The $400 "Budget" Phone

I have noticed an alarming trend referring to "budget" Android phones being in the $400 range (on CNET and other sites). To my sensibility that is nuts, quite frankly. I know I am a cheapskate, but $400 is a lot of money for something that we seem to regard in many ways as disposable.

I would venture to suggest a sub $200 phone would be in the budget price range. My own phone is in the "cheap" range, ending up costing me around $80. Yet it has a 5.5 inch screen and a quite good 13 Megapixel camera, very good battery life, and few other nice features such as a WiFi hotspot.

I realize for some (many?) a phone is a minor status symbol, and they want the latest and greatest  - which is fine for them, and no complaining from me. I just have a hard time accepting $400 being touted as a budget price range, when there are many good-quality phones available for $150-$250 (such as the Moto G4 Plus).

As always, just my 2 cents worth. Oh, and don't get me started about the prices of new cars!

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