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Which smartphone to buy as a gift for the New Year: options for any budget


Up to 10,000 rubles

Perhaps the most popular category among residents of the CIS: budget smartphones are in demand regardless of the season. The New Year is a great reason to upgrade phones for a child or parents who do not need a flagship device.

ZTE Blade A7 (2020) 3/64GB

Price: from 7990 rubles

The novelty from ZTE went on sale recently. In the basic modification (2/32 GB) the model costs 7990 rubles, in the top version (3/64 GB) — 9990 rubles. The gadget is equipped with an elongated 6-inch screen with a resolution of 1560×720 pixels, a large 4000 mAh battery and a triple camera. But what is most surprising is that there is NFC, with which you can pay for purchases with your smartphone.

Redmi 8

Price: from 9990 rubles

Xiaomi fans will appreciate the Redmi 8 model, which can also be bought for less than 10,000 rubles. The screen here is already larger than that of ZTE (6.22 inches), and the battery is more powerful — 5000 versus 4000 mAh. Also in the smartphone is an energy-efficient Snapdragon processor, which helps it consume less battery. The model does not have NFC, but this will not be a problem if the person for whom you are looking for a gift is not used to using contactless payment.

Up to 20,000 rubles

If you are looking for a smartphone with a decent camera and a solid body as a gift, be prepared to pay 15-20 thousand rubles for it. It is convenient that before the New Year, many manufacturers either make discounts on their devices or give gifts for purchases.

Redmi Note 8T

Price: from 13,990 rubles

One of the highlights of 2019 is the Redmi Note 8T smartphone with a quad camera, a powerful Snapdragon 665 processor and a 4000 mAh battery with support for fast charging. The gadget has a large screen and a glass body, protected on all sides by Gorilla Glass 5. The model is available in three colors, including blue, white and classic gray. Despite the affordable price, the gadget supports NFC, which makes it a good gift not only for a teenager, but also for an adult. The smartphone can be found in modifications of 3/32, 4/64 and 4/128 GB at a price of 13,990 rubles.

realme 5 pro

Price: from 14,800 rubles

The most interesting thing about realme 5 Pro is its quad-lens camera and large storage capacity (128 GB expandable). Its unusual design also catches the eye: the back is decorated with an ornament with trapeziums that shimmer beautifully. The smartphone has a large frameless screen with a diagonal of 6.3 inches and a good 4035 mAh battery. Thanks to the USB Type-C connector, the gadget also charges quite quickly. In December, the Beru marketplace gives away realme 5 Pro with a good discount from the official price — for 14,790 rubles.

OPPO RX17 Neo

Price: 18 990 rubles

The RX17 Neo is a light version of the flagship OPPO RX17 Pro, which can now be bought at a discount — for 19 thousand rubles instead of the usual 24,000. The smartphone features a large 6.4-inch screen with a waterdrop notch, a 3600 mAh battery and a dual camera with resolution 16 + 2 megapixels. Fans of unusual gadgets will especially appreciate its design – the back of the smartphone is decorated with a glossy gradient. The model is available in two bright colors: red (Red Mocha) and blue-violet (Blue Comet).

HONOR 20S

Price: 19 990 rubles

The main feature of the Honor 20S is a 24MP selfie camera that can take bright pictures even in low light. The smartphone also features a 6.15-inch waterdrop display and a stylish gradient design. The model received a triple camera with AI support, a Kirin 710 processor, a decent amount of memory 6/128 GB and an NFC module. Now Honor 20S is available at a discount for 19,990 rubles — a good bonus from the manufacturer in honor of the New Year.

Up to 30,000 rubles

With about 30 thousand rubles in your pocket for a gift, you can choose one of the modern flagship models that will be equipped with a good amount of memory, a powerful processor and a cool camera.

Vivo V17

Price: from 22 990 rubles

A diamond smartphone, as the manufacturer calls it, is easily recognizable by its original square camera array. There are also four main sensors with a 48 MP main module. In addition, the model boasts a large AMOLED display and high power thanks to the combination of 8 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 665 processor.

