SuperTest: Best Financial Handset

You get a lot of phone even if you do not want to spend so much money on your purchases. We test seven skilled smartphones over 2 100 kr.

Android and Windows Mobile phones come in all shapes and for all budgets. We have sifted into us on the best deals in the price range between 1 500 and 2 100 KR. price ceiling means obvious compromises, but we can still get with good screens, cameras that deliver useful pictures and features 4 g and the NFC without blowing the budget.

HTC Desire 500
HTC has breathed new life into Desire-the brand as a cheaper alternative to One-mobiles. Desire 500 is the latest addition and one of the edgier models in the series. HTC wont be hard to keep prices down, but Desire 500 can be found for under $200, which must be regarded as very good value considering that the cell phone has a quad-core processor and a generous working memory. When we measure the performance of the browser stops the point at an intermediate level for the test, but in other parts of the system feels mobile as one of the fastest. The low-power Cortex-A5-centres, contributes to a good battery life. Plastic shell on Desire 500 is well made with nice details like the colored edge and the areas around the camera and speaker grille. When you detach the back cover it feels also like HTC opted for a tougher and more durable plastic than its competitors in the test.

Desire 500 have version 5 of “Sense UI” – a facelift for Androidsystemet with the color theme, icons, fonts and smart widgets. It gives your phone an own character that stands out from other phones in the test. Among the HTC’s proprietary features, see “Blinkfeed”. It is a nyhetswidget that displays the RSS feeds and updates from social networks in the form of tiles on the start screen.Quite similar to the boxes in Windows Phone, but without being quite so flat and angular. In addition to Blinkfeed, there are many widgets that provides direct access to settings, clock, weather, mm. HTC has also added a few custom apps. Car-mode get an interface with extra large buttons and shortcuts to navigation, phone book, music and settings. Navigation button leads to a submenu with links to Google Maps – such as prepared searches for gasoline or hotels. The app settings make it easy to save things that are not provided with Google syncing from a old mobile.

The camera is at 8 Megapixels and has both autofocus and lighting. The images get a passing grade and the camera interface has features such as HDR and panorama images. Video mode up to 720 p and there is a slow motion mode that increases the frame rate, but at the expense of resolution. The music player has Beats Audio with fixed equalizer settings to enhance your audio experience through headphones. Doubtful that feature means any value added, but the cell phone has a nice player interface that automatically add album art where it is lacking and identifies songs by Soundhound service.

Budget phones involves compromises and Desire 500 is no exception. The screen has low resolution for its size – WVGA is not enough pixels to float up and screen gives a slightly grainy appearance. Connectivity does not match either the best mobiles in the test. Desire 500 lacks NFC and 4 g, and the maximum speed of the cellular network stop at 7.2 Mbit/s.

Plus: Construction quality. Stylish menus.

Minus: Low resolution screen. Lacks 4 g and NFC.

Huawei Ascend G740

Huawei supplies test’s biggest mobile, which also has the best screen. Full HD doesn’t fit into the budget, but also the 720 p resolution look great at five inches. The choice of materials and the shape is somewhat reminiscent of how the Xperia phones looked for a couple of years ago, but I think Huawei managed a little better with quality feeling. Huawei is inspired from HTC and invested in its own shell on top of the Androidsystemet. Of Huawei is called the “Emotion UI” and the focus is on stylish icons and widgets. Functionally brings it not as much as the HTC Sense, but there are clear and simple apps to switch theme and setup profiles. The home screen is dominated by “Me Widget” — a widget that displays a clock, weather, shortcut to the music player and two favorite contacts. Sometimes it can be difficult to learn the manufacturer’s own features on Android mobiles, but Huawei has solved it in a smart way, it sometimes pops up a tip on top of the interface.

Settings and interface for telephony, calendar and messages, follow the standard of Android with a few additions. Settings include, for example, the menu item “glove mode”. According to the flyer should function increase the sensitivity of the touch screen so that it works to use the cell phone with standard gloves, but it does not work particularly well. By adding a few sheets of paper between the screen and the finger, I can see that the gain actually increases, but with gloves on, it does not react at all.

When it comes to interconnectedness is missing only the NFC. The cell phone has support for 4 g and is capable of high speed even in the 3 g network. The processor has two cores and get the best figures in the benchmark. When it comes to battery life is turned upside-down top list – despite a large battery stops at just under five hours as we during battery test playing a Youtube video.

