Now if you are operating on a limited budget, certainly flagship smartphones such as the Apple iPhone 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 are out of your reach. Don’t despair, there are a range of budget smartphones on the market that are more than capable of performing the tasks you require of your handset.
Thanks to the fact that technology is becoming more and more accessible and more companies are moving into the mobile field, these phones are available at extremely competitive prices. Let’s take a look at some models that our experts at JP Phones feel are more than worthwhile.
This is an excellent little budget smartphone. It comes with some more processing power than its predecessor in the form of an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor. This is the best processor to be found in budget smartphones at present, so if speed is a factor, then this phone is for you. It has a 5.5-inch screen with a decent resolution of 1920×1080. There are two options storage wise, the 16 gig and the 32 gig while a 13-megapixel camera is perfect for all those holiday snaps! It weighs 155g and costs just £169.
Vodacom Smart Prime 7
This is an excellent option if you are looking for a phone on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ contract. It is perhaps the perfect option as a first smartphone for teenagers. It features a quad-core 1.3 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, which while not the best, certainly does a good job for an entry level smartphone. It comes with a 5-inch screen offering a resolution of 1280×720. Again, this is not the best on the market but at a price of £75, you cannot argue too much! One drawback is that it only comes with 8 gigs of storage but does allow for a micro SD card, so this can be bumped up to 128 gigs if need be. Finally, this 128g phone has an 8-megapixel camera, perfect for those student selfies!
Motorola Moto E
The second generation of this popular phone is a great compact option. It features a quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor which offers decent performance. With a relatively smalls screen size, just 4.5 inches as well as a fairly low resolution (960×540) the Moto E is a little let down in this regard, especially if you want to watch movies or stream videos. It does offer excellent battery life, however. Storage is a little low at 8 gigs but you should be able to fit on a fair amount of music or movies. It weighs 145g and costs £73. This is the perfect smartphone for a housewife or a retired person in our book.
Samsung Galaxy J5
Samsung are not really known for their budget handsets but the J5 has certainly become an exception. With a quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, the J5 is fairly quick while a 5 inch, 1280×720 AMOLED display delivers excellent quality despite a lower resolution than other budget handsets. The phone offers 8 gigs of storage which is a little bit disappointing. 16 gigs would have been a far better match for the other specs found on the phone. Finally, this £150 handset has a 13-megapixel camera and weighs in at 146g.
Microsoft Lumia 640
For those wanting a Windows based phone, look no further than the Lumia. It is powered by a Quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and has 8 gigs of storage. It offers a 5-inch screen with 1280×720 resolution. But it is its big, bold and funky design as well as a range of colours that make it a real fashion statement. Storage-wise you will only have 8 gigs and the camera comes in at 8 megapixels. Not the greatest but certainly capable of doing a decent job on photographs. It weighs 145g and will set you back £100.
In this article, we have just touched on a range of budget smartphones available to the public of the United Kingdom. There are many models out there and no doubt, you will be able to find one to not only suit your needs but your budget as well.