new icn messageflickr-free-ic3d pan white
Best Cheap Phones and Budget Smartphones 2018: 8 great affordable phones | by PatCornell
Back to photostream

Best Cheap Phones and Budget Smartphones 2018: 8 great affordable phones

via WordPress ift.tt/2MN2vqP

 

All the best cheap and affordable phones 2018 reviewed and rated

 

A number of great affordable smartphones ventured onto the market last year, with many more scheduled to arrive before 2018 comes to a close. The tech market is constantly changing, so now is arguably as good a time as any to score an upgrade.

 

You don’t need to spend upwards of £800 to find a great phone these days. The Samsung Galaxy S9, Huawei P20 Pro and iPhone X are a fantastic devices, but there are still seriously great choices even if you don’t want to spend that much.

 

The majority of the phones in this list are below £300, however if there’s a particular device that costs a little more but we think it deserves a spot due to fantastic value-for-money then we will include it.

 

Related: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

 

How we select the best budget smartphones

 

But before we dive into our top picks for the best budget smartphones, we thought it would be best to explain how we came to selecting them. It all comes down to practice. We used each of the smartphones as our main handset for a week, moving all of our data across.

 

.efw{position:relative}.efw.editable{outline:1px solid #ff3264}.efw.editable:after{display:block;content:”Widget #” attr(data-widget-id);background:#ff3264;position:absolute;right:0;top:-2em;line-height:2em;padding:0 10px;color:#fff}.efw .no-padding{padding:0}.efw p{margin-bottom:0}.efw p:empty{margin:0;height:0}.efw .efw_productImage{display:block;-ms-flex-preferred-size:120px;flex-basis:120px;-webkit-box-flex:0;-ms-flex-positive:0;flex-grow:0;-ms-flex-negative:0;flex-shrink:0;width:120px;height:auto;min-height:120px;padding:0 5px;-webkit-box-sizing:content-box;box-sizing:content-box;background-color:#fff;overflow:hidden}.efw img.efw_productImage_image{position:relative;width:120px;height:120px;-o-object-fit:contain;object-fit:contain;-o-object-position:center center;object-position:center center}.efw .efw_productImage-manualZoom{width:130px;height:130px;padding:0}.efw .efw_productImage-manualZoom img.efw_productImage_image{width:auto;height:auto;max-width:100%;-webkit-transform-origin:top left;transform-origin:top left}.efw .efw_carousel{margin-top:50px;margin-bottom:50px}.efw .efw_carousel_product{text-align:center}.efw .efw_carousel_title{margin:20px 0}.efw .efw_carousel_title *{display:inline}.efw .efw_carousel_title .efw_carousel_separator_1{margin:0}.efw .efw_carousel_title .efw_carousel_separator_2{margin:0 4px}.efw .efw_carousel_cta{margin-bottom:4px;width:auto}.efw .efw_carousel .efw_productImage{display:inline-block}.efw .efw_femail_body{display:-webkit-box;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex}.efw img.efw_femail_leadImage{-ms-flex-preferred-size:200px;flex-basis:200px;-webkit-box-flex:0;-ms-flex-positive:0;flex-grow:0;-ms-flex-negative:0;flex-shrink:0;width:auto;height:auto;margin:0;margin-bottom:auto;margin-right:15px}.efw .efw_femail_title{font-size:2em;line-height:1.2em;margin:0 0 calc(10px – .2em);-webkit-transform:translate3d(0,-.2em,0);transform:translate3d(0,-.2em,0)}.efw .efw_femail_featured_product{float:right;margin:10px}.efw .efw_femail_featured_product .efw_femail_product_cta{border-color:#00f;-webkit-box-shadow:5px 5px 0 0 #00f;box-shadow:5px 5px 0 0 #00f;color:#00f}.efw .efw_femail_featured_product .efw_femail_product_cta:hover{color:#55f;border-color:#55f;-webkit-box-shadow:5px 5px 0 0 #55f;box-shadow:5px 5px 0 0 #55f}.efw .efw_femail_products{display:-webkit-box;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;-ms-flex-pack:distribute;justify-content:space-around;margin-top:30px}.efw .efw_femail_product{display:block;width:150px;font-size:.8em}.efw