Budget smartphones – Making the right choice

At Pooks Phones, we certainly make no secret of the fact that we are big fans of the extensive range of budget smartphones that have appeared on the market in the United Kingdom over the course of the past two years.

In fact, when we recommend bad credit mobile phone contracts to people, these are often the handsets we suggest they take, especially if they are undecided on what they really want. Why? Well, they can do the same things that flagship smartphones can – browse the internet, handle various forms of social media, run multiple email addresses, play games, run interesting apps, have built-in GPS, the list really is endless.

Their only downfall, if you want to call it that, is that they don’t have as fast processors or as much memory as their MUCH more expensive cousins. Is this a deal breaker? Certainly not in our book.

That said, with so many on the market it is important to make the right choice if you should decide that some form of budget handset is what you are looking for as part of your bad credit mobile phone contract. There are a few things that we think you should consider when deciding on the best budget smartphone for you. Let’s take a closer look.


Although the processors in budget smartphones are not as powerful as flagship models, they really are not that far off. Processors that are more than adequate include the Snapdragon range (the 801, 212 or 410). We suggest that along with the processor (and ask whoever is supplying the contract which is the fastest one they have), you look at the memory as well. Ultimately, this will pay a role and you want to have at least 2 gigabytes of RAM.


Now when it comes to screens, this might be the thing that ultimately decides which budget smartphone you end up going for. Generally, the screen size on budget smartphones tends to be smaller although some models do have larger screens. You want to pay particular attention to the resolution, however. If you have a phone with a bigger screen but a low resolution, all icons, pictures, and apps will appear far too pixelated. Settle for nothing less than a resolution of 1280 x 720 and upwards on a screen of 5 inches or more. Anything less and you may begin to strain your eyes as well.


Not all budget smartphone cameras are created equal but exactly the same can be said for their flagship counterparts. Not all people care what camera the phone has as they just want to be able to take photo’s here and there. For others, however, the camera certainly make all the difference. So this is really down to personal preference at the end of the day. Try for a phone with a rear camera with at least 10 megapixels. If you are a selfie freak, you may want to try for a phone with a front camera with a fairly high megapixel amount, especially to help make you look your best!


Now when it comes to battery life, there are not many phones out there that are that impressive, even top of the range smartphones. The thing is, if you spend countless hours on your phone, the battery is not going to last very long, is it? That said, if you are a heavy phone user, your budget smartphone battery should be lasting at least half the day or at least until you can find a charge point somewhere or recharge through a portable power source. When deciding on a phone, don’t accept one with a battery of less than 200mAh, especially if you are a heavy phone user. Anything less and you will be constantly searching for somewhere to charge your phone.


Now budget smartphones will come with two major operating systems, Windows or Android. Let’s be honest, no Apple phone running IOS will ever be considered a budget smartphone. Without a doubt, the most popular operating system found on budget smartphones is Android. You, however, might prefer Windows, it is your choice!

Just make sure however that your budget phone does not have a modified version of running on it, something manufacturers do very often. Why? Well, they do not really update this very often whereas if you were running the full Android operating system, you can be sure of regular upgrades keeping your budget smartphone running optimally all of the time.

Make no mistake, budget smartphones are excellent value for money and something you should certainly consider as your handset if you take out a bad credit mobile phone contract.