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10 Best Cheap Smartphones for Any Budget | Man of Many
When choosing a new phone, it’s easy to be distracted by the latest technology and features. We’ve found the most important features of a smartphone to be battery life, camera quality, and screen quality, but this may change for your preferences. Additionally, it’s worth looking at your usability. Before you begin your search, consider if you are after a cheap Android phone or something more aligned with Apple’s portfolio.
How Do you Choose the Best Value Phone?
Now, it’s not all about finding a cheap smartphone, you should really be thinking about value and quality. Take into consideration everything you want to get out fo the technology and anything you are willing to compromise on.
Best Cheap Smartphones for Any Budget
Released earlier this year, Samsung’s revamped A-Series smartphone lineup is all about budget. The Galaxy A52, A52 5G and A72 are designed to provide Samsung’s top-tier mobile technology at a fraction of the cost of the flagship S-range. Leading the charge are the AUD$499 Galaxy A32 and A32 5G models. Each offers a 64MP quad-camera, 6.4″ FHD+ Super AMOLED screen with 90Hz refresh rates and a large 5,000mAh battery.
1. Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
We know what you’re thinking, an Apple iPhone on a cheap smartphones list? We were surprised too, but the iPhone SE has earnt its place on our list. Using the technology from their iPhone 11 range, Apple has delivered an affordable iPhone with all the bells and whistles of their flagship range. While the battery, camera, and screen quality are a little lower than the iPhone 11 range, cuts had to be made for such a well-priced smartphone.
2. iPhone SE
While you may not have heard of the brand, the Realme 7 Pro is making waves in the world of cheap smartphones. This smartphone boasts a Super AMOLED FHD+ Display, making for a sharp and crisp screen. This pairs well with its 32MP Selfie Camera, and 64MP Sony Quad Camera on the back. An in-display fingerprint sensor also removes the need of a frame or ugly home buttons, making this a truly gorgeous smartphone.
3. Realme 7 Pro
Bringing things back to basics in the OnePlus Nord smartphone. This is an android phone with an excellent screen for all your streaming and YouTube binges. Paired with a substantial battery, you’ll go for hours on end without needing charge. While wireless charging and waterproofing aren’t options for the OnePlus Nord, there are features you can comfortably live without.
4. OnePlus Nord
Coming in as one of the best budget smartphones is the Google Pixel 4A. Honing their quality with each new model, the Google Pixel has come a long way from it’s first release. The camera is a significant draw here, able to take high quality photos in all lights. While this model isn’t compatible with 5G, there is a more expensive model made just for that. The lack of 5G shouldn’t hinder your experience on the Google Pixel 4A.
5. Google Pixel 4A
From no 5G to all 5G, we have the Moto G 5G Plus. For the best 5G technology in a cheap smartphone, you can’t go past the Moto G 5G Plus. This phone also has a better refresh rate than the iPhone 12 Pro, as well as a camera, battery, and screen that all perform beyond expectations. Again, you’re missing out on wireless charging and waterproof features, but for 5G capabilities, you won’t even think about them.
6. Moto G 5G Plus
Continuing from their ‘A’ series of phones (which we assume means affordable) is the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G. The A70 set the standard with its humungous battery life, and the A71 model continues with the same 4500 mAh battery. The phone is essentially all screen, with little to no bezel and a barely noticeable selfie camera. With another four cameras on the back, you’ll be spoilt for choice when your next photoshoot comes around. Whilst the A71 5G is the most expensive smartphone on our list, with its expansive features and 5G capabilities this is a purchase you won’t soon regret.
7. Samsung Galaxy A71 5G
As we come towards the end of the list, it was only a matter of time before tech giant Xiaomi made a feature. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro is Xiaomi’s entry into the affordable smartphones market, providing a great value for money experience. While the phone lacks any flashy design features, the internal performance of the phone takes the cake. With a great battery life, reliable camera, and solid screen resolution, this is a great phone for those who just want the basic phone tasks well.
8. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro
Next up is the TCL 20 5G. Known primarily for their affordable TV’s and smartphones, TCL is branching out into the affordable smartphone market, with much success. Its screens have the sharpest darks and brightest lights, and its battery holds more than enough for a day of charge.
9. TCL 20 5G
Closing out our list of the best cheap smartphones for all budgets is the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. With the ‘FE’ standing for ‘Fan Edition’, you know this phone was made with the users in mind. Its screen has double the refresh rate of the iPhone 12 Pro, and a rocking battery that’ll last you a day and a half (depending on usage). Along with these perks, the S20 FE is loaded with premium features that you’d find on Samsung’s top of the range models.
10. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
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