Earlier this year, Apple released its iPhone SE, which is the cheapest iPhone yet. The fact that a lower-priced option is available is certainly a positive thing, but even the SE costs $399, which may still be more than you’d like to pay.
The good news? Plenty of appealing iPhone alternatives aren’t as expensive, but offer similar features.
Motorola Moto G (3rd Generation Model)
This Android phone features a 13-megapixel camera, plus a Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor. You can either get an 8 GB model with 1 GB of RAM or a version that has twice the storage space and RAM. Plus, the phone’s storage slot fits a microSD card, so you can expand the phone’s memory up to 32 GB.
The phone also has IPX7-rated waterproofing, so it can handle being dropped into puddles. The five-inch screen boasts excellent durability too, because it’s made from tough Corning Gorilla Glass. Prices start at $179.99.
Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE
This sleek smartphone has a 2500 mAh battery that gives you nearly 21 hours of talk time per charge. It runs on the Windows 10 Mobile operating system and provides 8 GB of storage space, plus 1 GB of RAM.
If you want, you can install a memory card that increases the amount of storage space to 128 GB. Since this phone costs only $29.99, you can enjoy a streamlined, high-tech communication device without breaking the bank.
Available with a real leather finish, the LG G4 comes with a 16-megapixel camera on the back and 8-megapixel camera on the front, plus has an optical image stabilization feature to help you take sharp photos on the go. Compatible with storage cards that offer up to 2 TB in capacity, this smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch screen that’s able to offer brighter colors and more contrast than previous LG models.
Available from a wide range of mobile phone and tech retailers, this model comes with a $299.99 price tag at Best Buy.
Google Nexus 5X
Equipped with a 5.2-inch display and a battery that provides 20 hours of talk time, the Google Nexus 5X has a 12.3-megapixel camera and a 70.04 percent screen-to-body ratio. The latter design feature helps your fingers reach all parts of the phone’s screen without unnecessary stretching.
Conveniently, the phone’s speaker is right below the display on the front of the device. That means you can hear the audio from video and song clips clearly and loudly while enjoying your chosen media. You can make the phone your own for $329.99 if purchasing it from Amazon.
Lenovo K3 Note
This gadget is closer in size to a tablet than a smartphone, so ignore it if you’re trying to get a phone that mimics the look of the iPhone. However, it has a 13-megapixel main camera and a 5-megapixel front camera alongside 16 GB of storage to entice you.
The matte-finish plastic body resists scratches and fingerprints, while the top-located microUSB charging port allows easy access if you want to charge the phone and listen to music through the headphones. Furthermore, there’s a notification light near the front-facing camera that illuminates red when the phone is charging and green to alert you about missed calls. Prices for this phone start at $119.88.
As these five gadgets demonstrate, although the iPhone SE is a cheaper choice than other iPhone models, it’s not the only low-cost phone to consider. If your budget is a concern, there’s no need to settle for a boring, old-fashioned option.