What smartphone should I buy?

Episode 1167 (12:05)

Mike from Portland, MN
Motorola Moto E

Mike wants to know what he should buy for his first smartphone. He's looking at the OnePlus One, the Moto G, and the Moto X, with Cricket Wireless. Leo says that Mike is pretty much decided on Android and Leo is pretty happy with it.

Leo says that the Motorola Moto E has remarkable battery life, although it has a lower res screen and is not as fast. But it has all the features of the G, and most of the features the X has. All for $150 out the door. What about storage? Leo says that most stuff is in the cloud these days, but even if he's crazy on apps, he'll only use about 20GB. So for basic use, 8GB works fine, as does 16GB. But Leo says that 32GB is a good place to start out to future proof his phone.

Leo likes the OnePlus One, but it isn't pure Android. It runs on a rooted and hacked version of Android called Cyanogen. Leo's worried since their deal with Cyanogen is running out and they're planning to do their own custom Android OS. And being a Chinese based company, support is a challenge. Leo likes the phone, but it's uncertain. Motorola is also owned by a Chinese company, Lenovo.

Leo also says that the Samsung Galaxy S6 is coming out next month and it'll be the fastest phone ever. So that may be worth a look if Mike can wait. If he wants to get something today, the Galaxy Note 4 is another good option.