#1 iPhone 5s
The iPhone is a given for all your iOS needs, but if you only had a budget for one device, we’d recommend getting the iPhone 5s. The phone allows for backward compatibility to iOS 7 with future compatibility to iOS 9. This phone allows developers to be more confident in compatibility for iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5s, 5c, 6 and beyond.
#2 Samsung Galaxy S4
Though it’s not the newest and best mobile phone, it is one phone available almost everywhere in the world. With the Galaxy S4 being a flagship model for Samsung, it’s going to have a sturdy Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM and strong UI experience. Finding a slightly older “mid-range phone” that allows for testing games on the newest Android OS (Galaxy S4 supports Lollipop) is a great find.
#3 Samsung Galaxy Note 4
We only have one huge phone, and it’s the Note 4. This 5.7-inch display phone really shows you what graphical real estate you have on your game. Running KitKat (upgradable to Lollipop) allows for some backward compatibility and the lightning fast (and hot) Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 adds some power under the hood. Add 3GB of RAM and you’ll have a great phone to test out your games against future “high-performance phones”.
#3 HTC One M8
In the spring of 2014, the big device was the HTC One M8 and even today it’s still holding on as one of the top owned phone around the world. With Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 and 2 GB of RAM, it’s still seen as a “mid-range” to “high-performance” phone. But with the ability for expanded memory up to 128 GB from microSD, testing it for the ability to save your game data off the phone might be smart idea. Also making sure it’s compatible with HTC Sense makes for a smart purchase.
#4 Lenovo A850
Finally we get to the Chinese phones. Though all of these phones are available in China, the Lenovo A850 is an internationally available phone that’s seen as the best phone out today for people with limited budgets. Coming out in 2013, it has a 1.3 Ghz CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and a very tiny storage size of 4 GB (additional 32GB microSD support). This “low-end” performing phone is only available with the JellyBean OS and makes for a great phone for testing phone performance compared to the giants we just mentioned.
#5 Huawei Ascend P7
Just like the HTC One M8, it grew very popular in Asia in the summer of 2014. The phone uses Huawei’s own chipset (Hisilicon Kirin 910T Quad-core 1.8GHz) and has 2 GB of memory. The phone uses KitKat (upgradable to Lollipop) and is the epitome of “mid-range” phones with 16GB of storage, SD Card, and 5-inch display. It’s probably the hardest phone of the group to find, but is available for shipment from China at Amazon.com and Aliexpress.