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iPhone 4 Rival Alert : Samsung Galaxy W From £270

Those looking for an affordable yet capable handset could turn their attention to the Samsung Galaxy W which is an update to the popular Galaxy S.

The smartphone (opens in new tab) is currently on sale at for only £270 and comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255T system on chip, a model clocked at 1.4GHz but with the ageing Adreno 205.

The unlocked phone has 512MB RAM, a 3.7-inch capacitive display with a WVGA resolution, a five megapixel camera, a microSD card reader, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and runs on Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread.

There's a microUSB port but sadly no HDMI; as expected it is packed with Samsung's Game, Social and Music hubs and the new Kies Air feature.

There are a few rivals at this price point or below; keep an eye on stock levels for the Motorola Atrix, the Samsung Galaxy S, the Google Nexus S and the LG Optimus 2X.

All these handsets, which are less than one year old, are being cleared out by their respective manufacturers as new models get ready to be launched.

Alternatively, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play can be had for almost half that price and will be more than adequate for most mobile tasks including gaming.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.