The Chinese Brands to Boycott
The smartphone market was estimated to be worth 714.96 billion USD in 2019 and is expected to reach 1351.8 billion USD by 2025.
China has a lot of different players in this market space, some biggers than others. Huawei, Xiaomi, Lenovo (Motorola), Realme, Oppo, Vivo, Oneplus and others are all fighting for a piece of this gigantic tech market. Over the years these chinese brands have penetrated various markets and even in the US they now have over 20% of the market, while having almost 40% of the rest of the worldwide market. Because of these numbers, this is one of the markets that can hurt China the most.
The Best Smartphones for 2020 on a Budget
Google Pixel 3A ($$) – The Best Overall
The Google Pixel 3A gives you top of the line performance at a low price. Packing a great camera and an Android software experience that comes directly from Google with 3 years of updates. Add that to that the phones specs, style and unlimited Google Photos cloud storage, and this is the android phone for you.
This smartphone has an excellent build with a polycarbonate body, an OLED capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors, with an Octa-core (2×2.0 GHz 360 Gold & 6×1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver) processor, 4MB of RAM and 64Gb of internal storage. Even though it only has one lens, it’s 12,3 MP camera (8 MP selfie camera) takes great photos, comparable to any phone on the market. It also has some cool features such as the fingerprint sensor and great long-lasting battery.
One of the best android phones, even if it wasn’t a budget phone.
SAMSUNG GALAXY A51 ($$) – Best for Speed and Style
The SAMSUNG GALAXY A51 has the biggest and best display on a budget phone. The enormous 6.5″ Super AMOLED display. It mimics the design of Samsung’s flagship model the S20 series.
The Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors, with an Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, 4MB of RAM and 128Gb of internal storage. It takes great photos in all ranges, with a 48MP wide-angle lens (12MP ultra-wide camera, 5MP macro camera, and a dedicated 5MP portrait camera) and 32MP selfie camera it’s in the line of most premium smartphones with a completely different price range. It also brings features like a fingerprint sensor and a large battery (4,000 mAh).
The best Samsung smartphone on a budget.
iPhone 8 ($$) – Still a Great iPhone and a Lot Cheaper
It’s always difficult to talk about a cheap Apple product. Specially in newer products. But if you really want to have an Apple smartphone, the iPhone 8 is an older model at a good price and that gives you good value for money.
It comes with a Retina IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors. The a A11 Bionic chipset hexa-core and 2GB of RAM, gives you the needed performance for a smartphone. The iPhone 8 is upgradable up to iOS 13.4 which gives it longevity. The 12MP rear camera (only has one lens) and 7MP front camera takes great photos. And while the 1,821mAh battery doesn’t compare to newer apple models, It charges wirelessly and it brings some features like the fingerprint sensor.
The design is dated compared to newer models, but if you want to buy an iPhone and don’t want to spend a lot of money this is the option for you.
Nokia 4.2 ($) – A Cheap Option
The Nokia 4.2 a really good cheap smartphone, although its specs are a little on the low side, it has a sharp design (almost all display device, with a metal frame and plastic body) and UI. A great option if you’re not looking for a budget smartphone.
It runs Android 9, upgradable to Android 10 and One. It comes with a roomy 5.7-inch display with 16 million colors, an Octa-core (4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.45 GHz Cortex A53), 2 to 3GB of RAM and 16 to 32 GB of storage. It has a dual lens 13MP rear camera and the 8MP front camera. The 3,000 mAh battery gives good autonomy. It also brings some nice features as a fingerprint sensor, a dedicated Google Assistant button for voice commands and NFC which is rare in this price range.
A very good and very cheap option, with a nice design and some premium features.
Samsung Galaxy A20s ($) – Good Value for Money
The SAMSUNG GALAXY A20s is one of the cheapest smartphones on the market and although it shows, you still get some elements of the pricier Samsung models, such as a fingerprint sensor, great battery life and a good camera.
The Samsung Galaxy A20s runs One Ui based on Android 9 Pie. It comes with a roomy 6.4-inch AMOLED display with 16 million colors, an Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53, 3 to 6GB of RAM and 32 to 64 GB of storage. The solid dual 13MP rear cameras with Live Focus mode gives you great photo quality and the 8MP front camera is not too shabby as well. The 4,000 mAh battery gives you exceptional autonomy with the added benefit of having a 15-watt fast charger.
When you get a smartphone this cheap there are always some drawbacks but considering its battery life and above average camera it’s a reasonable buy at such a low price.
Nokia 2.3 ($) – The Cheapest of Them All
When buying the Nokia 2.3 you are buying a really cheap smartphone. As cheap as they come. It does the basics at an exceptionally cheap phone. A really good option for a kids first phone or if you don’t want to spend any money on a Smartphone.
This is an Android One device, which meaning you can get a clean user interface, with quick and reliable updates. The Nokia 2.3 delivers a 6.2-inch HD+ display with 16M colors. It’s powered by a Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53a processor, 2GB of RAM and has 32GB of expandable storage (up to 512GB). The 13MP + 2MP rear cameras and 5 MP selfie camera let you take good pictures and it surprisingly has a generous 4,000 mAh battery with great autonomy.
It doesn’t bring features like NFC or a fingerprint sensor, but you do get face unlock and it’s hard to complain when you this kind of price. Again, a really good option for a kids first phone or if you don’t want to spend any money on a Smartphone.