Options for a reasonably priced unlocked stock Android phone

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I have a Nexus 6 Android phone with Android 7.1.1

When I purchased the phone some years ago it was important to have an unlocked phone as well as what they called stock Android.

At the time I understood this to mean that you could use the SIM card from any carrier and that the software included with the stock Android was not tied to any particular carrier.

I have a lot of apps on this phone and it seems to run out of battery power pretty quick. I would like to stick unlocked phones with stock Android if possible, but have a better option in terms of stability, battery life, and a fast camera.

All suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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AlanConsultant

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I guess the spiritual, although not literal, successor to the Nexus 5 / Nexus 6, would be the Pixel 3 (released today - 18 Oct 2018 - I believe):

https://store.google.com/us/product/pixel_3
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixel_3

However, not sure whether the US$799 / US$899 price tag will meet your 'reasonably priced' criteria.

You might look for a Pixel 2 perhaps?  Now that the Pixel 3 is out, the price of those models might have dropped significantly, or at least, might do very shortly (maybe wait for the Boxing Day sales if you can hold out):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixel_2


Alan.

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One Plus 6t if your wireless provider is GSM (official launch in days).  In the US, that would mean it won't work on Verizon and Sprint's network.  
It's not stock Android, but pretty close, and their customisations don't get in the way.  

Snapdragon 845, with 8gb of RAM.  Pretty good camera (I can definitely tell you it takes better pictures than my wife's Nexus 6, whose battery is still going strong by the way)  

It's a (IMO) very good phone, and pricing is very reasonable given that it compares well to other manufacturers' flagships.
It all depends on your budget! There are good phones in each budget range. OnePlus is definitely a good option. If your budget is even less, then there are other options. I guess Moto G6 would probably be the cheapest option with pretty solid spec.
I have a Moto G5 Plus (and had a Moto G2 before that). The G5 is a superb phone that gets top reviews everywhere. See for example TrustedReviews. It has dual sims, a great screen, an excellent camera and good battery life - which seems to have gotten even better after I recently upgraded to Android 8.1. It's also extremely well priced. Mine has 4 GB RAM, 32 GB storage and a 64GB SD card. You should be able to get it for around USD200.

I have not seen the Moto G6 yet, but it also seems to get top reviews.
Thanks for the points, @frugalmule, Hope you like it as much as I do.

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