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Best Smartphones Under $150

Updated on November 9, 2014
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Top 5 Cheap Smartphones 2013

Considering the way new smartphones and tablets are coming out on the market, a lot of people feel excluded when they don’t have a piece of latest electronics, even though they are eventually just going to play around with the new device for a little while and then use it like they would if it cost them only $50. Of course, some of us just want to buy a device that will cater to our needs and do not care for shiny expensive gadgetry that is being thrown into our faces day in day out.

Smartphones are no different. While they have definitely become the norm (and for good reason), there is no need to buy the most expensive device on the market just to be able to check your email. A good smartphone enables you to browse the web, enjoy your favorite music and videos, play some games when you are bored or waiting for something, and of course, allows you to stay in touch with your friends and family at all times provided that you have Wi-Fi access. While some more advanced, more expensive smartphones have some nifty additional features, larger screens, top notch resolutions and so on, a basic smartphone that costs much, much less than the latest iPhone can basically do all the basic things you need without issues and lag.

Pros and cons of buying a cheap smartphone

Obviously, when you are buying a cheap smartphone that will cost you less than $150, you are giving up on certain things, so we will go over those. With inexpensive smartphones in this particular price range, you can expect the screen to be a bit smaller than those in the new generation of smartphones such as iPhones and Samsung Galaxy 4. Most people, however, have no issue with this, as large screens are somewhat impractical for everyday usage. The next thing you can expect is lower resolution, a slower processor and less RAM memory. Luckily, the processor speed does not generally influence the basic, everyday use of your smartphone, so you will survive. The resolution won’t bother you much unless you plan to watch movies on your smartphone, and if you want to do that, you’d be better off with a tablet anyway.

When it comes to internal memory, this is not an issue with any smartphone really, as even when they have insufficient space for your needs, this is easily upgraded by adding a Micro SD card. Most smartphones support up to 32GB, which is probably more than you will ever need on your smartphone. Not to mention that you save a lot of money by opting to buy a cheaper smartphone that will probably serve you well enough. The main thing is that you can check your email, browse the web, take a photo of two, enjoy YouTube videos if you feel like it, and listen to your favorite music. You can do all that with a smartphone that costs $100.

Below we will discuss 5 really good smartphones that all cost below $150, and are the best in their price range when it comes to screen resolution, processing speed, have the least lag, and generally perform really well. We will review what they can and cannot do, their advantages over the other phones in their range, and all that in order to enable you to make an informed decision.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket S5300

Let us start with the product within the famous Galaxy series by Samsung. Samsung Galaxy Pocket S5300 is an excellent smartphone under the price of $150, because of the features which include the 3G network support and the Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread operative system. With a display screen that has 26 000 colors and a full touch display of 2.8 inches, powered by the TOUCHWiZ interface, this smartphone can do a lot of things that more expensive ones can. You can enjoy your music, browse the internet via integrated Wi-Fi, watch YouTube videos and much more, with great speed supported by 832 MHz processor.

With 2.0 Megapixel camera capable of taking photos and videos, this phone will make sure that you never miss out on important events in your life. Connectivity options are expanded with the 3.0 version of Bluetooth and a GPS. This phone supports Assisted GPS, which is very convinient. Internal memory is 4 GB, but you can expand it by adding a MicroSD card up to 32 GB. With battery life up to 17 hours of talking time and 800 hours on standby, plus all of the other features mentioned here and a great price, this smartphone is definitely one of the best in this price range.

Blackberry 9320 Curve

Blackberry is a very known manufacturer of smartphones in all price ranges, therefore it is only natural that one of their phones should be on this list. With big and bright display of 320 x 240 pixels or 164 pixels per inch, this phone is able to present to you all of the features in full glory. This is a perfect phone for people who do not like the touch controls, as it sports a physical QWERTY keyboard. With built-in wireless module and Bluetooth, you can now easily connect to other devices or browse the internet at your leisure.

