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Six (6) Mobile Phones on a Php6,000 Budget




Recent statistics suggest that the jaw-dropping growth of smartphone sales in the Philippines is largely due to steep competition and cheaper phones from numerous companies, thus, resulting in device manufacturers to offer entry-level smartphones that can offer so much more minus a higher price tag.

We’ve already given you guys a list of smartphones that meet the requirements of those who want mid-level and semi-high end performance at varying prices, we figured, there are those who are looking to purchase entry-level smartphones as well.

There aren’t a lot of phones to go for at this price range (unless you purchase a grey unit) so we’ve chosen some devices that we’ve already experienced, are well-built and we think most of you will like. Feel free to have a look below.

(Don’t look for cheap, Samsung/BlackBerry Chinese knock-offs here as they aren’t included.)

Samsung Galaxy Y (Php5,650) – Undeniably popular, affordable and user-friendly.

Best for people who: Want an easy-to-use Android phone that’s easy on the wallet as well and are allured by the ‘Galaxy’ branding.

Not suitable for those who: Don’t like being seen using a phone that’s owned by many since it is a very popular device, don’t like the low-resolution display, have big thumbs.

Pros: Compact, light, easy to use [thanks to TouchWiz], solidly built, good call quality, FM radio.

Cons: Small screen, keyboard’s not as good as we’ve expected, fuzzy camera and average battery life.

Huawei Ascend Y200 (Php5,450) – Fast, responsive with a great screen to boot.

Best for people who: Want an affordable phone with great viewing angles, zippy UI and good call quality without breaking the bank.

Not suitable for those who: Are stigmatized by Chinese brands, movie and application addicts.

Pros: Great performance for the price, 320×480 3.5-inch IPS LCD display, in-call active noise-cancelling, solid fit and finish.

Cons: Capacitive touch keys can be finicky at times, so-so camera, speakerphone sounds muddy/crackled.

Lenovo A65 (Php5,499) – A phone with great looks and dual SIM capabilities for a cheap price.

Best for people who: Want to use multiple networks without bringing a second phone.
Not suitable for those who: Watch movies on the go, hate choppy UI animations, want a slim phone.

Pros: Dual-SIM [both are active all the time], easy SIM management, good battery life, top-notch design and build materials.
Cons: Screen resolution is on the low side, a bit chunky, hardware buttons can be cumbersome to use, ‘microscopic’ power/lock key.

Blackberry Curve 8520 (Php 6,800) – Cheap, zippy, no-frills entry-level BlackBerry phone.

Best for people who: Are not a fan of touchscreen keyboards, messenger addicts, want BBM and social networking on a budget.

Not suitable for those who: Think Blackberry phones are no longer relevant, who have used Blackberry OS versions 6 or higher, hate small screens, play lots of apps.

Pros: Affordable, cheap internet packages, BBM, fast [lags and freezes are there but rarely happens], very straightforward, loud speakerphone, lovely full QWERTY keyboard.

Cons: Flimsy build, rubber body moldings wear easily, awful camera, severely outdated OS.

Nokia Asha 303 (Php5,800) – 1GHz processor, QWERTY keyboard and user-friendly OS in a feature phone.

Best for people who: Feel at home with Nokia devices, want a QWERTY keyboard and responsive experience on a phone without too much bells and whistles.
Not suitable for those who: Are app freaks, want Android, hate Nokia, think that Symbian is not an option.

Pros: Feels good in the hand, inexpensive but premium-looking, full QWERTY keyboard, [very] easy to use, Symbian Belle design elements incorporates usage of thumbs on the screen which makes OS navigation relatively pleasurable, fluid and responsive internet browser.

Cons: OS is outdated, no GPS, no ‘true’ multi-tasking, small-ish screen, not exactly a smartphone (more like a feature phone with limited smartphone features), lack of apps.

Sony Ericsson E16i (W8 Walkman) (Php6,500) – Phone for the music-centric people.

Great for people who: Love listening to music without spending for additional MicroSD card and suffering from awful-sounding bundled eaphones that other phones come with.

Not suitable for those who: Think that Android 2.1 will not work for them, hate Sony’s extensive UI.

Pros: Good bundled earphones, good sound quality, simple to use, smooth overall UI and browser response, 2GB microSD card included.

Cons: OS is outdated, average battery life (so are the others on this list anyway), call sound quality is not as good.

Devices we’ve included above are just some of the phones we’ve already tested/owned so we were able to describe our experiences from a buyer’s perspective, it’d be great if you guys could help us out even further by listing more phones below and please do include the prices and reasons why you chose ’em, let’s help each other out shall we?

