Four of the best phones under £150

Four of the best phones under £150There’s an ever-growing army of phones - not just phones but smartphones - below the £150 mark, with at least three hands required to count recent sub-£150 mobile deals.

Here we’re focusing on the £100-150 range, with four very different phones from four very different manufacturers.

Needless to say, if you've any recommendations, or if I've missed anything obvious, feel free to chime in below. But remember: this is specifically £100-150; I'll be back soon(ish) with Five of the best mobile phones under £100.

In the meantime, how shall we do this? Price: high to low? You got it!

Four of the best phones under £150Nokia Lumia 735

Display: 4.7in 720p

Other specs: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 6.7MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, 8GB expandable storage, Windows Phone 8.1

Pros: 4G compatibility, 5MP “selfie” camera, available in several bright colours, it’s not an Android phone

Price: There are a few ways to grab the Nokia Lumia 735. Over @ Carphone Warehouse, it’s £149.95 for new PAYG customers, with an obligatory £10 top-up on Orange, T-Mobile or Vodafone.

Similarly, the Nokia Lumia 735 is £149.99 @ Three Mobile, with a £10 minimum top-up taking you to £159.99 total.

Alternatively, the Nokia Lumia 735 is £129.95 as a Carphone Warehouse PAYG upgrade (terms here).

Four of the best phones under £150Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

Display: 4.3in 540 x 960

Other specs: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, 8GB expandable storage, Android KitKat

Pros: fairly small (in a world where 4.3in phones were once considered MASSIVE), the 8MP rear camera, 4G compatibility, it has the most RAM of the phones on our list (1.5GB vs. 1GB)

Price: £129.99 @ Three Mobile including £10 PAYG credit

Four of the best phones under £150Motorola Moto G 4G LTE

Display: 4.5in 720p

Other specs: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 8GB expandable storage (the first-gen Moto G didn't have microSD, incidentally), Android KitKat

Pros: near-stock Android, should receive the Android Lollipop update fairly quickly, 4G compatibility

Price: The Motorola Moto G 4G LTE is currently down from £135 to £125 @ Tesco Direct. New customers can use code TDX-7KPG to save a further £10.

Four of the best phones under £150LG L90

Display: 4.7in 540 x 960

Other specs: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, 8GB expandable storage, Android KitKat

Pros: solid build, big IPS display, 5MP front camera

Price: £109.99 including £10 Virgin Mobile PAYG credit @ Virgin Media

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6 comments

SpeedyG  Nov. 20, 2014 at 23:02

Disappointing that two big manufacturers like LG and Samsung cannot make a 720p capable phone for that price in this day and age.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 21, 2014 at 00:44

I bet in day to day use the under-£150 phones from 18 months ago aren't much worse...
http://www.mobot.net/smartphones-150-55461 And most of them can be had for under £80 now :D

SpeedyG  Nov. 21, 2014 at 02:09

^That maybe so, but the Moto E killed them by going for 45 large ones at Vodafone recently. Stone dead.

I'd rather go for a 2nd hand Moto G for under £80 Jan.. (I'm not biased at all with my Moto G 4G intow :D)

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 21, 2014 at 02:17

^That maybe so, but the Moto E killed them by going for 45 large ones at Vodafone recently. Stone dead.

I'd rather go for a 2nd hand Moto G for under £80 Jan.. (I'm not biased at all with my Moto G 4G intow :D)


Yeah, me too :D

But not that much has happened in the (lower) mid-range... Or am I too cynical?

SpeedyG  Nov. 21, 2014 at 02:30

It depends how much you follow the market. Year on year there's always has been bargains around this price (Remember the mighty Orange San Francisco? HTC Wildfire?) and what usually happens the same mistakes happen everytime in which the sequel never lives up to the great original (Unless the original was pants or a no-show to begin with).

It's different strokes for different folks. But many have found these phones nowadays can do tasks just as well as flagships without much slowdown. Which is probably why more expensive phones in no-mans land in between struggle to sell till a big price drops occurs. (See Windows phones.)

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 21, 2014 at 02:33

All true.
If I hadn't such a thing for a good camera in my phone, I would use something with good battery performance that can be used with one hand to fire off a quick text on the go. That'd be it.

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