Five best budget smartphones

Caroline Cassidy
Best budget smartphones
Best budget smartphones

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The smartphone revolution has changed the way we use our mobiles, and for many it is the indispensable piece of tech kit. But all this mobile connectivity doesn't come cheap, and with the likes of the iPhone 5S come with a hefty price tag.

However, there are a number of more affordable options on the market these days, so if you're on the lookout for a cheaper smartphone, here are five of the best budget buys on offer.

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Nokia Lumia 520
Not Nokia's top of the range offering, but the 520 boasts many of the specs and features of more expensive models, and comes with a pleasing £99 price tag. Particular high points are the camera, which comes with a wide range of lens effects, the screen sensitivity, which works with gloves or newly-polished nails, and the range of colours, which can be switched according to your particular preference. As a Windows Phone, it's not for everyone, but at that price, it's definitely worth a look.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
It might not be the latest Samsung 'Mini', but the S3's more affordable cousin still gives you plenty of bang for your buck. The tech giant has incorporated a four-inch super AMOLED screen, dual core processor, 5MP camera and a useful 8GB of storage. Since it's considerably smaller than the S3 itself, the Mini is also the perfect option for those who need a phone that fits handily into a pocket, and prices start from a reasonable £199.

Sony Xperia Tipo
One to consider if you're looking for a phone for kids or teens, this entry-level handset from Sony's big draw is its music-based tech. The device comes ready loaded with a number of apps, including Music Unlimited, Google Music, built-in FM radio, and xLOUD audio. While the handset itself is nothing to write home about, the screen is shatter and scratch resistant, making it ideal for the accident prone or just plain clumsy. Prices start from around £95.
Huawei Ascend Y300
Chinese manufacturer Huawei is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with, but this budget buy is strictly for those looking for a basic, cheap model. You can pick up a Y300 for around the £60 mark, and comes with a 1GHz dual-cor processor, 5MP camera, 4GB of storage and the option of expanding that by adding microSD storage. It's not a world-beater, but if you're in the market for an affordable handset that does the basics, the price is right.

Motorola Moto G
The Moto G is one of the most impressive low-end smartphones currently on the market, boasting a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM and an impressive 329ppi display - a higher ppi than even the iPhone 5S. As well as packing a serious processing punch, the handset's back is changeable, with 19 options available to fickle users. And with prices starting from just £135, it should be high on your list if affordable performance is what you need.

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