The Nokia 500 is the latest in a long line of affordable smartphones, avoiding the huge screens and high prices of devices like the Samsung Galaxy S II or LG Optimus 3D. Buying a new handset is a bit of a minefield though, so we’ve been looking at the best affordable handsets currently on sale. Read on to see the cream of the crop.
Nokia 500The Nokia 500 is the latest addition to the entry-level smartphone market, bringing a fast 1GHz processor with it. One of the key benefits it offers over Android devices like the HTC Wildfire is an impressive battery life, although it’s Symbian Anna operating system isn’t quite so fluid or customisable.
HTC WildfireThe HTC Wildfire is one of the best affordable handsets on the market. It offers all the same functionality as high-end devices like the Samsung Galaxy S II, thanks to it’s Android operating system, but it also comes in a smaller and more pocked-sized design.
Sony Ericsson Xperia MiniSony Ericsson has come a long way since it switched to Android as a smartphone operating system. The Xperia Mini is a great example of this, and is one of the smallest and neatest touchscreen handsets currently on sale. With a 2.55-inch touchscreen, it truly stands out from the crowd.
Samsung Galaxy GioAnother budget Android handset, the Samsung Gio features a compact 3.2-inch touchscreen display. With features including 3G/HSDPA, Wi-Fi and an 800MHz processor, you’ll be able to browse the web at speed, and it’s a great budget handset for mobile entertainment.
LG Optimus One P500A smartphone in the mould of the HTC Wildfire, the LG Optimus One P500 offers a compact and stylish entry to smartphone ownership. It runs Android 2.2, has a 600MHz processor, and other features include turn-by-turn navigation via Google Maps
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