It seems that everyone has a smartphone these days and as they’ve grown in popularity, the prices of some of the lesser specced devices have fallen. If you’re conscious of your cashflow but don’t want to sacrifice functionality to keep the price down, then you may want to take a look at our top budget smartphones:
Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini
Sony Ericsson has recently revamped the Xperia Mini Pro, so if you’re looking for up-to-date features, you’ll find them here. The Xperia Mini Pro boasts a 3-inch Reality Display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 1GHz processor plus a 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording at 720p. All this comes bundled into a diminutive form-factor at an equally small SIM-free price of £209.99.
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HTC Wildfire S
We continue the pocket-sized smartphone theme with the HTC Wildfire S, a handset that manages to cram in all the elements synonymous with the Taiwanese manufacturer’s creations, minus the frills. A full 3.2-inch 320 x 480 resolution touchscreen, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense and a 5 megapixel camera come as part of the Wildfire S package but its 600MHz processor does let the side down slightly. Speed isn’t everything though and the £229.99 SIM free price tag isn’t bad for what you get.
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We’re taking a break from Android for a moment and turning our attention to Nokia’s first 1GHz smartphone, the Nokia 500. Aside from the processor, it features some decent specs including a 3.2-inch 360 x 640 pixel touchscreen, a 5 megapixel camera, 2GB of storage (which can be boosted to 32GB via a microSD card) and the newly released Symbian Anna platform. You might not get the same app experience offered by Android but you can’t really argue with the £155 price tag. The Nokia 500 is on track for a Q3 release.
Orange Monte Carlo
It seems that most flagship handsets are laden with large displays right now, but if you’re big on visuals yet are not willing to shell out for a high-end device, the Orange Monte Carlo may be just what you’re looking for. It sports a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 5 megapixel camera and an 800MHz processor. Despite the lower-spec processor, it offers similar functionality to most flagship devices. And all for just £149.99 SIM free!