Best Cheap Smartphones For Under £100
UPDATED: Our list of the best smartphones available to buy with a budget of £100
A couple of years ago you had to fork out a significant amount to get your hands on a phone with a decent display, good performance and the ability to browse the internet. But the price of smartphones has decreased rapidly in recent times, meaning there are some true bargains to be had.
We’ve picked out the top 6 best smartphones that are priced under £100 (SIM-Free or on Pay As You Go). You’ll be pretty amazed at what you can get your for money. All the mobiles listed are available to buy in the UK and we’ll continue to update our list throughout 2014.
Anyway, enough talk and on with our list of the best smartphones available for under £100.
Moto E – For Android on a budget (£89)
Motorola’s Moto G sold by the truck load, thanks to a combination of good specs and a low price tag. Now the company is trying to repeat the trick with the even cheaper Moto E.
At just £89 it’s incredibly affordable but it’s surprisingly good too, with a 4.3 inch 540 x 960 screen with a pixel density of 256 pixels per inch, a 1.2GHz dual core Snapdragon 200 processor and 1GB of RAM.
It also has a fairly attractive, albeit plastic design and feels solidly built. Plus it’s water resistant so it can take a splash and while it only has 4GB of built in storage there’s also a microSD card slot. The 5 megapixel camera is pretty poor and it lacks advanced features like 4G and NFC, but it’s a reliable smartphone with solid performance for under £100. Read our Moto E Review.
Nokia Lumia 630 – For Windows Phone lovers (£89)
Nokia has a history of releasing surprisingly impressive,affordable phones. Just look at the Lumia 520 for proof. The Nokia Lumia 630 is the latest of these and arguably the best.
It has a 4.5 inch 480 x 854 IPS LCD screen with a pixel density of 218 pixels per inch and ClearBlack technology to deliver enhanced contrast. It also has a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 512MB of RAM, giving it impressively slick performance.
Then there’s the fact that it comes with both 8GB of built in storage and a microSD card slot with support for up to 128GB more and of course it has that distinctive, colourful Lumia design.
But perhaps the most exciting thing about the Nokia Lumia 630 is that it’s the first phone to launch with Windows Phone 8.1, so you can enjoy the latest and best version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system. All that and it’s only £89.
BlackBerry Curve 9320 – For QWERTY lovers (£59.99)
Those looking for a QWERTY smartphone should look no further than BlackBerry’s Curve 9320 which comes with a full keyboard. The other major strength of the 9320 is that it you get to enjoy the native version of the increasingly popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).
When it comes to specification it has a 2.44-inch display, 3.2 mega-pixel camera and a dedicated button for quick access to BBM. It’s a great messaging phone, but those looking to play games or stream multimedia files might be best to look elsewhere.
Our BlackBerry 9320 Review concluded that “The Curve 9320 is a great phone for social networking and has that dedicated BlackBerry Messenger button too. It does all you would expect of it, and at this price and with all its good features, it’s still a good choice."
Samsung Galaxy Fame - For Samsung Lovers (£80)
Samsung are one of the most respected and admired phone manufacturers in the world and the Galaxy Fame is a great little smartphone. Being able to get your hands on one of the Korean companies smartphones for under £100 is a selling point in its own right.
However, the Samsung Galaxy Fame is also a decent looking compact smartphone with a solid, if unspectacular, specification. It has a 3.5 inch display (320 x 480 pixels) and is powered by a 1GHz processor, has a 5 mega-pixel camera and a front-facing VGA camera.
There are better looking, better specced smartphones on the market, but the Galaxy Fame is a Samsung device and it supports NFC which is pretty rare in this price bracket. Samsung Galaxy Fame Review here.
Sony Xperia J – Best Looking (£90)
Sony’s Xperia J is arguably the best looking smartphone available for under £100. The specification of the smartphone isn’t too shabby either with a 4-inch display (800*480 pixels), a 1GHz processor and a 5 mega-pixel camera. It comes pre-loaded with the Android platform and is available in a choice of White or Black.
For the price you get a smartphone that looks way more expensive than its price with a solid specification. Our Sony Xperia J Review concluded “The Xperia J from Sony is one of the best-looking phones aimed at the mid-market at the moment. It has the design flare of the Xperia T but comes in at only half the price.”
LG Optimus L5II – Solid all rounder (£109)
We know the LG Optimus L5II costs over £100, but you might forgive us when you hear more about the smartphone. We just couldn't leave out such a great smartphone and it's only a couple of pounds over the limit.
LG's smartphone is a good looking mobile that comes with a solid specification and some great features. Its 4 inch display delivers a surprisingly impressive viewing experience, while it's 1GHz processor and 512MB deliver solid performance. And it also comes with a surprisingly decent 5 mega-pixel camera which takes very decent shots.
The Optimus L5 II comes pre-loaded with Google Android, which has been impressively tweaked by LG making the interface more intuitive and adding even more features. You don't get NFC or a front-facing camera as you do with the Ascend G510, but it's a better looking device with improved software.
Our LG Optimus L5 II Review concluded that “This is a smartphone that has loads of features and costs a tad over a hundred quid, and yet still offers a decent five-megapixel snapper and good performance.”
Do you agree with our choices of the best value smartphone for under £100? Or do you think we've left out some important devices? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.