Any recommended budget Android smartphones?

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  1. tech3475
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    A family member is looking for a new budget phone to replace their Moto G5 and I'm wondering if there are any recommendations?

    Currently they're looking at the Moto G7 Play at £130:
    https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8835112

    £130 is about as high as they want to go and from Argos for a couple of different reasons. They only use their phone for 'basic' stuff, the most advanced being 'casual' games like Angry birds.

    Are there any other recommended phones in a similar price range?

    How is the Nokia 5.1? I've been reading that this may be better with support:
    https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8047845

    Thank you.
     
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    From that store and near that price range, my choice would be this Xiaomi: https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8664819

    It's a pretty good brand, currently my favourite mobile phones are from Huawei and Xiaomi, pretty good phones on a general basis.
     
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    From that store and near that price range, my choice would be this Xiaomi: https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8664819

    It's a pretty good brand, currently my favourite mobile phones are from Huawei and Xiaomi, pretty good phones on a general basis.
     
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    Thanks, typical though, the phones within budget from Huawei and Xiaomi are out of stock where I live.
     
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    The Moto G7 is a good upgrade unless she/he is not satisfied with the reliability of Moto.
     
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    You can't order them online? It seemed to be in stock at least when I checked it on that link.
     
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    Not where I live, at least when I looked.

    Stock levels change all the time and it depends on the DC/delivery area.
     
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    Well, that's a crappy website design then.

    What about Honor 9 Lite or P Smart? It's 20£ more but they're still better than the other choices near the price.
     
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    Trust me, it's one of the minor issues, it will only report actual stock when a postcode is entered.

    According to the QA, the P Smart is the 2017 model, I'll look at the Honor 9 though.
     
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    Strange, the specs seemed to be the ones from the 2018 one. Either way, the Honor 9 does have better camera and a slightly better version of blutooth.
     
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    Phones don't expire; not buying new is the best way to get a good deal on a good phone. I've got an LG G3 lying around which is one of the best Android phones I've ever owned. You can find those on eBay for well under $100 unlocked.

    Just because it was released in ~2014 doesn't mean it's outdated. It was a flagship back then, and it's without a doubt more powerful and reliable than any budget phone being sold today. (just make sure you buy an aftermarket battery from like Anker or something because LG's batteries suck)
     
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    yeah id recomend xaomi, seem to be solid, and decent specs for the cost i swapped to them from my galaxy phones
     
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    One problem is that phones lose official support and this person doesn’t want to root or buy used.
     
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    I did look at them, unfortunately they’re out of stock where I live.
     
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    cant ship one in
    cant ship one in? i had to order mine from china
     
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    You could buy a Nokia 5.1 for that.
    I'd recommend Nokia phones, since they run stock Android and actually receive updates (unlike the more popular (aka shitty) manufacturers).
     
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    Ok thanks for the responses, I’ll look at the possible options and show them to the family member.
     
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    Okay good :).
     
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