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Does Your Next Smartphone Cost $200?

Does Your Next Smartphone Cost $200?


– This video is sponsored by Clash Royale. Hey guys, this is Austin. With flagship smart phones costing in excess of $1000 sometimes, it really got me thinking. Is it possible to get yourself an actually decent smart
phone for less than $200? Which brings us here. So in front of me I have four phones all costing less than $200. So I just took a look at the Nokia 2 as part of my why does
Nokia exist in 2018 video, and my verdict on it was
actually really positive. So for $100 you’re going to be getting some premium build quality features like an actual aluminum chassis, a giant 4100mAh battery. So there’s decent software, a nice screen. There really wasn’t a
lot to complain about, besides the performance. Move up to the BLU and for another $40, you’re getting a much larger phone. So this actually looks a lot
more modern in a lot of ways. I feel like the main thing that you’re gonna immediately notice is the 18 by 9 aspect
ratio on the screen. There’s still going to be bezels but they’re a lot smaller
than on the Nokia. One thing that is added
on the BLU, though, is a rear facing fingerprint sensor. Something that’s really nice to see on a budget device like this. Spend another $30 though and you can get yourself the Doogee Mix. Now this phone easily
feels like it could cost twice it’s price. So the first thing you notice
is the near bezel-less design. Yeah, there’s gonna be
a tiny bezel up top. And there is a fairly big chin but it looks very distinctive and that, combined with the heft as
well as the nice metal build, the glass front and back, this really does feel like a phone that could easily cost $500. Of course it’s not going to be perfect, so with that chin comes
a fingerprint sensor that’s going to be down here. Unfortunately you still
have on-screen Android keys which feels like a little bit of a waste. And also, very bizarrely
the front facing camera is on the bottom right side. But I guess they didn’t really
have anywhere else to put it? With the NUU G3, you’re getting something that looks very, very
similar to a certain series of Samsung Galaxy devices. But that’s actually not
going to be a bad thing in my opinion. So around back, it’s got that same sort of curved edges, you’ve got the dual cameras as well as the fingerprint sensor. But interestingly, you’re
also going to be getting a tapered glass finish on the back, as well as even on the display. It does curve a little bit on the edges. And bizarrely, even though
they did add a USB-C port, the only of these phones that
actually does have USB-C. They removed the headphone jack. Which, weirdly, the Galaxy
S9 actually was able to keep this generation. As far as the screens go, all four phones actually do have decent displays. So the Nokia 2 has a
five inch, 720p panel. Step up to the BLU and
you’re getting that taller 18 by 9 aspect ratio, with
a 1440 by 720 resolution. However it’s going to be
stretched on a six inch display which does look a little
bit soft sometimes. The Doogee is rocking
a 5.5 inch 720p panel and interestingly this
is actually going to be a Samsung AMOLED panel. Now the colors, to my eye, are going to be a little bit over saturated. But it’s a good looking panel. However, my favorite is
actually going to be on the NUU. So this is still a 5.7 inch 720p panel. Same as basically all of these. However, the color, the
brightness, the contrast, and especially the viewing
angles really do set this a slight bit above the
rest of the other phones. When you’re spending
$200 on a smart phone, you shouldn’t expect any
kind of crazy performance. However, two of these phones actually do perform pretty well. One of the phones that does not, however is the Nokia 2. And this is honestly a case where I feel like Nokia made a lot of the right decisions when they were designing this phone, but I think they cheaped out
just a little bit too much when it comes to performance. So inside, you’re going to find
a Snapdragon 212 processor, which is a very old and
very slow quad core chip. And that is going to be paired with a mere one gigabyte of RAM and eight gigabytes of storage. Now the eight gigs of storage
you can kinda get around because you do have a microSD card slot. But only one gig of RAM and that slow CPU just makes Android feel not great. Move up to the Vivo and
you’re going to be getting an upgraded Snapdragon 425 processor. That’s still going to be quad core, however there are going
to be updated Cortex 853s, which is pretty much shared
with the rest of these phones. And importantly, you’re
going to be getting three gigs of RAM as well
as 32 gigs of storage. That’s going to be
