Many readers won’t have the money to fork out for a brand new iPhone  or Samsung, so here are the best phones for under £180! I will be looking at 2 android phones, and 2 windows phones.

The windows phones are less popular, but I’m sure the clean layout and easy to use operating system will soon take off. The windows phone store is limited compared to the app-abundant Google Play store or the app store. There are around 100,000 apps on the windows phone store, and over 1,000,000 apps on the app store and Google play store. There are currently only 4 manufacturers that use the windows phone OS; HTC, Samsung, Nokia and Huawei.

Nokia Lumia 520

The Lumia 520 is one of the cheapest smart phones I have seen for a long time. At a cost of £120 or £10 p/m, it definitely fits in the budget bracket. The phone only comes with an 8gb internal memory, but can be expanded with up to a 64gb Micro SD card. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 1ghz processor and 512mb of ram. The interface is clear, with a large 4 inch LCD screen. The battery life isn’t great, with a rated 5.9 hour video playback time. This would struggle to go a full day with constant use. Overall this is a great phone with a great price.

HTC 8S

The 8S is a little more up-market phone compared to the 520. It is priced at £130, so still well away from the £180 limit. The specs are very similar to the 520, with the same processor and ram, same screen size and a 5mp camera. The phone does only come with 4gb of internal storage so a micro SD card will be necessary. This is another great looking phone, but the battery life lets it down, with no access to the battery, there is no option to carry another.

The Android phones are definitely the big player now, with Samsung leading the way with their flagship phone: the S4. But have they forgotten about the budget market? Certainly not! Samsung currently make 14 phones under £180.

Samsung galaxy SIII Mini

This Phone JUST meets our £180 bracket. At a cost of £179.99 from O2, It leaves you with 1 pence! This is possibly the best contender in our budget phone showdown, with a 4 inch AMOLED display, Android 4.1 Jellybean, 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor, a 5mp camera, 8gb internal storage and 1gb ram. The only thing that lets it down are the looks, which I am not a fan of. However, it makes a great budget phone.

Motorola Razr I

The Razr I is the underdog in the android market. It features nearly the same specs as the SIII mini. It has a larger 4.3 inch display and films video at 1080p. The most noticeable difference is the INSANELY powerful processor, a 2 GHz Intel Atom. This makes the same processes per second as a £600

 

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