Keeping an eye on your finances doesn’t mean you have to miss out when it comes to owning a top smartphone. There may be plenty of attractive Samsung Galaxy S4 deals about at the moment, but there’s also a slew of more affordable Android handsets if your budget won’t quite reach that far.
Here we take a look at some of the best pocked-saving alternatives to Samsung’s flagship beast, proving there’s plenty of Android fun to be had without having to spend a fortune.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
The clue may be in the name but if you don’t want to fork out for the top Samsung device, the Galaxy S4 Mini will offer a nice compromise. Despite missing out on the range of gesture controls that Samsung has been shouting about, it still boasts the latest version of Android and an 8 megapixel camera in a tidy, bitesized shell.
The handset is expected to go on sale in July so you’ll have a while to save up too, with the little wonder likely to sit amongst other contract phones starting at an affordable price.
Huawei Ascend P2
If you want the latest slice of Android action at a very affordable price, Chinese firm Huawei is a real dark horse. Its new Ascend P2 device brings a breath of fresh air to the existing market and gives you the likes of a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 13 megapixel camera at a generous price.
The company’s Emotion user interface also serves up a different visual experience and provides ultimate customisation to the Android software. With a whole host of different styles, you can have your handset exactly the way you want it.
Sony Xperia SP
With its own flagship behemoth, the Xperia Z, proving popular in the Android game at the moment, Sony has cleverly looked into the more affordable market as well. Its efforts take the form of the Xperia SP, a smart little device that combines great functionality with sleek style.
This mid-range offering gives you multimedia prowess with an 8 megapixel camera, masses of power thanks to a 1.7GHz dual-core processor and a top-notch display, all packaged in a quirky form factor. Play music and watch the LED light at the bottom glow in time, and do it knowing it hasn’t cost you a bomb, either.
Samsung Galaxy S III
It may have recently been replaced by a newer model, but the Samsung Galaxy S III is still a great handset, and one that is now very affordable. With contracts starting from as little as £20 per month, now is the perfect time to get some great Samsung functionality on the cheap.
Like its elder brother it ticks almost every box when it comes to mobile technology, and a top notch display, processor, camera and more mean it can turn its hand to just about anything you have in mind. And, like the rest of the Galaxy range, it looks pretty special too.