Best Budget Smartphones for 2014 from

Looking for a low cost smartphone which won't let you down? Here are the 5 best cheap smartphones of 2014: speedy, sophisticated and a real snip!

Best Budget Smartphones for 2014 from

Sunday, 1st June 2014

Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could have a top notch smartphone for just a few quid a month? Do you dream of owning an awesome little mobile which sets you back next to nothing? Well, affordable, high-performance smartphones aren't actually as mythical as you may think. If you know your onions, tracking down a low-cost smartphone with all the features you want is not an impossible task. In fact, it's as simple as checking out our nifty little review – our mobile phone mavens have done all the hard work for you! Come with us, as we unveil the 5 best budget smartphones of 2014...

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G

Heralded as “the best budget smartphone”, like, ever, the Motorola Moto G has some big, inexpensive shoes to fill. You'll pay around £135 for this bad boy, which makes it a little more expensive than other low-cost handsets on our list, but for just a little extra you really do get a whole lot more including:

  • Genuinely impressive build quality for this price
  • A comparatively contemporary 4.3 Jelly Bean OS (with a 4.4 KitKat upgrade in the pipeline)
  • A generous 4.5” screen (bigger than it's competitors)
  • A (best left unmentioned) 5MP camera
  • A 720 x 1280 resolution (bigger than the iPhone 5s!)
  • Roomy 8GB and 16GB storage options
  • A relatively fly 1GB RAM with a Snapdragon 400 processor which does all you could ask of it with only a modicum of lag
  • No 4G functionality

Described by many as the “king of budget smartphones”, we're prepared to award this handset a crown and kneel before it. Not bad, Motorola!


Nokia Lumia 620

Nokia Lumia 620The slightly older, slightly costlier cousin of the Lumia 520, the 620 is a low-cost Windows Phone 8 device which packs plenty of punch for its price tag. At around £150, prepare yourself to be underwhelmed by the performance, but pleased as punch with your savings. For your money you'll get:

  • A good-looking handset in a range of fun colours
  • An underwhelming 5MP camera (the standard for cheap smartphones)
  • A smaller-than-averge 3.8” screen
  • A ho-hum resolution of 400x800 ppi
  • A so-so 1GHz dualcore processor
  • A lovely Windows 8 OS
  • Whip-fast 4G support
  • A respectable 8GB internal storage (kudos!)

It might not look impressive on paper, but all of this fairly average kit adds up to a very functional budget smartphone which does the trick, looks the part and won't cost the earth.



Nokia Lumia 520 

Nokia Lumia 520If you're prepared to compromise a little on performance, the Nokia Lumia 520 is a brilliant budget Windows 8 smartphone, coming in at around £70. As you'd expect from a Lumia, this low-cost lovely looks the part, with a kaleidoscope of bright, poppy colours to choose from. Best of all? This is the best-selling Windows Phone 8 handset, worldwide – ever! Despite its 400x800 resolution and measly 512 RAM, the Lumia 520 must be doing something right. Pick up this budget beauty to enjoy:

  • A “meh”-inducing 5MP camera (with no flash)
  • Average battery life
  • A dualcore Snapdragon S4 processor which does the job (but not much more)
  • Just 512 RAM
  • Lovely, lovely Windows Phone 8 OS


ZTE Blade V

A lot of people are very excited about the sub-£100 ZTE Blade V. It's been around for a few months now and we've pretty much only heard good reviews – and we've been impressed with this low-cost handset ourselves. This cheap smartphone is all about getting the maximum bang for your buck, making clever compromises – and having realistic expectations. For £100, ZTE aren't going to give you the world on a platter, but they do a very good job of packing

ZTE Blade V

everything you could possibly want into your budget smartphone, without any of the luxury trimmings which have a horrible habit of bumping up that price tag. For less than £100 PAYG, you'll get:

  • A 5 MP camera (+ LED flash)
  • A very respectable 4” LCD display
  • 480 x 800 screen resolution
  • A fast-enough 1.2GHz Snapdragon quadcore processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • Decent battery life
  • Android 4.1 OS

Add this all together and you're left with a not-to-be-sniffed-at budget mobile which does everything you could ask of it (and a teeny tiny bit more!). 

 Sony Xperia M

Looking for a cheapish phone which goes the distance? The Sony Xperia M is not a bad shout whatsoever. It's not the cheapest smartphone on the block, but you'll get a fair whack for your hard-earned pounds sterling. The star of the show? A whopping 9 hours of good-usage battery life.

Sony Xperia M

You'll also get: 

  • A pretty swanky design which looks classier than the price tag suggests
  • A 4” screen with a slightly disappointing 854x480 resolution (meh!)
  • A fairly up-to-date Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
  • A usable 1 GHz Quallcomm dualcore processor]
  • A so-so 5 MP camera
  • 4 GB storage
  • & did we mention: 9 hours of battery life!?

If you need a phone which lasts and looks the part, choose the Xperia M. But be prepared to make compromises on screen resolution (it looks a little outdated) and on the sub-par camera.