Plus: Quick. 4 g; Large and good screen.

Minus: Lacks The NFC. Poor battery life.

LG Optimus F5
Optimus F5 looks discrete and anonymous, but at the same time, it is a cell that fails very few points. The specifications are quite impressive for the price point – QHD screen, 4 g, complete wifi support and NFC. The discreet design in combination with good choice of materials makes the phone feel luxurious for the price. Optimus F5 is a really solid plastic construction with kolfiberimitation.

Just like other Android mobiles in the test drive the Optimus F5 version 4.1 — Jelly Bean. LG has not made any major changes or additions to the system, but the Setup menu looks a little different and LG have installed its own app store. It was, however, down by the originally tested. Optimus F5 has a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor with a clock speed of 1 GHz and 1 GB RAM. Suffice it to second place when we compare startfältets performance and Optimus F5 feels like a spirited mobile. However, it’s connectivity that impresses most — provides LG match mobiles costing two and three times as much.

The screen is of 4.3 inch and delivers a crisp, bright picture, but you have to adjust the brightness manually – your phone has no auto mode. The screen is good, but it’s worse with the camera. It seem here that LG has cut costs. The application range is limited primarily by the fact that there is no photo lamp, but even in situations where the light should be enough images are very noisy and poor on details. But for surfing and data-intensive apps is Optimus F5 a truly successful mobile.

Plus: Well built. Good performance. 4 g.

Minus: The camera. Battery life under average.

Lumia 625
Lumiaserien has been pretty small screens – both in comparison with mobiles own in size compared to what you can find on Android mobiles in the same price range. Lumia 625 has a screen of 4.7 inches, so the surface, there is nothing wrong. Unfortunately, the resolution has not kept up with 480 x 800 pixel. ports With focus in 200 dots per inch, which looks a little too coarse — especially on Web pages with small text.

Lumia 625 is the exception in a test full of Android mobiles. Old “truths” about Windows Phone is not fully extended. The system has a well-functioning multitasking and can, for example, to keep the GPS positioning, chat applications or streaming music alive while you’re using other features. Android and Ios WINS still with horse lengths if we compare the number of available apps, but the range for Windows Phone has reached an acceptable level and continues to grow. The system is well integrated and all parts following the same design and logic – whether it’s Microsoft’s built-in functions and Office suite or Nokia’s navigatorapp. Just navigatorappen is a plus compared to Windows phones from other brands. With the Nokia app you can download maps at home and then both seek and calculate new routes without connection when travelling abroad. The camera is one of the better, but it keeps not at all the same class as Nokia’s top models. Unfortunately, Nokia has dieted away a feature that works really well on other Lumiamobiler – NFC to plug the headset without codes or planers in menus.

Lumia 625 included shells of different colors. At first glance, it resembles the design of common Iphone skins, but it takes a little more practice to switch. Start from the right side, however, it is quite simple, and behind the cover to access the sim and memory card slots.

Plus: 4 g. Changeable covers.

Minus: Low resolution screen. Lacks The NFC.

Samsung Galaxy Mini

Galaxy S3 Mini actually looks out just like a miniatyrvariant by Samsung’s former top seller, but the cell phone is not only smaller but also have a little worse specifications in the hardware. S3 Mini feels a bit stickier than the average and the feeling is confirmed by the figures we get up in the benchmark. Samsung sends with a plethora of proprietary apps-app-store, chat, calendar, phone book, music player and notes to name a few. In addition, Samsung has a parallel account system for the different services. Might be relevant if it owns the brand’s television sets and need to download specialappar but it only creates confusion in your phone. New calendar entries end up easily on the Samsung account instead of on Google by mistake and it feels like it pops up at least twice as many different alerts about updates. But there are some gems. The phone book has smart shortcuts and succeed in most cases, collect the right profiles from all different networks under the same contact. Some features are simple to remember – that to turn on your phone in order to silence the ringer. Others are not as obvious, but nevertheless raises a “aha” feeling – such as mobile phone up to the sender if you are reading a text and pick up the phone to your ear. The apps have the same design and features as on the full-sized Galaxy S3. Not quite optimal when there is almost an inch of screen size – a small screen win on more stripped-down interface.

