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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 even parts from the year before) are still going to serve you well. Here are the top cheap phones we love.

Editors' note: This gallery was originally published in November 2014, and is updated frequently.

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Motorola Moto G6

Price: $249, £219 and AU$399

The Moto G6 has a near-stock version of Android Oreo, good dual-rear cameras, fast charging and a sleek design. And while its battery doesn't last as long as last year's Moto G5 or G5 Plus, it's still a great value with a decent battery life.

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Apple iPhone SE

Price: $349, £349 and AU$549

Even with its lowered price, the iPhone SE is the priciest phone on the list. But it's the cheapest iPhone Apple has ever sold, and it's still a great phone. Its small, pocketable design makes it comfortable in the hand, and with a 128GB storage option, it can hold a bunch of your photos and content. Be warned, though, Apple is rumored to release an iPhone SE 2 sequel soon.

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Motorola Moto G6 Play

Price: $199, £169, AU$329

Unlike the previous Moto G6, the Moto G6 Play has more than a decent battery life -- it has an excellent battery life and a smaller price tag. It also features a 5.7-inch screen, an octa-core processor and a splashproof design.

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Nokia 6 (2018)

Price: $260-$270 (depending on retailer), £229 and AU$399

Though it may not be as swanky as Nokia's 8 Sirocco flagship, the Nokia 6 from 2018 is still a great value. It has a 5.5-inch screen, a Snapdragon 630 chipset and a 16-megapixel camera. The phone is available in the US, UK and Australia and is a good deal wherever you buy it.

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Huawei Honor 9 Lite

Price: $220 and £180, converts to AU$295

The Honor 9 Lite doesn't seem to have any of the usual compromises you'd expect when getting a budget phone. That being said, we love its elegant blue design, expansive 5.6-inch display and four(!) cameras.

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Nokia 1

Price: Estimated to go for $85, £60 or AU$110

As Nokia's cheapest phone from its MWC 2018 lineup, the Nokia 1 also runs Android One like ZTE's Tempo Go and has a plastic design. But don't let that deter you as it comes in some stylish colors, and it has a removable battery, two SIM-card slots and expandable storage.

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Alcatel Idol 5S

Price: $280 (or $200 with Amazon-sponsored ads), converts to £215 and AU$355

The Idol 5S has a premium build, amazing speakers and a fingerprint reader -- all while being affordable. Just be cautious that its battery life isn't so stellar. At 7 hours and 48 minutes, it's the shortest run time we logged from any phone in the past two years.

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