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Old 28th May 2021, 22:09   #30511
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Finally updated my OP 7T to Android 11 and it looks a bit different compared to OOS10.
Hey, could you mention if it was the 11.0.1.2 update or 11.0.1.1 version? I want to update as well but I am seeing a lot of users reporting performance and battery issues with this new version.
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Hey, could you mention if it was the 11.0.1.2 update or 11.0.1.1 version? I want to update as well but I am seeing a lot of users reporting performance and battery issues with this new version.
I'm on 11.0.1.1. As a rule of thumb i always wait till the bug fix update gets released post a major update and i went in after the second update came in on Android 11
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Old 28th May 2021, 23:32   #30513
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Looks like it is a bad time to be shopping for a budget phone (10-15K) with a screen smaller than 6 inches. I find absolutely no options in that space right now. Samsung Core M01 is a bare bones archaic phone, which is the only recent compact phone that has been launched in the less than 15k segment.

I am now on the verge of getting the Redmi 6 Pro (not the Note version) which is sold at a very inflated 14k on Flipkart for the 4gb version. It could be a step down from my Note 7 Pro, but I am tired of these large sized phones and I have no other choice!
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Looks like it is a bad time to be shopping for a budget phone (10-15K) with a screen smaller than 6 inches.

I am tired of these large sized phones and I have no other choice!
Take a look at the Realme 8 (4G variant). Yes the screen size is not less than 6 inches, but from what I have heard, it's very sleek (less than 8mm thin) and lightweight so you might find that to be a reasonable compromise to make. And it appears to be a value for money offering for the price.
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Old 30th May 2021, 09:23   #30515
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Is there any way to redirect WhatsApp media files to the memory card instead of allowing it to consume internal storage space? Or better still, has anyone here installed WhatsApp on the memory card? Any help on this would be extremely useful.
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Is there any way to redirect WhatsApp media files to the memory card instead of allowing it to consume internal storage space? Or better still, has anyone here installed WhatsApp on the memory card? Any help on this would be extremely useful.
You can move your WhatsApp media files to your phones SD card using the following method:
https://www.techbout.com/transfer-wh...sd-card-51388/

However, the WhatsApp app itself cannot be moved your SD card as mentioned here:
https://faq.whatsapp.com/android/dow...-card/?lang=en
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You can move your WhatsApp media files to your phones SD card using the following method:
https://www.techbout.com/transfer-wh...sd-card-51388/

However, the WhatsApp app itself cannot be moved your SD card as mentioned here:
https://faq.whatsapp.com/android/dow...-card/?lang=en
Sorry, that just moves the media files once. It doesn't redirect the files to the SD card. May be you need a scheduled folder sync app. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....filestosdcard
I'm not sure if the above utility does a periodic sync, I have not used it.

Unless you are rooted, I don't think there's any way to make WhatsApp set its media storage to the SD card. Same with the app itself.

What I would suggest instead is, go to settings in WhatsApp and look at storage. WhatsApp allows you to delete files contact by contact (or group by group) which makes it easy to wipe entire group's media that contain a lot of rubbish.
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Sorry, that just moves the media files once. It doesn't redirect the files to the SD card. May be you need a scheduled folder sync app. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....filestosdcard
There's no way you can auto redirect WhatsApp media files to an SD card. Even if you did, it would remove those images from the chat where it appeared. That's highly inconvenient.

With phones nowadays increasingly doing away with the SD card slot, it's better to buy a phone with at least 256 GB of internal storage.

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With phones nowadays increasingly doing away with the SD card slot, it's better to buy a phone with at least 256 GB of internal storage.
With a rooted phone, it is most likely possible to fool WhatsApp into using the SD card (unless they have really gone out of their way to restrict it). Since my current phone is not rooted, I have not tried it with the latest version of Android.

I think the best solution here is to periodically save just the files you really need into some folder of your choice (may be even on the cloud or other backup storage like a hard disk ) and clear all the rest of the media files from storage. Unless you are using WhatsApp for some serious work (business account may be?) most of the stuff that accumulates is rubbish. So, even if you have 1TB of storage, it will soon be full of rubbish (ask me how I know ).

If you really want an automated solution:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...tomovetosdcard
Set up the above app (auto move to sdcard) to move files periodically to SD card.
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With a rooted phone, it is most likely possible to fool WhatsApp into using the SD card (unless they have really gone out of their way to restrict it).
The simplest solution to not accumulate rubbish is to turn off the Media auto-download option in WhatsApp. This way, you can decide which images & videos you want to download.

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Is it possible to still get a Samsung S10 (or any of its variants) in stores now? Any leads on expected pricing?
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Is there any way to redirect WhatsApp media files to the memory card instead of allowing it to consume internal storage space? Or better still, has anyone here installed WhatsApp on the memory card? Any help on this would be extremely useful.
On Samsung A70 ( Android 11), I've the option (it is under settings - Storage Booster) of moving only the what's app content to Memory card, however, the app is still installed on my phone memory.

