Inexpensive cell phone for android auto

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I currently have a galaxy s6 to run android auto on my car’s hotspot - giving me waze, maps, tidal, google play music etc.

I have three primary issues:
1. It’s slow
2. It has no SD card slot to download music, creating delays and significant streaming data use with Tidal
3. It isn’t the latest version of Android Auto (I think newer phones I see with videos only show a better interface and also give you access to the phone screen more easily while AA is running)

Any suggestions to replace it with something faster, has the latest AA and an SD card slot?

Since I won’t be activating it or using it as primary, I don’t want to spend a ton.

Appreciate the advice
 

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Check on Amazon and at Wally World for phones that have what you want.
 

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I'm not really educated on the android phones....whats an example of a phone that would do all the things the OP listed?
 

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I found a Samsung s8 on Craigslist. Going to give that a try. Thanks
 

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I found a Samsung s8 on Craigslist. Going to give that a try. Thanks

I picked up a second hand Samsung Galaxy S8 Note to run JBV1 on and it has been working great for me.
 

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People a dumping the Huawei phones in anticipation of Trumps ludicris ban locking them out of play store.

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Lots of phones on ebay.
 

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S8+ won't connect to my Chevy link. Rest my car stereo and phone. No bueno. Lots of cited issues with android auto and S8+

Going to sell this and try again
 

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S8+ won't connect to my Chevy link. Rest my car stereo and phone. No bueno. Lots of cited issues with android auto and S8+

Going to sell this and try again
I would say a Note 8 or 9 used? Or any Motorola that fit what you want. Droid Turbo 2 may be a good one. I loved mine and it did it all well.
 

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It isn’t the latest version of Android Auto (I think newer phones I see with videos only show a better interface and also give you access to the phone screen more easily while AA is running)
AA has a developer mode. Look that up. I know at one point it allowed higher than average resolution and can be set to not lock the phone.
 
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So, I ended up switching back to android from apple (I had to switch to get access to corporate email / systems, etc.). Well, they now accommodate android safely, so I grabbed a BOGO s10+ / s10e with my wife over the weekend and it works perfectly with Android Auto. Don't know what the issues were with s8+.

All Apple stuff being sold and the s8+...onward.

Thanks for all the advice.
 

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All Apple stuff being sold and the s8+...onward.
How was the switch? I love almost everything about my iPhones, which I’ve been running since the 3G, and I’ve been massively frustrated every time I’ve used someone else’s Android phone, even Samsung flagships. The wife used Android almost exclusively and made the switch pretty seamlessly in the fall of 2017 when I got us both iPhone 8 Pluses, but I think she has rose colored glasses and would prefer her next phone be an Android. I’m not convinced.
 

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If anyone is looking for a good phone, this one will do everything you want and has the best battery life in the Android line. $200 is a good deal.
 

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How was the switch? I love almost everything about my iPhones, which I’ve been running since the 3G, and I’ve been massively frustrated every time I’ve used someone else’s Android phone, even Samsung flagships. The wife used Android almost exclusively and made the switch pretty seamlessly in the fall of 2017 when I got us both iPhone 8 Pluses, but I think she has rose colored glasses and would prefer her next phone be an Android. I’m not convinced.
I've gone back and forth between apple and android for years with android being my preference and apple being occasionally required by my work.

Here's my experience:
Android pros:
- More open platform, cheaper accessories / cables
- Google assistant / voice search is the gold standard
- Lots of opportunities for tweaks and automation
- Creative extensions allowed and built in (using mouse with tablets or Samsung Dex mode to flip the phone to a chromebook with a display, etc.)
Android cons:
- Less robust or fewer apps in some cases
- Less secure for some corporate IT systems
- Less cases / accessories available due to the diversity of sizes / options etc. vs iPhone

iPhone pros:
- Generally stable platform / apps
- Tons of cases, cables, etc. to do most anything
- Large number of apps, especially for workforce automation and small businesses
- iphone to iphone is slick for comms, collaboration, etc.
iPhone cons:
- Locked down with limited ability to automate extend beyond apple ecosystem
- No widgets on screens (and, simple things like can't put current temp in status bar at top...only do what they allow and they allow minimal)
- Expensive add ons - I think if you buy all of the apple add-ons (cables, adapters, etc.) for the iPad pro, you'd spend more on the accessories than the ipad pro. Some single AV adapters can cost upwards of 50.00, power chargers, cables the same.
- Siri is a clown / joke of an assistant. I spent more time cussing at her than asking for / getting real support

These are my experiences, but I'm a little more comfortable with technology and lite programming / customization.

YMMV
 

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