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Best Cheap Mobile Phones 2014: Top budget smartphones

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Moto G

Originally reviewed by 22 May 2014

Best Cheap Smartphone Overall

Key features:
  • Great 4.5-inch 720p IPS screen
  • Runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • Available with 8/16GB of internal storage
  • Amazing value for money
Currently the only phone on this list to get a full 10 out of 10 score, the Motorola Moto G is the cheap smartphone to beat.

At 143g and 11.6mm thick it’s not the slimmest or lightest phone but it’s but it's still a nice-looking handset for the price. It’s the first time we’ve seen a 720p screen on a phone this cheap and it serves up good, sharp image quality with a Gorilla Glass screen adding a layer of durability.

The Moto G runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and the Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1GB of RAM ensures it handles most everday tasks like browsing, and playing games well. The 5-megapixel camera delivers decent image quality, while the 720P HD video shooting is on par with other similar phones.

Whether you go for the 8GB version at £135 or the 16GB version at £160, the Moto G offers far better specs than any other big-name phone you can buy for £150 and is the cheap smartphone to beat as it stands. The big difference here between its successor is that you now have a 4G option. It will cost a little more but it still great value for money.

Price: £135 (8GB), £160 (16GB)

Our Score

10/10
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