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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
1. aaronkatrini (Posts: 230; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)
Quite good phones indeed. But you could've picked other 4 phones rather than "similiar" ..kohh..kohh.identical..kohh...Samsung phones. If i had to pick I would go for the Lumia or the Desire C. Even though the HP Pre 3 for $75 is called stealing.. Damn such a nice phone.. such a nice-goodlooking OS. Ahhh... Hp has gone mad!
2. KazEmpire (Posts: 39; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)
if i had to pick one, my Options would be Live With Walkman Or Lumia 610
Lumia has Best Display and Live Has Best Processing power and Will Have the Best OS. ICE CREAM SANDWICH!
5. shac78 (Posts: 7; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
I have Live With Walkman. And its already running official ICS from SONY :)
11. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
Desire c although slower cpu
But ICS , Beats and HTC Sense
Lumia if you like windows phone .
Samsung mini 2 if you want a s3 but could not afford one
WALKMAN for design
3. AbhiD (Posts: 60; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
How about xperia mini and mini pro???
And u guys should have replaced mini 2 with xperia miro and galaxy y with xperia tipo and tipo dual.
all these xperias have got much better looks, ICS, most possibly better camera, better sound quality, bigger battery and some other little features too...
4. Nick_T (Posts: 122; Member since: 27 May 2011)
We don't really know how much the Xperia miro and Xperia tipo will cost when they launch, which is why we did not include them.
6. wendygarett (unregistered)
Wtf!! $75 with 1.4ghz procesor!!
I think PA should compare this to iphone4s
9. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 643; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
I would go for the Nokia 500 just cause I like Symbian and pretty good specs
and by the way PA the 500 has a 1.3 GHz processor after Symbian belle fp1 update
10. 3Zs (Posts: 5; Member since: 14 Nov 2008)
why didnt you include xperia mini pro? its the same price as live with walkman, has a physical keyboard, Bravia screen tech, FFC and all the rest of the features of live with walkman with means it kicks the crap out of all the galaxies here and the desire C.......hell the xperia mini is even cheaper then live with walkman and a LOT cheaper then desire C!
The xperias rule this price point
furthermore HTC explorer is almost the same price as galaxy y and its again a lot better then Y but didnt get a mention
12. -box- (Posts: 3470; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I'd pay a bit more and get the Lumia 710, if it came to it. Good list
15. fsjon (Posts: 119; Member since: 03 Sep 2009)
Where on earth can you pick up the Pre3 for $75? Last time I checked (over the weekend), they are still running for $300+usd!
It did note it is from the firesale...
Picked up a Pre2 with 2 touch stones over the weekend for less than $150. For us tech freaks/tinkerers, we don't really need eco-system, just creative mind and a great community.
17. iami67 (Posts: 300; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I rather buy a better phone used if Im going no contract and get more for my money
19. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
Lumia or Desire C for me, but 75$ for the Pre would be a steal!
20. codymws (Posts: 235; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)
These must be prepaid/no-contract devices, considering that the Lumia 900 for AT&T is only $99 on-contract...
21. techpost13 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
Just get a fully unlocked 5'' super AMOLED screen Android 4.1 smartphone, which work with any carrier worldwide, contract free; w dual core 1.4GHz CPU, 8MP dual cameras, Google Play, much more for $169 on KooBay
22. rajcrazy (Posts: 7; Member since: 24 Jul 2013)
Samsung is no. -1 brand for making smart phones in the world that promise to give smart phone with additional latest features at lowest online price. I am using Samsung smart phones from last two years. I have no issue from this phone .