By the way, if you’re not afraid of purchasing brand new ‘grey units’ [devices that don’t often come with manufacturer’s warranty] from well-known online stores, then that 6,000 pesos (or a bit more) can buy you an HTC Explorer, Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro or Aspen M1 and many others. Just make sure to take a great care of your grey market smartphone, don’t go crazy flashing roms otherwise you’ll end up turning your 6,000 pesos into an expensive paperweight.



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63 Responses

  1. John says:

    “Six smartphones on a Php 6000 budget.

    Umm that nokia asha shit isn’t a smartphone. Well, generally speaking, these are all shitty dumbphones.

    • Kevin Go says:

      The title is set for correction already.

      I specifically said ‘phones’ as I’ve thrown in the Asha and some feature phones. Like always, I’m not the one who creates the title. I’m just the writer.

      Thanks.

    • popoymola says:

      kung makapag comment ka naman pra kang will time bigtime. ganyan ka ng ganyan bka nka 3210 ka p rin hnggng ngaun. learn how to respect the writers.

    • JasonBourne says:

      @John, pare perpekto ka ba? tanungin m muna sarili mo. Ok lang magcorrect sa maayos na paraan pre. Balik ka sa school mo para malaman mo. bugoy!

    • Water says:

      ^ :)) 3210 ang hanep. Panalo!

      Pasalamat na lang nga tayo sa writer kasi malaking tulong tong article sa mga tao na on-a-budget e. Di naman lahat ng tao kayang mag Galaxy S3 o iPhone4S o kung ano man.

      Sana na lang next time wag masyado antagonistic dating ng comment.

      Salamat!

    • bia says:

      So 4 ‘Droids and a Blackberry (pioneer in smartphones) are dumbphones, eh? What’s your definition of a smartphone?

    • moisture says:

      Nokia Asha 303 is a SMARTPHONE.

      Nokia India on Monday announced its latest addition to the Asha series – the Nokia Asha 303, a touch & type smartphone with a QWERTY keypad designed for web browsing, social networking, entertainment and gaming.

      Outdated lang yung OS.

      The article’s title is correct.
      Nokia ASHA is SMARTER THAN YOU John!

    • Ratheon7000 says:

      YOUR COMMENT DOESNT MATTER. ATLEAST THESE PHONES ARE SMARTER THAN YOU!

  2. nah says:

    alcatel 918N :D

    • Jomar says:

      Amen brother!

      Its one best ‘sulit’ cheap Android phones that I have bought. Not to mention its a ‘proper’ dual SIM (i.e. Its a dual standby)

    • nah says:

      and the screen resolution is easily one of the best (if not the best actually) in the below 6k range

    • kgeek says:

      I so agree. This MUST be included in the list. :) I repeat, MUST. :D

    • Kevin Go says:

      Sorry guys! The phones I have mentioned above are the only ones I’ve experienced using :(

      I didn’t want to mention phones solely because of its spec sheet lang so I had to make sure I’ve already used the unit before featuring it on an article.

      That’s why I asked you guys to add phones rin haha! Thank you for reading! Di bale next time, if Alcatel sponsors or something sure we’ll mention it of course.

      (fist phone Ive owned is the alcatel one touch thingy BTW XD yung may antenna na super laki)

    • Angelo says:

      Obviously, di nyo pa na-check yung ibang phones. E-demo nyo sa cellphone shop sa susunod na madaan kayo dun. If we’ll base our decision on the screen see we should know that;

      Alcatel 918N – 3.2 inches
      Huawei Ascend Y200 – 3.5 inches IPS

      Google nyo na lang to learn kung bakit mas maganda ang IPS screen kaysa ordinary screen. In addition;

      Alcatel 918N – MTK 6573 CPU 650 MHz
      Huawei Ascend Y200 – Qualcomm CPU 800 MHz

      Alcatel 918N – Android OS, v2.3.5
      Huawei Ascend Y200 – Android OS, v2.3.6

      Sa Dual-SIM lang yata nakalamang ang Alcatel.

  3. Kevin Go says:

    Note:

    This list is not purely made up of smartphones, we’ve included some feature phones that can fit into other people’s budget and lifestyle as well.

    Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. Thank you guys.

  4. Louie says:

    The LG Optimus L3 is a good contender for Php 5,990.

  5. trending says:

    Among the 6 I think Lenovo A65 is the winner.

    • Angelo says:

      If you read the online reviews of these phones, you’ll see that the only major selling point of Lenovo A65 is its being dual SIM. It has an inferior screen display and camera.

