Standard buying practices often go out the window when people look for a new smartphone. Many times they will look at the most expensive phones for the higher specs, but you don’t always get what you pay for.
There has always been a buzz and a sense of anticipation as people awaited Apple or the Samsung Galaxy’s latest upcoming release. Often details of the new phone are predicted in stories like this one.
Not today. This time, we’re going to point out five reputable smartphones that have been somewhat overlooked in the past couple of years. Their phones remind you that you can often get just as good a deal without looking to the more prestigious brand names.
1.) Nexus 5X
Google’s Nexus 5X was released in October 2015, a month after the larger Nexus 6P. The 6P, made by Huawei, checked in at 5.7 inches and cost $499 for 32 GB. The 5X, made by LG, was a mere 5.2 inches and gave customers 16 GB for $379. Although most of the buyers’ attention went to the Nexus 6P, many reviews said you got your money’s worth with the 5X.
Engadget listed the 5X as featuring a 12.3 MP rear camera and a 64-bit Snapdragon 808 processor with 2 GB RAM. Its plusses included a good-looking display and a quick new fingerprint sensor.
2.) Huawei’s Honor 7
The Honor 7, released in July 2015, comes with a 5.2-inch touchscreen display with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. According to Digital Trends, it has 16GB of storage that can expand up to 128GB with a microSD card.
Dimensions are 5.64 x 2.83 x 0.33 inches, and the Honor 7 weighs 5.54 ounces. The display is protected with Gorilla Glass, it has good battery life and an exceptional camera, and it can be acquired at eGlobal Central for $399.99.
3.) Microsoft Lumia 640
This phone measures 5.56 x 2.84 x 0.34 inches and weighs 5.1 ounces. Phonearena.com reported that the Lumia 640 offers an 8-megapixel main camera, and a 0.9 MP front camera for selfies. It is compact, with a 1280 x 720 IPS display.
The Lumia 640 runs on a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 internal processor and 8 GB of mass memory on a 4G LTE network. It has plenty of power, using a 2500 mAh battery. The Lumia doesn’t receive a lot of hype or attention being a Windows Phone, but it offers you a lot of your money. You can buy a 640 XL at the Microsoft Store for $149,99.
4.) Asus Zenfone 2.
This phone first launched in the spring of 2015. It features a 5.5-inch display with 4 GB of RAM, 3000 mAh battery and 64 GB of internal storage. Gizmodo notes that you can buy this Android off contract in two versions. The first gets you a 1.8 GHz Intel processor and 2 GB of RAM for $200, while $300 upgrades that to 2.3 GHz and 4 GB of RAM.
Zenfone 2 has a 13-megapixel camera and delivers a surprisingly strong performance. It was often overlooked because of all the other phones on the market but continues to deliver a lot for less money.
5.) OnePlus X
This phone is as attractive as it is effective, as it is built from fire-baked Ceramic or Onyx black glass. Androidpit.com reports that the OnePlus X isn’t receiving the proper recognition in the U.S. because of limited LTE support.
OnePlus has a 5-inch AMOLED 5-inch screen. The Onyx version weighs 138 grams, while the Ceramic model checks in at 160 grams. It has a fast 13-megapixel rear camera, and an 8 MP front facing model. This phone can be purchased on the oneplus.net website for $199.
You can try one of these if you like, or you can hold out for the next Apple or Samsung release. But with smartphones, on occasion can get you more than what you pay for.