Decision aid: the 10 best smartphones up to 200 euros

Are you looking for an affordable smartphone that is 'just good' and can last a few years? Computer!Totaal is happy to help you and lists the 10 best smartphones up to 200 euros. This way you can make an informed choice and you are assured of a nice, cheap phone.

Top 10 best smartphones up to 200 euros
  • 1.Xiaomi Redmi Note 8
  • 2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
  • 3. Motorola Moto G7 Power
  • 4.Oppo A53
  • 5. Doogee S58 Pro
  • 6. Oppo A5 2020
  • 7. Samsung Galaxy M20 Power
  • 8. Motorola Moto G9 Play
  • 9.Xiaomi Mi A3
  • 10.Huawei Y7 2019

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Top 10 smartphones up to 200 euros

1.Xiaomi Redmi Note 8

9 Score 90

+ Beautiful design and screen

+ Four great cameras

- Slower plug in the box

- Smooth housing

The Redmi Note 8 from Xiaomi is very similar to the Redmi Note 8T, which you will find later in this overview. The T version is slightly better, but the differences are small. The Note 8 impresses with its luxurious housing and beautiful 6.3-inch full-HD LCD screen. The glass back is very smooth. The weight is slightly heavier than average at 190 grams, although this will partly be due to the hefty 4000 mAh battery. He keeps the phone working for two to three days; a nice score. Charging is via USB-C with a maximum of 18W, but the box contains a 10W plug. In other words: the standard plug does not get everything out of the phone. If you want to charge faster, purchase a Quick Charge 3 plug. The Redmi Note 8 has no fewer than four cameras on the back: a main camera, a wide-angle lens, a macro camera and a depth sensor. The versatile camera set is easy to use and takes beautiful photos. In the dark there are competitors who shoot better pictures. It is nice that the smartphone has a triple card slot for two SIM cards and a micro SD card. The performance of the processor is fine and with Xiaomi's MIUI software it works well after some testing. The manufacturer is known for its long software support.

2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T

8 Score 80

+ Good battery life, fast charging

+ Four great cameras

- Heavy

- Xiaomi's software takes getting used to

In this list you will also find the Note 8T in addition to the Redmi Note 8. Not surprisingly, the devices are very similar. For example, the 8T runs on the same powerful processor and has the same 6.3-inch full-HD screen that takes up almost the entire front. The working and storage memory is smaller than in the Note 8, but still large enough if you install a number of apps, games and photos. You can expand the memory with a micro SD card. Xiaomi also sells the Note 8T in a version with more working and storage memory, for which you obviously pay a little more. The smartphone has the same four cameras on the back as the Note 8. In addition to a 48 megapixel main camera, it is a wide-angle lens, a depth sensor and a macro camera. The versatile camera combination is special for such a cheap smartphone. The cameras take great photos and videos. Also nice is the built-in nfc chip for contactless payment and the usb-c connection. The large 4000 mAh battery lasts two to three days and charges quickly. The device is made of glass, splash-proof and weighs slightly more than the competition at two hundred grams. Xiaomi's MIUI software differs from other Android shells but works fine after getting used to it. You are assured of years of software support.

3. Motorola Moto G7 Power

8 Score 80

+ Very long battery life

+ Good performance

- Update Policy

- Lower screen resolution

The Motorola Moto G7 Power is the best choice for those looking for a cheap phone with excellent battery life. The built-in 5000 mAh battery is the largest at the moment and will last three days with normal use. If you take it easier, the smartphone will last for four to five days. The good thing is that the battery charges via USB-C. Apart from the great battery life, the Moto G7 Power is also a good phone. It is nice and fast, has a lot of storage memory and can play lighter games just fine. The extensive card slot offers space for two SIM cards and a micro SD card. With many devices you have to choose between dual SIM or one SIM and micro SD. The Motorola Moto G7 Power has a 6.2-inch LCD screen that is well adjusted but has a lower HD resolution. Photos, videos and text therefore look less sharp than on a full-HD display. The dual camera on the back won't win any prizes either. It does what it's supposed to do, but you can get a better camera in this price segment. The Moto G7 Power runs on a barely modified Android version and that's fine. You are not bothered by unnecessary adjustments or extra apps. Unfortunately, Motorola makes updates available less often and for a shorter period of time than competing brands.

