With the world making a fast transition to Smartphones, they have become but a necessary tool in the hands of users who are looking for more out of their phones than just being able to talk and text.

But when choosing a SmartPhone, budget becomes a major constraint. For example a SIM-free Samsung Galaxy S3 16 GB can set you back by £391. Again if you're a HTC fan and love the new HTC One X, then a Sim free Grey model will cost you £ 364. So, yes a smart phone can do more than a normal phone, but your wallet is going to take a major hit.

The first phone that we shall be discussing is the HTC Desire C. If you're looking for a solid and robust mobile operating platform then this phone with Android version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) should be your perfect choice (unless you are madly in love with iOS and refuse to settle for anything less).

HTC Desire C

The HTC Desire C has slim and sleek looks and runs on ICS. The display is nowhere close to that on the iPhone 4S or the Samsung Galaxy S3 but then at £155, this is something that most will forgive. The 600 MHz chip beating at its heart is also slower in performance compared to some of the other smart phones, but this is an adjustment you can make considering that you get a 5 megapixels rear camera, Beats Audio for superior sound quality and a 3.5” screen to boot. This phone is certainly be one of the best entry level smart phones currently on the market.

Sony Xperia U

The Sony Xperia U seems to combine good bits from everything. It has a very smart look and feel. A large 3.5” screen should give enough real estate for watching your favourite movies, playing games or surfing the web. The phone is however available with the Jurassic-aged Gingerbread version of Android, which means users will initially have to make do with it until 4.0 ICS is released for it, which Sony is saying will happen soon.

Compared to the HTC Desire C, this one has a more powerful 1 GHz processor. Along with it there is a 5 megapixels rear camera. A major drawback is the measly 4 GB of internal storage and no expansion slots which. This factor will put off anyone who uses a lot of video or music from buying it. But at only £150 it will suit a lot of users.

HTC Wildfire S

At only £115 the price is less than 1/3 of that of the HTC One X. HTC has corrected many of the issues with the older Wildfire and the current one in spite of the fact that it retains the same old 5 megapixels rear camera and the same processing chip has a slightly better display to boot. Yet at 320x480 resolution the display of the touchscreen is not going to win too many prizes.

The capacitative touch screen is extremely suitable for users who don’t like to fight with their phones to accomplish simple tasks. There are no front facing cameras so if you intend to make video calls, look for some other models in the HTC range.

Another major disadvantage of the Wildfire is that it comes bundled with the Android 2.3, a very old version of Android compared to some of the other smart phones in the market in the same price band. This might be a damper when it comes to deciding whether you should go for it or not.

Overall at a very affordable price range this smart phone is a good one for someone who is looking for something more than just a calling device.

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All these phones are available as contract phones for lower monthly payments than any of thetop of the range phones and make a better choice for someone new to smart phones.