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How to choose a smartphone: inexpensive, but good?

Even with a modest amount in hand, you can count on buying a good gadget - the main thing is to take a responsible approach to the choice.

The flagships of leading manufacturers are equipped with the latest technology - here you have fingerprint scanners and irises, and an intelligent voice assistant, and RAM like a gaming laptop. Everyone is good these gadgets, except for one - the price. For the sake of buying the upcoming Apple news, an ordinary Russian citizen will definitely have to sell a car.

Of course, not everyone is ready for such impressive spending. More often, people want to buy an inexpensive smartphone, but a good one — one that doesn’t need to blow away dust particles and is equipped with all the necessary functionality. And this is not utopia; You can buy a quality gadget at a reasonable price - you just need to know what criteria to choose.

How to choose a good budget smartphone?

The first thing to do to a buyer who is looking for an inexpensive but good smartphone is to abandon the prejudices towards Chinese products . The opinion that goods from the Middle Kingdom are collected by stupid self-taught masters on their knees in stuffy basements has long been outdated. In terms of quality, Xiaomi , Oppo , Lenovo, and even the lesser-known Bluboo and Doogee products are in no way inferior to Samsung and LG products. IPhone, by the way, is also collected in China - and it works like a clock.

Chinese smartphones are cheaper not because of what is worse, but because their manufacturers do not charge extra "for the brand"!

Next is to determine the budget. To count on the fact that for 2 500 - 3 000 rubles it will be possible to buy a quality gadget, it is too presumptuous and optimistic. But having on hand the amount of the order of 10,000 rubles, you can begin to choose - in 2017, in the middle price segment, a huge number of interesting devices are presented.

The buyer needs to choose a smartphone, relying primarily on individual needs: for example, the gamer should look for a device with a powerful processor and video accelerator, and a music lover - a smartphone like the LG V10, with a dedicated amplifier and digital-to-analog converter. However, there are some criteria that you need to pay attention in any case - regardless of personal preferences.


RAM as the selection criterion is more important than the built-in memory - because the built-in memory can be expanded with flash cards. RAM is necessary for temporary storage of data - along with a processor, it provides performance. If the “RAM” is small, then even with the most powerful chipset, the smartphone will slow down.

The optimal amount of RAM for an average smartphone is 2 GB. If you want to save a lot, you can take a device with 1 GB, but for games this device will not work. As for the internal memory, then 8-16 GB will suffice. Obviously, if the buyer is looking for a cheap smartphone, he intends to use it mainly for calls and Internet surfing. These goals do not require a large amount of ROM memory.

operating system

Android - and nothing but Android!

Actually, the choice of the buyer is small, because on iOS from Apple, budget devices do not come out, and the promising Finnish Sailfish is generally installed on a number of smartphones. Only the “green robot” and Windows 10 remain, which is present on budget models of Acer , Archos , Microsoft .

However, the “OSes” of Windows have one major drawback, which the “geniuses” from Microsoft have not been able to eliminate for many years - high-quality third-party software is catastrophically low .

Android has no such problem: Google Play is the largest application store where you can find programs for work and entertainment.


Often, users tend to buy low-cost smartphones, because they expect that such devices will be able to work without recharging longer - after all, there is no multi-core processor “on board”, and the screen is not so bright and juicy to spend precious milliamps “before our eyes”. This point of view is not quite true: the battery to the battery is different - the battery of the gadget in terms of power corresponds to its functionality.

Therefore, the buyer of an inexpensive device should definitely pay attention to the battery capacity. If the smartphone belongs to the middle price category and is provided with moderate functionality, 3,000 mAh will be enough .

Fans of long-lived smartphones should take a closer look at the Oukitel K10000 with a battery capacity of 10,000 mAh. This gadget is able to "stretch" without recharging up to 5 days with active use.


The processor along with the RAM are responsible for the speed of the gadget. Of course, there is no need to expect a top-end processor in an inexpensive smartphone - it is not needed there, because it will not be able to fully manifest itself. The buyer is recommended to choose a budget gadget with a chipset from the company MediaTek ( MTK) .

How are MediaTek chipsets better than Qualcomm (Snapdragon) products? Firstly , they are cheaper by themselves and do not contribute to an increase in the cost of the device, secondly , they consume less energy. Snapdragon processors are considered to be more productive, but lately MTK is pulling up by this criterion.

Do not take a budget smartphone with Spreadtrum chipset! The speed of such devices, to put it mildly, leaves much to be desired.

