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Top 10 best budget smartphones

Written by Fatima Rizwan ·  5 min read >
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If you are on a budget and don’t have much money to buy an expensive smartphone, don’t feel sad because we’ve gathered some incredible and the best budget smartphones for you, which will definitely fulfill your smartphone needs. These phones offer you a lot of good functions and fulfill the purpose of a good smartphone. Nevertheless, we can’t compare these phones with Samsung Galaxy S4, IPhone 5 or other big phones in the market. But these Phones are a good package in low price.

It’s all due to the competition between smartphone OS and vendors that they are bringing in new smartphones every year. These newcomers offer a lot more in less price in order to gain more consumers and rule the market. This is a winning situation for the consumers because more competition means more good phones. 🙂
I believe there is no best phone in the world the best phone is the one that suits you best and fulfill your needs.

We will be discussing the smartphones that start from 12,000 PKR.

HTC Desire C - Best Budget Smartphones

1. HTC Desire C

The HTC Desire C is one of the HTC’s highest rated budget smartphone. This phone powers a 3.5 inch display which has low 196 Pixels per inch density, 512 megabytes of Ram, 4 Gigabytes of internal memory out of which 2 Gigabytes are user accessible and a 600 MHZ Cortex A-5 Snapdragon Processor with a 5 megapixel camera.

So these were the specs lets get into the operating system. The phone has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (not upgradable to 4.1 without root). Other then that it has HTC Sense 4 interface and it has Beats Audio Sound enhancements. This is highly recommended for all those who loves small displays and wants to spend less money on phone.

Price: 13,500 PKR (Amazon: 170$)

Sony Xperia U - Best Budget Smartphones

2. Sony Xperia U

Xperia series has always been great. This phone has been one of my favorite phones. Xperia U has quite an exquisite design and it also gives amazing performance. The phone is packed with a 3.5 inch display with 280 pixel per inch density. It has scratch resistive screen. 512 megabytes of RAM and 8 gigabytes of internal memory out of which 4 gigabytes are user accessible. Xperia U has a massive 1 GHZ dual core cortex A-9 processor that delivers astonishing performance.

These are all great things but the best thing I like in this phone is its camera. The phone has a 5-megapixel camera with flash and auto-focus. It also has the capability to shoot 720p HD video. The phone has android 2.3 gingerbread (up-gradable to 4.0 with or without root) with Sony Mobile Bravia Engine which gives it a beautiful display.

Price: 17,500 PKR (Amazon: 210$)

Nokia Lumia 520 - Best Budget Smartphones

3. Nokia Lumia 520

The Nokia Lumia 520 is actually not really a very low-end phone. It delivers some great specs. It has a beautiful 4.0 Inches display with 233 Pixels per inch density and the glass is scratch resistive. This Lumia has 512 megabytes of RAM and 8 gigabytes of internal memory. Its supports 720p HD video shooting and amazing photos from its 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus. It has a dual core 1 GHZ Adreno 305 processor.

Windows Phone Operating System powers the lumia series. The Lumia 520 has Microsoft Windows Phone 8. The windows phone has managed to get some great responses from the users. A lot of developers worldwide are now taking interest in development of Wp7 apps and we do expect to see big names in Windows Phone marketplace now.

Price: 18,500 PKR (Amazon: 230$)

HTC One V - Best Budget Smartphones

4. HTC One V

HTC has started making remarkable phones since the last year. HTC designs the best-looking phones in the market. The One V is a pretty decent phone. Powered by a 1 GHZ SnapDragon processor, 512 megabytes of RAM and 4 gigabytes of internal memory out of which only 1 gigabyte is user accessible. One V has a 3.7-inch display with 252 Pixels per inch density. It has android 4.0 (not upgradable to 4.1 without root). It takes some great looking photos by its 5-megapixel camera and also supports 720p HD video shooting. It has the beautiful Sense 4 interface and it works flawlessly on the phone. I am particularly impressed by its design the body of the phone feels great in hand.

Price: 21,000 PKR (Amazon: 190$)

Samsung Galaxy S Duos - Best Budget Smartphones

5. Samsung Galaxy S Duos

Samsung Galaxy Series is the most popular series in the market right now. Samsung has created some fine phones over the years. The Samsung Galaxy S duos is a dual sim smartphone comes with exciting features. It has 4.0 Inches Display with 233 Pixels per inch density, A 1 GHZ SnapDragon processor, 768 megabytes of RAM and 4 gigabytes of internal memory and only 1.8 gigabytes are user accessible. The phone comes with Android 4.0 Ice cream sandwich (not up-gradable to 4.1 without root) and with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, which gives great performance and reliability. The phone does not support HD video shooting and takes medium quality photos by its 5 megapixel camera.

