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What is the best cheap smartphone?

I'm planning to buy a new phone. I hope to get the bang for my buck, but I don't know what model to buy.

Could I please ask for your opinions? Thanks!

P.S.: know -- this isn't a tech forum. But DL bitches' honest-to-goodness takes, pull-no-punches attitude, and wide-ranging knowledge assure me that what I'll hear is, without doubt, credible.

by Anonymousreply 67Last Friday at 1:28 AM

I know* ughhh

by Anonymousreply 103/13/2021

Google Pixel 4a $350

iPhone SE $399

by Anonymousreply 203/13/2021

This is more your speed, OP. Although I'm sorry you won't be able to dial it with a pencil, like you're used to doing.

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by Anonymousreply 403/13/2021

Mi 10t lite

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by Anonymousreply 503/13/2021

Just how cheap are we talking??

by Anonymousreply 603/13/2021

Samsung A series of phones is reasonably good for the price. I had one the other year when I smashed my expensive one.

by Anonymousreply 703/13/2021

You kidding? Most these Eldergays here tout having land lines. If they have a cell phone it’s probably a jitterbug.

by Anonymousreply 803/13/2021

I signed up for Google fi. I got a Google Pixel 4a for 9 bucks a month and pay for service by the Gb. it comes to about $30 a month

by Anonymousreply 903/13/2021

I would recommend a Google Pixel, but buy it directly from Google, not through your carrier. You'll get the latest updates for Android for a couple of years.

by Anonymousreply 1003/13/2021

Xiaomi - good specs, huge battery and cheap price.

by Anonymousreply 1103/13/2021

I love the iphoneXR in red because nobody steals or asks to borrow it.

by Anonymousreply 1203/13/2021

I have an iPhone and a xiaomi. Most times the xiaomi is better when I’m using it but I carry and use my iPhone more out of habit and its smaller size.

by Anonymousreply 1303/13/2021

R7 is right. The Samsung A series of phones are fine for what the avg user needs - as long as you're not obsessed with tons of camera/video options and other features many people don't use very often.

It still takes good photos - it just doesn't have every bell and whistle, which, frankly, I never use anyway.

by Anonymousreply 1403/13/2021

I love my LG V30 Thin.

by Anonymousreply 1503/13/2021

Guys, please recommend a phone with sd card slot AND headphone jack and 5 G!!

please, no chinese phones.

by Anonymousreply 16Last Tuesday at 1:00 PM

Define CHEAP!!!

by Anonymousreply 17Last Tuesday at 1:03 PM

R15, I hope so, because you're not getting a "next generation" model.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Tuesday at 1:07 PM

Go to Boost Mobile and trade your phone in. Get an iPhone for $49.99

They have good phone service.

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by Anonymousreply 19Last Tuesday at 1:09 PM

At $399 the iPhone is good value. Don’t be like me and spend $1,499 on an XS iPhone.

by Anonymousreply 20Last Tuesday at 1:09 PM

Xiaomi has a good range of medium to high end phones, I have had two one Redmi and the other one Mi series, both lasted for 3 years no problems, they update android constantly and MIUI is one of the best Android skins, it’s very similar to iOS for what is worth, if you come out of an iPhone it won’t be as jarring.

It depends if you are in the US, I believe is harder to get other phone brands over there.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Tuesday at 1:13 PM

Go with an iPhone....I have stock so you need to buy it and love it lots!

by Anonymousreply 22Last Tuesday at 1:14 PM

Ryan Reynolds owns a phone company called Mint

For $30 a month you get an iPhone SE and phone service is included

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by Anonymousreply 23Last Tuesday at 1:24 PM

I love my iPhone SE. ( I'm not bothered by its large bezels)

by Anonymousreply 24Last Tuesday at 1:25 PM

no iphones for me. I want phones with headphone jack and sd media slot.

by Anonymousreply 25Last Tuesday at 1:27 PM

Another vote for the Google Pixel 4a. Look up the reviews; it's usually rated the best low cost phone and often rated the best phone at any price.

I had a Pixel 2 for 4 years(?) and never had the least trouble with it. Photos were exceptional, everything worked well and faultlessly smooth. The 4a is a mid-/economy-range model, a much better version of the old "2" but less than half the price with lots of significant improvements.

It's a pleasure with both Pixels whereas my 2 iPhones before started well but then each had some performance problems within a year and I replaced at 2 years each time. I was anxious to upgrade each whereas the Pixels I hesitated because there was really nothing t all wrong with the old phone.

