Best Cheap Mobile Phones 2015: Top budget smartphones to buy
Wondering what the best cheap smartphones to buy right now are? Whether it's a budget Android smartphone or Windows Phone handset you're after, we've hand-picked the best mobiles under £200.
So your wallet can’t stretch to one of the best smartphones like Apple's iPhone 6 or an Android smartphone great like the HTC One M8 or the Samsung Galaxy S5? All is not lost. You can still bag yourself a decent smartphone experience at a fraction of the price.
Click the links below to find the perfect cheap phone for your needs or read on for more information on what to look out for.
Best Cheap Smartphone Overall | Motorola Moto G
Best Cheap 5-inch Phone | Motorola Moto G (2014)
Best Cheap Windows Phone | Nokia Lumia 735
Best Cheap 4G Phone | EE Kestrel
Best Cheap Phone Under £100 | Motorola Moto E
Best-looking Cheap Phone | Sony Xperia M2
Best Cheap Phone Under £50 | ZTE Blade Q Mini
The likes of Alcatel, HTC, Huawei, Motorola, Nokia, Sony and ZTE are amongst the phone manufacturers trying to make budget Windows Phone 8 and Android smartphones a more attractive alternative than the headline-grabbing £500%2B numbers, with the Xperia M2 and the Motorola Moto G 2 amongst the better candidates out there.
There are certain features you'll have to do without, like a Full HD 1080p display, for instance. Instead, less premium 720p or 480p screens are the order of the day. Yes, they're nowhere near as sharp but for basic smartphone duties they're more than adequate - just don't expect to be able to watch Full HD movies on them.
Processing power is another department that usually takes a hit. Quad-core chips are largely out of the question and instead it’s all about single or dual-core CPUs. This makes the phones a little slower than flagship models but with a modicum of patience they're well up to the job. If you're a huge gamer though, you won't be happy with this.
In the snapping department, you shouldn't expect iPhone 6-like quality. For under £200, you can still get a decent pair of main and front-facing cameras, but quality will start to drop off when you venture below £100.
Perhaps most crucially, you can still get access to Google Play and the Windows Phone stores to download apps and games. What's more, in our pick of the best handsets, all of those features are packed inside a body that doesn’t look like it’s been hit with an ugly stick.
If money is tight and you're after a smartphone without the expensive contract, we’ve rifled through our latest mobile phone reviews to give you the best cheap smartphones to buy right now.