Call of the wild

Android phones have, to date, not exactly been cheap (such is the burden of investing in bleeding-edge technology), but HTC has put an end to that by inventing the low-cost Wildfire.

Slim enough to liberate easily from pockets - hopefully yours - it nonetheless packs in plenty of attractive features, like seven customisable homescreens, full Flash support, a 3.2-inch touchscreen and a tactile machined finish that contradicts its entry-level price point.

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There's also the ability to recommend apps to your friends at the jab of a virtual button (saving you the torment of trawling through the 50,000 available Android apps in the process).

Available from the autumn on Virgin Mobile. Tariffs and other networks TBC.