HUAWEI Nova 5T

Price: 27 990 rubles

Not so long ago, Nova 5T arrived in Russia — the fourth model was not officially sold here, and Nova 3 was one of the first Huawei smartphones that used an AI camera. Nova 5T boasts traditionally high image quality and modern design — the front camera is hidden in a small cutout in the corner of the display, and the body is decorated with an unusual ornament (in purple) or a gradient (in blue). The model received 4 main cameras, a Kirin 980 processor and 6/128 GB of memory. By the way, when buying on the official website of Huawei, nice gifts come with a smartphone.

From 30 000 rubles

If you are determined to buy a top-end smartphone, look at the models of the upper price segment.

Sony Xperia 5

Price: from 49 990 rubles

Fans of the well-known Sony brand will certainly be happy to receive the Xperia 5 smartphone as a gift — this is the flagship model with a large 21:9 cinema-format display. The gadget runs on the top Snapdragon 855 processor, is equipped with 6/128 GB of memory and a full set of wireless interfaces in the form of an IR sensor, NFC and Bluetooth 5.0. Unlike competitors, Sony is not chasing the number of megapixels — it has a triple camera with 12 megapixel sensors that supports eye focusing and fast continuous shooting at up to 10 frames / s.

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Price: from 159,990 rubles

Borrowing a fur coat is no longer fashionable. Giving iPhones is also not interesting. Another thing is one of the most interesting smartphones of 2019, the Galaxy Fold, which has finally gone on sale. The device is equipped with the same cameras as the Galaxy S10 +, and can take great pictures; has high performance and no less high price. But the main thing is an unusual form factor. This is a model with a flexible screen that can replace both a phone and a tablet. This New Year’s gift will definitely not be forgotten!

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Smartphones for 6000 rubles in 2021: 6 worthy models


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6 compact smartphones under 6 inches


In recent years, there has been a clear trend towards increasing smartphone displays. It is already difficult to find gadgets with a screen diagonal of less than 6 inches on the market, and 6.5-inch smartphones have become a real industry standard. At the same time, such devices are not much larger than older models with small displays. This became possible thanks to thinner frames, the absence of «bangs» and «chins» with physical buttons.

However, there are still many people who would rather use a gadget with a small screen and a compact body, rather than a 7-inch shovel, albeit with thin bezels. It is for them that we have compiled a list of the best compact smartphones in 2021 with screen sizes less than 6 inches.

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ZTE Blade A3 2020 NFC

  • Screen: 5.45 inches, resolution 1440×720 pixels
  • Processor: Unisoc SC9832E
The most affordable model in our...
The most affordable model in our selection has a diagonal of 5.45 «and a resolution of 1440 × 720 pixels. At the same time, the smartphone has rather wide frames under and above the display, so its size reaches 70.9×146.1×9.5 mm, and its weight is 160 g. So as it is not only a compact, but also a budget gadget, its characteristics will satisfy only an undemanding user: one camera with a resolution of 8 MP, 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory, the most basic Unisoc SC9832E processor and a 2600 mAh battery.

However, this is a 2020 model — it runs on the still current Android 9.0 and even features NFC for contactless payments. Also, the smartphone has a slot for two SIM and support for 4G LTE. You can buy ZTE Blade A3 2020 NFC from 5800 rubles. For a smartphone with NFC — quite a bit.

Huawei Y5p

  • Screen: 5.45 inches, resolution 1440×720 pixels
  • Processor: Mediatek Helio P22

This is one of the most compact and inexpensive HUAWEI smartphones that you can find on the market. The very small 5.45-inch IPS display of the smartphone has a resolution of 1440×720 pixels. However, like all budget gadgets, this device uses wide bezels at the top and bottom of the screen, which makes its dimensions look not so pretty — 146.5 x 70.94 x 8.35 mm.


A simple single-chip Mediatek Helio P22 system in the company with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory is responsible for the performance of the smartphone. There is only one main camera — it has an 8-megapixel resolution. For video calls and selfies, it has a 5-megapixel front camera, and the gadget’s battery has a capacity of 3020 mAh. The main thing that potential smartphone buyers should know is that there is no support for Google services, which may not always be convenient.

