Best budget phones

The best bargain mobiles available now

An iPhone or a Desire is all well and good, but blimey they're expensive. Save some of your hard-earned with our pick of thriftily priced smartphones.

HTC Tattoo
Lacks the document-editing power of WinMo, but it’s useful if your job involves more social networking and fewer spreadsheets, with always-on access to Facebook, Twitter et al. Push email is simple to set up, and typing on the 2.8-inch touchscreen’s virtual keyboard is fairly accurate.
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BlackBerry Curve 8520
Featuring the excellent BlackBerry Enterprise connection, keyboard, 512MHz chip and 258MB of storage, expandable via microSD, the Curve 8520 is a great e-mail phone. Battery life and browsing are less than amazing but it’s available cheap without signing up to a two-year contract.
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Nokia E55
With a half QWERTY keypad – two letters per button – the E55 has HSDPA, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and a lengthy, three-day battery life. Push email can be set up in minutes and your messages and calendar can be easily accessed via a dedicated button. Microsoft Office Mobile coming soon.
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T-Mobile Pulse

The 3.5-inch screen is flashy but unresponsive when typing and with push email turned on it’s a drain on power, with the battery lasting less than a day, but 3G, Wi-Fi and 2GB of memory make this as well-connected as anything on this page.
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Acer Neotouch S200
With Microsoft Office Mobile included as standard and a speedy 1GHz processor, the NeoTouch looks promising, but the virtual keyboard is woefully inaccurate and if you use Wi-Fi or 3G you’ll have to ensure you’ve got a charger to hand as battery life is pitiful.
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O2 XDA ZEST
For £150, the Zest has push email and synchronises your calendars and contacts. It also supports microSD, Wi-Fi, HSDPA and GPS, and there’s CoPilot satnav to help you ind your meeting. If you can live with WinMo 6.1’s less-than-winsome charms and the Zest’s ugliness, it’s a steal.
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