There are some fantastic budget smartphones available in the market today, loaded with superb features from foot-tapping music services to snap-tastic camera image enhancing tools.
Two of the very best budget phones are the HTC Desire 310 and the Sony Xperia E1. Here we compare them to help you decide on the best budget smartphone for you.
HTC Desire 310 - The design elements on the HTC Desire 310 revolve around the visual features of the home screen. HTC BlinkFeed gives you the latest streams with entertainments, news and sports feeds. It also brings updates from your social networks onto the 4.5-inch display.
The offline reading feature is integral and enables the saving of content for reading at a later time. Save articles when connected to Wi-Fi and read them later without maxing out your data usage.
Sony Xperia E1 - The design here is distinctively Sony and delivers a premium feel and this is shown off non more so than with the Sony E1 white variant. The curved edges soften the feel in the hand and every element of the design has received attention to detail.
The Xperia E1 has a 4-inch display that has been created with the same expertise as the Sony TV range. Lifelike colours and the 480x800 resolution combine to create images that will simply blow you away.
HTC Desire 310 - A 5-megapixel camera with fixed focus is built-in and this is well rated for a phone in the budget category. Full HD video recording at 1080p is offered and there is also a forward facing video camera for using services like Skype.
Video highlights are the little bit extra offered on the Desire 310 and these knit together your own photos and videos of an event to create a new video with music themes and visual effects.
Sony Xperia E1 - The camera is rated at 3-megapixels which firmly fits into that budget bracket in terms of resolution. Sony are of course camera specialists so you will enjoy enhancements such as the 4 x smooth zoom and HD video recording at 720p.
Other Sony tools on the camera side of things include send to web, sweep panorama, scene recognition, image stabilisation and geo-tagging.
HTC Desire 310 - The Desire 310 doesn’t claim to be a heightened music phone but this said the audio output is perfectly respectable and it will play all the main music formats including .wma, mp3 and .wav files.
Sony Xperia E1 - This is the element that has been the focus of the concept on this budget phone, so if music is your thing then choose the Xperia E1. Big on volume the superb speaker set-up pumps out an impressive 100 decibels. xLOUD enhances the bass with deeper richness while Clear Audio technologies automatically select the best audio quality settings for clear stereo without distortion at loud volumes.
It wouldn’t be a Sony music phone without Walkman. The Walkman app allows you to manage your playlists combining both on and offline music into one view. Shake control is built-in so you can mix-up tracks with a simple shake, or tap the Walkman key to skip a track.
HTC Desire 310 - Offering seemless interaction this HTC smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor. This allows for multi-tasking between apps, fast loading of web pages and high-quality gaming with smooth graphics.
Sony Xperia E1 - A 1.2 GHz dual-core processor is inside the E1 but the clever part is that it is asynchronous so each core is powered up and down when needed delivering great performance without draining your battery.
There is even a Battery Stamina mode which automatically recognises when you're not using your display and turns off the functions you you don’t need running in the background, extending the battery life by up to 4 times. Fully customisable you can choose which push notifications you want whilst in standby mode; Facebook notifications off or on?
If you want to further research these budget phones or others then maybe you should check out our compare mobile phones tool. Here you can select numerous phones and view their specifications side-by-side.
Written by: Michael Brown