At first they were used only by people with money. Now, they can be bought by almost any user. Obviously, it's about Smartphone's. Smartphone's have been cheapened so much that they became a mass phenomenon that rightly began to pose a threat to the existence of so-called feature-phones.

10. Samsung Galaxy Gio - $230
Samsung Galaxy Gio is equipped with a screen of 3.2" and resolution of 320 x 480 and has the most powerful processor in the ranking, the unit being clocked at 800 MHz. 158 MB internal memory expandable via microSD cards and 3G connectivity (with download speeds up to 7.2 Mbps), Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPRS, Bluetooth and microUSB. Has 3 MP camera and operating system Google Android 2.3 Gingerbeard.

09. Nokia C5-03 - $220
The few remaining fans of Symbian are able to choose a Nokia C5-03, equipped with Symbian OS 9.4. With a display of 3.2" that offers a resolution of 640 × 360 pixels, but internal memory is limited to only 40 MB. Connectivity is provided by 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS, Bluetooth 2.1 and microUSB, the camera has a resolution of 5 MP and GPS system comes with Nokia Maps.

08. Samsung I5800 Galaxy 3 - $220
Samsung has a wide offer of cheap phones with touch screen, and the model Galaxy 3 is one of them, offering a display of 3.0" with the unusual resolution of 240 × 400 pixels. Connectivity is provided by 3G (with download speeds of 3.6 Mbps), Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPRS, Bluetooth 2.1 and microUSB and has 3 MP camera.

07. Sony Ericsson W8 - $215
Audiophiles will be pleased to discover a model in the Sony Ericsson Walkman range, with the name of W8. It relies on a display of 3" with a diagonal of 320 x 480 pixels, ARM11 processor clocked at 600 MHz and 128 MB internal memory plus microSD card slot. The phone knows 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS, Bluetooth and microUSB and has a 3.2 MP camera with geo-tagging functions via GPS. The operating system is Google Android 2.1 Eclair.

06. Allview Alldro P1 dual-SIM - $215
Although it has a large display of 3.5" and 320 x 480 pixel resolution, the phone relies on an ARM9 processor with only 416 MHz, accompanied by 256 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM. In addition, there is no 3G, only Wi-Fi, GPRS and EDGE and has 5 MP camera. The operating system is Google Android 2.2 Froyo.

05. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro - $210
Sony Ericsson makes its presence felt also in this price segment with Xperia X10 Mini Pro model that comes with a QWERTY keyboard. The TFT screen of 2.55 MP provides a resolution of 240 × 320 pixels, internal memory of 128 MP and can be extended by microSD cards. Otherwise, technical facilities are already classics: 600 MHz processor, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS, Bluetooth and microUSB.

04. Galaxy Mini Samsung S5570 - $190
A cheap Smartphone is Samsung Galaxy Mini, which offers the advantage of a slightly higher TFT with a diagonal of 3.14", but with a resolution limited to 320 x 240 pixels. And this phone is doing well on the hardware, it has a frequency of 600 MHz processor, 164 MB internal memory expandable through microSD and a 3-megapixel camera in addition to GPS.

03. Fire Motorola XT311 - $180
Motorola is found among the cheapest phones with a QWERTY keyboard, display 2.8" and the resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. Powered by a Qualcomm 600 MHz processor and 256 MB RAM, the Smartphone is connected to the internet via 3G, Wi-Fi and GPRS, and the local file transfer is provided by Bluetooth 2.1 and microUSB. Other features include GPS and 3.15 MP camera.

02. Samsung I5500 Galaxy 5 - $145
Samsung and offers the Galaxy 5 for about $145. Based on the famous line of phones in Corby, Galaxy 5 comes with a TFT display of 2.8" which offers a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels (less adapted for Google Android), plus a frequency of 600 MHz processor. The operating system is Google Android 2.1 Eclair and there is little hope that it will receive an official update later.

01. LG Optimus ME P350 - $140
It is possible that it is the cheapest Smartphone out there, LG proposes a model of Optimus that features a wide diagonal TFT display of 2.8" which offers a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. Connectivity is provided via 3G (with download speeds up to 7.2 Mbps), Wi-Fi b/g, GPRS, Bluetooth 2.1 and microUSB port with 140 MB internal memory expandable via microSD cards up to 32GB. It has a 3 MP camera and is using Google Android OS 2.2 Froyo.


The touch screens mentioned above are fantastic phones if you want to get with the latest technology at a more reasonably price than forking out for a top of the range model. They’re smaller and more compact and may not be as slick as say an iPhone 4 but you can save money with the low price points and by getting a SIM-only instead of a mobile contract. As the phones are unlocked to any network you can also have more freedom and interchange SIMs if you need to.

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  1. Eric // November 15, 2011 at 6:51 PM  

    I have using Sony Ericsson w8 for a long time. It has lots of advantages and useful features. And it's design is just great! Much better than some of this overpriced "black bricks".

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