Good for the budget

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A good smartphone can really help you run your business by keeping you connected and productive when you're away from the office. But you don't have to break the bank to grab a quality handset. Business users who don't need the biggest, sharpest display or the fastest processor can still get a speedy, affordable smartphone. These aren't the cheapest phones on the market; instead, they strike a balance between cost and features, making them good picks for serious business users on a budget.

Sony Xperia L

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Sony's Xperia L is a budget-priced smartphone with a few standout features for business users. It features better battery life than the average budget phone, making it a device business users can rely on. The phone sports a compact, portable design, while its bright, 4.3-inch display is roomy enough for productivity tasks. The Xperia L also boasts decent performance and one of the best cameras you'll find on a handset this affordable.

HTC Desire 500

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HTC's budget-priced Desire 500 packs good looks and speedy performance, making it an enticing option for business users. Buyers get a sleek smartphone with a decent display and good battery life. The Desire 500 also features perks such as microSD card support for expandable storage – a feature that's often omitted from new budget phones. In addition, its quad-core processor provides relatively zippy performance for multitasking.

Nokia Lumia 520

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For business users on a budget, the Nokia Lumia 520 is a good alternative to the iPhone and Android phones. It features a sharp, 4-inch display and good battery life, and runs on the Windows Phone platform, which has definite perks for business users. Overall, it's more secure than Android, since only apps downloaded from the official app store can be installed. The platform also boasts native integration with Microsoft Office, a user-friendly interface and handy features such as Live Tiles, which update in real time to display relevant information right on your home screen.

Moto G

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The Moto G isn't a typical budget phone. It has the stylish look and many of the features of its more premium sibling, the Moto X, including an update to Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system. It also packs good specs for the price: Its midrange 1.2-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor is a few generations behind the chips in flagship Android handsets, but it's still speedier than other budget phones. That means business users can expect fast performance and snappy multitasking. The 4.5-inch display is bright, vibrant and large enough for productivity tasks.

ZTE Blade V

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The ZTE Blade V stands out for being reasonably speedy for a budget-priced smartphone. The device packs a quad-core processor that delivers zippy performance for business users who need to multitask. It also features impressive battery life — a must for users who depend on their smartphone to last through the end of the workday. Finally, the inclusion of a microSD card slot for expandable storage is a definite bonus, since the port isn't always included on budget handsets.

LG Optimus L4 II Dual

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Its name is a bit of a mouthful, but the LG Optimus L4 II Dual stands out as a budget smartphone with dual SIM-card slots. That means you can have two active phone numbers on one smartphone, and switch between the two with the push of a button. That's a plus if you travel for business, since it means you can have both your regular number and a local or international number on the same device. Otherwise, this LG phone delivers reasonable features for a phone this cheap, including a 3.8-inch LCD display and decent processing power for multitasking.