Looking for a good, inexpensive, large Android smartphone? Here’s a deal for you. Amazon has the 32 GB model, starting at $241 with free shipping, or $242 with free Prime shipping. I’m not entirely sure what the provenance of these models is, though. They all say “New,” but some of them add, beneath that, that they’re refurbished with a 90-day warranty. So maybe they’re all refurbished; I don’t know. I originally started this post after finding an article pointing to an eBay seller who had it listed for $250, but it looks like the Amazon refurbs offer a longer warranty than the eBay seller’s 30-day return period, for a little less money. (Plus, they let us use our Amazon affiliate link.)
Even if it’s a couple of years old at this point, the 6 is still a pretty decent piece of hardware. It can run the Android N developer preview (as I’m doing on mine), so it will get Nougat when it comes in. You can take it to Project Fi, Google’s prepaid hybrid cellular/VOIP service. And it’s got a 6” 1440P screen (which is higher resolution than either of my desktop monitors) and can shoot ultra-high-definition 5K video in 2180P.
As I’ve already mentioned, I’m very happy with my 64 GB Nexus 6 as an e-reader. It can display nearly as much text at similar font size as my Kindle Paperwhite. And I like my Project Fi service, too. That being said, there are lots of great Android devices out there now, including a number of decent, inexpensive phones. And it’s entirely possible a 6” phone may be bigger than you’d prefer.