  6. yes says:

    xperia mini st15i is only around 6.3k at memo xpress. i think it is far better than any of these smart phones listed here and has a 4.0 ics update already with 1ghz processor

    • Kevin Go says:

      We wanted to feature that phone in this list but mall prices are still around 7,200-8,000+ and this is a 6,000 peso list :(

      We’re glad you’ve posted the price update though. It’ll surely come in handy! Thanks a lot!

  7. Dale says:

    How about LG Optimus L3? It is better than Galaxy Y but it’s on the same price range.

  8. benchmark says:

    Hmmm motorola fire xt is also a good phone…android gingerbread, front facing cam, cam with flash, radio and expandable mem…around 6k….

    I notice, i never seen any review of moto here. Cguro wala lang din nag sponsor or nagproprovide ng demo unit. Sayang. Good brand din ang moto, but only few lang me gusto….

    Sayang nga, if i knew widget city will be have moto maxx, un na lang sana buy ko. Anyway im happy with my moto phone :)

    • Kevin Go says:

      Wala pa po eh haha! Hopefully may mag sponsor next time? XD

      Now that Moto is owned by Google, gosh I wouldn’t think twice about owning one.

  9. techgear says:

    Tested all of the phones above…as of yet…huawei y200 is the best so far…though I have bought a mint 2nd hand HTC chacha yesterday in greenhills for 5k…hehehe

    • Jay says:

      Plus one for Huawei Ascend Y200. If you lay all these phones side by side, its 3.5″ IPS screen display clearly beats that of the others.

  10. wapski says:

    sana kasali din yung Alcatel Glory X OT918n.. Parang A65 din katapat nun at 6K price.. mas OK pa mesa galaxy Y at contender ng Lenovo A65

  11. Omi says:

    Pakidagdag rin yung Lg L3 optimus E400, nabili ng brother last march 5,740 bili niya. Gingerbread android version niya. Un nga lang hindi maganda yung contrast ng screen. Kung rate natin siya sa 5, sa akin 3 ang rate niya. Yung contrast lang ng screen ang downside niya.

  12. carlo says:

    Where is lg optimus L3?

  13. neecs says:

    Have to agree with some of the guys here, the LG Optimus L3 should be in this list. Its less than 5,500 now, too.

    • Kevin Go says:

      I don’t like to mention phones that I haven’t used kasi nga po this article from a user/buyer’s perspective :( I don’t get the concept of referring products to people based on spec sheets lang, kasi may times specs can be impressive then yung performance is disappointing.

      That’s why I asked you guys to add some more phones pa hihi. Thanks for reading though, pag na try ko na yung optimus L3 I’ll edit this post again for sure!

  14. dave says:

    kevin,
    can you make a list of the best phones on postpaid plans? with smart? its still cheaper to get a subsidized phone, coz u can get a high end phone at a small price, never mind the contract, it will probably last 2yrs?? and whats the fastest way to get approved.. many thanks!

  15. Eduardo says:

    Sana nga yun na lang presyo 6 in 6000 php.

  16. pinescruiser says:

    kulang yata sa research ang writer natin today.. i think alcatel 918n/918nx , motorola fire xt, zte blade and LG optimus L3 must be included… and if you check the current price of Lenovo A60, eh 5499 na rin with front camera.. the phrase “(Don’t look for cheap, Samsung/BlackBerry Chinese knock-offs here as they aren’t included.)” should not be posted since huawei and lenovo are chinese knock-off phones din, like a myphone a818 which is priced at 3999 without 3g nga lng to… for a price of 6k and below, i will go for lenovo A60 since may front camera cya at same lang sila ng chipset with lenovo A65 ,alcatel 918n and myphone a818.. konting tweak lng so that it can kick to 800 mhz..

    • Angelo says:

      Mali din yung understanding mo what are knock-offs. It means fake. There are China-made phones which are copies of iPhones, Samsungs, HTCs. Yun ang mga knock-offs. Ang Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, though they are China-made also, wala silang kinopyang ibang mga phone manufacturers. They make their own phones using their own designs, kaya di sila matatawag na knock-offs.

      MyPhone is a Filipino brand at since wala din naman silang kinopyang ibang phone, hindi din sila considered na knock-off.

    • pinescruiser says:

      noted..:) about myphone, yes its a filipino brand pero the manufacturing is still in china..

    • Angelo says:

      China. Yes, most probably, which brings us to another sub-category, MyPhone, Cherry, Torque, etc. Re-branded phones.

  17. rocketlog says:

    About flashing roms, wouldn’t that end up voiding your warranty?

  18. heian says:

    Missing in action ang Alcatel Glory 918N!

