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10 cheap smartphones from companies you've actually heard of (2013 edition)

0. phoneArena 14 Aug 2013, 10:33 posted on

Smartphones are awesome, there's no doubt about that. They take photos, play music, run apps, and do all kinds of neat things that weren't even imaginable just a few years ago. But at the same time, they can be pretty expensive. A top-of-the-line smartphone may cost well over $600 unlocked, and many people just aren't willing or able to pay that much to own one. Thankfully, there's the low-end spectrum of the smartphone market. There's a whole bunch of not-so-expensive devices that offer many of the core features expected from a smartphone without costing an arm and a leg...

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posted on 14 Aug 2013, 10:36 30

1. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Lumias are the best in this range.
love 620.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:01 6

7. antmiu2 (Posts: 324; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


sorry to pop your lumia bubble the razr v is the best from above / spec by spec

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:27 16

14. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


I don't see any superiority over lumias

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 14:41

37. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 670; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Used iPhone 4S for $220.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 16:18

38. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Used phones can go for pennies on ebay.

The correct way to value an used phone is to look at reconditioned phones that have a limited warranty. You won't find unlocked, factory-certified iPhone 4S for $220.

Btw, a reconditioned iPhone 4 is going for $200 on Aio wireless' website.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 12:39 8

22. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Spec by spec doesn't always come into play when comparing a WP8 to an Android, as the latter has higher requirements. If you had the same exact specs between the RAZR and the 620, the 620 would literally decimate it on performance.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 16:21

39. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


You make an assumption that the Razr V in the article has the same specs as the ones sold in the US.

The truth is Moto "generally" sells better spec'd devices in Asia. It could be an even better phone.

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 11:26

51. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


You missed the point. Even if the moto has better specs, the 620 will have better performance because of lower requirements.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:15 16

11. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1484; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Well said buddy i own a Lumia 520, best value for money. No lag , very responsive, decent display, good looking design,Nokia's brand image and quality and modern looking UI (like it or not windows phone's ui is unmatchable )
mid range specs on entry level phone.


android is pretty bad on law end phone at least for now may be KLP may change that since it is rumoured to perform well on 512mb ram devices.
i only recommend mid to high end android phones.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 01:48

46. shadez10 (Posts: 427; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


"mid range specs on entry level phone with a high end performance"

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 12:46 9

23. Dastrix (unregistered)


Best looking: Xperia E
Category killer(s): Lumia 620/520
Best choice: Lumia 620

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 13:35 4

27. timukh (Posts: 295; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


620 has got everything! starting from front facing camera, dolby sound, NFC. clearblack display and a very good camera even at 5mp! These are the excess features over the rest of the phones in that category! Sure wp is still behind but it comes at a time when the market is dominated by android and ios. So of course it will take a little time to get a fair market share. Duh!!
But it is improving a lot! And the rate triumphs that of android and ios.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 18:09

42. Dastrix (unregistered)


+1 Very well said! Cheers! Nokia FTW!!

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 01:47

45. shadez10 (Posts: 427; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


dont forget the Rich recording on 620...

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 13:20 4

25. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1719; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Dat bright ass yellow

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 14:22 3

33. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Every phone from Nokia looks so gorgeous and premium. And look at that lumia 520, every phones looks blurry front of lumia 520 except 620 and Xperia.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 14:29 1

35. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


And except razr.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 14:40 2

36. carilotoz (Posts: 12; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


im surprised that no one talk about the l5 ii the lumias are amazing but i think that the l5 ii should be number 1, 2 or at least 3 because it has the same display as the lumias, it is very responsive & has no lags & can play many of the 3d games without lags, it has an excellent 1700 mAh battery it is the secnd in the list after the razr v (1750 mAh) and it is android 4.1 out of the box ,it is very light (only 100 g), small even it has an impressive IPS 4 inch display & very thin(the thinnest one here is the razr v and it is the second) it is 9.2 mm and its ui is impressive and very important thing that it comes with a dual sim version and the most important thing that it has an LED light on the home button that i think there is no device here has an LED light and a quick button for some apps like the beatifull quick memo and has a camera shutter button which is the quick button and it has a cheeze shutter....
so i think it is better than lumia 520 (it has the same price) even it has a single core and it is cheaper than the ugly galaxy fame.....
Finally im sure it is the best in this list...........

posted on 21 Aug 2013, 18:21

54. Mohammad15 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 08:26

58. carilotoz (Posts: 12; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


mn ween el 2a5???????

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 22:35

43. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


samsung has the worst low end phones ever out of all of them i would either get a lumia or maybe a razer non of the others

posted on 08 Jan 2014, 03:57

59. timpeng (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)


For those who want to buy High Cost Performance and Cheap Android phones, here is a good place, jasperstore.com

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 10:37 4

2. TwentyWendy (banned) (Posts: 65; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Believe me or not, lumia 520 is the worst among all the above...

IMO :)

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 10:42 25

3. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Lumia 520 is a cool phone. Android is close to worthless in this range.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:56

20. jacko1977 (Posts: 428; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


pfft whatever

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:16 9

12. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1484; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


All right i am not going to believe you.

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 11:33 1

17. great (Posts: 85; Member since: 21 Jan 2013)


you must be mad ! who gives you a 4 inch 480 by 800 screen and a dual core krait processor under 200 $ .....

only galaxy phones at that price look cheap !

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 13:47

30. Jehovah (Posts: 69; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)


I respectfully disagree... I played with one for a hole afternoon and turns out to be an impressive divice, only wished it had a led flash unit.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 01:49

47. shadez10 (Posts: 427; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


do you own one?..

posted on 14 Aug 2013, 10:46 13

4. Credo (Posts: 748; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


The Lumia 520 & 620 are the best, they both have a good screen, design, features and processors for that price range, Windows Phone will never lag at that hardware ...

Greetzz.

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