Mid-range smartphones are great: they bridge the gap between a brand’s most premium handsets and their most basic models. One step down from flagships and other top-tier devices, they may not pack the same heavy punch as their superiors but the improvements compared to low-end models can be vast.
If you’re in the market for a solid, long-lasting smartphone that won’t break the bank, here are 5 of the best.
For a company believed to be on its last legs, Nokia have a vast range of smartphones available today. Some good and some not so good. The 735 is on the list of good Nokias. Full of features the 4G-ready selfie specialist boasts a 1.2GHz snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage which is also expandable. Not the most dazzling specs, but for under £200 sim-free, it’s a real steal.
Best Price: £160.00 from eBuyer
Apple iPhone 5C
Apple’s “budget” iPhone is still a great option despite its age. The cheapest of the current iPhone lineup comes in a range of colour options and with a 4-inch display it remains pocket and hand friendly, unlike its newer siblings.
The 5C lacks some of the 6’s killer features such as TouchID and Apple Pay but if you can get over this budget phone’s not-so-budget price you can a number of its celebrated features such as 1080p video recording, its super smooth A6 processor and its fluent iOS.
Available from Apple for £319.00
HTC One Mini 2
The first of two mini variants of flagships, this is the little brother to HTC’s ever popular One M8. The compact device misses out on the M8’s ultrapixel rear camera but its 13MP rear camera and 5MP front shooter don’t disappoint.
Its aluminium unibody gives it a feel of a higher end device, while its Snapdragon 400 processor is more than capable for even the most demanding user. The dual front facing boomsound speakers are a big plus too giving some of the clearest and loudest sound of any smartphone. This is still a strong option and with the imminent mini variant of HTC’s latest flagship coming soon, you may be able to pick this up for a cut-down price.
Best Price: £248.95 from Simply Electronics
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
The second of our mini variants comes in the form of Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact. Following the main Xperia Z3 the two share the same Snapdragon 801 processor, 20MP rear camera and fast-charging feature.
The compromise comes in the Compact’s smaller battery and reduced size, which at 4.6 inches is still in good territory. Sony’s excellent build quality is present here, too, and there really aren’t many reasons why you wouldn’t be as happy with the Compact as you would the main Z3. All depends on what size you prefer.
Best Price: £263.99 from eGlobal Central
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Samsung has many mid-range handsets to choose from but the Alpha is one of the best. Its metal frame makes a change from the plastic bodies of the Galaxy S range and its 12MP shooter is pretty competent and can shoot video in 4K. Although the memory can’t be expanded, 32GB is still plenty. Solid isn’t a word we use to describe most Samsung phones but the Alpha is a solid option in more ways than one. A well-built success story amongst Samsung’s sea of Android devices, you could do a lot worse.
Best Price: £249.99 from Value Basket