1. Shabadage's Avatar
    Hello ACers,

    I've just switched to cricket, and got myself an LG Stylo. I don't recommend it, the 8gigs storage combined with Lollipops disabling of Move to SD card and Google's built in software means you have nearly no space left right out of the gate. I've combed through cricket's offerings and the only thing I'm seeing that could somewhat fit what I'm looking for is the ZTE Grand Max +, kind of nervous about getting it however, as I've read that the Lollipop update completely screwed the camera. So I bring myself before you all and ask, what Phone should I get? I've got 6 days to take this thing back. I'm not limited to just cricket's lineup; but I've got a hardline price of $150.

    The Musts -
    At least 16GB
    Lollipop
    Micro SD Cardslot
    LTE
    NO MEDIATEK PROCESSOR

    Would be nice -
    at least 720 screen
    65.5-6" (Coming from a Note 3)
    Swappable battery


    Thank you all!
    10-19-2015 09:09 AM
  2. codeda's Avatar
    I would say the Moto g has everything you are looking for except size. I can't think of anything else offhand but I've been using it and it's a great phone. Good luck with selection!


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    10-19-2015 09:18 AM
  3. Shabadage's Avatar
    It almost hits my mark, but the 3rd gen with 16gb comes to $219, a lottle above my given wife approval range.

    So I went through a couple of phones, so here's my thoughts.

    LG Stylo - Loved this phone for the most part, except for it being crippled by only 8 gigs of internal storage. You're left with only 4-3.5 left after the android system, and I really didn't have any space left after the google apps updated (Sheets, Slides, etc) and I installed my base apps. After my base setup, I only had 500 megs free. Instant deal breaker.

    HTC Desire 520 - I like the build quality on this phone, the WVGA panel is pretty terrible, the colors are washed out. It takes forever to boot up. Again, only 8 gigs of internal storage, but memory was not as much of an issue. This is the wife's phone. The camera is OK.

    LG Risio - Ah the $20 smartphone. It's a bit more capable than you'd expect, but don't expect to be running any type of graphically intensive game. The android system isn't quite as big on the 8 gig internal memory as the Stylo, giving you some extra space. The camera was pretty bad, which prompted the wife to request the HTC Desire 520.

    As for me, I ended up with an Amazon Fire Phone. I picked it up for $130 with the free year of prime. It's more capable then any of the phones that were in my price range with cricket, and met most of my requirements. It plays Walking War Robots great (Yes, that's one of my requirements) and once you get used to it's weirdness (Slide up from the home button to go back?) and install the normal google stuff it works fantastically.
    10-19-2015 10:03 AM
  4. wheeliegal79's Avatar
    I would pick up an AT&T branded phone off of eBay and buy a $10 Cricket SIM card for it. I am currently running an AT&T iPhone 5 on Cricket and love it.
    10-27-2015 12:07 PM
  5. omega supreme's Avatar
    I just picked up the Stylo from Tmobile which comes with updated specs. Most of which takes care of the version you had. For starters it comes with 16g and a 13mp camera and it gives you the option to move apps to an sd card which I'm using a 32g for... I've only had it for 2 days coming from a blackberry z10 and I'm satisfied with it so far...

    My only complaint is there is no HDMI output like my z10 and it's a fingerprint magnet all over.

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    11-17-2015 01:34 AM
  6. colton groters's Avatar
    I would pick up a Moto G 2015 16gb, 240$ out the door with unlocked GSM bands. From experience I would absolutely recommend it. As soon as you get it, Android 6.0 via OTA is available.

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    03-20-2016 07:11 PM
  7. Sgooter's Avatar
    Take a look around Swappa. Some good phone deals to be had there.
    03-20-2016 09:20 PM
  8. Jon Tessler's Avatar
    I also have the lg g gstylo. I hate the lack of storage space, but i have no trouble moving apps to my sd card. I don't understand why you can't move them. I never update the google apps. Also i uninstall facebook, update my apps, move them then reinstall facebook. It is a pain but at least i get my updates lol

