The best, high-quality, low-cost smartphone to buy in 2015

Saving money on your mobile phone isn’t just about choosing the right plan – the cost of the smartphone also contributes significantly to what you will pay over the course of a contract. Mobile phone plans often offer a bundled phone as part of a 12, 18 or 24 month contract. In these cases, when you purchase the mobile phone contract, you are paying both for the network connection (i.e. calls, texts and data) as well as the phone cost. For a high end phone, €60+ monthly bills are not unusual and over the course of the contract you pay hundreds of euro for the device.

Purchasing a "SIM only" plan means that you can buy your own phone and have a significantly lower mobile bill every month. This could potentially save you a lot of money.

Many people are adverse to buying expensive phones “off contract” or “SIM free”. When bundled with a tariff, it can be difficult to determine what percentage of your bill is going towards the phone versus the cost of calls, text messages and mobile data. Even if €30 of your €60 plan goes towards your phone, over a two year contract that adds up to a total of €720. Do you need a phone that costs €720?

One of the best low-cost options for smartphones today is the Motorola Moto G.

Motorola Moto G

The Motorola Moto G is a high quality smartphone at a budget price.     Second generation Moto G in white (also available in black)

The Motorola Moto G is a high quality smartphone at a budget price. 

Second generation Moto G in white (also available in black)

The second generation Motorola Moto G is generally regarded as the best value phone on the market at the moment according to many sites such as Engadget, PC Advisor, Trusted Reviews, Tech Radar, PhoneArena etc. At one-third of the price of the latest high-end Android smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Sony Xperia Z3, the Moto G stands out from the crowd. The phone includes:

  • A quick Snapdragon 400 processor,
  • a high resolution screen,
  • potential 40 GB of storage (8 GB internal and optional 32 GB SD card) and
  • an 8 MP camera.

With these specifications, the Motorola Moto G is a capable smartphone ready for today's demanding applications.

You can buy the Moto G for €180-190 from online retailers such as Amazon, Pixmania and Argos.

Confusingly, there are several versions of the Moto G available. The latest version has a 5-inch screen and 8 MP camera. You will see this sold online as the “second generation” or 2014 version.

The older, first generation 2013 Moto G has a smaller 4.5 inch screen, 5 MP camera and also comes with a 4G variant called the Moto G 4G. This older version is similar and comes at the same cost; therefore we would recommend the newer version unless you find a 5 inch screen too large.

Cheaper Options

There are cheaper phones than the Moto G, but you usually will have to sacrifice some element of functionality.

For example, if you are happy with a smaller and lower quality screen, the Motorola Moto E is an excellent option and includes a 4.3 inch screen, 5 MP camera and a dual core processor. The Moto E is available for €99.

If you are really trying to make a saving, wait until the $29 Nokia 215 is released some time in the next few months!

We'd obviously recommend that you use KillBiller to find your cheapest contract-free plan and then order the Moto G to make some significant savings on your annual mobile costs.