Best cheap Android phones in handy round-up video

Looking for a Google-powered mobile on the cheap? You've come to the right spot, pal.

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Want a brand new smart phone but don't have £500 to splurge on the latest technological marvel? We sympathise. But take heart, because these days there are some cracking mobiles available to bargain-hunters. Click play on the video above to see five recent Android smart phones that can be yours for under £150.

When shopping for a cheap smart phone, there are a few things you'll want to keep an eye out for.

One of the most important is screen resolution -- 480x800 is a reasonable pixel count for a bargain blower, but a lower resolution than this could lead to blurry icons and cluttered on-screen action, so be aware.

It's also wise to find a phone that offers expandable storage via a microSD card. This'll let you bump up the on-board capacity, making room for music, photos, videos and the like. Some phones don't let you install apps onto a removable card, so check how much usable space there is on the phone if you're planning on downloading bulky game apps, for instance.

A dual-core processor with a clock speed of over 1GHz will help keep the operation of the phone pacy, and keep an eye out for a recent version of Android too, as this will minimise the risk of finding apps that aren't compatible with your smart phone.

Most importantly, nothing beats actually wrapping your digits around a phone and making your own mind up, so get down to a phone shop and try some mobiles out for yourself, or borrow a mate's and see if it tickles your fancy.

Don't forget -- if you can't find any Android phones that you like, you may want to examine a cheap Windows Phone like the Nokia Lumia 520 or Lumia 620 .

Have you found a bargain phone you're pleased with? Stick your buying advice in the comments for the benefit of fellow Internet wayfarers, or have your say on our Facebook wall.

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Luke Westaway is a senior editor at CNET and writer/ presenter of Adventures in Tech, a thrilling gadget show produced in our London office. Luke's focus is on keeping you in the loop with a mix of video, features, expert opinion and analysis.

 

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