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Reviewing Smartphones – Value Devices

Value smartphones don’t have to be badly made or of poor quality. But, to help you get the most out of your money, we’ve created a list of the best value smartphones on the market. You might be surprised about the specs and value packed into these devices. 

Google Pixel 5a

  • Colors available: Mostly Black
  • Price: $449
  • Body features: Aluminum frame, aluminum back, Gorilla Glass 3 front. 
  • Display specs: 6.34-inch OLED, 1,080 x 2,400 (~415 ppi)
  • Operating system: Android 11, Upgradable to Android 12
  • Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  • Memory available: 6 GB RAM, 128 GB Storage
  • Expandable Memory: Not available
  • Cameras available: Rear – 12.2 MP 27mm; 16 MP 119º; Front – 8 MP 24mm
  • Sounds system: Stereo sound
  • Battery endurance rating: 4,680 mAh (122 hours)
  • Security protocols: Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Miscellaneous features: IP67 dust and water-resistant
  • Other versions available: None

Motorola G Power

  • Colors: Flash Gray, Polar Silver
  • Body: Plastic frame, plastic back, glass front
  • Display specs: 6.6-inch IPS LCD; 720 x 1,600 (~270 ppi)
  • Operating system: Android 11
  • Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  • Memory available: 4 GB RAM; 64-to-126 GB onboard storage
  • Expandable Memory available: microSDXC
  • Cameras available: Rear – 48 MP wide; 2 MP depth; 2MP macro; Front – 8 MP wide
  • Sound system: Stereo sound
  • Battery endurance rating: 5,000 mAh (~130 hours)
  • Security protocols: Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Miscellaneous features: Water-repellent coating
  • Other versions: None

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G

  • Colors: Prism Cube Black, Prism Cube Silver, and Prism Cube Blue
  • Price: $250 to $350
  • Body specs: Aluminum frame, plastic back, Gorilla Glass 3 front
  • Display features: 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus, 1,050 x 2,400 (~393 ppi)
  • Operating system: Android 10, upgradeable to Android 11; One UI 3.0
  • Chip: Exynos 980
  • Memory available: 6-to-8 GB RAM; 128 GB onboard storage
  • Expandable Memory available: microSDXC
  • Cameras availabld: Rear – 64 MP 26mm; 12 MP 123º; 5 MP macro; 5 MP depth; Front – 32 MP 26mm 
  • Sound system: Stereo sound
  • Battery endurance rating: 4,500 mAh (98  hours)
  • Security protocols: In-display fingerprint sensor
  • Miscellaneous features: 25W fast charging
  • Other versions available: Samsung Galaxy A71; Samsung Galaxy A72

Other Ways to Get Value from Mobile Investments

There are so many value smartphones on the market, but we recommend purchasing one last-generation flagship device. While these devices cost more, they are supported by the manufacturer for a long time and will remain secure in the future. Next week, look out for our smartphone blog series and take a look at some high-end devices.

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