Behind the plastic backing, there is room for the SIMcard in the old normal size, memory cards, and a removable battery. The camera is 5 megapixels and taking pictures with good sharpness-almost on a par with 8-megapixelmobilerna in the test. In low light, it becomes, however, a lot of noise and images are often weak colors and a gray-green tint.

Plus: Easy format. NFC and FM radio.

Minus: Lacks 4 g.

Sony Xperia M
Xperia M is a really smooth cell. Size end up pretty close to Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, but the carpet shell and the angular shape of the Xperia M means a higher quality feel. The phone is thin and narrow, but the empty spaces above and below the screen are unnecessarily large. Xperia M gets its power from a Snapdragon processor with two cores at 1 GHz. most competitors in the test has focused on slightly higher clock speed and sometimes noticeable difference. The cell phone from good values in the browser test, but is not as fast in other parts of the interface.

The camera is 5 megapixels and position themselves one bit after Samsung in terms of image quality. The sharpness and the details are not the highest caliber of resolution, but there are photo lamp and Sony has shipped with its own kameraapp with features such as HDR and panorama.

In addition to camera interface offers several features that are typical for Sony mobiles. You can plug the wireless sportsensorer using ANT +. This can include everything from heart rate monitor to advanced bike sensors. The software is a music player with Walkman-brand as well as Playstation-certification. Walkmanspelaren has many bells and whistles. Sony’s music service “Music Unlimited” is of course integrated, but there is also the option to sync playlists with other Sony users via Facebook. The player also has many settings for sound – there are both equalizer and compressor functions that can handle everything from subduing a sharp treble to fix an audio book narrators differ too much in the voice mode. What we lack most of the Sony’s usual repertoire is the IP rating. Xperia M is not weatherproof.

Plus: NFC and ANT +. Good music player.

Minus: The camera. Has no 4 g.

ZTE Blade Apex

ZTE delivers the cheapest 4 g mobile. The phone is black, sleek and looks very much like the previous models in the Blade series. Not a mobile to buy to get the design that stands out in other words; here it is instead about peak performance per Crown – and it makes you really. The cell phone is, of course, quick to download data and interface floats on without delays. Connection, processor and screen keeps a good level, but in other areas has ZTE been hard in the wallet. Most shows on camera. The positive that can be said is that there are photo lamp. The images become tedious with poor color reproduction and noise reduction smears out the details. 2 gigabytes of storage is not enough, but there is space for memory cards.

Blade Apex Android version comes with the same as other phones in the test, but the software feels a little fresher. Chrome is my default browser and the latest versions of Google Maps and the new apps, Play Magazine, Play books, Play Music and Hangouts are included from the start. Your phone is not set to use Hangouts for sms. Android system is virtually by default. Calendar app has a slightly different color scheme, but the features are identical to the original from Google.

Plus: 4 g.

Minus: Small storage memory.

Telephony and data

Four mobiles in test support 4 g with a theoretical maximum speed of 100 Mbit/second. It gives Huawei, LG, Nokia and ZTE ahead in front of HTC, Samsung and Sony. Telephony and messaging apps look a bit different on different phones and Nokia succeeds best with to give the feeling of the different parts fit together while the HTC Desire 500 has the best looking interface. In many places it starts to become crowded in the air and then it’s a plus to have access to wifi at 5 GHz band – standard called 802 .11A. Function, see the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini and Sony Xperia M and in the 4 g cell phone LG Optimus F5.

Winner: LG Optimus F5

Multimedia

Screen and camera quality varies greatly between mobiles in the test. Samsung stick with amoled technology while other manufacturers use LCD/TFT screens. Several can also boast the abbreviation IPS (In-plane switching) – a technology that provides better viewing angles and smoother colors. Lumia 625 has big screen but few pixels, which gives a grainy picture. HTC Desire teetering on the brink. When it comes to camera delivers Huawei Ascend G740 the best pictures. Closely behind follows Samsung, Nokia and HTC. Sony gets a passing grade, but the cameras from LG and ZTE are not up to standard. Best camera and best screen enables Huawei G740 takes home category.

