8 Phones Around a Thousand Patches Compared

Mobile has tested eight mobile phones that fit to buy with cash cards without breaking the Bank. A has been chosen as the winner.

Despite the fact that mobile phone manufacturers’ latest mobile phone models contain more and more and more sophisticated functions, it is still relatively few users who absolutely want to have all the features the next time it is time to purchase a new mobile phone. It shows a survey our site made around the trends when it comes to mobile phone users in Sweden. The users primarily demand when buying a new mobile phone’s camera, large display, music player and radio, shows the survey.

In the current recession feels it may not possible to shell out 4000-5000 kroons for the latest phone. Fortunately, there are also a lot of great phones in the budget segment. Phones with features and performance perfectly adequate for many.

Before this test, we asked a bunch of mobile phone manufacturers to send us phones costing around or preferably under a thousand patches. 1000 SEK, we think is a reasonable limit on what can be considered a phone in the very cheapest price. The target groups for a mobile phone in this price range may be many. Maybe it’s about the student who needs a cheap phone calling with, if the older couple to acquire the first phone or if the family who want to provide their children with their own phone.

The prices of the phones in the test range from 349 to 1144 SEK. And it turns out that the features phone features and how advanced models differ a lot. The simplest phone in the test, for example, has no camera and is fitted with a tiny monochrome screen, while another phone is equipped with both a touch screen, fm radio and camera.

LG KP500

The first test is a phone from LG called KP 500. The phone is distinguished by being the only phone in the test that has a touch-sensitive display. The screen is resistive model which may from time to time may be a little tough, at least if you’re used to more expensive phones with touch-sensitive screens. Besides being touch sensitive screen also distinguishes itself by being the biggest in test with its 3 inches. The resolution of the screen is at 320×400 points as it is the best resolution in the test. The exterior is made of plastic and does not tolerate any major shocks but easily become scratched if you happen to put your phone in the same Pocket as the key bunch. Impression of touch function on the screen is increased by the fact that the handset will vibrate a bit easy when you slide your finger or the included stylus across the screen and make a selection in menus.

The phone is very easy and with the exception of a frame in the hard plastic feels quite fragile, at least if you compare it with the touchpad phones in the higher price ranges. In view of the low price, the phone’s perceived durability, however, is seen as clearly approved.

The user interface of the phone is really neat and you can add widgets and other objects against the background of the screen. Because the phone has no 3 g support has the LG chose not to put much effort into the browser. It clearly leaves something to be desired but works well with mobile-friendly sites. Just the lack of 3 g support is one of the main disadvantages of this phone, which with the screen and the interface would otherwise have good potential to become a true media phone. The production budget went well simply isn’t up for LG.

The built-in camera of 3 megapixels, which is also the most high resolution in the test, it works fairly well in good light conditions, but as soon as it is light, it is not very useful because it lacks both photo lamp and auto focus.

For those who intend to use your phone to listen to music with there is besides a built-in fm receiver also has a slot where you can stuff into a microSD memory card. Socket for headphones sitting on one side of the phone. This is the same socket that is used to load it. To listen to music through headphones and charge your phone cannot at the same time. The outlet is protected by a small plastic cover that probably won’t get to stay on the phone on a daily basis for far too long.

Plus: Smooth operation of the touch screen, nice menu system.

Minus: No 3 g support, poor Web browser.

LG KS360

LG’s second handset in this test, KS360, is also unique in that it is equipped with an extendable Mini keyboard of qwerty model. With the exception of a thin plastic shell to the back of the phone feels relatively robust for its size. The size of the cell phone is handy and it lies nicely in your hand.

By using a series of buttons below the screen on the front of the phone is it easy to navigate around the menus on your phone without having to fold up the built-in keyboard. The buttons click when you press them and feels solid and reliable. The fold-out keyboard, which unfortunately do not have the åäö-buttons, keys positioned diagonally across each other just like in a real qwerty keyboard. Åäö and other special characters can be accessed by the function key. It is worth pointing out that the keyboard must be used when entering text in, for example, the sms messages in your phone, you cannot enter text using the buttons for menu navigation that adorns the front of the phone. On the side of the KS360 is also a scarcely to take pictures and a button with the call volume can be adjusted.

