I was pondering how I would get an Android phone for testing some software development work that was looming on my horizon, when my wife had a little “oops” - she dropped her phone into a toilet.

Attempts to dry it out didn’t work (she continued using it after cleaning it off until it fully gave out). We decided to give her my old phone and I would get a replacement. She got the Blackberry - but soon replaced it with an iPhone 7 I was able to get for free - another story.

However, that left me in search of a phone. A friend showed me an ad for a Moto G7 Play for a mere \$170 CDN. This looked like a really good deal, and I liked the idea of a (nearly) pure Android experience. Checking the specs gave me slight pause - it was listed as a CDMA device - my provider is of course GSM for fall-back from LTE. It also listed some GSM bands - so there was a bit of uncertainty. However, I also found the G7 Power for$218 - which is a more powerful phone than the Play, and with a bigger battery (but slightly lower res screen), and it showed as GSM in the specs. Since I like the idea of a bigger battery, and the rest of the specs were more than decent, I clicked on the old order button and after the weekend, my phone arrived.

Summary

Plus side

• Big battery - up to 3 days battery life.
• Clean Android experience - no manufacturer glurge.