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Best budget smartphones
With a raft of new smartphones hitting the shops you may be looking to get a new mobile. And while you're probably wanting to hit the top end of the Android shelf or take a ride with the flagships Windows Phones, smartphones can be expensive.
But there are plenty of great sub-£200 smartphones out there – often boasting healthy spec-sheets and top-notch (and, crucially, up-to-date) operating systems. Here are the best currently available.
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I have a Galaxy Ace II, as shown in this list. I love it.
OK, so I haven't owned another smartphone so I don't know how it compare. But I love it all the same.
They say the Android operating system is behind on it, but I have no idea what the problem with that is. I have yet to find an app that didn't work, it runs fine, and its got a good connection.
My wife wanted and purchase a Iphone 4S, because all her friends has Iphones! She allowed me to play with it for a few days, as she was hoping I would want one. What can I say it's great with lots of apps and you watch TV and movies, but really awful with calls. I have forgotten the number of times I could not reach her because the Iphone could not get hold of a signal! Personally I hate mobile phones, she was disappointed, that her toy did not impress, but to stop her nagging I went to Ebay purchase LG KP100 for about a tenner, got it unlocked for a further £1.50. It's a better phone than the Iphone and battery last about a week on standby. She thinks it's a ugly piece of rubbish, but it works as a phone what more should you want, cost much less to run and no two year contract!
I feel nokia made the greatest mistake of their decision making life for not using Android OS on their latest devices... my Lumia 900 has and will never connect to other great bluetooth enabled devices and I personally feel that is unacceptable. On the other hand my HTC device running Android isrunning perfectly smooth and interestine to use and I'm lpleased with the phone...
Having been a very early adopter of Smart phones (wifi connection has been pretty important for me on my travels), I had pretty much given up on touchscreen only phones (or even touchscreen at all), and found what was pretty much the ideal phone for me in the Nokia 6303i Classic (no wifi though, and I did miss it a bit, but was using a Notebook on my travels which is far better for real mobile computing) until it was stolen in Vienna. Anyway, I managed to snipe cheap a new SIM free Nokia Asha 303 - what Nokia call a 'feature phone' for the Third World, and it's their flagship phone of that type. Qwerty keyboard (real buttons!), touchscreen, wifi, Outlook sync via Nokia Suite (no utterly stupid Cloud vulnerabilities with my data) so a fantastic PIM, ToDo lists, etc (sniped Office 2003 for a fiver on Ebay for a cheap copy of Outlook to drive it). Fantastic build quality, battery life is just under 12 days on average, mobile signal and quality of calls is about there with a 6303i (superb), and so far this is the best mobile phone I have ever had.
However, I am going to get a touchscreen only Smart phone again (I will keep my Nokia though). One that runs the only secure mobile phone operating system on the market, one that runs BBM native on QNX (you can run BBM on Android and iOS now, but not fully featured), and a phone that will now run all native free programmes for Android in a secure environment (native Android is not secure unless you can do some serious coding yourself, and iOS is equally vulnerable - why Obama isn't allowed to use an iPhone). It's capable of running the paid ones, as well and that will likely come at some point. It's a Blackberry Z10. I'm not touching anything but a Blackberry phone from now on, and when the Q10 drops in price I'm going to get one of those as well (it's the buttons . . . ). If nothing else is good enough for Obama, there should be a bit of a hint there for everybody else.
If I could get QNX 10.2 to run on my Netbook, I'd install it on that too.
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