This is exactly what I was after, though! We all have things that matter to us, that aren’t always what a “specs” list includes!
I haven’t seen a lot of reports that the G Power 2020 is starting to slow down, and mine isn’t experiencing any lag, yet. It might be interesting to go through some troubleshooting with your daughter and see if we can find a reason for that. But I don’t want to rule out that the potential is there, since you’re making a big decision.
We can’t do much about the size of the phone. They just keep making them bigger and bigger. We can’t really have a firm handle on reliability when talking about current phones, but you’ve said you want a Motorola, so that becomes more important than comparing the overall reputation of a Samsung or Pixel.
I’m going to challenge your budget just a little… take a look at the Moto One 5G Ace. It hits a lot of your checkboxes: Moto, 64 GB of memory and up to 1TB of external storage (that’s a whole lotta photos), a quality camera, Bluetooth 5.1, and the chop motion for the flashlight. It is missing shake for the camera, and I missed that enormously when I was trying out the phone.
What I like about this phone for you is that it is 5G capable. Since you like to keep a phone for a long time, this would to serve you well as the 5G network is being built up. It’s not that 4G is going to go away any time soon, but with the focus, hype, and competition surrounding 5G, I think the carriers will be investing far less in expanding any 4G coverage. This phone will help future-proof you, to some extent. At the moment, it’s on sale for $329 at Moto (5% off if you sign up for their e-mail list). The Tudia case you like is available for it on Amazon for $13.
But… to be honest, there are plenty of people here in Community who will take me to task for even thinking about 5G as a spec that matters at this point, and that shake-for-camera thing may be more important to you than 5G. If so, I really think you can’t beat the Moto G Power 2021 still showing at $179 from Motorola. The Tudia case is also available from Amazon for $13 in a variety of colors. That leaves you some extra cash to stash away for your next phone! As far as the camera specs go, it’ll be an upgrade from your current phone, and if you’re already content with that, then you’ll be content with this one.
I think you’ve got some good options to choose from and really no bad choices to worry about.