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. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, here are the top cheap phones we love.

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Motorola Moto G4 Play

Price: $150 (or $100 with Amazon-sponsored ads); £130; AU$279

As the most affordable phone in Motorola's G4 line, the Moto G4 Play is splash-resistant, comes loaded with a near stock version of Android 6.0, and has a great battery life. If you're an Amazon Prime member (and don't mind seeing ads) you can get it for even less.

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ZTE ZMax Pro

Price: $100-$180 (US only)

Though only available in the US (on MetroPCS and T-Mobile, for now), the ZMax Pro impressed us with its large 6-inch display and small price tag. It also features a fingerprint reader, Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a 13-megapixel camera.

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LeEco Le S3

Price: $249; converts to £199 and AU$337

LeEco may not be a well-known name in phones right now, but the Chinese-based company is garnering attention for its cheap but well-built high-end phones. For under $300, the Le S3 serves up 32GB of storage, a 16-megapixel camera and a 5.5-inch display.

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MSRP: $249.00

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Blu R1 HD

Price: $100 (8GB), $110 (16GB); $50 (8GB, with ads), $60 (16GB, 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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Samsung Galaxy J3

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

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

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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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Motorola Moto G4

Price: $200; £169; converts to AU$330

A longtime favorite of ours, this year's Motorola Moto G4 and G4 Plus update the budget phone's specs, from the camera to the processor.

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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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