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The best budget smartphone and cheap phones in 2021

The best budget smartphone and cheap phones in 2021

Want more? Both have decent stereo speakers, but the Moto’s are louder. Still, the Oppo A72 has a larger screen so we’d pick it for Netflix movie streaming.

Picking a phone isn’t easy these days, however, if you’re looking to spend around £200 rather than closer to £300, the Oppo A72 and Moto G8 Power are two of our favourites.

Pros: Snapdragon performance, long battery life, stereo speakers Cons: Color OS won’t be everyone’s favourite UI

Price: £169 | Amazon | Currys | Argos

Motorola Moto G Pro

For digital note-taking on a budget

Screen: 6.4-inch 2300 x 1080 | Processor: Snapdragon 665 | Battery: 4,000mAh | Camera: 48MP/16MP wide/2MP macro | OS: Android 10/Android One | Weight: 192g | Charging: 15W fast charging

There’s a solid argument Motorola has too many 2020 budget phones. In the Moto G line there’s the standard G8, the Plus, G 5G, Power, Play, Power Lite and Pro. It’s enough to give you a headache, especially when all are pretty good.

The Motorola Moto G Pro (£160) is an oddball stand-out, with some unusual extras packed in.

The Moto G Pro has a slot-in stylus like the Galaxy Note 20, and it can tell when the pen is removed, loading a note-taking and doodling overlay. This is just a basic capacitive stylus with a ball of gauze over the end. There’s no pressure sensitivity, so it’s little use for real digital art on-the-go. However, basic doodling is just fine and you can use it to handwrite in place of tap or swipe typing.

This phone also has an “action” video camera with super-powered stabilisation. It lets you take a widescreen video when holding the phone upright, although it’s for video only, not stills.

There are three other highlights: above average night photos, thanks to Moto’s Night Vision mode. And the Motorola Moto G Pro has the most powerful speakers in this test, with plenty of volume and stereo output. Great for games, great for movies.

The phone also runs Android One, meaning there’s no Motorola-made interface pasted on. Moto’s G Power lasts longer between charges and the Realme is a better phone, all considered, but this one has some unusual features.

Pros: Has a stylus and an unusual action cam Cons: Stylus is basic; battery smaller than cheaper Moto

Published at Fri, 25 Jun 2021 14:00:00 +0000