It’s no longer news that android is taking over the smart phone world especially in Nigeria and I’m pretty sure most of us must be looking for new android phones to buy (at cut-throat prices) so we’ll be reviewing the best budget android phones to get this year.We’ll be reviewing these phones based on their price range(#10,000 being the cheapest and #50,000 the most expensive) I will focus on phones in the #10,000 – #20,000 range in this post and will continue in that format in my subsequent posts (#20,000 – #30,000.. #30,000 – #40,000…et cetera et cetera). So without wasting more time, lets get down to business!

Phones in this category comprises mainly of entry-level android smartphones suitable for first-time smartphone owners as the specifications here are not too great but thanks to Tecno, lovers of android in Nigeria can now get great mid-range phones at a ridiculously cheap price.

Tecno M3 (#14,000)

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Tecno m3

The cheapest on this list, Tecno M3 smartphone (the first in the M series lineup) runs android v4.2 (Jelly bean), some of its high points are 3.75G network, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 3.5 inches TFT touchscreen it beats some of the more expensive phones in this category hands down! With a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, and another 0.3 MP front facing camera for taking selfies! This phone is just the bomb considering the fact that its just #14,000. This dual sim phone also comes with 8GB internal memory (4GB accessible) expandable to 32GB with MicroSD card. It has a 1400mAh Li-Ion battery (about 5Hrs battery capacity).

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 (#17,000)

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Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

This phone is definitely a surprise package from Samsung! although it fits into the mid-range category it has some superb specs that will give even some Tecno phones serious competition! With a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM with 8GB internal memory (expandable to 64GB with MicroSD), 4-inch 480×800 pixels display and 16 million TFT multi-touch screen, 5 MP camera with LED flash on the back, plus a VGA camera up front, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory plus a microSD slot this dual sim phone is just about the best mid-range phone from Samsung right now. It also has a pretty good battery life too- 1800mAh (which can last about 8 hours on 3G) The good news is the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s own TouchWiz interface and apps suite on top.

LG L3 II Dual (#18,000)

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LG L3 II Dual

This dual-sim phone runs on Android 4.1.2 but is a bit on the small side as its just a 3.2 inch phone with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels.. But on the good side it’s a multi-touch screen phone and has a 4 GB inbuilt storage (also expandable to 32GB with microSD). Another of it’s cons is that it’s a single core processor phone, with 512 MB of RAM the camera is also 3MP but the battery has  a talk time of 11.5 hours ( on 3G). Not to forget it has GPS and is a 3.5G network phone.

Sony Xperia Tipo Dual (#19,000)

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Sony Xperia Tipo Dual

The Tipo is also a small phone as it’s also 3.2 inches in screen display (and 320 x 480 resolution). It’s  Android 4.0 (Ice cream sandwich) and has a scratch resistance, multi-touch screen. The camera is just 3.2 MP and the secondary camera is only VGA . Some of its other cons are the low battery life (1500 mAh) about 6.3 hours on 3G, single core processor and 512 MB of RAM. The inbuilt storage is just 2.5 GB but is expandable to 32GB via SD card..But you got to like this phone because its a dual sim phone and also runs on 3.5G network

Tecno P5 (#18,000)

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Tecno P5

Another sweet low-budget phone from Tecno! This phone runs on Android 4.2 Jellybean and has a 4-inch screen which is larger than that of M3 and also a bigger 480×800 resolution. With a 5MP and 2MP front-facing camera and battery life of about 8hours (1900mAh) its definitely an upgrade to the M3. Its endowed with a 1.3GHZ dual-core processor, 3.5G network, 4GB internal memory (but expandable to 32GB via SD card) and 512MB RAM