15 Best budget smartphones 2016 | Best cheap phone reviews

If you looking for a best cheap phone? Then this is the correct article for your references. We can highlight the Moto G – 3rd generation as one of the best budget phone. And also there are some alternatives. They are Vodafone Smart Ultra 6, Smart Prime 7 and Motorola Moto E 4G. These are under £150 cost and if you can pay more than £150 you will get a flagship phone such as HTC 10, LG G5, Galaxy S7, Moto G4 plus. We talking here about 15 cheap Smart phones that we can buy these days. It including with Chinese brands and their features. And also we mention that their advantages and disadvantages. So you can get clear idea about budget phones before you buy one.

We list down and describe their specifications, performance and prices. If you want to read full review you can use our site.

15 Best budget smartphones 2016Best budget Smartphones: Buying advice

When you are looking for a cheap smart phone you have to admit that you can’t get some speed, features and quality of screen of expensive phone. Manufacturer has to cut some features to reduce its cost. So usually budget phones have low resolution displays, low quality plastic bodies and law amount of storage. But for relief these things are improving every day. You can buy a smart phone with full HD display and 8mm body for £150. But as a result of low price it will not support NFC but most of the time it will support 4G connectivity. We are trying to give some tips in key areas you have to aware of.

There are two main operating systems that you will find on a budget smartphone. Google Android and Windows phone 10. These operating systems allow you to download main applications (Facebook, Twitter, Skype, WhatsApp, etc..) for your phone. If you want Gmail, YouTube, Google Map and Google apps you have to go with Android phone. The main problem with the windows phone is they have limited apps and also apps may not have same features like Android.



Today we can find a cheap phone with same processor and same performance like expensive phones. For example the 4G version of the Motorola Moto E has the Snapdragon 410 CPU. There are lots of budget phones include with this chipset and they give a good competition to other flagship phones. So buy an expensive phone having exactly the same chip is pointless. However you have to find out that phone performs well or not.


Battery life is a main factor in performance and lots of people get trouble with their smart phone’s battery life is not much enough for their day to day work life. But these cheap smart phones might be more battery life than expensive ones because most cheap smart phones have a lower resolution display. It helps to save some battery power. There is no different in size of battery in both budget smart phones and expensive phones. And non-removable and removable batteries are there.


When it comes to the screen low resolution may be a problem that you have to face. Low resolution means when screen size increasing gradually text and icons can look jagged. Normally on a 5 inches screen 1280×720 is the minimum resolution. And we mentioned earlier you can buy a budget smart phone with a full HD screen. Since you looking for a cheap smart phone, screen quality and brightness may not be important but you should have some knowledge about screen too.


These day camera become one of the main necessity for a smart phone and people always look for a best possible camera for photos and videos. But for cheap smart phones, camera is the main item to be cut to reduce the price. When we talk about front camera you can buy a cheap phone with 5 mega pixel front camera. However if you deal with Selfies and Skype chats mostly you have to choose a budget smart phone with good front camera.


We talk about difference between Android and windows phone. The first choice of most people is the Android smart phone. Generally Android phone is the best phone because you’ll get any Apps, updates faster especially while a complete new version of Android comes out. In other phones you have to wait much longer to update software.

Best budget phones reviews:

15. Motorola Moto G 4G 2015

  • Reviewed on:9 April 15
  • Price: 149£

Moto G 4G 2015 is the one of the best cheap phone in these days and the best deal on the market. It has larger build body, higher resolution display, stereo sound and dual SIM facility. If you have 3G dual SIM phone then you can upgrade with Moto G 4G. There are some disadvantages too. Slower hardware, missing software features are them.

14. Moto G 4G

  • Reviewed on:13 August 14
  • Price : £135

Moto G 4G is very decent phone and the best budget phonewhich we can by around at £135.  It’s got excellent build quality, high resolution screen,Quality cameras and it comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. But it can upgrade to 4.4 KitKat.

13.Samsung Galaxy Core Prime

  • Reviewed on:21 October 15
  • Price : £109

We can introduce Samsung Galaxy Core Prime as a best cheap smart phone.  It comes with 4.5 inches display, Android 4.4 KitKat OS, 5 mega pixel camera and 4G connectivity too. If you are a Samsung Galaxy fan you should think about Samsung Galaxy Core Prime at around this price. But we can introduce Smart Prime 6 (Vodafone) at £79 and we believe it will give good challenge for Galaxy core prime. Because it has a 5inches display, good quality cameras and Ambient light sensor.

