Best Budget Smartphones Under £300 (Autumn 2021)

Best Budget Smartphones Under £300 (Autumn 2021)

Reviewing the best budget smartphones of 2021 in the UK for a price under £300, including the top phones for camera tech, gaming and more. I’ve tested all of these surprisingly cheap mobiles, including the Samsung Galaxy M32, Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro, Poco X3 GT and Moto Edge 20 Lite. But which budget phone is best for you? Check out my unboxing and review videos for all you need to know!

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is still one of my favourite affordable smartphones in 2021, offering impressive hardware for a low price. Of course, how well you get on with Xiaomi’s MiUI launcher will play a large part in your personal impressions. MiUI is also found on the Poco X3 Pro, which boasts everything you’d need except 5G support – something added by the Poco X3 GT. However, this fresher model also axed the headphone jack and microSD support, which is a serious shame.

Motorola’s Edge 20 Lite is another of my favourites right now, offering some solid features for under £300. And while the Samsung Galaxy M32 can’t compete for performance, and once again lacks 5G connectivity, that camera is among the best in this round-up.

I had to axe a few other handsets which came close, like the Nokia X20 – while some fresh launches like the Moto G60s I haven’t had the chance to test yet. For more on the latest affordable UK smartphones, why not be a lovely person and subscribe?

Best Budget Phones Under £300 Chapters:
0:00 – Pointless intro bit
0:42 – Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
2:25 – OnePlus Nord CE 5G
4:15 – Poco X3 Pro
5:49 – Poco X3 GT
7:43 – Motorola Moto Edge 20 Lite
8:47 – Realme 8 Pro
10:20 – Samsung Galaxy M32
12:28 – Byyeeee

50 Comments

  1. Lee Chamberlain on May 25, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Which one is the best to purchase Chris ? xiaomi redmi note 10 pro ?

  2. John Leach on May 25, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Stuck in quarantine, so watching your channel is grate, ever phone I’ve bought for the last 5 years I think has been on your advice, not disappointed yet . Keep up the good work Chris, all the best to you and your family. CHEERS

  3. Ally W on May 25, 2022 at 8:53 pm

    When do you breath?

  4. John Smith on May 25, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    which phone has the best gps speed at locating your location

  5. Melvin Iligan on May 25, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Hoping to have one for my online class TECH SPURT ❤❤❤❤

  6. Gadavillers Panoir on May 25, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    1:35 you say MIUI is good.
    5:40 you say MIUI is bad.
    So which is it?

  7. I Like Toast on May 25, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Love ur video’s only information i always miss is the microsd card capacity

  8. IamSehboy on May 25, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    ayo asuna is 17

  9. Kareem Ahmed on May 25, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    You should have mentioned Nokia phones. They have made some pretty good budget phones

  10. The Retron on May 25, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    does the poco x3 pro die after 1 year

  11. Helen Forbes on May 25, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    I wanted a Google pixel 4a and I see it has disappeared from the UK Google store. I’m not from UK but will be buying a phone there so I don’t really know where I might find the 4a. Any suggestions?

  12. Natsu Dragneel on May 25, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    your daughter so cute look like a doll..🤩🤩🤩
    but where’s your wife???…🤔🤔🤔

  13. Mar Reyes on May 25, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Does the Redmi Note 10 have NFC available in UK? Can’t find a confirmation of this anywhere!

  14. Lee Wi on May 25, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Love your sense of humor 😂

  15. F1ber on May 25, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Look, you don’t need an amazing super, incredibly beautiful phone. I bought one for 150$ 3-4 years ago and it’s still doing good. I don’t really wanna buy a phone but it’s been doing some stuttering and needs restarting very frequently. In addition I have some bucks floating around and I don’t have anything else in my to buy list. So I guess I might go for it.

  16. Khaled Edris on May 25, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    im still loving to watch those wallpapers😂

  17. Leonardo E on May 25, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    I have a ace 5g and the battery is lackluster

  18. M Th on May 25, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    It’s insane how oversized these phones are. Where can I get a phone the size of Nokia 6.1 Plus?

    Only one I can find in that size range is thr Google Pixel.

    The rest of these monster sized phones will not fit well into my pocket.

  19. S D on May 25, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Wonderful review

  20. neuroisis85 on May 25, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Hey there my friendly U.K. Knobber: any chance you could add the $ ‘Murican dollar prices to your vids? Or can someone let me know if these aren’t generally great for American consumers? As in, l noticed my favorite phone of these isn’t supported by many carriers in the states. Which is total shit.

