2014 was one of the best year for the smartphone industry where we have seen many affordable smartphones were introduced. Now that 2014 has finally ended, 2015 looks like it is going to be a very promising year for the smartphone industry. With smartphone vendors coming out with discounted offerings with each passing year, we are confident that 2015 is going to be the year where you will comfortably be able to purchase a budget smartphone whose price will not exceed $250. Let us take a look at the cost-effective smartphones that you can purchase in this 12 month time period.
1. Microsoft Lumia 520 (Lowest Price)
Microsoft has been targeting the lower tier markets of the smartphone industry and it looks like the Lumia 520 is a definite steal. While the hardware specifications of the smartphone are downright mediocre, we have to keep reminding ourselves that it is only priced at double digit figures, making it a worthy purchase. What is important here to note is that while there is no annual contract, users can enjoy 4G coverage with a data plan that will start from $40 per month.
Shifting away from the Windows Mobile side of things, we present to you one of the most affordable smartphones on the planet, the Moto G; only this time, the device features LTE connectivity. The Moto G – Universal 4G LTE Edition, as the name suggests features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, 1 GB of RAM and an LTE modem that is able to deliver unmatched wireless carrier speeds.
3. Lenovo K900
The largest PC maker in the world has now reached another milestone; becoming the 3rd largest smartphone maker in the world (after it acquired Motorola from Google), falling only behind Apple and Samsung. The company’s K900 smartphone features Intel’s Atom processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 13 MP camera, 16 GB internal memory, dual-SIM capability, and a 1080p display that is placed under the housing of a screen size that measures 5.5 inches. For its price, the K900 is definitely a powerhouse.
4. Motorola Moto G (2014 Edition) (Best Selling)
Motorola’s upgraded Moto G features a larger form factor than its predecessor, not to mention that this model also features a microSD slot with a capacity limit of 32 GB, a feature that the original Moto G was void of. However, the disappointing thing about the 2nd generation Moto G is that while it is an improvement of its older counterpart, the device does not feature LTE connectivity. Regardless, performing tasks using the device’s 3G modem will also suffice for the average user.
After the Zenfone 5, Asus plans to woo smartphone consumers through its Zenfone 6, a phablet sized smartphone running the Android OS and possessing a whopping screen size of 6 inches. In addition, the device features the Intel Atom Z2580 chipset along with 2 GB of RAM (if you purchase a Zenfone 6 that possesses 16 or 32 GB of internal memory, then that device will also possess 2 GB of RAM). Not too shabby, considering that Asus has the propensity for rolling out expensive products.
The biggest advantage of owning a Developer Edition smartphone will be that the owner will not have to go through the tedious ordeal of rooting their device in order to unlock the potential of their android device. While the Moto X only possess a dual core processor, the smartphone is still a force to be reckoned with, even with current generation flagship models. Moreover, the device also features LTE connectivity and possesses 32 GB of internal storage.
The smaller variant of one of Samsung’s most popular smartphones, the S4 Mini features reduced performance in a very competitive price package. Equipped with a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED screen size, the affordable smartphone is also armed with a dual core Krait processor, 1.5 GB of RAM and an 8 MP rear camera.
This is a CDMA bezel-less device’s LTE connectivity feature is not the only impressive specification of the affordable smartphone. Running a Snapdragon 400 SoC with a quad core processor clocked in at 1.2 GHz (Cortex A7) and 1.5 GB of RAM, the Sharp Aquos Crystal also allows users to expand their storage up to a capacity of 128 GB, excluding internal memory assimilated to the device. The 5 inch smartphones also houses a 2,040 mAh battery.
Price: $164 (off-contract)
While the smartphone does not possess LTE or 4G connectivity whatsoever, the Lumia 535 makes up for it by possessing a quad core processor, 1 GB of RAM, a large form factor of 5 inches, a maximum storage capacity limit of 128 GB and of course 3G connectivity. While it is a disappointing thing to witness that a budget phone possesses everything but a 4G modem, there are other affordable devices out there that will play nicely with your requirements and budget.
10. Nokia Lumia 635 (Recommended)
Microsoft has completely taken over Nokia and there is going to be no Nokia Lumia in future. It is the best time to take advantage and buy a Nokia device because prices surprisingly low. Nokia Lumia 635 comes with beautiful 4.5 inch screen, 8GB storage and 512 MB RAM. It is not a high-end phone, but offers good experience at affordable cost.
11. BLU Advance 4.0
It is one of the top selling cheap smartphone on Amazon powered by 1.3 GHz Dual Core processor. BLU Advance 4.0 has 4.0″ High Resolution WVGA Display, 3.5 mm Audio Jack, FM Radio, MP3 Player, MP4 Player Micro SD Slot up to 32GB and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It can be used as a secondary phone or an alternative phone for your high-end smartphone. More than 1,000 orders were placed on Amazon for this device.
The final smartphone in our round-off is another one of Lenovo’s offerings. The Lenovo S8 S898+ runs a powerful MediaTek MTK6592 octa-core processor coupled with 2 GB of RAM. The 16 GB internal memory can be expanded through a microSD card and while the overall screen resolution is low for a phablet sized device (720p on a 5.3 inch device), do not forget the price that it is being sold at.
As 2015 starts, smartphone connoisseurs, who are hoping to purchase an affordable gadget that does not fall out of their budget will be thrilled with the list that we have compiled for them. Each device caters to the budget user and as for the hardware specifications and performance, we have to say these devices are thoroughly impressive. Did you come across a cheap smartphone that you thought was worthy to be stuffed in to our round-off? Let us know your thoughts in the comment banks below.