The following list of the best budget phones has been scribbled out to inform you about options that steer clear from breaking the bank. And no, you won’t have to compromise on features while you concentrate on the price tags of these handsets. Regardless of which carrier you prefer, this lineup will offer something for all you budget-conscious users out there. Read on to know what your alternatives are in this particular category.
1 – T-Mobile LG myTouch:
This T-Mobile offering from LG is a fairly recent phone and is basically aimed at users who are contemplating over buying their first Android smartphone. The device dons a 3.8-inch multi-touch screen along with a front facing snapper that teams up with the carrier’s video chat service from Qik for video conferencing. Fueled by a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, it is armed with a 5MP camera and is complete with a setup wizard and tips widget to help new users understand the phone better. Moreover, you can enjoy surfing the high speed 4G network on this handset.
The LG myTouch is currently available for free through T-Mobile along with a two-year customer agreement. But users who wish to own this phone will have to make it quick as it is up for sale at the discounted price only until February 2.
2 – Huawei Ascend II:
This sleek Gingerbread phone encased in a chassis that’s about 0.46″ thin, dons a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen in addition to a 5MP snapper to record videos. It runs with the aid of the embedded 600MHz Qualcomm processor.
The internet-ready handset offers access to social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube as well as Flickr and many more apps present in the Android Market. If you are ready to commit to U.S. Cellular for two years, the Ascend II will be yours for free after a $100 mail-in rebate.
3 – HTC Wildfire S:
Although, the Wildfire S made its debut early last year, the device was picked up by T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular only towards the end of 2011. The smartphone acquires its intuitive interface from HTC Sense that runs the phone in conjunction with the Android Gingerbread platform. Its front panel is dominated by a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive multi-touch screen and it operates with a 600MHz Qualcomm processor.
The Wi-Fi enabled device also utilizes a 5MP camera with LED flash and can offer talk time of about 5.8 hours. It is available for free through the T-Mobile website, while U.S. Cellular is offering it for $29.99. Both come with two-year contracts, of course.
4 – Samsung Repp:
Yet another U.S. Cellular offering to have found a place in our list of budget phones is the Samsung Repp which was introduced late last year. This contender sports a stylish black and red form factor, which is fitted with a 3.2-inch HVGA LCD touchscreen. Tweaked with the Android Gingerbread platform, its 800MHz processor lets you multitask while the HTML browser ensures improved internet surfing.
It comes armed with a 3MP camera and lets you access the digital content stored in a microSD card of up to 32GB capacity. It is available for a cent through the carrier along with a two-year contract and a data plan.
5 – Pantech Pocket:
Our lineup of budget phones carries an option for AT&T loyalists too. The Pantech Pocket should be apt if you’re on the lookout for a high-speed 4G enabled phone that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Running Gingerbread OS like most others on this list, the device’s front panel shows off a 4-inch multi-touch display while the rear side is dotted by a 5MP camera possessing attributes like auto focus and 720p video recording capabilities.
This multimedia ready phone will set you back by not more than $19.99 and requires a two-year voice agreement and monthly data plan.
6 – Samsung Transform Ultra:
A device from Sprint also forms a part of our list of budget phones. The Samsung Transform Ultra is integrated with a 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM. It takes advantage of the 3G speed offered by Sprint and ensures wireless communication with the assistance of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. It keeps you entertained when on the move with features like MP3 player, FM radio and Sprint Zone. A full QWERTY keypad slides out from behind the 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen and the smartphone is fitted with a 3MP camera that lets you capture still shots as well as videos.
Additionally, the front facing VGA webcam can be employed to keep in touch with your friends over video conferencing. Sprint asks for a two-year commitment to give you the Transform Ultra, free of charge.
7 – Nokia Lumia 710:
And if an Android phone is not what you want, we have another choice for you. The Nokia Lumia 710 is exclusively available through T-Mobile in the U.S. for an affordable price of $39.99, that is, if you sign a contract to promise your commitment for two years. Running the Windows Phone 7.5 platform, this stylish Lumia phone is outfitted with a 3.7-inch ClearBlack WVGA touchscreen.
Featuring onboard memory of 8GB, it employs a 5MP camera and lets you access the web at 4G network speeds.
So which of these best budget phones suit your wallet? Do let us know in the comment box below and feel free to tell us about the devices we may have missed out on while jotting down this assortment.