I'm looking for a smartphone to give to a relative in Europe. The primary usage would be installing and using apps like whatsapp, skype or viber. Do you know any models whose battery gives the phone long standup and long talking times?
I saw the Umidigi A3S that Chelle posted on the 'Deals' thread has a 3,950mAh battery. Online specs mention an 'up to 310 Hours" standby time and 'Up to 9 Hours' talk time. That's pretty good, right? Does the non-removabiity concern you? Should I stop looking and order that?
I think you'll have to consider available bands, too. It might make a difference where in Europe your friend is.
If it has the right bands for (wherever), the Umidigi would be a hard price to match for a new unlocked device. The dual-SIM capability is also frequently a good thing to have for Europeans who cross borders (and carriers) with some regularity.
Non-removable batteries probably concern everyone here. If all else is equal, I'd pick removable. But when shopping on a budget, or a specific set of goals, all else is rarely equal. I have a couple of phones that are non-removable. And, I haven't bought a replacement battery for any of our phones since feature-phone days, although a couple could probably benefit from one. By the time they need a new battery, it's frequently time to need an update to the operating system, etc.
The one you linked to is the A3, not the A3S. It's the earlier version-- very similar except later version of Android on the A3S. I don't know what other differences there are.
A3 is Android 8.1. A3S is Android 10
A3S has later processor, higher res cameras, very slightly larger screen, 3950 mAh battery vs 3350 mAh on the A3.)
The A3S from the official Umidigi Ebay store is here:
Speaking of UMIDIGI Phones, Liberty Wireless still has a one year plan that comes with a "Free" UMIDIGI phone, although one should call liberty-vortex, the seller, to be sure what model phone it is. It does have 4GB RAM + 32GB storage + 4150mAh battery.
I have more credit cards but no more 'no foreign transaction fees' cards. Has anyone ordered something from China on AliExpress with a credit card that doesn't have the 'no foreign transaction fees' feature? Were you charged a foreign transaction fee? How much?