Best Smartphones Under 250 Dollars

Summer 2016

There are very well smartphones under $250 that have appropriate hardware, beautiful appearance and fast software. Because devices under $250 smartphones are very different from each other in terms of quality, we’ve decided to make a comprehensive buying guide for you by creating a list of  the best smartphones under 250 dollars to help you make the best choice. Stay with us!

In this buying guide article we will discover and review the best smartphones 2016 under $250 in the market. There are certainly many smartphones and cellphones in this price range, but this guide covers only “smart”, “best” and “cheap” ones.  We will introduce smartphones that are the best in low-cost products range and are considered better choices than other mobile phones available in the market.

 

Notes that you need to pay attention to before buying a smartphone under 250 dollars:

  • The size of smartphones screen under 250 dollars is between 4.7 and 5.5 inches. So the weight and dimensions you choose should be suitable for the size of your hand and be comfortable in your hand. In other words, smartphone ergonomics is very important in working with the device.
  • Fortunately, due to innovations in smartphone manufacturing, we have a wide range of good quality displays to choose from. Quality and resolution of the display is one of the most significant parts in a smartphone. You look at the display when you read, text, play and do lots of other stuff, so the quality of the display becomes very important. Usually, devices` display resolution is HD or Full HD in mid-range phones in our list, and both resolutions are suitable for a smartphone, but try to choose according to your preferences.
  • The device’s camera is another challenge that you face when purchasing a smartphone. If the camera is important to you, you can have the best one in flagship smartphones. However, we’ve listed other devices as well that provide good hardware.
  • If you intend to buy from the store, make sure to check prices at online shops before purchasing to get a price range of the device.
  • The country the phone was made in, in fact, is a trick that some sellers use for profiteering. For example, there is no difference in quality between a Samsung phone made in Korea with the same phone made in China. The only important thing in this section is that the device should be new and original.
  • If you wish to purchase phone accessories such as screen protector or back cover, check prices at online shops before going to the store. Today, most high-end smartphones have highly resistant screens and do not need any plastic covers.
  • The main difference between smartphone and non-smartphone models is existence of the operating system and ability to install a variety of applications on it. Smartphones are designed to be easy to use for anyone. Installing apps on Android phones, iPhones and Windows Phones is very easy, and there is no need to pay extra money to the seller to install them for you. You can install everything you need on your phone through app stores very easily. If you do not know anything about it, you can get help from your friends or family members. If you want to become familiar with various applications, follow “Application” section on our website.
  • This buying guide is recommended for those who are planning to buy a cheap smartphone this summer. Smartphones listed here were not sorted by priority and are all considered as good choices. But for more help, in the section of each smartphone, we mention advantages of that device comparing to other devices on the list which makes it easier for you to decide about the specification and other issues and the only thing that remains is your preferences.
  • Before choosing a device, make sure to take it in your hand and choose the one that is more suitable for you and is close to your preference.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)

Specifications:

  • 1.5GHz Exynos 7478 (Cortex-A53) 64-bit quad-core processor
  • 4.7 inches OLED with Super AMOLED technology and 720 x 1280 pixels resolution – 312 PPI pixel density and Gorilla Glass 4 screen protection
  • Mali-T720MP2 GPU
  • 16GB Internal memory
  • 1.5 GB RAM memory
  • 13MP rear and 5MP front-facing cameras
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop OS
  • 2300 mAh battery
  • 132g weight
  • 134.5 x 65.2 x 7.3 mm dimensions
  • Dual SIM card support

Samsung A Series that is targeted at mid-range phones is a very good choice. High-quality display with good pixel density, metal body, high-quality glass, 4G network support, Dual SIM card, Micro SD memory card and appropriate size and ergonomics are advantages of this device comparing to its rivals. If you are interested in a compact phone that can attract attention by its high-quality display and beautiful appearance, Galaxy A3 is what you are looking for.

Of course, we need to tell the flaws of this device as well. Galaxy A3 RAM memory is lower than in other devices, because other devices that we introduce here have 2 or 3 GB of RAM; while Samsung Company has decided to offer 1.5 GB of RAM on this device. Of course, in many processes, this device does not hang in any way.

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Huawei Honor 5X

Huawei Honor 5X

 

Specifications:

  • 1.2GHz and 1.5GHz MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 (Cortex-A53) octa-core processor
  • 5.5 inches IPS LCD display with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution – 410 PPI pixel density
  • Adreno 405 GPU
  • 16GB Internal memory
  • 2 GB RAM memory
  • 13MP rear and 5MP front-facing cameras
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop OS
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • 158g weight
  • 151.3 x 76.3 x 8.2 mm dimensions
  • Dual SIM card support and fingerprint scanner

Huawei is one of the most powerful companies in the arena of powerful smartphones in mid-range class. Huawei Honor 5X has acceptable hardware as well as very fast software and a display with high quality and resolution. Fortunately, Huawei has used a good camera with a metal body on this smartphone. Also, Honor 5X has a fingerprint scanner and runs heavy tasks perfectly with 2GB of RAM.

