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Spending: Smartphones for $50 or less
Not long ago, cheap smartphones were, to put it not so mildly, junk. For less than $100, you pretty much got what you paid for: a low-resolution screen, a crummy camera and poky performance. No more. Today, you can find some excellent smartphones for $50 or less -- as long as you're willing to sign a two-year contract. If that's a trade-off you can live with, these bargain handsets are worth checking out. The thin-and-light HTC One VX (99 cents in red, $50 in white with a two-year AT&T contract) features a 4.5-inch high-definition display; it runs Android 4.0, which may not be the newest version of Google's mobile software but is almost as fast and powerful. In addition to 4G LTE wireless and 8 gigabytes of internal storage, the One VX has a microSD card slot for adding as much as 32GB of memory. It sports a decent 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a low-resolution camera on the front.
By Jeff Bertolucci
April 26, 2013