If you’re on a very tight budget and want a fully functional smartphone for under £100, we have a few recommendations for you. The following mobiles are all surprisingly affordable, feature-packed Android handsets.
Some of the latest Android smartphones come with a seriously steep asking price, but that doesn’t mean you need a second mortgage just to stay connected. It’s perfectly possible to find a respectable Android handset for under £100, even in 2018.
Here’s a selection of our favourite sub-£100 smartphones that can be picked up SIM-free in the UK right now.
Vodafone Smart N8
Vodafone has long impressed us with its ‘Smart’ range of mobile phones. These handsets tend to cost less than most rival blowers, yet still pack plenty of smarts (as the name implies). That includes crisp HD displays, strong performance for the price and excellent battery life.
The older Smart Prime 7 from Vodafone is still one of the best smartphones you’ll get for under a hundred quid in the UK, thanks to its impressive specs and satisfying user experience. However, the newer Smart N8 from 2017 can be picked up from the UK network for just £85 on Pay-As-You-Go. And for that low price you once again get some impressive specs and premium features including a fingerprint sensor.
Dedicated parental controls make the N8 a solid choice for parents too, looking for a handset that their kids can use safely.
Check out our Smart N8 review.
Alcatel A3 Plus
The Alcatel A3 Plus is a 5.5-inch mobile with a 720p HD screen, which should suit anyone who wants to stream some YouTube or Netflix on the go. That display is pretty good for the price, while the rest of the specs are just as respectable.
An 8-megapixel rear camera captures decent looking everyday snaps, while the 5-megapixel front-facing camera boasts an LED flash. Android Nougat runs smoothly enough, although as with the other affordable phones here, performance is limited.
Check out the A3 Plus in action in our unboxing and hands-on review video below.
LG K4 2017
This 5-inch Android phone from LG is pretty basic as far as specs go, but you can pick it up for just £99 here in the UK right now.
A 2500mAh battery will keep you going at least all day on a single charge, while the microSD memory card slot can be used to expand the modest 8GB of on-board storage. A 5-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera can be used to capture simple everyday shots, as well as HD video on demand.
LG’s K series family of phones is getting pretty big, so go check out our full comparison to see how they stack up.
Wileyfox Spark Plus
A crisp £100 note gets you this budget blower from British brand Wileyfox. It’s a 5-inch device sporting a rather good 720p HD screen, plus a pleasingly compact design. You get a very simple 13-megapixel camera for your everyday snaps (as well as a 8-megapixel selfie snapper), but other areas such as the relatively smooth performance help to make the Spark Plus a dependable and affordable handset for basic use.
What’s more, Wileyfox’s new Add-X scheme means you can grab yourself a Spark Plus for just £70 these days. The catch? You’ll see an advert every time you unlock your phone. Not a bad price to pay, given those ads are tailored to meet your personal interests.