Best Online Learning Smartphones

by Romeo Calvo - February 13, 2021

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Due to COVID-19, the education in the Philippines shifted from a face-to-face to a modular or online learning process. This is to prevent the students and educators from getting the virus from schools which is one of the most crowded places in normal times. Even public schools which use modular processes still require some video conference calls to the students, so an online interaction using devices such as Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones are necessary.

However, since laptops are quite expensive, parents tend to choose a tablet but for most, they choose a multi-purpose smartphone which can also be used as a communication device for their child.

Parents or guardians always want to give the best for their child but because of this pandemic the economy of the Philippines is dragged to the ground. Despite the efforts of the government and other non government organizations in supporting the students by giving free gadgets for their online classes there are still outreached families.

Almost four million drop outs today according to Dep-Ed data which the reason is most likely related to the set up of distance learning and the parents do not have any means to support their child to continue their studies.

Going back to the topic at hand, since many choose smartphones as the device to use for their children's online classes, we define the best smartphone per price range so as to help parents and children choose the device they need and the one they can afford. Aside from the list, we also want to help you understand a bit on the specs that need to be considered when choosing a smartphone for online learning.

Phone Specification to Consider for Online Learning

Let me explain to you in a simple way the 5 specifications to consider when buying.

  1. Android version - This is for the compatibility of the applications only.
  2. Number of CPU Core - This is responsible for how fast it will do the process of applications.
  3. Memory - Handles the applications running in your phone, big applications required bigger memory.
  4. Screen size - Bigger is better for viewing and also to prevent your child from cross-eying.
  5. Network - The phone must be 4G or higher to deliver good reception. In my opinion, Globe network has a cheaper promo for students and better speed.

Applications for Online Learning

The popular applications today for online learning are zoom and google meet, these two are free for up to 100 participants for a limited time, 40 minutes for zoom and 60 minutes for google meet. The other choice is facebook messenger but it can only handle 50 participants.

Zoom

  1. Android version 4 and above
  2. Dual core CPU
  3. 3GB memory
  4. At least 6 Mbps of network speed

Google Meet

  1. Android version 5 and above
  2. Dual core CPU
  3. 2GB memory
  4. At least 3.4 Mbps of network speed

Best Phones Under Budget Price

Now that we know what are the things to consider and the minimum requirements, let’s go and check the phones available. We removed the network because all of these phones are using 4G or higher.

Under Php 10,000

Model OS Version CPU Core Memory Screen size Price
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Android 11 8 4GB 6.43" 9,490.00
Realme C35 Android 11 8 4GB 6.6" 9,499.00
Infinix Note 10 Pro Android 11 8 8GB 6.95" 9,990.00
Infinix Note 12 G96 Android 12 8 8GB 6.7" 9,990.00
Realme Narzo 50 Android 11 8 6GB 6.6" 9,990.00
Samsung Galaxy A12 Android 10 8 6GB 6.5" 9,990.00
Nokia G21 Android 11 8 6GB 6.5" 9,990.00
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S Android 11 8 6GB 6.43" 9,990.00
Samsung Galaxy A13 Android 12 8 4GB 6.6" 9,990.00
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G Android 11 8 4GB 6.5" 9,990.00
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Android 11 8 6GB 6.6" 9,999.00
Oppo A55 Android 11 8 4GB 6.51" 9,999.00
vivo Y30 Android 10 8 4GB 6.47" 9,999.00

Under Php 9,000

Model OS Version CPU Core Memory Screen size Price
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Android 11 8 4GB 6.43" 8,490.00
Realme C35 Android 11 8 4GB 6.6" 8,499.00
Huawei nova Y70 Plus EMUI 12 4GB 6.75" 8,499.00
Infinix Note 12 G96 Android 12 8 8GB 6.7" 8,990.00
Realme Narzo 50 Android 11 8 4GB 6.6" 8,990.00
Huawei Y7a Android 10 8 4GB 6.67" 8,999.00
vivo T1x 4G Android 8 4GB 6.58" 8,999.00
Huawei Y7p Android 9.0 (Pie) 8 4GB 6.39" 8,999.00
Oppo A57 4G 3GB 6.56" 8,999.00

