10 cheap smartphones from makers you've actually heard of

10 cheap smartphones from makers you've actually heard of
After presenting you with 10 luxurious, ultra expensive smartphones, it is time to take a look at the opposite side of the spectrum. Because you know, not everyone needs gems and precious metals covering their phone. Mr Average Joe will be just fine with a handset that can do email, access the web, and run most of the popular smartphone apps. At the same time, the smartphones we have selected for today's pick are all been made by respectable manufacturers – none of those non-sense Chinese knock-offs that last 25.3 minutes on a single charge. Do not hesitate to drop a comment below and say which one of these you would get, assuming your budget was tight, and if you can think of a smartphone that we should have included on the list, feel free to let us know!

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22 Comments

1. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 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: Nov 07, 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: Jun 18, 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: 613; Member since: Apr 06, 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: 184; Member since: May 27, 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

7. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

they dont want 4s to lose, do they? lol jk.

8. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

$75 for pre 3? HELL YEAH!

9. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 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: Nov 14, 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: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I'd pay a bit more and get the Lumia 710, if it came to it. Good list

13. shnibz

Posts: 506; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

610. -Desire C. -Pre 3

14. Hafiz

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

what about motorola fire xt ??

15. fsjon

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

16. iami67

Posts: 330; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Are these non contract prices?

17. iami67

Posts: 330; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I rather buy a better phone used if Im going no contract and get more for my money

18. DechyX

Posts: 155; Member since: May 16, 2011

where can you by the Pre3 for $75????

19. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Lumia or Desire C for me, but 75$ for the Pre would be a steal!

20. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 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: Oct 20, 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: Jul 24, 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 .

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