The screen of 2.4 inches and a resolution of 240 x 320 points is not much to speak of. The colors are perfectly okay considering the price and so even the brightness. However, the picture becomes noticeably much worse as soon as you do not have a viewing angle of the screen. The menus are easy to understand to navigate through and view mode automatically changes depending on whether you have the keyboard of the phone extension or not.

The built-in 2 megapixel camera will probably not win any photo prices and there is also no photo light or auto-focus feature. In order for you to benefit from the camera is required because you have good light. It is good to take pictures to send mms messages with but hardly much more than that.

The phone has a built-in fm radio and can play music clips that easily adds via its microSD card slot. Just as on sister phone KP500 is the Jack for charging and headphones, making a combined such that it is not possible to charge the phone while listening to music on headphones. The little platsbit sitting as protection for the port are also made to fall away after a while.

The browser in your phone can handle only mobile-ready sites and surf experience are on the whole not very pleasant because the phone does not support 3 g. Install a browser from a third-party manufacturers, namely Opera, however, it works better.

Plus: Good resistance in the keys, smooth qwerty keyboard with good knapplaceringar

Minus: No 3 g support, poor Web browser.

Samsung GT-E2120

GT E2120 is a phone model that purely functionally can be described as minimalist. The phone feels durable with a patterned black surface that is easy to grip and that thanks to the pattern do not slip easily out of your hand. Top and bottom, the phone is equipped with red details which, in any case, according to my snippet improves the appearance of it. The buttons on the front keypad consists of a rubber-like material, and there is not much pressure resistance on them, though today the phone easy to type on, with the help of the classic tvåtummarfattningen.

The screen on the phone is very small and has not much resolution to boast of. 128 x 128 dots manage the 1.52 inches large screen to view. The colors in the image feels very unbalanced and is släpig and slow, especially when the screen is to be used as a viewfinder for the built-in camera phone also offers. The camera, which only has 0.3 megapixels, is meant to be used to take pictures for mms with some other uses are practically impossible to find for the camera, partly because of the very low resolution and also because it simply is not very good in other respects either. Both the camera and the screen on the phone feels like stone age, which is a word that also sums up this phone is pretty good in its entirety.

“Mp3 music” prides itself on E2102 ‘s red top and using it behind the battery hidden memory card reader for microSD cards, the phone can be used for just that. The supplied headphones are connected through an outlet on the side of the phone. Navigation among the songs then takes place with the help of a circular button on the front of your phone. There are no buttons on the side of the E2120 for volume adjustment make this instead may be set using the buttons on the front instead.

Samsung phone is for those who intend to use your phone to call, text and listen music on – and not really more than that. There is certainly a built-in browser in your phone, but due to the lack of 3 g support and the cash screen is not very useful in practice. That phone is the cheapest in the test does not weigh up much of its shortcomings — for just a few hundred to, you can get a much better handset.

Plus: Cheap.

Minus: Kass screen, low-resolution camera, short on features.

Sony Ericsson Naite

Sony Ericsson’s contribution to supertestet of prepaid lurking called Naite and is part of the company’s Greenheart-profile which means that the phone is made from recycled materials and in a manner that will be both for minimal environmental impact. The phone has a classic Sony Ericsson design and fits nicely into the hand. A bit boring, but functional. The buttons on the phone are in rectangular shape and feels slightly densely placed, even if I myself have pretty slender fingers. In the Middle under the screen of the handset is a square button with which you can navigate around the menus on your phone.

The back of the Sony Ericsson Naite is equipped with a ridged plastic disc that bodes for a good grip, and the phone does not slip out of your hand. When I remove the plastic disc to investigate where the sim card, battery and memory card should be struck, however, by the disc’s fragility. Perhaps it is the eco-friendly mindset that made that saved on the thickness of the plastic shell?

The screen on the front of your phone belong to abundantly clear they better in the test even if it would have been a little larger. The colour and brightness of the 240 x 320 pixels on the 2.2 inch screen is one of the best in the test.

The camera is clearly approved for this price class and were it not for that LG’s mobile KP500-have a camera that has better resolution had this handset taken home first place in the test. Because the conditions are such that the handset does not have a photo Flash and autofocus camera should only be used in environments with good and bright light.

Navigation in your phone’s browser runs very smoothly since the phone’s square navigation key is used to control a small mouse pointer on the screen as you scroll around and click on links.