Winner: Huawei Ascend G740

Systems and software

Two systems are represented in the test – Windows Phone 8 and Android 4.1. Some important differences between the systems is that Android has a greater app selection and more customization options – such as for home screens. On Android, you can freely place the widgets of different sizes and features. Windows has instead Live Tiles-square tiles that can be either small shortcuts or magnified to larger boxes that display information from the linked app. Lumia 625 has several well-made apps – such as Nokia’s mapping services and Office suite. On Android, there are fewer really good supplements from manufacturers. The exception is the HTC Desire 500 that have both a better looking interface and a few extra features – such as the transfer of settings and Office package.

Winner: HTC Desire 500

User experience

Android system – in particular the Jelly Bean version mobiles in test uses – places high demands on the hardware. The system needs a big screen to look good and plenty of processing power and memory to not feel tough. Windows Phone is easier to operate and Lumia 625 feels very fast. Low resolution screen, relative to the size, however, drag down the overall impression. HTC Desire 500 G740, Huawei Ascend and LG Optimus F5 is faster than the competition from Sony, Samsung and ZTE. LG has a good balance between performance in the browser and quick response in the menus and take home fempoängaren in the category.

Winner: LG Optimus F5

Materials and quality

In the budget class is the plastic that comes over the launch, but the manufacturers have done well to keep quality feeling up there. Some mobiles rises above average. LG Optimus F5 and Sony Xperia M is good choice if you want a phone that is a little more compact and discreet, but still feels well built. Nokia and HTC have invested in color. With Lumia 625 follows two different skins that you can switch between. HTC 500 is built in a shiny plastic material that feels tough and durable. Shell has very good fit and several details in the design is conducive to that cell phone will have its own style and character.

Winner: HTC Desire 500

Winner: Huawei Ascend G740
4 g mobile phone Huawei Ascend G740 costs less than half as much as the top models from Samsung or Apple and for your money you get a cell phone for the most part without feeling cheap or plasticky. The cell phone has an interface that Huawei calls “Emotional UI”. At the bottom, see Android 4.1, but the system in the Ascend G740 is a bit nicer from the start through well-made themes and widgets that do well on the high resolution screen. The main camera is 8 Megapixels and delivers good pictures – noise level is low and the mobile phone have lighting and auto focus. Large screen requires a lot of power and although Huawei built the largest battery have other phones in the test better endurance. Battery life and lack of NFC belongs to the Mobile’s few drawbacks. Overall, Huawei Ascend G740 very very mobile for your money.

Facts and Test images

For box in full size and test images from each camera, we refer to the slideshow above.

Apple Iphone 4S – lowest price with Ios

Apple’s mobiles are not price limits in our budget test, but you can find the old flagship Iphone 4S for about 3 500 kr. Compared to Android and Windows Mobile phones in the test, you will receive a higher build quality. The cell phone is made almost entirely of glass and metal and feels very solid in the hand. The design is unfortunately also the Mobile’s Achilles heel – with glass right out to the edges, you only need to have a bit of bad luck for crippling screen or back piece. File management is another deficiency – apart from the camera images will the apps cannot access each other’s information. It goes in part to get around the problem by using apps that support Dropbox or other storage services, but tasks such as e-mailing an attachment or fuel over a video from your computer to the cell phone becoming unnecessarily complicated with Iphone.

Under the hood there is system processor Apple dual Cortex-A5 A9 cores at 1 GHz each. It may sound churlish after today’s standard, but the system runs fine even after updating to Ios 7 and Huawei Ascend G740 is the only mobile in the test that reaches up to a higher performance score. Apple looks to old mobiles are endowed with new functions – a plus compared to Android where most mobiles only gets one or two minor updates. The screen is small with a diagonal of 3.5 inches, but the picture is razor sharp and has good brightness. The latest Iphone models have a more elongated screen holds an additional series of icons, but the system and apps works great even on the smaller surface.

IPhone 4S has an accessory range. Bags, brackets, dockable speakers, sensors for running shoes and other types of unique and specific accessories are in a completely different than for Android and Windows Mobile phones.

Dimensions: 9.3 x x 115.2 58.6 mm

Weight: 140 grams

Display: 3.5 inch IPS LCD 640 x 960 pixels

Data: 3 g 14.4/5.76 Mbps, wifi 802.11 b/g/n

System: IOS 7

Camera: 8 megapixel with auto focus and lighting. Video call camera 0.3 megapixels.

Browsermark-score: 2171

Plus: Construction quality. Fast browser. Great camera.

Minus: Lacks the NFC and FM radio. Small screen. Complex file management.