  21. Hannah Jimmink on May 25, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    I can’t focus on your words when you’re showing me parts of games and series at the same time…

  22. Stuart Fabre on May 25, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Is it worth upgrading from the realme 7 pro to the 8 pro?

  23. J on May 25, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Hello, is it possible for someone to advise me on the best camera phone under £300? I would mainly like a phone for really good quality pictures but I am not keen on Google Pixel phones and I would preferably like a phone which is not 5G.
    Thanks.

  24. kernowarty on May 25, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    If phone reviewers were newspapers you would be The Sun (not necessarily a complement)

  25. Anon Anon on May 25, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Please can u help me best 300 dollar phone for gaming

  26. Mark Edwards on May 25, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    what about the LG v60 you can now get on eBay brand new around £300-350? Even though LG has stopped doing mobiles they said there will be updates until android 13

  27. Larisa Lara Pohorec on May 25, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    "Sploosh"

  28. paulisenior on May 25, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    skynet is taking over now

  29. James on May 25, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Xiaomi is amazingly flexible and smart. 10x less workers then I-phones, but cheaper and better. Flexible, effective, and brilliant marketing strategies. They make you 👀 ads so u have to $$$ less.
    You can turn the ads off too and get all the apps you want.

  30. Tome4kkkk on May 25, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    In Poland some of the phones you mention are like 150% of the prices!

  31. Charlotte Hayday on May 25, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Chris,

    I’m looking for a budget smartphone and I’m not fussed about the gaming aspect.

    I want a good quality camera for photos, high quality videos and even the dual recording feature. I mainly use social medias so I’d like a good quality screen too but this isn’t essential.

    What do you reccomend?

    Thanks!

  32. Haura Lana on May 25, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Weird thing is, in my country samsung galaxy m32 is cheaper than redmi note 10 pro

  33. Paul Bear on May 25, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Have just nought the Note 10 Pro with the Band 6 watch for £169 from Xiaomi. Bargain

  34. crimsonbride on May 25, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Every so often I find myself here with no need to buy anything but just to listen to your funny chat 😁

  35. Theodore Vasilopoulos on May 25, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Did you actually say spooge-worthy??? 😂😂😂

  36. ItzFerret on May 25, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    10:52 man’s wallpaper fire

  37. Joel Brown on May 25, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    If you ever became a comedian I’d pay to see you live! Great vid!😂

  38. REZA QOLIZADEH on May 25, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Great reviews

  39. The Exile on May 25, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Picked up a Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro because of this video.

  40. Nick on May 25, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks, found myself falling into a black hole of S21 Ultra 24 month contract with added buds Pro, when the ‘reception’ fell of to zero in an area where my 3.5 year old P10 Lite had 5 bars. The phone’s going back and this vid will hopefully bring calm to someone who finds change a challenge 🙂

  41. Roy Roberts on May 25, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Hi, thanks for your great reviews. I currently have the Redmi Note 9 Pro, which is a great phone and have had it around 12 months. I’ve been thinking of upgrading to the Redmi Note 10 Pro. I’ve been told by my service provider that this is not a great upgrade as my current phone is just as good. May i please ask your professional opinion?
    Many thanks
    Roy

  42. Sudha Ramakrishnan on May 25, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    You are Underrated.

  43. Clive Harrington on May 25, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Best used one plus phone

  44. FatheredPuma81 on May 25, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Forgot the Motorola Edge S (G100) and the Motorola Edge S Pro (Edge 20 Pro).

  45. Helen Forbes on May 25, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    I wanted a Google pixel 4a and I see it has disappeared from the UK Google store. I’m not from UK but will be buying a phone there so I don’t really know where I might find the 4a. Any suggestions?

  46. R.Chowdsx on May 25, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Nice video. Which budget phone would you recommend to me if I’m looking for a phone with excellent camera quality front and back, also needs to be good in low lighting. One that also has good audio and a big screen.

  47. BenRangel on May 25, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    You mention "reliable BT steaming"…is that something missing from…any phone?

  48. tangobase7 on May 25, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    I am rocking a Xiaomi Redmi 10 pro for my trips abroad and rocking a Xiaomi note 10 pro as my day to day

  49. Abdul Wahedy on May 25, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Xiaomi Note 10 pro is the best.

  50. Lenida Palabrica on May 25, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Bro where did you get the anime wallpapers?

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