In the realm of US budget phones, Motorola is one of the dominant players. Back in April, the company announced several new devices, which included the new Moto E family. The US already saw the E5 Play and E5 Plus, but now we're getting the regular E on TracFone (and its subsidiary brands). Best part? It's just $100. Read More
If you need a cheap phone, then this deal might be for you. Amazon has the Prime Exclusive LG Stylo 4 for just $209.99 right now, making for a nice $40 in savings (despite what the product page says, it's been $249.99 for a few months now). Read More
There aren't very many good budget phones in the United States. There are a few standouts, like the Nokia 6.1 and Moto G6, but most pale in comparison to budget devices sold in Asia and parts of Europe.
Alcatel, a sub-brand of TCL, is somewhat well known in the United States thanks to the hordes of inexpensive phones it sells through prepaid carriers (like MetroPCS and Cricket). The company's phones usually aren't anything special, but the recently-announced Alcatel 7 piqued my interest.
The Alcatel 7 has a 6-inch 2160x1080 2.5D display, a 4,000mAh battery, and USB Type-C. At a retail price of $179.99, it seems like good value on paper, even though it's a MetroPCS exclusive. Read More
There is perhaps no better analogy to describe BLU phones than, "You get what you pay for." While the company's phones are often great values on paper, updates are non-existent and security problems are not unheard of. BLU is now trying to change that, starting with the launch of its new Vivo XI+ flagship. Read More
The Galaxy On5 was a budget phone from Samsung, released in India in 2015. It received mostly poor reviews, and MetroPCS in the United States started selling the phone in late 2016. Today Samsung announced a sequel, the On6, which will go on sale in India on July 5. Read More
Alcatel is bringing the budget-friendly 3V to the U.S. next week for an attractive $149 price. This phone has many of the buzzword features, like face unlock and an 18:9 display, and more for that low, low price. It's unlocked and will work on GSM carriers. Read More
The first phones running Android Go, a lightweight version of Android designed for budget devices, were announced at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. ZTE, Nokia, Alcatel, and others were the first OEMs to jump on board. Now it appears Meizu might be next, according to the company's head of marketing. Read More
Back at CES, Asus showed off a follow-up to the not-so-old Zenfone 4 Max, which was a phone that ultimately disappointed me. Attempting to capitalize on the love for big batteries, the Taiwanese company decided to spin off the Zenfone Max line into its own device family. These phones will offer large batteries and many of the latest smartphone trends for budget prices. Read More
HTC's mid-range devices have never been particularly exciting, and they usually aren't priced competitively. The company's last budget phone, the U11 Life, was overpriced with a scratch-prone acrylic back. Today HTC announced a new pair of budget phones outside of the U11 lineup - the Desire 12 and Desire 12+. Read More
Back in August, T-Mobile released its own branded budget phone, the 'REVVL.' For $125, it offered a few features rarely found at its price point, like a fingerprint sensor. The carrier said it sold three times more REVVL phones than it initially planned, so now T-Mobile has released a higher-end model, fittingly named the 'REVVL Plus.' Read More