The best smartphones for under £150


While there's lots of phones out there that come with a premium price tag, there's also lots of options for under £150 too. This guide shows you the best phones that you can get on a budget.

Motorola Moto C

  • microSD card slot
  • Dual-SIM
  • front-camera flash

Motorola's Moto C is both affordable and packed with essential features, making it an ideal gift for a new smartphone user. Whether you want to take great selfies or low-light photos, listen to music, play games or just chat with your friends, the Moto C can handle it all!

The 1.1Ghz quad-core processor is powerful enough to run apps and play music without stuttering, although with only 8GB of internal storage space you'll run out of room to save new apps and photos unless you add a microSD card to the phone.

The Moto C runs the Android 7.0 or 'Nougat', which frees up the memory card to store apps and games. This wasn't supported on previous Android versions, which forced most apps to install on your phone's internal memory instead!

While the Moto C doesn't have the latest features like fingerprint scanning or Picture-in-Picture, it takes pride in keeping things simple by stripping out unnecessary apps and providing you with all the essentials you on a smartphone.

Nokia 3

  • microSD card slot
  • 2630mAh battery
  • 8 megapixel front and rear cameras

Nokia's first Android phone made quite an impression when it launched earlier this year, with a price tag of under £100 but boasting a premium build quality. Its polycarbonate back and metal edges give it a professional appearance and the hardware under the case is ready to receive Android Oreo, the latest version of the operating system.

The Nokia 3 is the most affordable of the new Nokia smartphones, and runs a stock or 'clean' version of Android - freeing up more space for your apps, music and more. The phone comes with 16GB of storage space built in and can support microSD cards up to 256GB in size, so you won't run out of space any time soon!

If you're looking for a smart-looking phone that can browse the internet, download emails and run a few apps for less than £100, the Nokia 3 is certainly worth considering.

Samsung J3 (2016)

  • microSD card slot
  • 2600mAh battery
  • Super AMOLED screen

The Galaxy J3 2016 continues Samsung’s tradition of making a budget-friendly phone that is packed full of some great features. You’ll get a large 5” Super AMOLED display that presents vivid colours that pop and shine in all environments. A metal chassis gives is a good feel in hand, and should make it a bit sturdier and less prone to damage from accidental drops.

You’ll get a decent camera that features a new HDR mode that takes three quick pictures, and then combines them into one high quality picture. Inside you’ll be getting a pretty quick processor and 8GB of storage, which is enough to get you started, but you’ll want to add in a MicroSD card so that you’ve got enough space for all your pictures, music and other bits.

Even though it’s a year old, the J3 2016 is still snappy, takes good pictures and is ideal for anyone looking to get a good phone on a budget. 

Huawei P8 lite (2017)

  • 5.2" Full HD display
  • 12MP camera/8MP selfie camera
  • 16GB storage/up to 256GB MicroSD

Despite having 'Lite' in its name, this phone has plenty of features that can compete with some of the best phones out there. It has a big, bright screen - which at 5.2 inches - is great for enjoying gaming or films. The glass back gives it a more premium feel, and you'll also get a fingerprint sensor, which you normally won't find on cheaper phones. The on-board software is Android 7.0 Nougat, and this is topped with Huawei's Emotion UI, which doesn't change too much from the standard Android experience, so you'll be getting a smooth and fast experience.

The 16GB of storage is a little low, but you can add a MicroSD card up to 256GB, which is plenty for storing music, video and pictures. Even though it doesn't have a dual-camera like you'll find on the P10, the 12MP camera on this budget device takes great pictures, and you won't be disappointed by the results.

Overall, you're getting a a lot of high-end features for under £150, and this should definitely be one to consider.

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