It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to get a great smartphone and in this list of top cheap phones you will find a number of smartphones where the price is so low that you simply won’t believe what is on offer.
So, let’s countdown the top cheap smartphones of 2017, available on 24-month contract today:
The LG K3 is the most affordable smartphone and it offers a compact form with a 4.5” display. A number of useful apps are pre-loaded, such as Quick Memo+ and Evernote, and more can be downloaded from either the Google Play Store or LG SmartWorld.
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The camera combination sees a 5MP snapper paired up with a 0.3MP selfie camera. There is a good phone to battery ratio on the LG K3 and this offers up to 14 hours of talk time.
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The Moto G4 Play may be inexpensive but it still delivers a desirable punch, with its water repellent nano coating and front-ported loud speaker. This Moto phone has a 5” HD display and is pure Android, meaning that it isn’t full of bloatware.
The Moto G4 Play has an 8MP/5MP camera combination and can shoot HD quality videos. The 2,800mAh battery has a capacity that positions it in the upper half of what we see released today and this should give all-day use.
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The Huawei Honor 5C has a body etched out of an aircraft-grade aluminium alloy and into this has been placed a 5.2” Full HD display. One of the most notable features is the high-capacity 3,000mAh battery, which is coupled with other power saving technologies.
The Huawei Honor 5C has a 13MP camera that can capture light graffiti or add silky water effects to your photos. The 8MP selfie camera has ten beauty modes and it will recognise your face so that it can automatically apply these, whenever you snap a selfie.
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The Sony Xperia XA is the easily affordable mobile phone from Sony, yet there is still plenty to get excited about. The 5” HD display stretches from edge-to-edge and has a Super Vivid Mode for use under direct sunlight.
The Xperia XA has a user interface that is colour-matched to the phone and with Clear Bass audio, it sounds as good as it looks. The specs includes a 13MP camera, 8MP selfie camera, octa-core processor and Android Marshmallow OS.
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The Alcatel Shine Lite is another of the new breed of cheap phones that brings with it several elements, usually only seen on a premium phone. These premium elements includes a glass and metal body and fingerprint sensor, which can be used to open different apps assigned to up to five fingerprints.
The Alcatel Shine Lite has a high-res 13MP main camera and a 5MP selfie camera. The 5” display is HD and this Alcatel phone runs on Google’s Android Marshmallow operating system.
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The Apple iPhone SE is the cheapest iPhone and it is a nice compact option too. The 4” display has been placed into an aluminium frame, which has had Apple’s traditional high-end finish.
This affordable Apple phone also has a high-resolution 12MP iSight camera that can record video at 4K quality. The final standout feature of the iPhone SE is its Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which offers biometric grade security.
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The Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 is Samsung’s affordable option, although the branding stills brings a price tag that is higher than the others in this list. Still, the specifications and features are superb.
The Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 has fingerprint security, an always on display and certification for dust and water resistance. This Samsung mobile has a 3D glass back, Android Marshmallow operating system and a 13MP/8MP camera combination.
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Written by: Michael Brown
Take a look at the top cheap smartphones from last year and see just how far things have come:
LG G4C - Discontinued
The LG G4C is a superb smartphone that has a patterned back cover that gives the look of a premium metal shell, which is in fact plastic. The 5” display is plenty large enough and has a good resolution at 1280 x 720 pixels.
The LG G4C is powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz processor and the Android Lollipop OS, which has a few additions from LG. The most intuitive of these is Smart Notice, which offer lifestyle suggestions based upon your travel schedule, daily routine and lifestyle habits. It is basically the Minority Report for the day with info on traffic conditions, the weather and so on.
A one-watt speaker takes cares of your playlists and there is an 8MP main camera and 5MP selfie camera to take care of photography. The cameras can be operated in simple, basic and manual shooting modes and the best selfie results are aided with a hand gesture used to activate the shutters countdown timer.
Moto G 2015 - Discontinued
The Moto G 2015 ups the spec a little while dropping in price. A textured back gives a nice modern look and on the front there is a large 5” display with 1280 x 720 pixels. The screen is protected behind Corning Gorilla Glass and IPX7 certification gives water resistance.
Powered by a quad-core 1.4GHz processor and the Android Lollipop OS, we see a similar experience offered as that on the LG G4C. Moto Assist brings that intuitive nature to this smartphone, which senses where you are and what you are doing to, for example, only let high priority calls through during meetings or when you are sleeping.
The main camera ups the ante with a 13MP resolution and this is backed up by a 5MP selfie camera. For ease of use a double twist of the wrist launches the camera and switches it between front and back lenses. For the best results a colour balancing LED flash is used.
Sony Xperia C4 - Discontinued
The Sony Xperia C4 is hands-down the best cheap smartphone with a 5” display that delivers Full HD resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixels. For strain free viewing under direct sunlight there is a Super Vivid Mode and the screen has a scratch resistant coating to ensure that the visuals aren’t ruined over time.
The Sony Xperia C4 has an extremely powerful and fast octa-core 1.7GHz processor and runs on the Android Lollipop OS. Sony’s Walkman experience transposes over well on this smartphone and the 97 decibels of music output is aided by Clear Audio+, Clear Bass, xLOUD, Sony Surround Sound technology and a manual equaliser.
A combination of 13MP and 5MP cameras are used on the Sony Xperia C4 and offer plenty of features such as Face In, Sound Photo and SteadyShot, which aids in recording shake-free 1080p video. When capturing a portrait the selfie soft LED light senses the available lighting and adjusts the output for natural colour reproduction.
The largest battery of the three is also in this cheap phone and has a 2,600mAh capacity. This will provide the typical user with a 2-day battery life under a mixed usage scenario. If extreme standby times are required then there is an Ultra Standby Mode that optimises the phone for this.
The top cheap phones show that you can buy an excellent smartphone on a tight budget and we wouldn’t expect you to settle on anything less.
Written by: Michael Brown