Do You Really Need an Expensive Smartphone?

SmartphoneSmartphones are big business in the UK, with 16.4 per cent of all online traffic being generated by mobile browsing this year, according to the Guardian.

Figures from Ofcom suggest that while internet access on portable devices is growing in popularity, millions of people still rely on SMS texts to stay in touch, with the average person sending 50 each and every week.

This dichotomy between modern and legacy functionality poses an interesting question about mobiles in general and smartphones in particular. Do you need to spend hundreds of pounds on a range-topping model that you are only going to use for texting and social networking, or should you save your money and get something a bit more affordable that can fulfil exactly the same functions?

If buying a mobile is threatening to drain your bank balance, you might want to say “thanks giffgaff love the new feature” right now as this network provider has created a fresh way to work out which mobile handset is best for you.

But what affordable models are actually up to the task of still being smart and desirable without leaving your finances in disarray?

This may not be as powerful as the flagship HTC One, but the One SV does have one crucial feature that makes it worth buying, which is its 4G connectivity.

Getting online at superfast speeds will allow you to upload photos, send tweets, stream video and generally make the most of the internet without worrying about long loading times.

In spite of its affordability, you also get neat features such as a 4.3 inch screen, 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and a five-megapixel camera. It is a well-designed device costing less than £200 that ticks all the boxes.

Find the HTC One here

Nokia Lumia 620

The Lumia 620 comes in a range of colours and features the Windows Phone 8 operating system, with enough power under the skin to keep everything running quickly and efficiently.

It has a bigger screen than its popular sibling, the Lumia 520, so if you want a less cramped mobile experience it could be a good choice, whether on pay as you go or as part of a contract.

Sony Xperia SP

Sony brings a touch of class to the budget end of the mobile market, with the Xperia SP boasting a high-quality design and that all-important 4G connectivity that makes the HTC One SV so attractive.

The presence of an eight-megapixel camera will impress photography fans and it runs the latest version of the Android operating system with Sony’s array of interface tweaks sitting on top.

More on the Sony Xperia SP can be found here

BlackBerry Z10

If you want a flagship smartphone for a bargain-basement price then the Z10 from BlackBerry is a good choice. Since its introduction at the beginning of the year it has not sold in the numbers that the manufacturer was hoping, leading to major discounts.

With a 4.2 inch HD screen, dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and the BB 10 operating system, it is a great phone for business users and consumers alike.

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