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Top 4 smartphones under £300

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Flagships from the likes of Samsung and Apple are not exactly cheap and not everyone can afford to (or wants to) splash out close to a grand on the Galaxy S9 or the iPhone X. The good news is that there are way more smartphones on the market than you’re probably aware of that really are good enough, at a much lower price. Sure, they might not have all the bells and whistles but they probably have everything you wantin a smartphone. So, if you’re looking to buy a new handset and want to spend no more than £300 then I’ve got you covered.

 

iPhone SE

£229

 

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Apple don’t really cater for people looking to buy entry level or mid-range smartphones. The iPhone SE, however, is a slight exception to that. Apple produced this model specifically for people looking to spend less than the average iPhone costs. Currently, you can get the 32GB model for £229 and you get a good number of features for that price too.

 

For people that aren’t too keen on big phones then the SE might just be perfect for you with its 4” Retina display. It’s definitely smaller than your average smartphone display size today but it could just be what you’re looking for. I don’t really need to go into the design because it’s very similar to that of the iPhone 5 and 5s and we already know that the iPhone holds a beautiful design, no matter what model it is.

 

Looks aside, the SE is feature-packed. It runs Apple’s A9 chip, so you can expect speedy and responsive performance. It boasts a 12MP rear camera to capture those momentous moments and it even has the ability to record video in 4K. Now that’s awesome.

 

In terms of security, you get Touch ID which is more than just a touch better than a 4-digit passcode but it’s not just for unlocking your phone; you can also use it as a way to pay because why waste time getting your wallet out when your phone is right in your hand? Smiley Wink

 

Buy the iPhone SE.

 

Samsung Galaxy A3 2017

£249

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One thing Samsung do that Apple don’t is produce a range of smartphones at different price points and the Galaxy A range is the perfect example. Specifically, this Galaxy A3 2017 model. It’s only around a year old and a whole £51 under the £300 budget. That’s awesome but the phone actually is too.

 

It’s made up of a premium metal and glass body and has a nice 4.7” Super AMOLED display, which totally beats a standard display (if the name didn’t give it away already). It also boasts two fantastic cameras. The front one is 8 Megapixels and the rear camera is 12 Megapixels and both have an aperture of f1.9. So, you’re bound to get some really amazing photos from it.

 

As with almost all Android devices, it supports microSD cards to allow you to expand the storage space up to 256GB, from the internal 16GB. As for the battery, it holds a capacity of 2,350mAh, which is still really good for this day and age. I might just add that it beats the capacity of the battery in the iPhone X, not that the battery alone can put these two head-to-head at all.

 

To top it off, the A3 2017 has an IP68 water and dust resistance rating, which is usually a feature found in the mid-range to top-end phones but it’s also starting to become the norm now. Either way, it’s another cool feature to add to the list. Not bad for £249.

 

Buy the Samsung Galaxy A3 2017.

 

Sony Xperia XA2

£279

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You can always count on Sony to offer affordable handsets, packed with goodness and the XA2 has a lot of that.

 

It comes in Black as well as Pink, which is very much like Rose Gold with a twist. It rocks a 5.2” full HD display, which uses Gorilla Glass 4 and has an incredible 23MP rear camera. That’s a whole lot of pixels and you can record video in 4K too. Not to mention that it also boasts an 8MP front-facing camera, which has a 120-degree wide-angle lens by the way for them groupies. Oh yeah.

 

It runs a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset under the hood and a 3,300mAh battery powers this beast, so you’ll easily get a full day’s use out of it. What’s even more impressive is that it rocks the latest USB Type-C and supports Quick Charge 3.0. For £279, that’s pretty sweet. Go Sony.

 

Buy the Sony Xperia XA2

 

Moto G5S Plus

£219

 

 

Motorola are not as big in the mobile industry as they once were but they’re still producing great smartphones at great prices. Ideal for an Android fan, looking to only spend a couple of hundred pounds, the Moto G5S Plus makes a good candidate.MotoG5S.jpg

 

It’s made up of an all-metal body and is available in a Blush Gold finish and it comes with a 5.5” full HD display, which I personally think is a great size for a smartphone display. Anything bigger is only perfect if the bezels are thinned or removed completely.

 

Under the hood, it has a 2.0GHz Octa-Core processor, 3GB of RAM and is powered by a 3000mAh battery. The G5S comes with a TurboPower charger, which provides 6 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. That’s so awesome and incredible that a phone at this price can offer something like that. I mean, even the big boys don’t give you this.

 

The fingerprint sensor gives that extra level of security that we all need and it has dual 13MP rear cameras as well as an 8MP wide-angle front-facing camera with flash. Are you stoked? I mean, this has a bundle of amazing features and a brilliant price tag. It’s got to be a consideration for anyone looking for an Android smartphone that is feature-packed and budget-friendly (this totally is).

