10 cheap smartphones
1. Nokia Lumia 610
The Nokia Lumia 610 is one of the most affordable Windows Phone devices to date, and despite its relatively modest hardware specs, it is still not that bad of a smartphone. Besides, it has a nice display and looks quite presentable.
Nokia Lumia 610 Review
2. Samsung Galaxy mini 2
The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 comes at a similar price, yet runs Android. Therefore, the platform's broad software availability will be at your disposal.
Samsung Galaxy mini 2 Review
3. HTC Desire C
The HTC Desire C has little to brag with, except for the fact that it comes with Android 4.0 out of the box. That and its pretty tempting price tag, of course.
4. BlackBerry Curve 9220
The BlackBerry Curve 9220 is possibly the company's most affordable smartphone to date, so if BBM is your cup of tea, you might want to check this smartphone out.
5. Sony Ericsson Live With Walkman
Yeah, we know that the Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman has been around since last year. However, considering what you get for your money, it is still a worthy pick.
Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman Review
6. Nokia 500
Team Symbian has a budget-friendly offering too, you know. The Nokia 500 offers a 3.2-inch display, a 1GHz processor, and a 5-megapixel camera – quite okay for a sub-$200 handset.
Nokia 500 Review
7. LG Optimus L3
Again, there is nothing that the LG Optimus L3 has to impress with, other than its price tag and rather unorthodox design. But if you are looking for something even more affordable, just wait until you see what we have on the next few pages.
LG Optimus L3 Review
8. Samsung Galaxy Y
9. Samsung Wave Y
Tired of cheap Android smartphones? Want to try something different? Well, how about the Samsung Wave Y: it runs bada and costs about as much as the Galaxy Y, despite having a better display.
Samsung Wave Y Review
10. Samsung Galaxy Pocket
The Samsung Galaxy Pocket is possibly the cheapest Android smartphone that has been released recently, and therefore the ultimate champion in today's category. Keep in mind, however, that if your budget allows it, a slightly more expensive smartphone can make a big difference.
Samsung Galaxy Pocket Preview
11. HP Pre 3 (honorable mention)
We wanted to include the HP Pre 3 on this list just because it was a killer deal after it went on sale. Yeah, it came with the dying webOS platform, but the hardware inside it was more than decent: 3.6-inch WVGA display, 1.4GHz processor, and a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera, which made it definitely worth the $75 bucks.
Fire sale price: $75