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Budget phones – See Top 30 low-cost mobile phones on the market

When looking for a budget mobile phone it is easy to get lost amidst all the crazy special offers and tempting prices. Let’s be clear. A low-cost mobile phone is only of interest if it is good quality and fulfils the actual needs of the user.

My name is Stein Jürgen and I am the mobile phone expert here at SmartphonesRevealed.com. I test and review mobile phones and provides an overview on how to go about finding a good budget mobile phone or smartphone that will suit your needs.

The table below shows the Top 30 low-cost mobile phones on the market right now. Mobile phones are ranked in order of my test results and ratings and by the current price level, so if you are looking for a budget mobile phone, it is a good idea to start your search here.

The Top 30 budget mobile phones are ranked by best price. In addition to current price levels and offers, you can also read my overall assessment of quality.

Nokia 3310 (2017) 16 MB
Test Score 31/100
Price Level $ 60 / € 50
Nokia 3.1 (2018)
Test Score 56/100
Price Level $ 100 / € 90
Sony Xperia L1
Test Score 57/100
Price Level $ 120 / € 100
Nokia 3310 (2017) 3G
Test Score 38/100
Price Level $ 40 / € 30
Doro 5517
Test Score 38/100
Price Level $ 60 / € 50
Xiaomi Redmi 6
Test Score 61/100
Price Level $ 160 / € 140
Doro 540X
Test Score /100
Price Level $ 120 / € 100
Emporia Smart 2
Test Score /100
Price Level $ 150 / € 130
Samsung Galaxy A3
Test Score 70/100
Price Level $ 200 / € 170
Emporia Classic
Test Score 32/100
Price Level $ 110 / € 90
Nokia 3 (2018)
Test Score /100
Price Level $ 140 / € 120
Samsung Galaxy J4+ (2018)
Test Score /100
Price Level $ 190 / € 160
Doro 7070 4G
Test Score /100
Price Level $ 160 / € 140
Emporia Select
Test Score 46/100
Price Level $ 120 / € 100
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
Test Score 73/100
Price Level $ 300 / € 260
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 16 GB
Test Score 55/100
Price Level $ 250 / € 210
Huawei P Smart
Test Score 58/100
Price Level $ 220 / € 190
Doro 8040
Test Score /100
Price Level $ 250 / € 210
Huawei P20 Lite 32 GB
Test Score 66/100
Price Level $ 180 / € 160
Nokia 6 (2018)
Test Score 58/100
Price Level $ 260 / € 220
Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)
Test Score 68/100
Price Level $ 290 / € 250
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Test Score 69/100
Price Level $ 300 / € 260
Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus (2018)
Test Score 77/100
Price Level $ 340 / € 290
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
Test Score 71/100
Price Level $ 310 / € 270
Nokia 6.1 (2018)
Test Score /100
Price Level $ 300 / € 250
Huawei P9
Test Score 62/100
Price Level $ 710 / € 610
Nokia 7.1 (Android)
Test Score 72/100
Price Level $ 370 / € 320
Samsung Galaxy A5
Test Score 68/100
Price Level $ 670 / € 570
Huawei P10 lite 32 GB
Test Score 64/100
Price Level $ 440 / € 380
Nokia 7 plus
Test Score 72/100
Price Level $ 390 / € 330

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A good budget phone can be hard to find

Budget phones are not necessarily something that telecommunications companies or the many web shops on the Internet go to a great deal of effort to advertise. You must therefore be a good detective to find a low-cost mobile phone that at the same time is good and that suits your needs, but there are huge benefits if you can find a budget smartphone that actually suits your needs. The most expensive smartphones on the market (i.e. those for which there is typically a lot of heavy advertising) currently cost up to 1.500 USD or 1.300 EUR.

As you can see from the table above, a good low-cost mobile phone need not cost much more than 75 USD or 65 EUR. The only real question is whether the quality and functionality of budget smartphones also matches your needs and what you are willing to pay.

The table lists the 30 cheapest smartphones on the market today. Prices reflect current offerings from telecommunications companies and web shops in the US and EU.

The list of budget smartphones also shows my assessment of the qualities of the various phones. The higher the score, the better quality the phone.

I hope the list will point you in the direction of a budget phone that matches both your needs and what you are willing to pay. A low-cost smartphone can undoubtedly be of high quality.

If you are unsure about which is the best mobile phone for you, you can also compare all phones against each other using our comparison tool – Compare phones 1o1.

Kind regards
Stein Jürgen

Guide to finding a good budget phone

Low-cost mobile phones are often a good, sensible purchase for children and teenagers. There is no good reason to give your kids expensive smartphones that they will soon damage, forget somewhere or lose. A budget smartphone can also be a good purchase for older people who typically only need the security offered by a basic mobile phone on walks, at their summer house or as an alternative to a landline phone.

Many of the cheapest smartphones on the market are also good Internet performers and offer great quality social media interaction. A good budget phone is typically characterised by being a really good Internet mobile which is easy to use. Another thing that good budget phones have in common, however, is that they are not some of the very best camera phones on the market.

Tips to help you find a good budget smartphone

  1. Always base your decision on your needs and quality requirements.
  2. Include the “price” parameter in your search filter.

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A good phone for children and young people

There is no reason to spend a fortune on the latest and most popular smartphones when buying phones for children and young people. Budget phones are now of such high quality that buying a low-cost smartphone can be a very sensible purchase, especially when buying mobile phones for children and young people. It is a well-known fact of life that children and very young people often (and with no bad intentions) end up losing, forgetting or breaking their cell phones. Choosing a budget phone for children and very young people can often be a very sensible idea.

When looking for a good phone for children and young people, it can be a good idea to take a look at the SAR value of the phone, which shows its mobile signal emissions. Science does not yet know the long-term effects of daily exposure to mobile phone emissions, so there is no reason to expose children and young people to potentially harmful mobile phone emissions.

A good smartphone for children and young people is therefore a budget phone with a low SAR value.

Mobile phones for the elderly

Older people too can see the benefits of a low-cost cell phone. Older people typically have very different phone requirements to the younger segment of the population. Mobile phones for the elderly should often feature qualities such as good call quality, long battery life and ease of use. These are typically qualities that are features on a good budget cell phone.