Looking for a smartphone but don’t want to spend hundreds upon hundreds of dollars just to get a good device? You have come to the right place! Gone are the days when smartphones were only for the elite. These amazing communication tools are now within everyone’s reach, and we want to show you the best affordable options out there.
Xiaomi Redmi Note
We can’t deny the mobile industry is moving into a completely new era. Smart devices are becoming more powerful as their prices continue to become more accessible. The Xiaomi Redmi Note is one of the best examples of such phenomena. We have recently given the device a try and have to say we only have good things to say about it.
Xiaomi Redmi Note specs
- Android 4.2.2 (MIUI 12.0)
- 5.5-inch 720p display
- MediaTek 6592 Octacore Cortex-A7 processor
- Mali GPU 450MP4
- 1/2GB of RAM
- 8GB of internal storage
- 13MP/5MP cameras
- 3100mAh Battery
Of course, this doesn’t sound like your HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 or Sony Xperia Z2. In fact, it is far from being one of those superphones, but at only $129 USD this device is a true winner.
Not many companies can achieve these specs and performance at such a low price. For that, we must tip our hats to Xiaomi. But don’t just take my word for it! You can go ahead and look at our hands-on and benchmarks to see what the Redmi Note is all about.
ASUS Zenfone 6
ASUS is famous for making great hardware at shocking prices. They revolutionized the tablet market with their first Android tablet – the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. It costed $350 at launch, which was unheard of for a device with its build quality and specs.
They have continued this tradition and have recently announced and released the Zenfone 6, a device with fair specs and a bank-friendly price point.
ASUS Zenfone 6 specs
- 6-inch 720p display
- 2 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- 8 GB of internal storage
- 13MP/2MP cameras
- 3,300 mAh battery
The ASUS Zenfone 6 will retail for $6,990 Taiwanese dollars, which equals to about $230 USD. Not a bad price. Of course, we will find Asian devices with similar specs at lower prices, but ASUS has a bigger international influence right now.
The Nokia XL is really quite the oddity. It was announced next to its smaller brothers, the Nokia X and X+. While Nokia is known for only manufacturing Windows Phone smartphones, there is no denying many of us have dreamed of Nokia hardware with Google’s software.
This is exactly what the Nokia X Series devices are, but they are not exactly what the hardcore Android fans expected. The Nokia X Series smartphones were created with the affordable market in mind. They feature fair specs, Nokia’s colorful design and a heavily-skinned version of Android. All for a super low price!
- 5″ IPS LCD display (480 x 800)
- 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play (MSM8225)
- Adreno 203 Graphics
- 768 MB of RAM
- 4GB of internal storage
- 5MP/2MP cameras
- 2000 mAh battery
- Dual SIM
Priced at a mere €109 (about $150 USD), this is one hell of a deal for the best device in the Nokia X Series. Especially for those who like Nokia’s device looks, but want the app selection the Android OS offers.
Remember, though – this is not the same Android experience you will get from other devices. There will be no Google Play Store access and the UI looks completely different. Check out our hands-on article to see what we mean.
Motorola Moto G
For many countries that don’t have access to Asian devices, the Moto G is the best bet. Motorola changed the whole game with this device: a smartphone that blends the line between affordability and performance. It was an immediate hit and has become Motorola’s most successful smartphone yet.
Moto G specs
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- 4.5-inch 720p display
- 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- 8GB/16GB of internal storage
- 5MP/1.3MP cameras
- 2070 mAh battery
I have been using the Moto G for a few months and must say there is nothing to complain about. The 720p display is not shabby at all and the device is very well-built for its price. Performance may not be amazing, but it is great for casual usage and even non-graphic-intensive games.
Starting at $179.99 for the 8 GB version, this device is an awesome deal. You can also get the 16 GB version for just $20 more.
Some of you may want to rock a device that shines more. For those who want something that carries better reputation, but don’t want to spend $600+ USD, there is the GooPhone S5. GooPhone specializes in cloning smartphones and this one is a replica of… you guessed it, the Samsung Galaxy S5.
GooPhone S5 specs
- Android 4.2
- 5-inch 1080p display
- 2.0 GHz MediaTek MT6592 processor
- 2GB of RAM
- 32GB of internal storage
- 13MP/5MP cameras
- 2,800mAh battery
I am dumbstruck at how identical these devices look. If it wasn’t for the brand labels in the back, I really wouldn’t be able to tell them apart from each other. The GooPhone S5 is priced just under $300. This is a bit high compared to other Asian smartphones, but it definitely beats paying full-price for Samsung’s Galaxy S5.
Which one are you buying?
Are any of you looking for an affordable, yet good smartphone? These just happen to be my favorite, but you can also go for devices like the Nexus 5, Nokia Lumia 520, and many others.
Out of the list, I happen to like the Nokia XL the best. It is a very unique device and I happen to love Nokia’s playful designs and colors. Which is your favorite? Are you thinking of getting any of these?