I also make sure that I delete the back-up files( internal storage- WhatsApp- Database) once my data is backed up on Gdrive. It is safe as you are just deleting the local backup which is not required.
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My wife moved to a Samsung M21 last year after her iPhone SE started having battery issues. Being used to a small phone, she just didn't like the huge Samsung which was also heavy thanks to the monster 6000 mAh battery. It is a great phone for the price though.

Considering there are only 2 small phone options - Pixel 4a and the iPhone 12 mini, went ahead with the Pixel 4a yesterday. Kudos to Flipkart for the 1 hour delivery with their 'Flipkart quick' service.

The phone itself feels really nice to hold, and even though it's plastic it feels very well built. This is a perfectly sized phone for anyone who is looking for a good compact phone. Not sure when the Pixel 5a will come to India or if it will even come, so didn't want to wait endlessly.
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went ahead with the Pixel 4a yesterday. Kudos to Flipkart for the 1 hour delivery with their 'Flipkart quick' service.
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Congrats on the buy, Please do report hows the battery life and camera
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I own a 3 and a 1/2 year old LG G6. A few key features that made me go in for the G6 were the excellent camera, IP68 rating and affordability. We lost an iphone once due to accidentally dropping it in water, so ip68 was important.

My usage is not very high. Mainly photographs, whatsapp, podcasts, some occassional browsing and emails. No games. However over the last year or so, the phone has become dreadfully slow. It would often take several seconds for the phone to respond, even when there werent any background apps. Recently I did a full factory reset and that that has improved things substantially. Still I occassionally find that the phone takes a couple of seconds to react. Also the camera got scratched due to my carelessness, so the quality of pictures isnt that great these days. I can live with that but the slow speed is really starting to annoy me.

I started checking for some options within the Rs 50K mark. My initial criteria was excellent camera, IP68 rating and 3.5 mm headphone jack. I would want to keep the phone for at least 3-4 years, so I dont mind paying a bit more for better hardware now. I understand that 5G is still a grey area in India so it might be prudent to wait and watch before deciding on a 5G phone. Fingerprint sensor doesnt matter to me. Latest Android version doesnt matter to me. I just need the phone to run well for the next few years. Somehow I feel a new (unopened) Samsung S10 (or E) will fit my requirements very well.

Im not keen on the One Plus series and prefer going with Samsung. I have owned Lenovo, Apple, LG and Samsung in the past. For this money, I prefer going with a Samsung. However, I couldnt really find any decent options that met all my criteria and this is making me reconsider. Due to Covid, I cant and dont want to go out and check out these options in stores. So, for the first time, I might end up buying the phone without trying it out myself.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite
+ Big 6.7" screen
+ 3.5 mm jack
+ Relatively affordable. The 6GB RAM version is retailing for Rs 27,999 on Amazon.
- Exynos processor
- Front facing camera is poor (not really a big issue)
- No IP68
+ / - S Pen is useless to me

Samsung A72
+ Big screen
+ IP67
- Mid range processor
- Overpriced at Rs 35K ?

Samsung S10 Lite
+ Big 6.7" screen
+ Snapdragon processor
- No IP68
- No 3.5 mm jack
+ / - Price at Rs 41K (Flipkart), Rs 50K (Amazon), no price on Samsung site

Samsung S20 FE 4G (Current)
+ Big 6.5" screen
+ IP68
+ Price of Rs 37,999
- Exynos processor
- No 3.5 mm jack
+ / - Camera seems to perform similarly to the S10 Lite

Samsung S20 FE 4G (Expected based on reports)
+ Big 6.5" screen
+ IP68
+ Price of ~ Rs 40K (guessing)
+ Snapdragon processor
- No 3.5 mm jack
+ / - Camera seems to perform similarly to the S10 Lite

Samsung S20 FE 5G
+ Big 6.5" screen
+ IP68
+ Price of Rs 47,999
+ Snapdragon processor
- No 3.5 mm jack
+ / - Camera seems to perform similarly to the S10 Lite

On paper, the S20 FE 5G meets all my requirements except for the 3.5 mm jack, but Im not very sure if I need to spend more money now for a 5G phone. If I wait, the expected S20 FE 4G will be an even better VFM proposition. Either way, I will have to use an adapter to makes use of my Marshall headphones.

However, the excellent price of the Note 10 Lite is highly appealing, considering my limited usage. I will lose out on waterproof rating but other than that, it meets all my requirements very well and saves me a good chunk of money. I saw some good feedback on the Note 10 Lite on this thread.

I plan to keep the LG G6 as a backup phone and use it for navigational duties when I am riding in the rains etc. With the G6, I have only used the phone in the water (for photography) a couple of times.

What would you guys recommend? Should I go for the Note 10 Lite at 70% the cost of the updated S20 FE 4G and enjoy it for the next few years until 5G gets rolled out? Or should I just wait for the updated S20 FE 4G and forget the Note 10 Lite? Any thoughts and feedback would be appreciated.

Also any feedback on buying LG phones in 2021? I know they have discontinued their mobile business, but I saw a couple of their phones being recommended on this thread. I checked the models (Velvet, Wing etc) and they meet my requirements even better than the Samsungs do. But I do not know LGs future in India.
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