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In the bustling world of dog care, we know that our work extends beyond just providing love and attention to the dogs. From capturing that perfect shot of a pup’s playful antics to maintaining communication with clients, a reliable smartphone becomes an indispensable tool in a dog carer’s toolkit.

But what if you’re looking for a device that doesn’t carry the hefty price tag of the high-end Samsung Galaxies or the latest Apple iPhones? What if there’s a world of budget smartphones, lesser known yet still competent, that won’t make you wince when they take an unexpected mud bath?

We purchased five new budget phones online and handed them over to the team at Capital Dog Care who diligently put them through their paces. Their feedback? Unbiased, enlightening, and entirely independent. We assure you that these reviews are not sponsored, they reflect the team’s genuine experiences. We provide a link to Amazon for convenience only, we do not earn any commission if you choose to purchase via these links.

1. Google Pixel 6a

Product Description:

12.2MP rear camera plus 8MP front camera

128GB of internal storage

Offer price: £290

The Team said:

“We loved this phone. It was really easy to use, we got the hang of it in no time. The camera quality genuinely impressed us, capturing sharp and vibrant photos. The battery life was satisfactory as well, easily lasting through a day of normal use, which is always pretty heavy considering the number of pictures, videos and messages that we send.”

Overall
5
2. OPPO Reno8 Lite 5G

Product Description:

64MP+2MP+2MP rear camera setup and a 16MP front camera. The camera highlights include Selfie HDR, Bokeh Flare Portrait, and an Ultra-Clear 108MP Image capability

128GB memory

Offer price: £197

The Team said:

“A really good phone. The performance was quite impressive, managing all the tasks we threw at it with ease. Additionally, it had ample storage for all our dog photos and videos. The battery life was solid, comfortably lasting throughout the day on a single charge.”

Overall
4.5
3. HONOR 70 Lite

Product Description:

50MP triple rear camera system and an 8MP front camera for high-quality photos and selfies

128GB internal storage

Offer price: £150

The Team said:

“We enjoyed using this phone, it felt quite similar to an iPhone. The performance was smooth and fast, and the screen quality was great. It was very fast, making app switching and loading times seemingly instantaneous. The battery life lasted all day. We were also pleased with the camera quality, capturing sharp and well-balanced photos easily.”

Overall
4.5
4. Samsung Galaxy A13

Product Description:

50MP main camera, 8MP selfie front camera

64GB internal storage

Offer price: £132

The Team said:

“A satisfactory phone overall. The camera quality was ok, managing to capture decent photos although it wasn’t exceptional. The battery life was probably strongest out of all of the test phones. The screen was adequate, displaying clear images and text, though it didn’t particularly blow us away in terms of vibrancy or sharpness. What stood out was its ease of use, which was excellent.”

Overall
4
5. NOKIA C32

Product Description:

50MP dual rear camera plus 8MP front camera

64GB of internal storage

Offer price: £110

The Team said:

“Nice phone with good battery life, easy to use, and handled calls and messaging well. The camera was impressive considering the phone’s price, capturing sharp images. The phone itself was occasionally glitchy, but it wasn’t a major hindrance.”

Overall
3.5

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