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If money's no item, then it's much easier to recommend a mobile phone: our finest smartphone guide notes all of the top smart phones that you can still purchase, however we'll confess that some of them are very pricey. If you're on a tight spending plan, then that's where things start to get tricky, as saving money means that you'll have to make some compromises along the method.

Our extensive purchasing guide listed below describes everything you need to understand about purchasing a budget smartphone, however for those that just want to get straight to the phones, we've listed our top 5 recommendations listed below. We'll be upgrading this article with brand-new budget plan smartphones as we get them in for testing.

Finest budget plan smartphones

New Entry: Samsung Galaxy J5

It's been a while since Samsung's produced a genuinely great spending plan handset, however the J5 shows it's back on form. It not only has an astonishing battery life that (in our tests, at least) outshines its newest Galaxy S7 handset, however its Super AMOLED display is likewise a genuine beauty, assisting it to deliver abundant, punchy colors that put other LCD-based mobile phones to shame.

Powered by the very same processor as the 3rd Gen Moto G (listed below), the J5 has sufficient speed for daily tasks, and its 13-megapixel camera can produce some pretty excellent shots under the ideal lighting conditions. The cam's performance isn't really rather as consistent as the Moto G's sensing unit (the J5 also does not have an HDR mode, strangely), but the phone's wonderful display certainly does your shots justice when showing them to friends and family.

It does not come with plain Android like other phones in this list - rather using Samsung's customized TouchWiz user interface - but previous Samsung phone owners will feel right at home with the J5. The only downside is that it probably will not get updated to Android Marshmallow, which is currently readily available to download for free on Motorola's handsets. Still, the J5 is a sterling effort from Samsung, and a really deserving option to the Moto G.