Any Mint mobile customers on here? Need to upgrade my phone from 16G, and running out of hair to pull

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HI all. I have a very basic phone Moto E5 Play. I have had the same model since before covid. Before that I had a Kyocera Tourque for almost a decade until the didn't work on Sprint/tmobile platform. I have had Mint for last 4 years and have no issues at all with them.

My current phone has 16G Ram and only has google products needed loaded and android system stuff and it is sitting ~95% full. I surf the web on it all the time, but thats about it. Photos get synced with Google photos and deleted on the phone daily.

I don't understand the numbers of Ram, micro chip and whatever. I guess what I am asking is what the the core things I need a phone to have to be able to do a few things at once.

I need a phone that can multi task with things like checking directions on google maps while listening to Spotify. I do not want to spend more then $500 for it if possible. If they can do all that for 8 hours I am golden.

This is for the "One Man's Walk III" I started a thread in V&N about. I leave in 3 weeks and I am realizing/remembering I can't screw around with a cheap phone while hiking in the middle of nowhere MD and PA.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Gracias Mi Amigos!
 

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So, I'm not really up on Android recently but I know some stuff.

Your phone has 16GB flash (storage) but also a micro SDXC slot - you can add more storage.

This article from Moto describes how to add a card
https://en-us.support.motorola.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/127377/~/using-an-sd-card---moto-e5-play
It also describes how to move apps from the main (16GB) storage to the SD card to free up space, and that you can configure the Camera app to store photos on the card instead of the main storage as well. There may be other cool things you can do to free up space on the main storage that I'm not aware of because I don't really do Android all that much.
The largest card the e5 supports is 256GB - it sounds like it will be a little slower than the internal storage though. But if you are moving not-often used apps there / storing photos there, it won't matter much at all.

From reading that article, I think (?) you'll want to format the card as internal storage so you can move apps and data there.

A 128GB (!! - 8x more memory) card from Amazon is around $20:
View: https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Extreme-Mobile-Gaming-microSD/dp/B089DNG977

A slightly cheaper one than SanDisk is the Amazon Basics one ($15 for 128GB):
View: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08TJRVWV1/ref=vp_d_pb_TIER3_pbxcovv3_lp_B089DNG977_pd


What I've read is that the E5 Play is a tough SOB - really hard to physically break which seems important for the trip you are about to take. If yours has served you well and seems to work for GPS/maps/directions then maybe save yourself some money and try the $20 card to see if you can free up a bunch of memory and keep using what you've got?

What I also read is that the battery sometimes needs to be replaced on those phones - if you're on the original battery from 2019 (?) you might need to do that just to have it last a decent amount of time. If you've already swapped the battery, all good.
 
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Wow, you just blew my mind. Were I got confused is there is a Sim chip or card on there already, The link you posted indicated there is another chip slot for the SD. I will get the card from Amazon and see if that is the solution. If it is, I will just buy another E5 Play as a back up as they are available for ~$60 online.

Thanks so much.
 

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You're being limited by the storage space on your phone. If you're happy with something from 2019, then the modern devices and their RAM or CPU specs are largely irrelevant. Just get a new phone that has 32GB+ of storage and call it a day.

The newer version of your phone is available for $150.

Amazon.com: Motorola Moto G 5G | 2023 | Unlocked | Made for US 4/128GB | Bluetooth | 48 MPCamera | Harbor Gray, 163.94x74.98x8.39 : Cell Phones & Accessories
I looked at the phone before posting here. it says 4/128 gb in the title part of the product description, and then in description it says 6 GB Ram. Is that using a SD card to update it to 128? I was spoiled by the torque. couldn't even access the battery, it was a tank and handled spotify and other apps simaltaneously.

The only thing I am not happy about with current phone is picture quality is meh.
 

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I looked at the phone before posting here. it says 4/128 gb in the title part of the product description, and then in description it says 6 GB Ram. Is that using a SD card to update it to 128? I was spoiled by the torque. couldn't even access the battery, it was a tank and handled spotify and other apps simaltaneously.

The only thing I am not happy about with current phone is picture quality is meh.
RAM and storage space two different things. The 4GB RAM gives the phone the ability to run several apps at once. The 128GB is your storage space that you'll see in the phone settings. It's built in and doesn't rely on a SD card from the manufacturer.

If you're concerned about picture quality, you could look at slightly older Samsung or Pixel phones. But they'd cost more than the Motorola.
 

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I looked at the phone before posting here. it says 4/128 gb in the title part of the product description, and then in description it says 6 GB Ram. Is that using a SD card to update it to 128? I was spoiled by the torque. couldn't even access the battery, it was a tank and handled spotify and other apps simaltaneously.

The only thing I am not happy about with current phone is picture quality is meh.
No, that's built in 128GB - the Moto G5G can also have an SD card, up to 2TB (2000 GB).

Woot has Pixel 7 Pro (128GB flash) for $399 right now: https://electronics.woot.com/offers/new-google-pixel-7-pros-unlocked-all-capacities-and-colors

Obviously a lot more $ than the Moto though.
 

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And just to amplify:

RAM is the working memory for the phone, it goes blank when you power it off. It's 4GB for your current phone, 6GB for that newer Moto G5G. That dictates (as @Max Power said) how many apps you can run at once, but you'd certainly be able to do maps and spotify (for example) with even 4GB.

Flash (storage) is the permanent memory that keeps its contents even when powered off - this is what you can add a card for (at least on the Moto phones, not every phone has that). It's 16GB on your current one, 128GB on the Moto G5G (you started being able to get a lot of flash for super cheap in the last 5ish years). It's where the apps themselves live, and all your pictures/videos/songs.
 

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Update 6/26. I got a Moto G 5g as was suggested above and I have road tested it with the apps I will use during my walk going at the same time (incl google maps & spotify) and it works great. Battery time is ~10 hours before hitting 20% and that will work fine for my trip. Thank you all for the help. It's a huge relief to find a solution, especially an easy one. I am embarrassed that I lived with a super basic phone for years and wasn't aware how powerful they had become.

Now its time to update my spotify library. I may reach out here for suggestions on playlists to add.