Saturday, March 8, 2014

5 Best Selling Budget No Contract Smartphones Under $100 Reviews



Below are the top five best selling affordable no contract smartphones with many features found on premium smartphones on sale at Amazon as of March 9, 2014. They all sell for under $100.00 USD. Amazon does fluctuate their prices depending on demand. This means that the prices there could be either lower or higher than the actual copy written on this page. I have reviewed 3 of these smartphones and left links to Amazon for the other two. I have also added a link/s for any no-contract smartphones that are in the top five sellers regardless if they fit the criteria of being under $100.00 if there are any to be found at Amazon in this top five list. This list will be updated every few months to account for changes and upgrades. All of these smartphones are top sellers at the largest online retailer for good reasons. The vast majority of the people who buy these smartphones reviewed and listed below love what they are getting for the cost.

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1. Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone (AT&T) Review

The Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone offers a full smartphone experience. It's lightweight and carries a great battery life, with very few compromises. One of the best phones you can get at this price and unbeatable Nokia Quality. It isn't a high-end luxury phone, but you may not find a better phone for this price. The Windows tiles display what you want, the way you want it. With Live Tiles, designed to keep you closer to what matters most. It’s the smartphone reinvented around the user. 

The Nokia Lumia 520 blows away many entry-level prepaid phones. It sports good build quality and runs fast and smooth. This Windows Phone is very easy to use. If you're on a budget but still want to enjoy the power and convenience of a smartphone, this one is for you. 

You'll be hard-pressed to find more value for your money from any other smartphone. This phone runs smoother than many entry level Android phones. Some devices costing twice as much can't beat it. 

The most notable manner in which they cut cost is the screen, which is not of high pixel count, but after all, it's a value phone. The 4 inch screen may not be the brightest sharpest ever seen, but even at the MSRP price, it's pretty good. For the price it's selling at Amazon, it's actually pretty darn good. Some say the screen is very bright and crisp depending on the setting. The LCD screen sports Lumia line's supersensitivity to nails and gloved hands. 

The Dual Core (1GHz) Processor may not be the biggest processor around, but swiping still goes around  smoothly without any lag or stuttering.  

On the back there is a five megapixel camera. There's no front facing camera so video calling is out. Although the 5-megapixel camera can record 720p HD video, there's no flash. Nokia also omitted wireless charging, to help keep costs down. The lack of a camera flash takes away a little from this phone and is the main customer complaint, yet most people don't seem to care much about this seeing the overall value this phone offers, and some say that it's still comparable or better than any Android device they've tested at this price point. Photos are better than average at its price point. This phone actually takes surprisingly good pictures. Besides, we know that those small flash lights don't help too much with dark photos anyway. 

The quantity of key apps used on other operating system platforms is still lagging but those missing on Windows OS phones is shrinking rapidly. Loaded with Nokia's custom software helps differentiate Nokia phones from other manufacturers' Windows phones.

The 520 comes with a 1,430mAh battery, 8GB mass storage, and support for 64GB in expandable memory. If you need more space for your photos and video clips, Microsoft offers its standard 7GB in free online SkyDrive storage. The Windows 8 OS has all Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS connections you'll need. Also included is support for multiple e-mail inboxes and social networks. If you are not looking to spend too much cash, this phone is definitely an option. The 520 lacks LTE support. However, you won't be impeded by 3G speeds; the 520 will deliver 4G HSPA+ networks where available.

Features:
  • Dual Core lightning-fast (1GHz) Processor
  • Listen to your favorite songs with Nokia Music
  • 5MP Rear Facing Camera - Snap creative photos with built-in digital lenses
  • 4 inch WVGA LCD display, (Resolution: 800x480, PPI: 235)
  • 4G Windows 8 Smartphone; SIM Card included
  • Battery Life: 600 minutes, Talk Time: 9.2 Hours, Standby Time: 270 Hours
  • Super-sensitive 4” touchscreen
  • Create exciting images with Nokia digital camera lenses. Cinemagraph pictures with motion, Smart Shoot. Super-wide-angled pictures take in more of the scene.
  • Sync methods: WiFi, USB, Skydrive
  • GPS-enabled for use with maps, search, and other location-aware services
  • Global HERE Maps, HERE Drive, and HERE Transit for multifaceted navigation features.
  • Listen to your favorite songs with free Nokia Music
  • Choose from more than 175,000 Windows Phone apps
  • Nokia's signature apps 

Visit the Microsoft Apps Store to check app availability.

In the Box: Lumia 520, Battery, Wall Charger, USB Cable, SIM Card, Quick Start Guide
Size and Weight
  • 4.7 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches
  • 4.4 ounces 
  • 0.4 inch depth 

The curve of the back plate allows the 520 to fit comfortably in your hand and slide into your back pocket with ease.

List Price $99.99, Amazon price $59.99 (subject to change), Free Shipping on qualifying orders. Go to the Amazon page for the Nokia Lumia 520 GoPhone (AT&T) and for more details, service plans, and customer reviews.

