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Best Smartphones Under $300

Updated on November 12, 2013
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Top 5 Smartphones under $300 for 2013-2014

With a myriad of smartphones on the market, all looking shiny and fantastic at first glance, it is really easy to go and buy something that will later on turn out to be a bad choice. This is why, before spending any amount of money, you need to do a bit of research in order to find out what kind of options are available in your particular price range.

When you have about $300 for a new smartphone, you are going to find a lot of really good smartphones, but also a lot of junk that just looks good and should be lower down the price ladder. That said, you are better off knowing what the best choices are and what kind of specs you can get for $300 before buying a smartphone. Do not be fooled by the brand name, because just because you like this manufacturer and not the other, it does not mean that their product will be superior.

There are some things to look for in a smartphone in the 300s range. These mostly include a larger screen of 4 inches or more, high resolutions, 4.0 Bluetooth, 1 to 1.5 GHz dual-core processors, 1 or 2 GB of RAM memory, 16 GB of internal memory, 5 to 8 MP cameras, and so on. Anything less than that in this price range should cost less, so if you don’t need a smartphone with those specifications, you can actually save some money.

With a good solid $300 smartphone, you should be able to do all the basics including browsing the web, watching videos, listening to music, drawing, chatting, video chatting and so on, and that is not all. A smartphone in this range will be capable of fast processing so you will literally have a mini computer that fits in your pocket, which you can use for playing demanding games and much more. Below we discuss 5 top smartphone options that cost less than $300.

Blackberry Z10

This excellent smartphone by BlackBerry will make your life easier. BlackBerry Z10 sport a 4.2 inch capacitive multitouch display screen with pixel density of 355. With dual core 1.5 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM, this phone will be responsive and smooth when it comes to operating. Wi-Fi connection that supports dual band and Wi-Fi spot you will be able to go online wherever you go, plus the support of 4G cellular network is an excellent addition. Other connectivity options are 4.0 version of Bluetooth and microUSB 2.0 port. This smartphone can do all of the things that more expensive ones can, from mobile video gaming to weather forecast.

With 16 GB of internal storage you can easily store your files and applications, and you can also expand the memory by the use of a microSD card up to 32 GB. Cameras are where this smartphone shine, as the primary one is 8 MP and supports HD pictures and videos in resolution 3264 x 2448 pixels and 1080p @ 30 fps respectively, with features such as video stabilization, face detection, geo-tagging and even HDR. The secondary camera is 2 MP and offers a great frame rate for video calls with 720p @ 30 fps. Powered by BlackBerry 10 OS, this phone has sensors such as accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass, plus the support of A-GPS. When you take a look at the features, performance and the price, you can see why this phone is featured on our list of top five smartphones under $300.

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini

This smartphone in the famous Galaxy series by Samsung brings a lot of neat features within this price. Galaxy S III Mini has a 4 inch capacitive AMOLED multitouch screen that has a pixel density of 233. The speed of this device is powered by a 1 GHz dual core processor and 1 GB of RAM, which in turn ease the operation of this device greatly. Integrated Wi-Fi module comes with support of Wi-Fi hotspot and, together with 3G cellular network support, you can basically connect to the internet anywhere you go. With Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0 you have your standard additional connectivity options. Powered by Android 4.1 JellyBean, this device enables you to enjoy video gaming, internet browsing, social sites and YouTube videos, among other things.

8 GB of internal storage memory are more than enough for this device, although you can upgrade it up to 32 GB with the microSD card. The primary 5 MP auto-focus camera gives you ability to take pictures in 2592 x 1944 pixels resolution, with features such as geo-tagging, touchfocus and smile and face detection, and videos in 720p @ 30fps. The secondary camera, located up front, is your standard VGA camera for video calls. Sensors integrated into this device are gyro, accelerometer, compass and proximity sensors, plus it supports the A-GPS and GLONASS features. Taking all of this into consideration, this smartphone is deservedly on our list of top five smartphones under $300.

Samsung Galaxy Note SGH-i717 Smartphone

This is another product in the Galaxy family and, just like the previous one, it is an excellent product when you take into consideration the price range. Samsung Galaxy Note I717 features a super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of 5.3 inches size, with the support of multitouch. The pixel per inch density for this device is 285. Featuring a dual core 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, this device is easy to use and operate. Integrated Wi-Fi module, and support of 4G network, enable you to go online anywhere and at any time, plus there are Bluetooth 3.0 and microUSB 2.0 connectivity options. This device is powered by the Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but it is upgradeable to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and these operative systems enable you to get the best out of it.