img.efw_femail_product_image{width:150px;height:150px;-o-object-fit:cover;object-fit:cover;-o-object-position:0 0;object-position:0 0;margin:0}.efw .efw_femail_product_title{height:2.8em;line-height:1.4em;overflow:hidden;margin:5px 5px 0;font-size:1em}.efw .efw_femail_product_price{font-size:1em;line-height:1.4em;margin:0 5px}.efw .efw_femail_product_cta{display:block;padding:10px 0;margin:7px 5px 5px 0;border:1px solid #b4c5cc;-webkit-box-shadow:5px 5px 0 0 #b4c5cc;box-shadow:5px 5px 0 0 #b4c5cc;text-align:center;color:#b4c5cc}.efw .efw_femail_product_cta:hover{color:#d2dce1;border-color:#d2dce1;-webkit-box-shadow:5px 5px 0 0 #d2dce1;box-shadow:5px 5px 0 0 #d2dce1}.efw .efw_editorPick{display:block;float:right;margin:0 0 15px 15px;width:300px;background-color:#f9f9f9}.efw .efw_editorPick_heading{display:block;margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;padding:.5em;background:#3f3f3f;color:#fff;font-size:.8em;text-transform:uppercase}.efw .efw_editorPick_product{display:block;padding:10px 5px}.efw .efw_editorPick_product+.efw_editorPick_product{border-top:1px dotted #bbb}.efw .efw_editorPick_body,.efw .efw_editorPick_cta{margin-top:5px}.efw .efw_editorPick_content{display:-webkit-box;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex}.efw .efw_editorPick .efw_productImage{background:transparent;margin:auto 5px;width:80px;height:auto;min-height:80px;-ms-flex-preferred-size:80px;flex-basis:80px}.efw .efw_editorPick .efw_productImage img.efw_productImage_image{width:80px;height:80px;margin-bottom:0}.efw .efw_editorPick_texts{min-width:0;padding:0 10px}.efw .efw_editorPick_body,.efw .efw_editorPick_title{display:block;word-wrap:break-word}.efw .efw_editorPick_title{font-size:14px;line-height:1;font-weight:700;margin:0}.efw .efw_editorPick_body{font-size:12px;line-height:1.4}.efw .efw_editorPick_body p{margin:0 0 .6em}.efw .efw_editorPick_body p:last-child{margin:0}.efw .efw_editorPick_price{font-size:20px;font-weight:700;margin-top:0}.efw .efw_editorPick_price p{margin:0}.efw .efw_editorPick_cta{font-size:15px;padding:.75em;text-align:center;text-transform:uppercase;width:100%}.efw .efw_editorPick_cta p{margin:0}@media (max-width:480px),(min-width:728px) and (max-width:855px){.efw .efw_editorPick{width:100%}}@media (max-width:480px){.efw.efw_floating{float:none;margin:5px 0}.efw .efw_editorPick_product{padding:0 3px}.efw .efw_editorPick_texts{padding-left:5px;padding-right:5px}}@media (max-width:265px){.efw .efw_editorPick_content{display:block}.efw .efw_editorPick .efw_productImage{display:block;margin:5px auto;padding-left:0}}.efw .efw_grid{display:block;margin-top:50px;margin-bottom:50px}.efw .efw_grid_product{position:relative;display:inline-block;width:calc(33.333% – 6px);margin-right:9px;margin-bottom:10px;vertical-align:top}.efw .efw_grid_product:nth-child(3n+3){margin-right:0}.efw .efw_grid_product_square{position:relative;display:block;background:#fff}.efw .efw_grid_product_square:before{content:””;display:block;padding-top:100%}.efw .efw_grid .efw_productImage{position:absolute;left:0;top:0;width:calc(100% – 10px);height:calc(100% – 10px)}.efw .efw_grid .efw_productImage-manualZoom,.efw .efw_grid img.efw_productImage_image{width:100%;height:100%}.efw .efw_grid .efw_productImage-manualZoom img.efw_productImage_image{width:auto;height:auto}.efw .efw_grid_title{display:block;margin:0;line-height:1.4em;font-size:16px}.efw .efw_grid_footer{display:block;width:100%;margin-top:5px}.efw .efw_grid_footer *{display:inline}.efw .efw_grid_footer .efw_grid_separator{margin:0 4px;line-height:1.28571em;color:#000}.efw .efw_grid_footer .efw_grid_oldprice,.efw .efw_grid_footer .efw_grid_price{font-size:16px}.efw .efw_grid_footer .efw_grid_retailer{display:inline}@media (max-width:450px){.efw .efw_grid_product{width:calc(50% – 5px);margin-right:10px}.efw .efw_grid_product:nth-child(3n+3){margin-right:10px}.efw .efw_grid_product:nth-child(2n+2){margin-right:0}}.efw .efw_hero{margin-top:50px;margin-bottom:50px}.efw .efw_hero_product{display:-webkit-box;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;border-bottom:1px solid #ddd;margin-bottom:30px;padding-bottom:30px}.efw .efw_hero_product:last-child{border-bottom:0;margin-bottom:0;padding-bottom:0}.efw .efw_hero .efw_productImage{width:40%;height:auto;-ms-flex-preferred-size:40%;flex-basis:40%;text-align:center}.efw .efw_hero .efw_productImage img.efw_productImage_image{width:100%;height:auto;margin-bottom:0}.efw .efw_hero_content{display:block;width:60%;padding-left:20px}.efw .efw_hero_cta,.efw .efw_hero_details,.efw .efw_hero_price,.efw .efw_hero_retailer,.efw .efw_hero_title{display:block;margin:0 0 10px;font-size:1em}.efw .efw_hero_cta p,.efw .efw_hero_details p,.efw .efw_hero_price p,.efw .efw_hero_retailer p,.efw .efw_hero_title p{display:inline}.efw .efw_hero_title{font-size:1.1em}.efw .efw_hero_cta{text-transform:lowercase}.efw .efw_hero_retailer a{margin-left:5px;text-decoration:none;color:inherit}.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked amp-img{position:relative;min-height:120px;min-width:120px}.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked amp-img img{-o-object-fit:contain;object-fit:contain}.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked amp-img img.i-amphtml-blur,.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked amp-img img.i-amphtml-fill-content{min-height:120px;min-width:120px}.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked .efw_small_device{display:block}.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked .efw_large_device{display:none}.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_content{margin-left:0}.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_heading{font-size:1.1em}.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked .efw_productImage{float:left;position:relative;-ms-flex-item-align:start;align-self:start;text-align:left}.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked .efw_productImage img{-o-object-fit:contain;object-fit:contain}.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked .efw_productImage .efw_productImage_image{height:auto}.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_title a{text-decoration:none}.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer *{float:none}.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_informations{float:left;width:100%}.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_informations *{float:left}.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_informations .efw_stacked_retailer a{margin-left:0}.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_cta{width:100%}.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .btn{cursor:pointer;display:inline-block;margin:0;width:100%;padding:0 5px;text-align:center;-webkit-transition:background-color .5s ease,color .25s ease;transition:background-color .5s ease,color .25s ease;white-space:normal;text-decoration:none}@media (max-width:530px){.efw .efw_stacked .efw_productImage .efw_productImage_image{max-height:120px}}@media (max-width:530px),(min-width:727px) and (max-width:854px){.efw .efw_stacked .efw_large_device{display:none}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_content{margin-left:0}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_heading{font-size:1.1em}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_productImage{float:left;position:relative;-ms-flex-item-align:start;align-self:start;text-align:left}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_productImage img{-o-object-fit:contain;object-fit:contain}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_productImage .efw_productImage_image{height:auto}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_title a{text-decoration:none}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer *{float:none}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_informations{float:left;width:100%}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_informations *{float:left}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_informations .efw_stacked_retailer a{margin-left:0}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_cta{width:100%}}@media (min-width:531px) and (max-width:727px),(min-width:854px){.efw .efw_stacked .efw_small_device{display:none}}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_heading{margin:0;padding:8px 10px;line-height:1.3em;background:#3f3f3f;color:#fff;font-size:1.2em}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_product{display:-webkit-box;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;width:100%;padding:15px 0;-webkit-box-align:center;-ms-flex-align:center;align-items:center;border-bottom:1px solid #ddd}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_product:last-child{border-bottom:0}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_content{-webkit-box-flex:1;-ms-flex-positive:1;flex-grow:1;margin-left:10px}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_body,.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_title{display:block;width:100%}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_title{margin:0;font-size:1em}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_body{font-size:.9em}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_body p{margin:0 0 .6em}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_body p:last-child{margin-bottom:0}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer{margin-right:5px}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer *{float:right;line-height:40px}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_separator{margin:0 4px;line-height:40px}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_cta{text-transform:uppercase;padding:0;margin-left:10px;margin-bottom:5px}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_retailer{line-height:1.28571em}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_retailer a{margin-left:5px;text-decoration:none;color:inherit;font-size:.9em}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_oldprice,.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_price{line-height:1.28571em;font-size:.9em}.slick-slider{-webkit-box-sizing:border-box;box-sizing:border-box;-webkit-touch-callout:none;-webkit-user-select:none;-moz-user-select:none;-ms-user-select:none;user-select:none;-ms-touch-action:pan-y;touch-action:pan-y;-webkit-tap-highlight-color:transparent}.slick-list,.slick-slider{position:relative;display:block}.slick-list{overflow:hidden;margin:0;padding:0}.slick-list:focus{outline:none}.slick-list.dragging{cursor:pointer;cursor:hand}.slick-slider .slick-list,.slick-slider .slick-track{-webkit-transform:translateZ(0);transform:translateZ(0)}.slick-track{position:relative;left:0;top:0;display:block;margin-left:auto;margin-right:auto}.slick-track:after,.slick-track:before{content:””;display:table}.slick-track:after{clear:both}.slick-loading .slick-track{visibility:hidden}.slick-slide{float:left;height:100%;min-height:1px;display:none}[dir=rtl] .slick-slide{float:right}.slick-slide img{display:block}.slick-slide.slick-loading img{display:none}.slick-slide.dragging img{pointer-events:none}.slick-initialized .slick-slide{display:block}.slick-loading .slick-slide{visibility:hidden}.slick-vertical .slick-slide{display:block;height:auto;border:1px solid transparent}.slick-arrow.slick-hidden{display:none}.slick-loading .slick-list{background:#fff url(../../../node_modules/slick-carousel/slick/ajax-loader.gif) 50% no-repeat}@font-face{font-family:slick;src:url(../../../node_modules/slick-carousel/slick/fonts/slick.eot);src:url(../../../node_modules/slick-carousel/slick/fonts/slick.eot?