Do you like reading on your Android phone, and are you in the market for a new one? Comparison-guide site The Wirecutter just came out with guides to the best full-price and budget Android phones, which might be worth a look.
At the high-end, Wirecutter feels the best Android phone is the Google Pixel, with the Samsung Galaxy S8 as a runner-up. They definitely look like good, feature-rich phones, but the $600-and-up prices make you wonder once again why fancy phones are so much more expensive than a lot of tablets.
But we’re getting some good budget phones, too. The budget article recommends the $220 Motorola Moto G5 Plus as the best budget pick, and the $130 Moto E4 as the best low budget pick. In particular the Moto E4 looks interesting, given that it includes not only a fingerprint sensor of the sort usually seen on more expensive models, but also a user-replaceable battery.
And if those prices weren’t already cheap enough, if you’re an Amazon Prime member you can save an additional $30 to $35 on them if you let Amazon ship them to you with lockscreen ads and special offers.
I’d find those budget phone models almost tempting, if it weren’t that I use Google Project Fi phone service, which is limited to a select few (expensive) Google Nexus and Pixel phone models. But there’s some budget relief coming for Project Fi users, too. The Verge reports that Project Fi is adding the $399 Moto X4 to its phone lineup. While not quite in the range of the G5 Plus or E4, it’s still easier to afford than a Pixel or S8.
And, of course, yesterday’s expensive feature phones become todays’ mid-range models. The Nexus 6P is Project Fi compatible, with a number of nifty features, and can be found used for $250 and up depending on how much storage you want. Even the top-end 128 GB model is in the $400 range, about the same as the Moto X4 will cost. I had to snag one of those a couple of months ago to replace my old Nexus 6, and I’m very happy with it on the whole.
Needless to say, all these phones have great screens for reading. Even the E4 can muster a 720×1280 294 ppi 5″ screen, which leaves the old Palm Pilots on which popular e-reading began right in the dust. And since they run Android, they have access to the whole range of e-reading applications available from the Android app store. You might prefer a bigger screen for reading at length, but when you’re at loose ends for a few minutes it’s hard to beat the screen you’ve always got with you.