I'm looking for a large phone (4-5 inches) to be used like a small wifi tablet.

The problem is, that one's I've tried previous are pretty insistent on activation. They'll ask multiple times everytime I reboot, which makes them very difficult to use as a mini-tablet. Is there a way to tell which phones can have this easily turned off before I buy it? Or is there a generally easy way to avoid that screen on all Android devices?

  • Recommendations are off-topic. As for activation, what activation are you talking about?
    – Andy Yan
    Jun 23, 2017 at 23:51
  • I'm referring to phone service activation. Like Virgin Mobile, or ATT. Not the Google account.
    – NL3294
    Jun 26, 2017 at 16:33
  • I have revised my question, to remove the word "recommend".
    – NL3294
    Jun 26, 2017 at 16:35
  • I voted to reopen, but I have only used retail unlocked devices for years... and I usually only get the prompt to "activate" the SIM once when you go through the initial setup wizard... My retail unlocked Moto and unlocked Nexus devices have never asked me to activate the service again. I think this is something built into a lot of carrier branded devices. I use a Nexus 5 and Moto G for light "developing" and hobbyist play toys, and they never ask me to activate them repeatedly.
    – acejavelin
    Jun 26, 2017 at 19:11
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    +1 on what @acejavelin said. "(carrier) Unlocked" devices shouldn't nag you for activation stuff, just optional Google account log-in on first setup.
    – Andy Yan
    Jun 27, 2017 at 1:30


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