Buying a smartphone used to be an expensive commitment. Though the Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy SIII battle for the crownof must have smartphone for 2012, there’s still a vast range of affordable entry level smartphones that offer the latest tech at a fraction of the cost.
With over 900,000 Android smartphones now activated daily, the best budget smartphones play a huge contribution to this forever increasing figure. Accessible, affordable and incredible by design, our best budget smartphones for 2012 guide proves that you really can get the latest features for next to nothing. Why pay more? Here’s our opinions on the best budget smartphones for 2012.
HTC Desire C
As the HTC One series packs an all-star team of premium handsets, 2012 also sees the revival of the budget smartphone range with the HTC Desire C. Sporting a 3.5 inch display, the HTC Desire C has the same screen size as an Apple iPhone 4S.
With integrated Beats Audio technology, the audio of your favourite music tracks, YouTube video content, and addictive games just got better! Hear thicker bass lines and more intricate sound layers; the way the artist intended you to appreciate their music. It’s one of the many media features of the HTC One X, that have been passed down into their best budget smartphone yet!
With built in NFC, the HTC Desire C lets you experience faster file transfer speeds with friends. With the option of contactless payments, and the ability to interact with your world like never before, the NFC features of the HTC Desire C are proof that the best budget smartphones for 2012 are preloaded with premium technology.
Sony Xperia U
For those who love life with a splash of colour, the Sony Xperia U offers the rainbow within our next budget smartphone for 2012. The fashionable, minimalistic design comes to life with its transparent LED illuminated strip which resonates to the most dominant colour on the 3.5 inch Reality Display. You can replace the base cap to a more striking colour such as pink or yellow to help you shout your style.
Don’t be fooled though, the Sony Xperia U is far from a gimmicky distraction of colour. The baby of the Sony NXT series for 2012 packs a powerful 1GHz dual core processor; meaning the Sony Xperia U has the same display size and processor speed as an Apple iPhone 4S for a fraction of the price! With scheduled Android Ice Cream Sandwich updates planned for the Sony Xperia U, the handset is up to date and gives you access to the best from Google Play. As with all Sony NXT series handsets, the Sony Xperia U comes with 6 month subscription to the Sony Entertainment Network, so you access to over 15 million audio tracks and 80,000 videos on the Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited services. And offering a 5 megapixel camera like the HTC Desire C, the Sony Xperia U goes one step further to bring you High Definition video record.
BlackBerry Curve 9320
BlackBerry’s sole UK release for 2012 and the last of our best budget smartphones, aims to capture the hearts of first time smartphone buyers and those seeking an upgrade from a previous Curve model such as the BlackBerry 8520. The BlackBerry Curve 9320 was built to be sociable. It has a dedicated BBM key located on the side of the handset to help immerse yourself within the BlackBerry Messenger services instantly. With 3G + Wi-Fi internet, the BlackBerry Curve 9320 gives you healthy internet speeds when you’re on the go.
Running the latest BlackBerry 7.1 OS, the handset made by Research in Motion, provides a smoother and more accessible navigation to previous models. There’s even a built in battery saving app that lets you control your power output by adjusting screen brightness, 3G connectivity and more when your battery drains to a lower limit set by you; extremely useful if you’re going to be out the house for a while.
From the above best budget smartphones, there’s clear evidence that the leading manufacturers are branching out to the first time smartphone buyer with a range of affordable easy to use handsets.
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