Redmi 6

  • Screen: 5.45 inches, resolution 1440×720 pixels
  • Processor: Mediatek Helio P22

This inexpensive and compact smartphone somewhat resembles the HUAWEI Y5p. It uses the same Mediatek Helio P22 chipset and comes with a 5.45-inch display with a resolution of 1440×720 pixels, but many other features of the smartphone look much more interesting. This includes an increased amount of RAM to 3 GB, and a dual rear camera with 12- and 5-megapixel sensors, and the notorious support for Google services, which HUAWEI lacks.


At the same time, the smartphone has half the amount of internal memory and a 3000 mAh battery, and its dimensions, albeit slightly, are larger than those of the HUAWEI Y5p — 147.5 x 71.5 x8.3 mm. And the price of the gadget is a little higher — 7500 rubles.

Google Pixel 3

  • Screen: 5.5 inches, resolution 2160×1080 pixels
  • Processor: Snapdragon 845

This is far from the freshest gadget in our selection of good smartphones with a diagonal of up to 6 inches, but it absolutely deservedly got into it. The device is not only more compact than HUAWEI Y5p, but also has noticeably more interesting characteristics. What is the once-flagship Snapdragon 845 single-chip system that underlies it, the capabilities of which are still enough for most modern games at high graphics settings.


Add to this the stock Android operating system without any software shells, a high-quality 5.5-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels and a very good 12.2-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, and you get a great smartphone for lovers of compact gadgets . There is also an NFC chip revered by many Russians for contactless payments.

The Google smartphone received 4 GB of RAM, an internal drive of 64 GB and a 2915 mAh battery with charging via a symmetrical USB Type-C connector.

ASUS Zenfone 8 ZS590KS

  • Screen: 5.9 inches, resolution 2400×1080 pixels
  • Processor: Snapdragon 888

ASUS Zenfone 8 barely managed to fit into the “up to 6-inch” frames we set for compact smartphones. However, despite the much larger screen size than many other smartphones in our top, this gadget turned out to be noticeably more compact than most of them. All thanks to the fact that it belongs to the full-fledged flagships and offers a 5.9-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2400×1080 pixels and very thin bezels. Thanks to them, the smartphone body has dimensions of only 148 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm.


Responsible for the performance of the smartphone is the modern flagship Snapdragon 888 chipset, which works in the company with 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory. And this is absolutely enough for any tasks that a smartphone may face. The rear camera duo of the device also looks very good: a 64-megapixel main sensor with optical stabilization and a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera. Its battery has a capacity of 4000 mAh and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 fast charging.

The main disadvantage of the smartphone is that it is one of the most expensive gadgets in our top: you can buy it for 60-62 thousand rubles. Although such a compact smartphone with a good camera and battery and such interesting characteristics simply cannot cost a little.

iPhone 13 mini

  • Screen: 5.4 inches, resolution 2340×1080 pixels
  • Processor: Apple A15 Bionic

If ASUS Zenfone 8 was just expensive, then the iPhone 13 mini is a very expensive smartphone costing more than 80,000 rubles. However, nothing else was expected from Apple products, and the smartphone itself stands out with a small 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display with a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels and its ultra-small dimensions of 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4 mm. There is nothing more compact than it in our selection.


At the same time, the high cost of the gadget is offset by an extremely high-quality and bright screen, a super-efficient Apple A15 Bionic chipset and a set of two 12-megapixel cameras: wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle. In short, this is the best compact smartphone for fans of the iOS ecosystem. It supports contactless payments via NFC, has 15W fast wireless charging and Face ID technology for face unlock.

Total

Many manufacturers have long ceased to produce smartphones with a screen diagonal of less than 6 inches, and most of these rare guests on the market are low-end solutions with poor performance, which are suitable, perhaps, for calls and chatting in instant messengers. However, there are exceptions to every rule, and we have some very decent small smartphones with top specs in our selection.

Moreover, the main advantage of such gadgets is not so much in their capabilities, but in very thin frames around the display. It is not for nothing that they were among the smallest gadgets in today’s selection, and the recently released iPhone 13 Mini from Cupertino offers simply incredibly compact dimensions.