#iefix) format(“embedded-opentype”),url(../../../node_modules/slick-carousel/slick/fonts/slick.woff) format(“woff”),url(../../../node_modules/slick-carousel/slick/fonts/slick.ttf) format(“truetype”),url(../../../node_modules/slick-carousel/slick/fonts/slick.svg#slick) format(“svg”);font-weight:400;font-style:normal}.slick-next,.slick-prev{position:absolute;display:block;height:20px;width:20px;line-height:0;font-size:0;cursor:pointer;top:50%;-webkit-transform:translateY(-50%);transform:translateY(-50%);padding:0;border:none}.slick-next,.slick-next:focus,.slick-next:hover,.slick-prev,.slick-prev:focus,.slick-prev:hover{background:transparent;color:transparent;outline:none}.slick-next:focus:before,.slick-next:hover:before,.slick-prev:focus:before,.slick-prev:hover:before{opacity:1}.slick-next.slick-disabled:before,.slick-prev.slick-disabled:before{opacity:.25}.slick-next:before,.slick-prev:before{font-family:slick;font-size:20px;line-height:1;color:#fff;opacity:.75;-webkit-font-smoothing:antialiased;-moz-osx-font-smoothing:grayscale}.slick-prev{left:-25px}[dir=rtl] .slick-prev{left:auto;right:-25px}.slick-prev:before{content:”←”}[dir=rtl] .slick-prev:before{content:”→”}.slick-next{right:-25px}[dir=rtl] .slick-next{left:-25px;right:auto}.slick-next:before{content:”→”}[dir=rtl] .slick-next:before{content:”←”}.slick-dotted.slick-slider{margin-bottom:30px}.slick-dots{position:absolute;bottom:-25px;list-style:none;display:block;text-align:center;padding:0;margin:0;width:100%}.slick-dots li{position:relative;display:inline-block;margin:0 5px;padding:0}.slick-dots li,.slick-dots li button{height:20px;width:20px;cursor:pointer}.slick-dots li button{border:0;background:transparent;display:block;outline:none;line-height:0;font-size:0;color:transparent;padding:5px}.slick-dots li button:focus,.slick-dots li button:hover{outline:none}.slick-dots li button:focus:before,.slick-dots li button:hover:before{opacity:1}.slick-dots li button:before{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;content:”•”;width:20px;height:20px;font-family:slick;font-size:6px;line-height:20px;text-align:center;color:#000;opacity:.25;-webkit-font-smoothing:antialiased;-moz-osx-font-smoothing:grayscale}.slick-dots li.slick-active button:before{color:#000;opacity:.75}.slick-next:before,.slick-prev:before{position:relative;top:-50px;font-size:100px;line-height:1em;font-family:inherit;color:#000}.slick-prev:before{content:”‹”;left:-20px}.slick-next:before{content:”›”}.slick-slide:nth-child(4n+4){margin-left:-30px;-webkit-transition:margin-left .4s;transition:margin-left .4s;-webkit-transition-timing-function:ease-out;transition-timing-function:ease-out}.slick-slide:nth-child(4n+4).slick-active{margin-left:0}.efw .efw_grid a{color:#216db5}.efw .efw_grid a:hover{color:#e52a18}.efw .efw_grid .efw_grid_footer .efw_grid_price,.efw .efw_grid .efw_grid_footer .efw_grid_price p,.efw .efw_grid .efw_grid_footer .efw_grid_price p *{color:#216db5}.efw .efw_grid .efw_grid_footer .efw_grid_oldprice,.efw .efw_grid .efw_grid_footer .efw_grid_oldprice p,.efw .efw_grid .efw_grid_footer .efw_grid_oldprice p *,.efw .efw_grid .efw_grid_footer .efw_grid_price:hover,.efw .efw_grid .efw_grid_footer .efw_grid_price p:hover,.efw .efw_grid .efw_grid_footer .efw_grid_price p :hover{color:#e52a18}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_heading{margin-bottom:0;padding-left:35px;background-repeat:no-repeat;background-position:12px;background-image:url(“data:image/png;base64,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”)}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_informations>*{line-height:38px}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_price,.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_price p,.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_price p *{color:#216db5}.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_oldprice,.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_oldprice p,.efw .efw_stacked .efw_stacked_footer .efw_stacked_oldprice p *{color:#e52a18}.efw.efw_amp .efw_stacked .btn{background:#216db5;color:#fff;font-size:.8em;font-weight:700;text-decoration:none}

