Fast Five: Basic Phones under Php2,500 (Mid-2017)
We’re putting in a new segment to our mid-year lists, and these are phones that could be one’s starter or secondary phone. In this Fast Five, we conclude our 2017 Mid-Year list with unique phones that are priced under Php2,500.
Cheap phones have evolved from just being simple alphanumeric candybars and clamshells to bearing niche features that want to capture a segment of the market. These phones we’ll feature have prices below Php2,500 and are released in the Philippines between January 1 to June 30, 2017. They’re listed in no particular order, and our Fast Fives will never be sponsored, yo.
Cherry Mobile Click
First up on our list is a Cherry Mobile bar phone that may qualify for another list but we chose to put this here simply because it’s a bar phone with just Android out of the box, which is odd to see nowadays. The Click could be your new phone if you are more into hitting those keypads rather than tapping onto the screen display, and if you’re one who has Php1,299 to boot.
Cherry Mobile Click (2017) key specs:
2.8-inch TFT LCD display
1.0GHz Dual Core chip (probably a Mediatek MT6572)
512MB internal storage
expandable up to 32GB via microSD
5MP rear camera with LED Flash
1.3MP front camera
Dual-SIM, Dual Standby
Android 4.4 KitKat
Cherry Mobile F6
If you’re a fan of flip phones, Cherry also has the F6 (priced at Php799) which is one of the few clamshells sold in the country today. It has its own merits — Dual-SIM connectivity, a VGS camera, and that familiar sound and feeling when you close the phone to end a call.
Cloudfone Lite Senior Flip
Cloudfone also has its own version of the clamshell, but this time it’s aimed at senior citizens with large keys and a one-touch SOS button that automatically sends a message to registered contacts and triggers an alarm right off the bat for Php1,299.
Cherry Mobile C1i
Cherry Mobile also has a bar phone that has a battery that’s quite not typical in bar phones as this device sports a 1800mAh battery — a huge one compared to typical 900mAh to 1200mAh seen on bar phones. The C1i is also quite a catach for its Php739 price tag.
Lastly, we have the Nokia 3310 which was officially available in the country last June 30. It may be one of the more expensive phones off this bunch at Php2,490, but the device has some merits to boot — it has snake, its battery can last for days, and has a 2-megapixel rear camera, something amiss from its original version more than a decade ago.
Nokia 3310 (2017) specs:
2.4-inch curved window with polarized layer
16MB internal storage
expandable via microSD up to 32GB
2MP rear camera
3.5mm headphone jack
Nokia Series 30+
Removable 1200 mAh battery
15.6 x 51 x 12.8 mm (dimensions)
Nostalgia aside, this one’s quite a needle in the haystack as we scoured around the metro to purchase one but only find out that it got sold out. We luckily got our own unit at the outskirts of the metro.
And that’s it for some of the top budget phones you can purchase today. We may have featured only five, but do note that there are other phones that offer a thing or two for everyone. Do chime in the comments section for other suggestions.