Best Low-cost Smartphones

So your wallet can’t stretch to one of the best smartphones like Apple's iPhone 6 or an Android smartphone great like the HTC One M8 or the Samsung Galaxy S5? All is not lost, there is good news.

When it comes to technology, some people just don’t find it reasonable to spend crazy money on a gadget that gets old in just several years. Yet, those same people still want the full smartphone experience, the apps, and the speed. Are there any affordable phones that would fit all those criteria? Good news is that with recent launches the answer is ‘Yes’. We now have phones that are cheap without being downright crappy, with an experience ruined by terrible issues, those affordable devices do not lag terribly, they have decent cameras, and some of them even come with a very likable design.

So your wallet can’t stretch to one of the best smartphones like Apple’s iPhone 6 or an Android smartphone great like the HTC One M8 or the Samsung Galaxy S5? All is not lost. You can still bag yourself a decent smartphone experience at a fraction of the price.

The likes of Alcatel, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Nokia, Sony and ZTE are amongst the phone manufacturers trying to make budget Windows Phone 8 and Android smartphones a more attractive alternative than the headline-grabbing £500%2B numbers, with the Xperia M2 and the Motorola Moto G 2 amongst the better candidates out there.

We have picked the best affordable phones (running Android or Windows Phone), where affordable does not mean ‘cheap’ in any embarrassing way. Take a look at these best value-for-the-money devices that you can get right now, and let us know which you think is the best low-cost smartphone.

  • ZTE Open C: Price N18,600

The Open C is an unlocked smartphone which costs very little. Although it’s better than the original ZTE Open, performance isn’t great and the operating system makes the 4in screen appear to have even fewer pixels than it does. If you’re on a really tight budget, you’d be better off going for a pay-as-you-go smartphone such as the Lumia 520, which will cost you just N18,600 locked to a mobile operator such as T-Mobile or Vodafone. If you’d prefer Android, then look to the Moto E.

  • Infinix Zero Price: N21,000-8GBinfinix zero

The infinix zero is an oldie, but goodie: the most popular infinix phone can be yours for just N24,000 from Konga,Jumia and other retail stores, The infinix zero offers amazing value for the money. The Infinix zero sports a 5-inch display a brilliant glass on metal finish. Infinix Zero runs on Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) on a 1.4GHz octa-core processor with 1GB or 2GB of RAM. The only down side? The phone heats up and comes with a meager 1920mAh battery

  • Lumia 530: Price N18,600

The disappointing thing about the Nokia Lumia 530 is that it feels like a worse phone than the Lumia 520 it replaces (albeit with a price cut). The display is a deal breaker for us, undoing the good work of the Lumia 530’s performance and build quality. We want to see more storage, and the camera is no better than it ought to be. If you really are limited in budget, it is worth considering. But we hoped for more.

  • Asus ZenFone 4: Price N30,700

For N30,700, we’re impressed by the ZenFone 4. It’s nicely designed, has brilliant software features, is suitably speedy and has decent battery life, but it’s not outstanding. We’d like to see a slightly better camera and the addition of 4G connectivity.

  • Infinix Hot: Price N13,000

The infinix hot builds up on the successful foundation set by the infinix zero, but it brings down the price much more lower at N13,000. With such amount, you get a phone with 5.0” display, a 1.3GHz quad-core Processor and a 5-megapixel main camera with flash.

  • Innjoo I2s: Price N20,000

The Innjoo i2s (A refresh of the innjoo i2) is a Smartphone with a 45″ 720p IPS display, a 1.4GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor, and 13MP rear, 5MP front cameras, all fairly good for an affordable phone. The only downside you may ask? The innjoo i2s comes with only 1900mAh battery.

  • Lenovo A369i: Price N13,000

The power of the A369i’s 1.3GHz dual core processor means you won’t be waiting for applications to open or images to appear. Better multitasking delivers a smoother, faster smartphone experience. A 4″ 223ppi smartphone running Android 4.2.2 OS (Jelly Bean), and offering a large, 1500 mAH Li-Po Battery Capacity with the promise of 288 Hours Standby (3G) and 8 hours talktime.

  • Tecno H3: Price N13,000

Tecno H3 is the baby of Tecno’s current range of Smartphone with a super-low price tag Tecno H3 is a solid handset which gives you all the key parts of Android with minimum fuss. Tecno H3 offers a simple and fashion design with 3.5inch display, a dual camera and a larger, better battery capacity which promises increased user time and standby time.

  • MTN Smart S720i: Price N10,000

The MTN Smart S720i improves on the successful formula of the 3.5 inches MTN Sm@rt Mini S620., adding a larger 4-inch display with same 512Mb RAM, same Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) ,but with a slightly improved battery capacity.

These phones offers good value for money,but definitely can not stand the high end phones which costs far above these.

  • Honor 3C: Price N33,800

The Honor 3C boasts a good screen for the price tag, and trumps some of its rivals when it comes to design and power, but its downfalls include the old software, the disappointing camera and the poor graphics performance. However, for anyone looking for a cheep but cheerful smartphone that will do the trick for browsing the web, social media, messaging, emails, phone calls and more, the Honor 3C is worth considering, but it’s also worth looking at similarly-priced alternatives.

  • ZTE Blade 3: Price N24,000

While we find the ZTE Blade 3 and stylish and well-built handset for its budget price, its poor performance means that the Huawei Ascend G330 remains the best budget Android smartphone around and is worth the extra £20.

Infinix Zero X506 is the 2014 flagship phone from Infinix. It is the first smartphone from Infinix to sport Android 4.4 (KitKat) and is powered by a superfast 1.4GHz octa-core processor. Infinix Zero is a beauty with a 5-inch HD IPS screen and a brilliant glass on metal finish.

  • Asus ZenFone 4: Price N24,000

We are impressed by the ZenFone 4. It’s nicely designed, has brilliant software features, is suitably speedy and has decent battery life, but it’s not outstanding. We’d like to see a slightly better camera and the addition of 4G connectivity.

  • ZTE Kis 3: Price 12,000

If you want a smartphone to do the basics at the cheapest possible price, the ZTE Kis 3 is the phone for you. It’s surprisingly decent considering how cheap it is. Forget the camera, but performance is good and it doesn’t look too bad either. Those wanting something more decent should look at the Moto E, Lumia 630 and EE Kestrel.

These phones offers good value for money,but definitely can not stand the high end phones which costs far above these.

To purchase those great and affordable smartphones, you can shop on the MarketHub from as low as N10,000