WINNER: HTC Wildfire

At £20 a month with a free handset, the HTC Wildfire is as good value as it gets. It's a bona fide smartphone running on the fun and easy to use Android 2.1, with a great capacitive touch-screen that supports multi-touch. You'll get apps, excellent internet features and as we note on page X, the best social networking around. 

RUNNER UP: Blackberry Pearl 3G

Business class email, BlackBerry Messenger and quality apps from the App World make the BlackBerry Pearl 3G one heck of a deal - though at £25 a month with a free phone, it doesn't quite manage to pip the Wildfire.

RUNNER UP: LG InTouch Max GW620

Love Android, but want your QWERTY keyboard too? The GW620 was one of the earlier Android phones, but it's still a capable little device with a five-line keyboard, full touch-screen and all the customisability of Android.


At just £30 on pay-as-you-go, you can't argue with the little INQ Chat 3G - and though it's no smartphone, it does push Twitter and Facebook onto the home screen, pack a comfy QWERTY keyboard and come with free Skype and Windows Live Messenger.

RUNNER UP: Samsung Genio Slide

Samsung's Genio line was one of the year's most popular, and the Samsung Genio Slide one of its best, with a side-sliding QWERTY making texting and social networking eminently usable. HSDPA and Wi-Fi are a nice surprise in a handset this cheap.

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