Most newly released smartphones cost an arm and a leg nowadays. The sky-high price tags are totally not worth it because the smartphone will be outdated in a year.
Instead, try to buy a smartphone that offers great functionality for the price and lasts a long time.
Here is a list of best budget smartphones for you to consider. When compiling this list, we’re looking for phones that have most of the latest features that you’d expect from a smartphone without a hefty price tag.
We felt $100 would be a good upper limit. All the phones are $100 or less:
10 Best Budget Smartphones – 2017
Kata C2 - 5.5-inch Super HD IPS Quad Core International Unlocked Smartphone Android 6.0 - Super Slim HD 1.3 GHz Dual Sim Card GSM 13MP Camera (White)
Microsoft Lumia 435 8GB Unlocked GSM Windows 8 Smartphone - Black (International version, No Warranty)
HAWEEL H1 Pro, 5.0 inch 3G FDD LTE Android 6.0 Unlocked Smartphones with RAM 1GB ROM 8GB, HD 5MP Camera WIFI Bluetooth Quad Core Dual SIM Dual Camera Metal Frame Smartphones, Gold Color
Polaroid A6WH 6-Inch Unlocked Smartphone with No Contract, 4G HSPA+ Dual SIM GSM, Android 4.4 KitKat, White (Retail Packaging)
POSH Mobile Equal Plus X700 Unlocked Cell Phone 7" Dual SIM Smartphone with Front and Rear Camera Android 6.0 Phablet Phone with 16GB Storage and Super Slim HD Display (X700 Silver)
Tips for Buying a Cheap Smartphone
Here are some tips to keep in mind when shopping for a good smartphone with a $100 budget:
Start liking Android. The cheapest smartphones are usually Android ones. Also, Android gives users better hardware and app choices than iPhones. You cannot buy an iPhone for cheap unless it’s used or refurbished.
Smartphones with cameras with larger screens are usually more expensive. Buy a 5-inch screen phone to stay on budget. The screen isn’t ultra small either.
Ignore the megapixels when considering the camera. What matters is the pixel size and aperture. Pixel number should be big as possible, and the aperture should be as small as possible.
Gamers should buy a smartphone with a Snapdragon 820 processor and at least 4GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 615 processor is adequate for mild gamers.
Try to buy a smartphone with at least 3,000 mAh battery capacity. Smartphones with less will need to be charged a lot more, especially if you use apps a lot and play games.