Cheap smart phones often come with tradeoffs, but if you can’t afford anything else, they are your only entry to the smartphone kingdom. This articles highlights some of the best cheap phones to consider if you are shopping for cheap smartphones in 2014.
Battery life is usually an issue with cheap smart phones, but can be remedied to an extra-battery as well as a power bank. Performance lags and poor quality display and camera are also very common. Like last year, our definition of a cheap smart phone remains any smart phone with a starting price of 20,000 Naira or less in at least one store in Nigeria.
Below is a run down of some of the best cheap smart phones in Nigeria for 2014:
Smart S720i from MTN is the cheapest 4-incher in Nigeria right now. If you are an MTN subscriber or don’t mind being one, the MTN Smart S720i is a great choice. It is also dual-SIM ensuring that you are not stock to MTN.
MTN Smart S720i comes with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) and is powered by a 1.3GHz processor with 512MB RAM. It features a 4-inch screen. If you have been priced out of the smartphone market, Smart S720i is a decent choice. It is available at MTN stores and online exclusively at Jumia. Price starts at 10,000 Naira. You can buy the smaller MTN Smart Mini for 8,000 NGN.
Where to Buy Smart S720i
Jumia.com.ng₦9,999.00 View Offer
Nokia Lumia 530 is the cheapest member of the Lumia line and one of the best cheap smart phones in Nigeria. It features a 4-inch screen and a 5 megapixels camera. It is a dual-SIM phone, but unlike most cheap phones it supports fast 3G internet on both SIM cards.
Nokia Lumia 530 runs Windows Phone 8.1 on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 512MB of RAM. Price range: 16,500 to 20,000 Naira.
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 Lite is a stripped version of the Ace 4. It features a 4-inch screen and a 3.2 megapixels camera. It is loaded with Android 4.4 (KitKat) with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 looks a lot like the Ace, just not as good. However, it is the best smartphone from Samsung that you can buy for less than 20,000 Naira. Price range: 17,800 to 24,000 NGN.
LG L40 is the best budget smartphone from LG. It is also the cheapest phone from LG to offer Android 4.4 (KitKat). It offers dual-SIM or Tri-SIM options, but the models selling in Nigeria currently are dual-SIM phones.
LG L40 sports a 3.5-inch display and a 3.2 megapixels camera with power coming from a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. Price range: 15,200 to 20,000 Naira.
Where to Buy LG L40
Jumia.com.ng₦15,200.00 View Offer
Innjoo i1s is the most affordable 5-incher in the Nigerian market. Looking at the raw specs it offers the best value when compared to the other cheap smartphones in Nigeria.
Innjoo i1s runs Android 4.4 (KitKat) on a 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM. You also get a 5 megapixels camera. Innjoo i1s is exclusive at Jumia with a price of 13,995 Naira.
Where to Buy Innjoo i1s
Jumia.com.ng₦13,995.00 View Offer
Tecno F5 features a 4-inch display and a 5 megapixels camera. It still runs on the older Jelly Bean (Android 4.2), but with 1GB RAM and 1.3GHz dual-core processor, it should run smoothly.
It is the best Tecno phone that you can buy for less than 20,000 Naira. Price range: 15,900 to 25,000 Naira
More Great Cheap Smart Phones
Here are some more cheap smart phones that did not make the list, but are still great buys. We also added more links to popular smart phone categories: