Here’s something the big mobile phone stores would rather you didn’t know. It’s no longer necessary to spend a fortune to get a high-spec smartphone. Although the top-end mobiles will still set you back somewhere north of £450, there are plenty of high-performance handsets that you can pick up for around one third of that. Here’s our pick of six of the best…
Nokia Lumia 735
There’s a common thread to the phones in this round-up; they’re all Android handsets. All, that is, except this one. Android phones tend to rule the budget arena, but this Windows Phone comes in well below the £200 mark and includes the specs that are increasingly common at this pricepoint: quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. Aside from its alternative operating system, the 735’s main sell is its cameras. Nokia can always be relied upon for good quality phone cameras, and the 6.7MP effort on the back takes decent shots. But it’s also got a 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera – so if you’re a slave to the selfie this might suddenly have become a must buy.
Screen: 4.7″ (1280×720)
Processor: quad-core 1.2GHz
Operating system: Windows Phone 8.1
Camera: 6.7MP, f/1.9 aperture
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