Decision aid: the 10 best smartphones up to 150 euros

Are you looking for a dirt cheap smartphone for WhatsApp, email and social media? Then pay attention to which model you buy, because one budget phone is much better than the other. Computer!Totaal therefore puts the 10 best smartphones up to 150 euros under each other.

Top 10 best smartphones up to 150 euros
  • 1.Xiaomi Redmi 8
  • 2.Xiaomi Redmi 7
  • 3.Nokia 3.4
  • 4. Motorola Moto E7 Plus
  • 5. Samsung Galaxy A20e
  • 6.Nokia 4.2
  • 7. Samsung Galaxy A10
  • 8.Xiaomi Redmi 9
  • 9.Huawei Y6 2019
  • 10.Huawei Y5 2019

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The 10 best smartphones up to 150 euros

1.Xiaomi Redmi 8

The best smartphone up to 150 euros 8 Score 80

+ Very long battery life

+ Solid hardware

- Xiaomi software may take some getting used to

- Relatively large and heavy phone

In this top ten are three phones from Xiaomi, which is quickly gaining popularity in the Netherlands. Rightly so, because the smartphones offer a competitive price-quality ratio and receive software updates for years. The Redmi 8, not to be confused with the Redmi 8A, is especially notable for its huge 5000 mAh battery. Due to the above-average battery, the smartphone lasts two to four days. Charging is also very fast via the USB-C plug.

The Redmi 8 has a fingerprint scanner and a large 6.22-inch screen with relatively sharp HD resolution. The device also has two cameras on the back, so you can take photos with a blurred background, among other things. A smooth processor, enough RAM and a large 32GB storage space make the Redmi 8 a reliable smartphone. Handy are the built-in FM radio and the fact that the smartphone can withstand a light rain shower. The Xiaomi software over Android takes some getting used to, because many functions are in a different place and many apps are installed by default. Fortunately, you can uninstall most apps if you don't need them. The manufacturer regularly releases updates for years and that is a nice certainty for such an affordable phone.

2.Xiaomi Redmi 7

8 Score 80

+ A lot of storage space

+ Long battery life

+ Achievements

- Micro USB Port

The Redmi 7 is the second Xiaomi smartphone in this buying guide, and for a reason. The device offers a competitive price-quality ratio, for example because it has a smooth processor. Popular apps therefore run smoothly and you can also play simpler games. The storage memory is particularly large with 64GB and can be further increased with a micro SD card. The smartphone looks nice and has a 6.25-inch display with sharp HD resolution. At 180 grams, the Redmi 7 is lighter than you might think, especially because it has an above-average 4000 mAh battery. This guarantees a battery life of one and a half to three days. Unfortunately, charging is via micro-usb and therefore takes longer. The smartphone is splash-proof, has a fine fingerprint scanner and takes great photos. Thanks to the extra depth sensor on the back, you can also shoot portrait images, where the background is more blurred than the person in the foreground.

The Redmi 7 runs on Android with Xiaomi's MIUI shell. It is well thought out, but looks and works a bit differently from the software shells of Samsung and Huawei, for example. If this is going to be your first Xiaomi phone, you may need to get used to it for a day. Xiaomi promises a few years of software updates and that is fine for such an affordable smartphone. By the way, do not confuse the Redmi 7 with the Redmi Note 7, which is tens of euros more expensive and therefore has better specifications.

3.Nokia 3.4

8 Score 80

+ Android One software

+ Complete specifications

- HD screen looks less sharp

- Simple cameras

The Nokia 3.4 is affordable with a suggested retail price of 149 euros and impresses with both its hardware and software. The device has a sturdy housing, complete with USB-C port, NFC chip (for contactless payment in stores) and fingerprint scanner. The large 6.39-inch screen does not look razor-sharp due to the HD resolution, but it is good enough. Especially considering the price. The smartphone is powerful enough for WhatsApp and other popular apps, has 32 GB of storage memory with a micro-SD slot and a relatively large 4000 mAh battery. It will last you a long day without any problems. The cameras on the back – four of them! – are nice to shoot a picture for social media. However, don't expect too much from it. It is nice that Nokia delivers the 3.4 with Android 10 and promises two years of version updates, so to 11 and 12. Many competing brands stick to one year of updates. Nokia promises three years of regular security updates, which is also longer than most competitors (two years). Because the Nokia 3.4 is part of the Android One program, you use the standard Android version without unnecessary adjustments and apps. All in all, a complete and fine smartphone for little money. We think it is ideal as a first device, for example for children or seniors.

