What's the best bang for the buck Android phone right now?

Discussion in 'Smart Phones and Devices' started by Bankie, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. Bankie

    Bankie [H]ard|Gawd

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    My Nexus 5x just bit the bullet which means I'm in the market for a new phone.

    I mainly do standard stuff like Calls, Txts, Hangouts, FB Messenger, Bank Apps, Reddit, and general internet browsing. I don't do mobile games but I'd like something that can open and switch between apps relatively quickly.

    It needs to be unlocked (Cricket) and rootable would be nice. Fingerprint unlocking on the back of the phone ala the 5x would be nice but I guess it's not required.

    I'm trying to keep it somewhat cheap. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Tiberian

    Tiberian DILLIGAFuck

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    Probably something from Motorola, the G5 Plus (5th gen model), has a fingerprint reader/home button on the front, gets great reviews, about $200-220. Has a growing community of support over at XDA-Developers as well:

    https://forum.xda-developers.com/g5-plus

    Can't speak for rooting/etc but that usually requires unlocking the bootloader which Motorola traditionally allows for but it voids the warranty in the process. Reviewers praise it for some extremely long battery life so, it could be what you're looking for.
     
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  3. Riouken

    Riouken Limp Gawd

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    Just did a ton of research for my daughters phone for xmas. Settled on the Moto G5S Plus.The (S) is the newest model. The G5 Plus is last years. But as the above poster said the fingerprint reader is on the front, ala Ipones. But it pretty much has the best features for the the price.

    If you want cheaper they also have the Moto E4 Plus. I also just bought that for my mother in law for xmas. Both really good phones so far.
     
  4. Tiberian

    Tiberian DILLIGAFuck

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    Didn't even know about the G5S Plus model, but I just looked at several reviews and found similar comments regarding what additional stuff Motorola tossed into it over the G5 Plus and one paragraph in one review jumped out:

    So, not a huge hella upgrade apparently: same processor (Snapdragon 625), same size screen, same resolution, same size battery, etc, don't justify the additional cost but apparently the G5S Plus does have a much louder/clearer speaker (bottom-firing this time out), 3GB of RAM instead of 2GB on the G5, and an LED flash on the front camera which was bumped to 8Mpixel from 5Mpixel, and of course the second 13Mpixel camera on the back, I suppose it's a wide angle in addition to the normal/original one from the G5 Plus.

    Guess you'd have to decide on the price difference being worthy of consideration on those "upgrades."
     
  5. Riouken

    Riouken Limp Gawd

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    Its on sale frequently for the same price as the G5 Plus. I just watched it for a week or two and Picked it up for 220.00 on sale from 279.00. But yea if you dont care about the upgrades the G5 Plus is still a great phone.
     
  6. Vengance_01

    Vengance_01 [H]ardness Supreme

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    The g5 plus is a fantastic phone. Great no thrills phone but I think the security patches will lag now that Lenovo took over..
     
  7. Supersnake

    Supersnake Gawd

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    Both are great choices. Among the diffferences the Moto G5sPlus has a larger screen (5.5 in) than the Moto G5Plus (5.2 in) and improved build quality (all metal unibody construction vs partial metal and plastic).
     
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  8. criccio

    criccio Fully Equipped

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    Easy. OnePlus 5T. Competes with the $1k flagships for half the price.
     
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  9. Prisicilla

    Prisicilla n00bie

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    How about Huawei P9. It is powerful and works smooth.
     
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  10. toast0

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    Nextbit Robin - $130 on Amazon. 5.2" screen, USB-C, Snapdragon 808, 3GB ram, 32GB storage (ignore the cloud stuff, cause it's gonna get turned off soon). It probably won't get updated past 7.1.1; but Android updates are unlikely on most phones. The fingerprint reader is on the power button, and people say it sucks (I don't use fingerprints). LTE bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/19/20/28)
     
  11. Wyodiver

    Wyodiver [H]ard|Gawd

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    My "Smart" requirements aren't too demanding. I've had a Moto E4 for a few weeks now. I like it a lot. It's only 720p, and 2GB RAM, 16GB Storage. I kicked the storage up by 64GB with a mem card.

    I know that a lot of smartphone connoisseurs here will laugh derisively at my cheap-ass phone. That's fine. I spent $40 for it, albeit, I'm locked to Verizon for one year. Then it's unlocked. Unlocked, at time of purchase, is $130.

    I know. Who wants to be seen using a cheap-ass phone, right? You're gonna put the thing in some kind of case or protector, right?

    When you are at Starbucks just randomly yell out that your phone is the new iPhone XI, and that you have a huge dick.


    https://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_moto_e4-8721.php
     
  12. Bankie

    Bankie [H]ard|Gawd

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I ended up finding a like new ZTE Axon 7 on Swappa for $220.

    Seemed like a good deal for Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage + MicroSD card, 5.5" 1440p, an active community on XDA, Lineage support, and USB Type C so I can use my 5x chargers.
     
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  13. Tiberian

    Tiberian DILLIGAFuck

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    Not a bad price for an Axon 7, and the speakers on it get very high marks. The active community means you'll have ROMs for years so it should do you well for the future absolutely.
     
  14. Vengance_01

    Vengance_01 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Other then the average camera and slow community support, thats a great snag. Congrats.
     
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    biggles [H]ard|Gawd

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    Like Vengeance said, Axon 7 is great, only weakness is camera. And agree that Moto E4 ($80?), Moto G5 Plus ($200?), and Oneplus 5t ($500?) are best budget phones. It just depends on the definition of "budget".
     
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  16. deaedius

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    I'd agree with Moto E series or G series, cheap and gets the job done and can play 3d games well. I have an E4 plus and my kiddo has an E4 and he's been playing games on his quite often, great battery life as well. I use mine for email, text, pics, ect...
     
  17. Bankie

    Bankie [H]ard|Gawd

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    I had a 2015 Moto G. The only issue I have with the cheap Motos is the lack of NFC (not sure about the current G but the 2015 didn't have all of the movement sensors either so it wouldn't work with Cardboard and some other apps).