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Product Guide: 10 affordable smartphones for cost conscious customers and children

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The market currently is always swamped with high-end smartphones.  Most start off at $199 with a 2-year contract and while there are customers that willing to spend hundreds of dollars up front for new high-end smartphones, there are also those who are price conscious and would not prefer to spend hundreds up front.  In this guide, we will share with you low-cost headsets that are not only cheap with a contract, but are also fairly cheap on the out-of-contract price, if you prefer to not be stuck in a 2-year contract.  These smartphones are from name brand companies who you hear from a daily basis.

Of course if you are planning to get a phone for your children, then you can perhaps start them off with one of these.

So without further delay, here is the list we compiled:

1.  Samsung Galaxy Star:

  • Price:  $100 (unlocked)
  • OS:  Android (Jelly Bean 4.1)
  • Display:  3.0 inch (240 x 320 pixels @ 133 ppi)
  • Camera:  2.0 MP
  • Battery Size:  1200 mAh
  • Processor:  1.0 GHz Single-core processor
  • RAM:  512 MB
  • Built-in Storage:  4 GB
  • Expandable Storage:  Yes (up to 32 GB)

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2.  Samsung Galaxy Young

  • Price:  $150 (unlocked)
  • OS:  Android (Jelly Bean 4.1.2)
  • Display:  3.27 inch (240 x 480 pixels @ 176 ppi)
  • Camera:  3.15 MP (2048×1536 pixels)
  • Battery Size:  1300 mAh
  • Processor:  1.0 GHz C0rtex-A5
  • RAM:  768 MB
  • Built-in Storage:  4 GB
  • Expandable Storage:  Yes (up to 64 GB)

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3.  LG Optimus L4 II

  • Price:  $170 (unlocked)
  • OS:  Android (Jelly Bean 4.1.2)
  • Display:  3.80 inch (340 x 480 pixels @ 152 ppi)
  • Camera:  3.15 MP (2048×1536 pixels) w/ LED flash
  • Battery Size:  1700 mAh
  • Processor:  1.0 GHz C0rtex-A9
  • RAM:  512 MB
  • Built-in Storage:  4 GB
  • Expandable Storage:  Yes (up to 32 GB)

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4.  Nokia Lumia 520

  • Price:  $180 (unlocked)
  • OS:  Windows Phone 8
  • Display:  4.0 inch (480 x 800 pixels @ 233 ppi)
  • Camera:  5.0 MP (2592×1936 pixels)
  • Battery Size:  1430 mAh
  • Processor:  1.0 GHz Dual-core
  • RAM:  512 MB
  • Built-in Storage:  8 GB
  • Expandable Storage:  Yes (up to 64 GB)

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5.  Nokia Lumia 620

  • Price:  $220 (unlocked)
  • OS:  Windows Phone 8
  • Display:  3.8 inch (480 x 800 pixels @ 246 ppi)
  • Camera:  5.0 MP (2592×1936 pixels)
  • Battery Size:  1300 mAh
  • Processor:  1.0 GHz Dual-core Krait (Snapdragon S4)
  • RAM:  512 MB
  • Built-in Storage:  8 GB
  • Expandable Storage:  Yes (up to 64 GB)

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6.  Motorola RAZR V

  • Price:  $230 (unlocked)
  • OS:  Android (Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0)
  • Display:  4.3 inch (540 x 960 pixels @ 256 ppi)
  • Camera:  8 MP (3264×2448 pixels) w/ auto-focus & LED flash
  • Battery Size:  1750 mAh
  • Processor:  1.2 GHz Dual-core
  • RAM:  1 GB
  • Expandable Storage:  Yes (up to 32 GB)

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7.  Samsung Galaxy Fame

  • Price:  $190 (unlocked)
  • OS:  Android (Jelly Bean 4.1.2)
  • Display:  3.5 inch (340 x 480 pixels @ 165 ppi)
  • Camera:  5.0 MP (2592х1944 pixels) w/ auto-focus & LED flash
  • Battery Size:  1300 mAh
  • Processor:  1.0 GHz
  • RAM:  512 MB
  • Built-in Storage:  4 GB
  • Expandable Storage:  Yes (up to 32 GB)

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8.  LG Optimus L5 II

  • Price:  $180 (unlocked)
  • OS:  Android (Jelly Bean 4.1.2)
  • Display:  4.0 inch (480×800 pixels @ 233 ppi)
  • Camera:  5.0 MP (2560×1920 pixels) w/ auto-focus & LED flash
  • Battery Size:  1700 mAh
  • Processor:  1.0 GHz
  • RAM:  512 MB
  • Built-in Storage:  4 GB
  • Expandable Storage:  Yes (up to 32 GB)

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9.  Sony Xperia E

  • Price:  $165 (unlocked)
  • OS:  Android (Jelly Bean 4.1.2)
  • Display:  3.5 inch (430×480 pixels @ 165 ppi)
  • Camera:  3.15 MP (2048×1536 pixels)
  • Battery Size:  1530 mAh
  • Processor:  1.0 GHz C0rtex-A5 (Chipset: Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon)
  • RAM:  512 MB
  • Built-in Storage:  4 GB
  • Expandable Storage:  Yes (up to 32 GB)

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10.  LG Optimus L3 II

  • Price:  $180 (unlocked)
  • OS:  Android (Jelly Bean 4.1.2)
  • Display:  3.2 inch (240×320 pixels @ 125 ppi)
  • Camera:  3.15 MP (2048×1536 pixels)
  • Battery Size:  1540 mAh
  • Processor:  1.0 GHz (Chipset: Qualcomm MSM7225A Snapdragon)
  • RAM:  512 MB
  • Built-in Storage:  4 GB
  • Expandable Storage:  Yes (up to 32 GB)

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Well there you are folks.  That’s our list of branded low-cost smartphones.  If you have any more suggestions, put it in the commends below.

 

Hamza Khalid

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