Affordable Smartphones for 2017

One thing that’s expected is that newer and newer phone models are going to be released. Along with that is the upward trajectory of the prices in which those phones are to be sold. So in order to cater to those who want smartphones that run pretty good specs AND don’t break the bank, this list was made.

Microsoft Lumia 650

Weight: 122g | Dimensions: 142 x 70.9 x 6.9mm | OS: Windows 10 Mobile | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1,280 x 720 | CPU: Quad-core 1.3GHz | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 2,000mAh | Rear camera: 8 MP | Front camera: 5 MP

It’s a relatively low price at $250. It has quite the decent battery life which is a plus given that most high-end smartphones are having problems with their batteries. The issue with this is the processor–it’s not as good as we’d like but do-able if you’re not hoping to run a lot of apps at the same time.

Asus Zenfone 2

Weight: 170g | Dimensions: 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9mm | OS: Android 6.0 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Quad-core 1.8 GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 13 MP | Front camera: 5 MP

Quite a steal at $190. The rather spacious display is one of its more striking features. The processor of the Zenfone 2 may be less powerful than the higher priced smartphones out in the market but it makes a pretty good starter phone for teens or children.

 ZTE ZMax Pro

Weight: 189g | Dimensions: 165 x 84 x 8.9mm | OS: Android 6.0 | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 | CPU: Octa-core 1.5GHz | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 32GB w/ microSD | Battery: 3,400mAh | Rear camera: 13 MP | Front camera: 5 MP

Coming in $200 it’s a pretty good price for its massive screen. It has a fingerprint sensor and pretty large stock memory as well. So this is one of the smartphones that can really rock some medium duty gaming and multi-tasking. One of the cons we have about this phone is the fact that the speaker quality isn’t so good.  This particular phone is presently only available for MetroPCS and T-Mobile but given the positive reviews it’s been having, we won’t be surprised if this particular phone is picked up by more carriers.

iPhone 5S

Weight: 112g | Dimensions: 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm | OS: iOS 10 | Screen size: 4-inch | Resolution: 1,136 x 640 | CPU: Dual-core 1.3 GHz | RAM: 1GB | Storage: 16 GB | Battery: 1,560mAh | Rear camera: 8 MP | Front camera: 1.2 MP

Coming in at $300, it’s rather odd to have an iPhone on the “affordable” side of the smartphone list but this is the offering for those who absolutely refuse to use Android and would much rather stick with an iOS. This phone may seem limited with its 16 GB memory but most entry-level phones offer the same storage amount. You can choose from gray or silver for its colors so that may seem quite limited as well. However, with the Touch ID and still crisp 8 MP camera, it’s a pretty solid starter phone for youngsters.

Moto G4 Plus

Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 153 x 76.6 x 7.9-9.8mm | OS: Android 6.0.1 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 | CPU: Octa-core 1.5 GHz | RAM: 2/4GB | Storage: 16GB w/ microSD | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 5MP

Coming it at $330, this heavyweight of the budget Motorola phone line offers pretty great shots and a pretty solid display. This fits anyone who’s been looking for a phone with a larger screen and pretty sweet camera.