Smartphones have, over the last few years, grown in importance. They have become a household item, so to speak. No longer are they a luxury, but a lifeline for many. These diverse benefits make smartphones a grand gift for the holidays. Available in the market are a wide range and variety of smartphones phones priced reasonably.
If you are not looking to order your phone online and sign a second contract to earn an additional discount, here are some great smartphones that cost under $150:
Apple iPhone 4 – $99 (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon)
Apple introduced the iPhone 4 to replace the iPhone 3GS. A month ago, the company released the iPhone 4S to take the place of the iPhone 4 as its latest model. In the process, the price of older models was slashed by $100. The 3GS is now available (with 8GB for free) with a two-year agreement. The iPhone 4 is now $99.99 with an agreement on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.
Its camera is great, and is still the most popular camera on Flickr. It comes with a case.
EVO Design 4G – $99.99 (Sprint)
Sprint and HTC, building on the ever-popular EVO brand, have joined hands to offer a mid-range phone, which strongly reminds you of the original EVO. The EVO Design 4G boasts of some minor upgrades over its predecessor – such as a 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 processor, 768MB RAM, 4GB ROM, and a qHD display. The EVO Design 4G is slightly smaller than the original EVO. It ships with Sense UI 3.0 running atop Android 2.3.4, has a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video capture. Priced at $99.99 and coming with a two-year agreement, the EVO Design 4G is certainly a great buy.
Windows Phone 7.5, popularly known as Mango, T-Mobile has one of the latest Windows-powered HTC devices in its line-up. The hardware of HTC Radar, released recently, strongly resembles that of HTC’s Flyer tablet with its white body and aluminum trim. The phone comes with a 3.8-inch S-LCD (Gorilla Glass) display, 1GHz Scorpion processor, 5-megapixel camera capable of 720p video capture at 30fps, and 8GB built-in storage. The HTC Radar is available on T-Mobile for $99.99 with a two-year agreement. If you are not on T-Mobile and are still interested in Windows Phone, there are the HTC Trophy on Verizon for $29.99, and HTC Arrive – with a QWERTY keyboard – for $99.99 on Sprint.
LG Thrill 4G/Motorola Atrix 2 $99.99 (AT&T)
If you desire a 3D phone but do not want to spend too much on it, there is the LG Thrill 4G on AT&T. The Thrill 4G has a 4.3-inch 3D LCD display, dual 5-megapixel cameras capable of stereoscopic 3D photos and videos (720p at 30fps, 1080p at 24fps in 2D), and a 1GHz TI OMAP processor. At $99.99, the 4G (HSPA+) access and 3D image and video capture is really worth your money. If you do not need 3D but are in favour of a display with a higher resolution, you can have a look at the similar Motorola Atrix 2, which possesses a 4.3-inch qHD (960 by 540 pixels) display, 8-megapixel camera, 8GB built-in memory, 1GB RAM and a 1GHz TI OMAP processor. The Motorola Atrix 2 can shoot 1080p video at 24fps. It is also available on AT&T’s network – for $99.99 with a two-year agreement.
The Samsung Stratosphere on Verizon, launched in October 2011, is great as a mid-range device. It has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 512MB RAM, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 4GB built-in memory, and a 5-megapixel camera. Super AMOLED sports a display and a roomy, slide-out QWERTY for heavy testers. It costs $149.99. For one who is on Sprint and looking seeking a similar device, there is the almost identical Epic 4G, costing $99.99, that comes with a two-year agreement.
HTC DROID Incredible 2 – $149.99 (Verizon)
The HTC DROID Incredible 2 is on Verizon. The Incredible 2, a second-generation device having a few upgrades over its predecessor, has a 4-inch S-LCD (Gorilla Glass) display 768MB RAM, an 8-megapixel camera capable of 720p video at 30fps and a 1GHz Scorpion processor.
The Incredible 2, with its sleek design and HTC’s Sense UI atop Android 2.3, is well worth its price. For those who are happy with lesser speed, there is the DROID Incredible 2 that costs $149.99, with an agreement.