Amazon Review quotes:

"This phone will stay with me for many years no matter wherever technology takes us." Sundar

"What a surprise in such a cheap package!" Nic

"Overall - I'm impressed with this phone and even more so given the rock-bottom price." Morphling





2. Nokia Lumia 521 (T-Mobile) Review

It looks like Nokia and Microsoft have knocked it out of the park with the affordable Nokia Lumia 521 smartphone that is certain to please. If you're all about saving money, then take a look at T-Mobile's Nokia Lumia 521. This Windows 8 Phone 4G device delivers solid performance and Nokia's signature apps at a bargain price. Loaded with Nokia's custom software helps differentiate Nokia phones from other manufacturers' Windows phones.  

The 521 is virtually the same phone as the 520 above with a difference in battery life riding on a T-Mobile network. A fast smartphone with the ability to create a custom display creates a user experience with no more endless swiping to get to the app you currently need. The Windows tiles display what you want, the way you want it. With Live Tiles, designed to keep you closer to what matters most. It’s the smartphone reinvented around the user. The Windows 8 OS has all Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS connections you'll need, plus support for multiple e-mail inboxes and social networks. With most inexpensive smartphones you get exactly what you pay for, namely a cheap phone with cheap hardware that often struggles to meet OS demands. The Lumia 521 delivers an above-average experience that fits a higher price.  

The 4 inch screen may not be the brightest sharpest ever seen, but even at the MSRP price, it's not too bad. For the price it's selling at Amazon, it's actually pretty darn good. Some say the screen is very bright and crisp depending on the setting. The LCD screen sports Lumia line's supersensitivity to nails and gloved hands.

A beautiful interface displays legible fonts and colors making the Lumia 521 a pleasure to use. The touch screen is sensitive and fast.

Of course there are a few tradeoffs to buy a smartphone at this price. The screen resolution could be better. Speaker sound is better on some more expensive phones, but for many this phone will deliver enough sound. Some complain about the plastic case, but then again many smartphone users just cover their phones up with a plastic cover anyway. And just like the 520, the camera has no flash, but unless greater photographic capabilities is a must have and one wants to spend more on this feature, this ain't no biggie. It all comes down to what one wants and needs. 

The Dual Core (1GHz) Processor may not be the biggest processor around, but swiping still goes smoothly. On the back there is a five megapixel camera. There's no front facing camera so video calling is out. The 5-megapixel camera can record 720p HD video. Nokia did not include wireless charging, to help keep costs down.

Photos are better than average at its price point, and this phone actually takes surprisingly good pictures. The 521 lacks LTE support. However, you won't be impeded by 3G speeds; the 521 will still deliver 4G HSPA+ networks where available.

The bottom line is that the Nokia Lumia 521 is an excellent phone. Of all the phones out there, Android, iPhones, and the Windows 8 phone, many feel that this phone by far is one of the best values. 

Features:
  • 4G Windows 8 Smartphone with a T-Mobile SIM card included
  • 4 inch WVGA LCD display (Resolution: 800x480, PPI: 235)
  • 5MP Rear Facing Camera - Snap creative photos with built-in digital lenses. Cinemagraph pictures with motion, Smart Shoot. Super-wide-angled pictures take in more of the scene.
  • Dual Core lightning-fast (1GHz) Processor
  • Super-sensitive 4” touchscreen 
  • Listen to your favorite songs with free Nokia Music
  • Battery Life: 7.5 hours talk time; 12.5 days standby time
  • 512MB RAM, 8GB ROM, Supports 64GB microSD card
  • Sync methods: WiFi, USB, Skydrive
  • Wi-Fi and Mobile Calling
  • GPS-enabled for use with maps, search, and other location-aware services
  • Global HERE Maps, HERE Drive, and HERE Transit for multifaceted navigation features.
  • Choose from more than 175,000 Windows Phone apps
  • Nokia's signature apps

Visit the Microsoft Apps Store to check app availability.

In the Box: Lumia 521, Charger, USB Cable, Micro-SIM card, and Start Guide.
Size and Weight
  • 4.7 x 2.5 x 0.4 inches
  • 4.4 ounces 
  • 0.4 inch depth

The curve of the back plate allows the 521 to fit comfortably in your hand and slide into your back pocket with ease.
 
Get great features at a great value at Amazon with the Nokia Lumia 521. List Price $149.99, Amazon price $79.99 (subject to change), Free Shipping on qualifying orders. Go to the Amazon page for the Nokia Lumia 521 (T-Mobile) and for more details, service plans, and customer reviews.  


Amazon Review quotes:

"I bought it as a cheap entry into Windows Phone 8, and I'm completely blown away. If you're on the fence about this device, let me help you. Stop reading my review here, and go buy this thing! You won't find a better value anywhere else." Ichiro

"Don't Let Inexpensive Fool You - This Phone is Packed With Features Including WiFi Calling & Tethering" Carrie

"In terms of price/performance this one is off the charts. It completes nicely with phones costing 3x as much." J. Martinez



3. Samsung Galaxy Victory LTE Prepaid Android Phone (Virgin Mobile)





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