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Best smartphone under 200

By S21, 22 Nov 2015

We remember the days when you could buy a high-end phone for £200, but that was a good few years back! These days, you'll need to spend a lot more to get a flagship device, but if you can't stretch to the latest and greatest, £200 is a sensible amount to spend. You can buy a phone for a lot less, but it will have limitations. Even at £200, or around £15 per month on Pay Monthly, there will be compromises and hard choices to make. Make life easier on yourself and start with our pick of the best.

Today's best buy: Samsung Galaxy A3 SM-A320F from AO.com (£179.00)

1. Samsung Galaxy A3

Selling for a little under £200, or just over £15 per month on Pay Monthly, the Samsung Galaxy A3 is our top choice for a mid-range smartphone.

The A3 is a cut above the rest of the competition in terms of looks and design. It's more compact than many, and is definitely in the "ultraslim" category. It's one of the very lightest smartphones currently available, and has a premium metal design, similar to the company's flagship Galaxy S6.

Its 4.5 inch Super AMOLED screen is bright, with outstanding contrast and colour saturation. It's not a HD screen however.

The phone is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, which is typical of mid-range phones. It has a larger-than-average 1.5GB of RAM, and its performance is enough to run common apps without lag.

The A3 is equipped with a high quality 8 megapixel camera and comes with a very generous 16GB of flash memory, plus a memory card slot. Battery life isn't particularly strong, but should be adequate for most users.

The greatest strengths of this phone are its design and looks, plus the generous onboard memory. There are compromises in other areas, but it's a beautiful phone!

2. Samsung Galaxy J5

The Galaxy J5 is a cheaper phone than the A3, and it lacks the premium looks of the A3, although it's still a very slim phone.

It's larger and heavier, but has the advantage of a 5 inch HD display. It also has a better 13 megapixel camera.

The processor is the mid-range Snapdragon 410, so performance is the same as the A3. There's only 8GB of flash memory onboard, but a microSD card slot enables you to add more memory for very little cost.

The J5 has good battery life, thanks to a large 2600mAh battery. It's a 4G phone with plenty of connectivity options.

Overall, this is a solid workhorse phone. While it lacks the fine design of the Galaxy A3, it makes up for this with a larger screen and longer battery life.

3. Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

In third place, we've picked a Sony. It's the M4 Aqua, which, as the name suggests, is waterproof.

The M4 Aqua is a very stylish phone, reminiscent of Sony's flagship Z-series phones.

The M4 Aqua is another ultraslim phone with a premium build. Made of perfectly flat glass panels front and back, it's lightweight and easy to handle.

The phone has a 5 inch HD IPS screen, an excellent 13 megapixel camera, and a very fast 8-core processor, making it the fastest of our trio.

Two areas let it down however. The first is the limited 8GB of memory, although this can be increased with a memory card. The second issue is battery life, which isn't as strong as we'd like.

As you can see, all three of these phones are compromised in one way or another, but they have many good features too. We think they're all worthy of your consideration, and are better than the alternatives.

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Comment by JoeAutumn from Uk on 22nd Nov 2015
Its non of them. Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is the best by far.

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