Best cheap phones under £100 - New Reviews

  • Cheap phones that don't skimp on features
  • Ideal handsets for first-time smartphone owners
  • Choose from Android and Windows-based mobiles

The leading smartphones can be expensive products to buy. However, if all you want is a mobile phone that works well without costing the earth, we've found there are a handful of smartphones available that should be just the ticket.

Our independent test lab results have revealed a few sub-£100 mobiles that pack in enough functions that you won't feel like you've had to compromise on your favourite features - such as music playback, photo taking and web browsing.

If you just want to see the absolute best smartphones out there, check our Best Buy mobiles page.

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Best cheap phones under £100
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  • This phone takes advantage of speedy 4G internet if your tariff covers it.
  • Our lab test showed that the phone's battery can last for up to 15 hours of call time - more than respectable for such a well-priced phone.
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  • This phone's battery can be fully charged in just two hours from empty
  • This phone runs on Android and has access to all the usual apps, such as Google Maps, Skype, Google Drive and even Angry Birds
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  • This mobile has a crisp display that's among the best we've seen at this price point
  • Weighing just over 100g and with a 4-inch screen, this phone is small and light enough to comfortably use in one hand when you're out-and-about.
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What makes a Best Buy phone? 

Which? puts hundreds of phones through our rigorous lab tests every year. We put each handset through a mixture of hands-on assessments and independent lab testing; testing everything from battery life to how easy it is to type out a text message to bring you a verdict you can trust. 

Having tested smartphones for over 10 years you can be sure that Which? Best Buy smartphones are easy to use, offer great battery life and come with sharp screens that make everything from webpages to movies come vividly to life. 

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