Buying on a budget doesn’t necessarily mean compromising on quality and there’s now more choice than ever when it comes to purchasing budget smartphones.
The flashy features we generally see in the latest and greatest flagship handsets are starting to make their way down into cheaper smartphones as more and more new phones are released each year.
Below we’ve picked the best cheap smartphones available at Optus.
Best android phones
The Alcatel A3 has the look and feel of a premium smartphone with a sleek design and fingerprint reader. This could be the budget smartphone of choice for those of you wanting to use your device to watch video content, with a 5-inch HD display, front speakers for an immersive viewing experience, and 16GB internal memory for storing content.
We’ve also recommended this smartphone as a great option for seniors wanting to keep up with the grandkids. You can check out our list of the best Optus pre-paid handsets for seniors here.
Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro
The Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro has a 5-megapixel front camera, and 8-megapixel rear camera, both with LED flash, so you can snap all your favourite moments, and few selfies too! 😉 The cheaper price tag hasn’t affected the battery life either, with up to 23 hours of 3G talk time and up to 12 hours of 4G web browsing time available.
Huawei Y6 2018
From the outside, the Huawei Y6 2018 isn’t what you’d expect from a budget smartphone, with its bright, 5.7-inch HD screen and matte finish design. On the inside, the facial unlock feature gives it the feel of a premium phone, too. If photo quality is important to you, the 13-mega pixel rear camera matches it with the premium smartphones.
If you’re spending a lot of your day making phone calls, checking emails and browsing the web, battery life might be an important smartphone feature to you. The OPPO A73 has a 3200mAh battery capacity, which can get you up to 20 hours of 3G talk time, up to 8 hours of web browsing time, and up to 12 hours of video playback time.
With a 16-megapixel front camera, it’s also the perfect budget phone if you love a selfie.
Optus X Power
For gamers and those of you who can’t always get to phone charger, the Optus X Power has a 4,000mAh battery capacity, allowing for up to 13 hours of video playback, up to 18 hours of audio playback, and up to 320 hours of 3G standby time.
But if you find yourself always running down your battery, no matter how much capacity your phone has, you should check out our tips for saving your smartphone battery.
Best iOS phones
The iPhone 6 was once a flagship handset so it’s a great example of cheaper smartphones being blessed with the bells and whistles of premium devices after the exclusivity wears off.
Being on the higher end of the budget smartphone price tag, it comes with some great features including a sizeable 32GB of storage space, Retina HD display and Touch ID fingerprint sensor. But if you’re still worried about storage space, there’s plenty you can do to minimise your usage – check out this article we wrote on spring cleaning your phone.