Budget Smartphones – Taking the market by storm

A decade ago, when smartphones first made an appearance (thanks Apple and Samsung), they were the domain of those of us in the high-income bracket. Although they could do so much more than other handsets, they certainly were not cheap.

To this day, should you want to buy the latest IPhone or Galaxy, be prepared to part with your hard earned cash… and lots of it!

And that’s why budget smartphones are making inroads into the market. Not only do they offer many of the exact same features as their more illustrious counterparts, but they are far more cost effective. In other words, if you are a student, a pensioner or someone who just likes to look after your money, a budget smartphone is the way to go.

In this article, we will take a look at a few models from well-known manufacturers that are worth investigation if you are in the market for a new budget smartphone. Bear in mind, we stock these phones as part of our bad credit contract options.

Motorola Moto G

Released in 2015, the Moto G is a brilliant example of a budget smartphone. It is available in two models

  • An 8 gig storage and 1 gig RAM version
  • A 16 gig storage and 2 gig RAM version

Of course, the latter is a little more expensive but useful as it upgrades both performance and storage space. Both phones use a quad-core CPU which runs at 1.4 GHz, which is very impressive. The screen is 5 inches and offers a 720 x 1280 resolution, while a 13-megapixel camera is all you need for those snaps of your holiday or the obligatory weekend selfies. What about battery life? Well, the Moto G includes a 2470mAh battery which means you won’t be searching for a charging point too quickly unless you are constantly playing Pokemon Go! With an Android operating system, you can download a multitude of apps for your phone while it also comes with built-in GPS, a radio, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Asus ZenFone 2

The Asus ZenFone2 is also available in two versions although we stock the top of the range model, so we will speak about that one here.

It features an Intel Atom 2.3GHz quad-core processor, an incredible 64 gigs of RAM and another 4 gigs of onboard LPDDR3 RAM. You will struggle to find a better internal configuration for the price of the ZenPhone. The screen is slightly larger than the Moto G, coming in at 5.5 inches. This offers an impressive 1080 x 1920 resolution. Camera wise, you will find a 13-megapixel primary and a 5-megapixel secondary camera. Both take some pretty impressive pictures. The battery, a 3000mAh piece, can charge from flat to full in around an hour! It will last for most of the day as well even with regular usage. Finally, the ZenPhone runs on Android, has built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, and an FM radio.

OnePlus One

First released in 2015, the OnePlus One is a very nifty budget smartphone, especially if you are into mobile gaming. Some budget phones struggle to play the latest games, but not this one. Although it comes in two versions, we carry the 64 gig model. As with the ZenPhone, the OnePlus One has a 5.5-inch screen, with a resolution of 1080 x 1920, perfect for gaming. Internally it is driven by a Snapdragon 801 Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 chipset with 3 gigs of onboard RAM. For photo enthusiasts, it features a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel secondary camera. A 3100mAh battery offers excellent performance, even when gaming, although you will not get a full day’s use without a recharge. This phone does not feature a radio but does offer GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity.

There you have it! As you can see, all three of these phones have something different to offer to those looking for a budget smartphone at a reasonable price.

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