Best Budget Smartphones of 2017 So Far

Gone are the days where you practically have to sell your kidney to afford a good smartphone. Technology today is cheaper than it’s ever been. This means that we’ll be getting pretty high performing smartphone for a fraction of what they used to cost us.

Today, we’ll be breaking down some of the best budget phones of this year so far!

Alcatel Pixi 4

Alcatel’s Pixi 4 may be the cheapest phone on this list, but don’t let that fool you – It’s a cracking choice. For just $75 – yep, that’s right – you get a 5in touch display, Android Marshmallow and a rear 5-megapixel camera. At that price, you can’t really ask for more, and puts some of those pricier phones to shame.

And that’s the best thing about it – it’s the perfect phone as a second device or a first phone for the kids. Sure, its performance is hardly industry leading – and its camera is a bit naff – but for $75 you can’t do much better. Get this if money is tight, and you shouldn’t be disappointed.

Processor: Quad-core 1 GHz MTK6735M
RAM: 1GB
Display: 5in 480×854
Storage:
 8GB
Camera:
 5 Megapixels
Operating System:
 Android 6.0.1
Weight:
 169g

 Samsung Galaxy J5

It’s been a while since Samsung produced a truly great budget handset, but the J5 shows it’s back on form. It not only has an astonishing battery life, but its Super AMOLED display is also a real beauty, helping it to deliver rich, punchy colors that put other LCD-based smartphones to shame.

The camera’s performance isn’t quite as consistent as the Moto G’s sensor, but the phone’s fantastic display certainly does your shots justice when showing them to friends and family. The J5 is a sterling effort from Samsung, and a very worthy alternative to the Moto G. Be prepared to drop $170 for this little powerhouse.

Processor: Quad-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 210
RAM: 1GB
Display: 5in 1,280×720
Storage:
 8GB
Camera:
 13 Megapixels
Operating System:
 Android 5.1.1
Weight:
 146g

Vodafone Smart Prime 7

If you thought last year’s Smart Ultra 6 was a little too big for you, then Vodafone’s Smart Prime 7 is the ultra-cheap smartphone you’ve been waiting for. Available for just $96 on Vodafone’s PAYG service, this incredible budget device is a great buy for first-time smartphone owners. Its pre-installed Vodafone apps make it easy to keep track of your data allowance and manage your bill, and you can also set it up to receive calls and texts through your web browser if you have poor signal at home, making it easier than ever to keep up to date with your friends and family.

Admittedly, it can’t quite top the second-generation Moto E for best overall value under £100, especially when you can now pick up a Moto E for just £80 SIM-free, but the Smart Prime 7’s design and display are vastly superior to anything the Moto E has to offer. Just be wary that you’ll probably have to buy a microSD card for the Smart Prime 7, since its meager 8GB of storage fills up astonishingly quickly once you’ve downloaded a couple of apps.

Processor: Quad-core 1.3GHz Snapdragon 210
RAM: 1GB
Display: 5in 1,280×720
Storage:
 8GB
Camera:
 8 Megapixels
Operating System:
 Android 6.0.1
Weight:
 128g

Lenovo P2

Lenovo’s P2 quickly drew high acclaim when it arrived in the Expert Reviews office. The reason? It has the best battery life of any smartphone we’ve tested thus far. Lasting almost 30 hours on a single charge is just absurd, easily besting our previous winner – the Motorola’s Moto Z Play – by five hours. The Lenovo P2 is the budget smartphone to beat.

Now, it’s a little chunkier than most, weighing 177g, but it’s a small price to pay for the longest-lasting smartphone on the market. It isn’t just the battery life either, the Lenovo P2’s display, performance and overall build quality are all top-notch, giving those pricier mid-range handsets a run for their money. Your phone budget $250? Get the Lenovo P2; it’s a no-brainer.

Processor: Octa-core 2.0GHz Snapdragon 625
RAM: 4GB
Display: 5in 1,920×1,080
Storage:
 32GB
Camera:
 13 Megapixels
Operating System:
 Android 6.0.1
Weight:
 177g