Best budget and affordable phones of 2018: a buyer's guide

When it comes to technology, some people just don’t find it reasonable to spend crazy amounts of money on a gadget that gets old in just a couple of years. Yet, those same people still want the full smartphone experience, the camera, the apps, and the speed. Are there any affordable phones that would fit all those criteria?

Affordable without being ‘cheap’ in an embarrassing wayGood news is that with recent launches the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. We now have phones that are cheap without being downright ruined by terrible issues – those affordable devices do not lag terribly, they …


Phones with best battery life in 2018

Which phone has the best battery life in 2018?
If you are looking for a phone that you know will last you through the longest of days or if you want to avoid buying a phone with poor battery life, you need to know those battery numbers.
We have tested all major new phones available right now in 2018 and we have found that battery life depends not only on the battery size, but on a number of other variables from software to display quality and other optimizations.
Of course, measuring battery life is complicated and …

Poll results: No love for phones on Valentine's day

While we love to get expensive stuff for those we love, some holidays just don’t call for this type of devotion. And they don’t call for gadgets and gizmos. Well, that’s all according to personal perception, of course — nobody can tell you what you and your special someone like to get as a present.

But we thought we’d ask you — seeing how many red- or pink-themed phones get launched around Valentine’s Day each year, and seeing the many BOGO deals or buy one, get one at a discount deals, we were wondering — how many of you go out and get a phone for their better half?

So, we posted …

Best camera phones of 2018: the leading smartphone cameras on the market

Finding the best smartphone camera is no easy task these days. Most all flagships now come packing some serious camera tech and software, and while certain brands and models may excel in certain areas, it’s pretty much a neck-and-neck race.

Some phones perform better in low light, others have HDR modes that are way ahead of the competition, and then there are those that are not as good for stills, but are great for video. It’s not easy picking the best of the best, especially if you don’t get the chance to try out many, many phones for yourself.

Thankfully, that’s our job here at …

Score free phones from MetroPCS and T-Mobile for a limited time only

The loveliest two words in the English language are “free phones.” And both T-Mobile and its pre-paid MetroPCS unit are saying those two words to consumers with some new deals. Take T-Mobile’s pre-paid MetroPCS unit. Starting today you can switch to MetroPCS, port over your eligible phone number, sign up for a plan offering unlimited data, and you will receive an instant $150 credit toward the purchase of any phone. That means that moving to Metro could help you score a free 32GB Apple iPhone SE, which is usually priced at $149.

If you’re already a MetroPCS subscriber, don’t feel left out; …

Best Android phones in 2018

What is the best Android phone in 2018?

There are so many phones and new one keep on coming up, so it might be hard to pick just one. We are here to help. We have reviewed and tested hundreds of Android phones and we can recommend some great ones, tell you about their alternatives and even about those phones that you should absolutely avoid.
Of course, there is no one right phone for everyone: some phones are bigger, others smaller, some focus on camera quality, others on battery life and so on. We will tell you about these and other note-worthy features …

Google Maps Go beta now available in the US on some non-Go Android phones

Google is making the Android Go version of Maps available to even more users. Two months ago the app was released in some countries, but it wasn’t compatible with too many Android smartphones and certainly, no no-Go Android handset was supported.

Starting today, Google has decided to expand the availability of the Maps Go to more territories, even though the application is still in beta. More importantly, the app is now compatible with many non-Go Android smartphones, although we don’t have a list of all supported devices, so you’ll have to try it out for yourself.

If you’re located …

Maze bezel-less phones are now on sale, sizeable discounts for Alpha and Alpha X models

This story is sponsored by Maze. PhoneArena’s opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!
Disclaimer
If you’re in the market for an affordable handset with a trendy design, Maze’s latest deals at Gearbest might be worth checking out. In order to commemorate the Chinese New Year, the manufacturer is reducing prices across its entire smartphone portfolio, including the recently-released Maze Alpha X.
The Alpha X is Maze’s …

Amazon drops lock screen ads from its Prime Exclusive phones starting tomorrow

Consumers looking for a deal on a smartphone have been able to save anywhere from $25 to $100 off the retail price by buying them from Amazon, as long as they didn’t mind being forced to watch lock screen ads. Starting tomorrow, February 7th, Amazon is no longer forcing these ads on Prime Exclusive buyers. And those who already own a Prime Exclusive model will receive a software update that removes the ads from their phones. While the ads are gone, new Prime Exclusive models will still come with pre-installed apps from Amazon.

Future Amazon Prime Exclusive handsets will be available only …

Contract manufacturer Pegatron says it is bullish on high end phones in 2018

The CEO of  Pegatron, S.J. Liao, says that he is very optimistic about the state of the high-end phone market in 2018. The company is one of the contract manufacturers used by Apple to assemble its devices, including the Apple iPhone 8. While the smartphone market is slowing in general, Liao said that his company won’t be affected because of its focus on high-end handsets. He adds that Pegatron won’t even try competing with Chinese manufacturers churning out low-to-mid-range models. The executive says that high-end smartphones will see strong demand this year thanks to the inclusion of AI …