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Motorola MOTOSMART lands in the UK for £99.99

Motorola has released a new budget smartphone, the MOTOSMART, which costs £99.99 on pay as you go on T-Mobile and for a mere £7 per month on a two-year contract.

The Google-owned phone manufacturer says that the smartphone is "slick and thin" and comes with Motoswitch, a nifty software that learns which songs the user loves, who are the most talked to contacts and which apps are used the most throughout the day.

The handset weighs a mere 115g and has a 3.5in 320 x 480 resolution display, a 3-megapixel camera and a microSD card slot. At its heart is the old single-core Qualcomm MSM7227 processor clocked at 800MHz, back by 512MB of RAM and 165MB of onboard memory. Everything is powered by a 1,500mAh battery.

{MPU Placeholder}The phone runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is unlikely to receive either Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean. How good is it of a deal? The Huawei Ascend G300 remains the benchmark for entry-level smartphones under £100, albeit one which is currently locked to Vodafone.

We reviewed it back in April 2012 and found that "the standout features of the Huawei Ascend G300 are its good screen and impressive build. For £100, you can't expect perfection, and on the whole the compromises that have been made seem reasonable."

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