Make the smart choice

Which com­pany of­fers the best- value smart­phone? Jennifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son com­pares four

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DE­SIRE 816 HTC

$ 398

htc. com/ au IT’S a dis­count phone but its best fea­tures should not be dis­counted. The HTC De­sire 816 ( far right) is a slick, plas­tic recre­ation of the HTC One, with curved cor­ners, front- fac­ing speak­ers and a 5.5- inch, 720p touch­screen you wouldn’t ex­pect on a sub-$ 400 phone. Its profi le is just 7.9mm thin, and it not only has a 13- megapixel rear cam­era but a 5- megapixel “selfi e” shooter up­front. Cut­backs have been made to its pro­ces­sor ( 1.9GHz quad- core), stor­age ( 8GB), and RAM ( 1.5GB), but phone users who add a mem­ory card should ap­pre­ci­ate its in­clu­sions.

LUMIA 930 NOKIA

$ 729 DON’T get dis­tracted by the bright phone cover. It’s the 20- megapixel cam­era in the Lumia 930 ( right) that de­serves your at­ten­tion. The 5- inch, full HD, AMOLED screen adds to its ap­peal. A 2.2GHz quad­core chip comes as stan­dard. How­ever, users can’t ex­pand its 32GB mem­ory and face a lim­ited app se­lec­tion.

XPE­RIA Z1 COM­PACT SONY

$ 559

sony. com. au FEW smart­phones can be op­er­ated with one hand these days, but this shrunken Xpe­ria is pe­tite enough for the job. The Z1 Com­pact ( top left) fea­tures a 4.3- inch, 720p screen and, like its big Xpe­ria Z1 brother, it fea­tures an im­pres­sive 20.7- megapixel cam­era, 16GB stor­age and wa­ter­proof body, though it com­pro­mises with a slower, 2.2GHz quad- core chip, lower- res­o­lu­tion screen, and 9.5mm thick­ness. This mid- range com­pact caller is bet­ter than its price or size sug­gests and its cam­era should at­tract fans.

MOTO E MO­TOROLA

$ 179 YOU can’t buy much tech­nol­ogy for $ 179, giv­ing Mo­torola rich pick­ings for its bud­get smart­phone. The Moto E ( right) tempts fea­ture­phone users with a 4.3- inch touch­screen phone, 5- megapixel cam­era, the lat­est Google An­droid soft­ware and a dual SIM fea­ture. There are trade- offs, in­clud­ing a fi xed- fo­cus cam­era, no front- fac­ing cam­era, a 1.4GHz dual- core chip and a lower res­o­lu­tion screen. Its de­sign and us­abil­ity are com­mend­able for the price.

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