Under Php 8,000

Model OS Version CPU Core Memory Screen size Price
Realme Narzo 50A Prime Android 11 8 4GB 6.6" 7,290.00
Xiaomi Redmi 10C Android 11 8 4GB 6.71" 7,299.00
Samsung Galaxy A03 Android 11 8 4GB 6.5" 7,490.00
Samsung Galaxy A11 Android 10 8 3GB 6.4" 7,490.00
Infinix Note 10 Android 11 8 6GB 6.95" 7,990.00
Infinix Hot 11s Android 11 8 6GB 6.78" 7,990.00
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Android 10 8 6GB 6.67" 7,990.00
Realme Narzo 50A Prime Android 11 8 4GB 6.6" 7,990.00
Samsung Galaxy A12 Android 10 8 4GB 6.5" 7,990.00
Realme C25Y Android 11 8 4GB 6.5" 7,990.00
Realme Narzo 50i Android 11 8 4GB 6.5" 7,990.00
Realme Narzo 50A Android 11 8 4GB 6.5" 7,990.00
Realme Narzo 50A Android 11 8 4GB 6.5" 7,990.00
Oppo A16 Android 11 8 4GB 6.52" 7,999.00
vivo Y15a Android 11 8 4GB 6.51" 7,999.00

Under Php 7,000

Model OS Version CPU Core Memory Screen size Price
Infinix Hot 11 Play Android 11 8 4GB 6.82" 6,490.00
Samsung Galaxy M12 Android 11 8 4GB 6.5" 6,490.00
Realme C21Y Android 10 8 4GB 6.5" 6,490.00
Samsung Galaxy A03 Android 11 8 4GB 6.5" 6,490.00
Samsung Galaxy A03s Android 11 8 4GB 6.5" 6,490.00
vivo Y12s Android 10 8 3GB 6.51" 6,499.00
vivo Y12a Android 11 8 3GB 6.51" 6,499.00
Xiaomi Redmi 9C Android 10 8 4GB 6.53" 6,590.00
Infinix Note 10 Android 11 8 4GB 6.95" 6,990.00
Oppo A16K Android 11 8 3GB 6.52" 6,999.00
Oppo A16 Android 11 8 3GB 6.52" 6,999.00
vivo Y15s Android 11 (Go edition) 8 3GB 6.51" 6,999.00

Under Php 6,000

Model OS Version CPU Core Memory Screen size Price
Realme C11 Android 10 8 2GB 6.5" 5,290.00
vivo Y01 Android 11 (Go edition) 8 2GB 6.51" 5,299.00
Samsung Galaxy A03 Android 11 8 3GB 6.5" 5,490.00
Infinix Smart 6 Android 11 (Go edition) 8 2GB 6.6" 5,490.00
Infinix Hot 12i Android 11 4 4GB 6.6" 5,490.00
vivo Y1s Android 10 8 2GB 6.22" 5,499.00
Infinix Hot 11 Play Android 11 8 4GB 6.82" 5,790.00
Oppo A15 Android 10 8 2GB 6.52" 5,999.00

Under Php 5,000

Model OS Version CPU Core Memory Screen size Price
Infinix Smart 6 HD Android 11 (Go edition) 8 2GB 6.6" 4,099.00
Xiaomi Redmi 9A Android 10 8 2GB 6.53" 4,790.00
Infinix Smart 5 Pro Android 11 (Go edition) 8 2GB 6.52" 4,790.00
Nokia C2 2nd Edition Android 11 (Go edition) 4 2GB 5.7" 4,790.00
Samsung Galaxy A02 Android 10 4 4GB 6.5" 4,990.00

Under Php 4,000

Model OS Version CPU Core Memory Screen size Price

Conclusion

Always know the specs or just ask when buying a phone if it is good for online class and use the list we did for you as your basis. Let’s follow the preventive measures and continue praying that this pandemic will end soon.

FAQs

1. Which phone is best for online study?

Answer: Realme 7i, Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC and Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro are on the top 3. But phones with at least android version 4, dual core CPU and 3 GB of memory are good enough.

2. Which app is best to teach online?

Answer: The popular and most used today is google meet and zoom.

3. Is Zoom good for online teaching?

Answer: Yes, because it is free for up to 100 participants for 40 minutes of meeting session.

4. Can I use my phone to study online?

Answer: Yes, as long as your phone has at least android version 4, dual core CPU and 3 GB of memory are good enough.

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