4.Oppo A53

8 Score 80

+ Two years of updates

+ Long battery life

- Drastic Oppo Peel

- HD screen looks less sharp

The Oppo A53 offers a lot for little and is a 'just fine' smartphone for less demanding users. The device has a solid and well-finished plastic housing, charges quickly via the USB-C port and, thanks to the 5000 mAh battery, lasts at least two days before you have to grab the charger. The large 6.5-inch screen shows fine colors but does not look very sharp, which is due to the HD resolution. Interesting is the refresh rate of 90 Hz, which is higher than usual (60 Hz) in this price segment. The image should therefore appear smoother, but this effect is not fully apparent because the smartphone does not have a powerful processor. The device works properly and has a lot of storage memory (64 GB). The Oppo A53 is no faster than the competition, but smooth enough for popular apps and a simple game. Do not expect miracles from the three cameras. What sounds like an impressive setup is in practice a decent main camera with a pretty pointless black-and-white lens and a decent depth sensor. The selfie camera is in the screen and lets you make high-resolution video calls. Oppo's ColorOS 7.2 shell over Android 10 is visually busy and adds some apps. Fortunately you can remove it. Oppo guarantees two years of security updates and updates to Android 11 and 12.

Read our extensive review of the Oppo A53.

5. Doogee S58 Pro

7.5 Score 75

+ Sturdy design

+ Complete specifications

- Update Policy

- Not the best WiFi reception

Doogee is not a well-known name in the Netherlands, but it does sell smartphones here through partners such as Amazon. The manufacturer focuses on very sturdy devices that will not break if you drop them on the ground or in the water. The S58 Pro is one of those models and costs less than 200 euros. For this money you get a indeed sturdy smartphone made of metal and rubber, with covers for the ports that make the housing water and dustproof. The S58 Pro has a good HD screen of 5.71 inches and is fast enough thanks to the MediaTek processor. It's not a speed monster, don't expect too much from games. The working and storage memory is slightly larger than average (6 GB and 64 GB). Thanks to the large 5180 mAh battery, the device lasts almost two days on a single battery charge. The three cameras on the back are good enough for pictures on social media. It is nice that the Doogee S58 Pro charges quickly via the USB-C port, is suitable for use in very low and high temperatures (-55 to +70, although we could not test this) and has an NFC chip for contactless use. pay in stores. The Android 10 software has hardly been modified, but unfortunately Doogee does not guarantee a clear update policy.

The Doogee S58 Pro is available on Amazon.co.uk.

6. Oppo A5 2020

7.5 Score 75

+ Smooth hardware

+ Very good battery life

- Low screen resolution

- Size is too big for some

Oppo's A5 2020 is an affordable smartphone that mainly stands out because of its huge 5000 mAh battery. Thanks to the above-average battery capacity, the device will last between two and five days, depending on your use. Then you charge it via the USB-C connection. It is nice that the A5 2020 has an NFC chip so that you can pay contactless in stores with the phone. Furthermore, the device has a lot of storage memory, a fast processor and a large 6.5-inch LCD screen. For some, that's ideal, others think it's just too big. The HD screen resolution is on the low side, so the display looks less sharp than smartphones with a full-HD screen. The A5 2020 is one of the first budget phones with four cameras on the back. It is a normal camera, a wide-angle lens and two depth sensors for macro and portrait photos. Great, although many devices only need one depth sensor. The photos of the A5 2020 are good enough and thanks to the night mode, you can also take nice pictures in the dark. Oppo's ColorOS software over Android is drastic. It's fine to work with after getting used to it, but we're looking forward to the improvements in ColorOS 7. The manufacturer's update policy is fine.

