Whilst $100 is not small change, when it comes to buying a smartphone, which let’s face it, is a phone, computer, music player and camera all rolled into one, you’d think $100 wouldn’t go far in buying one of these pieces of kit. The smartphone operating systems tend to be about the same, whether you’re in the market for a basic level smartphone or top of the range, more usually it’s the spec of the device, for example processing speed or camera components that make the premium devices more expensive.
So if you are on a budget, what might we recommend? Well here, we have a few suggestions.
Motorola Atrix HD (AT&T), July 13 2012
A follow-up to the Atrix 4G and Atrix 2, the Atrix HD is a recommended buy, looking similar to the Motorola Droid Razr; it has a comfortable soft feel. Available in white and titanium, the device measures 5.26 inch by 2.75 inch and is a mere third of an inch thick at its trimmest point. It has a bright 4.5-inch LCD screen with 720 HD resolution.
In fairness, the relatively low capacity 1,700mAH battery is a little disappointing, particularly as it is not removable to replace with a fresh one.
The Atrix HD runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, though it is likely an update to the newly released Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be available once that is fully rolled out.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Verizon Wireless), December 14 2011
The Galaxy Nexus was the first Android smartphone to have the Android operating system Ice Cream Sandwich when it was launched late last year. Whilst it has to be said the camera on the device is not its most notable feature, the handset itself has an attractive screen, fast 4G and quality internal performance. As with the Atrix, at the moment it is awaiting the roll out of Jelly Bean 4.1.
Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G (T-Mobile), March 21 2012
If you are particularly searching out T-Mobile, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G is an excellent choice. Sporting a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, 5-megapixel camera, a 1.5GHz dual core processor all couple with T-Mobile’s fastest data network. At the moment, the device operates on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the version before Ice Cream Sandwich.
Other notables – Apple iPhone 4 (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint) June 24 2010
The launch of the much anticipated Apple iPhone 5 is expected later this year and as a result it’s likely some hefty discounts will be available, so perhaps now is not the right time to be considering an iPhone. That said, the device is still one of the most attractive purchases in the marketplace, featuring an excellent 8-mega pixel camera and 3.5-inch widescreen multi-touch display. Available in black or white, a 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB version is available.
Of course, some of these may still be outside of your budget and there is plenty of availability of smartphones priced at less than $100. Even better, watch out for the limited time offers made by some providers and you might just get your dream smartphone even cheaper. With the ever evolving mobile industry you never know what’s waiting for you in the coming years.