Need recommendations for a basic smartphone

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Oblivion

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Oct 25, 2017
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A refurbished Pixel 3a is a great phone and checks your boxes (battery life, camera, headphone jack, t-mobile, etc), but they're $300 usually. Nice thing about the Pixel 3a, even the refurbs, is they're gauaranteed to get updates, they usually have a 1-year warranty from Google, they don't ship with any extra software, and terrific battery life (the way you use your phone I'd expect ~36-48 hours on a charge, and they charge to 85% battery life in 30mins or so). But, again it's about $100 up your budget.
If you can wait until May, I'd say get the pixel 3a at that time (once the 4a drops). It will be sub $200 by then. And its an amazing value.
i'm kind of a google fanboy, so ideally i would like a pixel of some kind. but yeah, they are kinda pricey at the moment and i don't think my phone will last until may

It comes with the adapter in the box to use a headphone jack. And the reason it's so cheap is because they've replaced it with the z4 play which is the latest model.
ooh, suddenly it's back on the list!
 
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Alright, folks. i think i made my decision. i'm going to go with...


*drum roll*


...the moto Z3 play!

i like the redmi 6, 7, and 8, but apparently they don't work in the u.s. the G7 and G7 power are both $50 and $100 higher, but seem to not do much more than what the z3 play does, with either less or roughly the same amount of RAM. same with the samsung a20.

so here's my question. i was gonna go with the basic 32 GB model, since i still think that'll be plenty for my needs (currently i only have 4 GB storage), and if i need to, i can always buy more storage. but is micro SD storage cheap? or would it be cheaper if i bought the 64 GB version?
 

nsilvias

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Oct 25, 2017
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Alright, folks. i think i made my decision. i'm going to go with...


*drum roll*


...the moto Z3 play!

i like the redmi 6, 7, and 8, but apparently they don't work in the u.s. the G7 and G7 power are both $50 and $100 higher, but seem to not do much more than what the z3 play does, with either less or roughly the same amount of RAM. same with the samsung a20.

so here's my question. i was gonna go with the basic 32 GB model, since i still think that'll be plenty for my needs (currently i only have 4 GB storage), and if i need to, i can always buy more storage. but is micro SD storage cheap? or would it be cheaper if i bought the 64 GB version?

pretty cheap for micro sd these days depending on how much you need. dont buy from amazon tho, too many counterfeits even thru amazon direct since they mix inventory from third parties.
 

KennyL

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Oct 27, 2017
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My dad has a Xiaomi Mi A3 and the only bad thing is it doesnt have NFC, other than that it is an awesome device for the price.
I also got my dad this phone. Really good!




It has stock Android pie and actually gets monthly security updates.