I ran into an advert in which Samsung touts the i5500 as the most affordable smartphone in Africa. But at N37,000, the i5500 is far much more expensive than a number of competing products that I can almost rattle off my head. Nokia’s 5230 XM at N26,000 is an example.
There are also the following cheaper alternatives –
- Nokia C5 at N25,000
- Nokia 5530 at N35,000
- Nokia E63 at N35,000
- Sony Ericsson X10 Mini at N34,000
- Samsung Galaxy Mini at N33,000
Price competitors to the Samsung i5500 include –
- LG GW525
- Nokia E5
- Nokia 5800 XM
Here is a table of the cheapest smartphones from each OS/platform:
- Symbian: Nokia 5250 – N20,000
- BlackBerry: BlackBerry Curve 8520 – N30,000
- Android: Samsung i5503 (a variant of the i5500) – N30,000
Top Budget Smartphone: Nokia 5250
Top Budget QWERTY Smartphone: BlackBerry Curve 8520
If you are looking for a budget smartphone to get your mobile groove on, the above are the range of devices to look at.
As a rule, Symbian gives you the most options at the bedget level, followed by Android devices from Samung. Still, you have options, depending on how much you have available to splash.
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