Together with the editors of BestGetest, we have selected the best cheap smartphones of the moment. The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G takes the top prize this time.
This is a shortened version of a more extensive test on comparison site BestGetest. There you can read an overview of the best smartphones under 350 euros.
For this test, we looked at all the functions that are important for basic use of a phone, such as battery life, housing, screen quality and camera. In addition, the device must be available for 350 euros or less.
The user experience is also important when choosing a new phone. This is where processor speed, operating system and other software play an important role. These tests are performed in collaboration with the Tweakers test lab.
The best cheap smartphone: Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
- Advantages: Good processor, impressive cameras, high screen refresh rate and a 3.5mm headphone jack is present
- Cons: Not the best battery life, the plastic housing does feel very plastic
Anyone looking for a phone under 350 euros is mainly looking for a good basic smartphone. And the Galaxy A52s certainly is: it does exactly what you hope for in most areas. In addition, the phone also has a waterproof housing and long-supported software. We can’t say that about many other phones in this test.
There is also a successor, the Samsung Galaxy A53, but it is more expensive. In addition, this newer model also lacks the 3.5mm audio port for connecting wired headphones, which we think is a big plus. That is why we prefer the Galaxy A52s in this test.
The screen of this phone has an impressive refresh rate with 120 hertz. In addition, it has a high brightness and supports HDR. In practical terms, this means that you can also consult the device in the sun and that scrolling on websites or social media is very smooth. Another plus is that the memory can be expanded if you want to store more music, videos and photos.
The cameras are very good and the main camera even supports optical image stabilization. This feature, which allows you to take better photos at night, is missing from many smartphones in this price range. The option to take macro photos, where you can capture things from very close by, is also appreciated. The option to take wider wide-angle photos is also nice, but that function is pretty standard these days.
Cheaper alternative: Motorola Moto G31
- Advantages: Very good battery life, lots of storage memory, an OLED screen with high resolution and brightness
- Cons: Doesn’t charge very quickly
The first thing you notice about the Moto G31 is the clear, high-resolution OLED screen. As a result, you not only get a beautiful image on your device, but everything on your screen remains legible, even in sunny weather. The NFC chip, with which you can make contactless payments, for example, is also a nice addition.
Another achievement of the Moto G31 is the memory of this smartphone. With 128 GB, that is on the large side, so that you can store many more photos, videos, apps, music and files.
The battery is also on the large side, so you can use your phone for a long time with a single charge. Even if you watch videos continuously, you can expect twenty hours of usage time.
The price you pay for this is that it takes quite a while to fully charge the phone. After half an hour on the charger, the battery was only charged to 20 percent, just enough to use the phone for 2.5 hours.