If there is one gift that everyone would be happy to find under their tree this Christmas, it has to be a smartphone. The number of smartphones in use is constantly climbing, with everyone from teenagers to grandparents finding them useful and convenient pieces of technology. Whether you want to check email on the go, look up price comparisons while shopping in store, or just play games and make use of other apps while out and about, a smartphone is ideal.

However, the latest top of the line smartphones can be pretty expensive. It’s no use giving someone a smartphone that they will be afraid to ever take out of the house, and you might just not have the budget to afford the very latest iPhone as a gift. Thankfully, there are a number of very functional and impressive smartphones available at lower prices. While not the most high-end offering they are much more affordable. Here are a few good options that all cost £150 or less.

The Lumia 710


The Lumia 710 is a Windows Phone, and can be found for around £150 in stores. As it is not Android or Apple based, there are not as many awesome apps as you could get with a Samsung Galaxy or iPhone, but the processor is very fast and can well handle the apps that are available.

The BlackBerry Curve 9320


Ideal for those who prefer a physical keyboard the BlackBerry Curve 9320 is a very cheap BlackBerry. Compared to other smartphones it has a small screen, but the free BBM messenger service and keypad may make up for it with habitual texters. It’s available for around £100 from various retailers.

The HTC Desire C


Well designed and attractive the HTC Desire C is an Android phone, with many apps to choose from. A 600MHz processor isn’t the fastest in the world, and it has a lower screen resolution than more high end offerings but it is a very functional smartphone. Costing around £100 it’s a good choice for those that want a wide range of apps to download.

The LG Optimus L3


While a very basic model, you can’t really ask very much for a price that’s under £70. The phone looks good, and while the features are lower it will do the basics of allowing internet browsing on the move.

If you know that they have set their hearts on something more high-end, or you know they would get a lot more use out of a smartphone with more functions and better technology, there is no need to despair. You can get a much more advanced smartphone at a low price by choosing a refurbished option. Given how often many people trade in a smartphone for the next version up there are many very recent refurbished smartphones available from retailers like E2Save, at a significant discount compared to their price in store.

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