Back in August of last year, my contract was up, and my phone (a Samsung Galaxy S5) was pretty long in the tooth.

My daily device is now a Xiaomi MI A1. It runs AndroidOne which basically means stock (Android 8.0 as of this writing). Ars did a review of it not too far back.

Pros:
-Was inexpensive, shipped free/quick on Amazon.ca (Prime)
-No bloat, normal Android OS (quickly upgraded to 8.0)
-Good amount of space (64GB)
Cons:
-Doesn’t have the LTE band of Bell in Canada. Not a huge loss, as I get both 4G and 3G depending on city/rural travel. And my heavy data usage normally occurs on WiFi
-Processor (Snap 625) can be a hair slow, in heavy games. Normal app performance is excellent.

Overall a fantastic value for the money (~$320 CAD), and I didn’t have to sign a new contract or anything.