Smartphones

Recommendations for cheap and reliable smartphones.

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LAST UPDATED

June 11, 2020

Overview

Having a working phone is crucial – during the pandemic it’s even more so.

Smart phones allow you to help your clients maintain contact with family and support networks, access services that are working remotely in lock-down, find out crucial information, access the internet and take part in online activities and meetings.

Top Phones under £100 reviewed by Which?

Huawei T3-7 Tablet

Huawei MediaPad T3 7

£65.00

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Budget tablet

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Can be slow

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Poor audio

Amazon Fire HD 8

£80.00

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Attractive design

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Easy to use

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Decent battery life

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Can be slow

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Focus on Amazon services

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So-so screen

Mediapad 10 Tablet

Huawei MediaPad T3 10

£126.00

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Good battery life

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Fast speed

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Weak audio through speakers

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 8-inch

£139.00

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Compact size

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Low price

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Good all-rounder

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Not the fastest

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Sub-par speakers

Lenovo Tab 10 Tablet

Lenovo Tab M10

£150.00

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Reasonable price

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Can be used as voice assistant

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Fast performance

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Battery life not as good as rivals

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Chunky design

Monqi S2 smartphone

IMO S2 with Monqi

£50.00

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Designed for children

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Monitoring features for parents

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Inexpensive

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Good screen size

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Can be slow

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Poor battery life

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Battery charges slowly

Xiaomi 6A smartphone

Xiaomi Redmi 6A

£75.00

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Good battery life

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Strong security features

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Can be slow

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Struggles in noisy environments

Motorola E4 smartphone

Motorola Moto E4 Plus

£90.00

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Large display

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Fingerprint scanner

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Good battery life

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NFC capable

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Can be slow

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Slow charging

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Poor quick-charge battery life

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Heavy and wide

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No supplied headphones

Motorola G6 smartphone

Motorola Moto G6 Play

£100.00

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Fantastic value

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Great battery life

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Good display

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No headphones

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Not powerful enough for serious users

Costs and data deals for pay-as-you-go providers

Sourcing phones locally

If you want to source phones locally try contacting local independent stores, the sort that do phone repairs and sell refurbished or second-hand units. These stores will have lost their core trade during the lockdown and might be open to doing a deal on higher specification units they have sitting on their shelf.