Cheap smartphones: Which one is best?
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
Love: Sense interface. Flash support
Hate:Slow processor. No N Wi-Fi. Low-res screen
Best: Social networking
Love: Motoblur. N Wi-Fi
Hate: Small screen. It’s so square
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini
Love: Timescape interface
Hate: Tiny screen and keyboard. No multi-touch
Palm Pixi Plus
Price: £Free on contract
Love: Excellent operating system. Decent keyboard
Hate: No card slot. Meagre app choice. Poor camera
Best: For work
BlackBerry Curve 3G
Love: Easy email set-up. N Wi-Fi. Decent processor
Hate: Low-res screen. Awkward controls
Love: Great battery. Five-meg cam. Keyboard
Hate: Symbian OS. Dull looks. No touchscreen
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