4 New Smartphones That Won’t Break the Bank


Not everyone wants to spend a fortune on the latest smartphone. Even without dropping a wad of money, you can still find a cell phone that lets you use your favorite apps and get on the internet. You have to admit that being able to capture photos and videos, take a call, and connect with friends is beneficial.

The Motorola Moto Z2 Force Edition

Although it’s on the higher end of the affordable spectrum, carriers frequently offer irresistible deals on Motorola’s Moto Z2 Force Edition. If you thought “Hello, Moto” was a thing of the past, the Z2 will convince you otherwise. Not only can you snag it for a small down payment, but it’s also got all the bells and whistles you could ever need.

It’s no secret that Samsung has cornered the market on Android devices, but Motorola isn’t out of the game. It uses the Snapdragon 835 chipset and holds 64GB of memory. The display promises that it’s shatterproof, and the 5.5-inch screen is at least somewhat comparable to the new iPhone X. On the back of the Z2, there are dual cameras with 12MP. The Moto Z2’s mods set it apart. Add a snazzy Pico projector to your phone, give the battery a boost, or pump up the volume.

The Apple iPhone SE

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Retailing for less than $400, the iPhone SE remains a crowd pleaser. It’s smaller, but it’s as capable as its shiny new brethren—and thanks to their debut, the SE is likely to drop in price. Internally, it’s comparable to the 6S. It boasts a 12MP rear camera that captures 4K video, a 1.2MP front camera, and 2GB of RAM. Its A9 processor is surprisingly powerful, it works just fine with iOS 11, and you get 32/128GB of storage.

Make no mistake that the SE is small. The screen itself is only 4 inches. However, the quality of the build is just as impressive as Apple’s more recent smartphones. It’s durable for an iPhone, so you won’t have constant anxiety about breaking it. Don’t let the price fool you, either. Saving money doesn’t always mean sacrificing power.

The LG Stylo 3 PLUS

LG is a highly underrated brand, particularly given the amount of past and present models on the market. The Stylo 3 PLUS is a bit like the Samsung Note 8, but it’s so cost-efficient that you can merely skip your trip to Starbucks once or twice a month to pay for it. Pair one of these cellphones with the T-Mobilenetwork to get lightning fast speeds and connectivity. On T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network, you’ll never miss the latest social media updates or emails.

It uses a middle-of-the-road version of the Snapdragon chipset—the 435. Its 8-core CPU is more than capable of handling the majority of your daily smartphone doings, and the 2GB of RAM is pretty standard for the price. The screen is a bright spot: 5.7 inches of Full-HD display. A fingerprint reader lends an extra layer of security. The rear camera is 13MP, which is a standout for this price point.

The HTC U11 life

HTC’s U11 life gets high reviews from its users. Because it typically retails for $300 or less, people are apt to pass it by without a second glance, wrongly believing that it can’t possibly have enough power or speed if it doesn’t cost a fortune.

Squeezing the sides of the phone engages Edge Sense Squeeze, which allows you to take photos and pull open apps. The front and rear cameras are both 16MP, so your selfie game will jump to the next level, and your photography skills will improve. The Liquid Surface Design is inexplicably thrilling to play around with, and you’ll quickly find yourself hooked on Amazon Alexa.

On the tech spec side of things, the life runs on Android Nougat 7.1. The Octa-Core processor boasts 2.2GHz, and the phone has 32GB of internal memory.

How much are you willing to pay for a smartphone? There’s a phone out there for every budget, you know. Choose one of these options to avoid breaking the bank.