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.

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Motorola Moto G5 Plus

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

We always expect great budget phones from Lenovo's Motorola G line and the G5 Plus is no exception. The splash-resistant phone has a near stock version of Android Nougat, a good camera and a fancy metal build.

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Samsung Galaxy J3

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

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

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ZTE Max XL

Price: $130 (US only)

Though only available in the US, the Max XL offers 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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Blu R1 HD

Price: $100 (8 GB), $110 (16 GB); $50 (8 GB, with ads), $60 (16 GB, with Amazon-sponsored ads)

Available in the US, the well-built R1 HD's biggest draw is its price. Though its software is buggy, its audio volume for calls is low and its battery takes a long time to charge, you can purchase the device (with ads) starting at just $50.

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Asus ZenFone 3

Price: $249; converts to £170 and AU$350

The ZenFone 3 is one of our favorite budget phones you might not have heard of. It features a thin, stylish design, a snappy processor and a bright, 5.5-inch display.

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ZTE Blade V8 Pro

Price: $230 (US only)

Another US-only phone from ZTE, the Blade V8 Pro impressed 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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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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Sony Xperia XA

Price: $200; converts to £160 and AU$261

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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