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Best cheap mobile phones 2014: 5 best cheap 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
  • No microSD card slot
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 everyday 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 only downside is it has no microSD card slot, though it comes with more storage than most cheap phones to compensate

Price: £135 (8GB), £160 (16GB)

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