Smartphones are getting a bit expensive as technology moves forward, but there are still some fairly good budget phones such as the Kyocera Hydro, a recent cheap waterproof smartphone that released earlier this year. Some of these smartphones you can get on contract, while others a pre-paid, which is usually what I have found useful when looking for a budget phone myself. My last budget phone was the LG Optimus V, which was a prepaid smartphone, and worked fairly well for what I needed it do. All of that said, here are three budget smartphones that you may just want to look into.
The Kyocera Hydro is one of the more “good” pre-paid phones. Sitting at $129, this really isn’t that expensive. One of the big bonuses to this phone is that it offers supreme water resistance in case you drop it in a cup of water or even your backyard pool. Of course, you could try and make a call from underwater as well, but I’m not entirely sure how good the reception would be, or how you would actually convey a coherent message. Still, the water resistance and durability you need is all in this phone. It features a 3.5 inch HVGA touchscreen, a 3.2 mega pixel camera and video, and is also powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It also features a 1GHz processor, so you’ll also be experiencing some fairly nice speeds as well.
The Samsung Galaxy Pocket is another fairly “good” budget level smartphone, that is actually cheaper than the Kyocera Hydro. Sitting at $110, this device is very compact and features some really good performance. It is powered by a 832MHz processor, which is a fairly significant difference than the Kyocera Hydro, but it should still do you a lot of good. It also runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and won’t be getting the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. For $110, it really isn’t a bad phone.
The LG Optimus V is something that I can not resist suggesting. I got this a while back as a budget smartphone to use, and boy did it work well! It is a pre-paid phone on Virgin Mobile (Sprint’s) 3G network, features a 3.2 inch screen, a 3.2 mega pixel camera and video, powered by a 600MHz processor, and running on Android 2.2 Froyo. To be honest, 600MHz is as low as I will go in terms of processor speeds. Any lower and things tend to get extremely slow, and you really don’t want that. The LG Optimus V sits at $110, and really is a bang for your buck, as the carrier, Virgin Mobile, also has some really cheap mobile data plans, that are also actually pretty speedy from my experience at least.
Those are three budget phones that I suggest looking into if you’re looking to spend only a little bit on a pre-paid contract and a phone together. I honestly think for $130, the Kyocera Hydro is the one that is a real bang for your buck if you are able to shell out that much. You can take a look for yourself at the links below.