plenty to run pretty much any kind of Android app or game right now. And on top of that, what
you’re going to be getting is a pretty decently sized
3000mAh battery. Interestingly, both the
Doogee as well as the NUU are rocking very similar specs. So they each have the MediaTek
6757 eight core processor. They’re both paired with
four gigabytes of RAM. And they both also have 64
gigabytes of built in storage with microSD expandability. The biggest difference
here is that while the NUU has a 3000mAh battery, the Doogee is going to
have a slightly bigger 3380mAh cell. That was a lot of words. Use these phones in the real world though, and you’ll see this is
one of the best examples of why specs and benchmarks
aren’t everything. So inside Geekbench what
you’re going to find is that the Doogee and the NUU are going to be significantly faster. But in practice, that’s
actually not the case. So the BLU actually feels really nice. Sure, on paper, it’s
not going to have quite the same spec and quite as much memory but it’s fairly snappy. It’s going to be responsive. And it is going to have the
power to do some gaming. However, when you step to the Doogee, what you’re gonna find
is something that feels really, really old school. There’s one clear reason for that. This software is straight garbage town. Now I think what it is, is
it’s going to be a really poorly optimized build of Android paired with a pretty heavy skin. So when I’m scrolling around here, what I feel is just
the frame rate is slow. It doesn’t feel responsive. It really feels like I’m
using a phone from five, six, seven years ago, and
that’s totally not okay at any price, especially when you consider that cheaper phones are going to perform and feel much, much better. The best of both worlds
though, is going to be the NUU, so not only do you have the on paper specs and the
potential of those specs, but you also have a build of Android which is going to be fairly clean and you know, not laggy and slow. Sure, if you put this side by side with something like a Pixel, it’s not going to be able to hold up but for a normal person just
to pick up the phone and use, it is going to be totally respectable. And of course, what better
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Nokia 2 has the cleanest build of Android here. Now right now, it’s
running on Android 7 although it will be getting
an update to Oreo pretty soon. But even though this isn’t
an Android One device, it really does feel like it. There’s essentially no bloat, and actually Nokia’s been good with updates, too. The NUU G3 isn’t far off. Now yes, there are a couple of apps and they’ve done a little bit of tweaking, but for the most part, you
are getting a stock build of Android. What you’re not necessarily getting though is any real guarantee
of solid Android updates in the future. But, right now, seems
to be working out okay if you don’t mind taking the risk. Come over to the BLU and well, we’ve got some software issues. First of all, it is a
pretty offensive skin. So not only do you not
even have an app drawer, but there’s a lot of bloat on this guy. Now I get it, they’ve
gotta make some sacrifices to be able to hit this price point, but if this is me, I would
put some serious work into cleaning up as much as I could, changing the launcher because right now, yeah, not good. Whereas the Doogee has
well some straight garbage town software that
I’ve already complained about. But, yeah, it’s just not good. But what could be good are the cameras on all four of these phones. Or they might not be good, actually. They are less than $200. So, yeah. So to start with, let’s
give the $100 Nokia 2 a try. Now this guy has a single eight megapixel rear facing camera. So as with a lot of things on the Nokia 2, the performance is not going to be fast when it comes to taking photos. And to be fair, this is a
really challenging shot, which it really doesn’t
hold the highlights well in. That’s a very white sky. There’s some detail there, although it almost seems like the
processing is a little bit soft. Although I say processing,
most likely it’s the less than stellar optics on
this tiny, tiny little camera. Stepping up in the budget
range to the $140 BLU we do get a 13 megapixel camera. And well, it looks bigger
so it must better right? Allow camera to phone. Why, yes, I want my camera to phone. That’s definitely something I want. Alright so let’s throw that really contrasting shot at it. So there’s definitely more
detail with the BLU shot however, I actually feel like there’s even less dynamic range. It really does have a hard
time with those highlights whereas the Nokia
actually did a better job at keeping them in. Here’s gonna be a shot that’s
a little bit more normal. Get an excellent closeup of