7. Samsung Galaxy M20 Power

7.5 Score 75

+ Very long battery life

+ Great screen

- Fingerprint scanner difficult to reach

- Older software

Just like the Motorola Moto G7 Power and Oppo A5 2020, the Samsung Galaxy M20 Power has a huge 5000 mAh battery. He sings it out for two to four days without any problems. If you don't do much with your smartphone, you may need to charge the M20 Power once or twice a week. And that charging is nice and fast via USB-C, so that the battery is quickly full again. Other plus points of the M20 Power are the beautiful 6.3-inch full-HD screen, the fast processor and the dual camera on the back. It takes good 'normal' photos and wide-angle images, which is useful if you want to capture a large building or a group of people. There are also points of attention. The phone lacks a notification light and the fingerprint scanner on the back is quite high. It is difficult for those with smaller hands to reach them. Finally, the software: Samsung released the M20 Power with the very outdated Android 8.1 (Oreo) and it took a long time to release an Android 9 update. When it appeared, Android 10 was just around the corner. It is expected that it will take a long time before Samsung brings the latest software to its budget phone. That's not a disaster, but you do have to wait longer for improvements and innovations.

8. Motorola Moto G9 Play

7.5 Score 75

+ Battery life

+ Complete specifications

- Update Policy

- Feels a bit slow

The Motorola Moto G9 Play is a competitively priced Android smartphone that mainly scores points with its complete specifications. For example, the device has a large 5000 mAh battery and lasts two days on a battery charge. Charging is done quickly thanks to the included 20 Watt fast charger. You mainly get such a charger with more expensive smartphones. Furthermore, the Moto G9 Play has a large amount of storage memory (64 GB), an NFC chip for contactless pins in shops and it is splash-proof. The smartphone is comfortable to hold, but it is large and heavy. This is due to the large battery and the large 6.5-inch screen. The screen does not look very sharp due to the HD resolution, but good enough for popular apps. Those who like to type with two hands will have plenty of space on this huge display. Good to know is that this affordable phone is not very fast. That is not such a problem now, but it does raise the question whether the Moto G9 Play will still be smooth enough in three years. The device runs on Android 10 and only gets an update to version 11. Many competing devices also receive Android 12 the following year. Motorola guarantees two years of security updates.

Knowing more? You can read our extensive Motorola Moto G9 Play review here.

9.Xiaomi Mi A3

7 Score 70

+ Android One software

+ Good performance

- Mediocre display

- Not the best fingerprint scanner

The Xiaomi Mi A3 has its Android One software as its biggest asset. On this device you experience the clean Android version as developed by Google, without any adjustments from a manufacturer. No unnecessary visual changes or extra apps: just user-friendly software, including an excellent update policy. Xiaomi is - by Google - obliged to provide the Mi A3 with regular security updates for at least three years and must also update the phone to Android R, which is expected to be released at the end of 2020. Apart from the software, the Mi A3 is a fine smartphone with a premium appearance and a USB-c port. The performance is very good and the battery lasts a day without any problems. The storage memory measures a large 64GB or 128GB, depending on which version you buy. The triple camera on the back is also nice. The primary 48-megapixel lens in particular takes good photos, even in the dark. You also benefit from a wide-angle lens (for wide photos) and a portrait lens (for a blurred background). There are also downsides. The Mi A3 uses a fairly slow fingerprint scanner behind the display and comes with a slow charger. If you get an 18W plug at home, the battery charges considerably faster. Worse is the HD resolution of the OLED screen, which makes the display clearly less sharp and beautiful than the competition.

10. Huawei P Smart+ 2019

7 Score 70

+ Good triple camera

+ Beautiful display

- Micro USB Port

- Not the fastest processor

The Huawei P Smart+ 2019 is a slightly newer and better variant of the P Smart 2019, which you will also find in this list. The Plus version distinguishes itself with a rear camera with three lenses, where the normal P Smart has two. On the Plus phone you can take wide photos with the wide-angle photos, a handy addition. In addition, the device will receive updates for a few months longer because it is newer. Downside is the lack of an NFC chip, so you can't pay contactless in the store with this phone. Furthermore, the P Smart+ 2019 is identical to the normal P Smart 2019, which means that the phone has a good battery life and a lot of storage space. The 6.21-inch full-HD screen looks nice, the fingerprint scanner is fast and the camera performance is good. The processor is not the fastest in this segment and the micro-USB port used is a drawback, because almost all competitors have a better USB-C connection. For example, the battery charges faster via USB-C. Huawei's EMUI software on Android works fine after some getting used to and the manufacturer has a good update policy. All in all, the P Smart 2019 and the Plus version differ so little that it comes down to small, but possibly important differences for you.

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