Smartphones are everywhere these days and technology magazines are covered with close-up shots of the latest handset or new version of the iPhone. But for the purpose of today’s post, we’re going to look at the lower-priced end of the smartphone market for those on a tighter budget.
This model is slightly unusual in that it features a full four-line QWERTY keyboard, as did some of the earlier Nokia 6800 series handsets. This makes typing texts and online social messages far easier than with a touchscreen. It is touted as an entry-level social networking and messaging smartphone, similar to the style of Blackberry handsets.
The C3 weighs in at 114g and featuring a two-megapixel camera, built-in Wi-Fi, 2.4-inch screen and an internal memory of 55 MB. Whilst it features 2G connectivity, it does not support 3G. This handset has a Nokia BL-5J 1320 mAh battery and features a sturdy metal back plate.
This is a well-crafted and functional phone for a very reasonable price. If affordability and durability are among your criteria, this should certainly be one of the handsets you look at. This sturdy model will have decent resale value if you decide to sell your Nokia C3 handset later down the line when you next upgrade.
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
Samsung has introduced the Galaxy Ace 2 as a successor to the hugely successful Galaxy Ace. The updated tech specs include 3G connectivity, in-built memory capacity of 4 GB and 768 Mb of RAM. The Ace 2 also features Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a five-megapixel camera with a flash, dual standby SIM (GSM + CDMA) and a 480 x 800 pixel, 3.8 inch display.
This affordable smartphone weighs only 122g and includes most of the features of its more expensive relatives. The 800mhz dual-core processor provides a vast improvement on the performance of the preceding Galaxy Ace.
It may not be quite as durable or affordable as the Nokia model but it has more going on inside. The Galaxy Ace 2 provides something for everyone in a neat package, including a camera, games, media, internet connectivity and more.
LG Optimus L3
This is another budget smartphone running on Android and takes its design inspiration from LG’s more expensive models. But does the performance match up?
This palm-sized mobile is one of the most attractive low-priced Android phones out there. The dimensions are 102mm x 61.6mm x 11.7mm and weighing in at only 110g, it is the lightest of the three phones examined here.
The model features a 3.2 inch screen with 320 x 240 pixel resolution, a fast internet browser, a three-megapixel camera and 1540 mAh battery. As for the operating system, the L3 uses its own Optimus UI 2.0 Lite in conjunction with Android Gingerbread, a combination which does not become bloated and slow.
Of these three attractive prospects in the lower end of the smartphone market, choose the Nokia C3 if you’re purely looking for affordability and durability (with a nifty keyboard). If you want more processing power, you should check out the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. And don’t overlook the LG Optimus L3 if it is style points you’re looking to score.
If you have more money, you can buy an iPhone from Apple. If you don’t have a huge budget, one of the above phones are a great choice!
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