As smartphones become more and more commoditized, it's become entirely possible to get a good device without spending a whole lot of money. In this context, "a whole lot of money" probably means more than $40.
Right now, Amazon has the Moto E4 — though locked to Verizon — for only $40 (opens in new tab). Daniel Bader said in his review of the phone that "at $70 on Verizon's prepaid service, it's an absolute steal." At almost half the price, this means the phone is almost twice an absolute steal. Double the steals, double the fun.
The specs on the Moto E4 won't set the world on fire, but they'll be plenty for most people. It includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable via micro-SD), a removable 2800mAh battery, a Micro-USB port and a 5-inch 720p display.
The rear camera is 8MP while the front camera is 5MP. It won't compete with devices like the Pixel but it does just fine in daylight. There's also a fingerprint sensor, a rarity on devices at this price range. The phone runs Android 7.1 Nougat, with very minimal customizations on top. Motorola has not said when or if the Moto E4 will be updated to Android 8.0 oreo.
At $40 — or heck, the $45 full price on Amazon — the Moto E4 makes for a compelling backup device or a good-enough phone for companies that need to outfit employees with Verizon-compatible phones.
Are you interested in picking up the Moto E4? Let us know down below!
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Walk dont run. Can be carrier unlocked for $2 via ebay.
Can this be used as a wifi only device like the old Moto G prepaid from Verizon? I picked up a couple of those for like $25 a couple years back... might be a good time to upgrade?
Any phone can be used as wifi only as long as it has wifi. So yes.
I just remember having to do some specific steps on the Moto G to get past the activation screen. I've read that just turning it on without the SIM card does the trick.
Can't buy it for wifi only it'll need a plan
Target had this deal a couple weeks back. The phone is smoother than it has any right to be. The fingerprint sensor is more responsive than the N6P I'm using. The display is really good, especially for the price. You'll get a notification to activate the device on the VZW network (as well as the standard VZW bloat), that you can force close, but it'll come back after a reboot. I would love to get the E4 plus instead, since it has everything good, along with a 4000mAH battery, and a metal(?) unibody build.
Great little phone, I mean it. Runs the same as my Honor 5x. Works on AT&T after unlocking it. Can't beat the $40 price.
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