How to choose an inexpensive but good smartphone in 2018?

A smartphone is not just a phone that is created just to receive and make calls. No, a smartphone is a handheld computer that has replaced many of the users with the more familiar PC or laptop. Therefore, the choice of a smartphone should be approached as responsibly as possible so as not to regret the perfect purchase. After all, smartphones cost money, and often – a lot of money. Today we’ll talk about what to look for when buying an inexpensive device.

I would like to note right away that they did not come up with the ideal smartphone and are unlikely to ever come up with it, because each person has their own requirements. Therefore, manufacturers produce various smartphones to reach the largest possible audience..

So, let’s begin.

Screen diagonal

Why do we start the discussion with the diagonal of the screen? It’s simple – the larger the diagonal of the screen, the larger the size of the device. The first smartphones familiar to us had a small diagonal of the screen and, say, 5-inch devices were perceived as real “shovels”. But take a look around – today many companies producing 5-inch smartphones add a Mini prefix to them!

So here. The larger the screen, the less comfortable the device lies in the hand. This is especially true for girls, so when choosing, we strongly recommend holding the device in your hand. The big screen is, of course, good, but if such a device constantly falls out of your hands, think carefully, is it worth it to buy? Perhaps it makes sense to sacrifice the screen size in favor of convenience. In addition, the diagonal of the screen has little effect on the cost of the device as a whole.


We decided on the size, now let’s look at the characteristics of the display.

Probably the first thing you should pay attention to is the resolution of the device. In theory, the higher it is, the better. For example, on a 5.5-inch screen at Full HD resolution (1920 × 1080 pixels), even with a strong desire, you will not see pixels. But if this is a 5.5-inch phablet with a resolution of 960 × 540 pixels, it will be uncomfortable to use such a device – all because of the same conspicuous pixels.

As for technology, for example, ISP or AMOLED, then everything depends entirely on the preferences of the buyer. So, AMOLED usually has brighter colors, while ISP has less bright colors, although the same AMOLED, due to its peculiarities, allows you to save battery power when watching videos.

Note that there are many inexpensive devices on the market with a high-quality matrix and high screen resolution.

operating system

Everything is simple here. Three main operating systems are currently used: Android, which our site is dedicated to, iOS and Windows Mobile. Android is the most popular mobile OS in the world, which is why it is used on most modern smartphones. Although it may look different depending on the type of firmware.

If you buy an iPhone, then in any case you will use iOS, since Apple does not use other OSs on its mobile devices.

Windows Mobile is not so common, although it has its fans.

Since our site is dedicated to the Android OS, we, of course, stand for it with our hands and feet.


It would seem that the more powerful the processor, the better, but it is not. For example, you are not a fan of games, so why do you need the most sophisticated processor? It is enough to have some kind of middle option that can cope with all applications without problems and without any brakes. Significant savings. Moreover, do not forget that we choose a good, but not expensive smartphone.

We will not indicate specific processor models, since at the time of reading this material they may well be outdated. The main thing to remember is that you should not chase power, because a powerful processor, especially with a high-resolution screen, can also negatively affect battery drain.


As for RAM, today the norm is 2-3 GB of RAM, although future flagships promise to provide 8 and even 16 RAM! 1 GB is often not enough, but 2-3 GB is quite enough, although the number of gigabytes does not at all indicate the speed of the system as a whole, since the optimization of the system plays a big role. This means that before buying a device, you should definitely hold it in your hands, launch several applications and look at its work. There are lags and friezes? Perhaps the system is not optimized enough and these lags may bother you. However, such an option is also possible when with the next software update the problem will be completely solved.

Main memory

It all depends solely on how you use the device. Download videos, music, love games that weigh several gigabytes? Then choose a device with as much memory as possible (64 or even 128 GB). Do you use a smartphone except for photos and several songs? It seems that 16 GB of memory is quite enough for you.

The good news is that in most smartphones you can insert a memory card, expanding the total memory. By the way, we recommend that you turn your attention to it without buying – not all smartphones have a memory card slot, which in the future can unpleasantly come back.


Often the camera is selected by the number of megapixels – they say, the more the better. This is fundamentally false, since the quality of photographs depends on many factors, including the quality of the optics and the software. Therefore, photos for the selected device are best viewed on thematic forums. Why not in the reviews? The reviews often feature photographs that in real conditions are not always possible to obtain.

As for the resolution of the camera, today most often there are 8- and 13-megapixel cameras. Again, often this figure does not mean anything.


Unlike the number of megapixels, the battery should be as large as possible in volume. 2000 mAh is not enough by modern standards, but it all depends on the device’s data. Ideally, 3000-4000 mAh. But, again, in the absence of optimization, the smartphone can “eat” these 3000 mAh in half a day of easy use. Real time information is worth reading in the reviews.

Additional functions

Some manufacturers bribe future smartphone owners with additional features. For example, could you imagine a fingerprint scanner on a “state employee” several years ago? Today, please. Another question is whether you need these features.


There is nothing special to write about the appearance – it all depends on the taste of the buyer. However, we note that if a few years ago no premium materials were used in low-cost smartphones, today even budget devices began to receive a metal case. Agree, not bad?

Here are some relevant suggestions – high-quality budget smartphones:

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Xiaomi Redmi 3

Meizu M3 Note