4. Motorola Moto E7 Plus

7.5 Score 75

+ Good battery life

+ Lots of storage space

- Moderate update policy

- Micro USB Port

The Motorola Moto E7 Plus is an affordable smartphone with a large 6.5-inch screen that shows an HD resolution. Due to the HD resolution, the image looks reasonably sharp, although there are competing devices with a nicer full-HD screen. The Moto E7 Plus has a sturdy plastic housing, fits comfortably in the hand and uses a fingerprint scanner. It is a pity that the smartphone has a micro-USB port instead of USB-C. More positive is the large 5000 mAh battery: it lasts two to three days. The Moto E7 Plus is fast enough for popular apps, has a spacious 64 GB storage memory and takes nice photos. Nothing fancy, but good enough considering the smartphone's price point. The Android 10 software that is installed has hardly been modified and is therefore very user-friendly. Motorola promises two years of security updates. Some competing brands offer three-year updates. The Moto E7 Plus only gets an update to Android 11. That is below average, because many comparable smartphones also get Android 12. Also keep in mind that the Moto E7 Plus lacks certain functions. Think of an nfc chip (which means that you can't pay contactless in shops with this smartphone) and wifi 802.11ac, which means that you can't use the internet via the fast 5 GHz frequency.

Knowing more? Read our extensive Motorola Moto E7 Plus review here.

5. Samsung Galaxy A20e

7.5 Score 75

+ Performance and fast charging via USB-C

+ NFC chip for contactless payment

- Not the best battery life

- Not the biggest screen

You can see the Galaxy A20e (note the 'e') as a slightly better and therefore more expensive brother of the Galaxy A10. Contrary to what you might expect, the A20e has a smaller screen (5.8-inches versus 6.2-inches). This makes the device a bit more handy. The identical HD resolution means your photos, text and videos will look sharp enough. The A20e uses the same – excellent – ​​processor as the A10 and has the same amount of storage memory (32GB) with a micro-SD card slot. The RAM is larger (3GB versus 2GB), so you can switch between recently used apps faster. There are also two cameras on the back of the A20e, where the A10 has one. The A20e also takes better selfies and has a fingerprint scanner that you can use to unlock the phone. The 3000 mAh battery lasts a long day and then charges remarkably quickly via the USB-C plug. With a power of 15W, charging is just as fast as on the Galaxy S10, which costs more than five hundred euros. Samsung's One UI software is pleasant to use and gets long updates. The manufacturer promises to update the A20e at least until May 2021.

6.Nokia 4.2

7.5 Score 75

+ Achievements

+ Screen quality

- Not the longest battery life

- Micro USB connection

The Nokia 4.2 is available in various versions. We recommend the version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, because it is the most future-proof. You have so much memory and the existing processor is fast enough to keep running popular apps for years to come. Gaming is a different story, although that applies to all devices in this overview. Nokia's 4.2 has a 5.7-inch screen and is reasonably handy. At the top of the display is a selfie camera. The HD resolution provides a sharp display, making the phone perfectly suitable for watching Netflix on the train. Also nice are the fingerprint scanner (on the back) and the dual camera. The extra sensor helps when shooting bokeh images, on which the background blurs so that the person in the front of the frame stands out more. The 3000 mAh battery is not particularly large, but it will last a day without any worries. Unfortunately, charging is done via the old micro USB port. An important argument to buy the Nokia 4.2 is the Android One software. You will receive updates until at least May 2022 and that is nice and long. In addition, the Android software has not been adapted by Nokia, so you use the operating system as Google has in mind.

