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Which garbage phone to keep as a backup camera?

ijustwannagrill
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Hey there,

 

I make frequent trips to the recycling center in my town, where I can find all sorts of electronics ranging from old gaming PCs to iPods. Sometimes I find something to clean up and flip or give away, other times I find something that's not valuable, but just interesting to play around with.

 

I recently grabbed a few phones from the mobile devices box we have there.

 

My question is; which of these phones should I keep (based on their camera)? I'd like to keep one of them around as a secondary camera, in case I need a second angle when recording a video. (Yes, I'm serious.)

(Previous owner's data erased and SIM card destroyed, of course-- I'm no data thief.)

 

Here's the three to choose from:

-iPhone 6s

-Galaxy Note5

-Galaxy s9

 

The 6s has a neat camera in my opinion, but the battery life on the thing is pretty worn down. If I wanted it as a secondary camera, I'd have to charge it before I used it. On that note, it could probably last a good few hours and it has a good 128GB of built-in storage.

 

The Note5 is still holding on well. It has a healthy enough battery but its camera isn't as great as the iPhone's (again, in my opinion). It also has a not very good 32GB of built-in storage.

 

The s9 is probably the newest out of all of them, but the glassy back of the phone is cracked. The camera is decent from what I've seen, and it has an alright 64GB of built-in memory. The battery holds up fine from what I can tell.

(I would honestly flip this one after doing an even harder scrub of data deletion, but the crack on the backside probably makes it worthless.)

 

Obviously not all cameras are built the same, so I thought I'd post a thread asking what your opinions are.

 

Thanks for responding to my (rather weird) question!

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For $23 Amazon sells a battery replacement/tool kit for the iPhone6s.

For the Galaxy s9 apply superglue to the crack to hold it together and put it in a case to hide the crack.

I don't know if its still available but there was an external card drive holder for the Note 5.

 

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39 minutes ago, ijustwannagrill said:

The s9 is probably the newest out of all of them, but the glassy back of the phone is cracked. The camera is decent from what I've seen, and it has an alright 64GB of built-in memory. The battery holds up fine from what I can tell.

(I would honestly flip this one after doing an even harder scrub of data deletion, but the crack on the backside probably makes it worthless.)

If you have phone service equipment you could just take off the cracked glass and swap it for one that isnt broken

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  • 3 weeks later...

I've been looking at older phones in the wild.  Particularly, Nokia.  Believe it or not, Nokia was getting into the online-device market, but couldn't get all the apps and whatnot like iOS and android had so insanely quickly established.  It's like when there are two options (for anything on this planet) the third option may as well not even exist.

 

Like Windows Phone.  Or Palm OS / Web OS.

 

Anyway, the Nokia N8 has a sony sensor, and a Xenon flash.  It looks to me like it takes excellent pictures, but I'm not sure how much battery runtime it has, maybe a lot, who knows.  Just throwing it in the wind if it makes a difference.

PC specs:

 

Would like to use Linux, but using Windows 10 because wi-fi shenanigans / Linux wi-fi software issues, specific to my hardware.

 

Intel Xeon quad core, clocked down and peaks at around 0.97Ghz, even though it's set higher

2 GB DDR3 clocked down to 800Mhz and undervolted 2.8v

GPU: GTX 960 (more than enough for games I play)

SSD: Samsung 840 232GB

HDD: 4 old spinners, less than 500GB each, only two or so in use usually.  One dedicated to Linuxes, and the rest for downloads / games.

 

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