best mobile phone for around 350nzd?

my sister wants to buy my nephew a phone

ive looked online and all the phones i can find in this price rage really suck my phone phone i got last year was 320nzd and has much better specs then any phone in that price range i can find online in nz stores

i told her to wait till black Friday to get a phone there will be better deals but shes has no patience to wait a couple of days and wants to get one asap


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    she has no patience to wait a couple of days and wants to get one asap.

    Ah well then she's doomed to be hit with buyer's remorse.

    If budget is constrained (sounds like it is), and the outcome matters (ie. "best phone in that price range") then the smartest thing is to do your research, decide on a few phones that fit the bill at or slightly above that price, wait for sales (especially Black Friday) and get ready to hit "buy" on your top pick soon as it goes on sale. It's the Cheapies way.

    Unfortunately, I don't have any recommendations though.

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    Could use gsmarena phone finder to workout some options.

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    What phone did you buy and what phone were you looking at buying her?

  • She just missed out on Singles day sale that was last week now phones have gone up to max RRP till Black Friday.

    I would just wait, some of the sales will be starting in the few days no doubt.

    This inbetween period is literally the worst time to buy anything.

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    Yeah, wait for Black Friday, between now and then is probably the time retailers has to revert back to their RRP to avoid Comcom accusing them of always having "specials"…haha

    Chinese brands seem to be better value for $$, eg. Oppo and Vivo.

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    How about the Vodafone OPPO A53s currently on sale for $249 from WS with a further 11% off thru the Market? I considered this phone for my wife, but might wait for a budget 5G phone to go on sale.

  • I can tell you right now the best phone you are going to get is the Redmi note 9t for $300 on sale. Nothing will come close

    • Is it on sale for $300 at the moment?

      • 327 on the market if you create a new account using a referral to get $20 off.

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          327 is still a great price for this phone, blows a lot of other phones out of the water in terms of value for money but personally, I couldn't live with myself knowing it may go lower

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        nope, I've only seen it go that low twice at PB tech, the second time I stagged two for myself even though it was 1 per customer so I had to do it in 2 purchases but it only makes it more expensive for PB tech since I used the free shipping code. They kept on discounting it to like $350 or $320 but I'm glad I held out for my price. Exact price was actually $298

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    pb tech already had a sale on phones. you missed out

  • thanks guys for the help she decided just to get him a Samsung a21s with 32gb storage and 3gb ram used works fine but has broken fingerprint scanner for cheap

  • redmi note 10

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    Yeah, have a look around for the Redmi 10. You'd be surprised. I did some research on phones and Xiaomi is on their way up and likely to overtake Samsung. For that budget you can find the Redmi 10 for less than $350. Look at GSMarena - you won't regret it.

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