 

best Overall budget phone

 

Motorola Moto G6

 

Motorola’s Moto G range of phones have become synonymous with punching above their weight, and that very much continues with the latest G6. It’s a well-made smartphone that feels and performs better than its price would lead you to believe.

 

£219.99

 

View deal

 

window.__PRELOADED_STATE__ = window.__PRELOADED_STATE__ || [];

window.__PRELOADED_STATE__.push({“hasLoaded”:true,”layout”:{“type”:”editor_pick”,”isExpanded”:false,”data”:{“heading”:”best Overall budget phone”}},”products”:[{“uuid”:”fbc19818-d867-52d0-95bc-cb86ceb44587″,”title”:”Motorola Moto G6″,”image”:”https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81PAYBd5rSL._SY450_.jpg”,”url”:”http://geni.us/hk0Q8N”,”pageTitle”:”motorola moto g6 5.7-Inch Android 8.0 Oreo UK Sim-Free: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics”,”retailer”:”Amazon”,”body”:”Motorola’s Moto G range of phones have become synonymous with punching above their weight, and that very much continues with the latest G6. It’s a well-made smartphone that feels and performs better than its price would lead you to believe.”,”imagePosition”:{“x”:-2.0187654320987685,”y”:0.37851851851852836,”scale”:1.1355555555555557,”autoZoom”:true},”button”:”View deal”,”options”:[],”price”:”£219.99″}],”widgetId”:134,”isAMP”:false,”version”:”0.1.1″});

 

let scripts = Array

.from(document.querySelectorAll(‘script’))

.map(scr => scr.src);

 

if (!scripts.includes(“https://fashion-widget.eagleapi.io/static/js/loader.js?ver=1.2.20”)) {

var js = document.createElement(‘script’);

js.src = “https://fashion-widget.eagleapi.io/static/js/loader.js?ver=1.2.20”;

document.getElementsByTagName(‘body’)[0].appendChild(js);

}

 

Dedicating all of our time to the device means we can see how it fares in the real world. We’re able to get an accurate reading of how long they last on a single charge, how much strain you can put on the processor before it starts to break a sweat and how good the camera is on a whim.

 

Related: Best Android phones

 

So now you know how we select the best budget smartphones, let’s take a look at our highlights.

 

Moto G6

 

Pros:

 

Fantastic software experience

 

Lovely screen

 

Well built for the price

 

Cons:

 

Some performance frustrations, especially with the camera

 

The best budget phone you can buy right now is the Moto G6. We’ve loved entries in the G series before, and the G6 could be one of the best yet. It has a lovely 1080p screen, fantastic software experience and it feels really good thanks to the glass body and ergonomic curves.

 

The Snapdragon 450 processor and 3GB of RAM churns through most tasks with ease. There’s 32GB storage as standard, and you can also add a microSD card to expand this further.

 

Our only real disappointment is with the camera. The actual photos from the 12-megapixel shooter are good, but the slow camera app makes for a frustrating experience.

 

Buy Now: Moto G6 from Amazon for £219 / $309

 

Moto G6 Play

 

Pros:

 

Fantastic software experience

 

Good looks

 

Well built for the price

 

Cons:

 

Slow camera

 

The cheapest entry in Moto’s 2018 G-series is far from flashy, but if it’s value for money you’re after then you can’t go wrong. Where the Moto G6 Play beats its pricier sibling is when it comes to battery life. The endurance here is fantastic and if battery life and value are your biggest wants then you won’t go wrong.

 

Buy now: Moto G6 Play from Amazon for £169.99 / $229

 

Honor 10

 

Pros:

 

Sleek design

 

Powerful hardware

 

Good value

 

Cons:

 

EMUI Android skin is bloated

 

Some performance bugs

 

£400 is the upper limit of the affordable phone market, but when it comes to value for money, it’s hard to beat the Honor 10.

