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Christmas Gift Guide

The price is right

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Alcatel Idol 5S

Nokia 6

iPhone SE

Motorola Moto G5

ZTE Blade V8 Pro

Huawei Honor 6X

Motorola Moto E4

ZTE Max XL

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 on November 2014, and is updated frequently.

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Price: $229 (or $185 with Amazon-sponsored ads), £249, AU$300

Though US users will have to miss out on its NFC capabilities, the splash-resistant Moto G5 Plus has a near stock version of Android Nougat, a good camera and video, and a metal build -- and it's extremely kind to your wallet.

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

The Idol 5S has a premium build, amazing speakers, a fingerprint reader and it runs Android Nougat -- 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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Price: $180 with Amazon-sponsored ads. €229, converts to £195 and AU$315

With an elegant design and an affordable price, the Nokia 6 features a 5.5-inch screen, a 15-megapixel camera and a fingerprint sensor. Just know that its underwhelming processor make the phone a bit sluggish to use.

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Price: $349, £349 and AU$549

Even with its new 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.

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Price: £170, converts to $220 and AU$289 (not sold in the US)

We always expect great budget phones from Lenovo's Motorola G line and the Moto G5 is no exception. Though it has a dim screen and a less-than-impressive battery life, the G5 is cheap, packs a full-HD screen, good cameras and enough power for your everyday essentials.

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Price: $230 (US only)

Another US-only phone from ZTE, the Blade V8 Pro Blade V8 Proimpressed us with its large fun dual cameras and long battery life (it lasted 14 hours during our drainage test). It also features a fingerprint reader, dual-SIM capabilities and NFC.

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Price: $250 or £225

We're not too keen on the Honor 6X's older version of Android and its laggy performance from time to time. But the phone has a dual rear camera, a ton of advanced camera tools and it's way cheap.

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Price: $130, £129 or AU$249

The Moto E4 is the cheapest Motorola phone out right now, but it doesn't compromise too much on its amenities. It has as a near stock version of Android Nougat, a fingerprint reader, a removable battery, a selfie flash and it's splash resistant -- all while being ridiculously cheap.

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Price: $130 (US only)

Though only available in the US, the ZTE Max XL Max XLoffers a huge 6-inch display for a low cost. The phone also packs a 13-megapixel camera, Android 7.1.1 Nougat and a fingerprint reader on the back for extra security.

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