The problem is that the trend towards larger smartphone screens did not come out of nowhere, and the iPhone mini is a prime example of this. The previous generation of this gadget turned out to be one of the most unpopular smartphones in the Apple range and, according to rumors, we should hardly expect the release of the successor to the iPhone 13 Mini next year. And, therefore, the remaining lovers of smartphones with small screens may be even more limited in their choice.

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More than a smartphone: the best tablets in 2020


Unlike smartphones, new models of which appear almost every day, tablets are gradually becoming a thing of the past. Since phones have gotten closer in size to mini-tablets, the latter have fallen out of favor. They are still in demand among children and all sorts of content creators, but many of the functions of a tablet are already perfectly performed by a smartphone with a large display. What’s more, hybrids such as foldable laptops and 2-in-1 smartphones have begun to appear, like the Galaxy Fold, which easily replaces a tablet.

If we talk about large manufacturers that are always on the lips, then classic tablets continue to be released by Apple, Samsung and Huawei. If quality is important to you, choose among the models of these brands. In addition, Xiaomi models can still be found in stores — but the Chinese company did not officially supply its tablets to Russia, and now it has completely stopped releasing them.

A smaller market share is occupied by Lenovo tablets, budget models of domestic brands IRBIS, Digma and Prestigio, as well as all sorts of little-known «Chinese». A separate niche is occupied by Microsoft Surface devices, which are easier to consider as convertible laptops rather than simple tablets — and they work on Windows.

Not much has changed in the world of tablets over the past year, so for starters, we advise you to look into our ranking of the best models of 2019. They are still relevant — and cost a little less than fresh devices.

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As for new products, the brightest ones are also listed for Samsung, Apple and Huawei — the latter company, by the way, is now releasing tablets on Android, but without Google services.

Apple iPad 10.2

There are as many as four models of iPads in the Apple line — Air, Mini, just iPad and the Pro version. The coolest and most powerful, of course, is the iPad Pro — but it is more focused on content creators (designers, video editors, and other critters). But the best value for money, in our opinion, has the iPad 10.2 inches, new in 2019.

The gadget received an excellent Retina display with an increased diagonal (the previous model was 9.7-inch) and a resolution of 2160 × 1620 pixels. Also, the new model boasts a couple of «computer» chips — now the iPad supports an external keyboard, works with flash drives and a stylus. In addition, the power of the tablet is enough to run all modern applications and run several programs at the same time — you can immediately edit a document, communicate via FaceTime and watch a video on YouTube, for example. This makes it especially convenient for studying and working with text, and in fact it practically turns it into a mini-laptop.


The powerful Apple A10 Fusion chipset can handle not only heavy games, but also graphics programs for processing photos and videos. Another unusual feature of the iPad is support for Buetooth gamepads from Xbox and PlayStation. using the game controller, you can turn the tablet into a game console.

The model weighs only 500 g and can work all day without recharging, and this is a very decent indicator for a tablet (they are usually not very autonomous). The device is available in three colors: silver, gray and gold. There are only two memory modifications: 32 and 128 GB. Also, the tablet is available with support for Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Cellular (that is, with a SIM card). For those who do not know which tablet is better to buy in 2020, pricing information: iPad 10.2 can be bought from 27,990 rubles.

HUAWEI MediaPad M6 10.8

At the end of 2019, a new Huawei tablet arrived in Russia — the MediaPad M6 10.8 model. The device is equipped with a huge display with symmetrical frames and a resolution of 2K, a powerful audio system with four speakers and the flagship Kirin 980 processor, which is also used in top-end Huawei smartphones.


The tablet has become one of the few devices without support for Google services — it still runs on Android, but instead of using Google Play, it uses the proprietary Huawei App Gallery app store. For users, this will not be a big problem, since you can download and install all popular applications (Yandex services, instant messengers or banking programs) in the built-in store — and in extreme cases, through apk files.

Like the latest iPad, the tablet supports styluses and an external keyboard — another thing is that for Android devices this has not been an event for a long time. What’s really unusual is a new PC mode where the tablet optimizes the display of content for editing and creating files. There is also a separate mode for children, in which a limited number of device functions are available to small people.