This phone is recommended to all those who use two phones and are really annoyed managing them.

Price: 24,000 PKR (Amazon: 220$)

Sony Xperia P - Best Budget Smartphones

6. Sony Xperia P

Another great phone from the Xperia series is Xperia P. This phone features a Sony White Magic Technology. This allows you too see the phone clearly even under bright sun light. The phone has a 4-inch display with 275 pixels per inch density. The display is quite crisp as compared to the other phones we mentioned. Again the display is scratch resistive. Another great thing in the Xperia P is its internal memory the phone has 16 gigabytes of internal memory out of which 13 gigabytes are available for the user. The phone has 1 gigabyte of RAM and Dual Core 1 GHZ cortex A-9 processor. Sony has done a marvelous job with its camera. Its 8-megapixel camera takes great photos and even shoots 1080p full HD videos. It is powered by Android 4.0 ice cream sandwich and it is even up-gradable to 4.1 without root.

Price: 24,000 PKR (Amazon: 290$)

HTC 8S - Best Budget Smartphones

7. HTC 8S

Last year HTC launched its two magnificent windows smartphones. The HTC 8S is one of them. This windows powered phone has some great features. It has a 4-inch display with 233 pixels per inch density, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass technology. The HTC 8S has 512 megabytes of RAM and 4 Gigabytes of internal memory. It is powered by a 1 GHZ Dual Core SnapDragon processor. It completely provides the fluid and silk smooth windows phone operating system. Of course like other phones we have mentioned it has 5 megapixel camera which does support 720p HD video shooting with 30 frames per second. Like all phones HTC has really put in their efforts in the look of the phone. It comes in different colors and the phone fits perfectly in hands. Windows Phone 8 OS runs perfectly on the phone also with the addition of HTC’s input.

Price: 24,000 PKR (Amazon: 230$)

Nokia Lumia 510 - Best Budget Smartphones

8. Nokia Lumia 620

Next in the line is another windows phone the Nokia Lumia 620. Nokia has made some great phones of our time. This phone is famous for its unique design. The manufacturers have put a lot in designing the body of the phone and they have done a remarkable job. The phone has a 3.8 inch display with 246 pixels per inch density sadly the screen is not scratch resistive. It gives 8 gigabytes of user accessible internal memory with 512 megabytes of RAM. The phone has a VGA front facing camera. That is the main difference between the Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 620. Both phones have the same dual core 1 GHZ processor and 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video shooting. The phone is a bit pricey because they have added the Microsoft Office phone in it for the additional price.

Price: 25,000 PKR (Amazon: 220$)

Samsung Galaxy S3 - Best Budget Smartphones

9. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini

Samsung’s Galaxy series has a way to get people’s attention. After the success of Galaxy S3 they launched the smaller version of it. The Galaxy S3 mini has great specs but not all the specs of Galaxy S3. The phone carries a 4-inch display with 233 Pixels per inch density. It comes in 8 gigabytes and 16 gigabytes of internal memory with 1 gigabyte of RAM. It has a Dual Core 1 GHZ processor which powers Android 4.1 Jellybean on it of course with the addition of Samsung’s Touchwiz interface. Like all the other phones we mentioned today it also has a 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD Video support. The front facing camera is VGA one. Also has a super AMOLED screen.

Price: 27,000 PKR (Amazon: 300$)

Samsung Galaxy S2 - Best Budget Smartphones

10. Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus

After the success of Samsung Galaxy S2 they launched this phone this year in February. The S2 plus has given some major updates and modifications to the original S2 design. The phone has a 4.3-inch screen with 213 pixels per inch density of course the screen is super AMOLED Plus. It has 8 gigabytes of internal memory and like the S3 mini 1 gigabyte of RAM with 1.2 GHZ duel core processor. The phone comes with Android 4.1.2 Jellybean with Toucwiz UI 5.0. It has a 8-megapixel camera with auto focus and flash the best thing in the phone is that it supports 1080p full HD video shooting and the front facing camera is of 2-megapixel. If you are confused whether to buy S2 plus or S3 mini then S2 plus is the better choice.

Price: 27,000 PKR (Amazon: 330$)

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Written by Fatima Rizwan
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