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Samsung Galaxy J7

Samsung Galaxy J7

Specifications:

  • 1.5GHz Exynos 7580 (Cortex-A53) 64-bit octa-core processor
  • 5.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution – 267 PPI pixel density
  • Mali-T720MP2 GPU
  • 16GB Internal memory (memory card support)
  • 1.5 GB RAM memory
  • 13MP rear and 5MP front-facing cameras
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop OS
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • 171g weight
  • 152.2 x 78.7 x 7.5 mm dimensions
  • Dual SIM card support

With its J series, Samsung is planning to bring very good devices in mid-range section to the market. Some while ago this Korean company released Galaxy J7 that combines good specifications and beautiful body. This generation of Samsung phones has good cameras and powerful processors to run different types of games. There are 3 phones in J series; however, Galaxy J7 is the best one. Excellent battery and Dual SIM card are other advantages of this device, although the display on this device is quite average.

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LG Stylus 2

LG Stylus 2

Specifications:

  • 1.2GHz MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 (Cortex-A53) quad-core processor
  • 5.7 inches IPS LCD with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution – 258 PPI pixel density
  • Adreno 306 GPU
  • 16GB Internal memory
  • 2 GB RAM memory
  • 13MP rear and 8MP front-facing cameras
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • 145g weight
  • 155 x 79.6 x 7.4 mm dimensions
  • Dual SIM card support

Because of the warm welcome that was given by buyers to the first generation of Stylus smartphones, now LG has decided to introduce the second generation of this smartphone with more powerful hardware, camera and better design. If you want to have a good phablet with a cheap price, LG Stylus 2 is the one. Stylus 2 comes with a stylus that makes it easier to work the device. LG has installed the latest version of Android Marshmallow on its smartphone which lets you benefit from the latest improvements of this OS and a 3000 mAh battery. If you are used to taking a lot of notes with your smartphone and prefer a large-screen phablet, Stylus 2 can be the best tool for you at this price range.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 pro

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 pro

Specifications:

  • Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 650 six-core processor with Quad-core 1.4 GHz (Cortex-A53) and Dual-core 1.8 GHz (Cortex-A72)
  • 5.5 inches IPS LCD with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution – 403 PPI pixel density
  • Adreno 510 GPU
  • 16GB Internal memory with 2GB of RAM & 32GB Internal memory with 3GB of RAM
  • 16MP rear and 5MP front-facing cameras
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop OS
  • 4000 mAh battery
  • 164g weight
  • 150 x 76 x 8.7 mm dimensions
  • Dual SIM card support
  • Fingerprint sensor

One of the most valuable devices that you can buy in this price range is a Xiaomi smartphone that includes a good processor, quality display, a camera with good resolution and a high-capacity battery. Xiaomi is well known by smartphones with powerful hardware, but reasonable price which is lower than the market price range. Fortunately, despite the 4000 mAh battery, 16MP camera and fingerprint sensor support, the price of this smartphone is under $250.

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Sony Xperia C4

Sony Xperia C4

Specifications:

  • 1.3GHz and 1.7GHz Mediatek MT6752 (Cortex-A53) 64-bit Octa-core processor
  • 5.5 inches IPS LCD with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution – 401 PPI pixel density and Gorilla Glass 3 screen protection
  • Mali-T760MP2 GPU
  • 16GB Internal memory
  • 2 GB RAM memory
  • 13MP rear and 5MP front-facing cameras
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop OS
  • 2600 mAh battery
  • 152g weight
  • 150.3 x 77.4 x 7.9 mm dimensions
  • Dual SIM card support

These days the number of fans of smartphones with a good front-facing camera suitable for taking better selfie photos is growing. Due to this fact, Sony has made a device which, in addition to nice design, has a powerful camera for taking selfies with a resolution of 5 megapixels. Fortunately, Sony has a LED flash for the front-facing camera on this smartphone which results in taking better selfie photos at night. Other advantages of this phone are beautiful design and powerful CPU. If you are looking for a smartphone to play heavy games or taking high-quality photos with a powerful rear camera, Xperia C4 is a good choice that will cover your needs.

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Huawei G9

Huawei G9 Phone

 

Specifications:

  • 1.2GHz and 1.5GHz MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 (Cortex-A53) 64-bit Octa-core processor
  • 5.5 inches IPS LCD with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution – 401 PPI pixel density and Gorilla Glass 3 screen protection
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 32GB Internal memory
  • 4 GB RAM memory
  • 16MP rear and 8MP front-facing cameras
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 3340 mAh battery
  • 160g weight
  • 151.8 x 75.7 x 7.3 mm dimensions
  • Dual SIM card support & Fingerprint sensor

Huawei G9 smartphone is very similar to Huawei Honor 5X; because both have good CPU, 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920 pixels display, a 3340 mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor. That’s why Huawei G9 smartphone is considered as another well-known smartphone on the list.

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Comments

    jCamden

    (November 22, 2016 - 6:01 pm)

    I’m actually looking for a new phone now because my current one is several years old and it seems like every month new issues pop up with it. I really loved a lot of these recommendations. Can they all really be purchased from Amazon? I tried clicking on some of the links but they don’t appear to be working. For the most part they all seem to be rated pretty well and I’d like to read some reviews from users that have bought them 🙂

    -Jessica

      Ali Monajemi

      (November 23, 2016 - 2:56 am)

      Dear Jessica,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Yes all those phones all available in Amazon. You just need search the name of each one and it’ll be find easily over there; also links to best prices for each model will be added soon.

      Best,
      Ali

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