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Best Budget Phone under $250?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'm looking for a new phone.  USA, Verizon network (but I prefer a phone that has radios to work on multiple networks in case I decide to switch).  Must be unlocked, 32gb storage minimum.  Bigger screen is better.

 

I don't care if it has a big bezel, is thick, etc.  As long as it has power, quick charging capability, and a headphone jack, I'm happy.

 

I currently use the Motorola G4, which has been a great phone.  I've been looking at the Moto G6, but I hear it's not *quite* as good as the G4 was at launch.  

 

I'd love your input!


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Posted · Original PosterOP
4 minutes ago, Himommies said:

Maybe look at used phones?

Must be brand new with factory warranty.


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MB: ASRock Killer SLI X370 

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GPU: Dual XFX R9 390 8GB in Crossfire

PS: Seasonic FOCUS Gold Plus Series SSR-750FX

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Your best bet might be a Samsung J3. Not the best, but a brand new phone at that price point that's compatible with CDMA (Verizon/Sprint) bands is next to impossible these days. 


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Posted · Original PosterOP
4 minutes ago, Airdragonz said:

Your best bet might be a Samsung J3. Not the best, but a brand new phone at that price point that's compatible with CDMA (Verizon/Sprint) bands is next to impossible these days. 

That doesn't even come close to the specs on the G6.  Price is good, but that 720x1280 display makes me want to cry :P


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GPU: Dual XFX R9 390 8GB in Crossfire

PS: Seasonic FOCUS Gold Plus Series SSR-750FX

SSD: Samsung EVO 840 128gb 

HDD: Hitatchi 2tb 7200RPM + 3x 2TB WD Passport USB 3.0

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2 hours ago, zombienerd said:

I'm looking for a new phone.  USA, Verizon network (but I prefer a phone that has radios to work on multiple networks in case I decide to switch).  Must be unlocked, 32gb storage minimum.  Bigger screen is better.

 

I don't care if it has a big bezel, is thick, etc.  As long as it has power, quick charging capability, and a headphone jack, I'm happy.

 

I currently use the Motorola G4, which has been a great phone.  I've been looking at the Moto G6, but I hear it's not *quite* as good as the G4 was at launch.  

 

I'd love your input!

I have a moto z play and I like it alot.

It has great build quality,  super solid,  amazing battery,  I get around 10 hours screen on time,  people report up to 14, has a headphone jack, and fast charging.

 

Here is a verizon unlocked one I found on ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/Motorola-Moto-Z-Play-Droid-Black-Verizon-Smartphone-Factory-Unlocked/282807099128?hash=item41d89ddef8%3Ag%3A8hIAAOSw2tFaWQI8%3Asc%3AUSPSFirstClass!95842!US!-1&LH_ItemCondition=1000

 

If you can verify that every Verizon moto z play comes factory unlocked,  then there is this one for $184 brand new

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Brand-New-Motorola-Moto-Z-Play-Droid-XT1635-1-VERIZON-Smartphone-Black-32GB/233132190298?hash=item3647c2ea5a%3Ag%3AogAAAOSwaqtcZCuW&LH_ItemCondition=1000

the seller doesn't say unlocked,  but from what I've seen every verizon moto z play seems to be unlocked

 

 

There are also moto z2 play (the second gen of moto z play) that you can find for under $250 sometimes,  you need the Verizon unlocked version for your needs

Verizon Unlocked XT1710-02

 

The z2 play has a weaker battery than the z play but some better features like a better camera.

 

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18 hours ago, zombienerd said:

I'm looking for a new phone.  USA, Verizon network (but I prefer a phone that has radios to work on multiple networks in case I decide to switch).  Must be unlocked, 32gb storage minimum.  Bigger screen is better.

 

I don't care if it has a big bezel, is thick, etc.  As long as it has power, quick charging capability, and a headphone jack, I'm happy.

 

I currently use the Motorola G4, which has been a great phone.  I've been looking at the Moto G6, but I hear it's not *quite* as good as the G4 was at launch.  

 

I'd love your input!

Would you be against getting a refurbished Samsung S8? That’s pretty damn near perfect phone. 

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On 3/8/2019 at 6:22 AM, zombienerd said:

I'm looking for a new phone.  USA, Verizon network (but I prefer a phone that has radios to work on multiple networks in case I decide to switch).  Must be unlocked, 32gb storage minimum.  Bigger screen is better.

  

I don't care if it has a big bezel, is thick, etc.  As long as it has power, quick charging capability, and a headphone jack, I'm happy. 

 

I currently use the Motorola G4, which has been a great phone.  I've been looking at the Moto G6, but I hear it's not *quite* as good as the G4 was at launch.  

 

I'd love your input!

Why are you not considering the Poco F1 ?

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I can definitely recommend the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite... decent specs, big battery, quick updates because Android One.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 hours ago, Lalit Kumar said:

Why are you not considering the Poco F1 ?

Hadn't heard of it, but just looked, and it was over budget.

57 minutes ago, Mo5 said:

I can definitely recommend the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite... decent specs, big battery, quick updates because Android One.

Hadn't seen that one either, but could have been in the running.

 

 

I ended up picking up the Moto G6 after all.  4GB Ram / 64GB Storage version.  I'm quite happy with it so far. 


Main Rig:

Case: Corsair Carbide Air 540 

CPU: Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.8ghz/1.3V 

Cooler: CoolerMaster MasterLiquid 240

MB: ASRock Killer SLI X370 

Ram: Team Vulcan 16gb DDR4 2400 

GPU: Dual XFX R9 390 8GB in Crossfire

PS: Seasonic FOCUS Gold Plus Series SSR-750FX

SSD: Samsung EVO 840 128gb 

HDD: Hitatchi 2tb 7200RPM + 3x 2TB WD Passport USB 3.0

Optical: Lite-On DVD +/-RW 

Monitors: Dual Acer 24" 1080 

Keyboard: IOgear Mechlite

Mouse: Logitech Wireless
OS: Windows 10 Home x64

 

Linux PC:
Case: Zalman T1  CPU: AMD FX 6300  Cooler: Enermax 95mm tower cooler  MB: Gigabyte Motherboard  RAM: 16GB Gskill DDR3  GPU: R9 390  SSD: Transcend 64gb SSD  HDD: WD 2TB  OS: Debian 9 Custom with Synergy for KB/Mouse

Current Vintage Equipment:  Please ask me about it, I love to talk old tech!
IBM Thinkpad 390, IBM Aptiva A12, IBM PS/2 Model 25-004.  Compaq Contura 4/25C, Presario 7596
Asus P5A-B Socket 7 Box, Tandy 1000RLX-HD "B" & 1200-2FD, VIC20, Zenith ZFL-181-93, Packard Bell 300SX.

Apple II/gs, Mac Plus x2, Mac SE x2, Performa 450

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