I know, this topic might be a bit odd, but I still think best cheap smartphones I could address it,
and help a particular set of the population make richer and better decisions when buying their next smartphone.
Women (especially Nigerian women in this context) have a slightly different perspective on how they view technology;
while something more utilitarian and drab looking would do for most other people, women would rather prefer a bit more aesthetics and ergonomic value to their tech.
This is not negative in itself, but when this sentiment is not taken seriously, you find female smartphone users
using their best cheap smartphones just because they have to, not exactly with the design they would have wanted in the first place.
Furthermore, I do not expect that every lady uses an iPhone (because, well, it’s the most obvious “ladies phone”, if you ask me),
and I think there are an awful lot of other options they can find, if only they have someone point them to the direction.
In this post, I would be listing out some of the best cheap smartphones that fit more in the hands of the womenfolk, yet doesn’t cost hundreds of naira.
Tecno Spark 3
I would start the list with a device from Tecno, which is a very popular smartphone brand in Nigeria, and that device is the Tecno Spark 3.
It was released early 2019 and is currently one of the most affordable decent smartphones out there right now.
As far as specifications go, it’s got a 6.2-inch screen with 720 x 1520 pixels in resolution;
it runs on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition) and is powered by a quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 chipset.
2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by a MicroSD card. In the camera department,
it’s got an 8MP front-facing Camera and a 13MP+2MP back camera combination.
The device is juiced by a 3,500 mAh battery pack and comes with other features such as Fingerprint reader, 4G LTE, and Face ID.
The 6.2-inch 720p display is good enough for media and other things like web browsing and texting,
and the processor, coupled with the 2GB of RAM, would run most apps and activities fine (except the heaviest tasks).
The camera is pretty decent too, which is nice to know since there is the tendency for women to take more pictures (selfies, actually) but won’t win any awards out there;
it would manage good shots, but would probably need to have some touch-ups done.
Overall, the device has a good ergonomic feel to it and sits pretty nicely in daintier hands.
It comes in fancier colors like the Bordeaux Red and Champagne Gold, which might appeal to the womenfolk more.
The most interesting part about this device is that it costs less than N50,000 regardless of your location within Nigeria.
This pricing makes the Tecno Spark 3 a really good buy for anyone, men and women alike, as it is as affordable as it is decent in looks and performance.
Huawei Y5 Prime
The Y5 Prime is one device that’s from Huawei, and Huawei is that smartphone brand that
has taken the Nigerian smartphone market by storm with its competitively priced best cheap smartphones.
The Huawei Y5 Prime is a 2018 device but is still very much capable in 2019. It’s got solid specs, at least for the price.
A 5.45” LCD display with the resolution of 720 x 1440 is all it has, and that would do for most tasks; in fact, it makes the device very portable yet functional at the same time.
It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo and is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6739; great for most tasks, provided you don’t demand too much from a smartphone.
For memory, it’s got a 2GB+16GB configuration; 16GB is a bit too low these days, but you’ve got a MicroSD slot to alleviate any memory insufficiency you might encounter.
It runs on a 3,020 mAh battery which is a bit small, by 2019 smartphone standards. It’s got 4G too, for faster web browsing experience.
In all, the Huawei Y5 Prime is a really good device to consider for women, given how portable
it is in size and weight (it weighs just 142 grams), and the blue and gold colorways, which makes it easier to choose a color that’s not “manly”.
The Y5 Prime would be an easy buy for everyone, especially when you consider the fact that it can be bought for as low as N36,000.
Redmi Note 7
The Redmi Note 7 is a smartphone from the stables of Xiaomi, which is a relatively new entrant into the Nigerian smartphone market.
Xiaomi has always been known to manufacture smartphones that offer a lot more than their price, and honestly, the Redmi Note is no exception.
It’s got a 6.3-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, which is higher than all of the aforementioned smartphones.
It runs on a more superior Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor coupled with RAM options of 3GB/4GB/6GB;
internal storage starts from 64GB and goes all the way up to 128GB, depending on the model you get (that’s plenty of space to play around with),
also, it’s got the very latest Android Version (Android 9.0 Pie) running on it right out of the box and is juiced up by a 4,000 mAh battery pack.
The camera combination is really impressive; you’ve got two cameras at the back – 48MP and 5MP, and a 13MP camera at the front which sits in a notch
that ladies would like to call “sexy”. It takes pretty good pictures, with better portrait photos, and a richer Bokeh feature.
The womenfolk might want to consider this device, as it is powerful yet doesn’t look utilitarian,
also, the camera combo on the device is every picture-taking, selfie-loving lady’s dream!
When you also take into consideration the fact that the Redmi Note 7 costs as low as around N58,000 (the 3GB/64GB base model),
in addition to all the superb specifications it’s got, you’ll begin to see that it cleanly edges out the competition.
The Redmi Note 7 is a really good buy for N58,000.
Samsung Galaxy A10
Surprised that Samsung makes the list of best cheap smartphones in Nigeria?
Well, don’t be, as Samsung has changed their game a little to cater for budget smartphone buyers too; they’re no longer making only very expensive flagships anymore.
The Samsung Galaxy A10 is a pretty nice phone for its price and still manages to keep the Samsung “air”.
It’s a device with a 6.2-inch display that Samsung calls “infinity-V”, this helps a lot as the 6.2-inch screen
doesn’t feel too big in the hand, and would sit comfortably in smaller feminine hands.
It also comes with a 2GB/32GB memory configuration and a 3,400 mAh battery; runs on Android 9.0 overlaid with Samsung’s “One UI”.
The camera array on this device is simple, yet powerful, keeping the heritage of the high camera quality Samsung has been known for over the years;
it has a single 13MP camera at the back, and a 5MP one at the front and they both take great pictures and selfies,
Ladies love selfies! Users of this device would be happy to enjoy things such as ample RAM/ROM,
better battery life, 4G LTE, good camera and more without having to pay an exorbitant price Samsung typically charges.
At around N41,000, it feels like a steal to get a Samsung device that’s this rich with specs,
but it’s what it is, and it’s a good thing that Samsung decided to make a smartphone this affordable.
The Galaxy A10 is a really good, affordable Samsung smartphone that Nigerian women should consider too when out to get a new smartphone.
Infinix Hot 7 Pro
Infinix is another popular smartphone brand in Nigeria, and that’s because they’ve been making affordable smartphones for a long time coming.
This year, they’ve updated their “Hot” line-up of smartphones with the Hot 7 Pro. It is a very good smartphone with an affordable price.
It comes with a 6.2 inch notched display that’s 720p in resolution and 3GB of RAM. Its processor is a bit
dated but still sufficient for the day-to-day running of the phone without any hitches.
Perhaps the highlight of the phone is its battery; 4,000 mAh, which could last two days and a little bit more (I reckon that good battery life is the priority of most students).
Its internal storage is 32GB, which is the standard minimum for most people these days (I think it should be anyway), and can be augmented by the MicroSD slot you can find on the device.
There are just a few best cheap smartphones that can put a large screen into a form factor that’s easy to carry by soft hands, but the Infinix Hot 7 is one such device, and the Ladies would love it.
The pricing of the Infinix Hot 7 pro makes it a lot easier to buy than its competitors.
At around N47,000, you would be getting a reliable enough device that’s ergonomic and functional at the same time