  19. Chris P. says:

    Sa list ang panalo para sa akin ay
    yung Lenovo A65.

    Swak din dito yung:
    Alcatel Glory/blaze
    Cloudfone / Netphone ng globe at smart
    LG Optimus L3
    Galaxy pocket
    Xperia mini St15i, ito yung gamit ko ngayon. Mall price nabili ko last
    for P6,445 last month.

  20. Ghost says:

    Hi Kevin Go!

    I’m just wondering if you have any data to back-up your claim that the Samsung Galaxy Y is “undeniably popular” here in the Philippines?

    Thanks!

  21. baroness says:

    bakit walang Optimus L3? Agree ako sa Huwawei. Pero #1 ang galaxy Y? Hindi ata. Sayang naman yung list na’to.

  22. Markie says:

    I agree with the Lenovo A65 review. The screen is so-so, but you get used to it after a while naman. I also like the keyboard, it’s easy to type. The GPS, my personal favorite, works and you can download GPS navigators and spedometers, and use them without use of network. The ONLY thing that frustrates me is….

    The UI LAG. Very laggy. When you press the home button coming out of a program, it takes about 5 seconds for the icons and stuff to load. What you see is the wallpaper for five seconds and it sometimes needs your “touch” for the icons to appear. Sometimes nag hehesitate ka mag open ng programs because you almost assume that it will lag when you press the home button. It’s my first android, coming from ipod touch 3g and iphone 3gs. I like it because it’s dual sim. My friend’s Galaxy y did not naman compared to this phone, almost same specs naman, so i don’t get it. I’m no expert naman sa software pero I don’t think maganda “programming” sa A65. Kasi kahit pag tawag ko paminsan laggy, one time di ko ma cancel yung call kasi nag hang.. Grr.. Pero mura siya at sulit naman. I like the build and GPS power.

    Pero kung tutuusin sana, I would pay 2,000 more if they could fix the laggy UI, browsing is also not that good. Parang na-affect lahat eh. Yun lang naman po, ok na sana to. Increase siguro yung RAM (200mb only)?

    I’m planning to purchase a Lenovo p700 but i’m kinda hesitating because natatakot na ko baka may hints parin ng lag. Ganun po ba talaga ang Android? I mean frustrating laggy? Thank you

  23. kriman says:

    Gusto ko yung sony erickson.
    magkano yun?

  24. XXIX says:

    Huawei Ascend Y200 or HTC Explorer?

  25. lalaland says:

    too many lacking phones, the motorola fire XT(specs same with galaxy y but bigger screen 3.5″), the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro(the phone is upgradable to ICS), and even alcatel 918N and MyPhone A818! sana ma edit… the LG L3 and Galaxy Y are just the same pero dapat nanjan din yun… sana magkaroon ng new list!

  26. kringie says:

    I have this Alcatel 918n. I bought it last Feb for 6k. But right now they sell it for 5.6k
    Super ok ang phone na’to. I must say astig talaga :D super ganda ng resolution compared to any Samsung phone I’ve seen :p the only problem with this device is it’s GPS doesn’t work.

  27. plutocrat says:

    I bought a Cherry Mobile Cosmo a year ago for PHP 6800. (its a rebranded Cellon C8093). Its served me very well and has been surprisingly robust, although I don’t demand much of it – no need for video playing or games.
    I now see they’re selling it for 4500 PHP. And a couple of their other offerings are around the 6k mark as well, so possibly worth looking at those.

  28. Atom John says:

    Best offer ang Huawei Ascend Y200. Ganda ng screen, malinaw. Yung UI mabilis din. Beyond expectations talaga. Sabi nga sa brochure nila.

  29. Richard Castle says:

    Good Info.

  30. Richard Castle says:

    Guys Check this out . Xolo .

  31. archie says:

    Alcatel one touch magic. A truly underrated phone for P4000. Good for first time android users na ayaw bumili kaagad ng mahal na device. Available pa rin sa lazada.

  32. fce says:

    For those considering a BlackBerry Smartphone, the Q5 is the replacement model for the Curve.
    The Q5 costs 700 PHP more than the Curve’s listed price of 6,800 ( Widget City) The phone is 4G lte, with NFC, 2 GB RAM, and can be upgraded to the latest OS 10.3.1 with BlackBerry Blend and built in Amazon App. Store. Love the BlackBerry Blend feature of the new OS. Had this phone for over a year now and it works well for me.

  33. ramie tabura says:

    check out this ..huawei mediapad M2 8.D

  34. Please remove this post.. It’s too irrelevant now.. This was 2012… thanks

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