The 4a is a fantastic phone for a great price.

by Anonymousreply 26Last Tuesday at 1:43 PM

[quote] I want phones with headphone jack and sd media slot

iPhone SE has a headphone jack and for $40 you can get a 128 gig flashdrive

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by Anonymousreply 27Last Tuesday at 2:07 PM

so how many pictures can I store on the pixel 4a 5g phone? I stored my pictures in sd card in the past.

by Anonymousreply 28Last Tuesday at 2:33 PM

R28:. Not sure exactly, I have many 1000s of large photos (12MP and larger), plus videos, a ridiculous number of junk Whatsapp images, plus screen captures. Google was storing every photo for free for Pixel owners. Starting this summer they will enforce a 5G limit for images posted after June 2021. Still a lot, and it's inexpensive to upgrade storage.

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by Anonymousreply 29Last Tuesday at 3:09 PM

I have had (Unlocked) Motorola's for 5 years. Very good price, highly rated, and never had a problem. They keep the cost down by not including NFC and couple other things that people never use.

I use Google Fi which uses T-Mobile's network. My cell bill is 25 bucks a month. Can't beat that.

by Anonymousreply 30Last Tuesday at 3:18 PM

LG Stylo is around $200.00 is great.

by Anonymousreply 31Last Tuesday at 4:25 PM

r30 People "never use" NFC? Google Pay is quite popular, especially in this "no contact" day and age.

by Anonymousreply 32Last Tuesday at 5:10 PM

I'm looking for a great Android phone that's (1) not a Pixel -- I've had bad luck with my last three Google phones, and (2) can take advantage of all of the Google Fi features. From what I've read, some of the new Samsungs can't even do Visual Voicemail on Fi.

by Anonymousreply 33Last Tuesday at 5:12 PM

Another vote here for Xiaomi-Mi-Redmi. The lower-end models in particular are really good value with good build. Pick one with the right specs for your needs, and if sourcing fron overseas, check the bands very carefully, especially for 5G.

As said, unlike so many other makers, Xiaomi doesn't dump you after you buy: you get about two years of system upgrades.

by Anonymousreply 34Last Tuesday at 5:27 PM

LG should be on sale soon

by Anonymousreply 35Last Tuesday at 5:39 PM

Nothing beats the quality of my pearl-white slimline telephone with automatic last number redial. It just screams good taste and it was quite expensive.

by Anonymousreply 36Last Tuesday at 6:22 PM

Android is ghetto

by Anonymousreply 37Last Tuesday at 6:32 PM

Are sony phones any good? I know they are android.

I had dropped a phone and cracked the screen, spent over 100 bucks to get it fixed but the screen isn't as responsive as the original. So next time, I will skip repairs and just buy new

by Anonymousreply 38Last Tuesday at 6:42 PM

I just bought this last week. I’m a Samsung fan but didn’t want to pay over $1000 for top of the line, so with a trade in it was around $400. So far, very happy with it.

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by Anonymousreply 39Last Tuesday at 6:53 PM

r38, in my, phone lifetime, I have never loved a phone more than my sony Xperia. this was years ag7so I can't comment on the new versions unfortunately but they do get good reviews

by Anonymousreply 40Last Tuesday at 7:17 PM

Sony is practically a non-entity in the US market. And LG has now completely abandoned the mobile phone business.

by Anonymousreply 41Last Wednesday at 2:49 PM

Check out you can get late model phones gently used for good prices.

by Anonymousreply 42Last Wednesday at 3:31 PM

iPhone SE or Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T 5G which is a very cheap 5g capable phone.

by Anonymousreply 43Last Wednesday at 3:37 PM

R39, that's a really nice phone

by Anonymousreply 44Last Wednesday at 6:52 PM

Every Sony product I've had, has been a problem. They always break

by Anonymousreply 45Last Wednesday at 6:54 PM

samsung is coming out with new phones this month. targeted at people who don't want to spend 1000 on a phone.

by Anonymousreply 46Last Wednesday at 9:29 PM

Is that the Galaxy M Series, R46?

by Anonymousreply 47Last Wednesday at 9:37 PM

Samsung's newest $109 smartphone arrives, along with a 5G phone starting at under $300

Sure, they may not sport the premium technical features of Samsung's Galaxy S21 phones, released three months ago. But these more economically-priced offerings may do the job for many customers.

Samsung's lowest-priced new phone, the A02s (starting at $109.99) boasts a 6.5-inch HD+ display and an all-day battery.

The Samsung Galaxy A top-of-the-line smartphones, the Galaxy A52 5G (starts at $499.99) and A42 5G ($399.99), each include camera features such as Single Take and Super Steady. The A52 5G has a rear quad camera with 64MP lens and a 6.5-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED 120 Hz display, the first A series model to have the speedier refresh rate.

