Techies are supposed to focus on the latest and greatest, the biggest and fastest. I’ve never been like that. Especially when it comes to cellphones, my computing needs are modest.
So, consider the fairly low end ASUS ZenFone 3 MAX ZC520TL phone which Asus currently sells for roughly $140.
It has a 5.2 inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1280×720. Many phones offer more pixels, but this is sufficient for me and fewer pixels should help with battery life. It has 2GB of ram, 16GB of storage, an FM radio, a 4100 mAh battery and its made of metal, not plastic.
On the downside, the Wi-Fi is limited to the 2.4GHz frequency band, it only works with AT&T and T-Mobile and the battery is not removable. Considering the price, it’s good enough for some of us, myself included.