A few years ago, you could have got a low-performance mobile phone for the same money. Today, even affordable entry-level smartphones offer significantly higher performance.
Hard to believe, but true: Some people don’t care what their phone can do. They just use their mobile phone to make calls, send an occasional text message or even take a picture. And that’s all there is to it. For these few functions they need in everyday life, an entry-level smartphone is perfectly sufficient.
And it doesn’t have to be expensive; after all, there are low-priced models that are quite convincing in terms of performance, display, camera and battery, not just for children and the elderly. Here are five smartphones under 200 USD, whose processor, graphics chip and RAM memory are perfectly suitable for beginners.
Inexpensive smartphones within reach of everyone
1. Huawei P Smart (2019)
The three gigabyte RAM memory makes this phone a powerful smartphone for beginners, the internal memory can be expanded with a micro SD card. To use the mobile services, you need a nano-SIM card (4FF) for the Huawei P Smart.
2. Samsung Galaxy A40
Expansion of microSD memory is also possible with this basic smartphone. Special features of the Galaxy A40 include the large Infinity-U display and Super AMOLED technology. For amateur photographers, the fast dual main camera with ultra-wide angle lens is certainly interesting.
3. Xiaomi Redmi 7
Unlike other smartphones, the Redmi 7 has a striking design due to its blue coat. The device is equipped with a fingerprint sensor, and also needs a nano-SIM card (4FF). With 3G (UMTS) and 4G (LTE) you can surf the web faster.
4. Sony Xperia L3
The Xperia L3 has a Corning Gorilla 5 glass, which makes its display – according to the manufacturer – particularly robust and resistant. Among the advantages of the smartphone are a fingerprint sensor and a powerful battery. Besides the price, the display and the internal memory are also quite small.
5. Moto g7 Power
The basic smartphone has a TurboPower charger and promises a battery life of up to 60 hours. To navigate you can use both 3G (UMTS) and 4G (LTE) standards, and to unlock them there is also an integrated fingerprint sensor. For use outside the WLAN, a nano SIM card (4FF) is required.
A basic smartphone: what you need to know
Before deciding on an entry-level smartphone, you need to be aware of some limitations. Although the cheap models have much more to offer now than a few years ago, they are remarkably different from their expensive siblings. This is especially true in the following points:
Screen: The classic entry-level smartphone usually has a Full-HD screen, so the pictures are shown in a good resolution, but in no way matches the image quality of the expensive smartphones. For everyday use, the phone should be at least five inches high.
Memory: Most models under $200 have 32 GB of memory, some even 64 GB. Here you should note that there is the possibility of memory expansion via the SD card.
Operating system: As Apple does not sell any model for less than 200 USD, the Android operating system will be pre-installed on all input devices. You should assume this in any case if you decide on a cheap smartphone.
Processor: Unlike the high-priced iPhone and Android devices, the processors on entry-level smartphones are noticeably weaker. However, the performance is sufficient for everyday use.
Battery: Due to the lower performance, a cheap smartphone consumes much less power. As a result, the battery usually lasts longer, sometimes even several days, if you only use it for making calls and/or writing.
Internet: If you want to use your smartphone to surf the web on the go, you need a SIM card. If you have a stable WLAN connection at home, you can also access the Internet without a SIM card. However, you will always need a SIM card to make calls.