Since the birth of the smartphone, mobiles have gone from being something you used to while away your commute playing Snake (remember the Nokia bricks?), to your own pocket-sized personal assistant.
But not everyone can – or frankly wants to – fork out well over £500 for the latest iPhone model. And thanks to the rate that Apple’s competitors have been catching up over the past few years, cheap smartphones from companies like Motorola, HTC and Sony tend to give you a lot more bang for your buck.
If you’re looking for a cheap smartphone that will do more than get you from A to B but won’t break the bank, we’ve compiled a guide to the top 5 cheap smartphones for under £150…
Motorola Moto G, from £149.99
The Moto G is the daddy of all budget smartphones. Motorola has made several improvements to the original model, including adding 4G support and a larger 5-inch display, meaning that browsing and streaming videos is an absolute dream. Design wise it’s a bit clunkier than the 2013 version, but it’s well worth making the upgrade for the impressive 8-megapixel camera alone.
Considering that it’s supposed to be a stripped back version of the Ascend P7, Huawei’s budget model is making waves on the under-£150 smartphone scene. It’s clean and simple design is ideal for people in search of the iPhone aesthetic but who can’t afford the hefty price tag, and it has a front-facing 5mp camera if you like to indulge in the occasional selfie. But be warned, the keyboard is a little on the fiddly side if you haven’t got the daintiest of fingers.
HTC Desire 510, from £99.99
Whilst HTC might not be winning any awards on the design front for the Desire 510, this cheap and cheerful handset packs a powerful punch when it comes to its operating system and connectivity, and its battery life is more than a match for similar priced models currently on the market. All in all, it’s the ideal bargain blower if your patience with technology tends to wear thin pretty quickly.
Nokia Lumia 530, from £49.99
There was always going to be compromises with this kind of price tag, but the Nokia Lumia 530 is thoroughly deserving of its place in our top 5. What you lose in terms of memory space and display quality is more than made up for with the smooth operating system and array of funky colour ways to choose from. What more could you want?
Sony Xperia M2 Aqua, from £139.99
Electronics and liquids have never been the fondest of acquaintances, but in recent years the waterproof phones market has come on leaps and bounds. Sony’s venture into the realm of waterproofing – the Xperia M2 Aqua – looks great and is perfect for snapping holidays pics in the pool. Just don’t make the mistake of taking it for a dip in the sea!