With a 7.0 version of BlackBerry OS and 512 MB of RAM, this great device offers you flawless speed. This device has the 3.2 Megapixel camera with LED flash that is capable of taking pitures and recording videos. Internal memory is only 512 MB, but you are able to expand it with a MicroSD card for up to 32 GB. The device has in-built GPS and supports the A-GPS, and with the battery lasting up to 7 hours of talk and 18 days on standby, plus all of the aforementioned features and an awesome price, you really cannot go wrong with this device.

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos

This is another phone in the Galaxy series. Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6102 is the first Galaxy product that supports dual SIM cards and comes with a bigger 3.14” touchscreen display powered by TOUCHWiZ technology by Samsung. Powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, together with 384 MB of RAM memory this phone is able to achieve a lot of multitasking. With integrated Wi-Fi that enables you to enjoy the online content and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP support this smartphone offers the industry standard in the connectivity department.

512 MB of integrated memory might seem like you are limited with storage capacity, but you are able to expand it with MicroSD card for up to 32 GB. The product comes with a complimentary MicroSD card of 2 GB. Device has the integrated GPS and supports the A-GPS. The 3.15 MP camera enables you to take pictures in resolution of 2048 x 1536. When you take into consideration all of the features of this smartphone, and the performance aspect which is excellent, you end up with a product that is a great bargain at this price.

Sony Xperia Tipo ST21A

Sony is a well known electronics brand and our following phone comes from the famous Xperia family. Sony Xperia Tipo is a great smartphone with 3.2 multitouch display of maximum resolution up to 180 ppi, which is protected from scratches. Powered by a 800 GHz processor and with 512 MB of RAM, this smartphone might just turn some heads. With standard built-in Wi-Fi and 2.1 version of Bluetooth, you are easily able to connect to another device or a network. The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operative system enables you to enjoy your online and offline entertainment with ease, while still using this device as a phone.


The phone has the 3.15 Megapixel camera which enables you to take pictures in 2048 x 11536 resolution and the internal memory of 3 GB, this phone enables you to take record of things you experience in your everyday life with ease. The memory can be expanded with a MicroSD card and the phone also features A-GPS. The battery lasts for five hours of talking, 470 hours on standby and 30 hours of active listening to music. When you take into consideration all of the features of this device and the excellent price, you can see that this smartphone is a worthy entry on our list of best smartphones under $150.

HP 16GB Palm Pre 2

This smartphone by HP is a great example of the great electronic devices that came from this company. Palm Pre 2 has the best of both worlds, the touchscreen and the physical QWERTY keyboard. With 3.1 inch display and ability to slide the phone and access the keyboard, this device is one of those unique hybrids that can attract both the lovers of touchscreen and physical keyboards. Some of the features include the integrated Wi-Fi, 2.1 Bluetooth and A-GPS. This phone is able to do it all, browse online, listen to music, watch videos on YouTube and much more.

With the amazing processor of 1 GHz speed and 512 MB of RAM, you can operate this device with ease and without frustration. The phone is powered by the HP webOS version 2.0 and has an internal storage memory of whooping 16 GB, but unfortunately you cannot expand it. The 5 MP camera is another great feature of this device, as it enables you to take photos in 2592 x 1944 pixels resolution, alongside the LED flash that makes those nighttime pictures possible. When you take into consideration the features and performance of this device, plus the great price, it is definitely a phone that is worth every penny you pay for it.

Conclusion

When it comes to smartphones, you probably want to be able to browse the web, enjoy your music and videos, take a few pictures here and there, and stay in touch with your friends and family. All this can be equally achieved with a cheap smartphone that can be bought for under $150.

Of course, if you want a larger screen and a better processor coupled with more RAM, you may need to save up some more and purchase a more advanced device. However, a cheap smartphone that costs much less than some new, high-end devices that are coming out constantly will probably cover all the basic grounds you need. Here we presented you 5 excellent cheap smartphones for your consideration, and they perform much better than some other devices in their price range.

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    • iguidenetwork profile image

      iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

      The Xperia Tipo is the best bet among all of them. I guess it's a not a dual core. And you mean 52 MB RAM (I just make sure it's not a typo error)? At least it has a fairly newer Android OS, you can still download and update a lot of apps. Nice review friend. :)

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      OSBERT JOEL C 3 years ago from CHENNAI

      Nice...

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