Don’t worry if you can’t afford to fork out $800 for a flagship smartphone, the shops are teeming with cheap but feature-packed handsets. Here are four of the best.
By Laith Abou-Ragheb
A follow up to the well-received OnePlus One, the imaginatively titled One Plus 2 continues with the same winning formula of a well built handset with great specs at a great price. It comes with an expansive 5.5 inch display, a zippy Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, and either 16 or 64 GB of storage. There’s even a selection of removable back covers available, including a hard-wearing one made of Kevlar.
The Bottom Line: Even though it requires an invite to buy, the OnePlus 2 is one of the most impressive smartphones on the market at any price point.
Motorola Moto G (3rd Gen)
The original Moto G, released back in 2013, really was the first smartphone to prove it was perfectly possible to get brilliance on a budget. The third generation Moto G ably demonstrates this once more. It boasts a crisp 5-inch 720p HD screen, an upgraded 13-mega pixel rear camera, and is even waterproof up to one meter.
The Bottom Line: Its price seems to creep up with each upgrade, but the Moto G remains a bargain buy.
Microsoft Lumia 640
Even though many insist on writing off Lumias as the smartphone world’s underachieving also-rans, there’s no denying the range includes some capable and keenly priced pieces of kit. Take the Lumia 640, for example, which comes with a decent 5-inch screen, a 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and an 8-megapixel rear camera. To sweeten the deal, it also comes packaged with a free one-year subscription to the Microsoft Office 365 Personal that’s worth over $90 dollars.
The Bottom Line: By producing impressive handsets like this, Microsoft prove they can still compete with the best on price and features.
Huawei Ascend G7
Chinese smartphone makers like Huawei are flooding the market with cheap but sophisticated handsets—a trend which has the likes of Samsung and Apple jumpy. Here we have the premium-feeling Ascend G7 that comes with 5.5 inch screen (which is edging into phablet territory), a 13-megapixel camera with HDR imaging, and a Snapdragon 410 processor.
The Bottom Line: With these sorts of specs and price tags, expect Chinese smartphones to become pretty commonplace soon.