As much as we all would all love to be able to, it’s just not possible to buy a new flagship every year or two for a variety of reasons. Flagships aren’t the only smartphones that are available to buy, and it is more than possible to get yourself rather a good phone without having to resort to selling your possessions on eBay. Here are five great budget phones you can get your hands on for less than £150.
1. Moto G 4G, £140
The original Moto G was considered one of the best budget smartphones of last year, so it’s hardly a surprise that Motorola released an updated version earlier this year. It’s not the most recent Moto G, but this one comes running Android KitKat (upgradeable to Lollipop), and has 4G capabilities. Like its predecessor it has a 5MP rear camera, a 4.5-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, and 8GB of expandable storage.
2. EE Kestrel, £99
It’s by no means the greatest phone in the world, but at £99 it’s hard to ignore the EE Kestrel. The Kestrel comes with 1GB of RAM, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, a 5MP rear camera, a 540 x 960 resolution display, and 4G. It runs on Android Jelly Bean, and sadly doesn’t come with a front camera making it a poor choice for selfie enthusiasts. It also only works with an EE SIM for obvious reasons.
3. Nokia Lumia 530, £71
The Lumia 530 currently has the distinction of being the cheapest phone to come with bundled with Windows 8.1, and you certainly won’t find the most recent version of Android on many budget phones. The Lumia 530 comes with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB, a 4-inch 480p display, a 5MP main camera, and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. Not the best budget handset, but not bad for the price.
4. Vodafone Smart Mini £40
If you’re looking for something that is going to cost you as little as possible, then the Smart Mini 4 is your best bet because it’s probably one of the cheapest smartphones available in the UK. This one has relatively similar specs to the Lumia 530, coming with 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, and a 4-inch 480p display. It’s slightly less powerful with a dual-core 1.3GHz processor, and has a worse camera (3.15MP). It all runs on Android Jelly Bean, and for £40 it isn’t that bad.
5. HTC Desire 310 £70-£90
HTC is better known for its flagship devices like the HTC One, but that’s not the only product of its labours. The Desire 310 is one such device, and is clearly aimed at the budget market. The phone has a 480p 4.5-inch display, 4GB of internal storage, 512MB or 1GB of RAM, microSD expansion, a 5MP camera, a quad-core 1.3GHz processor, and runs on Android Jelly Bean. It’s not got much differentiating it from other budget handsets, and it’s not 4G compatible, but HTC is well known for creating great hardware.
By Tom Pritchard | November 18th, 2014