Making that student loan stretch an extra mile or two can be a challenge. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make your money go further and a good place to start is with your everyday absolute necessities. So just where are going to find the best and most affordable mobile phone out there?
Smartphones such as the iPhone might be the word on everyone’s lips at the moment but the more affordable smartphones are coming up in the ranks fast. Companies including Motorola, Nokia and Huawei, have released some highly efficient and effective phones, all at prices below £150.
Here’s six of the best on the market to whet your appetite and not worry your wallet and purse too much. Supermarkets such as Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco along with Argos often have great offers undercutting the usual mobile heavyweight’s prices even more.
This smartphone delivers a great Android experience, with 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth all available, as well as instant messaging and email. There is also a micro SD slot which accepts cards up to 32GB.
Considering all the things this smartphone has to offer, the biggest reason to consider the Huawei Y330, is the price. At under £50, it’s available at most major supermarkets. And with a 3 megapixel camera, a great design, impressive battery life and a dual-core 1.3GHz processor, it’s got loads going for it.
It’s no surprise that the reviews for this phone have been pretty hot – it’s a smart phone that does so much for such little cost and it looks nice too. You can also get even lower prices for the Huawei (like all 6 of our cost effective smartphones) at high street stores such as, Asda, Sainsbury’s , and Argos.
There was some real excitement when this was launched, because the Moto G offers more features than any other currently available. It comes in 3G or 4G versions, has a sharp 4.5in screen, the latest high quality Android software and a solid-build quality. Top that with toughened Gorilla Glass on the screen and you have a really cool functional device.
The five-megapixel camera and front camera allow for some good basic pictures and video chats, while the 4G models include micro SD support with 8GB or 16GB varieties.
This smartphone is the UK’s cheapest 4G phone available. It’s built by Huawei for the 4G network, EE. The design is a little on the dull side, but it’s light and thin, with a 4.5 inch screen which makes downloading and playing videos faster than most 3G phones.
It also has a powerful quad-core processor, micro SD slot which adds to the 8GB storage, a decent-sized battery, 2 cameras (five-megapixel default and one-megapixel front), as well as the option of a simplified software look.
This might be one of the cheapest phones you can buy, but it’s got all the basics covered. The Moto E costs about £80 and it has a good feel to its frame, a decent sized screen and a responsive, snappy experience.
It also has the latest version of Android, with features like a toughened Gorilla Glass screen, a water resistant P2i nano coating and all-day battery life. And there’s a micro SD slot for adding more space for music, movies and photos.
The Nokia 520 is an affordable smartphone with 4″ IPS WVGA display, 5MP camera and it’s powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor. The touch screen is extra sensitive and the “Live Tiles” feature means that you can customise your home screen to display what you are interested in. It runs on Windows Phone 8, which is a delightful operating system which altogether makes it a strong budget buy.
Microsoft’s cheapest new Windows phone can cost as little as £90 and brings the latest Windows 8.1 software to the budget market. It has Nokia’s customary solid build quality, a removable coloured back shell and is light and comfortable.
It also has a five-megapixel camera and a fairly low resolution screen compared to the Moto G. It does lack the large catalogue of apps available on Android, but has some snappy performance, which is great for a budget smartphone.