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Need new phone for US trip - whats my best option

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Need new phone for US trip - whats my best option

Hi all,

I'm going to hike the PCT in 2020, expecting to be in the US from april to late september.

My current phone : 2016 LG G5. It makes great photos but is full of bloatware from LG so the battery drains FAST ! (I need to charge it 2x a day + it's a small battery to begin with).

My current plan : Nothing fancy, BYOD from fido website with 4 GB data. More than enough right now since I have wi-fi everywhere.

What I need for this thru-hike : Last time I did the Appalachian Trail in 2017, I went to AT&T and signed up for prepaid plan. I think it's still the way to go in 2020. But since I want a better phone to take better picture and have a good battery life, I don't know what is my best option from here. I need a phone that will work in the US and Canada ... but will be on a US plan for a few months than a Canadian plan for the next couple years.

What would you recommend me ? Thanks all!
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"take better picture and have a good battery life"

For Apple, the iPhones have very decent cameras and battery life quite good

For Android, Pixel 3A or 3A XL also solid choices

If I were you however, I'd take a proper standalone camera and a decent rugged phone instead. Something like the Doogee S95

https://www.doogeemall.com/en/buy/s95pr ... YQAvD_BwEv
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Just about any phone will work nowadays - Samsung, Apple, Google Pixel, Nokia, Motorola, Oneplus, etc. It's more of a matter of features vs. price.

Also, your phone's battery degrades over time; thus it may not be LG bloatware that is the cause of shorter battery life (but personally I don't like bloatware on phones either - hence I use Pixel).
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sprung wrote: "take better picture and have a good battery life"

If I were you however, I'd take a proper standalone camera and a decent rugged phone instead. Something like the Doogee S95
Thanks for your input. Some people do that but since hiking for months has a lot to do with weight (and every gram counts) I would prefer to just use a cell phone.

But my question has also to do with deal and pricing. If person With a 2-3 years plan, they often get a great deal on the phone (free or cheap for a flagship).
Since I will be away for a few months, that would be a bad idea to get a 2-3 years plan because I would be paying 50$-ish a month for nothing.

So what is my best option. Buy a 800$ phone than get a prepaid plan in the US ?
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XeniaOnatopp wrote: Just about any phone will work nowadays - Samsung, Apple, Google Pixel, Nokia, Motorola, Oneplus, etc. It's more of a matter of features vs. price.

Also, your phone's battery degrades over time; thus it may not be LG bloatware that is the cause of shorter battery life (but personally I don't like bloatware on phones either - hence I use Pixel).
Thanks for the info. Yes I noticed the battery discharge slightly faster than before but it seems like a comon problem for LG G5. It's sad because it compares very good to 250$ phones of today (554 ppi screen, 18w fast charge). If there was a way to remove bloatware than I would keep the phone and voila!

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