 which I was never especially happy with. My wife, who is totally uninterested in phones, took my OnePlus 1, but then when I got the 5 she insisted on getting rid of the old OnePlus 1 and using my old OnePlus 2 (God all those numbers). I did warn her that I thought it was a step down in spite of the faster processor etc. because she mainly uses it to listen to the radio going to work which means that the battery lasts about half a day, whereas the older phone was much more efficient. She hasn't said much but I get the impression she wishes she'd kept the old one (which she passed on to somebody else) so when I saw that offer I immediately thought I'd treat her. It's just a pain that the delivery is so hit and miss (up to 8 days) and even paying more doesn't improve things. If they'd offer really slow delivery, say a month, I'd definitely get her one.
From: ANT_THOMAS29 Jul 2019 19:24
To: william (WILLIAMA) 6 of 25
Possible to get it delivered or her workplace or a family member just in case?
From: Peter (BOUGHTONP)29 Jul 2019 19:43
To: william (WILLIAMA) 7 of 25
> If they'd offer really slow delivery, say a month, I'd definitely get her one.

Seems to be out of stock now... though the other models are available.

Could you have it delivered to the place you're staying on holiday, or does that only work in the movies?

From: william (WILLIAMA)29 Jul 2019 20:16
To: ANT_THOMAS 8 of 25
Can't deliver it to her workplace. No family members within 80 miles. I have got a couple of friends nearby that I would normally consider but as luck would have it, they're away now. I suppose I could ask my neighbours. 
From: william (WILLIAMA)29 Jul 2019 20:31
To: Peter (BOUGHTONP) 9 of 25
Not really surprised it's out of stock at that price - it was a top shopping hit on a google search*. And I doubt they'd post it to France (especially with a UK debit card) and even if they did, it would probably arrive after we'd left knowing my luck. 

*and I don't imagine they had a huge stock at that price. 

There'll be more offers at some point.
EDITED: 29 Jul 2019 20:43 by WILLIAMA
From: william (WILLIAMA) 4 Sep 2019 10:14
To: ALL10 of 25
As of 5 minutes ago, it's back in stock at £9 less than the price I first saw it at. 

Mrs WmA took her Oneplus 2 out in the rain yesterday. It's currently sitting in a warm place with the case open. It goes into standby with a push of the button, but buzzes constantly and won't power off when out of standby. Shows no sign of drying out yet. Wouldn't be surprised if I'm digging deep in a day or so,
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 4 Sep 2019 12:11
To: william (WILLIAMA) 11 of 25
Once upon a time I read somewhere if you put it in a container full of uncooked rice, that will draw the moisture out of it.
From: william (WILLIAMA) 4 Sep 2019 13:16
Yes, I did some searching a few years back when I got water all over my phone. Rice is popular, also silica gel. I never have silica gel to hand or hang on to those little sachets that come with some posh electricals or other dry goods (who does?). Silica gel, and possibly rice, works by absorbing moisture from the air. I suppose the theory is that in a confined space like a small sealed container if the air is dry then it will hold more moisture as it evaporates off your phone. 

Anyway, I opened Mrs WmA's phone up so that all the innards pointed skywards and sat it on our cable modem as that's the hottest place available. Seems to be behaving itself now, so it's off getting a charge.
From: william (WILLIAMA)14 Oct 2019 18:54
To: william (WILLIAMA) 13 of 25
OK, it's down to £331. They're also admitting that it's the Chinese version*, but I'd be more worried about their support if it goes wrong. OnePlus are saying that they will support warranties on these CN versions (and since they allow unlocking, rooting, flashing under warranty that sounds good) but, well....

*which seemed likely/obvious at the price.
From: milko15 Oct 2019 13:45
To: william (WILLIAMA) 14 of 25
How do these compare to the Pixel 3/3a? 
From: william (WILLIAMA)15 Oct 2019 14:25
To: milko 15 of 25
Not sure. I'm a bit of a beginner with these smart phone things. Most of the comparisons I've seen online compare the Pixel and the 7 Pro and are a bit inconclusive. The Pixel seems to have a marginally better camera whereas the 7 wins for smooth scrolling, sharpness and gameplay. You get more storage and RAM on the 7 for slightly less cash. Personally, I think the pop-up selfie camera on the 7 Pro is a horrible idea and that's enough for me to never want one over the plain 7.
EDITED: 15 Oct 2019 14:26 by WILLIAMA
From: ANT_THOMAS15 Oct 2019 14:52
To: milko 16 of 25
I think the general view is
Camera : Pixel
Price/storage/longterm speed : OnePlus
From: milko15 Oct 2019 17:11
To: william (WILLIAMA) 17 of 25
might be worth keeping an eye out for Pixel bargains, if you value longterm support. (as in, Google are really quick to replace if it breaks under warranty in my experience) as the Pixel 4 is just getting released so the 3 may be discounted in a few places too. Worth a look, anyway.
From: william (WILLIAMA)16 Oct 2019 09:04
To: milko 18 of 25
Yeah, if I'm spending £300 plus, it's nice to know that the goods will arrive/work etc. It's also nice to know that the warranty is good. That's my worry with some of these very sharp deals. For instance. "Techinthebasket" is said to be Manchester-based, but I suspect the only connection with Manchester is a couple of fellers renting some warehouse space or a big garage, and the firm is actually in China or Hong Kong. So if you want to claim anything under UK law, be prepared for a big fight and probably a lot of disappointment. Then again, they're offering CN phones. Yeah, they're fine and wonderful etc. but will the manufacturer accept liability under warranty when the phones are intended for a different market? Some will, some won't. 

From: milko16 Oct 2019 09:58
To: william (WILLIAMA) 19 of 25
When I bought a Pixel 2XL, it was a 'refurb in new condition' from Appliances Direct I think, and it turned out that - haha! - it didn't actually work for audio phone calls, I could hear them and they couldn't hear me. I went straight to google support and they made me run some tests, took the IMEI and all that, and then had me send it back to them. 2 days later I had a brand new phone in the full retail pack :) which I still use and am happy with despite the tempting new things people keep releasing. 

I seem to have gotten a lot less interested in the cutting edge of gadgets and gizmos in my middle age.
From: william (WILLIAMA)16 Oct 2019 10:33
To: milko 20 of 25
Mobiles arrived too late for me to ever really get excited. I was 40 before they started to take off at all. I like nice things that work well and I'll make an effort to get the best I can afford, but I know plenty of people who aren't nice to be around if they can't have the very best Samsung or iPhone. I had my previous phone for 4 years and current one for a year. I can't imagine I'll bother replacing it for ages unless it breaks. I do find the current crop of decent cameras a big plus. I also like a screen big enough to stream a film on or browse the web comfortably. If those weren't considerations I'd have been happy to keep using the Motorola V300 I had a few years ago or even the V2288 that preceded it - although that was quite a pocket-stretcher. Middle age lasts a lot longer these days.