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Use the emulator that comes with the Android development kit. Cost: $0. The only point of testing with a physical device is if you want to check the compatibility and ergonomy of your application with a physical device: how it makes use of non-ubiquitous peripherals such as a fingerprint reader, how it interacts with manufacturer-specific software, etc. ...


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Look at Xiaomi (world's 4th largest smartphone maker) for reasonably priced phones with good specifications , they are often hard to beat price-wise. E.g. the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro Smartphone meet all your required specifications and costs ~130 USD: 4G LTE, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory, MSM8916 64bit Quad Core 1.2GHz, Android 4.4, 4.7 inch HD OGS Screen, Dual Cameras. ...


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The Moto E is a low end cell phone priced at ~$120 USD for the 3G model (off contract). It has 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, supports up to 32GB microSD, and Android 5.0. The display is 4.5" qHD 540x960 245 ppi IPS. The 3G model has a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU (Snapdragon 200) and an Adreno 302 GPU (400 MHz). Also, if you order it from Motorola directly, you ...


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Just pick up a cheap prepaid/no-contract Android phone like the LG Optimus Exceed 2 or Moto E. The Exceed 2 frequently goes on sale for as little as $15-$20 and has a dual-core CPU and 4 GB flash. The Moto E often goes on sale for $40 and has a quad-core CPU and 8 GB flash. I bought one for $10 on Black Friday 2015. The camera is garbage but otherwise it ...


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The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active is essentially a rugged version of the Samsung Galaxy 6 with a better battery, so I think that would be well suited to your needs. A review of the S6 Active is here. If that is above your price range, apparently CAT makes phones now: http://www.catphones.com/ The S50 actually seems like a decent phone at a reasonable price, so ...


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I found one additional phone which meets almost all your requirements (and is not Asus Zenfone 2 or Asus Zenfone Zoom or other Asus). Lenovo K80 CPU: Intel Atom Z3560 (x64 quad core processor, but only 1.83 GHz frequency. It's the same processor like in Asus ZenFone 2 ZE550ML.) GPU: PowerVR G6430 2 GB or 4 GB RAM (it depends which version) 5.5" LCD IPS ...


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I, and my son, both have Samsung Galaxy S4 Active and its survived all the things you were wondering about. You can get them at a very reasonable price on the worlds largest online vendor but make sure you get one that is compatible with your phone provider. You probably don't need the extra features that come with the S6 and if you manage to destroy a $200 ...


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Your best bet is likely to be to get either a smartphone with interchangeable batteries and carry multiple ones, or get an external power pack. A limited sample size survey of a number of smartphones show that for web browsing, the best performer (iPhone 6) drained 35% battery in 150 minutes, which implies a 7.5 hour battery life for web browsing over WiFi....


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I have a first generation Asus Transformer (TF101) that I leave plugged in constantly. It is used as a digital picture frame and wall mounted home automation control panel. It is a bit aged at this point, but it does run Chrome (versus the default browser from a few years ago). My assumption is that Chrome will work for you, as I have very few problems ...


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I'll keep this as short and as on point as possible: Get the Samsung Galaxy S4 because it is a great android phone with awesome specs, but in a tight budget of under $180(may go a little over). Typically $130-180 unlocked second hand, $150 on a quick amazon search for Straight Talk. New for $208. Apparently $150 new at Walmart for Verizon. It ...


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Pre-rooted phones are a niche market. As a practical matter, I think you should settle for one that is easy to root. One of the few phones to come rooted was Fairphone 1, but it isn't manufactured anymore and doesn't have Android updates after Lollipop. Fairphone 2 comes with a non-rooted OS by default, and has an official rooted OS image, but the official ...


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I recommend Square's card reader. You can get the magstripe reader for free from Square. This should imply to you that most of their service is on the software side. They also advertise a contactless reader for NFC and chip cards as "coming soon", though you can reserve it for free. If you don't care about the "contactless" part, they have a reader that will ...


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If you're willing to go for a little bit larger screen and no official support for Cyanogen, then you might like the Dell Venue 10 7000 ($499). It has: 10.5" screen (a bit larger than you wanted, but not by too much) Support for Android Lollipop 5.0 Good speakers, better than most Android tablets MicroSD card reader Optional magnetically attachable keyboard,...


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Sure it would. Since you're running multiple processes and your main goal is to multitask better, it would really improve performance and smoothness. For what you're currently using, 12 GB should suffice but it seems you're limiting yourself because of your 8 GB of ram so go ahead and get 16 GB. Also if you're using Linux it would be better to set your ...


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Practically the only android phone I can think of that's got a keyboard these days is a blackberry. Specifically the priv. It runs newer versions (6.0 is coming soon(, and flagship specs - it runs a Qualcomm 8992 Snapdragon 808 Hexa-Core. Not the latest and greatest but reasonably solid, 3gb ram, and seems to have some privacy centric addons.