Sony Ericsson Naite has a suggested retail price at this writing at 1144 crowns which enables the phone to the most expensive in the test. Given what the competitors INQ and ZTE can provide for only a fraction of the price, it feels like a large part of the money goes to just put the Sony Ericsson brand on the handset. At the same time should also be factored in to the handset is environmentally friendly manufactured, which could be worth a few extra hundred pieces. Do you want a cheap 3 g handset and good environmental conscience, the phone is worth its price, otherwise you will get a better 3 g handset if you instead select INQ’s or ZTE’s models.

Plus: Environmentally friendly manufactured, relatively good camera

Minus: Most expensive phone in the test, the back feels flimsy and plasticky.


ZTE F102i is the first cell phone model from the Chinese manufacturer ZTE released on the Swedish market. The phone is one of his prize really skilled little thing and is the cheapest 3 g phone in the test. ZTE F102i is very light and small and at the front there is a keypad where you scroll through the menus using a large navigation key. The keypad is just like the rest of the phone is very small and compact. Although I myself have not been particularly rough hands and fingers feel keypad too small and crowded, it is easy to accidentally press more than one key at a time when we should try to write sms with your phone. Some buttons on the sides of the phone is not available so you may adjust the volume control and the other with the regular keypad when you are listening to music with headphones.

The phone feels very plasticky but for 385 kroner should not expect to get a phone in the metal alloy. To break the phone outright in half would probably not require any more effort, however, despite the test I was preventing me itchy fingers from trying.

The screen on the ZTE F102i measure two inches in size and has a resolution of 176 x 220 pixels. It is quite a bit and be marked by especially when the phone is to be used to surf on. In addition, the screen feels faint and the colors in the far too dark. At the slightest angle other than straight from the front also distorted the colors further. Under the hood on the phone hidden in addition to 3 g support, among other things, also a 2 megapixel camera. As is customary for phone models in this price range there is neither autofocus or photo light so the camera is used mainly to too advanced photo Mission in good lighting.

Plus: Cheapest 3 g handset test

Minus: Plastic and fragile appearance, poor lighting and bad colors on the screen.

Doro Phoneeasy 338 GSM

Doro Phoneeasy 338 GSM is a phone whose target audience is not really the same as that of the rest of the phones in this test. With a design that is reminiscent of a cordless DECT phone than a traditional mobile phone and with a monochrome monitor that it is not even possible to find pixel-specs are the target group of 338 GSM people who just want to use the phone to call and nothing else. Should you buy a mobile phone to Grandma and Grandpa might be an option, but for the average user, the phone is simply not interesting. In short – do you want to be able to do anything more at all than to call and smsa, do not buy this phone.

The keypad on the phone is hearty with big clear figures. The phone’s basic functions to call, send sms and browse the address book is accessible. On one side of the handset, see socket for headset and the charger and on the other side are buttons to adjust the call volume. The phone feels solid and durable compared to many other phones in this test. Design wise, it’s hopefully not supposed to phone to be hip or stylish but simply easy to comprehend, and from the angle of view has managed to some degree.

There is no camera on your phone and also no option to use it as a media player or whatsoever to do anything other than call and smsa. Possibly the bored enjoy playing “Gubben Noak” with button signals but some entertainment value that gives the plus score in this test, the phone is not.

The only positive surprise with this phone is that Doro has been kind enough to include a charging stand in the box.

Plus: Clear keypad, supplied charging stand.

Minus: The phone does not have all the features and stylish design.

InQ Mini 3 g

What the outer regards feels Inq Mini as if the price terms could be a couple of snap over the other phones in this test. In fact, however, it ends up somewhere in the middle of the price scale. InQ Mini 3 g is as the name reveals very little to its format, but thanks to the glossy, almost metal-like, the material it is made of feels the still relatively robust and sustainable.

The keypad on the Inq Mini 3 g is easy to work with even though it is small, the buttons click when you press them and the resistance is good. On the sides of the phone are buttons for volume, keypad lock and camera. Charging and connection of headphones is through a usb miniport on top, you cannot charge your phone while listening to music on headphones.

