5 of the best cheap smartphones

Think multiple cores are overkill? Why not settle for a wallet-friendly smartphone to meet your casual browsing, texting and calling needs?



Erring on the high-end of the budget price scale, the HTC One V features a premium, solid single-body anodized aluminium body which is home to a 3.7in display, 1Ghz processor and a HTC One X-beating micro SD card slot to expand on its 4GB of internal storage. With Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, supplemented by HTC's slick Sense 4.0 UI, the HTC One V stands proud as king of the budget phones.

Want a HTC with a lot more firepower? Check out our HTC One X and HTC One S reviews.

Nokia Lumia 710


The Nokia Lumia 710 might not share the same premium polycarbonate body as its Lumia 800 and 900 brothers, but it still packs in the same 1.4Ghz processor. Coupled with a decent 5MP camera with 720p video recording and Windows Phone 7.5 Mango's lightning fast UI, you could got a whole let worse for just under £100.

Read our Nokia Lumia 710, Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 reviews.

Orange San Diego

£200, to be released

The Orange San Diego will be out on June 6th and was recently priced at a wallet-friendly £200. The first smartphone to pack in Intel's Atom 1.6Ghz processor, it actually outguns all other budget phones in terms of power, on paper at least. With a fairly generous 16GB of onbaord storage and NFC technology to boot, you'll be hard pressed to find a better SIM-free phone for your money at this price. Sadly a Gingerbread only affair at launch, though an Ice Cream Sandwich update is on the cards.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2


Sammy's budget Galaxy handset still packs a decent punch, with a 3.8in display, 5MP camera and expandable micro SD storage up to 32GB. Android Gingerbread is kept chugging along by an 800MHz dual-core processor and Samsung's familiar TouchWiz interface is also present (which is good or bad news, depending on your preference).

Want a Samsung with a lot more firepower? Check out our Samsung Galaxy S3 review.

Vodafone Smart II


The recently announced Vodafone Smart II comes in at quite frankly ridiculous £70, which will get you an 800MHz processor with Android Gingerbread displayed on a 3.2in screen. The 3.2MP camera and tinchy 150MB of internal memory memory won't get your heart racing, but there's a 3GB SD card thrown in, and considering you're getting an Android phone for £70, you really can't complain.

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