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20 Brilliant iPhone Alternatives That Won’t Break Your Bank Balance

Time was, buying a smartphones would saddle you with a two year contract, adding up to a £600 spend and a feeling of resentment toward any sign of slow-down or battery bleed.

But you don't have to throw money at the latest iPhone or Samsung in order to get a good handset. With components becoming cheaper, faster and smaller every year, there's now an impressive array of affordable smartphones that'll keep you connected and (say it quietly) outlast the big boys.

On the back of former Apple CEO John Sculley revealing his company's new, low-cost Obi Worldphones, we've rounded up the most impressive 'budget' (under £200) smartphones. 

Their cameras might not take the best selfies in the world, but they'll still order you a pizza at 2am on a wet Friday night.

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    Obi Worldphone SJ1.5

    Best bits

    • High definition video recording
    • 5-inch HD screen
    • Light polycarbonate unibody

    Price: $129 (£83), UK release to be announced

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    DOOGEE F1 TURBO mini

    Best bits

    • 5MP selfie camera
    • Superb price for fast hardware

    Price: £89.99

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    Elephone P5000

    Best bits

    • Fingerprint scanner
    • 16MP camera
    • MASSIVE battery

    Price: £155

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    Ulefone BeTouch 2

    Best bits

    • Fast processor for its price
    • 5.5-inch HD display
    • No extra, unnecessary software pre-installed

    Price: £187.99

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    Microsoft Lumia 640

    Best bits

    • Easy operating system
    • Clear 5-inch screen
    • Comfortable to hold (no, really)

    Price: £109.95

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    Moto G 4G

    Best bits

    • 4G connectivity
    • Micro SD card slot
    • Tough water-resistant build

    Price: £138

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    Sony Xperia M2 Aqua

    Best bits

    • Waterproof
    • Quick processor
    • HDMI output 

    Price: £169.99

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    Vodafone Smart Prime 6

    Best bits

    • Great price
    • 5-inch screen
    • Micro SD card slot

    Price: £80

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    EE Kestrel

    Best bits

    • 4G connectivity
    • Solid build
    • Easy interface

    Price: £109

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    Microsoft Lumia 435

    Best bits

    • Small build (good backup/emergency phone)
    • Solid build
    • Incredible price

    Price: £55

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    Acer Liquid Jade S

    Best bits

    • 13 megapixel camera
    • Dual sim
    • Comfortable feel

    Price: £159

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    Umi Emax

    Best bits

    • 13 megapixel camera
    • Slim body design
    • 5.5-inch screen

    Price: £134.50

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    HTC Desire 510

    Best bits

    • 4G connectivity
    • Dot review case (they're awesome)
    • Impressive screen

    Price: £146.54

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    Vodafone Smart ultra 6

    Best bits

    • Micro SD card
    • Very quick
    • Rich 5.5-inch screen

    Price: £125

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    Huawei Ascend G510

    Best bits

    • Micro SD card
    • Strong audio
    • Thin build

    Price: £80

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    Microsoft Lumia 535

    Best bits

    • 5 megapixel front and rear cameras
    • Microsoft Office apps
    • Responsive touch-screen

    Price: £71

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    EE Rook

    Best bits

    • Speedy processor
    • 5 megapixel camera
    • 8GB internal memory

    Price: £59

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    LG G2 Mini

    Best bits

    • Smooth design
    • Bright screen
    • Clever features (plug your headphones in, it'll open the music app. Neat)

    Price: £124.99

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    Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

    Best bits

    • Pricier than the others, but better performance as a result
    • Superb screen
    • Waterproof

    Price: £199.99