Best value-for-money smartphones
0. phoneArena 04 Jul 2014, 03:11 posted on
The Samsung Galaxy S5, the Apple iPhone 5s, the HTC One M8, the Sony Xperia Z2 -- the average smartphone buyer is well aware of all of these. And how could he or she not? After all, these are currently on the bleeding edge of technology, and, arguably, offer the best there is in terms of extra features and perks. But while a healthy portion of the consumer base is still only interested in what the very latest flagships have to offer, it wouldn't be unfair to say that a growing number of people is out there, hunting for a bargain...
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1. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)
Oneplus One shouldn't even be on this list. It's value for money but hardly anybody is able to get it...
11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3500; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Yes, I surprised why they included OnePlus One as it is not available yet.
14. amats69 (Posts: 1227; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
The title of this article says it all..that's why the one plus one is including on the list...were talking here the value of a certain phone...not availability...
15. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)
It's next to non-existence. I won't even call it a 'phone'
27. hafini_27 (Posts: 436; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)
I was so excited about the Oneplus One. How sad thing turned out too unforgivable after so much hype they tried to create.
28. jeezyk112 (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Jul 2014)
Ordered mine and it's already on it's way. Try hard enough to get an invite and you can get one.
I don't have any invites yet, but I'll be getting 5 in July to give away.
33. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 878; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Anyone got an invite code for the One Plus One. I've been trying to get my hands on one for a while now.
2. Ashoaib (Posts: 2835; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
"The Samsung Galaxy S5, the Apple iPhone 5s, the HTC One M8, the Sony Xperia Z2 -- the average smartphone buyer is well aware of all of these. And how could he or she not? After all, these are currently on the bleeding edge of technology, and, arguably, offer the best there is in terms of extra features and perks"....
what iphone is doing in this list??? its not the best in specs... mid range specs and highest end price
4. Planterz (Posts: 1591; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
RTFA. No iPhone is listed.
And I hate Apple as much as the next Android fanboy, but I won't deny that iOS works well, if not better than most Androids, when it comes to simple functionality of the interface. Specs don't mean $#^T if it doesn't run smooth, and iOS typically runs smooth, despite "inferior" specs. So does WP, which sucks because of its lack of apps, but it still runs smoothly despite running on minimal specs.
You sound like a muscle car enthusiast that thinks you need a 454 V8 to win a dragrace, then bitches when a Subaru with a tiny 2.0L turbo'd inline 4 beats it in a quarter mile.
16. Ashoaib (Posts: 2835; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
are you evaluating smooth running or are you evaluating best specs in best price? well, I am evaluating specs vs price... they used iphone in this post as a high end example, which is totally unfair. may be high end in apple's term but mid ranger over all..... for your information, now a days almost all major flagships run smoothly... dont just go for hypothetical scenarios and reasoning
18. Planterz (Posts: 1591; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
I'm saying that specs don't mean anything if the phone itself doesn't run smoothly. When you want to open text mesaging on an iPhone, it opens right up, while my Android Touchswiz phone take 208 freaking years (or so it seems). Switching between homescreens sometimes lags because of the widgets I have, which iPhones don't @$%^ing support.
But all this is besides the point. This article, IF YOU BOTHERED TO READ IT, is about the
"best value-for-money smartphones", as the mothereffing title states. Apple is NOT ON THIS #$%#ing list, according to the authors. I agree with this, becuase even the cheaper 5C is a bloody rip-off.
This comment, to which you are responding, was responding to an obvious Apple fanboy who claimed that Apple was the winner, despite having released ZERO products in the timeline the article specified, and that past and future products were either flops or have drawn heavily upon Android's influence regarding the size of flaghship phones.
20. refillable (Posts: 832; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
This post's first part wraps up everything about iPhone fanboys' stupidity.
22. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Touchwiz and Android is Ram and Cpu hungry, that even S805 struggles to push all of it's features.
Apple iOs has a much lighter OS, which does not require anything above 1.5ghz Cpu. Also iOs is based on Darwin Unix, not Linux. Also it has a pusedo fake multitasking, unlike Android a true feature rich, fully loaded features.
Don't kick off with Android, but kick of with Android Oems, which is not complying to androids requirements. "A much better Cpu, Gpu will be needed, like A15 Cpu and A57."
31. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3398; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
"Touchwiz and Android is Ram and Cpu hungry, that even S805 struggles to push all of it's features."
You make the most INANE comments! How do you possibly know this when you have yet to see the 805 in action?! I don't understand why you are even still allowed to post this site! Your ignorance knows no bounds!
