What is the best cheap phone to hold me over until the Note 7 replacements come in?
You're looking at your Galaxy Note 7 wondering whether you should return it. (You should.) If you do, but don't want to buy a replacement right now, why not buy a cheap(ish) Android phone to tide you over?
Moto G4 w/ Amazon Lockscreen offers
OK, don't dismiss this outright. Amazon and Motorola have teamed up to provide a discounted Moto G4 — my favorite low-cost Android phone right now — by inserting some ads on its lock screen, just like its Special Offers Kindles.
Once you unlock the phone, though, this is the same Moto G4 you will know and love, including the unblemished Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow software, speedy internals, great camera, and superb Moto Display implementation. If you're looking to tide yourself over until your Note 7 replacement arrives, this unlocked phone, which will work on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, is a great choice.
The Nexus 5X running Android 7.0 Nougat is one of the best Android phones you can buy. Our own Jerry Hildenbrand told me on episode 302 of the AC Podcast that the Nexus 5X with the latest software runs better than the more-expensive Nexus 6P, and while I wouldn't go that far, it's still a huge endorsement. And you can find the Nexus 5X on eBay and many other places for under $200!
Samsung Galaxy S5
I know, I know, the Galaxy S5 is over two years-old. But here's the thing: the phone is still really great, with an awesome screen, a removable battery, a microSD slot, water resistance, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. And it's pretty easy to find for under $200 on Amazon, which means that once your Note 7 gets delivered into your greedy hands after this whole debacle is over, you can gift it to your son, daughter, husband, wife, friend, or enemy, and they'll be really happy with it. My brother, who I call Clumsy Ricky, still uses a Galaxy S5, and he's thrown this thing around for two straight years and it's still going strong.
What other great, low-cost devices are out there as you're waiting for the Note 7 debacle to pass?