Top 5 Budget Smartphones (2016)

by Shekhar Manghnani on June 18th, 2016

If you're vying for a cheap budgetary phone you have to understand and compromise with the fact that the manufacturer will cut down on some corners to achieve that low price and you will not get the same functionality that of a phone that costs twice or thrice more than the budget phone.

Although, its not all downhill and no uphill. Some manufactures have found a way to cut down on costs without having to sacrificing a whole lot and reducing the premium of having to buy an expensive device. This list consists of the top five smartphones that do this the best and can easily pass as a much expensive device than it actually is to those unknown to the phone.

​5. Acer Liquid Jade S​

Acer'd into the top 5

Weight: 116g | Dimensions: 143 x 69 x 7.8 mm | OS: Android 4.4.4 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | CPU: 1.5GHz octa-core | RAM: 2GB |Storage: 16GB | Battery: 2300mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP 

+ Impressive performance Light
+ Curvaceous design
-  Disappointing cameras
-  Mediocre battery life

If you can overlook its flaws, the Liquid Jade S offers solid performance and an excellent built quality in the dual sim smart phone segment. 

The great performance is mostly due to its stellar octa-core processor. Design is done pretty well too along with its lightweight and curvaceous built that feels comfy in the hands. 

There are still key areas where the Liquid Jade S falters when compared to other options in the list and as a result may not be at the top of everyone's wish list.

​4. Moto G

Motorola's best cheap phone does it again.

Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 142 x 72 x 11.6mm | OS: Android 5.1 | Screen size:5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | CPU: Snapdragon 410 | RAM: 2GB | Storage:8GB | Battery: 2470mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP 

+ Smart water resistance
+ Great performance
- Bulkier design
- Pricer than older Moto Gs

It may surprise some to not see this higher up on the list considering the previous Moto G's universal acclaim. This does not takeaway from the fact that its still a pretty solid smartphone.

Despite it being a 720p, the 5 inch screen display is definitely high quality. Its quad core processor is more than capable to handle most tasks and the device is upgradable to the latest Android version. 

It yet again comes with the 4G, with the NFC nowhere to be found. Other than that, the Moto G is a top notch smartphone. Hopefully, we'll see the new Generation G higher in the list next time.  


​3. Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

The best mid-range waterproof Xperience

Weight: 136g | Dimensions: 145.5 x 72.6 x 7.3mm | OS: Android 5.0 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | CPU: Snapdragon 615 | RAM: 2GB |Storage: 8GB | Battery: 2400mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP 

+ Great waterproof design
+ Very good battery life
- Poor performance in some areas
- Only 8GB internal memory

Sony's latest addition in the mid range category is a vast improvement over the M2 Aqua. The only smartphone on the list that you can take to the bath with you since it is equipped with IP68 waterproof technology that prevents the water to damage the internals. 

It also has a great 720p 5 inch display and probably the best battery life in this segment. If Sony phones have done it for you in the past, this should too! 

​​2. Wileyfox Storm

The BIG debut. 

Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 156 x 77 x 9.2mm | OS: Android 5.1 | Screen size:5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 615 | RAM: 3GB |Storage: 32GB | Battery: 2500mAh | Rear camera: 20MP | Front camera: 8MP

+ Great screen
+ Snappy performance
- Average battery
- Weedy buttons

Bang! Thats how you make a debut! Wileyfox's first EVER phone steals the 2nd place on this list. Following the footsteps of OnePlus, it demolishes all previous competition. 

The stellar 5.5 inch Full HD display is equipped with 32GB of storage and a 20MP camera with 8MP front facing selfie snapper. If you desire top notch specs like the OnePlus and don't want to get convoluted with its invite system, Wileyfox Storm is your answer.  

​1. OnePlus X

OnePlus never fails to impress. 

Weight: 160g | Dimensions: 140 x 69 x 6.9mm | OS: Android 5.1 | Screen size:5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 801 | RAM: 3GB | Storage:16GB | Battery: 2525mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP

+ Attractive design
+ Bright display
- No NFC or fast charging
- Hard to get a hold of

OnePlus was a very impressive device last year, but this sequel is even more so. Despite it being a bit complicated to buy the device with its invite only system, its well worth it. 

It distinguishes itself not just from its high end specs but its beautiful design and luxurious feel. If you've decided to go through all the trouble buying from OnePlus, it'd be ridiculous not to go for this one. 

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