 

Thoughts

 

It’s incredible just how much good features you can actually get out of smartphones that cost less than £300. It’s amazing and almost makes you think how the big guys get away with it but, of course, there’s a lot to it. Regardless, these smartphones are very much targeted at any one that wants the perks of a modern-day smartphone with a low price point.

 

People looking for a low-budget iPhone don’t have much choice other than the iPhone SE, unless you go down the route of acquiring a newer model second-hand. Android users, on the other hand, have far more choice and have an advantage in that respect.

 

So, now that I’ve highlighted some of the top smartphones for under £300, which one would you pick? I’d go for the iPhone SE if I had to choose just because I prefer iOS. If I went down the Android route, I think I’d go for the Sony Xperia XA2 but I’d want the Moto’s Turbo Power. Let me know what you would do.

 

Thanks for reading Smiley Happy

 

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Sadia produces tech reviews, tech tips & tutorial videos at XALIRATE and posts here on Wednesdays and Saturdays

 

 

 


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20 Comments
expert

Thanks for blog.

I personally would not pay the price of a top end phone and would consider £300 as about the most I would pay.

Nice to get a run down of some of the phones available and how good they are at that sort of price.

Cheers

professor

Some nice choices, think the Motorola even gives you a standard android version with no clutter which is far better. 

motivator

I recommend the iPhone 6S.

It has a 4.7’’ screen and 2GB of RAM, 1715mah battery, Apple A9 Proccessor and many other things! Overall it is a fantastic phone.

If you look on eBay you will see some great deals. For instance, a New Space Grey iPhone 6S 32GB Unlocked went for £155!!

virtuoso

I've had a few Motorola's over the years - always been value for money and worked great. Good phone 

prophet

@pete2009 You're welcome and it's awesome to know that you CAN get good smartphones for good prices.

 

@finlaybj Yeah, that's a win for sure.

 

@k9abbas The iPhone 6S is a great phone for sure and eBay is a great place for buying second-hand devices. There's also the giffgaff Marketplace for those that are skeptical about buying on a site like eBay. 

 

@scrips49 I've only ever owned the Motorola Razr, which was very cool.

guide

Had a e nd gen Moto G phone. Liked it and wouldn't hesitate to get another, so the Moto G5S Plus gets my vote.

aspirant

thanks, I was actually thinking about a phone for my dad!

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@shadylady

Some interesting ( and  reasonably priced )  selections  , But  ..... if people are prepared to widen their horizons ( Look at devices other than those from " the big name brands "  )  and do some research  there are some real bargains to be found  ....... for instance ,

 

 

  • Brand – Vernee
  • Model – X  ..... Highlights = Quad cameras , 6,200 mAh  battery , 2160 x 1080 display  , Face recognition  ( and fingerprint sensor  ) ,
  • Device Type – Android 4G Smartphone
  • CPU – Octa-Core 4×2.5GHz ARM Cortex-A53 + 4×1.6GHz ARM Cortex-A53 CPU Clock
  • Chipset – MediaTek Helio P23 MTK6753, 64-bit Processor
  • GPU – ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 770MHz, 2-Cores GPU
  • Cameras – ( Dual front & Dual rear ) front  16 Megapixel + 5 Megapixels with Dual-LED Flash and AF  , Dual Rear Cameras  13 Megapixel + 5 Megapixel ,
  • Memory – RAM- 4GB/6GB LPDDR3 | ROM 64GB/128GB External Memory Support up to 128GB
  • Display – Screen size 6.0 inches IPS Display (2160 x 1080 Pixels)
  • Battery – Non-Removable 6,200mAh Lithium-Polymer
  • SIM – Dual SIM (Micro + Nano), Dual Standby
  • Sensors – Ambient Light Sensor, E-Compass, Gravity Sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor
  • Color – Black, Blue
  • Operating System – Android 7.1 Nougat (  8.0 Oreo  OTA  update promised ) 
  • I/O Interface – 1x Micro SIM card + 1 x Nano SIM card Microphone, Type-C USB Slot, 3.5mm Audio Out Port, Microphone, Speaker, TF/Micro SD Card Slot
  • Dimensions – 159.5 mm x 76.0 mm x 9.8 mm
  • Weight – 199 Grams (With Battery)
  • More Features -Metal Glass Body Body Design, Tri-Bezel-Less Design, LTE Cat 7 300 Mbps Download, 100 Mbps Upload, HSPA+, Dual Rear Cameras + Dual Front Cameras Setup, 18:9 Aspect Ratio Screen, Computer Sync, OTA Sync, Tethering, OTG Support, FM Radio, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, Bezel-Less Display, Fingerprint Scanner Mounted on the Back of Device,, Face ID Recognition, Fast Charging Technology, Power Saving Functions.

                                                                           4GB  /  64GB version available ( UK source ) at around £200 . 

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@shadylady @brulaw well done nice reviews.

maestro

iPhone se everytime 👌