Best budget smartphones for March 2019

On the look out for a new smartphone but on a budget? Our team have put together a list of smartphones that are feature packed without having to break the bank.

1. Moto G6

The first smartphone on our list is the Moto G6. The Moto is an Android device that comes with a solid feature set. The device ships with Android Oreo and comes with a display just higher than 1080p which for a budget device is great. Not only this but it features a 3,000mAh battery which will last. Motorola are one of the most common budget leaders for the phone market and it’s no surprise that the G6 is another excellent device without having to break the bank. Starting at only £179.99 the phone offers great value for money and is perfect for the general consumer.

2. OnePlus 6T

Our teams next pick is a slight price jump although can still be considered budget is the OnePlus 6T. The phone is a well rounded phone that contains a few unique features including an in-screen fingerprint screener and new design. Some of the highlighted positives of the phone include the new style of display and all day battery life. Some of the downsides include the removal of the headphone jack (despite the company mocking Apple for removing it the previous year) and no wireless charging. But again, this is still considered a budget phone and for the price you are already getting a great value phone from one of the best Android manufacturers. Another positive to the phone however is the software. The phones runs OnePlus’s OxygenOS, basically a version of stock Android with a few added extras on top. Starting at £499 this is a significant from the Moto G6.

3. Samsung Galaxy S10e

The next pick on our list is the new Samsung Galaxy S10e. According to Samsung, the ‘e’ stands for ‘essential’. This is priced approximately a £100 more than the OnePlus 6T although brings a few more advantages that might be worth the extra £100. The device offers an all glass design and is flagship quality at a lower price. Another thing that may or may not appeal to others is that the device offers a smaller form factor than other phones within this price-point. The device also features the same internal processor as Samsung’s more expensive S10 and S10 Plus. It also features the same hole punch display as featured on it’s bigger brothers except in a smaller size, coming in at 5.8 inches. This device competes directly in line with Apple’s iPhone XR. The S10e starts at £669.

4. iPhone XR

If you can’t live without iMessage and FaceTime then the perfect pick in 2019 would be the iPhone XR. The phone is Apple’s budget offering and contains most of Apple’s flagship phones feature at a fraction of the price. The device includes an all-screen design similar to the XS and XS Max although it is branded as Liquid Retina as opposed to OLED which is on the more expensive models. Apple has faced backlash over including a device with a 1792×828 pixel resolution screen although the device is still an upgrade over the old iPhone 8 which it is aimed to replace. It features the same camera that is also found on the more expensive models and enables portrait mode through the use of software processing. One of the main talking points about the phone is the incredible battery life. It is the best battery life ever in any iPhone, and that’s not just an exaggeration. Even Apple states on their own website that it has better battery than the bigger and more expensive XS Max. The iPhone XR starts at £749 although can be had for around £650 on Amazon if you shop around and are prepared to wait.

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