The price is right

When it comes to cheap, good phones, we're living in a world of plenty. Costs have dropped and software is getting better, which means that inexpensive phones with last year's parts (or parts from the year before) are still going to serve you well.

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Samsung Galaxy J3

Price: $110-$180; £140 (8GB version); AU$330

Sold globally, the Samsung Galaxy J3 is a solid Android phone that handles well without much fuss.

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Microsoft Lumia 650

Price: $200; £160; converts to AU$265

The aluminum- framed Microsoft Lumia 650 has a nice metal frame and Windows 10 software, the company's latest operating system.

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Huawei Honor 5X

Price: $200; converts to £135 and AU$265

For its low price, the 5.5-inch Huawei Honor 5X's aluminum build and fingerprint sensor are unexpected bonuses.

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ZTE ZMax 2

Price: $100 (US only)

If you're after sharp calls and a large screen, you can't get lower than the 5.5-inch ZTE ZMax 2, which sells with AT&T.

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Motorola Moto G4

Price: £169; converts to converts to $250 and AU$330

A long-time favorite of ours, this year's Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus update the budget phone's specs, from the camera to the processor.

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Sony Xperia XA

Price: $280; converts to £190 and AU$370

Sony is angling for another low-cost hit with its Xperia XA, a 5-inch phone that runs Android 6.0 and has a 13-megapixel camera.

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Blu Vivo 5

Price: $200; coverts to £135 and AU$265

Dual SIM-card slots, an aluminum build and a 13-megapixel camera balance out the Android 5.1 operating system of the unlocked, seriously affordable Blu Vivo 5.

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