Hello fellow Uber Partners and Drivers! It has been months since Uber discontinued the Rent-To-Own Scheme for Devices.

Before, they issued Asus Zenfone 5 to new Partners under the Rent-to-Own scheme; however, a lot of drivers are having issues with the Uber Partner App as well as network connectivity issues (ehem Globe and Smart!).

So, in additon to our post about the Best Mobile Data for your Uber Device, we give you our recommendations for the Best Smartphone for Uber Device. We’ve compiled the most reliable and affordable device options based on our experience and other partners’.

TIP: In our experience, the Uber Partner App uses around 2-3 GB per month if you go online everyday 10-12 hours a day. If you want to know what mobile data we use in our more than 2 years of driving with Uber, see this article: Best Mobile Data for your Uber Device

If you have your own suggested device, please let us know in the comments sections! Our Partners would appreciate your recommendations.   First, we need to understand the optimum Device Specifications for Uber Partner App. For iOS devices: You must have an iPhone 4S or newer with iOS 7.1.2 or higher.

For Android devices, your device must meet the following specifications:

  • Memory / RAM: minimum 1GB
  • Storage: minimum 8GB
  • Processor Speed: Quad-Core Preferred
  • GPS Support for at least two of the following: A-GPS, GPS and/or GLONASS

Based on these parameters, read below for our recommended smartphones.


Price: under Php 10, 000


  • Memory / RAM: 1 GB RAM
  • Storage: 8GB internal memory with micro SD slot
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
  • Network: GSM, HSPA, LTE
  • GPS Support: A-GPS and GLONASS

This is the device we bet our Uber careers on.  This is the most cost effective phone for us at around Php 8, 000 that offers durability and reliability. Since the we shifted to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), we used Sony M2 phones; we’ve been using it for almost a year now. And we rarely encounter problems or issues with the Uber Partner App (except for network issues of course, darn you Globe and Smart!).

We’ve curated other Sony devices at this price range that we think would be very reliable to run your Uber Driver app. Simply click on the links and it will take you directly to the device pages in Lazada. Convenient, huh? 😉


Price: under Php 10, 000


  • Memory / RAM: 1.5 GB RAM
  • Storage: 8 or 16GB internal memory with micro SD slot
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Network: GSM, HSPA, LTE
  • GPS Support: A-GPS, GLONASS

Samsung is one of the most reliable brands when it comes to smartphones, no doubt about it. According to other partners, Samsung J5 is the right balance of affordability and function. At around Php 9 000, you get a mid level phone that’s reliable; no incompatibility issues, no GPS errors.

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Price: under Php 10, 000


  • Memory / RAM: 1 GB RAM
  • Storage: 8 GB internal memory with micro SD slot
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Network: GSM, HSPA, LTE
  • GPS Support: A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Display: 5 inches

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime basically have the same specifications as that of Samsung J5. So it’s also a very good alternative. But the real reason we put it on our list is because it’s onn sale now for only  Php 8,150 from Php 10, 000. That’s 20% OFF. Just click on the buy link below.


Price: under Php 10, 000


  • Memory / RAM: 512 MB RAM
  • Storage: 8/16/32/64 GB
  • Processor: Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9
  • Network: GSM, CDMA, HSPA
  • GPS Support: A-GPS, GLONASS

Before we used our Sony M2, Uber issued us Ipad Mini which worked very well. No errors at all, the apps do not even lag (except for when there’s no network connection). And the Uber Driver App and Waze works efficiently; we think these apps are highly stable and optimized for the iOS platform. Not to mention the durability and reliability we all know and trust from the Apple brand.

So if money is not an object, we suggest you go for any iOS device for your Uber Device. Anyway, this is an investment on your business. All else fails, iOS devices takes some time before they go down in value, so you can still sell them at a very good price.

So here’s a few suggestions for iOS devices:

  1. Iphone 4S
  2. Ipad Mini WiFi + 3G (cellular)
  3. Iphone 5C (a bit on the pricey end)


Price: a little over Php 10, 000


  • Memory / RAM: 1GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB internal memory
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
  • Network: GSM, HSPA, LTE
  • GPS Support: A-GPS, GLONASS
Here’s another reliable brand at a very good deal. LG G2 has all the specifications of a high-end smartphone. Before, it’s price is at  ₱ 36,980, but now you can save 65%! It’s available now in Lazada at ONLY  12,990. So much savings plus you get the best bang for your buck.
If going over Php 10, 000 is not an option, you can also opt for these models who also have comparable specifications:
  • LG G4 Stylus 8GB
  • LG G2 Mini Dual

We hope we’re able to give you an idea as to what’s the best phone for Uber device. Just remember that this device is the heart of your Uber business. If your device does not function properly or has a lot of technical issues, you won’t be able to receive trip requests, which means no income for you plus hassle, effort and stress. So, we highly encourage you to NOT skimp on the device, if you have the means, get the BEST device available. Remember that it is an investment in your business and that this is a key to your success as an Uber Partner. 😉

Drive Safe and See you on the Road!

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