The internal storage memory is 16 GB, which is more than enough for your files and applications, but if you want more you can always upgrade it for up to 32 GB with a microSD card. Perhaps the most highlighted feature of this smartphone is the 8 MP primary camera which allows you to take pictures in 3264 x 2448 pixels resolution with options such as the geo-tagging, face and smile detection, touch focus and image stabilization. You can record videos with this camera in 1080p resolution at 30 fps. Secondary 2 MP camera enables you to establish video calls as well as take some selfies. With sensors such as gyro, accelerometer, compass, proximity and even barometer you have all of the industry standards, plus there is a support for A-GPS. To sum it up, this smartphone is definitely one of the best out there and a worthy entry on our list.

Motorola XT910 DROID RAZR

Motorola is a well known phone brand that has produced great products in the past, and this smartphone is not an exception. Motorola RAZR XT910 is a smartphone with capacitivie AMOLED touchscreen that supports multitouch and is in size of 4.3 inches with density of 256 ppi. The dual core 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM make this a fairly fast device that will execute your commands with ease. The integrated Wi-Fi and 4.0 Bluetooth modules stand for connectivity options, plus the 3G cellular network support enables you to be online at all time. Powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with option to update to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) this phone will bring your content to you in no time.

The storage capacity is 16 GB, but you can always upgrade it with a microSD card that reads up to 32 GB. The 8 MP primary camera can take pictures in 3264 x 2448 pixels resolution and supports touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection and image stabilization. The video recording feature can record videos in 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second. The video call front camera is 1.3 MP. Sensor included in this device are accelerometer, proximity and compass and it also supports the A-GPS. When you take into consideration all of these great features and performance aspects, you can see why we have decided to add this device to our list, as it is one of the best smartphones under $300.

Lenovo P780

Lenovo is known for producing solid and trustworthy products and this smartphone is surprisingly excellent addition to the Lenovo family. With 5 inch LCD capacitive multitouch screen and 294 ppi density, this phone will add a whole new dimension to your life. The amazing quad core 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM which are operated by Android 4.2 JellyBeane, your phone will literally slide under your fingers. This phone will bring your online content to you with the integrated Wi-Fi and 3G cellular network. Bluetooth 3.0 and microUSB 2.0 are additional connectivity options.

This phone might not be much storage-wise, with capacity being only 4 GB, but you can always expand it with a microSD card of up to 32 GB. The 8 MP camera is amazing and now you can record your everyday life in 3264 x 2448 pixels resolution. There is also the secondary 1.2 MP camera for video calls. There are only two sensor, the accelerometer and proximity, but the device supports A-GPS and all of the shortcomings are dwarfed by the amazing battery life which is 820 hours in standby and 43 hours of talk time. To summarize, this smartphone is definitely one of the best in this price range and it is a worthy entry on out best smartphones under $300 list, as it is worth every penny you pay for it.

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Conclusion

Finding a perfect smartphone for you in the $300 range can be quite a chore if you do not know what to look for. As we have mentioned before, when you have any amount of money for a certain device, you need to make the most of it. For $300, you will not want a smartphone that is only capable of covering the basic grounds, but a good solid device that will enable you to enjoy your content, take fantastic photos, be online, and play the latest video games.

We discussed 5 really good smartphones that would make stellar choices in this particular range, and some of them would even save you some money. Your choice will depend on the screen size and other preferences, as we all like different things. Some may prefer a good smartphone with a smaller screen, while others want their screens to be as large as possible for the money they have. We have talked about five smartphones that all have fantastic specs, but also different screen sizes, operating systems and so on. These all make excellent buys, but it is up to you to decide exactly what you want in the end.

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      Icarus Unburnt 3 years ago

      @oldiesmusic I am also thinking about buying myself a new one - I do have a huge dilemma between Lenovo and Blackberry, but I still have some time to decide. :)

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      oldiesmusic 3 years ago from United States

      Thanks for your additional information about cheaper smartphones. Thanks to Android and Blackberry, many companies are manufacturing cheaper phones. But of course because of so many choices we need reviews like this. The Blackberry phone sounds quite neat, I'm deciding for a new phone this coming Christmas :)