The best budget smartphones

“Will the iPhone 8 have a headphone jack?” “Just how fast will Samsung’s new Galaxy be?” If you follow news about smartphones, you’ll read headlines like those every day. Apple and Samsung aren’t where the smartphone world ends though. For the people who just want a smartphone that works and doesn’t break the bank, there are a lot of high-quality choices available these days.

These are a few of our top picks:

Huawei P10 Lite

Huawei P10

Huawei has been making big waves in the flagship Android world recently with the P9 and the P10 both being well received by critics and consumers alike. They started in the budget smartphone market though, and the P10 Lite is their current offering.

With a full HD, 5.2” display, a powerful processor and the most recent version of Android as standard, it’s no slouch in the specs department. The Lite also looks very pretty, taking its cues from the iPhone 7, but adding a little something of its own along the way.

Lenovo Moto G5

Moto G5

When talking about budget smartphones, one of the deciding factors for a lot of people is how much bang are they getting for their buck. Well, if that’s what’s important to you, then the G5 from Lenovo may be just what you need.

With a new and upgraded metal design, full HD screen and even a fingerprint sensor in the back, the G5 has crammed a lot into a very affordable package. It might not blow away the competition with its speed or memory, but as an all-rounder, you probably can’t get much better right now.

Alcatel POP 4

Alcatel POP 4

The Alcatel POP 4 is by far the cheapest phone on this list, but don’t let the price fool you. In terms of getting a smartphone that “just works”, the POP is the one for you. It comes with a 5-inch HD screen, Android Marshmallow (that’s the version before the latest, but not far behind), an 8-megapixel camera.   With Tesco Mobile you can get your hands on a free power bank when you purchase the phone.  Click here to find out more.


Motorola Moto E3

Moto E3

Motorola, whilst never being able to recapture the glory days of the Razr (remember them?), have been putting out some surprisingly good budget smartphones in the last few years and the Moto E3 is no exception to this. It comes with a 5-inch IPS screen, Android Marshmallow and a decent 8-megapixel camera.

The stand out feature of the E3 is the screen. It’s sharp, works well in both bright and low lights, and beats out much more expensive competition like that of Sony’s Xperia XA in terms of overall quality. In addition, the battery life and performance are solid for what you’re paying. The one major caveat to the E3 is that it doesn’t come with a lot of onboard storage, so if you’re someone who wants to take a lot of photos or carry music with you, its something to be mindful of.

Doro 8030

Doro 8030

Gone are the days when smartphones were the exclusive dominion of the young and tech savvy, but smartphones are still very much geared towards those who are familiar with technology and are comfortable using it. This can leave older smartphone users feeling a little left out in the cold.

The Doro 8030 is the phone to solve that problem. Running a customised version of Android, the 8030 has been designed from the ground up for older users who are taking their first foray into the smartphone world. With a solid, easily held shell, simple to understand interface and a stripped-down set of features, it’s a phone that’ll have your Gran taking selfies and texting in no time.