A tablet in gray and 4/64 GB configuration can be bought for 24,990 rubles. The model is presented only in the Wi-Fi version (without SIM cards), so you will have to periodically look for free networks or distribute the Internet from your smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 10.5

A large number of tablets are produced by the Korean manufacturer Samsung. The company itself divides its devices into two lines: Galaxy A — for entertainment, and Galaxy S — for study and work. The first category is distinguished by a more favorable price, the second — by high power. We talked about budget Samsung tablets in detail in this article. Here we are talking about the best devices, so we included the Galaxy Tab S6 in our top tablets of 2020.

The model is equipped with a large AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2560×1600 and very narrow bezels. Unlike the previous two tablets in our review, the Samsung doesn’t even have a home button — the entire front panel is taken up by the display.

Despite the large diagonal, the tablet weighs only 420 grams — it’s even smaller than the iPad. The model supports an external keyboard and the S Pen stylus, which can also happen as a remote control. Conveniently, the Samsung pen is magnetic and can be attached to the back of the device. Designers will also appreciate that it supports 4096 pressure levels, which means you can draw fairly accurate and detailed sketches on a tablet.

Like other top-end Samsung devices, Dex mode is implemented here, which turns the tablet into an Android computer. It can even be connected to a monitor, and thanks to the powerful Snapdragon 855 processor and 6 GB of RAM, systems and applications run smoothly and without interruption. It is also worth noting a powerful battery with which the tablet can work up to 15 hours in video playback mode.


It is unusual that it is equipped with a dual camera — a solution with multiple sensors is still more common in smartphones, while frankly save on tablet cameras. It also uses a camera with a resolution of 13 + 5 megapixels and support for artificial intelligence. Captured photos and videos can be immediately processed in the pre-installed application Adobe Premiere Rush for Samsung.

The tablet comes in two versions — the version with Wi-Fi support will cost 52,990 rubles, and with LTE — 59,990 rubles. Both models are equipped with 128 GB of memory and support microSDXC up to 1 TB. Also available in three colors: grey, blue and gold.

Alternative: laptop-transformer

By adding a keyboard to your tablet, you can practically turn it into a laptop. Not the most convenient, but light and inexpensive. But there is also a directly opposite alternative: buy a laptop-transformer and, if necessary, use it as a tablet.

For those not in the know, transformers are devices that can be used with different scenarios. For example, on the Lenovo Yoga series, the lid can rotate 360°. The device thus turns into a kind of tablet, and the touch screen allows you to interact with it as with a tablet. You don’t need any stands: to watch a movie, you just need to fold the gadget into a “house” and place it on a hard surface.


Lenovo Yoga laptops start at Rs. True, for this money you get a dual-core Intel Pentium 4415U processor with integrated graphics and only 4 GB of RAM. It’s enough for a tablet, but not enough for a laptop. But there are a huge number of richer configurations for different tasks.

The Lenovo Yoga comes with an Active Pen for freehand sketching. Despite the thin body (which, by the way, is metal), the autonomy of the laptop is quite comparable to tablets: if you do not run energy-intensive applications, it can last for 10 hours. The transformer will be a good choice if you choose a tablet not only for watching videos, but also for studying or preparing documents. And, of course, if you are not afraid to wear a 1.5-kilogram gadget instead of a 500-gram one.

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5 compact smartphones with a screen less than 5 inches


INOI 1 Lite

This is the most affordable compact smartphone on the latest Android 8 Go operating system. With a screen diagonal of 4 inches (10.2 cm), it weighs only 109.2 grams and is quite inexpensive — 2290 rubles. INOI 1 Lite is available in two color options: black and gold. The case has a matte soft-touch coating that protects the smartphone from slipping.

INOI 1 Lite: compare prices

Since the device runs on a simplified Android Go system, it has a modest amount of memory: 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory. To download a large amount of data, you can additionally install a memory card: the model supports microSD up to 32 GB.

INOI 1 Lite is suitable for solving all basic tasks: calls, SMS, surfing the Internet, using popular social network applications and instant messengers. Also, the model is equipped with an external camera of 5 megapixels and two slots for SIM-cards.

Nokia 1

Nokia 1 also runs on the optimized Android 8 Go operating system. The screen diagonal of this model is 4.5 inches (11.4 cm) with an aspect ratio of 16:9. The smartphone weighs a little more than INOI — 131 grams.

