The 6 best cell phones to give as gifts for less than 500 euros this Christmas

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These smartphones available in Spain can offer an experience close to that of the high-end, but costing half or even less.


It is not necessary to spend a lot of money to get a great mobile phone, and, unless you need the best camera on the market or some other specific feature, such as the touch pen on the Samsung Galaxy S Ultra, you can get a great device without spending more than 500, half of what many of the current high-end mobile phones cost.

If Android can boast of anything compared to Apple phones, it is the wide variety of devices available on the market to buy. This makes it easier to have an Android mobile that adapts to the needs of each user in terms of features such as power, camera or screen.

Below is a list of some of these phones, which can offer certain experiences similar to those of the high-end, but for a much lower price. Logically, they are cheaper because some sections such as the camera or the screen can go down a notch, but they provide much better performance than the entry range.

Google Pixel 7a

Google mobile phones are one of the best choices you can make when buying a new mobile phone. Mainly because of its special software with artificial intelligence functions and the good quality of its cameras. The company has raised the price with this new generation of Google Pixel 8, but luckily, its new mid-range device, the Pixel 7a It is at a lower price.

It has the Google Tensor G2 processor – the same as the Pixel 7 -, manufactured by the company itself and which has great additions in terms of artificial intelligence. In addition, it has exclusive Android functions that cannot be accessed by other devices. They accompany you 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.


Its screen is OLED technology, and it is ideal for those people who do not want a huge mobile phone, since it has a diagonal of 6.1 inches, in addition to a refresh rate of 90 Hz. As for the battery, It has 4,385 mAh capacity, as well as 20W fast charging and 18W wireless charging.

The photographic section of this device is simple, but very effective due to its good quality. Its main sensor has a resolution of 64 Mpx, while the secondary one, a wide angle, reaches 13 Mpx, the same resolution that the selfie camera also has. The best thing is that it also has an optical image stabilizer. The best camera on a mobile at this price.

Honor 90

This device has 5G connectivity, and unlike Huawei phones, it does have Google services installed, although it can boast much more. First of all, its screen, which is a 6.7-inch 2K resolution AMOLED with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Thanks to this combination, watching any type of content will be a great experience.

The Honor 90 does not have the most powerful processor, since it has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, but it is true that it performs well and was one of the best of last year. In addition, its base version has 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, which is a very good combination for the long term.


In the cameras, the presence of a main sensor of no more and no less than 200 Mpx, accompanied by a 12 Mpx wide angle and a 2 Mpx portrait sensor, is surprising. This, added to its 50 Mpx front camera, also makes it a spectacular alternative to use your photography section. Its battery has a capacity of 5,000 mAh, with a fairly powerful fast charge of 66 W. It costs about 430 euros.

Vivo V29

This mobile also comes with a clear orientation towards photography, and one of its most notable sections is its professional lighting system that it integrates with the LED flash. It is a circle of light of which it is possible to change the temperature so that the appearance of the photograph we want to take is the best possible.


Beyond that, the vivo V29 is a large mobile phone, with a 6.78-inch curved AMOLED screen at Full HD resolution and a 120 Hz refresh rate thanks to which you can enjoy greater fluidity when it comes to time. moving around the interface or in compatible games. Its battery is 4,600 mAh, which will be enough to last the day with normal use. The good thing is that thanks to having a fast charge of 80 W, it will be possible to charge it in a very short time.

Inside there is a processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 778+, which allows it to have good performance in practically any situation, close to that of high-end mobile phones. It is followed by 8 GB of memory, RAM and 256 GB of internal storage that means the mobile can last for many years. It can be purchased for approximately 480 euros.

OnePlus 10T

This mobile phone went on the market in the second half of last 2022, and the passage of time has caused its price to drop, making it even a better option than before. Its processor is high-end, Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, completing its power section with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. More than enough to move any game or work.

The photographic section is not what stands out most about the mobile, since it has a 50 Mpx main sensor, an 8 Mpx wide angle and a 2 Mpx macro, while the front camera remains at 16 Mpx. Its results are slightly off, but it is undeniable that the mobile performs well in the rest of the sections.


The screen of the OnePlus 10T, for example, It is AMOLED, with Full HD+ resolution and with a refresh rate of 120 Hz thanks to which it will stand out quite a bit in terms of fluidity. A good alternative to watch multimedia content considering that it has a size of 6.7 inches. The price of the device is around 400 euros.


In this case, the POCO F5 has one of the best mid-range processors, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2, which is a guarantee in terms of power. It is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage, and there are versions even with 12 GB of RAM.


The device has three rear cameras. On the one hand, the main sensor has 64 Mpx, while the wide angle reaches 8 Mpx and the macro remains at 2 Mpx. The front one is 16 Mpx. Has optical stabilizer to prevent blurry images.

On the front there is a 6.67-inch panel, using AMOLED technology, with its usual advantages in terms of color representation. It has Full HD+ resolution, with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits that will make it look good even in sunlight. It has a price of around 415 euros.

Samsung Galaxy A54

This mobile is the cheapest on the list, since it can be purchased for around 385 euros. Its screen is not excessively large, since it has a diagonal of 6.4 inches, and It is SuperAMOLED technologywhich allows you to have functions such as Always on Display, to always put the time and notifications in view when the screen is off.

Its processor is manufactured in-house, specifically the Samsung Exynos 1380, which gives it quite decent performance for playing games or doing day-to-day tasks. It comes with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, so that there is no shortage of space as time goes by.


As for the photographic section, its main sensor is 50 Mpx, the wide angle is 13 Mpx and the macro is 5 Mpx, giving the latter a better experience than what we are used to with the 2 Mpx. Its front camera is 32 Mpx, so it does not promise bad results. Its battery has a considerable capacity of 5,000 mAh, although fast charging remains at a power of 25 W.

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