one of Ken’s waifus. Yeah, that’s actually not bad at all. It’s actually fairly sharp. The dynamic range really
isn’t as big of a problem here with the less contrasting shot. I’m actually pretty happy with that, especially for 140 bucks. Now a lot of smart phones
have some sort of beauty mode in the camera. But something I’ve never
seen is on this BLU we have a beauty video mode. Alright, so this is a
test of beauty video mode. So you guys can be the
judge for yourselves, on whether I am more beautiful
or I look exactly the same and there’s a stupid
softening filter on my face. Step up to the $170 Doogee and we’re going to find dual cameras. Now here we’re going to
be getting a 16 megapixel main sensor paired with a 8
megapixel telephoto camera. You know that’s actually not bad. So it does still have issues
with the dynamic range, but there’s a lot of
detail, it’s nice and sharp, and importantly, it kept
exposure of the main subject pretty much all in here. Let’s try blur mode. Oh, wow, let’s not try
blur mode, are you serious? That’s a photo I just took in 2018. Some quality Doogee images right there. That is wow. Well last, but certainly
not least we have the NUU G3 at $200. Now this guy’s also going
to be rocking dual cameras, however what’s different about this one is that while they’re not only going to be slightly lower resolution, 13 plus five as opposed to 16 plus eight, but that secondary camera actually doesn’t really
function as a telephoto option. It’s just going to be
there for extra depth data, for stuff like the portrait mode. First thing I notice
is that the processing seems to be a lot faster. When you take a shot, there
really isn’t that huge shutter lag that there was
on some of the other phones. Oh man, this portrait mode’s not good. Oh, I can tell already this
is not going to be pretty. I think you could do something a little bit creative with this but, yeah, portrait mode, not really gonna be the strong suit of sub $200 smart phones. Comparing the selfies, the
first thing that jumps out to me is the Doogee. The color is just really,
really washed out. Sure there’s detail there
but it just looks terrible. The Nokia actually has
very vibrant rich colors. I think it’s a, maybe a little bit soft. There’s definitely some sort of chromatic aberrations going on. Or it looks like there’s
some weird filter almost. It’s passable. The NUU doesn’t do a terrible
job of getting detail and there’s plenty of dynamic range. But the color just looks off. It just looks very sort of, cool, very de-saturated? I’m not, not a fan. What should be no surprise is that the BLU takes the best selfie. Now a big part of that is
that not only does it have a front facing flash, but also has a 16
megapixel selfie shooter. Something that’s way beyond
any of these cameras. Alright so it is conclusion time. Now coming in at number
four is the Nokia 2. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot that I like about this phone. The build quality is nice, the battery is going to be massive and the software is really clean. However what really undoes
it, is going to be the super low end internals. Now I can kinda get by
the low end processor, but with only one gig of
RAM it really makes this almost unusable, especially
when you consider that for only a little bit more you can get a ton more phone. A solid third place
goes to the Doogee Mix. Now there’s a lot to like with this phone. The idea that it has a
nearly bezel-less design really does make it stand out. I love the heft, the way
that the phone feels. And the hardware is great. But what undoes it is the software. I said it before and I’ll say it again, it is a straight up deal breaker for me. A very solid second place goes
to the BLU Vivo XL3 Plus. Now there is a ton to like with this guy. $140 price tag feels like
it’s right in the sweet spot. You’re getting a solid build. You’re getting a nice size screen. You’re getting decent performance. The cameras are decent,
the selfie camera is great. Really the only major problem is that the software is
going to need some tweaking. Now if you don’t mind
putting a little bit of time into your phone to customize
things like your launcher, then the BLU is really worth a look. If you’re buying a
phone under $200 though, I really do like the NUU G3. It pairs an awesome build that really is very similar to phones such as the Galaxy S9, which
costs three, four, five times as much with a really nice screen. You’re getting that taller aspect ratio. The camera’s going to be decent but importantly, the software is clean and the performance is top notch. It’s a close one, I feel
like a lot of people might be happy with the
BLU but if it’s my money, I’m going to spend a little bit more to get a much nicer overall package.

