The best cheap smartphones - reviewed

Looking for a sub-£150 smartphone? We've tested every budget handset that matters

The best cheap smartphones - reviewed

The bad budget smartphone is dead.

Never again should you put up with pixelly screens, sluggish web speeds and cameras so bad that a built-in Etch-a-Sketch would be preferable, because you can now get an all-round reliable phone for less than £150. Sure, there are still plenty of bad phones out there - but you needn't concern yourself with them any more. 

We’ve taken all the cheap smartphones that matter and tested them against each other, with our comparisons and verdicts tidied up neatly into the individual reviews below. First up, the clear winner and new benchmark for budget smartphones: the magnificent Moto G 4G.

Motorola Moto G 4G in figures Operating system: Android 4.2.2 • Screen: 4.5in 1280x720 (326ppi) • Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 @ 1.2GHz • RAM: 1GB • Camera: 5MP 720p rear, 1.3MP 720p front • Connectivity: 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 • Storage: 16GB (expandable with microSD) • Battery: 2070mAh • Dimensions/weight: 129.9 x 65.9 x 11.6mm / 143g

Hisense Sero 5 in figures Operating system: Android 4.3 • Screen: 5in 1280x720 (293ppi) • Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 @ 1.2GHz • RAM: 1GB • Camera: 8MP 720p rear, 1.3MP 720p front • Connectivity: 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 • Storage: 8GB (microSD expandable by up to 32GB) • Battery: 2500mAh • Dimensions/weight: 143 x 71.8 x 8.9mm / 133g

Motorola Moto G (2014) in figures Operating system: Android 4.4.4 • Screen: 5in 720x1280 (294 ppi) • Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 @ 1.2GHz • RAM: 1GB • Camera: 8MP 720p rear, 2Mp front • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 • Storage: 8/16GB (microSD upgradable by up to 32GB) • Battery: 2070mAh • 141.5 x 70.7 x 11mm / 149g

EE Kestrel in figures Operating system: Android 4.3 • Screen: 4.5in 540x960 (245 ppi) • Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 @ 1.2GHz • RAM: 1GB • Camera: 5MP 720p rear, 1MP front • Connectivity: 3G/4G Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 • Storage: 4GB (microSD upgradable by up to 32GB) • Battery: 2000mAh • 131 x 65.3 x 7.85mm / 145g

Motorola Moto E in figures Operating system: Android 4.4.2 • Screen: 4.3in 540x960 (256 ppi) • Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 @ 1.2GHz • RAM: 1GB • Camera: 5MP 480p rear, no front • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 • Storage: 4GB (microSD expandable by up to 32GB) • Battery: 1980mAh • Dimensions/weight: 124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3mm/ 142g

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Nokia Lumia 630 in figures Operating system: Windows Phone 8.1 • Screen: 4.5in 854x480 (221 ppi) • Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 @ 1.2GHz • RAM: 512MB • Camera: 5MP 720p rear, no front • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 • Storage: 8GB (microSD expandable by up to 128GB) • Battery: 1830mAh • Dimensions/weight: 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2mm / 134g

Sony Xperia M2 in figures Operating system: Android 4.3 • Screen: 4.8in 540x960 (229 ppi) • Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 @ 1.2GHz • RAM: 1GB • Camera: 8MP/1080p rear, VGA front • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC • Storage: 8GB (microSD expandable by up to 32GB) • Battery: 2330mAh • Dimensions/weight: 139.6 x 71.1 x 8.6mm/ 148g

Nokia Lumia 535 in figures Operating system: Windows Phone 8.1 • Screen: 5in 960x540 (220ppi) • Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 @ 1.2GHz • RAM: 1GB • Camera: 5MP 480p rear, 5MP 480p front • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 • Storage: 8GB (microSD expandable by up to 128GB) • Battery: 1905mAh • Dimensions/weight: 140.2 x 72.4 x 8.8mm / 146g

HTC Desire 310 in figures Operating system: Android 4.2.2 • Screen: 4.5in 480x854 (218 ppi) • Processor: Quad-core MediaTek MT6582M @ 1.3GHz • RAM: 512MB • Camera: 5MP/1080p rear, VGA front • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 • Storage: 4GB (microSD expandable by up to 32GB) • Battery: 2000mAh • 131 x 65.3 x 7.85mm / 145g

Vodafone Smart 4 Turbo in figures Operating system: Android 4.4.2 • Screen: 4.5in 480x854 (218 ppi) • Processor: Quad-core Snapdragon 400 @ 1.2GHz • RAM: 1GB • Camera: 5MP rear, VGA front • Connectivity: 3G/4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 • Storage: 4GB (microSD expandable by up to 32GB) • Battery: 1880mAh • 134.5 x 67.5 x 10.4mm / 138g