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Best cheap mobile phones 2014: 5 best cheap smartphones

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Sony Xperia M

Originally reviewed by 16 October 2013

Best cheap phone for battery life

Key features:
  • Stylish design
  • Great battery life for the price
  • Decent speaker quality for watching video
It's no Xperia Z1, but the Sony Xperia M at £180 is a great cheap Android phone. Roughly the same size as the iPhone 5S, the 4-inch smartphone retains some of the design elements that make the top end Xperia phones great to look at.

Running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, there's a 1GHZ Quallcomm S4 Plus dual-core CPU more than suitable to browse the web, stream video and handle gaming. The 854x480 resolution is a bit disappointing and the 5-megapixel main camera doesn't yield spectacular results.

It does manage an impressive 9-hour battery life and you can expand the 4GB (really 2GB) storage via microSD up to 32GB. If you are after a cheap Android phone minus the budget looks and don't want to wait for the Xperia M2 with a decent all-round performance, the Xperia M is a great choice.

Price: £180

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