Do you want an up to date Android smartphone, or one of the latest Windows phones, but don't have a huge budget? You can still get a great phone with the latest versions of these operating systems for a much cheaper price than the flagship phones. We've picked out the best smartphones under $300.
|The HTC 8X is a great phone for WP8 fans. It looks fantastic with an ergonimacally designed curved back and feels comfortable, much less bulky than the Nokia Lumia 920. It is powerful with a 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor and has 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and an 8-megapixel camera. It's one of the best Windows smartphones with top of the range specs and a beautiful design.|
|Price from $259.95|
|HTC Desire 300|
|The HTC Desire 300 is a good phone for anyone looking for basic specs with an accompanying low price. It doesnÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢t look or feel cheap and performs well for anyone with modest requirements. The screen isnÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢t the sharpest around but it isnÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢t that bad either. If you donÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢t want to s|
|Price from $209.95|
|LG Optimus L9|
|The LG Optimus L9 is good value for money with decent battery life, an attractive design and decent specs with a dual-core processor, a 4.5-inch qHD display and a 5-megapixel camera. It's easy to use and runs Android 4.0.|
|Price from $259.95|
|Motorola Moto G 8GB|
|Motorola hasnÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢t been top of the list in recent times when considering best new phone brands. However this has changed with the release of the budget Motorola Moto G. It is incredible value for money combining great specs with a low price. The features, design and performance are worthy of phones more than double the cost. ItÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s hard to top this phone for value for money.|
|Price from $269.95|
|Nokia Lumia 620|
|The Nokia Lumia 620 is a fantastic Windows 8 phone in the entry-level category. It has very much the same experience as the expensive, high-end phones for a fraction of the price. You get most of the features combined with great performance and an excellent design. The specs are less than the flagship 920 but you certainly donÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢t get a budget experience with the 620. ItÃƒÆ’Ã†â€™Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…Â¾Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¢s not only the pick of budget Windows phones but it also stacks up extremely well against comparable budget Android phones.|
|Price from $219.95|
|Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini 8GB|
|The Galaxy S3 Mini is a scaled down version of the S3 with a slower processor. It runs on Android Jelly Bean and the user experience is excellent. It has a great camera and good battery life so if you don't want the bigger sized S3 and looking to pay less then this is a good option.|
|Price from $239.95|
|Sony Xperia Go|
|The Sony Xperia Go is a strong, durable and powerful Android smartphone that not only looks elegant, but provides a host of features. The beautiful IP67 certified water-resistant and dust-proof smartphone offers a scratch resistant 3.5-inch Reality Display with Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine that gives vivid and sharp colors. Its 1GHz dual-core processor ensures that internet browsing is seamless and movies and TV shows stream smoothly without any lag.|
|Price from $249.95|
|Sony Xperia L|
|The Xperia L is a stylish phone with great specs for about half the price of the flagship Xperia Z. It doesn't have some of the top end features of the flagship phone such as a quad-core processor, 4G capability and an HD screen but it's a good value mid-range android phone with a good screen and good low-light camera.|
|Price from $229.95|
|Sony Xperia SP 4G LTE|
|The Sony Xperia SP is an affordable mid-range Android phone with a sturdy aluminium frame, a 4.6inch screen and 4G connectivity. Performance is great and it features a large, HD screen, and a decent 8-megapixel camera.|
|Price from $299.95|
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Just under $300 is a good price point for a mobile phone if you don’t want to pay the high prices of the top end, latest models but you don’t want to compromise too much on features. There is plenty of competition at the budget end of the phone market and some excellent new phones have been released in this under $300 price range. You can still get high end features such as a touchscreen, web browsing, decent camera and music player for under $300. The speed with which new phones are launched means that models are heavily discounted when replaced with the latest release in a product line. We’ve selected some top selling phones all under $300.
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