I’m on the verge of ordering this Moto E4 (standard version).
Like you, I’d prefer a skinless Google phone with years of potential updates (my Nexus One finally died) – but I don’t feel like dropping $1k on a Pixel or $400 on a compromise: a Nexus 5X. I’m considering @SteveRoy’s offer!
On the plus side, the E4 comes factory unlocked, with Android 7.1 (and NextRadio claims it’s supported). Hopefully the Motorola skin isn’t too obnoxious I expect the build and performance will both suck – but it’s cheap! The G5 advertises better build and performance and it’s also cheap – is it worth the extra $100?
While I’m compromising, there’re even budget-er-er options – like from BLU … They have about the same pros and cons as the E4 … My gut tells me the E4 skin will suck less and receive better community support – I’ve no evidence for that, though!