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9 iPhone SE Alternatives That Are Cheaper

Apple recently unveiled the smaller, less expensive iPhone SE, which starts at $399, to appeal to new buyers. But there are lower-cost alternatives. Here are 9 choices to consider.
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All eyes in the tech world were on Apple this week when the company held an event to unveil and showcase new devices and software, including an upgraded, smaller iPad Pro, the official rollout of iOS 9.3, software updates to Apple TV, and new bands for Apple Watch. But one of the most talked about product debuts was the smaller -- in size and price tag -- iPhone SE.

The launch of the iPhone SE reflects a strong, consistent demand for smaller iPhones. During the Monday event, Apple claimed more than 30 million 4-inch iPhones were sold in 2015. While many shoppers simply prefer more compact devices, this size is also popular among first-time iPhone owners.

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The iPhone SE, which was predicted weeks before the event, has a four-inch display, 64-bit A9 chip, and integrated M9 motion coprocessor for functions like "Hey Siri" and daylong fitness tracking. The company claims its CPU packs twice the speed of the iPhone 5s and its GPU is three times as fast.

As for cost, the 16GB model goes for $399 and and the 64GB version is $499.

Preorders for the iPhone SE began Thursday, March 24 and it ships March 31. The device is available in silver, gold, space gray, and rose gold.

While the SE's price point is cheap for an iPhone, it could easily break the bank for someone on a tight budget. While the iPhone SE may be an appealing option for those committed to iOS, browsing outside the Apple store can help you find even less expensive devices.

Here we take a closer look at smartphones with lower price tags than the iPhone SE. They may not have all the same features as high-end competitors, but they'll keep you connected without leaving you broke. Do you own any of these devices? Would you consider one?

Kelly is an associate editor for InformationWeek. She most recently reported on financial tech for Insurance & Technology, before which she was a staff writer for InformationWeek and InformationWeek Education. When she's not catching up on the latest in tech, Kelly enjoys ... View Full Bio

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User Rank: Apprentice
4/1/2016 | 10:00:58 AM
Re: OnePlus X
@Pablo - Those are some very nice phones! 

I don't regularly follow all the different handset manufacturers but this article was very enlightening.  I just replaced my (broken) S4 with an LG V10.  I liked my S4 and the V10 is more phone than what I need but it was something that had to be replaced in a timely manner.  However, I was not aware of all these offerings - and this OnePlus X is very nice indeed!  Kicking myself for so badly overpaying, for which I knew I was in the first place. 
User Rank: Ninja
3/31/2016 | 11:06:23 PM
Windows Phone is better?
I'm surprised to see the Lumia in this list. I didn't expect it to be as good as an iPhone. I prefer Android and have never owned a Windows phone, but I hear they aren't as wonderful as advertised. Does anyone here use a Windows phone?
King Ludd
King Ludd,
User Rank: Apprentice
3/26/2016 | 9:34:23 AM
MotoG gen3 users
My wife and I both use MotoG gen3 phones. I have previously had 3 versions of the iPhone ovwer a period of several years. We find the MotoG to be entirely satisfactory with no justification to pay the steep price for Apple products. Even the latest budget model.
Pablo Valerio
Pablo Valerio,
User Rank: Ninja
3/25/2016 | 7:40:37 AM
OnePlus X
Kelly, my wife, a big Apple fan, recently purchased a OnePlus X, as an alternative to the iPhone 6, and she is very pleased, especially of the design. Looks like a bigger iPhone 5

It comes with Android 5.1, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, dual nano SIM and SD card slot (which uses one of the nano SIM slots), supports FDD-LTE bands 1/2/4/5/7/8

Uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2.3 GHz Quad-core CPUs and an Adreno 330 GPU. Display is 5" full HD with Gorilla Glass 3. Battery is 2,525 mAh LiPo  non-removable. 

Cost is $249 (€269) with free shipping in the US


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