The Best Smartphones to Buy on Your Budget from $700 and Less

Okay. You’re looking for the phone of your dreams, although if you’re at dinner with the man or woman of your dreams then put your phone research on hold.

But I get it.

Your smartphone is your tool to capture a lifetime of memories. Research shows that 92% of all images taken in the U.S. are taken using smartphones and not digital cameras.

That leads us to a Big Question:

Since your photos and videos are so important, how much should you spend to get a quality phone that you’ll be pleased with using?

Girl in desert taking a selfieLooking for the number 1 phone?

If you don’t care how much you’ll spend, then you might agree with the folks at ZDNet that “The best smartphone is the iPhone 13 Pro Max… the most capable smartphone in terms of camera, battery life, processor, and more.”

Prices range from $ 1,099 to $ 1,500 depending on storage needs. If that price tag makes you pause, then there are plenty of options to get the quality you need and want.

You don’t need to spend as much as you might think to get a smartphone camera that will snap those smiley faces, special moments, and wonderful milestones.

Here’s a terrific truth from Consumer Reports:

“You don’t have to buy the No. 1-rated phone to get a great product. All but 21 of the 54 smartphones currently in CR’s ratings have earned our recommendation. And the top 20 are separated by just a few points.”

Let’s look at the smartphones that fit your budget. Scroll to the end of this post for reference links to help choose the phone that’s best for you.

And once we do, then I’ll show you how to safeguard your memories so they can be cherished for many generations to come.

Person holding smartphone, taking picture of people at a table
Photo by: Askar Abayev, Pexels

Smartphones for Under $ 750

This list is compiled from,, PC Magazine,

iphone 13 mini

Features: 2 rear-facing cameras for a price of $699. 5.4 inch screen size. It was released September 2021.

iphone 12

Features: 2 rear-facing cameras for a price of $699. 6.1 inch screen size. It was released September 2021.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Features: 2 cameras, rear and front, 6.2 inch display

Other phones of note include:

  • Google Pixel 3
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • LG G8 Thin Q
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
  • Google Pixel 6


Smartphones for Under $500

One Plus 8T    

Apple iPhone SE   

Consumer Reports says it’s “the smallest and least expensive phone from Apple with basic cameras front and back yet impressive still images and video quality.”

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G with 49 hours of battery life

iPhone SE March 2022


Smartphones for Under $300

Android Central lists 8 phones for under $300. Here are a few that catch the eye:

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G


Blackview BV4900, a super durable phone that doesn’t need a case

Now that you’ve got some phone choices, let’s look at an important question.


Storing Photos on Your Phone

Let’s go beyond the phone. The next important question you’ll face is “what do I do with all the photos and videos I’m taking?”

Focus on two areas:

It’s nice having a smartphone with quality image and video capabilities. But isn’t it even better to have a system so you can easily organize those photos and store them permanently? Yes, permanently in a space that you own and that’s guaranteed to be accessible for a lifetime plus 100 years and longer.

I’ve been a photo coach for 27 years and I work with a great team and wonderful clients across the U.S. and Canada. Using the best tools to help my clients has always been important.

A service that’s become an essential part of my business during the last several years is FOREVER®, a company that offers a complete memory-keeping system. An app lets you easily upload from your phone.

This photo of me and my siblings is from 1964. It’s stored in one of my FOREVER® albums and it’ll be accessible for my grandchildren, and their grandchildren, and their grandchildren to view.

How? Read on.

Black and white photo of children going to church Easter Sunday 1964
Me, Melody, with my siblings before church on Easter Sunday, 1964

FOREVER® is a cloud-based platform that lets you:

  • Own your digital storage space, not renting or using free systems that can change their Terms of Service and lock you out
  • Digitize printed photos, slide shows, videos and old documents that you want to keep permanently
  • Create inspiring printed photo books and beautiful gifts from your digital albums
  • Get help with family research projects so those old photos of your grandparents are meaningful for your grandchildren and their children

I’m passionate that your memories are worth safeguarding. They’re unique to you and your family’s story.

If you’ve ever thought about writing your family’s story then check my Events page where you can get together online with friends of mine who turn their photos into brief, or not so brief, stories.

Get the smartphone that serves you well and carry through with your next steps in the process: organizing those photos and storing them safely for generations to come.

I’m Here to Help

Adult daughter with her senior mother
Me and mom today


Contact me and let me know how I can help you with your photos and videos.

Try FOREVER® with 2 Free GB of storage to get a feel for the process and how easy it is.

If you’re looking for an income then I’ll be glad to share my business experience as a photo coach and how it’s expanded nationally.

I run it from my home office.

If we seem to be a fit, then I’d be glad to mentor you or connect you with those who can help you the best.

Home offiw looking outside
My home office today, where I connect with clients and team members across the U.S.






For Your Input on Buying Smartphones

Here are links to the articles where plenty of phones are rated and listed with camera and video specifications:

CNET Best Cheap Phones for 2022 Best Android Phones Under $300

Consumer Reports Best Smartphones of 2022

CNET Best iPhone of 2022

ZDNet The best phones: Top 10 smartphones you should buy

PC Magazine The Best Phones for 2022

Newsify Best Smartphones Under $750 in USA

Gsmarena on the Samsung Galaxy S9


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