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Nokia 1 is equipped with an IPS display with a resolution of 854×480 pixels and a 2150 mAh battery that is quite capacious for its size. The amount of RAM is 1 GB, built-in — 8 GB. Supports 4G, two SIM-cards and a memory card up to 128 gigs. Camera resolution: 5 MP — external and 2 MP — front, which will be enough for quick photo and video calls.

Huawei Y5 (2016)

The Y5 model of 2019 looks quite modern, but now we are not talking about it, but about the same Y5 three years ago. Why? It is she who with a screen of 4.5 inches fits into our concept of «compact smartphones». In terms of hardware, this gadget has nothing to brag about: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909 economy-class processor is already 5 years old, and 1 GB of RAM is not enough these days. The cameras are also modest: 5 MP main and 2 MP front.

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Everything would be fine, but the battery here is only 2000 mAh. So do not expect autonomy records from such a device. A smartphone can only be considered as a banal “dialer”.

Samsung Wave GT-S8500

The miniature Samsung Wave GT-S8500 with a diagonal of 3.3 inches (8.4 cm) runs on the brand’s own operating system — bada 1.2. The smartphone weighs 118 grams. The bright AMOLED display has a resolution of 800×480 pixels, which seems a little — but quite enough for such a small diagonal.

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The characteristics of the model are modest: an external camera of 5 megapixels and only 2 GB of internal memory (although with support for microSD up to 32 GB). The Samsung Exynos 3110 processor is responsible for the speed of the smartphone, which allows you to run popular instant messengers and surf in the browser. Battery capacity to match the screen, small — 1500 mAh.

Blackview BV6000

Far from new, but still a popular model in brutal style. Actually, such a harsh design is also supported by the characteristics: the smartphone has a fairly durable case and protection against water / dust according to IP68. Another useful feature that will come in handy for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts is the Push To Talk function, which allows you to use the device as a walkie-talkie. True, you can only talk with owners of the same smartphone model.

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Otherwise, everything is trite: a 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1280×720, a 13-megapixel camera, 3 GB of RAM … Oh, yes, a good 4500 mAh battery, which theoretically can last for 3 weeks in standby mode (we didn’t check it ourselves, but the manufacturer indicates just such a figure).

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The most inexpensive: INOI 100

INOI 100 costs 600 rubles — such a phone, probably, will not be a pity to break or lose. Features are modest, as is the price. The model has a small 600 mAh battery and will last about 6 hours in talk mode. Communication works only on 2G. The screen is small — 1.8 inches with a resolution of 160×128 pixels. However, there is support for two SIM cards, which means you can use two numbers at once.

A flashlight, FM radio and MP3 player are also included. You can use a memory card up to 16 GB to download music. The phone even has games: snake, tetris and rpg.


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In high-impact camouflage: BQ 2432 Tank SE

The model in an unusual camouflage color has a shockproof body and is not afraid of falls and bumps. Such a phone is suitable for people with extreme hobbies, the military or police, as well as builders and engineers who are often at dangerous sites.

The model has large buttons that are easy to find by touch. 2.4-inch screen can be called standard for push-button phones. The BQ 2432 Tank SE has it bright enough to make the text visible even under the sun.

Standard features include a flashlight, FM radio, dual SIM support and a large battery that will provide 45 hours of talk time. There is no slot for memory cards, Bluetooth and other “bells and whistles” here.

Suitable for the military: Nokia 105 SS

The model from Nokia was released in 2019, but is still in demand among buyers. Perhaps due to the well-known manufacturer and affordable price — the phone costs 1600 rubles. This is a classic button without unnecessary functions: it supports only one SIM card and 2G communication standard, has a small 1.77 ”(160×128) screen, a built-in flashlight and a radio receiver.

The model will last in talk mode for about 14 hours. The phone is compact and does not take up much space in your bag or pocket.

We also note that the Nokia 105 SS is included in the list of phones that can be used by military personnel. The device does not have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS, there is no camera and other means that are needed for espionage.

Folding bed from zero: DIGMA VOX FS240

But DIGMA VOX FS240 is officially not allowed to be taken to a military unit — the phone supports Bluetooth and is equipped with a camera, although with a resolution of 0.08 MP. So we recommend this model only to those who are not going to steal state secrets or are not connected with the army at all.

