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Best cheap phones 2017: we name the top 7 cheap smartphones

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If you know what you're doing, you can get a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to smartphones. Here, we pick out the handsets that look good in the hand and go easy on your pocket.

1) BLU Life Max

BLU Life Max

The BLU Life Max costs just £109.99, making it significantly cheaper than lots of rival handsets that have similar features.

Incredibly for the price, the phone boasts a rear fingerprint scanner, a curved glass display and a traditional headphone jack. It also comes with a respectable 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter. Both cameras have an LED flash so you can carry on taking photos after dark.

The BLU Life Max also has a powerful 3700 mAh battery. To put this into perspective, it’s significantly bigger than the iPhone 7’s 2900 mAh battery and the Galaxy S7’s 3000 mAh battery.

This means that the battery can survive at least two days of heavy usage before you have to recharge it and it can last for weeks on standby.

Despite the budget price, this phone actually comes with a bunch of extras in the box. In addition to the handset and charger, you also get a screen protector, a pair of earphones and a phone case.

Buy the BLU Life Max.

2) Nokia 3310 2017 (£49.99)

Nokia 3310 4 colours hero image

If you hark back to simpler days when mobile phones were purely for calls and texts, you'll no doubt have fond memories of your old Nokia phone.

Luckily, Nokia has recently brought out an upgraded version of its classic 3310 phone. And with a reassuringly familiar keypad, a month-long battery life and the ability to survive being dropped down the stairs, it has all the best features of the original.

This year's model now has a colour screen, a very basic camera and even a web browser. It only supports 2.5G, so it’s pretty slow by modern standards, but should be just about enough to check the football scores.

You can get the new Nokia 3310 from EE or Vodafone.

3) Motorola Moto G5

motorola moto g5

If you're looking for a smartphone without spending a fortune, you won't go far wrong with the Moto G5.

For your money, you'll get a strudy smartphone with a full HD screen, a 13-megapixel camera and a fingerprint scanner. You'll also get the latest version of Android and a generous 16GB of storage.

Take a look at our best Moto G5 deals.

4) iPhone SE

iPhone SE hero

Right now you can pick up Apple's compact handset for £21.50 per month on iD Mobile, with nothing to pay upfront (Total cost: £516 over two years). That gets you 500 mins and 5,000 texts per month, plus 500MB of data.

Need more data? Affordable Mobiles is offering the SE on EE for a shade more at £23.49 per month, once again with no upfront charge.

Total cost is £563.75, which entitles you to 1GB of data per month, as well as 750 mins and unlimited texts.

Check out our best iPhone SE deals.

5) Motorola Moto G4

Motorola G4

When we put it to the test earlier this year, we said the Moto G4 is one of the best cheap phones around. And nothing's come along since to make us change our mind.

We love its simple-to-use Android software, large 3,000mAh battery and generously proportioned 5.5-inch 1080p display. And the 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel cameras aren't bad either.

Pick one up off-contract for less than £160 here.

6) Wileyfox Storm

Wileyfox Storm

Unless you're an avid reader of technology blogs, it's possible you haven't heard of Wileyfox. But if the British-owned phone-maker keeps on making handsets as good as this, they won't be a secret for much longer.

Lauded for its keen price point of just under £190 and for the highly customisable Cyanogen Mod version of Android it's powered by, the Smart was also praised for its hefty, removable 2,500mAh battery, 20-megapixel rear camera and crisp 5.5-inch screen.

Find the Wileyfox Storm here.

7) Microsoft Lumia 650

Lumia 650

A good choice if you fancy a break from Android, the Lumia 560 feels pretty premium in your hand. And the spec sheet, which takes in a 5-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 212 processor, 16GB of storage, isn't bad either.

We've got the Windows Phone-powered Lumia 650 from £10 per month on TalkMobile, with nothing to pay upfront and allowances of 1GB of data, 5,000 texts and 500 minutes. That spells a total outlay of £225 over two years.

Compare Lumia 650 deals here.

Found the phone you want? Grab a great SIM-only deal here.

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