12. Just5 Blaster 2

  • Reviewed on:12 November 15
  • Price : 109£

Blaster 2 Just5 coming with 4G connection, 2 SIM slots, 13 mega pixel camera, 16 GB memory. It build in plastic and there are many colors to choose. It can identify a good all-round budget phone in these days.

11. EE Harrier Mini

  • Reviewed on:7 July 15
  • Price: £99

This is a very light weight and cute mini phone. It is very similar to Moto E(2015). But we think it’s screen isn’t very good, struggle with intensive games and it has slow performance. It comes with 4.2 inches display, 8 mega pixel rear camera, 2 mega pixel front camera.

10. Meizu M3 Note

  • Reviewed on:19 June 16
  • Price: 138£

The Meizu M3 Note is a best budget Chinese smart phone which comes with very good battery life, outstanding metal body, Android 5.1 lollipop OS, 13 mega pixel camera. But we can’t recommend over other Chinese phones because we can buy XiaomiRedmi note 3 at this price. It is faster than this and it goes very cheap.

9. Bluboo X9

  • Reviewed on:25 January 16
  • Price : £82.02

Bluboo X9 is a best budget 4G phone with a full HD display, stylish design and fingerprint scanner. And it comes with dual SIM slots, 13 mega pixel rear camera, 16 GB internal storage. But it’s battery life isn’t good and finger print scanner get trouble while working it more time. So you should think about these advantages and disadvantages before buy this one.

8. XiaomiRedmi Note 3

  • Reviewed on:31 May 16
  • Price : 112£

5.5 inches display, 16MP camera, 3GB RAM, Android 5.1 (Lollipop) OS are the key features of XiaomiRedmi Note 3. It comes with Aluminum body, 4000mAh battery and finger print sensor. But this one hasn’t dual SIM feature. And it gets more time to charge fully.

7. Wileyfox Swift

  • Reviewed on:26 November 15
  • Price : £129

This budget smart phone comes with sharp 13 MP camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 4G connectivity and 16GB internal memory. Cyanogen OS is the operating system which made based on Android 5.1.this is very similar to Moto G and Vodafone Smart Ultra 6. But it has uninspired design, complicated OS.

6. Cubot P12

  • Reviewed on:21 January 16
  • Price : £74.99

Cubot P 12 is a very good looking budget phone and it is the slimmest phone among their products. The aluminum edge and design make this nice looking phone. 8 mega pixel front camera is another advantage. But we can’t believe this one is not supporting 4G network. And display is not full HD. So before buying this you should think about these things.

5. Motorola Moto E 4G

  • Reviewed on:3 March 15
  • Price : £109


The camera isn’t good but Moto E 4G is best with a 4.5 inches screen, Quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and Android 5.0.2 OS. Superb battery life, good build quality are advantages. There are some good cheap Android smart phones these days and this one remains one of the best attractiveoptions.

4. Vodafone Smart Ultra 7

  • Reviewed on:19 July 16
  • Price : £135


This one is almost untouched version of Android and very affordable phone.  It comes with 5.5 inches display, 2GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage and 2960mAh battery. But it has plastic case, poor front camera.

3. Vodafone Smart Prime 7

  • Reviewed on:29 June 16
  • Price : £75

At this price Vodafone Smart Prime 7 is a decent phone but we couldn’t help this one coming with a Snapdragon 210 processor and that the camera is limited to 720p.  If you have Smart Prime 6 then you have some reason to upgrade to this. Clean Android version, 8MP and 5MP cameras and going very cheap are the advantages.

2. Vodafone Smart Ultra 6

  • Reviewed on:4 August 15
  • Price : £125

Compared to the Smart Prime 6, this is definitely good for pay the extra £50 for it. Because it has best camera, higher quality 5.5 inches display, Octa-core qualcomm snapdragon 615 chipset and many more. It is a great phone and the fact that we can use up to 128GB of external storage. But it has a bland design. Although we can identify Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 as one of the best budget phone in these days.

1. Motorola Moto G (3rd gen)

  • Reviewed on:18 May 16
  • Price : £149

Motorola Moto G is the best budget phone in these days at under £150 limit. This one is including a waterproof design, great cameras, big display, 16GB memory and many more. Moto G 2015 is a great affordable phone and great value for money. The device is still a bit chunky and it’s a shame to see the stereo speakers gone. But it already comes top in this list because of its smooth and slick performances.

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