DIGMA VOX FS240 is a clamshell that many loved 20 years ago. It has a 2.44-inch screen and weighs only 86 grams. The model supports memory cards up to 32 GB — they can be used to store photos, music and videos. Also, the phone is equipped with a 3.5 mm headset jack and can work as an FM radio.

Loud clamshell: KX-TU456RU

Panasonic KX-TU456RU is a slightly more advanced clamshell than the model from Digma. The phone also has Bluetooth and a camera (0.3 MP), but the main feature of the model is a loud speaker. The device is suitable even for people who have hearing problems or use hearing aids. Also, the device has a shock-resistant case and can withstand drops from a height of up to 1.5 m. In a word, an excellent phone for the elderly, who are hard of hearing and can accidentally drop the gadget.

We also note a 2.4-inch contrast color screen, large buttons with an audible response to pressing and a capacious 1000 mAh battery. The phone will last without recharging up to 5 hours of talk time or up to 600 hours of standby time.

The model has a clear menu, which will be easy to understand. The phone can be used not only for calls, but also as an alarm clock, organizer and address book. On the outside of the clamshell there are LED indicators of charge and incoming calls/messages. There is only one SIM card slot.

Advanced button: Philips Xenium E590

Philips Xenium E590 has the largest screen among the phones in our article — with a diagonal of 3.2 «and a resolution of 320 × 240 pixels. In addition, it supports two SIM-cards: there is a slot for regular and micro SIM cards. Also, the model will allow you to take photos in high resolution for pushbuttons 2 megapixels. You can even record videos in 1920×1080 on your phone!

The model has as much as 128 MB of internal memory and supports SD cards up to 16 GB. You can connect headphones with a 3.5 mm plug to your phone and listen to FM radio or music downloaded to the memory card.

Removable 3100 mAh battery will work in standby mode up to 1399 hours. In the reviews, users write that even with active use, the phone can be charged only once a week.

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How to connect a speaker to a phone


It is rare to find high-quality built-in speakers in smartphones, unless it is a device from the premium segment. The speaker system of the gadget is configured to emphasize the mid-frequency range, in which the main part of the human voice is located.

Although in any case, the sound will be better produced by larger external devices. The phone is connected to a portable speaker via a Bluetooth wireless channel or using a wire.

How to connect a portable speaker to your phone via Bluetooth

Standard way for wireless connection. Connecting a portable speaker on Android and iOS phones is the same way:

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth speaker.
  2. On your smartphone, go to the main settings, then to the Bluetooth section.
  3. Activate the wireless connection and start searching for available devices.
  4. From the proposed list, select the one you need.
  5. After a quick connection, you can turn on the music in the application — the sound should now be output from the speaker.

The Bluetooth version does not particularly affect the connection due to backwards compatibility. But older modifications to the standard can affect the range and energy consumption of batteries.

It is especially easy and quick to connect a portable speaker if an NFC chip is installed in the device. Simply put your smartphone on the speaker. Activation will automatically occur and signal transmission will begin. Communication passes through NFC, and music is transmitted via Bluetooth.

How to connect a portable speaker to a phone using an AUX cable

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The speaker is usually supplied with an AUX cable with a 3.5 mm mini-jack connector. Even in the case of wireless devices, this connection option may be more stable, providing high-quality sound.

Connecting your phone to the speaker with an AUX cable is very simple. You need to act like this:

  1. Turn on both devices.
  2. Find the mini-jack input on the speaker and insert the cable that fits the connector.
  3. Connect cable to phone. Depending on the model, this can be done directly through the hole for wired headphones or through an adapter to USB‑C.
  4. Start music and leave the smartphone next to the speaker.

How to connect a portable speaker to a phone via a USB connection

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Complete with the device, in addition to the AUX cable, the manufacturer can add a cable with a USB connector. Typically, such a wire is needed to recharge the speaker, but in some cases it can also be used to transmit sound from a smartphone.

To connect the speaker in this way, you may need an adapter from regular USB or USB-C to mini- or micro-USB if the device model is not the latest. The algorithm of actions is the same as in the previous paragraph.

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