Best cheap mobile phones for 2013
Huawei Ascend P1
The Huawei Ascend P1 is the Chinese firm’s first big play in Europe, and this Android phone makes a strong first impression. Its 8.9mm thickness makes it slimmer than most of its rivals, and its 110g weight is lighter than even the iPhone 5. Despite those slimline statistics, build quality doesn’t suffer – this is a surprisingly sturdy phone.
The 4.3in screen uses Super AMOLED technology, and its 540 x 960 resolution is a cut above the screens included on most of the other devices in this group.
The TI OMAP processor is middle-of-the-road in benchmarks – but Android didn’t feel sluggish. Battery life is great: the Huawei’s result of 70% in our 24-hour run-down test is better than most smartphones in this end of the market.
With its better quality screen and sturdy build, the Huawei is a better option than the Samsung when it comes to budget Android smartphones.
Motorola Razr i
The Motorola Razr i is the first phone to include one of Intel’s Medfield-based Atom processor, and the single-core, 2GHz chip inside the Razr had enough grunt to make Android feel slick throughout our tests.
The single-core chip had a big impact on battery life, too. The Razr had 76% of its capacity remaining after our 24-hour run-down test, which is the best result of any phone in this group.
The AMOLED panel is bright without hitting the retina-searing heights of other handsets, and it’s all wrapped up in a solid package – we like the exposed screws and Kevlar rear, and the Razr feels as if it’s built to last.
If battery life is of prime importance, then go for the Motorola – no other phone at this end of the market can match its longevity.