Mobile Geeks

Best Smartphones Under $300 (November 2017)

You don’t need to break the bank to find a great smartphone, there are lots of great options at the 300EUR price point and below. At Mobile Geeks we know that one phone doesn’t fit all and that the best phone for me might not be the best phone for you. We’ve tried to identify what the top quality of the phone is to help make your decision a bit easier.

 

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017

Great Display

Positive

  • Very premium looking design
  • Water resistant
  • Nice bright AMOLED display
  • Great battery life

Negative

We still suggest the A5 2016 but whose design is a little dated the biggest difference is a minor camera improvement, 100mAh larger battery, Samsung Pay MST, 32 GB internal memory instead of 16, and now there is a dedicated SD Card slot and you get 2 SIMs at the same time plus the addition of a gyroscope, barometer. Of course, the biggest difference is that the edition 2017 is waterproof.

Lenovo Moto G5

Good All Around Smartphone + It’s under $200

Positive

Negative

The Motorola G5 is one of the best deals on the market, it’s got solid build a great camera and all-day battery life. It doesn’t look cheap which is a massive bonus. The inclusion of an excellent fingerprint scanner makes it feel more premium, quick charge 3.0 and the latest version of Android. If you just need a phone that works are concerned about price and want a familiar brand name, this is the phone for you.

Samsung Galaxy A3 2017

A safe bet

Positive

  • Water resistant
  • Nice design
  • Good battery life
  • Type C
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Super AMOLED display – very vibrant and bright
  • Good camera (though sometimes it did lag, something a high-end Samsung would never do)
  • 2350mah battery seems small but with a 4.7inch display 720p display you’ll make it through the day.

Negative

  • Low-resolution display, so you’ll notice that sometimes things could be sharper
  • Pentile display array means that you’ll notice the pixels (don’t look, once you see them you can’t unsee them!)
  • 16GB of internal storage but has a MicroSD card slot

The Samsung Galaxy A3 is a nice phone. All that glass and metal it’s one of the better looking mid-range handsets around.
If all you want is an unobtrusive, well-made handset with a nice sharp camera then the Galaxy A3 is a safe bet.

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Honor 5C Grey Dual-SIM Android M Smartphone

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Honor 6x

Dual Camera

Postive

Negative

At 200 the Honor 6X is a well-built phone that does show its budget colors but is solid bang for your buck. It has a dual camera setup that works well enough for a mid-range phone, with the high end delivering such amazing results this season you’ll notice just how big the portrait/bokeh gap is. But the fingerprint sensor is fast and reliable, it has a MicroSD card, Dual SIM and good battery life. While its display may be slightly washed out and the speaker is a little weak, at $250, the Honor 6X is one of the most competitive phones in this price range.

Honor 6X Unlocked Smartphone, Dual Lens Camera and Dual SIM Standby, 3GB RAM, 32 GB ROM, Gray

Price: $189.00

(1745 customer reviews)

12 used & new available from $122.90

Xiaomi Redmi 4a

Great Build with LTE

Positive

  • Decent quality camera
  • smooth performance
  • big battery life
  • good display
  • 4G

Negative 

If you’re on a budget and want a phone that gives you all day battery life, a good enough camera the Redmi 4a is a perfect option. You’ll only be giving up some performance since it can lag when you’ve got too many things going on, it’s not the latest generation of Android and the display will scratch and crack since it’s not gorilla glass. Buying a screen protector and buying a screen protector are annoying, but at 160euro it performs better than we ever expected.

ZTE Axon 7 mini

Best Budget Audiophile Smartphone

Positive

Negative

The ZTE Axon 7 comes with a lot of very high end features like Dolby Atmos digital surround sound and a display that seemingly places it in a higher price point. But the battery life is weak at 5:40 which means that it will get you through the day if you don’t use your phone all that much. We do have to add that playing music through the speakers does tax the battery but playing native music through headphones (and the headphones in the box are great!) doesn’t drain the battery much at all. If you’re an audiophile looking for a budget handset that doesn’t mind charging before you head out on the town at night, this is the handset for you.

Apple iPhone SE

Best Budget Apple Smartphone

Positive

Negative

If you’re after a budget Apple device a word of advice, don’t get anything below the iPhone 5s, the new iOS11 update means that won’t be available on 32-bit CPUs (basically, any iPhone below the 5s).

We’d suggest that you avoid buying the 5S as a budget alternative because you won’t get software updates and most apps, in the space of a few months, will simply not work.

Apple iPhone SE 64GB GSM Unlocked, Rose Gold (Certified Refurbished)

Price: $315.77

(22 customer reviews)

1 used & new available from $315.77

Huawei Mate S

Positive

  • Bright display
  • Good camera
  • Good build

Negative

The Huawei Mate S takes sharp photos, it has enough power for everyday tasks and its metal design look and feels great. The Mate S was my dedicated handset for nearly 5 months which is a lifetime in smartphone blogging years. The build quality, screen, and camera were all fantastic.

LG Q6

The best looking budget phone

Positive

  • 18:9 FullVision Display
  • Small bezels
  • Great software
  • mircoSD card support

Negative

If you’re after a budget phone that doesn’t look budget, the curved corners on the Q6 make this your top choice. If photography is important to you, you might want to give it a miss, the slow shutter speed means that sometimes the photos are a bit blurry. But if having a good camera isn’t high on your list and looks are, you should consider the LG Q6.

LG Q6 – 32 GB – Unlocked (AT&T/T-Mobile) – Platinum – Prime Exclusive – with Lockscreen Offers & Ads

Price: $217.12

(51 customer reviews)

30 used & new available from $217.12

ASUS ZenFone 4 Max

Best Battery Life


Positive

Negative

You’ll notice the midrange performance most with the camera that can be slow. Though this is a software issue since the camera on the ZenFone 4 pro also lags, and it’s running a Snapdragon 835 so I expect this to improve over time.

If battery life is the most important thing to you then the ZenFone 4 Max is a great handset. The design isn’t fresh or new, it’s not thin and sexy the ZenFone 4 Max offers function over form, ZenUI has gotten another haircut so it’s running a lot cleaner than the previous generation and the battery life is aggressive.

ASUS ZenFone 4 Max 5.5-inch HD 3GB RAM, 32GB storage LTE Unlocked Dual SIM Cell Phone, US

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(225 customer reviews)

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