If you are a user of an iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S8 or a Google Pixel 2, I’ve got disappointing news for you, you could have got phones that do nearly everything that your phone does, but for half the price or less. These four smartphones are all priced at less than £400, which is considerably less than the £1000 price tag on the iPhone X and the £850 price tag on the S8 and Pixel 2.
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This is, without a doubt, my favourite phone on the market right now. Although I am not fortunate enough to own it, I do own its predecessor, the OnePlus 3T.
If you’re struggling to work out the naming system, the number four is unlucky in China, so the company
skipped the number and went straight from three to five. The letter T comes from the fact that the two biggest smartphone manufacturers, Apple and Samsung, both use the letter ‘S’ when naming their phones, albeit in separate ways, and S Plus One = T.
The key selling point of this phone is the facial recognition system. Unlike the iPhone X, where the facial recognition is both slow (see the launch event) and has been known to unlock when people’s friends are using it, so, therefore, is insecure. In addition to this, the camera is very high quality, there is enormous support from the OnePlus community and the phone is incredibly well built with compatibility for a dual SIM Card.
This is the cheapest phone on this list, but it is in no way inferior. Xioami (pronounced Shoa me)
have made a phone with hardware that competes with that of the Samsung S8 and the iPhone X.
From a visual perspective, it resembles the Samsung Galaxy S7, but from a user perspective, it more resembles the iPhone 7. There is no headphone jack, which many of us in the Android eco-system still expect with a phone as we want to listen to music on our own terms, not on Apple’s terms, it is also fragile and slippery in the hand, with a comparably poor camera.
It does have a very nice display, however, and is overall a very fast and nice to use device, with a near-stock Android experience.
Samsung Galaxy S7
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is Samsung’s penultimate edition of its S Series. It has been around for nearly two years, but it is still one of the most functional smartphones around and is available for a very low price.
It really is a beautiful device, with a shiny glass back and a fingerprint sensor, as well as a heart rate and stress monitor which is something no other phone on this list has. As with all the phones on this list, it has a high-quality camera and is fully waterproof. It also has a slot for an SD Card.
You can buy a brand-new model for £319.00 for a phone which, 18 months ago would have set you back nearly double that.
A phone manufacturer that has consistently delivered over many years, but always seems to have gone overlooked, is LG. They are a company known for trying innovative ideas, and although they
don’t always result in commercial success, they tend to inspire other smartphone manufacturers.
Innovation is something I feel they’ve always done well, but don’t have the best luck in terms of sales, which I think is sad. Unfortunately, with this latest phone, LG has played it safe, they may have worked out that their strategy of innovation and trying new things does not translate into sales.
The G6 is a waterproof phone, a nice camera and sleek design, with a near-stock version of Android. It also has a fingerprint scanner and a vibrant OLED screen.