We round up the best affordable 4G smartphones you can buy in the UK in 2015, from £150 right down to just £49.
The EE Rook is the cheapest 4G phone we’ve played with, making it a good choice for festivals and as backup to your main handset. The dinky 4-inch screen is rather ugly and the 5-megapixel camera is dire, but the Rook is still a decent and nippy web browser.
Check out our full EE Rook review
Vodafone Smart Prime 6 (£79)
At £79 the Vodafone Smart Prime 6 is remarkably pretty damn good. You get an HD screen and of course full 4G support so you can stream and enjoy movies, plus an 8-megapixel camera that’s great for the price. The occasional judder aside, this is an excellent Android handset.
Read our full Vodafone Smart Prime 6 review.
EE Harrier Mini (£99)
EE impressed us greatly with last year’s Kestrel, a £100 4G handset packing a great screen and reliable performance. This year EE is back with the Harrier Mini, packing the same price as the Kestrel but a slightly bigger 4.7-inch screen. You still get HD visuals and now full Android 5.0 Lollipop, as well as EE’s WiFi calling feature. However, the design is rather chunky and performance is a little stuttery.
Read our full EE Harrier Mini review.
Motorola Moto E (2015 edition) (£109)
Motorola knows how to do solid all-round affordable phones and the new Moto E, which has 4G support built in, is another winner. The 4.5-inch Android Lollipop handset sports a funky changeable colour band so you can alter the look to suit your mood, while the Snapdragon 410 processor keeps things running smoothly. Only the basic 5-megapixel camera is a bit of a let-down.
Read our full Motorola Moto E review.
Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 (£125)
Vodafone’s second entry in this list is the Smart Ultra 6, which at £125 is the new king of amazing value. A solid 13-megapixel camera, glorious 1080p screen and silky smooth performance make this one of the best affordable phones around, and a great 4G handset.
Read our full Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 review
LG Spirit (£129)
Fresh from its success with the premium G4, LG has also just released the more affordable Spirit, which packs 4G and solid mid range specs – including an 8-megapixel camera – for £129. The Spirit also boasts LG’s snazzy Android overlay, including features such as the handy Knock Code for keeping out criminal types.
Check out our full LG Spirit review.
Microsoft Lumia 640 (£150 for LTE model)
The first truly great Lumia under the Microsoft banner, the Lumia 640 offers impressive battery life, a crisp 720p screen and a surprisingly dependable camera packed with great manual controls. Not to mention the user-friendly Windows Phone OS, which is better suited to smartphone noobs than the Android devices here.
Read our full Microsoft Lumia 640 review.
Huawei Ascend G7 (£150)
The Ascend G7 might be quite chunky and feature a quirky interface, but the high-def screen produces sharp, attractive images and the camera is both fast and flexible, taking good photos in a range of conditions. You also get excellent battery life, great news if you’re always on the move.
Read our full Huawei Ascend G7 review.