100 comments

1-nubia z17lite is 200$(with "coupon:BGNz17L" on banggood only 170usd!!!) sd653/6gb+64gb/dual camera(best in price range=nearly the same as samsung s7) so it's a combination of powerful CPU+camera+6gb ram+beautiful/sexy design with good price 2-nubia m2 for 150usd on the same above site sd625+great camera+4+32gb/64gb/128gb for 150/160usd/190$ 3-meizu pro 6/6 plus for 200usd exynos8890(on par with sd820)+4gb+64gb/2k screen+imx386 camera 4-ulefone power 3/vernee x&x1/vernee mix for 200usd 6gb+64gb/mtk p23/6100mah/decent camera or homtom ht70 4gb/64gb+10000mah/ 5-letv lemax 2 for only 160usd sd820/4gb+32gb/2k screen/good camera 6-coolplay 6 = 175usd sd653/6gb+64gb/good camera =170usd 7-bl;ackview p10000 / oukitel k7 for 200usd 4+64gb/mtk 6750t/~10000mah 8-KOOLNE K1 TRIO for ~200usd 6gb+128gb/mtk 6763/decent camera others notable: elephone s7(mtk x27+gb+64gb) / nubia z17mini / HOMTOM S99 / elephone p8 / umi z2&crystal variant) ….. gionee a1plus is also coming

Blu also has a little better phone that came out few weeks ago Blu pure view. Cam is good also has a octa Core

For me, the Nokia is decent, but its' s**tty speed ruins it, the Blu doesn't have that much bloat, the Doogee's software was made by d**kheads, and the NUU is an actually good phone.

why does the android version of the blue is so ugly i got that phone but i feel they modified to much android that even the menu was gone and you gotta swipe twice to get into the settings but overall nice phone i got it as y backup phone but still i would love to install maybe another room or stock android itself , if you know how to do it please make a video , thank you , love your videos

I think they are pointless (in countries like Turkey) . Even you have a tight budget, (nokia 2 is not bad because nokia seems like a good brand) you are going to buy a used Samsung or Apple flagship (like s5 or note4) for your or your child they are good brands, you will know they are durable, you will be sure about not falling apart immediately. And when they do, parts are easily available everywhere.

got a brand new samsung j3 achieve for 63 bucks. believe it or not it works great. pretty quick too. was shocked that it came with an exynos 7885 octacore.

I'm actually about to go out and buy an almost brand new S8 for $200. The front glass is cracked, but the screen still works (I saw a video). Just gonna buy a $30 replacement on Amazon, do it myself, and profit.

I had that phone for a few days and I had to return it. The nuu g3 in my opinion was absolutely junk, it wouldn't let, me send texts and it wouldn't update, the apps would not stay on the main screen, it was just junk. Never again would I ever buy that phone

I'd recommend the Huawei Mate SE or Honor 7x. You might spend slightly over 200 (about 230) for the Mate SE, but those are actually GOOD phones. The Honor 7x has an octacore processor, 32gb internal storage, 3gb ram, 16mp dual lens real camera, and actually feels like a flagship phone. The Mate SE is the same phone, but with double the internal memory and an extra 1gb of RAM. So I'd suggest one of those for a good cheaper phone.

There's so many options in that price range. My recommendations are the mi A2 and Nokia's because that have Android one. 2 years minimum of updates and the latest Android versions.

Watching this 1 year later, thanks to the xiaomi revolution now with 200€$ you can get mid-high end smartphones.

200-250$ is samsung galaxy a7 (2018) with new version 9.0 . Triple camera (24+8+5) and Selfie camera with 24mp . 4 gb ram . 64 gb .

One thing to consider with the Nokia 2 is that the performance is so low that it's almost impossible and frustrating to try to run apps from the SD card, performance is awful there and also the phone overheats more than usual finishing on apps closing by themselves really fast. I own this phone so what I do to avoid this is that I constantly move the apps from the SD card to the internal memory so they perform well. It's kinda annoying but it's better than waiting 5 min. for an app to load. I think later Nokia 2 models (2.1 and forward) don't have this problem or at least not at this level.

I'm using the redmi note 7 which at 160 dollars has a fantastic build quality and great display which for cheaper is a way better phone

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