You don’t need to spend a massive amount of money to get a great smartphone these days. The best budget Android phones have high res displays, fast processors and plenty of RAM, meaning they are capable of handling pretty much every task, from shooting HD video to playing the latest games.

Our regularly updated guide shows you the best entry level devices you can currently buy, along with their pros and cons and our rating on their quality and value.

As of January 2015 the Motorola Moto G is by far the best offering available. It has a five-inch, 720p screen with excellent battery life and even gets the latest Android OS updates—it was one of the first phones to be updated to Lollipop.

Product imagePhoneAvailable sinceProsConsValue ratingOverall rating
Moto GMotorola Moto G (2nd gen.)Sept 2014» 720p display
» Long battery life
» Regular OS updates
» Fast performance
» Mediocre camera5/55/5
Sony Xperia E3Sony Xperia E3September 2014» Nice design
» 4G support
» Reasonably rugged
» Compatible with other Sony products
» Average battery life
» No software updates
» Average screen
HTC Desire 310HTC Desire 310March 2014» Good software
» Compact size
» HD video recording
» Average camera
» Lower res screen
Asus Zenphone 5Asus Zenphone 5July 2014» Fast Intel processor
» Plenty of RAM
» microSD slot
» Quite thick
» Average battery life
Samsung Galaxy Ace 4Samsung Galaxy Ace 4September 2014» Popular brand
» Feature-packed software
» Compact size
» Great choice for kids
» Lower res display
» A tad pricey for the spec
» Some reported reliability issues