Cheap smartphones: Which one is best?

Cheap smartphones: Which one is best?

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  • Pocket a smartphone great without having to break the bank

    The Apple iPhone 4 and HTC Desire are the smartphone top dogs, but at up to £600 SIM-free they aren’t cheap. If you’re willing to compromise on screen resolution, processor speed and build quality, there are handsets with ample storage and connectivity that can be yours for under £250, or on a £25-per-month contract.

    See below for our pick of the best cheap smartphones to buy now

    Best: Overall value
    HTC Wildfire
    Price: £230
    Love: Sense interface. Flash support
    Hate:Slow processor. No N Wi-Fi. Low-res screen

    HTC Wildfire review I HTC Wildfire specsHTC.com

    Best: Social networking
    Motorola Flipout
    Price: £230
    Love: Motoblur. N Wi-Fi
    Hate: Small screen. It’s so square

    Motorola Flipout review I Motorola Flipout specs I Motorola.co.uk

    Best: Portability
    Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini
    Price: £200
    Love: Timescape interface
    Hate: Tiny screen and keyboard. No multi-touch

    Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini review I Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini specs I SonyEricsson.co.uk

    Best: Screen
    Palm Pixi Plus
    Price: £Free on contract
    Love: Excellent operating system. Decent keyboard
    Hate: No card slot. Meagre app choice. Poor camera  

    Palm Pixi Plus review I Palm Pixi Plus specs I Palm.com

    Best: For work
    BlackBerry Curve 3G
    Price: £250
    Love: Easy email set-up. N Wi-Fi. Decent processor
    Hate: Low-res screen. Awkward controls

    BlackBerry Curve 3G review I BlackBerry Curve 3G specs I BlackBerry.com

    Best: Battery
    Nokia E5
    Price: £200
    Love: Great battery. Five-meg cam. Keyboard
    Hate: Symbian OS. Dull looks. No touchscreen

    Nokia E5 review I Nokia E5 specs I Nokia.co.uk

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