32. dr.c33 (Posts: 19; Member since: 31 May 2014)
Yeah yeah specs don't mean 5h1t and I agree. Yes iOS runs smoother, but if I was looking at smoothness I would go for WP, which is more convenient with a file manager and the ability to upload files (in WP8.1).
BUT, you do understand that android users don't care about that millisecond of lag. I get envious at times that my android isn't as smooth as WP, but it is not enough to convince me to switch a platform because Android's functionality.
iOS may be enough for you, but for any heavy users, it is not. Hell, it doesn't even support all the formats of videos .
An android phone can replace most laptop daily tasks (I can even do programming on my phone, ofc the small screen doesn't make sense, but I'm only talking about the OS, so say...a tablet). Your iOS can't even touch Android's toes when it comes to functionality.
I do hope Google will fix the scroll stutters though.
3. alaw.14 (Posts: 219; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
The lg g2 is a legend. It is 10+ months old and still holding up with the competition.
5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3682; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
LG G2 is worth the extra 30-40 bucks over nexus 5. Offering way better battery life, better screen, and better camera. The only downside is the LG UI..... You'll be losing the Nexus experience and the faster android updates.
7. adwienc (Posts: 136; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)
Just install custom ROM, and You have much better Nexus 5 in every aspect.
9. Planterz (Posts: 1591; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
That's funny, I just said pretty much exactly the same thing to someone on xda. The Nexus line is always a good value option, but right now the G2 trumps the N5.
10. Planterz (Posts: 1591; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
In the background, as an honorable mention, I guess. It has some serious advantages, given its price, but some serious disadvantages as well. With the Moto E, you get what you pay for, but you also don't get what you don't pay for.
8. adwienc (Posts: 136; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)
LG Optimus G, recently got KK and still is awesome phone.
13. michaelmicro (unregistered)
Value is all incredibly relative anyway. Is it good value when you buy a cheap smartphone with a horrible OS and user experience, or would it be better value to pay more money for something with a better OS and user experience? Many sites take the far too simplistic approach of looking at nothing more than price and specs when deciding what counts as 'good value', which is only a part of the overall concept of value.
17. Chris.P (Posts: 396; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
I challenge you or anybody else to arrive at a representative definition of what good value in terms of 'better OS and user experience' really is. In my opinion that's a fool's errand, as there's no such thing as one-size-fits-all. And you said it yourself -- it's relative, and it's up to you to decide.
19. Planterz (Posts: 1591; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Value is extremely objective, but it's also extremely subjective. How much money do you want to spend? What features do you want?
Well, guess what, the perfect choice dosn't mothereffing exist.
Maybe it does, and good for you, but for the other 99% of us, there'll be some amount of compomise.
Want the best selection of apps and games? iOS is your best choice. Too bad their phones are tiny and cost way to effing much. $100 for a 16gb upgrade? Up your ass with that!
Want the best value? Probably Android, but you'll have to deal with fragmented updtates and the hassle of deciding which phone to buy.
Want Windows Phone or BlackBerry? Well, enjoy your seat on the Titanic.
21. LikeMyself (Posts: 378; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)
@miro Well you buy an S4 for big bucks at time of release and after 4 months, it loses almost half its price value! Do u call that good value? It's good value because u got smooth OS before anyone, but u can't sell it as u have to sell it cheaper than new which has already lost half its value. So for pretty most of us, it's losing money. If u buy a moto g, u'll end up losing less money than if u bought a new s4 at launch and lose several dollars. But if u bought an old flagship for half its original price, it'll be a very good bargain!
This is one of the articles I was looking for! I become mad searching for good phones at low price! I'm still waiting for g2 price to fall again!
23. GreekGeek (Posts: 955; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)
Puhleez, TrollPlus shouldn't be on that list
24. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Xiaomi mi3 is currently on sale in my country (Philippines) and in some neighbooring South East Asian countries at a price more or less than a third the price of most current flagships. (Z2, S5, G3, M8 & even a 16gig iPhone 5s).I have the phone right now & all I can say is that this phone is indeed worth the hype.
25. moaning_bimbo (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Jun 2014)
What about the nokia lumia 63x they are affordable why are they not on this list. After since the. One plus one is on here which you can't buy then why aren't these on the list
30. justsayit (Posts: 256; Member since: 09 May 2013)
G2 is the best to get,on par with today flagship,and half of the price
Nexus good too if you dont mind the average battery life,
MI3 not bad too,but hard to get one
blackberry z10 now even cheaper just 200usd,and u get a overall good phone.
Why didnot include Moto X?For 350USD,quite a good deal