Best Mobile phones for Students 2021

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No generation uses their mobile phones more than Gen Z or Millenials, which is why investing in the right one is important to get your money's worth. And as a student, you may not have the budget someone working full-time may have, but at the same time, you still don't want to fall behind and get an outdated phone.

Every year newer models of phones are released from Apple, Samsung, Sony, and many other well-known brands.

Whether you're a student on your gap year traveling South America and want to document your journey with a camera that is just as good as having a mini DSLR in your back pocket, to if you're a full-time student who is an avid gamer between classes, there's a different mobile phone for whatever your passion. 

All within a reasonable price range, we've gathered the best mobile phones for students that give you the most bang for your buck, that way, you're not falling behind with an outdated phone. 


Apple iPhone XR

The Apple iPhone XR is one of the more affordable models of the iPhone range, yet still packs impeccable technology behind the screen. With the all-new Liquid Retina display being the most advanced out there, your viewing experience, whether it's gaming, watching movies, or working on your photography game, is going to be like no other. The display stretches to the edge of the corners, providing true-to-life colours.

With the ability to shoot 4K at 60 FPS, you can capture all your favourite memories and make a montage to upload to TikTok to show your friends. You can also use the portrait mode to bring a professional feel to your Instagram selfies, or use the f1.8 wide-angle lens landscape photography - it's practically like having a DSLR in your back pocket.


Features- 6GB data, Unlimited Minutes and Texts, 5G ready at no extra cost, 3-month free trial of Secure Net, 51 roam-free destinations

Cost- Upfront £29; Monthly £46

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ID Mobile:

Features- Unlimited data, Unlimited Minutes and Texts, 50 roam-free destinations worldwide, The UK's Most Reliable network

Cost- Upfront: £9.99, Monthly: £29.99

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Google Pixel 5 5G

The Google Pixel 5 5G is for all the tech-savvy students who want to stay relevant in 2021. It's compact, affordable, and offers a great user experience, which is why we've included it in our list of best mobile phones for students.

In many ways, this phone takes you back to the basics of what a phone should be. It may not have the same camera functionalities as an iPhone, but it still shoots at 16MP + 12.2MP and features an ultra-wide lens for your landscape shots, Night Sight for capturing low light shots without the flash, and HDR+ which automatically enhances colour and lighting to bring your images to life.

The battery life can last up to an impressive 48 hours. Which is enough to get you through a night out, and last you through your morning lecture (in case you forget to put your phone on charge while you were hungover).


Features- 6GB data, Unlimited Minutes and Texts, 5G ready at no extra cost, 3-month free trial of Secure Net, 51 roam-free destinations

Cost- Upfront: £29; Monthly: £34

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ID Mobile

Features- 20GB data, Unlimited Minutes and Texts, 5G ready at no extra cost, 50 roam-free destinations worldwide

Cost- Upfront: £49.99; Monthly: £27.99

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TCL 10 5G

A bit of an underdog here, TCL has been making big moves in smartphones recently and its latest release - the TCL 10 5G is an impressive device, to say the least. A 5G-ready device with 128GB of onboard storage, a 6.53-inch FDH display and a 64MP main camera makes for a nice package, on top of the 16MP front-facing camera, 6GB RAM and Micro SD compatibility for expanding storage for up to 1TB. 


Features - 1GB data, Unlimited Minutes and Texts, 5G ready at no extra cost

Cost - Upfront: £0.00; Monthly: £15.00

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Samsung Galaxy A52 5G 128GB

If you're looking for the queen of photography, there's no phone quite like it then the Samsung Galaxy A52. With four powerful cameras, each with its own features to capture sharp and crisp images. The four-lens break down into the following: 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP Quad Rear Camera. The Galaxy A52 5G Night Mode promises that colours will pop in all types of lighting.

And if it's a drunken night out, the Optical Image Stabilisation prevents blurry images, even when in motion. Unlike any other phone, this pulls in the light so you won't be needing a ring light for your next photo shoot. Not to mention, Samsung's 6.5" Infinity-O Display is the best yet in the A-series. 

The long-lasting 4,500mAh battery lets you watch movies for hours on end without worrying you're going to be cut off. choose between a variety of colours to match your aesthetic.


Features - 18GB data, 12GB Extra Data, Unlimited Minutes and Texts, 5G ready at no extra cost, Buy now and claim a free pair of Galaxy Buds+, VeryMe

Cost - Upfront: £49.99; Monthly: £23.00

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ID Mobile

Features- Unlimited data, Unlimited Minutes and Texts, 50 roam-free destinations worldwide

Cost- Upfront: £0; Monthly: £25.99

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Apple iPhone 11 64GB

The iPhone 11 has been bumped down in price since the newer models have come out, but still has up-to-date technology that is seriously impressive, especially for the price it's marked at.

Choose between the 6 aesthetically pleasing colours: Purple, White, Yellow, Green, Black, and Red. iPhone 11 features Apple's latest and fasted chip, the A13 Bionic chip, which allows you to smoothly stream your video games or movies without it buffering. The battery life too is competing with the best on the market. The back of the phone features two newly revamped cameras, including a 12MP ultra-wide lens that increases the range up to a 120° field of view for four times more scenes. While the wide lens captures your images three times faster with 100% Focus Pixels, so you can quickly whip out your camera and snap a shot at your favourite gig and it will autofocus in low light.


Features - 30GB data, 24 GB extra data, Unlimited Minutes and Texts, 5G ready at no extra cost, VeryMe

Cost - Upfront: £90.00; Monthly: £26.00

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ID Mobile

Features- 20GB data, Unlimited Minutes and Texts, 50 roam-free destinations worldwide, Data rollover

Cost- Upfront: £49.99; Monthly: £29.99

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Xperia 5

Sony Xperia 5

If you're not all too familiar with Sony's Xperia series, it's a range of their most popular mobile phones. It is designed for watching films and TV shows, gaming, all on the 21:9, 6.1-inch OLED display, with a 1080 x 2520 resolution screen and powerful speakers. The Xperia 5 is described as the shrunken down Xperia 1, making it much easier to fit In your pocket and take with you out and about. Unlike the Xperia 1, the Xperia 5 is considered much more affordable while still containing many of the same functionalities. This phone also restores 50% of its battery in just 30 minutes, perfect for if you're in a rush. The 36 MP triple-lens camera to captures important memories.


Features - 6GB data, Unlimited Minutes and Texts, 52 roam-free destinations worldwide, 5G ready at no extra cost, VeryMe

Cost - Upfront: £0.00; Monthly: £26.00

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TalkTalk Mobile:

Features- 10GB data, Unlimited Minutes and Texts, 41 roam-free destinations worldwide, 99.7% UK population coverage

Cost- Upfront: £19; Monthly: £23

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