Motorola Moto G
Price: €150 Rating: HHHHH
NOT so long ago, opting for a budget smartphone meant a really poor user experience with small, slow screens and frustrating incompatibilities. How times have changed. I've previously recommended Alcatel's One Touch Ido Ultra (€250) as the top budget smartphone around, but Motorola's Moto G, at €100 chea-per, gives it a serious run for its money. The 4.5-inch device comes with the newest version of Android, a 5-megapixel camera, a quadcore processor and 8GB of storage memory. It works really smoothly.
So what's the catch? Well, Motorola (which is now owned by Google) has cut some corners by not making it as slim as many other smartphones. It also doesn't come with a charger or headphones (but does come with a USB charging cable). The boxing and accessories are fairly cheap, too.
Personally, I couldn't care less about the lack of accoutrements: it is the phone -- and only the phone -- that should count. And it is simply impossible to ignore this price: you can buy four of these for the same price as the cheapest (smaller) iPhone 5. The term 'game-changer' is thrown about too liberally these days. But this may genuinely be such a thing.