In addition to the chipset manufacturer, its clock frequency and number of cores are also important. The optimal number of cores for an inexpensive smartphone is 4 . If there are more of them, it does not matter - it will not adversely affect the battery life of the gadget. Modern devices are able to disconnect part of the cores when they are not necessary.

As for the clock frequency, it is responsible for the number of operations that the device can perform in a minute. A reasonable minimum for a budget gadget is 1.5 GHz .

3G support

3G support is a must-have criterion. Without 3G, the user will not even be able to get on the network; loading data with EDGE is a torment. However, with this criterion, the buyer will most likely have the least problems - almost all modern smartphones support 3G.

Having a 4G module is not so important. LTE in Russia does not work everywhere, so 4G in a smartphone is an advantage for the future. But if you still want to take an inexpensive model with fast Internet, it is better to choose one of the options for our rating of budget smartphones that support LTE .

Thus, a good but inexpensive gadget must meet the following requirements:

  • Price up to 10 000 rubles.
  • Android operating system.
  • RAM (RAM) - from 2 GB, internal memory (ROM) - from 8 GB.
  • Battery capacity of 3 000 mAh.
  • MediaTek 4-core processor clocked at more than 1.5 GHz.
  • 3G support.

And most importantly, the buyer should not limit himself to the range that is offered by domestic communication salons and hardware stores. Chinese marketplaces GearBest and AliExpress provide an excellent opportunity to purchase almost any device at a low price.

Good and inexpensive 2017 smartphones

A buyer who is looking for a smartphone with a low price and all the necessary functions should pay attention to the models from the following list.

Doogee x30

  • Processor: 4-core MediaTek MT6580, 1.3 GHz clock speed
  • Memory (RAM / integrated): 2 GB / 16 GB
  • Operating system: Android 7.0
  • Battery: 3 360 mAh

The novelty from Doogee is perhaps the most impressive smartphone of 2017 in terms of the ratio “ price - functionality ”. For only 4.5 thousand rubles, you can buy an all-metal gadget with 4 (!) Cameras and a 5.5-inch IPS-display. You ask, where is the catch? It is better to ask Doogee how it manages to make such wonderful “budgets” - during our testing of the Doogee X30 no significant “pitfalls” were found.

Buy Doogee X30

Bluboo S8

  • Processor: 8-core MediaTek MT6750, 1.5 GHz clock speed
  • Memory (RAM / integrated): 3 GB / 32 GB
  • Operating system: Android 7.0
  • Battery: 3 450 mAh

Calling the Bluboo S8 a copy of the Samsung device of the same name would be wrong. Bluboo S8 is a stand-alone device that borrowed from the Korean manufacturer only a screen with an aspect ratio of 18: 9 .

The gadget is equipped with a unique 360 ​​Safety protection software, as well as an ultra-fast fingerprint sensor (triggered in 0.1 seconds), a capacious battery that supports Fast Charge technology and a USB Type-C connector. In addition, the smartphone boasts an unusual iridescent design - there are few “budget” on the market that look as good as the S8.

Buy Bluboo S8

Blackview BV7000

  • Processor: 4-core MediaTek MT6737T, 1.5 GHz clock speed
  • Memory (RAM / integrated): 2 GB / 16 GB
  • Operating system: Android 7.0
  • Battery: 3,500 mAh

Refusing to release copies of famous gadgets, Blackview began to produce inexpensive, but at the same time intelligent and extremely unusual devices. Any smartphone series BV is a clear proof that a protected device does not have to look ugly - it can have a very attractive design.

The BV7000 is not only cute - it has characteristics on top! What other smartphone for 6.5 thousand rubles will be able to offer 4G, NFC , a screen with a resolution of FullHD and a 64-bit processor? Do not forget about the strength: Blackview meets the IP68 standard, can work at a depth of 5 meters and is able to withstand pressures up to 0.5 tons.

Buy Blackview BV7000


The basic rule of the economy is that competition is beneficial for the consumer, because it leads to a general decrease in prices. The mobile technology market is now more competitive than ever - in the last 2-3 years a huge number of new players have appeared on it. And since these players need to somehow cling to the “place in the sun”, they act in the most obvious way - offering their devices at minimal prices, almost at cost.

It is because of this that buyers now have the opportunity to buy an inexpensive, but good smartphone - just look in the direction of such Chinese firms as Bluboo, Doogee, Blackview and others. Chinese manufacturers are watching the quality of products even more closely than Korean and European ones - after all, just one mistake is enough for them to tarnish their reputation and be “in the tail”.

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