Better camera, wireless charging, amazing display and faster performance are all good. We all want them on our mobile phones. Too bad these high-end specs also mean a hefty price tag. When your budget is tight, the only reasonable option is to stick with a budget smartphone until you can afford an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy. In the meantime, here’s your smart guide to buying the best budget phone.
When you say budget phones, you’ll immediately think mediocre specs. That’s how it was a long time ago but things, fortunately, have changed. Nowadays, if you have £200, you can already buy a decent phone with a set of great features. In fact, there are now more budget phones in the market it’s getting harder to pick the best one. To help you along, here are some key considerations when shopping around:
If you want a budget phone that performs, the first thing you should look at is the processor. Nowadays, there are some budget phones with a processor that you can also find in a high-end handset. You’ll usually want your budget phone to have the latest processor. At the same time, you’ll also want to read user reviews to test whether the processor as is responsive on your phone as advertised.
With so many smartphones available in the market, one effective way to narrow down your options is to pick your screen size. Mobile phones come in different sizes. There are compact phones with screens below 4.5-inch, a typical smartphone with screens between 4.5 to 5.5-inch and phablets with screens above 5.5-inch. Other than the screen size, you’ll also want to look at the resolution. Typically, the higher the resolution of your phone screen, the better it will be. If you opt for a bigger screen phone, then you’ll want an even higher resolution. For example, 5.5-inch screens should have a resolution of 1280×720 minimum.
If you’re going to use your phone all day long, you’ll want longer battery life. Fortunately, most budget phones have the same capacity batteries as most high-end phones. In this case, all you really need to do is look for a phone with a battery capacity that can match your day-to-day phone usage. Opting for mobile phones with battery saver modes also makes sense. With this function, you can put your phone in a mode where it uses minimum power leaving more battery life for when you need your phone most.
Because you’re buying a budget phone, don’t expect the camera to be as stellar as what you’ll find in the latest high-end smartphones. But that doesn’t mean you should settle for a low-quality camera. If you do your research, you’ll see that there are budget phones with great cameras. Some even have 13MP or more cameras. It’s a matter of looking around and finding a phone that prioritized the camera features without compromising most of the other specs.
Hardware is only one factor of your budget phone. You’ll also have to consider the software side starting with your phone’s operating system. Most budget phones run on Android or Windows Phone. The former offer more choices while the latter has fewer choices. Other features to consider include waterproof design, audio and more. When considering other features, it will boil down to your preference. There is no budget phone that has it all. It’s a cheap phone after all. But you can almost have it all at a good price if you know what you want and you know where to shop.