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    Best smartphone for $350?

    So I am in desperate need of an upgrade. My phone, a Motorola Razr M, is on its last legs. I need something fast with a great low-light camera both front-facing and back (flash in front is great but if it just uses the screen to lighten, that's ok too). I also need it to have decent battery life. The smaller, the better, as I don't like big phones. Sturdy preferably because I have dropped my phone many times (luckily my Razr M screen never cracked!).

    Key elements:

    * fast
    * good low light camera
    * good low light front facing camera
    * decent battery life
    * the smaller the better
    * sturdy

    Recommendations?

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    The most recent Verizon-compatible phone that approaches these sorts of items is the iPhone SE. Retail price is above that point, but I have seen a few ways listed on Slickdeals to effectively get it for that price, such as the $200 gift card that Target was offering last month.

    Similar discussion thread:
    http://www.howardforums.com/showthre...-5-inch-screen
    Last edited by alluringreality; 05-06-2016 at 08:24 AM.

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    IPhone SE is probably the best if you need a small phone over everything else. It's hard to build a small phone with good battery life.

    Moving from Android to IOS shouldn't be taken lightly as it may be difficult to move.

    If you can take a larger phone I think a 5X would be a good choice.

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    double post

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    Ya you're going to have a tough time finding a small phone these days unfortunately.

    Without knowing how small you want to go, I vote the Nexus 5x.*


    * I don't actually own this phone myself but I've been in the market for a new phone and have been researching phones in this price range also.

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    Cricket will have iPhone 5S for $150. Get two lol

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    Are you using the Razr M on a $30 and up plan?

    If it's flashed and you're using it on the standard PAYG plan, that will make it harder to find a phone you want and still be able to use it on the standard plan.

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    I guess I should have mentioned that I would like to stick to Android. I don't mind if the screen is 5" or a small bit more than that. I'm just not looking for a giant phone that I will have a hard time sticking in my pocket or holding (I have small hands).

    I did some research on the LG Nexus 5x and from the user reviews I read here, http://www.cnet.com/products/google-nexus-5x/ , It doesn't seem reliable.

    I am using my Razr M on the $55 monthly plan. It used to be flashed, but I converted it to stock so that I can get full 4G LTE.

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    It's been noted by owners of the Nexus 5x on this forum that since the March, 2016 update, the phone has been a lot more usable and improved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShredFred View Post
    It's been noted by owners of the Nexus 5x on this forum that since the March, 2016 update, the phone has been a lot more usable and improved.

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    Thanks for the info! So that is one of the phones I will add to my consider list. Any others?

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    Lots of former flagship phones are coming off contract. I have been tracking a few as possible upgrades for family members.

    You can get a used Samsung S5 for about $137.

    The Note 4 is available around $229-$279.

    Lg G2 is not a bad phone either and can be found for under $100

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueNightSky View Post
    Thanks for the info! So that is one of the phones I will add to my consider list. Any others?
    Unfortunately, as others have said, today's market and your list of wanted features doesn't really go together. Pretty much every manufacturer went bigger in their most recent high end devices.

    If you are willing to buy used then maybe a Samsung Galaxy S6 is the best option or possible finding a new one on ebay/amazon/deal site. The battery isn't great but it ticks off everything else on your list. Fast charging negates the battery issue a little.

    There is also the Sony Z3v. While it checks off every one of your needs, it is running on a little older hardware and will most likely not be receiving anymore updates.

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    There are a lot of decent phones that can be bought new or used for well under $300. Back in 2014, your only choice was to buy new at retail for $600 or higher. Things have gotten better.

    The Motorola Pure is being advertised on Amazon for $299. This phone has a big battery and supposedly can be activated on all 4 major us carriers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShredFred View Post
    There are a lot of decent phones that can be bought new or used for well under $300. Back in 2014, your only choice was to buy new at retail for $600 or higher. Things have gotten better.

    The Motorola Pure is being advertised on Amazon for $299. This phone has a big battery and supposedly can be activated on all 4 major us carriers.

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    If the OP didn't have a size restriction I would have mentioned this phone also.

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    I think a lot of people are not aware of the choices they now have for buying phones. Most likely they equate large screen size with overly expensive. We've come a long way from generation 2 and 3 phones in terms of reliability and battery life. There are other viable choices today than just simply Samsung or Apple.

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