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Best cheap mobile phones 2014: 5 best cheap smartphones

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HTC Desire 500

Originally reviewed by 13 November 2013

Best looking cheap phone

Key features:
  • Bright and clear 4.3-inch 480 x 800 screen
  • 8-megapixel main camera with LED flash and autofocus
  • 4GB of onboard storage
For £200, the HTC Desire 500 is a mid-range Android phone with a nice, classy design that delivers a decent all-round performance for the price.

Despite its plastic build, the 500 weighs just 123g and has a 4.3-inch screen offering image quality comparable to the £180
Sony Xperia M. It runs on Android 4.1.2, so it's not the latest version of the Google OS but does include HTC’s slick Sense UI 5.0 with Blinkfeed. The Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM is enough to keep things ticking over and the camera produces good quality pictures.

If you don’t want to put up with some of the cheap, unimpressive phones in the same price range, the Desire 500 is one of the slickest-looking cheap phones around.

: £200

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