Best used phone under $250?

Gabe3

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thinking of upgrading from my moto g7. looking for a used phone under $200 usd, or $250 max. I like a close to stock android OS, which is why I'm a fan of motorola phones. looking at the oneplus 6t though as well. I would like a in-display fingerprint reader and 6gb of ram or more. my carrier is red pocket, which uses ATT's network. a 90hz display would be nice I'm guessing, the oneplus 7t has one but those are around $230. which is kinda alot more since the oneplus 6t I'm looking at is $150
 

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I think Moto still makes the best budget phones in that price range. But the Samsung A-series seems to be pretty good too from the reviews I've seen.

I would recommend buying a newer budget phone over an older flagship like the OP phones mentioned as well, if just for much better battery life due to more efficient hardware, newer battery (less wear on a new/newer phone), and also longer software support and updates. So you're not going to see 6+GB of RAM and 90 Hz displays on sub $300 phones in that case, and those things don't necessarily mean better performance over newer budget phones either.
 

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I think Moto still makes the best budget phones in that price range. But the Samsung A-series seems to be pretty good too from the reviews I've seen.

I would recommend buying a newer budget phone over an older flagship like the OP phones mentioned as well, if just for much better battery life due to more efficient hardware, newer battery (less wear on a new/newer phone), and also longer software support and updates. So you're not going to see 6+GB of RAM and 90 Hz displays on sub $300 phones in that case, and those things don't necessarily mean better performance over newer budget phones either.
hm, yeah thats something I started thinking about was battery condition on a phone thats a few years old. the oneplus 6t came out at the end of 2018. the phone I have now I bought new at the end of 2019
 

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Hi Gabe, when I pointed you to the Moto G Power (2021) I had the same reasons in mind that T4rd wrote.
Battery life and new phone being prominent along with your being a fan of Motorola phones, and this phone being in your desired price range.

Compare
Moto G7: Released Mar 2019 / 3000 mAh battery / snapdragon 632/ 405 ppi density.

Moto G Power (2021): Released Jan 2021 / 5000 mAh battery / snapdragon 662 / 266 ppi density.

Am not ignoring the lowered screen density. However, when I view my girl friend's Moto G7 Power, I have to admit that her 279 ppi screen looks good. And she praises the 5000 mAh battery duration.

I will amend my enthusiastic "walk don't run" to Motorola though, and say consider the phone and try it out in a store. Perhaps Best Buy may have it for viewing being they are selling the phone.

Regarding 90 Hz displays, have you had a hands on with one and seen for yourself how it compares to your present 60Hz display? My Pixel 4XL has the option for a 90 Hz refresh rate. The first day I got it I immediately turned on the 90 Hz refresh rate and did like every one else is supposed to do. I went to a web page, placed my index finger in the middle of the page and jiggled my finger. Was I amazed? No. Then I scrolled up and down the page. Did I proclaim it felt 'as smooth as butter'? No, it felt and looked no different than did my 60 Hz setting. Only tangible thing it did was shorten my battery duration. I turned it off and question why manufacturers promote it as a selling point.
 

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Hi Gabe, when I pointed you to the Moto G Power (2021) I had the same reasons in mind that T4rd wrote.
Battery life and new phone being prominent along with your being a fan of Motorola phones, and this phone being in your desired price range.

Compare
Moto G7: Released Mar 2019 / 3000 mAh battery / snapdragon 632/ 405 ppi density.

Moto G Power (2021): Released Jan 2021 / 5000 mAh battery / snapdragon 662 / 266 ppi density.

Am not ignoring the lowered screen density. However, when I view my girl friend's Moto G7 Power, I have to admit that her 279 ppi screen looks good. And she praises the 5000 mAh battery duration.

I will amend my enthusiastic "walk don't run" to Motorola though, and say consider the phone and try it out in a store. Perhaps Best Buy may have it for viewing being they are selling the phone.

Regarding 90 Hz displays, have you had a hands on with one and seen for yourself how it compares to your present 60Hz display? My Pixel 4XL has the option for a 90 Hz refresh rate. The first day I got it I immediately turned on the 90 Hz refresh rate and did like every one else is supposed to do. I went to a web page, placed my index finger in the middle of the page and jiggled my finger. Was I amazed? No. Then I scrolled up and down the page. Did I proclaim it felt 'as smooth as butter'? No, it felt and looked no different than did my 60 Hz setting. Only tangible thing it did was shorten my battery duration. I turned it off and question why manufacturers promote it as a selling point.
besides the increased battery life I think the G7 power would be a downgrade. it has 3gb vs the 4gb my g7 has. but the power has a better cpu. so I don't know. thanks for the info on 90hz displays. 60hz to 90hz isn't a huge amount. so I'm not surprised.
 

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besides the increased battery life I think the G7 power would be a downgrade. it has 3gb vs the 4gb my g7 has. but the power has a better cpu. so I don't know. thanks for the info on 90hz displays. 60hz to 90hz isn't a huge amount. so I'm not surprised.
It's the Moto G Power (2021) not the G7 Power. The 64 GB version has 4 GB RAM.

PC said the Snapdragon 662, has a Snapdragon X11 LTE modem. Last year's model had the Snapdragon X12 LTE modem. Called the SD 662 a downgrade because of that. PC reported, " I tested the phone on T-Mobile's network and recorded average speeds of 42.7Mbps down and 38.9Mbps up. For most people, these speeds should be fine, but T-Mobile’s network is absolutely capable of faster LTE speeds".

Those average down and up speeds doesn't mean to me that the modem in the SD 662 is limited to those speeds. Test any phone on T-Mobile LTE lines and you will find that down and up rates are going to vary throughout the day, depending on various factors. There are regulars on this forum with far more technical knowledge than me. Would be interesting to hear what they say regarding this matter.

Let us know which phone you decide to get :)
 
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I would wait a bit. Whats wrong with your G7. One Plus phones can be had pretty cheap. 7 Pro or 7T on Swappa?
 
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besides the increased battery life I think the G7 power would be a downgrade. it has 3gb vs the 4gb my g7 has. but the power has a better cpu. so I don't know. thanks for the info on 90hz displays. 60hz to 90hz isn't a huge amount. so I'm not surprised.
i agree. battery life while nice isn't the only factor tbh. I feel like I always have the option of charging my phone from my car, to work, to even public places have chargers
 

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Moto One Fusion owner checking in. How important is 5G to you?

Check out these extremely inexpensive mid-rangers about to be released:

Moto G40 Fusion: https://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_moto_g40_fusion-10862.php (between $190-$210 est)

Moto G60: https://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_moto_g60-10861.php (Between $210-$230 est)

120hz screen refresh, 1080P resolution, faster UFS 2.1 storage rom, newer 8nm snapdragon 732g with the newer Kryo cores, Adreno 618 video, 6000mah battery,

Though my current phone is hardly old, if the price dips enough in a few months i may pick up one of these models, unlocked of course. Personally i buy from better known stores with a decent return policy, Amazon, BestBuy, Walmart etc.
 
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