How much better is the world’s best smartphone (the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge) compared to the best budget smartphones (ZTE Axon 7, Motto G4 Plus and ZTE Max Pro)? Is it really worth spending hundreds more for the latest technology? No need to fear, the masters of fixing broken phones are here to help you figure it out!
The Best Phone: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
The simplicity of the iPhone makes it the most popular (and pricey) choice, but the most powerful smartphone on the market is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Its sleek lightweight design features dual curved edges, glass front and back, and metal framing. The S7 Edge was designed with you—yes you—In mind. And since we all know looks aren’t everything, the S7 Edge has a whole lot more to offer, such as:
#1. Dust & Water Resistant
Don’t try to swim in the ocean for extended periods of time with your Samsung S7 Edge, but rest assured if you get pushed in the pool while it’s in your back pocket. The phone is IP68 certified, that means it’s dust resistant and water resistant in up to 5-feet of water for up to 30 minutes. For comparison, the iPhone 7 is only IP67 certified.
#2. High Quality Display
The S7 Edge has no competition with its dual edge 5.5” AMOLED Quad HD display, which maximizes the screen space of the phone and provides faster pixel response for a higher quality display. The Quad HD makes it four times the standard of regular HD quality. Plus, you have the option to leave the screen lit at all times for constant access to the time and new notifications.
#3. Front & Rear Camera
Samsung and their innovative ways created the first dual pixel auto focus CMOS camera. Its light sensitivity is nearly 50% better due to the CMOS sensor on the 5MP front camera.
#4. Expandable Storage
Get up to 256GB of storage, with the option to add an SD card for additional space.
#5. 6.0 Marshmallow OS
The focus of the latest OS is on improving performance and battery life. Some highlights include: Fingerprint access, more control over phone usage, Google Now on Tap, battery saving options, quick response to apps and multitasking. In addition to power saving features, the S7 Edge has a 3600mAh battery.
#6. Color Variety
The S7 Edge comes in 5 colors: black, white, gold, silver, or pink gold.
The Best Budget Smartphones
If you don’t want to spend $700+ dollars on the S7 Edge but you still want a reliable smartphone that isn’t from the dark ages, here are three of the best budget smartphones to consider.
#1. ZTE Axon 7
Starting at the top of the best budget spectrum, this smartphone will cost you around $400. This smartphone checks off all the boxes, including:
-Trendy all metal design
-5.5-inch AMOLED screen
-Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
-21MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera
-6GB storage, also available with 64GB or 12GB of ram at an additional cost
#2. Moto G4 Plus
For only $250 dollars this phone is the best bang for your buck.
The Motto G4 Plus features:
-A 5.5-inch HD screen
-16GB storage with the option to add more via MicroSD card
-16MP rear camera, 5MP front facing camera
Most US carriers support this smartphone. If you are looking for a phone that is very similar to a stock Android with up to date features and security updates, this is a great option.
#3. ZTE Max Pro
This device ranges between $100 and $180. MetroPCS and Sprint are the only carriers for this particular device. It might be worth the switch, it’s a pretty sweet phone for a super cheap price.
The ZTE Max Pro comes with:
-A 6-inch HD display
-32GB of storage with the option to expand storage with a MicroSD card
-A 13MP rear camera, and a 5MP front facing camera
-3,400mAh battery – that is only 200mAh less than the S7 Edge!
Final Consensus: Is it worth it to splurge on the best smartphone or is the best budget smartphone good enough?
Now that we have compared the best and most powerful smartphone to the top three best budget smartphones, do you think it is worth it to splurge? I’m leaning towards yes, unless you don’t care about the added technology included with the Samsung device. If new technology and advanced capabilities are important to you, it’s likely worth it to make the splurge. After all, we use our phones every day for every last little thing, from socializing, to banking to working.