Best budget smartphone of 2013 so far...

With the economy as it is today, it’s hardly surprising that we’re having to tighten our belts when it comes to spending. But being on a budget doesn’t necessarily mean compromising on quality, style or performance, especially when it comes to mobile phones.

So here is our line-up for the title of best budget smartphone 2013 so far…

Nokia Lumia 520

From £11!

Our first best budget smartphone is the Nokia Lumia 520- yet another colourful smartphone that makes up part of Nokia’s Lumia range. Sporting the vibrant Windows 8 operating system, the Lumia 520 is a fun phone that ticks all the boxes as far as budget smartphones are concerned; surf the internet, send texts, make calls and browse all your favourite social media sites with ease.

With a 4 inch display, the Nokia Lumia 520 is slightly bigger than most budget smartphones, and measures the same as the iPhone 5’s screen.

Do you want to join the Windows Phone club? The Nokia Lumia 520 can be found in red, white, black, blue and yellow, and costs just £129.95 SIM-free, with Nokia Lumia 520 deals starting from just £11/month.

Sony Xperia U

From £10.50!

The Sony Xperia U is a great all-round smartphone which just so happens to be pretty affordable too.

The Xperia U is essentially a cheaper version of last year’s flagship, the Xperia T, or James Bond phone as it is otherwise known. Similarly to the Nokia Lumia 520 above, the Xperia U is offered with a variety of coloured strips at the base of the phone, from white and black, to pink and yellow.

The phone has a 5 megapixel camera which doesn’t take a bad photo, and what’s more, when you flit through your photo gallery, the light-up strip on the bottom of the device changes colour to match the dominant hue in the photograph. Clever!

The Sony Xperia U can be found for £149.95 for a SIM-free handset, and the best deals start from £10.50 per month, with 30 minutes, 500 texts and 100MB of data.

Which colour is your favourite out of the Sony Xperia U range?   and let us know!

Samsung Galaxy Ace

From £7!

The Samsung Galaxy Ace might have been around for a while now, but it doesn’t mean it’s not one of the best budget smartphones around.

Matching the somewhat familiar design of most Samsung phones, the Samsung Galaxy Ace has a smooth, compact appearance, and its Android interface screams simplicity- perfect for first time smartphone users.

The Samsung Galaxy Ace offers much the same features; a 5 megapixel camera, a built-in FM radio and access to all of Google’s apps.

Samsung Galaxy Ace deals can be sought for just £7/month with 50 minutes, 100 texts and 250 megabytes of data. If you would rather opt for a SIM-free handset of the Samsung Galaxy Ace, it’ll only set you back £89.95.

HTC Desire C

From £7.50!

In many ways the HTC Desire C is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Ace above. With an identical 3.5 screen and smooth rounded design, the HTC Desire C offers much the same in the way of specs and features.

It has a simple interface which makes texting, calling and internet browsing a doddle, and its dimensions mean that you’re not carrying round a giant device like with so many top of the range phones.

For £11 per month you can get a HTC Desire C with 50 minutes, unlimited texts and 100 megabytes of data. Alternatively, you can get the HTC Desire C SIM-free for less than £124.

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Huawei Ascend W1

Huawei might be a little-known manufacturer in the word of mobile phones, but it is one that’s on the cards to make it big this year. The Chinese company has been known for its range of budget smartphones which sport impressive specs, and the Huawei Ascend W1 is one of these.

The Huawei Ascend W1 only released in January this year, so is more recent than some of the models mentioned above. It features a 4 inch screen, a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and an impressive dual-core 1.2GHz processor, which is almost double the power of the HTC Desire C above.

Similarly to the Nokia Lumia 520, the Huawei Ascend W1 is also available in a variety of colours, including black, white, red and blue, and can be found for as little as £11/month. Which colour would you choose?

Best budget smartphone of 2013 so far...

So there you have it: our top list for the title of best budget smartphones 2013. Are there any phones that should be considered the best budget smartphone of 2013? Tell us via Facebook, Twitter and Google+, or to post a comment! 

Written by Charlotte Kertrestel

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Handset Mins, Texts, Data & Monthly Cost
Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830
100 mins, Unlimited texts, 1000 MB data
£18.99 a month - £10.66 after cashback
24 months on T-Mobile
Handset Mins, Texts, Data & Monthly Cost
SIM Only SIM Card
100 mins, Unlimited texts, 100 MB data
£9.00 a month - £3.75 after cashback
12 months on O2
SIM Only nano-SIM
100 mins, Unlimited texts, 100 MB data
£9.00 a month - £3.75 after cashback
12 months on O2
SIM Only SIM Card
100 mins, 100 texts, 100 MB data
£4.80 first month
1 month on POP Telecom
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