If you're on the hunt for a functional and affordable phone that isn't necessarily the latest model, then we have 5 phones from brands like Samsung, Apple and OnePlus that all are under £400.
With the heavyweighters in the mobile world constantly delivering better and more advanced phones it's not surprising that choosing a good phone is becoming more and more difficult. Should you just buy the latest and most expensive, or are they not worth the upgrade and are in fact older models just as good? The new phones are not always worth the update especially since there can be a significant price difference between older and newer models.
The best mobile phone will of course depend on your needs as well as what you value the most in a phone. It's easy to be dazzled by new product releases, but the truth is that model updates these days aren't significant and many times not very noticeable unless you're looking for specific functions. If you're someone who isn't too fussed and simply wants a good quality phone, you might do better to opt for an older model. This way you will get a great phone as well as save some money. Pay special attention to new releases as this means that older models will drop in price.
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The OnePlus Nord 2 is the newer model of the popular OnePlus Nord, and just like its predecessor it's a fast and reliable phone that offers high quality at a budget friendly price. The performance is great and it has a 6,4in Amoled-screen and a camera that takes great pictures even in lowlight. It has a long lasting battery life as well as a 65W fast charge, meaning that you can go from 0 to 100% battery charge in just over 30 minutes. The average rating of the phone is 4,7/5.
This is the only phone on the list that has both 256GB storage and 8GB RAM. But you can get an even cheaper one by opting for one with 128GB storage. The NE in the name is an abbreviation for New Edition and it quite simply means that processor has been changed due lack of components, instead the new model boasts more memory. The camera has 64MP and takes great pictures in bright light, and good lowlight images. Even if the screen is 6,55in the design still feels slim and light. The average rating of the phone is 4,4/5.
Even if it's hard to compare with the more expensive models, the iPhone SE is affordable if you're looking for a small, agile and functional phone that does the job. Just like the iPhone 11 the iPhone SE has the A13-chip, which means that you will have great speed and take high quality pictures. What makes this model more affordable is that it lacks in power and performance when compared to its more expensive counter parts, as well as a storage of 64GB. This is the best budget choice if you want a good performing more modern Apple phone without spending a fortune. The average rating of the phone is 4,6/5.
Galaxy S20 FE, or Fan Edition, was launched in September of 2020 and is quite simply a more scaled down version of the S20. From a design and size aspect there is no massive difference, but the screen has a slightly lower resolution and refresh rate. The RAM memory is 6GB which means that it's a bit smaller than the pricier models, but it's nothing that should be particularly noticeable. In terms of the camera it's quite similar to original model, the main camera is 12MP and takes good solid images and has plenty of useful functions. S20 FE has an average rating of 4,8/5 and is one of the best budget models that still delivers great performance.
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