When the budget when buying a mobile phone does not matter, just grab the smartphone leaderboard of COMPUTER BILD and beat - maybe you catch up for 1st place for 980 euros (at Amazon , Stand: February 16, 2017). So much is the iPhone 7 Plus with 256 gigabytes, the current leader among the smartphones. Sure, such top models are sleek, chic, lavishly equipped and fun, but they do not offer the best value. Are you looking for a rather inexpensive device that still does enough? Then here is your overview!
Value for money
COMPUTER BILD calculates a price-performance note for each model according to the current test procedure, by the editorial team putting the test score at the current price. The deadline for all prices was 15 February 2017. Little wonder: The latest top models from Apple are not exactly a buying tip for price-conscious. Both the iPhone 7 and the larger iPhone 7 Plus end up in the price-performance comparison in the rear seats, just like the previous models iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus . Among the Apple models, the iPhone SE in the price-performance comparison still best. But Apple does not have the monopoly on (too) expensive phones, even Samsung's top-of-the-line Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 are a "deficient" one. In the performance-based list , iPhones and Edge models are top, but in the price-performance list they do not make a trick. Smart computers that want as much technology as possible for a few Euros are better served with the front seats of the price-performance overview , for instance with devices from Microsoft, Motorola, Huawei, Sony and Samsung.
Price-performance-winner - the newcomer
With a price from 347 Euro (at Amazon ) it is not a super bargain, but the equipment of the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) has improved in the new generation: it is waterproof, offers plenty of storage space and the battery runs for a long time. In the price-performance overview, the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) Duos however better off. The cell phone with 5.2 inch display makes it under the top 15 of the overview. The new P8 Lite 2017 from Huawei has just been added: With a price of 205 Euro (at Amazon ), the new edition of the China Smartphone makes it into the upper quarter.
Of course, there are also recommended smartphones under 200 euros , such as the slim Sony Xperia XA with good camera, Acers Liquid Z630 with superlanger battery time or the well-equipped Asus ZenFone 2 , as well as exotic the favorable Windows (10) smartphones Lumia 535 and Lumia 650 . Samsung fans save on the Galaxy J3 (2016) : The dual SIM mobile phone with replaceable battery is already available for around 170 euros (at Amazon ). Where is the hook here? The J3 is a 5-inch device with only 8 gigabytes of memory and shoots bad photos. The tight memory of 8 GB or 16 GB is the largest Achilles hee of the cheap smartphones. After only a few apps the memory is full and also a memory card does not help as much: with most manufacturers, one can save on the memory card no apps, only photos, music, videos and other files. Exception: With Lenovo / Motorola and HTC as well as Windows smartphones one can format the memory card so that it is also usable for apps. MicroSDXC memory cards are now available with capacities up to 256 GB and at sufficiently high speeds.
Conclusion: Cheap wins, but more expensive is usually better
As is so often the case in mobile phones, expensive does not automatically automatically. But usually, expensive products offer a certain added value - high-priced smartphones are usually better equipped and afford more than favorable offers. In relation to price and performance you get with cheap mobile phones but more for the money.