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A new tablet (versus my previous answer) is the Samsung Galaxy Tab. This is several years newer than the Transformer and faster. It is also thinner. When my Transformer became a wall fixture, this was the replacement I purchased. The Amazon review says that it comes with Honeycomb (3.0), but I assume that is outdated because mine arrived with Lollipop (5.0)....


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It's safe to say that upgrading to 12 GB's would be enough, but if you really want to be sure, take the 16 GB's step. Personally I use 6-7, sometimes 8. I have 16 GB's and can say it was money well spent.


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I'll recommend the 16GB Nexus 7 (2013 model) at $130 from Amazon. It runs any version of Android; I believe current versions are shipping with Lollipop and can easily be upgraded to Marshmallow. It's got a 320 dpi IPS screen. Colors start darkening at about 30 degrees off-axis in all four directions (measured using the tablet's orientation sensor) and the ...


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An alternative option, if you are willing to use something other than an android tablet, would be to use a Raspberry Pi. It can run for weeks without any problems It's very power efficient, since it lacks a bult-in display, battery, and a lot of the other hardware typically found on Android tablets It's cheap, with the cheapest model, the Pi Zero, costing ...


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There is always a use for more RAM. I always suggest getting the most possible. All depends on the budget. As for the bare minimum I'd recommend: 16GB of RAM Xcode Studio: 8GB recommended Android Studio : 8 GB recommended Laravel: 4GB or more 16GB of RAM is the base spec of the Macbook Pro 16. Which is good enough for most people. Unless you run Xcode, ...


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I would recommend the Amazon Fire 10" Wi-Fi 16GB which starts at $179.99 but you may be able to find it cheaper. This features an HD display of 1280x800 and quoting from the Amazon website: Fire HD 10 features a widescreen 1280 x 800 high definition display with over a million pixels (149 ppi) for a bright, vivid picture. Enjoy a great viewing experience ...


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Sony's Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z5 Compact are about the same size as the iPhone 6 (not plus). They also seem to be the only (as of beginning of Oct, 2015) high end Android devices with screens under 5 inches. Sony's Z3 and Z3 compact have some very excellent battery life compared to other Android manufacturers. The Z5 compact is expected to be released ...


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As said in the comments, if you care about the battery life then look at the number of mAh the replacement battery has. The Samsung original battery for Galaxy S4 Mini is 1900 mAh so you want something higher, e.g. Zerolemon Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini 5100mAh. Beware that some batteries are too thick to fit in the original phone case, so they come with a thicker ...


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As others have pointed out, most touchscreen Android MP3 players have been discontinued due to the vast majority of people owning smartphones. However, there are a few you can find. This is marketed as a "tablet", but it only has a 4.3" screen - smaller than most modern cell phones. It runs Android 4.0, and has an SD slot to upgrade the capacity (it looks ...


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The upcoming Moto X Force is the phone that sounds like the perfect fit. It has been announced for release in the US and will be released in other countries starting mid-November. Specifications 5.42" QHD screen 2GHz 8-core Snapdragon 810 processor 3GB RAM 64GB of expandable storage IP68 certified – dust and water-resistant up to 1.5 meters and 30 ...


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Check this out: LG Optimus Exceed 2 Android 4.4 1.2Ghz Dual-core CPU 4GB internal memory + microSD card slot 4.5" Screen, 800x400 resolution $20 free shipping on BestBuy It's prepaid, so not useful for calling, but it can be used for development.


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For development it is a good idea to get a high-end phone. The nexus 5x is a high-end phone for a great price. It has a front facing speaker, 5.2 inch display with a 1920x1080 resolution. The CPU is a Snapdragon 808 and has 2GB of RAM. The phone is running android 6.0 and will continue to get updates for the next 2 years. A good reason to get a nexus for ...


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I find this one fits most of your requirements. AT&T GoPhone - ZTE Zmax 2 4G with 16GB Memory No-Contract Cell Phone - Black ($99.99 + free shipping @ best buy) 1.2GHz processor with 2GB of RAM (Snapdragon 410, 4 x A53 @ 1.2 GHz) Delivers outstanding overall performance for opening and running applications, flipping through menus, running home screens ...


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This does not answer your Question directly, but provides another approch: I would keep the current device and go with a solution wich cuts the 24/7 charge to some hours per day. This stops the overheating and you do not need to buy a new tablet. To do this I would buy a time switch, which is a device that switches a socket on and off based on the times you ...


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Seeing as your budget supports it, I would recommend the Motorola Moto G5 or the G5 Plus. If you are looking even better that that, the the Motorola Moto Z is pretty good. The reason why I suggest Motorola is because they have NO bloatware and they are fast, very fast. Most of them come standard with multiple gbs of RAM, top end processors etc. They are ...


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