Should You Buy a Cheap Low-End Android Phone?

New smartphones tend to amaze you when they launch. Why wouldn’t they with all the new technology stuffed into them, right? New smartphones may have the latest in technology, but there is just one thing wrong with them.

That one thing is the price. The only other option is to buy a cheaper smartphone. Is there much of a difference between a cheap and an expensive smartphone?

The Difference in the Quality of the Display


If you decide to buy a cheap smartphone, you’re going to notice a difference in the display quality. The majority of budget smartphones will have a decent LCD but usually not an AMOLED as in the more expensive models. What you may not like about LCDs is that they have an inferior power efficiency, and the colors are not very sharp.

The contrast in Design and Construction

You’ll know you have a low-end smartphone in your hands because of the construction and design. A high-end smartphone’s components are either glass, leather, or metal. These components are something you’re not going to find on low-end smartphones. You could see a cheap phone with mainly plastic material and, maybe, some metal areas. You can probably feel the difference in material quality when holding it in your hand.

The Camera Will Not Be as Good


When buying a low-end smartphone, your pictures will not be as sharp and color-rich. Just because low and high-end phones have the same amount of pixels in their cameras (whenever this happens), it doesn’t necessarily mean that the photos they take will be just as good. Cheap phones have more confined apertures, and as a result, allow less light in poorly lite areas, among other camera specs.

No NFC on Budget Phones


By getting a cheap phone, you can say goodbye to NFC. It has been eight years since you saw that feature on the first phone, but to this day it’s not a feature you see on all budget phones out there. If this is a feature that you need, you may have to spend around $400 or so.

You Could Miss Out on Updates


When it’s time for an update, it’s always the most recent and premium smartphones that get them first. The phones that are maybe a model behind the latest one will also get the update but with luck, a few months later. If you get a cheap phone, there’s a good chance that you’ll never get the update in the first place.

Cheap Phones Come with a Less Powerful CPU and Less Memory

If you have a tendency to be impatient, a cheap phone might not be a good choice for you. They come with a less powerful CPU and take longer to complete tasks. Tasks can take even longer when your phone is loaded with more and more files, such as videos and images.

Also, cheap phones don’t come with 64GB of storage for your files. Keep in mind that even if a phone says it comes with a certain amount of memory, you don’t get that whole amount for your content since bloatware uses a good amount of it.

Is it Worth It?

Whether getting a cheap phone is a good deal will depend on what you are using the phone for. If you just need a phone mainly for the phone function and a few apps for light browsing, then it is definitely worth it. If you want a phone to fulfill your gaming needs or help you organize your busy life, then I would recommend you go for the more expensive models. This is not to say a cheap phone has no value, though. In third-world countries where people are too poor to afford a $1000 phone, these cheap phones allow them to get updated with technology without having to starve for a month.


Budget phones are apparently not as impressive as more expensive models since they are intended for primary use. More expensive phones, on the other hand, are made to impress you and give you the features you have been asking for, such as a smoother gaming experience. Do you think that the more expensive phones are worth the extra cash? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Fabio Buckell

Just a simple guy that can't enough of Technology in general and is always surrounded by at least one Android and iOS device. I'm a Pizza addict as well.


  1. It is unfortunate that you think the only thing which might prevent someone from buying a $1000 phone is that they are too poor, and in third-world countries! There are some people who have the wisdom and prudence not to shell out an outrageous amount of money for the return on investment they would receive — even if they do have the money. Smartphones have changed the way that people interact with each other, the way they learn, and the level of distraction that people experience, and much of that has been negative. Consider your words more carefully before jumping to conclusions…

  2. I would like to see a comparison done of smartphones in the low to middle price range. Which manufacturer is making the best phone in this price range? Perhaps the range could be as high as $500, and you could have more than one comparison contest with the price range broken into brackets such as 0 – $100, $100 – $200, and so forth.

  3. Try comparing a phone, any phone, to a decent laptop, there’s no comparison between a tiny screen and a larger one that displays apps traditionally, not scaled down and stripped of detail for a phone. There are plenty of mid range and low range phones that work very well, Moto G’s for example.

    Yes, high end phones can take better looking photos when viewed with the phone but download and compare an identcal photo taken with a mid range DSLR and the difference is clearly obvious. Phone vids are poor. The tiny lenses on phones will never take high quality photos or vids and software tricks won’t fool someone knowledgeable in photography. There’s far more to good photos than faked depth of field, blown out colors and details blurred just enough to imitate high contrast.

    Phones are convenient. They do lots of things. They’re pretty amazing but they compromise in major ways with everything they do, which is fine. They’re all about the same, commodities today. If paying a grand for convenience when substantially the same device can be had for half that much or less, is what you want to do, fine. I’d rather spend money on other things and have just enough phone for my needs; phone cullture gets boring quickly.

  4. I have a Doro and it suits me just fine. At my age, 82, Ihave no need of all the bells and whistles. Icould not afford the ransoms these high-end phones cost each month, happy with what I have.

  5. By your logic we all should always buy top of the line because they have more bells and whistles and damn the cost.

    A Smartphone is a kludge, a compromise. As a compromise, it does all things just adequately, no thing particularly well. Not even phone calls. Too many functions stuffed into a too small box.

  6. I wanted to leave a comment for the Article about Concerns over Android Security , and I think at my new MICROSOFT Android ,not mentionened at all , I lost my Galaxy s4 – still sad – and got a present ; Samsung SMJ4+ ..I’m very concerned , don’t trust this strange Phone as I don’t trust Microsoft , it connects without Permission through my new Fritz!Box with , (yet on PC) win7 on my Computer , it will be replaced by Linux , the Phone needs another ROM , with Root Access. I am so uncomfortable on this Phone , as if I’m using a Win 10 PC – terrible ! And nowhere on the Box , outside , I found the Info , about being made as Mft Android , I hate Microsoft , I’m done with Win7 Ultimate also , I even switch it off , when I’m at home , never could have thought before , that such Android could give me this Headache , why is it not discussed or just in a Comparism here ? What do others think about this crappy Phone?

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