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by Anonymousreply 48Last Wednesday at 9:43 PM

Samsung's lowest-priced smartphone to support 5G, the A32 5G ($279.99-up), also has a 6.5-inch display, while the A42 5G ($399.99) has a 6.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display – and 128GB of storage.

The Galaxy A12 ($179.99), like the AO2s, has a 6.5-inch HD+ display, but has a better camera.

The A42 5G model becomes available Thursday from Verizon Wireless and will be available later this spring on The Galaxy A52 5G, A32 5G and A12 will be available starting Friday. Galaxy A02s will out April 29.

by Anonymousreply 49Last Wednesday at 9:44 PM

Android phones from OnePlus strike a great balance between affordable and high-end. I found this one used.

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by Anonymousreply 50Last Wednesday at 9:45 PM

NEVER, EVER buy any Chinese branded items. they spy on you and collect information.

Chinese companies are beholden to the People’s Republic of China and collect sensitive information on behalf of the People’s Liberation Army--from US Official

by Anonymousreply 51Last Thursday at 7:59 AM

I'm not the OP but I bought my Galaxy S7 used in 2017 for $400 and it's still working. It's a great phone but I'm thinking it's time to get another one. I've always bought Samsung but I'm thinking of getting a refurbished Iphone, the SE in particular. Does anyone have that model?

by Anonymousreply 52Last Thursday at 8:02 AM

Get the iPhone SE. You don’t want people assuming that you’re suffering from penury, do you?

by Anonymousreply 53Last Thursday at 8:05 AM

Here's one OP.

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by Anonymousreply 54Last Thursday at 8:15 AM

The Galaxy A51 certainly lags compared to top-tier phones such as the Galaxy S20, but also when held up against the A51's main rival. That's because Apple gave the iPhone SE the same A13 Bionic chipset as its most expensive iPhone 11, so Apple's budget device moves fast. The iPhone SE also leapfrogs the A51 when it comes to water resistance and wireless charging, both features that Samsung's cheaper phone lacks.

by Anonymousreply 55Last Thursday at 8:20 AM

R55, it's waterproof. It just doesn't have a IP rating for it.

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by Anonymousreply 56Last Thursday at 8:32 AM

Here's some more info, OP.

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by Anonymousreply 57Last Thursday at 8:33 AM

From a few days ago.

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by Anonymousreply 58Last Thursday at 8:35 AM

Another vote for iPhone SE. But how much is cheap and what do you do with your phone OP?

Great link R58. Tom's guide is excellent. iPhone SE comes in at #2.

by Anonymousreply 59Last Thursday at 8:39 AM

Galaxy A52 5G is coming out tomorrow. I think I will be getting this one for my dad, it has headphone jack, sd card slot, and 5G and decent camera. He's just mainly texting and using the camera, taking pictures and posting them on FB

by Anonymousreply 60Last Thursday at 9:16 AM

Samsung Galaxy A70

by Anonymousreply 61Last Thursday at 9:54 AM

R60, looks decent.

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by Anonymousreply 62Last Thursday at 10:01 AM

Also, if anyone cares, Samsung phones aren't made in China—cf. certain other brands.

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by Anonymousreply 63Last Thursday at 10:05 AM

Re R63, that could be a huge plus for many.

by Anonymousreply 64Last Thursday at 10:46 AM

r64 aren't they made in south korea?

by Anonymousreply 65Last Thursday at 5:50 PM

R65, they design them in Korea and manufacture in Southeast Asia. Vietnam mainly.

Wages are too high in S. Korea to manufacture stuff like that. Like Japan and Taiwan. PPP GDP per capita is the same now in those three.

by Anonymousreply 66Last Thursday at 6:32 PM

Ask around. I work within a big box store and one of the fellow gays is a phone whore, who goes from phone to phone. I bought his mint condition T-Mobile Note 10 for $450. He says he used it all of 1 month. He also had another Samsung S Series he is trying to unload. He now uses the latest iPhone. Got the phone unlocked from T-Mobile, working on my Verizon Wireless. Just gotta figure out how to remove that low-class T-Mobile splash screen.

Aside from used, there are plenty of new affordable unlocked phones around. The New One-Plus, iPhone SE, Samsung A Series, etc. Motorola has a ton of selections, really too many, its confusing. I believe Motorola has the cheapest 5G phone. For used phones, I recommend buying from someone you know, friend of friend type thing. Those OfferUp/Craigslist type sites are ripe for fraud. Use Swappa App to buy a good, guaranteed phone. I bought my partners iPhone 8-Plus on Swappa, as he needs the Home button, cuz he's a technological idiot. If I have to explain one more time how to send a picture in a text, you may be reading about another gay on gay murder on DL.

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