Top critical review
An alright mid range phone, but you'll probably be fine with something cheaper
November 10, 2018
Patchy Wifi connectivity issues!
Works with Virgin. Bought for 308 $CAD because it has a good mid range Snapdragon CPU, 4Gb of ram, and quickcharge support. In the box you get a USB-C to AUX dongle, 3-foot USB-C to USB-A cable, USB-A power adapter and a rubber case. The phone has 46GB of usable space. Pro tip, you'll need a paperclip to open up the sim card slot.
Body: at 15.8 cm long it pokes out of my pocket a bit but the 18:9 screen is very nice for a phone without off screen system buttons, system icons often hide themselves while in apps. The phone has a smooth metallic back so you may want to use the included rubber case but it probably won’t protect it much from a face down fall, I foresee the glass on the raised camera bump may get scratched in the future. Sound comes out of the bottom of the phone which is a bit annoying for watching youtube with. Headphones work fine with the dongle. No micros SD slot but that's alright with 46 GB is usable space. Other reviewer have said that that the CPU is advertised falsely, I can confirm CPU-Z lists the cpu as Snapdragon 636, but its lists the model as SDN660, and has the same GPU as the Snapdragon 660 so I would guess this is a error from CPU-Z and you’re gonna get what’s advertised. thank goodness you have a lot of RAM since apps seem to need more RAM every year, in the task manager ill usually only see 1.5-0.3 GB free.
Software: Android 8.1, Android one is a nice clean distribution but it's it no Google Pixel, they promised continued software support but the global version which is what you are getting on amazon is locked for now with the June 5 2018 security patch (I’m writing this in November), the Indian versions of this phone have received updates like enabling 1080p 60 fps videos camera footage (this phone is locked to 30fps) the slow motion option will support making short videos with 1080p 120fps. Don’t expect ever getting an update for Android 9.0. Android 8 does not have a dark theme. The default "launcher3" will not allow you to move or remove the google search bar from the home page so I would recommend installing a 3rd party launcher from the play store. Most of your app icons will be put into white bubbles (you can change the shape) which looks silly and your app names can only be one line long... which also looks bad. The OS will not automatically keep your data limit synced to your billing cycle like on my old phone so you will have to set that manually. If you enable auto brightness you can still adjust the brightness up and down while keeping the auto brightness working. Unlike my old phone I was unable to call virgin support with this phone after inserting my new nano sim, but everything worked after calling virgin from my old phone. The voicemail icon would not disappears and you can’t swipe away the notification that says I have 255 voicemails even though I just checked and I have none (I think I might have fixed it while fiddling with the notification setting). When the wifi icon shows data uploading or downloading the rest of your system icon will jolt left and right continuously.
Quality of life recommendations: Install a new launcher from the play store, go online and install a non official app store called F- Droid, go on it and install a system wide ad blocking program called Blokada, search XDA youtube vanced in your browser and install micro g vanced and youtube vanced white/black and now you can watch youtube videos ad free, play videos with the screen off or in a mini window while multitasking and set the video quality permanently.
In conclusion I bought this phone to last me a long time so hopefully the gorilla glass 5 screen doesn’t break on me (my old phone screen cracked and it had gorilla glass 2) but it was only 130$ an lasted me almost 3 years. You will probably be fine if you buy and android phone with at least 16GB of storage + SD card slot, with 2GB of ram that’s less than ~150$.