Help choosing a new phone

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I currently have a Samsung s4 which I love, however it is acting up and it's time for a change. What would be a comparable phone I? I'm not a techie, so need something fairly simple.
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Goran, Mobile Master

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How patient are you ? Do you want to buy from Koodo? I'd say the Moto X play is a good one and fairly comparable. What's you budget?
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Not too patient. Lol. I'm on call for work and many calls going directly to voicemail. Definitely want to stash in Koodo , budget is fairly low, prefer under $400
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Is that $400 total or $400 out of pocket plus putting the rest of the phone on a tab?
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Prefer $400 total.
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Click the link below for a comparison:  The screen on the Moto X is half inch bigger and overall it is a better phone since it is newer.  Unless you want to stick with Samsung then you need to pay more out of your pocket or put it on tab.

http://www.phonearena.com/phones/compare/Motorola-Moto-X-Play,Samsung-Galaxy-S4/phones/9554,7597
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Because in the next few months should be a new round of mid-range phones. If you want to stick with buying from Koodo, I'd go with the Moto X Play then. you can find full specs here:
http://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_moto_x_play-7454.php
It is 360 on tab, as is the G3.
There is the Lg G3 as well, and it does have good specs as a 3 generation old flagship, but I just prefer Motorola's near stock android experience and extremely good updates. The Moto G is probably the best phone for the price and generally considered to be the best budget phone you can get, at least in NA. It is however a step down from the Samsung S4 in specs, but it should perform well unless you plan on a fair bit of multitasking. The S5 Neo just isn't anywhere near good enough for the priuce when compared to the Moto X Play. That's about it for under 400 that's worth it. You can of course also look at used phones off of kijiji, amazon, ebay, Facebook buy/sell groups, etc unless you want to buy new.

Then there's unlocked phone options outside of Koodo if you want. There's a long list there. Even more if you're willing to import from overseas, especially Chinese OEMs with compatible phones. Of course your warranty won't be much use unless those companies offer international coverage.
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I'll second the Moto X Play. Koodo also carries a small selection of certified pre-owned devices. In that category, the LG G3 might be worth looking in to. The LG G3 takes the same size SIM card you have in the S4. The Moto X Play uses a nano-SIM card. It's worth mentioning that the LG G3 is an older phone, (released June 2014) and the reason it's priced to sell. The LG G3 is superseded by the LG G4 and now the LG G5. The Moto X Play was released August 2015.


https://www.koodomobile.com/phones
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I will also recommends the Moto X play. I've been using it as my daily driver for a few weeks now and I love it! It works great, has a nice screen size, great battery life, and works just the same as big flagship phones. The price is great as well. Last time I checked best buy had the teal model on for 240$which is very affordable.
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I thought that ended a long time ago but you're right, it's 240 even now. In store only though.
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How is the camera on it?
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It's good in most cases. The gsmarena link features a review that you can see . Low light leaves something to be desired but nothing short of a lumia 1020 or one of the latest flagship phones will be OK in that regard. The FFC is a 5mp sensor that's stellar for a front facing camera, especially in the price range. Factor in the 240dollar price tag picking it up from Bestbuy (the Koodo one) and it's practically unparalleled outside of importing some Chinese OEM phones.
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Here are a few pictures I took with the phone:

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The X Play's rear facing camera is actually quite good as long as photos or videos are taken in good lighting. The camera isn't the greatest with low light shots. Noise, blurring and graininess affect picture quality. The selfie camera performs best in well lit conditions. Again, in low light, pictures and videos appear grainy. The focusing ring does allow you to increase or reduce the white balance of an image about to be captured.

The controls and settings for the camera are easy to learn. Both the front and rear facing cameras offer selectable HDR, 4x digital zoom and an option to film in 720p slow-motion. The rear camera is equipped with a dual LED flash. Pictures and videos can be stored internally or on an optional microSD card. For the price, I think you’ll be happy with the Moto X Play’s cameras and overall performance.
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Thanks for the info!

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