$50 Phone and discounted books

The news was leaked that the latest iPhone (version 7) will be released sometime during the week of September 12th. Undoubtedly, this phone will cost upwards of $600. What if I told you that you can get a new phone for about $50.

There is a very reasonable Android 6.0 smartphone that will cost you around $50. Is there a catch? Of course there’s a catch. The phone is available on Amazon for Prime members only. Further, the phone will have Amazon ads. If you can deal with a few ads, and you are in the market for a new phone, this may be something worth considering.

The phone looks pretty good (based on a review in the WSJ). Here’s what you get:

The 5-inch, 720p screen is very bright and viewable at multiple angles, even outdoors. It’s not as crisp as the 1080p displays you’ll get on $200 Moto G4 or Honor 5X, but again…$50.

Actually, make that $60. For $10 more you can double the storage to 16GB and the RAM to 2GB. I’ve been testing the $60 model and suggest you spend the extra Hamilton for the memory boost alone.

Loading and scrolling through websites and my image-heavy Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds has been startlingly smooth. There’s been no delay banging away on the keyboard when sending an email, either. Even streaming video on Netflix and YouTube has been a breeze.

Sounds good, but the camera seems sub-par when compared to other phones from the past few years. Regardless, it gets excellent reviews on Amazon (4.3 out of 5.0 after more then 400 reviews). If you can live with that and are in the market for a new phone, here’s a link to see it on Amazon.

All that said, if you have a phone that works, do you really need a new phone? Probably not. People seem to feel that they need to buy the latest and the greatest and spend hundreds of dollars unnecessarily. If you have a fairly recent phone, you probably don’t need a new one. Take the money and invest it in your future, not in the latest phone.


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Separately, if you are interested in my two investing books, they are both on sale right now. Investing For the Rest of Us is just $0.99 and You Don’t Need a Financial Advisor  is available for free. These sales are both ending this week, so if you are interested, I suggest you act now.

Further, I would greatly appreciate if (after reading these books) you could leave a review on Amazon.

Here are links to the books:

Investing For The Rest of Us

You Don’t Need a Financial Advisor

 

 

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