We choose a smartphone up to PLN 2,500. What to buy?

Another week passes, and with it returns the age-old question – what to buy? While I was meticulously entering the data of specific phones into the table, one reflection struck me. With 2,500 zlotys at our disposal, we are able to equip ourselves with a really great device. The problem begins when we are looking for all the advantages of a flagship, including a limited budget.

realme GT 12 / 256GB 5G

AMOLED screen, 120 Hz refresh, and Snapdragon 888 5G, supported by 12 GB of RAM? And all this for PLN 2499? It sounds too good or there must be something wrong here – such thoughts appear in the head, right?

It turns out unnecessarily. realme GT provides practically everything that a smartphone user can dream of in 2021. Access to 5G, quite competent camera, with the main 64 Mpix, as well as quite substantial 256 GB of internal memory. Unfortunately – without the possibility of expanding with an additional memory card.

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The truth is, however, that with such good devices, realme attracts the attention of more and more customers. It is difficult to fault the GT model with anything specific – there is even a 3.5 mm audio jack, which I personally have become used to.

The main disadvantage here will be the lack of any resistance certificate – and in the list we can find cheaper devices that are able to boast of them. In the amount assumed by us, it will be difficult to propose a better candidate.

In case of any doubts, Andrzej meticulously tested this smartphone in June.

realme GT 12 / 256GB 5G in Media Expert

realme GT - what to buy
realme GT 5G

Motorola Edge 20

A difficult candidate was drawn, oh difficult. The Motorola Edge 20 has a fairly even chances against the realme GT 12/256. The competences of both devices are so high that the choice will depend only on the details and specific preferences of the customer.

A strong, main camera of 108 Mpix and a large, 6.7-inch OLED screen with Full HD + resolution and 144 Hz refresh rate, stand out here the most from the entire set. The memory can be disappointing – only 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal, without the possibility of any expansion.

The mono speaker may be a slight downside, but everything else is in place. Solid Snapdragon 778G, support for 5G technology and basic, but still, IP52 certification. Even the lack of a headphone jack can be swallowed when we pay attention to the price of this invention.

2299 zlotys, which is two hundred zlotys cheaper than realme GT! Are more memory, a slightly better battery and a flagship processor worth a banknote with Zygmunt Stary? For me, yes, but what to buy is ultimately up to you!

Motorola Edge 20 in Media Expert

motorola moto edge 20
Motorola Edge 20

OnePlus Nord 2 12 / 256GB

One would like to say – dragons are not here. OnePlus Nord 2 will not boast of Snapdragon, but this does not mean its failure. At a fairly solid price – PLN 2349 – we get a smartphone worthy to compete even with realme GT, of course in some places.

12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of built-in inventory are primarily the main fields in which OnePlus Nord 2 is competitive. Add to this a fairly solid main camera – 50 Mpix – and a durable battery with 4500 mAh of charge on board.

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OnePlus Nord 2 review - photo: Tabletowo.pl

Though without certifications, the phone is quite impressive. The AMOLED Full HD + screen with an unusual 90 Hz refresh rate, as well as support for 5G, is very impressive.

If I had a tight budget it would be one of my favorites for sure. Mateusz was delighted in the review, so I am referring to him for even more details.

OnePlus Nord 2

Apple iPhone SE 2020

In the context of Apple devices, 2,500 zlotys are even pennies. Therefore, it is difficult to offer anything other than last year’s iPhone SE in this price category. However, there are plenty of problems. If we only look at the rest of the smartphones at a similar price, the iPhone SE is terribly pale in comparison.

3 GB of RAM, 12 Mpix in the main camera, a tiny LCD screen – where we do not look at the table, there are shortages. And – yes – due to the fact that it is a device operating in a slightly different ecosystem, you can really forgive it a lot.

Most of all, however, last year’s iPhone SE does not support 5G networks. At a time when this standard is developing at an alarming pace, it is difficult to turn a blind eye to this oversight. Especially since a lot of Android-based smartphones are already able to offer 5G at this price point (and even in cheaper models!).

If someone wants an Apple device, they’ve probably already made up their mind. If we are going this way, I would definitely give up the iPhone SE, saving more cash for one of the flagship models. I know, it’s easy to say – but it’s worth a try.

If you wanted to read a bit more about last year’s iPhone SE, Kasia prepared a solid review over a year ago.

