The top budget smartphones for 2022: iPhone SE; Samsung Galaxy S21 FE; Google Pixel 6 – 7NEWS

The top budget smartphones for 2022: iPhone SE; Samsung Galaxy S21 FE; Google Pixel 6 – 7NEWS

With so many smartphones on the market, choosing the right one for you can be daunting – especially if you’re concerned about price.

Buying a new device doesn’t have to put a massive dent in your savings.

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If you know what you’re looking for, you could save hundreds of dollars.

“You should really ask yourself what sort of experience are you after,” says Optus managing director Matt Williams.

“Is it that ultra top phone experience, or just a great phone to get by with? And of course – which system are you used to? Is it the Apple system or is it the Samsung/Android system?”

Sunrise tech expert, Val Quinn, has broken down the hottest smartphones of 2022.

iPhone 13

One of the most anticipated phone releases of 2021 was Apple’s iPhone 13.

The range starts with the Mini model, which retails from $1199, followed by the standard from $1349, then the Pro with starts from $1699.

But for those on a budget, the stripped back iPhone SE remains a top pick, available from just $679.

“With the iPhone SE, what you get compared to the iPhone 13 is a much smaller screen,” says Quinn.

The SE comes with a 4.7-inch screen, compared to the 13’s 5.5-inch for the mini, 6.1-inches for the standard and 6.7-inches for the Pro Max.

Apple iPhone SE, white version. Credit: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty

“Also the iPhone 13 has triple or dual cameras, where as with the iPhone SE you have a single camera.”

Quinn says the SE is perfect for those who mainly use their phone for calls and messages.

“You pay a lot more for the cutting-edge technology and sometimes that costs a lot of research and development money and that trickles down to the cost of the phone.”

If you’re less concerned about the latest technology, Coles has teamed up with Boost Mobile to sell refurbished iPhone models for under $500.

Samsung S21 FE

Samsung’s cheapest and newest model is the Samsung S21 FE, or ‘Fan Edition’.

“The FE edition has all the fan favourite features at a less expensive price,” Quinn says.

“In terms of what you don’t get for your money, basically the screen itself is smaller and not as clear, but it still uses the same screen technology that’s bright and very smooth.

“Other things like the camera – you still get triple cameras like the higher-end versions of the S21, but these cameras don’t have the same resolution as the top-end models.”

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE (left) and Samsung Galaxy S21 (right). Credit: Jacob Krol/CNN

Matt Williams says the Samsung FE is good value for money.

“It’s got fast 5G, incredible screen, amazing camera, a really pro-grade camera, and also superb battery life,” the Optus managing director says.

“So really offers everything in a very affordable package.”

Samsung’s S21 FE retails from $999.

Samsung will be the first tech company to hold a major product event in 2022, with its Unpacked event on February 9.

Industry websites speculate the tech giant will unveil its flagship Galaxy S22 range, including Note-like pro models utilising a S-Pen or stylus.

Google Pixel 6

Google’s Pixel 6 is Val Quinn’s top pick for those looking to save hundreds on a new phone.

“Google is really competitive this year compared to the other ones, so it’s the phone to watch,” he says.

“These phones are priced, at least the smaller one, under $1000.”

The Google Pixel 6. Credit: 7NEWS

“They’re flagship phones, so they’re giving you all these amazing features that compare with other flagship phones that are $1500, $1700 and upwards, but you’re getting it for a much lower price.”

The Google Pixel starts at $999, ranging up to $1599 for the top-pier Pro model.