Expensive high-end smartphones with advanced high tech features definitely entice many people to buy them. However, everyone in this world is not lucky enough who can afford these pricey mobile phones. A budget friendly smartphone is the best choice for such mobile lovers who wish to buy a smartphone packed with advanced features but for an affordable price. Almost all major mobile manufacturing companies like Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Spice, etc. are launching varieties of budget smartphones in the market. LG, one of the most famous mobile brands, also offers first-class budget friendly smartphones. In a span of 8 months, LG has unveiled a number of interesting budget smartphones in this year, among which the best five are given below. What’s even more exciting is that all these smartphones come under a price of just $250.
1, LG Optimus L3 E400
LG’s Optimus L3 E400 model is the cheapest smartphone available in the Optimus series. In spite of being the cheapest smartphone, it comes with several impressive features. The first and foremost thing that anyone would get attracted is its size. The compact device measures just 102.6 x 61.6 x 11.9 mm in dimension and a mere 110 g in weight, making it very comfortable for users to hold and carry the phone. The other exciting feature is of camera. The device comes equipped with a 3.15MP camera that has an autofocus feature. In fact, no other phones in this particular price category offer an autofocus camera.
The Optimus L3 E400 sports a 3.2-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen having a resolution of 240 x 320 Pixels. The screen size of 3.2 inch is quite sufficient for an entry level phone. The device runs on Android 2.3.6 OS and is powered by an 800MHz processor coupled with 384MB of RAM. It also offers 1 GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 32 GB via microSD card. With a Li-Ion battery of capacity 1500 mAh, the phone provides a remarkable standby time of up to 673 hours and a talk time of up to 15 hours. Other features include Music player, Video Player, FM Radio, micro USB, Wifi, Bluetooth, etc. The approximate price of the handset is $130.
2, LG Optimus Elite LS696
LG Optimus Elite LS696 is another great option to be considered while choosing a budget friendly smartphone. It is packed with latest set of features and specs. The best part of this smartphone is that it is offered with the purchase option of Google Wallet where the buyer can get up to 50GB of BOX storage. The sleek looking device measures about 117 x 63 x 10 mm in dimension and it is very light in weight too as it weighs just 120 g. It runs on Android v2.3.7 Operating System. Under the hood, the device has a powerful 800 MHz processor along with 4 GB of ROM and 512 MB of RAM which allows its users to do multi tasking smoothly and quickly.
The handset is equipped with a 3.5″ HVGA touch screen with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. There is a 5 MP camera with some additional features like LED flash, auto focus, geo-tagging and video recording capability. It provides an internal storage capacity of 1 GB and an expandable memory of up to 32 GB via microSD card. Moreover, the phone supports Google Play through which the users can browse and download thousands of apps. Talk time of up to 7 hours is also quite satisfactory with a Li-Ion 1520 mAh battery. This amazing smartphone is available for just around $140.
3, LG Optimus L3 E405
The Optimus L3 E405 is quite similar to Optimus L3 E400 in terms of looks as well as technical specs and features. The only difference is that the Optimus L3 E405 model has added dual SIM feature in it. However, this smartphone does not support active dual-SIM or dual-SIM standby, which means you can use two SIM cards but not simultaneously. Instead, you will get a convenient button with the help of which you can instantly switch between two SIM cards. The only other difference between the two smartphones is that the E405 model has a four button configuration beneath the screen whereas the E400 model has a single button. The handset measures 102.6 x 61.6 x 11.85 mm in dimension and weighs around 108 g. It runs on Android v2.3 Gingerbread Operating System.
The display of device consists of a 3.2-inch TFT LCD Capacitive Touchscreen and the screen resolution is 320 x 240 pixels. It is powered by an 800 MHz MSM7225A processor along with Adreno 200 GPU and 384 MB of RAM. It offers an internal memory storage capacity of 1 GB, which is expandable up to 32 GB with a microSD card. There is a 3.15 MP camera to fulfill the photography needs of the user. The camera has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels and it comes along with features like geo-tagging and video recording capabilities. Other key features include GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, Wi-Fi connection, Gmail, Google searches, Google maps, YouTube, Gtalk, stereo FM, audio player, video player, Li-Ion battery of 1540 mAh, etc. The LG Optimus L3 E405 smartphone comes for a price ranging from $130 to $140.
4, LG Optimus L5 E610
The biggest attraction of this budget friendly smartphone is its huge 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 320 x 480 pixels of resolution. Not only the display, the fact that this is the only budget smartphone that LG has launched with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, makes it different and superior than other budget smartphones which runs on Android 2.3 GingerBread OS. With 118.3 x 66.5 x 9.5 mm of dimension and 125 g of weight, the device is very comfortable to use. Moreover, it is powered by a single-core 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225A processor coupled with 512 MB of RAM. Along with 512 MB of RAM, the handset offers 4 GB of internal storage capacity, which is expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card.
The Optimus L5 E610 comes equipped with a 5 MP camera having 2560 x 1920 pixels of resolution. Additional features of the camera include LED Flash, Geo-Tagging, Auto Focus, video capturing capability at 30 frames per second, etc. Above all, the smartphone users can access LG SmartWorld app where they can browse and download numerous apps into the device. The 1500mAh Li-Ion battery helps the phone in delivering 900 hrs of standby time and 10hrs of talk time. Other multimedia features include FM Radio, Google Play, Email, Push Mail, IM, audio player, video player, etc. When compared to other budget phones from LG, this one is little bit expensive but still it comes under the category of budget smartphones as the Optimus L5 E610 model is available for a price in between the range of $230 to $240.
5, LG Optimus M+
The Optimus M+ has a very smart look owing to its slim factor and convex edges. It is just 10 mm thick, 114 mm long, 63 mm wide, and it weighs merely 120 g, making it much easier to carry or hold. It has a 3.5-inch capacitive touch screen display with 320 x 480 pixels of resolution. Running on Android 2.3 platform, the device is powered by an 800MHz processor. It offers 2.8 GB of internal storage and also it comes with a microSD card slot for memory expansion. Plus, the device sports a 5 MP camera along with features such as Geotagging and LED flash. This smartphone buyer can also enjoy several ways to personalize his/her user experience with 7 different customizable home screens.
The Optimus M+ model has several pre loaded apps like Google Play Store, Google Maps, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Sportacular (sports news), Yahoo Movies, Picasa, and lots more. With the help of a standard Li-ion battery of capacity 1300 mAH, the smartphone offers a standby time of up to 250 hours and a continuous talk time of up to 4 hours. The smartphone also offer various useful connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and micro USB 2.0. Other basic features include voice commands, voice dialing, voice recording, alarm, calendar, calculator, accelerometer, etc. The approximate price of this amazing smartphone packed with impressive set of features is just $130.