The best budget phone you can buy is the Samsung Galaxy A14 thanks to a winning combination of good design excellent battery life, simple software, and at least four years of software support to 2027.
Day to day performance is much improved over 2022’s Galaxy A13 with a better chipset, and most tasks tick away nicely with 4GB RAM. As with most cheap phones you will not be able to fire up demanding mobile games like Call of Duty, but calls, texts, messaging and video apps, and social media will be absolutely fine.
There’s only 64GB storage which is a bit low, but there’s a microSD card slot to expand storage and you can’t really complain when a cheap phone is this good. You can also pay a little more and get a 5G version, which is otherwise identical.
If you don’t mind a 60Hz display when other budget phones have smoother 90- or 120Hz tech, and you’re not fussed about having an outstanding smartphone camera, then the Galaxy A14 is a top choice.