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Is this the cheapest Android smartphone in the UK?

The T-Mobile Rapport, which is also known as the Huawei U8180 Ideos X1, costs only £35 excluding a £10 top up (but including delivery) direct from T-Mobile.

The handset is possibly the cheapest Android smartphone on the market at the moment. It is thick (at 13mm) but there's not necessarily anything wrong with being a little chubby.

It is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7225 system-on-chip clocked at 528MHz with 256MB of RAM and 2GB onboard storage. There's a microSD card slot, Bluetooth, a 4hr talk time, GPS, FM and MP3 player, a 3.2-megapixel camera, a 1,200mAh battery and a 2.8in 320 x 240 pixels capacitive display.

It's worth noting that the device runs on Android 2.2. Froyo with no upgrade to Gingerbread announced yet.

The £10 top up will give you access to unlimited free texts for one month or 100 free UK minutes or up to 70 free international minutes.

Other rivals at this price range include the LG Optimus L3, the ZTE Kis and the Samsung Galaxy Y.

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