Smartphone prices have gone through the roof in the past few years. Today, the most expensive variant of the Apple iPhone 6S Plus will cost you more than $1,000, which is quite a lot of money to pay for a mobile phone. Obviously, not everybody can afford such an expensive device. In fact, most people don’t really need a virtual computer in their pockets at all times. All they need is a device that will cover their basic essentials (calling, messaging) and allow them to access some additional services. There are plenty of budget phones in the market that cost less than $300 and deliver fantastic performance. Here are a few of the best budget phones in the market today.
OPPO Mirror 5S
The OPPO Mirror 5s is a great choice for people who do not want to spend a lot of money for a device, yet still want a lot of features. The Mirror 5s retails for around $270 and is powered by a Snapdragon 410 processor, which is incidentally the same processor used in the Samsung Galaxy J series (a mid-tier device). The powerful processor makes the device very fast, and you will notice the fluidity in the animations when switching apps. This is not something that you would expect from a budget phone, and is a very welcome addition. The 8 MP camera at the back isn’t much to talk about, though the phone does deliver good performance in low-light conditions. Obviously, there are much better phones with much better cameras on the market, but you will be hard-pressed to find a better one under $300.
Sharp Aquos Crystal
If you are not concerned about the specs and only want a device that looks beautiful, the Sharp Aquos Crystal should be at the top of your list. The Aquos Crystal is probably the only device on the market that comes without a bezel. The display stretches right until the very edges of the device, giving it a unique appearance. The screen display is 720p, and the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 400 processor. There’s 1.5 GB of RAM on the device too. It’s an extremely affordable option for people who want something that looks good and offers bare-minimum performance levels.
Motorola Moto G
The 3rd generation Moto G is easily one of the best devices that Motorola has released. When they were first released, both the Moto G and the Moto X received rave reviews from critics and users alike. The company has made somewhat of a resurgence on the back of these two devices. Rather than release more bulky devices like its Razr series, Motorola has placed most of its focus and marketing budget on the Moto G and X series. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 410 processor and comes with 2 GB of Ram. There’s an 8 MP camera on the back and a 5 MP shooter in the front, both of which offer adequate picture quality.