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What's the difference between a budget Android phone and an expensive one?

The basic difference between the two is the same as the difference between a Maruti Alto and a Mercedes Benz E Class!

A budget phone is usually the entry level phone of top manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, HTC, etc. It can also be the low to mid-range phones of local brands such as Nokia, Oppo, etc. Budget phones have inferior specs compared to expensive, or top end, or flagship phones. The processor will be of a lower specification, namely, single or dual core compared to quad core in the flagships. Sometimes, it might even be of an inferior quality, namely, Mediatek instead of Snapdragon, which really makes a difference to the phone performance. The RAM will also be less, around 512 MB against around 2 GB and internal memory will also be less. Apart from this, budget phones will have cameras of lower ratings, like 2 or 5 MP (Megapixel) compared to 8 MP upwards in flagships. Also, the screen size and quality (4″ LCD, etc. ) of budgets is inferior to that of flagship phones (~5″+ AMOLED, etc.). Furthermore, they are less likely to receive Android updates as compared to the flagships.


That being said, there are some very high quality devices, namely, the Moto G 2nd Gen, Xiaomi Mi3, etc., which available within an affordable price range for most, that offer very good specifications and performance, which is good value for money.

Do more expensive smart phones last longer than cheaper ones?

Answer is “yes” at some extent, if you are buying very cheap smart phone of unknown brand which doesn’t have a good build quality and they doesn’t provide you software support then definitely it will not last than the expensive mobile phone.

But this is fact that we bought expensive cell phones of their times and they has good specifications / hardware, specs wise we can compare them with the branded mid quality phone of current time, old ones are better in some aspects but manufacturer is stopped supporting them, they are not providing OS updates so they will be brick after some time.

For example Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with latest supported OS Android 5, it was released in 2013 and its specs are comparable to Galaxy A5 2017 which is on Android 8 and boxed pack available in the market, we can find note 3 better in some aspects like screen size. I am not talking about processor generation and gorilla glass classes, base hardware of note 3 is enough powerful but Samsung is not providing OS updates so its in the process of being brick.


If we buy latest iPhone MX Max 256 GB, it has sufficient power and storage capacity so can we say that Apple will be providing support to this phone after five years? 🙂 question is how long we want to use it? after some time we will be forced to stop using it.

What does an expensive phone have that a cheaper one doesn't?

There are a number of differences.

1.    The camera is the biggest difference. There is no question that as the phone cost goes up the camera gets better. The iPhone X and the Samsung G8(9) have cameras that are superior to the lower priced phones. The lower priced phones will take reasonable pictures. The $400 to $500 phones have good cameras.

2.    The budget phones do not have the most current processor. The processor is adequate and most will not give you the dreaded chatter.

3.    RAM memory is probably less on the budget phones. More is better.

4.    Total memory may be greater on the more expensive phones. Of course if it is an Apple phone you will be paying for more memory.

5.    You are an Apple fanboy and have to have Apple’s newest phone. If you find Apple’s phones expensive you can get $10 Apple knockoffs to show your friends. Of course these are toys.

6.    The screen gets better as the price goes up. Again, the screen on the lower end phones are adequate. They were the great screen a year or two ago.

7.    Fashion factor is important to some people. The expensive phones have beautiful glass fronts and backs. Expensive phones have Gorilla glass which protects the screen.

8.    Edit added. Software updates are more likely to be applied to $400 phones than $150 phones.

9.    Sound & video quality

10.  Regular operating system updates. The cheaper phone manufacturers tend to not supply regular software updates, which can put your phone at risk from security breaches.


The fact is that $150 phones will be perfectly adequate. This is a matter for the individual user to decide.

Smart phones are computers. A $150 smart phone versus a more expensive smart phone is likely to have a slower processor, less memory and fewer capabilities (facial recognition, finger print reader, rfid, accelerometer, gps…etc.)

This means the higher end apps will be slower, assuming they can be run at all. Some apps are written for the higher specs or specific capabilities and may not run on older or slower phones.


If you’re new to smart phones, spend some time researching capabilities and popular apps. Ask friends and family. There may be some features you’d like to use that enhance your life. If you get the wrong phone, you could be missing out on them.

Are iPhones all the same worldwide?

All iPhones, no matter what country they are sold in, are designed in the USA and assembled in China from parts made in multiple countries; so no one iPhone is “more original” than any other, they are all the same. The only differences you’ll find are in the cellular radio.

Listed below are some of the best budget phones available as of 2021

  • TCL 20 SE — $299.
  • Nokia 5.4 — $329.
  • Nokia 5.3 — $349.
  • Samsung Galaxy A21s — $379.
  • TCL 20L+ — $399.
  • Nokia 6.2 — $399.
  • OPPO A9 — $349.
  • OPPO A54 5G — $399.


The best mid-range phones for 2021, ranked


  • Apple iPhone SE (2020) – $558
  • Google Pixel 4a. – $599
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. – $1,149
  • Oppo Find X3 Lite. – $999
  • Nokia 8.3 5G. – $899