 

The phone follows the same strategy as past Honor phones. It aims to offer users the best parts of Huawei’s current flagship, the P20, with a few minor hardware compromises. The end result is a beautiful, feature-packed Android device with features and hardware traditionally seen on significantly more expensive handsets.

 

Highlights include a stellar 5.84-inch 2280p x 1080p FHD+ screen that’s best in class at this price, a powerhouse Kirin 970 CPU that blitzes through 3D gaming, and an above-average dual-sensor rear camera.

 

The 24-megapixel and 16-megapixel, f/1.8 dual-camera doesn’t have Leica branding, but it’s one of the best you’ll find for the money. The added AI mode, which auto-optimises the camera settings for “500+ scenarios in 22 categories” in real-time, also makes it an ideal option for those who aren’t particularly clued up on camera tech.

 

The only slight downside is the Honor 10’s EMUI Android skin, which adds a few minor software bugs and bloatware applications.

 

In a sense, the 10 is just the tip of the iceberg, with regards to affordability without compromising on the more powerful aspects of a smartphone. The upcoming Honor Play might make a good alternative when it launches at the end of August, whilst Xiaomi sub-brand Pocophone has just introduced its debut device, the Pocophone F1, which packs in a liquid-cooled Snapdragon 845 for around £300/$350 (pricing outside of India is still unconfirmed).

 

Honor Play

 

Pros:

 

Great performance

 

Strong battery life

 

Attractive screen

 

Cons:

 

Not water-resistant

 

GPU boost only works with a few games

 

Slippery body

 

Smart Shock feature doesn’t work

 

There isn’t really anything else on the market that can compete with the Honor Play in terms of performance for the price. The Kirin 970 is a seriously powerful processor and having it on a phone for less than £300 is a real win.

 

It’s great in other areas too: the screen is big and bright, battery life impressive and there should be an Android 9 Pie update coming soon.

 

It’s a shame that the Smart Shock vibration feature isn’t here at launch and the metal build can be a little tough to hold when gaming, but really there’s a lot to like here.

 

Moto G6 Plus

 

Pros:

 

So much tech for your cash

 

Good performance

 

Jazzed-up design

 

Cons:

 

Not water-resistant

 

The Moto G6 Plus is well-equipped in almost all areas. The 12MP rear-facing camera is reliable, though nothing to write home about, while the Snapdragon 630 CPU and 4GB of RAM – depending on the storage variant you opt for – is a smooth mid-range combination that ensures minimal slowdown.

 

Our main qualm with the Moto G6 Plus is that, unlike older models, it isn’t water-resistant. Still, this is a fantastic device with a great screen at a price that can’t really be beaten.

 

Xiaomi Mi A1

 

Pros:

 

Stock Android

 

Dual cameras

 

Fast fingerprint scanner

 

Good performance

 

Cons:

 

No water- or dust-resistance

 

Missing NFC

 

Lack of OIS on the camera

 

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi’s latest budget handset, featuring a 5.5-inch IPS screen, a Snapdragon 625 CPU and 4GB of RAM, in addition to a 12MP dual-camera and 64GB of expandable (once again, via microSD) internal storage. Like the Moto G5, however, it isn’t water-resistant.

 

Its sub-£200 price tag should make that news much easier to stomach, though, as should word that the Xiaomi Mi A1 is on the list to receive the much-anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo software update in the not-too-distant future – something to bear in mind if you’re after the latest flavour of Android.

 

Buy Now: Xiaomi Mi A1 for £189.16 from Toby Deals UK

 

Think we missed something? Let us know over on Facebook or Twitter @TrustedReviews

 

The post Best Cheap Phones and Budget Smartphones 2018: 8 great affordable phones appeared first on Trusted Reviews.

 

Best Cheap Phones and Budget Smartphones 2018: 8 great affordable phones published first on netspytracker.blogspot.com/

467 views
0 faves
0 comments
Uploaded on September 3, 2018