Posted by Dave Thijssen Friday 14 December 2012

Recently I was asked to find out what the best Android-based smartphone is you can buy under 400 euro. I decided to share my findings for anyone who might be asking a similar question and/or have a similar budget.

Since I don't recommend purchasing a new phone with outdated software (older generations and lots of budget phones still ship with Android 2.x) I limited my search to Android 4.x only.

Samsung Galaxy S III MiniSony Xperia SSony Xperia PLG Optimus 4X HDHTC One S
CPU1GHz (Dual)1,5GHz (Dual) 1GHz (Dual)1,5 (Quad)1,5 (Dual)
Storage 8GB 32GB 16GB 16GB 16GB
Screen res.480x800 1280x720 (720p) 960x540 1280x720 (720p) 960x540
Screen size 4” 4,3”4”4,7”4,3”
Android4.1 4.0
Camera res. 5M 12.1M 8M 8M 8M
Video res. 640x480 (VGA) 1920x1080 (1080p) 1920x1080 (1080p) 1920x1080 (1080p) 1920x1080 (1080p)
Weight110g144g120g133g 120g
Battery ?h/500h 7h/450h 6h/450h7h/576h-
Price € 320,- € 325,-€ 275,-€ 350,-€ 375,-
SD slotMicro SD NoNoMicro SDNo
Reviews-Good 1Good 2Good 3Good 4

As of december 2012, based on these specifications, I'd recommend the Sony Xperia S or, the LG Optimus 4X HD.


2 comments... read them below or respond.

  1. and where is nexus 4?

  2. Nexus devices are great, unfortunately the Nexus 4 wasn't available - at least in the Netherlands - at the time this article was posted. Since this information is over a year old, and smartphone development moves fast, I recommend conducting a fresh search.


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