In collaboration with the editors of BestGetest, we have selected the best cheap smartphones of the moment. The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G wins the top prize this time.
This is an abbreviated version of a more comprehensive test on the BestGetest comparison site. You can read an overview of the best smartphones under 350 euros.
For this test, we looked at all the important functions for basic use of a phone, such as battery life, case, screen quality and camera. In addition, the device must be available for 350 euros or less.
User experience is also important when choosing a new phone. This is where processor speed, operating system and other software play an important role. These tests are carried out in collaboration with the Tweakers test laboratory.
The best cheap smartphone: Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
- Advantages : A good processor, impressive cameras, high screen refresh rate and 3.5mm headphone jack are present
- The inconvenients: Not the best battery life, plastic case feels very plastic
Anyone looking for a phone under $350 is primarily looking for a good basic smartphone. And the Galaxy A52s certainly is: it does exactly what you’d expect in most areas. Moreover, the phone also has a waterproof case and long-supported software. We can’t say the same for many other phones in this test.
There is also a successor, the Samsung Galaxy A53, but it is more expensive. Additionally, this newer model also lacks the 3.5mm audio port to connect wired headphones, which we think is a big plus. That’s why we prefer the Galaxy A52s in this test.
The screen of this phone has an impressive refresh rate with 120 hertz. Moreover, it has high brightness and supports HDR. Concretely, this means that you can also consult the device in the sun and scrolling on websites or social networks is very smooth. Another advantage is that the memory can be expanded if you want to store more music, videos and photos.
The cameras are very good and the main camera even supports optical image stabilization. This feature, which allows for better night shots, is missing from many smartphones in this price range. The ability to take macro shots, where you can capture things up close, is also appreciated. The option to take wider wide-angle shots is also nice, but this feature is pretty standard these days.
Cheaper alternative: Motorola Moto G31
- Advantages : Very good battery life, lots of storage memory, OLED screen with high resolution and brightness
- The inconvenients: Doesn’t charge very quickly
The first thing you notice about the Moto G31 is the clear, high-resolution OLED display. As a result, not only do you get a great picture on your device, but everything on your screen remains readable, even on sunny days. The NFC chip, with which you can for example make contactless payments, is also a nice addition.
Another achievement of the Moto G31 is the memory of this smartphone. At 128GB, it’s pretty big, allowing you to store a lot more photos, videos, apps, music, and files.
The battery is also on the large side, so you can use your phone for a long time on a single charge. Even if you watch videos continuously, you can expect twenty hours of use.
The price you pay for this is that it takes a while to fully charge the phone. After half an hour on the charger, the battery was only 20% charged, just enough to use the phone for 2.5 hours.
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