Best Budget or Cheap Mobile Phone 2017

The list is endless as there are just so many available. So what do you go for? Well if you are getting a new phone contract and with it a new iPhone, Samsung, Sony, Google Pixel or other top brand of device then there is little point reading further here as your phone will generally be a top performer anyway so long as you are getting one of the flagship models. If however you are looking to grab a basement bargain off the shelf or a cheap contract with a free phone (approx £10 monthy) or a pay as you go then it’s worth bearing in mind some of the not so obvious detail in about the phones themselves.

The phone I am talking about here is a Motorola Moto G4 16Gb. For me it’s easily the best phone I have had. The battery lasts all day without a problem and I have the screen and text size that makes viewing comfortable – my vision is not what it used to be. It runs Android 7. For privacy I have the priority only feature enabled so I can happily have the phone by my bed each night knowing that if anyone calls then only my nearest and dearest will get through, everyone else hits an answering machine – text messages get through but there is no audible notification. If I wake in the middle of the night I can pick up the phone and a soft glow emerges showing me the time without lighting up the whole room or blinding me. I can use it as a torch too, thanks to Motorola’s features (You can set these) I don’t have to open an app but from it’s locked state just shake the phone twice – two quick flicks of the wrist and the camera flash doubles as a great torch, the same action turns it off. Lastly I popped in a 16Gb MicroSD card and the phone offered to format it as phone storage so apps etc can be installed to it and make it faster, a feature I love. The link below gives you more information.



The Twisted Apple – Have your pictures and content your way.

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So you are thinking of having an iPhone or an iPad, maybe you already have one. This little snippet is about that thing called ‘Cloud Storage’. If you are a subscriber of Microsoft’s Office software then with that subscription you will usually get a huge 1Tb of cloud storage from Microsoft in which to store all your documents, photos and music – yes, Microsoft has put a music folder in OneDrive with the idea that you can stream your own stuff. Also if you are a committed user of Google docs etc paid or not then  you may wish to keep using Google cloud for all it offers you, 15Gb as a basic user I believe. Also there is Dropbox, I’ve not tested this but may well offer to back up your photos too but there is a required paid subscription to get any more than the basic 2Gb of space.

Well you can. Just because you have an iPhone or iPad, and this applies to Apple laptops and home computers too or should I use the correct terminology, Macbook and iMac etc. Either way you can make full use of your desired cloud platform, have it your way.

You still need to be signed it to your Apple / iCloud account because that is for the purpose of getting apps and device security. Now let’s say you want to use Microsoft’s cloud platform. To start with you can turn off the iCloud backup and photo backup via the settings app. If you then download the OneDrive app from the App Store it will ask you when you first run it if you wish it to automatically back up your photos. You can do the same for Google because there is an app called Google Photos, install that and you will be asked the same thing.

You can then install Google Docs, Sheets, Drive etc or and Microsoft Word etc and use all of them without the intervention of Apple’s iCloud. I have not tested all of this to the enth degree and even if I had software developers can change functions in software any time. My point here is that if you have a photo in OneDrive or Google Photos and want to email it from your phone or share it on social media then you may have to download it to your phone first and then share it from the photos app – easily done. Also there may be a share option straight from the app to your desired social network. Naturally if you take a picture with your iPhone, iPad then it will end up in your Apple camera roll & photos app anyway but that’s on your device and not necessarily the cloud, your Google Photos or OneDrive app will have grabbed a copy too just as you had told it to in the first place.

So there you have it. This is also an excellent thing to do if you have a few hundred photos and want to leave Apple, perhaps you have bought an Android or Microsoft phone. These cloud apps will back up all your pictures so when you sign in to your new device they are already there. If you have thousands of pictures or a very slow internet connection then you are better off using a dedicated service for cloud migration and there are some good ones that cost nothing to use.