Best value-for-money smartphones

Best value-for-money smartphones
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. 

But "a bargain" just two years ago usually meant settling for a palpably inferior user experience, including limited performance and poor build quality. Looking at what the industry has to offer today, it's hard to argue against the overwhelming change that has taken place in this particular regard. We now have smartphones that offer a true no-compromise user experience, but come bearing a price tag that reads half what the Galaxy S5's or the iPhone 5s' does. Of course, a true bargain hunter knows that timing and patience are imperative to getting the best deal, so holding out for sales promotions, or making the effort to order from overseas e-commerce websites, in some cases, will save you even more. 

We picked eight devices that we believe offer an extraordinary bang for your buck, and while this list is not a hundred percent conclusive (especially when you consider the various regional discrepancies in pricing and availability), they do happen to deliver on their promise of a great bargain almost universally. Check them out!

N.B.! Phones arranged in no particular order.



1. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 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: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes, I surprised why they included OnePlus One as it is not available yet.

14. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 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: Nov 28, 2013

It's next to non-existence. I won't even call it a 'phone'

27. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 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: Jul 04, 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: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

29. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

its available now..

2. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 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: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 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: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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. TLDR? FU/FO.

20. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

This post's first part wraps up everything about iPhone fanboys' stupidity.

22. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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 unregistered

"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: May 31, 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: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

The lg g2 is a legend. It is 10+ months old and still holding up with the competition.

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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: Mar 26, 2014

Just install custom ROM, and You have much better Nexus 5 in every aspect.

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

ummmm.....where is Moto E ?!

10. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

12. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

If only you were a bit more specific.

8. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 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: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 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: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 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: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Puhleez, TrollPlus shouldn't be on that list

24. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 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.

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