7. Samsung Galaxy A10

7 Score 70

+ NFC chip for contactless payment

+ Light but sturdy device

- Micro USB connection

- Quality front and rear cameras

The Galaxy A10 is the cheapest Samsung smartphone you can buy. The device is nice and light due to its plastic housing and has a 6.2-inch screen with HD resolution. Not as sharp as much more expensive smartphones, but good enough to watch WhatsApp photos or a Netflix episode. The 3400 mAh battery is larger than average for this type of phone, which means that the A10 lasts longer than one day on a battery charge. Unfortunately, charging is slow via an old micro-usb port and not via usb-c.

You can take photos and videos with the 5-megapixel selfie camera or the single 13-megapixel camera on the back. They do what they promise, although you should not expect too much from the quality. The spacious internal storage memory of 32GB is nice, where you can store a lot of photos and apps. If you need more memory, you can put a micro SD card in the phone. The Samsung One UI software is user-friendly and works with all known and lesser known apps and games.

8.Xiaomi Redmi 9

7 Score 70

+ Battery life

+ Complete specifications

- Not the fastest

- Busy MIUI software

The Xiaomi Redmi 9 is one of the cheapest smartphones of the moment. The device is particularly striking with its large (6.53 inch) screen with full HD resolution, making the image sharper than on competing phones. Also special is the huge 5020 mAh battery. Thanks to that battery capacity, the smartphone can effortlessly last two days. The Redmi 9 is not very fast, but works properly and has enough storage space (32GB). The presence of extras such as an infrared sensor (to operate your TV), a fingerprint scanner as a security method and a triple card slot for two SIM cards and a micro SD card is nice. The Redmi 9 has no less than four cameras on the back, but don't expect miracles from it. Fortunately, the main camera is good enough for a quick picture. There is also a selfie camera. The Xiaomi Redmi 9 will run on Android 10 at its release and will probably receive an update to version 11. However, an official update policy is missing. Xiaomi's MIUI shell over Android takes some getting used to and contains many unnecessary apps, but works properly. All in all, a great choice for those looking for an affordable but complete Android smartphone.

9.Huawei Y6 2019

7 Score 70

+ Enough storage memory

+ Handy design

- Micro USB connection

- Update Policy

The Huawei Y6 2019 is a slightly more expensive and better version of the Y5 2019. The device has a slightly more luxurious design and uses a better quality screen of 6.1 inches. The HD resolution delivers a sharp display. For many, the Y6 2019 can be operated with one hand and fits well in your pocket. There is a selfie camera in the notch at the top of the screen. On the back you will find a 13 megapixel camera for normal photos and videos. The camera quality is not great, although that applies to almost all phones in this list.

A 3000 mAh battery keeps the Y6 2019 running. After one and a half to two days, the battery is empty and you can charge it in a few hours via the old micro-USB port. The smartphone has a lot of storage memory (32GB), which you can further expand with a micro-SD card. The processor used is sufficient for the most famous apps, including Instagram and Facebook. Gaming becomes difficult on this smartphone. The Huawei EMUI software might take some getting used to if you had a phone from a different brand before this. For example, EMUI contains many pre-installed apps, although you can – fortunately – remove almost all of them. The update policy of the Y6 2019 is adequate but not as good as that of, for example, Nokia.

10.Huawei Y5 2019

6.5 Score 65

+ Long battery life

+ Great screen

- Weak performance

- Micro USB Port

The Huawei Y5 2019 is a variant of the Y6 2019, which is also in this list. The Y5 is tens of euros cheaper and therefore interesting for those who are looking for the cheapest possible smartphone. Because despite the low price tag, the Y5 has a good HD display that measures 5.7 inches. Big enough to type with two hands or look at photos, but also compact enough to put the phone in your pocket. The low weight of 146 grams is also nice. It is striking that various color versions of the Y5 use a fake leather back.

The 3000 mAh battery provides the smartphone with power for one and a half to two days. Charging takes a long time due to the micro USB port. The Huawei phone has a less powerful processor than the competition. Simple apps work fine, but you can't game on the Y5 2019. With 16GB, the storage memory is large enough for your most important apps and data. You can add extra memory with a micro SD card. The Y5 has a camera on the back and a selfie camera, which you can also use for video calling. The Huawei EMUI software is less user-friendly than that of Samsung or Android One software, but works fine after getting used to it. Huawei's update policy is not as good as that of Nokia and Xiaomi.

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