Did Google catch you off guard by abruptly pulling the plug on a trio of Google Play edition devices? Still fear the end of Nexus is nigh and the beginning of Android Silver a good way down the line? Want a (semi-) affordable phablet with stock Android out the box yesterday?
Then striking a deal with Expansys USA for the Sony Xperia Z Ultra GPe is definitely your wisest move. No longer available via the Play Store and nowhere to be found through retailers like Amazon or Best Buy, the “vanilla” Z Ultra can be had on Expansys at a measly $349.99, plus 8 bucks or so for shipping.
Normally, I’d fear limited inventory, however the seller currently insists at least 100 units are in stock, so you likely have time to think things through. Packed with LTE connectivity, a mind-blowingly large 6.4-inch Full HD display, explosive quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip and comfy 2 GB RAM, the Z Ultra seems like a bargain.
The best bargain? It depends. If the prime reason you’re buying is clean KitKat and the promise of timely subsequent updates, then there’s no question about it. If you’d be equally happy with Sony’s Xperia UI on top of Android and staggered future software bumps, Amazon charges $350, shipping included, for the non-Google Play edition, factory unlocked LTE Xperia Z Ultra. Decisions, decisions…