Top smartphones: Best buys (August 2011)

PC World's best buy smartphones are a rank of the top 10 phones based on perceived value for money

Looking for a smartphone on a budget? You should look no further than PC World Australia's best buys. These smartphones are a rank of the top 10 handsets based on perceived value for money.

Although the smartphone market is dominated by Apple's iPhone, it isn't exactly the cheapest proposition. It is here in the best buy category that Google's Android platform shines through, making up the entire 10 selections in our August list.

The best buys for August is topped by the Huawei Sonic, which sells for just $188 in supermarket chain Woolworths and electronics retailer Dick Smith. HTC is the most popular best buy smartphone vendor in August, with a high four models including the new Desire S which is exclusive to Telstra.

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HTC Desire S

The HTC Desire S is an evolutionary rather than revolutionary upgrade over the original Desire. It remains an excellent smartphone, but it hits the market at a time when competition is fiercer than ever. We think it's a good all-rounder at a competitive price, but the Desire S does little to stand out amongst the crowd.

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  • 6th June, 2011
  • Ross Catanzariti
  • HTC
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  • Pros:
  • Latest Android OS and slick Sense integration
  • Unibody aluminium design
  • Competitive price
  • Cons:
  • Evolution rather than evolution
  • No real advanced features
  • We miss the physical buttons
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