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Smartphone buyer's guide: April 2016  August 18, 2021 – 05:08 pm

The major releases for the first half of 2016 are out, time to see what's worth spending your hard earned cash on. For all the flagship goodness we saw at the MWC (and other events), there's an equal measure of amazing entry-level and midrange handsets out there.

And we don't use "amazing" lightly here, the €200-€300 phones offer metal unibodies, capable cameras, fast chipsets, large batteries, the works. You can even get a metal-clad phone at just over €100 - some smart shopping can get you a quality gadget even if you're on a shoestring.

That's the point of this article, to set you on the right track, point to what's good out there and warn against some potential bad choices.

These days there are only two things where you really have to spend more to get more - screen and camera. The €600+ flagships have eye-popping screens with perfect color rendering, excellent sunlight legibility and goodies like Always On mode.

They also have cameras that handle different types of photography well enough that you can leave your digital camera at home and focus on the moment instead of settings and dials.

Everything else is suffering from diminishing returns - sure, the flagships get the latest chipsets, but the perceived difference in speed may not always be obvious. Game developers have to develop for the masses, so a game would rarely need Chipset 9000+ to work. Battery life is often better at the low-end than the high-end, good audio quality only matters with headphones that cost more than some of the phones on this list and so on.

For each phone we list the most important specs in a table to make comparisons easier. If you need to dive into more detail, we have reviews of many of these phones. We pulled out relevant complaints from these reviews so you'll know the downsides of each phone.

The build-up is driven by price - we start at sub-€100 phones and go all the way to the premium stuff. You can read end-to-end or jump straight to the page that matches your budget. If you do that though, don't forget to check the previous chapter and the one after. It can either save you a few bucks or help you spot a phone that delivers something you want at an acceptable price premium.


BUDGET & GOOD Car Air Vent Phone Mount Holder Cradle with Quick Release for iPhone 7 Plus 6 6s 6 Plus 5 5s 4 and Other Smartphones(Updated Version)
Wireless (BUDGET & GOOD)
  • [Improved Clamp] Optimized the structure of the clamp, the updated vent mount has a knob which is adjustable and can tighten your vent to prevent your vent mount...
  • [Fit For Most Vent] Two parallel mount claws can cilp all of vertical and horizental vent blade besides round-shaped or any arch-shaped vent.
  • [Quick Release Button] Press button on back of unit to slide open and then take out mobile phone. Press the arms on both side to clamp mobile phone again, simple...
  • [Compatibility] With stretchable arms that is able to hold devices in sizes from 2-3.7 inch wide, compatible with most mobile phones with a case.
  • [360 Degree Rotation] Flexible ball-joint can switch the mount to any angles freely whatever you need to navigate or have phone calls.
Yomole Multifunctional Outdoor Sports Armband Casual Arm Package Bag Cell Phone Bag Key Holder For iphone 6 6s Plus 5s 5c se Samsung Galaxy Note 5 4 3 Note Edge S4 S5 S6 S7 Edge Plus LG G3 G4 G5
Sports (Yomole)
  • 1.High Quality - This Arm Package was made by comfort neoprene and breathable air mesh material.100% brand new and good quality.
  • 2.Unique Design - Human design, Adjustable soft elastic with Velcro that fit for different arm circumference, perfect for outdoor activities.
  • 3.High touch-screen design,It can be used to receive calls,Easy to wear headset,double zipper,Anti-cursor effect, Safe at night.
  • 4.High Availability - convenient place your cellphone, earphone, cable, charger, MP3, ipod, keys, ID cards and other accessories. durable and lightweight arm band...
  • 5.Lightweight, flexible, portable, Perfect for most sports activities like jogging, running, cross training, hiking, mountain biking, gym, horse riding etc
JanraElec JanraElec Dual Layer Leather Hybrid Armor Defender Case with Screen Protector for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S - Pink
Book (JanraElec)
  • Custom designed for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S with free screen protector
  • Combination of TPU and Polycarbonate for dual protection from drops and scratches
  • Dual Layer Protection: Soft core for absorbing shock damage combined with a hard polycarbonate shell
  • Access to all the controls and features: Perfect cutouts for speakers, camera and other ports
  • Installation and removal is made easy with material free corners
STARTECH.COM Headset adapter for headsets with separate headphone / microphone plugs - 3.5mm 4 position to 2x 3 position 3.5mm M/F
  • Turns a 3.5mm combo headphone/microphone port into two distinct ports - one 3.5mm headphone jack and one 3.5mm microphone port
  • Allows the use of older audio accessories with newer computers
  • Compact design for maximum portability - a great solution to have on hand in your laptop bag
  • Lightweight, yet sturdy design that can easily be plugged in when required
  • Headset not included
  • Look for Ships and Sold by Amazon to ensure you are receiving genuine product. Genuine products come in packaging.
Samdi New Wooden Cell Phone Stand or Cell Phone Holder,a Good Cell Phone Decorations,for All Kinds of Brand Cell Phone Such As Iphone Samsung Nokia Htc Huawei Sony Mi Moto and so on (White(birch Color))
Wireless (SAMDI)
  • APPEARANCE: The wooden cell phone stand retains pure natural wood grain, lightweight and slim, retro and fashion
  • PRODUCT DESIGN: The wooden cell phone stand is used of an elegant design and structure ,smooth surface, excellent touch feeling,rugged and precise material
  • PRODUCT CHARACTERISTIC: Due to the inconsistent nature of the materials and hand-made process, these specifications may slightly vary for each product. Wood grain...
  • BE SUITABLE SCOPE: The Wooden cellphone stand or wooden cellphone holder for all kinds of cell phones,such as iPhone Samsung HTC SONY MOTO MI Huawei and so on.

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