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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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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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Motorola Moto G5 Plus

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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Huawei Honor 9 Lite

Price: £200, converts to $280 and AU$360

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

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Tempo Go

Price: $80 (US only)

Though we haven't spent a significant amount of time with the Tempo Go yet, the phone holds a lot of possibility. In addition to its sub-$100 price tag, it's one of the first phones to run Android Go, a simple version of Android for entry-level phones. It features a 5-inch screen, a 5-megapixel camera and a 2,200mAh battery.

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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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Nokia 6 (2018)

Price: £200, converts to $280 and AU$360

Though it may not be as swanky as Nokia's 8 Sirocco flagship, the new Nokia 6 is still a great value. It has a 5.5-inch screen, a Snapdragon 630 chipset and a 16-megapixel camera. The phone will be available in the UK in April, and make its way to the US in May. Hopefully, you'll be able to nab it even cheaper with Amazon-sponsored ads, just like its predecessor.  

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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, 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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Motorola Moto G5

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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ZTE Blade V9 and V9 Vita

Price: Blade V9: €269 (equivalent to £235, $330 US, or AU$420); V9 Vita: €179 (equivalent to £160, $220 US, or AU$280)

The newest Blade V9 and Blade V9 Vita comes close to what other premium phones offer in size-to-screen ratio. The 5.7-inch Blade V9 (right) edges out the 5.45-inch V9 Vita (left) in specs and has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor, Android Oreo 8.1, 32 or 64GB of storage and a dual rear 16-megapixel camera.  

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Motorola Moto E4

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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