Modern smartphones can be very inexpensive, or they can be equal in price to laptops or larger and more serious equipment. Therefore, it is not so easy to choose the right device for yourself without getting confused in the numerous characteristics. A huge choice has both its advantages and disadvantages, because it is so easy to buy into the price or advertising and end up buying something that is not at all, or not quite what you planned. So, buying a smartphone for yourself or for your loved ones should be approached with special attention, and we know how to do it the easiest way, which is why we have selected cheap smartphones for you by category!
Best Gaming — Huawei Honor 7X
Among budget smartphones, it is not so easy to choose the one that is suitable for gaming. Now flagship models are being sharpened for gaming functions, and developers are sparing no effort, so games require more and more power. And yet, we found an excellent option among modern devices, which combines both a comfortable price and great potential for gaming. Huawei Honor 7X is a bezel-less smartphone with a 5.9‑inch IPS display, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory.
Of course, the display does its job — high-quality and large, it is perfect for running games and easy control, because almost the entire front panel is dedicated to the screen, the resolution of which is 2160x1080 with 407 pixels per inch.
The fast charging feature will save you from having to constantly stand at the outlet, and 3340mAh will be more than enough to play on the go.
A powerful HiSilicon KIRIN 659 processor runs inside the smartphone, and it, in combination with RAM, allows you to quickly work with applications.
At its price, Huawei Honor 7X is equipped with a dual camera and a fingerprint scanner.
A separate advantage is the design of the smartphone, the aluminum matte body does not betray the budget class of the smartphone. On the contrary, it is neat and concise, the only decoration being the antenna.
Best photo smartphone — Doogee Shoot 2
Picking up a budget smartphone with a good camera is not easy at all, but here Doogee comes to the rescue. A smartphone at a very affordable price was created specifically for amateur photographers, so all forces are thrown at the quality of the camera. And the camera really doesn’t disappoint: the dual camera has a 5MP resolution, image stabilization and dual LED flash. With 2x optical zoom, the same as the iPhone 7 cameras, Doogee is able to zoom in without loss of quality, and it also supports 8x digital zoom. Another interesting advantage is the ability to add a bokeh effect, and two matrices — RGB and monochrome — improve image quality and sharpness. The lens aperture is f / 2.2, which allows you to take photos even at night.
In addition, the Android 7.0 operating system allows you to get additional camera features. The battery has a capacity of 3360mAh, and the smartphone is powered by a MediaTek MT6580 processor. 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage is great for a smartphone at this price point, but it’s completely unsuitable for gaming. But the convenient format of the device and a bright 5‑inch display will delight photo and video lovers.
Best battery — Moto E4 Plus
Among inexpensive smartphones with modern features, there are not many models that can boast a good capacious battery. The more impressive Moto E4 Plus. Firstly, this is a smartphone with a large 5.5‑inch display, which is convenient to work and communicate, you do not have to look at small letters, and if you like to read from a smartphone, E4 Plus will easily provide you with this opportunity.
The smartphone is equipped with a fingerprint scanner, which allows you to unlock it in a split second and make secure payments at terminals. Thanks to the upgradable Android operating system, you can always stay up to date with the latest features and are no longer limited to a pre-installed firmware version.
But of course, the main positive is the 5000mAh battery. This means that the smartphone will work for 2 days, and you will be able to stay in touch all the time, while the presence of a large and bright display will not affect battery life in any way. The fast charging function will also please, thanks to which the smartphone will restore a full charge in a couple of hours.
3GB of RAM may not be enough for heavy games, but the smartphone copes with everyday tasks perfectly well. If 16 GB of internal memory is not enough for you, you can always expand it. In addition, Moto E4 Plus is equipped with a 5MP front camera and a 13MP main camera.
Best Design — Xiaomi RedMi 5
If you are looking for an inexpensive smartphone that will also look like a premium one, you will have to try, but in the end, the choice will surely fall on Xiaomi RedMi 5. The Chinese company has finally moved away from copying Apple devices, so Xiaomi gets a unique and interesting design (according to irony, exactly what everyone expected from the iPhone X). This smartphone has excellent specifications: Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450, 2 or 3GB of RAM (depending on the model), 32GB of internal memory, 12-megapixel main camera and 5MP front camera. All this is housed in a stylish, eye-catching case, available in several colors: black, gold, red and blue. The case, by the way, is made of aluminum, which completes the premium image. Excellent impressions are also caused by a bright large display with a diagonal of 5.7 inches, which occupies almost the entire frontal surface.
Xiaomi RedMi 5 supports 2 SIM cards and the possibility of additional memory expansion, so you have enough space to store all your files: photos, applications, music, videos, etc. For not heavy games, this device is also perfect.
With this smartphone, you will get Android OS with MIUI 9 preinstalled, a fingerprint scanner, and a 3300mAh battery. But, perhaps, the most important thing is, of course, that the body of the device is pleasant both to the touch and externally.
The cheapest iPhone — Apple iPhone SE
Especially for Apple fans who are in no hurry to fork out for the top models of the company, Apple has developed a budget, but no less powerful iPhone SE. A small smartphone with a 4‑inch Retina display that supports multitouch functions, it looks almost the same as the iPhone 5, but its body is slightly thinner and lighter. The SE is available in several colors, and in terms of power, it is not much different from its counterpart and former flagship iPhone 6. The 12MP main camera is capable of capturing superbly sharp pictures that bypass many analogues in quality and is even capable of shooting 4K video at 30fps. The Home button, like on the 5S model, has a built-in fingerprint scanner.
Inside the iPhone SE runs a powerful Apple A9 processor. Audio quality continues in Apple’s tradition, so with the SE model, you get loud, rich sound from the speakers that lets you listen to music and watch videos in comfort.
A separate pleasant moment is, of course, iOS 11 — a convenient and nimble operating system that ideally coexists with any other manufacturer’s devices, creating a single interconnected network. Fast charging, a long-lasting battery and a host of other features will make your experience with iPhone SE unforgettable.