How much money do you have to spend on your new mobile phone? If you’ve got around Â£700 or so, then you can get a new iPhone 5S. If you’ve got around Â£500, you can get the top of the line Samsung, LG or Sony model. If you’ve got significantly less than that, then you might think that your options are pretty limited, but they’re not.
A top end phone is pricey, but it’s also got lots of features that the average person just doesn’t need. That’s not to say that you don’t need a good quality mobile. With so many of us these days being dependent on a mobile phone for either professional or personal reasons, a decent, reliable mobile phone is essential, but you might not need to splash out on a top of the range model.
Many manufacturers today are making great, cheap mobile phones. You can get a touch screen smart phone for less than Â£150. In fact, the budget smart phone niche is probably the fastest growing area of the mobile market, as more and more producers are realising that there’s a demand for affordable and good quality phones.
Not all budget phones are created equal though. Some budget models do sacrifice too many features and too much performance just to get a low price tag, and you obviously want to avoid these models. Comparison shopping is a good idea, so that you can see which phones offer the best features for your money, and that’s where we come in to help you. We’ve looked at the best cheap mobile phones on the market, and put models in head to head tests so that you can see exactly how two phones compare and which one is the best buy for your hard earned cash. If you need a new phone and don’t want to spend a fortune on it, then read on to find out which model we’re going to recommend today…
Introducing the Two Phones…
Huawei is a Chinese manufacturer and is relatively new to the UK market. In a short time though, they’ve already started to get a reputation for building great quality phones for very low prices. The Huawei Ascend G510 is one of their newest budget phones, and it has some truly impressive specs for a phone in this price range.
The Ascend is facing some stiff competition today though. Samsung are one of the biggest brands on today’s mobile market. They’re best known for producing big feature phones, like the Galaxy S4, but they do also make several budget models. Today we’re looking at the Samsung Galaxy Fame, which has some nice specs and is well designed and well built. Which of these two models is going to come out on top?
What You’ll be Paying…
For a phone that isn’t locked to one mobile operator you’re going to need to buy a SIM free hand set. In this case, the Huawei Ascend G510 is going to cost you around Â£140 and the Samsung Galaxy Fame is a little more expensive at around Â£150. You can also get your phone through a mobile operator by signing an incentive contract so that you don’t need to pay full price up front. The best deal on the Huawei right now is from T-Mobile, where you’ll pay no money down on a Â£7 a month calling plan contract. The best offer for the Galaxy is with Talk Mobile, where again you’ll pay no money down on a Â£7 a month calling plan contract.
There are several similarities here. Both these models are touch screen phones running the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. Both have the same 4 GB internal memory, which isn’t huge, but should be enough for the average user. They both also have a 5 MP camera, which is the standard resolution for this price range. Both these phones are 3.5G devices which sadly means that you won’t get the faster mobile internet speeds associated with a 4G phone.
The Huawei Ascend G510…
The Huawei Ascend G510 has some very impressive advantages over the Samsung Galaxy Fame. It has a larger processor, for a start. The 1200 MHz model on the Ascend makes it faster as well as more powerful and responsive than the Galaxy with its mere 1000 MHz processor. The Ascend gets the larger screen too, measuring in at a full 4 and a half inches versus the 3 and a half inch screen on the Fame. This means you can read web pages more easily, but it also means that you can type more comfortably on the on screen keyboard. The display is also better quality. Two and a half times higher screen resolution and 30 per cent more PPI (pixels per inch) mean that the display on the Ascend is brighter, crisper and better defined than that on the Samsung.
Both devices have the same 5 MP camera, but the camera on the Huawei does shoot higher resolution video than that of the Samsung. Finally, the Ascend is around 10 per cent thinner than the Galaxy, so it’s a little easier to slide into your pocket.
The Samsung Galaxy Fame…
The Samsung Galaxy Fame does get a better battery life than the Huawei Ascend G510. It gets around 20 per cent more standby time per battery charge cycle than the Ascend, averaging around 17 and a half days versus just 14 days. It also gets about 60 per cent more talk time per battery charge, averaging around 8 and a half hours of active use versus just 5 and a half hours. This means that you’ll need to charge your phone less often.
The Fame is also the more portable device. It’s around 10 per cent smaller than the Ascend, though it does have a much smaller screen. It’s also lighter, weighing in at 121 grams versus the 150 gram Huawei. This makes the Samsung a little more comfortable to carry around with you.
Which is Better?
It’s an easy choice. The Huawei Ascend G510 has a faster processor and a larger screen, so it’s a much better phone than the Samsung Galaxy Fame.
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