Apple iPhone SE 2020 in Media Expert

iPhone SE 2020 - what to buy
Apple iPhone SE 2020

Sony Xperia 5

Interesting fact – Sony Xperia 5 is the only smartphone in the list that offers memory expansion via a microSD card. It is also not without a reason! Xperia 5 is a device that impressed with its photographic capabilities in 2019. With 128GB of internal memory built in, photos would have to end sometime. At that time, however, the manufacturer wanted PLN 3499 for this device.

Now, however, the price has dropped to PLN 2499, qualifying Xperia 5 to today’s statement. Is the quality of photography comparable to that of the iPhone 11 worth such an investment?

It is definitely worth taking a closer look at this device, especially since the other parameters also do not differ that much from the rest of the rate. The OLED screen, 6 GB RAM and a pretty good Snapdragon 855 make the Sony equipment look pretty decent compared to the iPhone SE from last year.

Only unfortunately – we will not meet 5G technology here either. It is also the second most expensive smartphone in the list. Therefore, before buying, I would read Tomek’s review, look at the price again and then sleep with it. Take it easy, of course.

Sony Xperia 5 - what to buy
Sony Xperia 5

As always – table

According to the prevailing practice, I invite you to the detailed table describing the parameters of the presented devices.

What can I say – each device excels in several categories, making it difficult for the least decisive to choose. However, if you need more information, the table is open and you should find it useful in making your decision:

model realme GT 12 / 256GB 5G Apple iPhone SE 2020 128 GB Motorola Edge 20 Sony Xperia 5 OnePlus Nord 2 12 / 256GB
screen 6.43 inch, AMOLED, FHD +, 120Hz 4.7 inch, 1334 x 750px, LCD 6.7 inch OLED FHD + 144 Hz 6.1 inch OLED 6.43 inch, AMOLED, FHD +, 90Hz
processor Snapdragon 888 5G Apple A13 Snapdragon 778G 5G Snapdragon 855 MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI
GPU Adreno 660 Apple GPU Adreno 642L Adreno 640 Mali-G77 MC9
RAM 12 GB 3 GB 8 GB 6 GB 12 GB
memory 256 GB 128 GB 128 GB 128 GB 256 GB
system Android 11 iOS 13 Android 11 Android 9 Android 11
the camera 64 + 8 + 2 Mpix 12 Mpix 108 + 8 + 16 Mpix 12 + 12 + 12 Mpix 50 + 8 + 2 Mpix
camera 16 Mpix 7 Mpix 32 Mpix 8 Mpix 32 Mpix
battery 4500 mAh 1821 mAh 4000 mAh 3140 mAh 4500 mAh
3.5mm audio jack YES NOPE NOPE NOPE YES
speakers stereo stereo mono stereo stereo
biometrics under the screen under the screen right side right side under the screen
dimensions 158.5 x 73.3 x 9.1 mm 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm 163 x 76 x 7 mm 158 x 68 x 8.2 mm 158.9 x 73.2 x 8.3 mm
scales 186 g 148 g 163 g 164 g 189 g
immunity standard LACK IP67 IP52 IP65 / IP68 LACK
free market price PLN 2499 PLN 2399 PLN 2299 PLN 2499 2349 zlotys
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What to buy? – smartphone offers up to PLN 2,500

Smartphone up to PLN 2,500 – what to buy?

I admit that I am a person who doesn’t like compromises. Therefore, choosing a phone in this installment what to buy, it was a terribly difficult task for me.

As I wrote before, the realme GT 5G is currently my absolute favorite. Speed ​​goes hand in hand with a good price and quality that can satisfy even the most demanding technology fans.

However, if my budget were a bit more limited, I would be leaning towards the OnePlus Nord 2. Like the realme GT 5G, the device offers a lot of memory, as well as an AMOLED screen with a refresh rate higher than the classic 60 Hz. For the saved PLN 150, you can buy some nice headphones, with a 3.5 mm audio jack input.

However, what is most surprising in the list – you can still find devices that do not support 5G for this price. But I feel something is coming soon.

About Alex Marcell

He likes dogs, pizza and popcorn. Already a fanboy of Nintendo and Sony, but today throws anything. He has collaborated on sites and magazines such as GameBlast, Nintendo World, Hero and Portal Pop, but today is dedicated exclusively to Spark Chronicles.

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