As cellphone prices continue to escalate, finding the justification to blow 10 grand on a mobile device is becoming ever increasingly difficult. We picked 10 of the cheapest cellphones offered by Vodacom to us consumers, and sorted them by price. The winner turned out to be ZTE S551, but in terms of what you will be getting for your money Vodacom Smart Kicka has triumphed .
Cheapeast Cellphone: ZTE S551
Best Value for Money: Vodacom Smart Kicka @ R549
Good Buys: S218 @ R249, Samsung Texto S @ R439
ZTE S551 – R149
When buying a low cost device, there are few features to consider. Low cost does not justify low functionality. You would expect some decent features, like a Radio, Camera, Mp3 Player and color(TFT) display.The ZTE S551 is currently the cheapest, but offer’s no camera, no bluetooth, no colour display and finally no music or games, really?
Samsung Push – R189
Something clicks in mind when I imagine handing over a R200 note, and receiving a Samsung cellphone in return, it’s like bartering in the past. Maybe it’s the marketing Samsung have done, or tremendous success of the Galaxy range that has left one believing that all things Samsung are superior. With the Samsung Pusha, you get a decent sized 800 mAh battery, a color display, a camera, radio and games, but no internet. ZTE S551 vs Samsung Push vs ZTE S551 … Samsung Push.
S519 – R189
Competing for the title of R189 King of the hill, the S519 has one advantage over the Samsung Pusha, and that is Internet connectivity (GPRS). Although 4G is the current standard, GPRS is certainly better than nothing. The S519 has a 400 mAh battery which is half the size of the Samsung Pusha, and it has no camera. The device features a Color display, FM Radio, Games and Mp3 Player. Memory can increased via a microSD which is an nice addition. Samsung Pusha vs S519 … S519 is the winner.
OT 3000 – R249
The OT 3000 can make/receive calls and sms, and features a 220 * 176 color display which is larger than than the S519 and Samsung Pusha, has internet connectivity and a Qwerty Keyboard But, no games, no music, no camera, no bluetooth and no memory leaves the phone yearning for a lot. S519 vs OT 3000 … OT 3000 is the winner.
One Touch 3000 – R249
The One Touch 3000 is almost identical to the OT 3000, although the OT 3000 comes with 4 MB more memory. Similarly, the One Touch 3000 disappoints with no music, games, bluetooth or camera to take a snap. The Qwerty Keyboard, color display and FM radio are this device’s only advantage.
OT 3000 vs One Touch 3000 …. OT 3000 is the winner.
S218 – R249
If your budget falls less than R300, the S218 is the first we like in this price range. If features a 400 Li-Ion Battery, Camera, Bluetooth, Internet(GPRS), color display, memory card, games and finally music player. At this price there is has everything you can expect. S218 vs OT 3000 …. S218 is the winner.
Nokia 105 – R249
In a time past gone, Nokia where once undisputed king of the feature phone race. When you see Nokia’s name on this list, you instantly start expecting things to start happening. The 105 comes with a nice 800 mAh battery, and 128 * 128 color display. No bluetooth, camera or internet are major disappointment with this device. Like previous Nokia devices, Games and music are supported. S218 vs Nokia 105 ….. S218 is the winner.
Samsung Texto – R439
With the Texto, we enter a price jump into the R400 plus range. Samsung Texto packs a 1000 mAh battery, with support for camera, bluetooth, and internet. The Qwerty keyboard plus a microSD expansion slot makes this device quite a good buy. S218 vs Samsung Texto ….. Samsung Texto is the winner.
One Touch 2000 – R499
This cellphone is priced higher than the Samsung Texto and has less features. No camera, or internet connectivity leaves this device a lesser counter part to the Samung Texto. One a postive note, the One Touch 2000 features a 320 * 250 Color Display, with FM Radio, music player and support for microSD. Samsung Texto vs One Touch 2000 …. Samsung Texto.
Vodacom Smart Kicka – R549
After reviewing the Vodacom Smart Kicka it can be deduced that it offers the best value for money. This phone features the latest Android operating system, Bluetooth, Camera, 3G, Wi-Fi and memory card slot. It’s only competitor is the MTN Steppa but that comparison is for another post. Vodacom Smart Kicka is currently top it’s class. Samsung Texto vs Smart Kicka …. Smart Kicka is the winner.
Nokia Asha 205 Chat Edition – R679
The Nokia Asha comes in at last on our list, and has exceeded the R500 mark. With that said, it succeeds in meeting our criteria for having Camera, Bluetooth, and Internet Connectivity. The Asha 205 has a Qwerty Keyboard, that places more emphasis on it’s chat capabilities. Support for Mp3 tracks and a FM radio, are definite advantages although the operating system is the only downfall. The fact that this device was first released in 2012, leave it at second place when compared to the Vodacom Kicka.
|ZTE S551 (Silver Border)||R149||
|Samsung Push FM(E1205)||R189||
|One Touch 3000||R249||
|Samsung Texto S (E2220)||R439||
|One Touch 2000||R499||
|Vodacom Smart Kicka||R549||
|Nokia Asha 205 Chat Edition||R679||