Preinstalled on your phone is software for ip telephony via Skype and social networks like Twitter and Facebook. Phone user interface is colorful and unusual but easy to browse around using the circular navigation button on the front of your phone. On the screen background, you can also add various widgets. The many colors, icons and images in the menu system makes it occasionally feels cluttered on your phone screen, but it’s still fun with a phone that stands out. When the built-in browser is running, navigate around the pages by using a mouse pointer that is controlled by the circular navigation button.

The screen is 2.2 inches high and has a resolution of 240 x 320 points. It is bright and produces vibrant colours, but loses it in the proper playback as soon as the angle against the image is not from the front. Camera 2 megapixels, the same rating as many other cameras in the test — as long as there is good light conditions it works decently because it lacks both autofocus and camera light.

In conclusion, may I say that I like this phone. The compact size, the extraordinary keypad along with a prize alright screen and not least a stable outer shell makes this is the phone that receives the highest user experience ratings.

Plus: Outer in glossy hard plastic material, exciting interface, good software opportunities

Minus: Screen size makes the interface sometimes feels cluttered

Nokia 2330

Nokia 2330 is a compact little thing that despite its small size and pretty plastic composition still feels as if it has good durability. A small detail is that the plastic shell on the back is equipped with an additional glass protection for the camera lens, which makes the disc then sits over the camera itself is specifically protected against scratches and damage. A plastic shell is much easier to replace than a camera protection. On the front of the phone is figures and a navigation button. The buttons provide no specific resistance at nertryckning and it does not belong to the better in the test. Some buttons on the sides of the phone is not available. Connection of the charger, usb cable and headphones are made behind a plastic cover on the side of the phone. Plastic cap will not remain very long on the phone about the headset, is often used.

The camera in your phone is really bad quality with 0.3 megapixels and the lack of autofocus and camera light. The screen is not much to boast of. The 1.8 inches large screen has a resolution of 128 x 160 pixels and has huge problems with being able to view the colors right unless the viewing angle is exactly from the front. When displaying moving images or video clips from the camera feels very grainy image and släpig.

Since the phone lacks 3 g capabilities and has a minimal screen, the browser is not very useful. Only the proceeds of the supplied software in the phone is the Classic Snake game, which certainly did not quite make out really fair on the checkout screen.

Nokia budgetlur impresses not, you get a much more capable phone of less well known brand for less money.

Plus: Feels solid despite its small format, additional protection for the camera

Minus: Kass screen, low-resolution camera, short on features.

Materials & quality

Test winner in this category is Inq Mini 3 g, mainly due to the fact that it is the only phone in the test that does not give the impression that simply feels plasticky. Doro phone is not beautiful but it does not get the bottom score depends on the phone’s exterior after all still gives a composite impression.

Winner: Inq Mini 3 g


Specification wise is LG’s KP500 screen superior to the other screens in the test and even though color reproduction leaves something to be desired, it is also by far the most useful screen in the test. The League will go to Doro phone which does not even have a color screen.

Winner: LG KP500

User experience

Here it is a dead heat between several phones but the handset which finally takes home first place in this category is Inq Mini 3 g. It is simply a lot of phone for the money. KP 500: an had probably had a chance at the top spot if it only had 3 g support too.

Winner: Inq Mini 3 g

Systems & Software

Also this is Inq Mini 3 g is a clear winner with lots of preinstalled software and applications. KP 500 is also good with their widgets and its touchscreen interface, but not quite all the way. The League is Doro phone again as it has no program at all. That none of the browsers in the test phone impressed especially makes no phone gets top marks.

Winner: Inq Mini 3 g


Most of the phones in the test are equipped with 2.0-megapixel cameras with quite similar quality. Sony Ericsson mobile camera feels somewhat better than the others with the same resolution, but the best is of course the KP500 from LG with its 3.0-megapixel camera. What pulls down a rating for the Sony Ericsson phone is mainly the phone simply costs more than the taste. Worst cameras have Nokia’s and Samsung’s models. Doro phone survives from the bottom score only thanks to the included charging base.

Winner: LG KP500

Winner: Inq Minq 3 g

The winner in this test were upstart Inq Mini 3 g. The justification for this is that your phone clean functionally, the phone that has the most to offer among the tested the phones while the price is very good. The outer appearance of the phone is neither to despise – it is good looking, simply. Should you buy a cell phone for a price tag of under a thousand patches is Inq Mini 3 g is best simply because you are getting the most for your money.