Best budget smartphones

The best bang for your buck smartphones on the market.

Are you on a tight budget? Our best buys are a rank of the top smartphones based on perceived value for money. Note that some older flagship models have subsequently dropped in price since we first reviewed them which is why they're on our list.

Whether it's a low outright price or on a cheap plan, you'll find the best value for money smartphones on the Australian market right here.

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F1s
4.25

1. ​Oppo F1s review: 2016 has another King of the Best Value phones

At under $350 the F1s is a steal. It has features we'd like to see on top-end phones like fast fingerprint unlocking, free case and a three day battery life. Just beware of the camera performance and processing delay with ...
Review Date: 27th Jan., 2017
RRP: $ 348.00
G4 Plus
4.00

2. Is this the best value phone on the market? Moto G4 Plus review

It's not much of a looker but its a great performer. Specs and features are high end and the price stays low. Camera performance could be better though.
Review Date: 8th July, 2016
RRP: $ 399.00
Idol 4S
4.00

3. ​Alcatel Idol 4S review: King of the mid-range?

Alcatel is pushing out of its budget-brand comfort zone with a well-specified mid-range offering. The screen and cameras are attractive, but prices of better rivals are falling fast.
Review Date: 15th July, 2016
RRP: $ 599.00
iPhone 5s
4.50

4. Apple iPhone 5s review

Apple's iPhone 5s has a small screen by 2013 standards and is unlikely to attract users switching from large screen Android devices, but it remains the best smartphone Apple has ever released. The useful fingerprint sensor, a faster processor and ...
Review Date: 27th Sept., 2013
RRP: $ 869.00
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Axon 7
3.00

5. ​ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?

The ZTE Axon 7 does little wrong, but it launched overseas many months ago and, at this high price, there are many better choices to be made.
Review Date: 30th Jan., 2017
RRP: $ 699.00
R9s
4.25

6. ​Oppo R9s smartphone full review

There's much to like about the R9s: it does so many things and looks great. It's a bit sluggish in terms of performance and camera, though. But at this price it's still great value.
Review Date: 27th Jan., 2017
RRP: $ 598.00
X Force
4.00

7. ​Moto X Force review: Leading features from a mid-range phone

If you can put the fact that this phone launched overseas a year ago out of your head, this is still one of the best mid-range phones on the market and one that beats the best on the market in ...
Review Date: 6th Sept., 2016
RRP: $ 599.00
Xperia Z5 Premium
4.50
RRP: $ 1,199.00
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