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    04-09-2016 11:47 PM
  9. Jon Tessler's Avatar
    I just got a ZTE Grand X3 to replace my stylo which I broke. Love this phone. It has 16 gigs of onboard memory. A nice bright screen, Dolby sound, and ZTE doesn't fill it up with a bunch of crap like LG does. I can now load all my apps to my phone and have tons of space to add more in the future.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    04-27-2016 10:47 AM
  10. Sgooter's Avatar
    Switching from Verizon to Cricket soon. So I recently bought a pre-owned mint condition AT&T-branded Samsung Galaxy S4 w/32GB internal memory on eBay for $150. It's now unlocked, rooted, and ready.
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    04-27-2016 12:59 PM
  11. Premium1's Avatar
    Switching from Verizon to Cricket soon. So I recently bought a pre-owned mint condition AT&T-branded Samsung Galaxy S4 w/32GB internal memory on eBay for $150. It's now unlocked, rooted, and ready.
    I am doing the same here soon. I tested out Cricket and they work just as well as verizon in my area. Getting my parents their first smartphones with Cricket. Verizon is just too costly. Will work great for my parents who aren't heavy data users, but mainly want a better camera (feature phone cameras are awful!)
    07-04-2016 08:38 PM
  12. rocknrollover's Avatar
    I switched to cricket also been almost a month have unlimited plan with Auto pay so far I'm very Happy.

    Posted via the Android Central App on my ZTE Zmax 2
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    07-05-2016 08:11 PM
  13. cgardnervt's Avatar
    +1 to the Moto G4 (Plus even too)
    Premium1 likes this.
    07-21-2016 08:26 AM
  14. Premium1's Avatar
    Cricket has a good amount of solid devices for the budget range. The idol 3 is still a solid device and falls under your price range if you want a cricket specific model (they are going for even cheaper on sites like eBay). https://www.cricketwireless.com/cell-phones/smartphones

    For unlocked phones, the g4/g4 plus, or the huawei 5x are solid choices.
    cgardnervt likes this.
    07-25-2016 10:27 AM
  15. strawberryjammers's Avatar
    I went from the Stylo to the Galaxy J7. Love the J7 sooo much better!! I don't think I can ever go back to anything that isn't sAMOLED now!
    08-30-2016 12:28 PM
  16. Rivest's Avatar
    Hello ACers,

    I've just switched to cricket, and got myself an LG Stylo. I don't recommend it, the 8gigs storage combined with Lollipops disabling of Move to SD card and Google's built in software means you have nearly no space left right out of the gate. I've combed through cricket's offerings and the only thing I'm seeing that could somewhat fit what I'm looking for is the ZTE Grand Max +, kind of nervous about getting it however, as I've read that the Lollipop update completely screwed the camera. So I bring myself before you all and ask, what Phone should I get? I've got 6 days to take this thing back. I'm not limited to just cricket's lineup; but I've got a hardline price of $150.

    The Musts -
    At least 16GB
    Lollipop
    Micro SD Cardslot
    LTE
    NO MEDIATEK PROCESSOR

    Would be nice -
    at least 720 screen
    65.5-6" (Coming from a Note 3)
    Swappable battery


    Thank you all!
    I went through three phoens trying to find the best one for the money. Keep in mind the only high end phones on Cricket are the iPhones and Galaxys.

    First one I got was the LG Power. Battery is superb. Phone is plastic and my biggest complaint is that it is incredibly slow. Has an outdated processor and only 1GB ram. Everything was sacrificed with this phone and all the money was put into the battery that can easily last 2-3 days on heavy usage.

    Second one i got was the ZTE Grand X Max 2. Due to the slowness on the LG Power I exchanged it for the ZTE phone. The ZTE phone had 2GB ram and slightly better processor. I was excited to get this phone due to it's size; it's massive. But, with this dumbass phone you can't move apps to the SD card. Both ZTE and Cricket confirmed this. If for some magical reason you get it to work, you're lucky. Since Android is notorious for killing memory with the OS, out of the 16GB native memory only 8GB could actually be used. That was a joke and i was pissed.

    Third phone I got was the Alcatel Idol 4. I exchanged the ZTE for this phone close to 2 hours after buying the ZTE. This is the best phone on Cricket right now (considering we are taking the iPhones and galaxy's out of the equation). I say best because it has the highest amount of RAM (3GB) and has a farely current processor (Snapdragon 617 Octacore). The phone comes with 16GB memory (11-12 usable and supports a memory card up to 512GB which actually supports moving apps to SD cards. The phone can get hot, but that is pretty standard with any Android phone. The phone also doesn't feel cheap like most Cricket phones. I can't really hate on the phone as it works just as good as my iPhone 6 Plus (taking the camera out of equation). The phone is fairly cheap on Cricket right now too. Hope that helps.
    09-16-2016 08:41 PM

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