T-Mobile and Huawei have already proven that you can get a decent Android smart phone on a pay as you go deal, with 2009's cheap and cheerful . The two companies are back for a second bite of the cherry with that handset's diminutive sequel, the T-Mobile Pulse Mini.
The Mini is available for £100 on a pay as you go deal, making it one of the cheapesthandsets currently available.
Update, 13 April 2011: This phone is nowon pay as you go.
The same, but different
The Mini looks like a smaller, more compact edition of the original Pulse, with a similarly rounded body and glossy plastic exterior. Alas, it also has the same low-budget feel. As well as sharing many similarities with its predecessor, the Mini also bears more than a passing resemblance to, another Android handset aimed at those on a budget.
Corners have to be cut to sell a smart phone at this price. The Mini's tiny, 71mm (2.8-inch) touchscreen is of the resistive variety and requires the application of a certain amount of pressure to register an input. The bundled stylus makes typing more bearable but, with so much of Google's operating system revolving around finger-friendly gestures, the Mini's screen feels rather archaic. Needless to say, it lacks support for multi-touch gestures, so you can't pinch your fingers together to zoom into a map, for example.
Despite the Mini's humble aspirations, it comes loaded with Android 2.1. While this isn't the latest iteration of the OS, it means that the handset benefits from cool features such as the freesat-nav software, Voice Search and animated live wallpapers.
In a bid to make the phone more appealing, T-Mobile has included a raft of improvements over the stock 2.1 software. The number of home screens, for example, has been boosted from the default five to an astonishing 15, which is even more than HTC's famous Sense interface offers.