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

10 cheap smartphones from companies you've actually heard of (2013 edition)
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. And we aren't talking about those no-name Androids shipped in white boxes directly from China. There's a fair number of affordable brand-name smartphones, and in this post we've put together some of the cheapest among them. All of the smartphones listed here have been launched on the market in 2013 so they are all pretty new models running recent versions of their operating systems. Check them out in the slideshow below!

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57 Comments

1. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Lumias are the best in this range. love 620.

7. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

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

14. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

I don't see any superiority over lumias

37. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Used iPhone 4S for $220.

38. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

22. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

39. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

51. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

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

11. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

46. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

23. Dastrix unregistered

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

27. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

42. Dastrix unregistered

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

45. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

dont forget the Rich recording on 620...

25. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Dat bright ass yellow

33. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

35. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

And except razr.

36. carilotoz

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 31, 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...........

54. Mohammad15

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

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

58. carilotoz

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

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

43. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 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

59. timpeng

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

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

2. TwentyWendy

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

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

3. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

20. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

pfft whatever

12. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

All right i am not going to believe you.

17. great

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 21, 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 !

30. Jehovah

Posts: 69; Member since: Jun 25, 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.

47. shadez10

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

do you own one?..

4. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 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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