Smartphone screens have been getting bigger over the last couple of years but typically at the top-end. Well the ZTE Blade L2 brings a 5in screen to the market at under £100. See also: The best budget smartphones 2014: What's the best budget smartphone?

Size isn't everything but at just £89, the Blade L2 is a seriously affordable handset – matching Motorola's cheapest device, the Moto E.

While the Moto E has excellent build quality, this handset is worryingly creaky and cheap feeling. At this price it's bound to be plastic fantastic but the device does feel good in the hand and isn't overly chunky or heavy despite the large screen.

It's a little surprising to find a quad-core processor in such a cheap phone although it is a MediaTek chip clocked at 1.3GHz.

We recorded better benchmark results than the Moto E and although the device is sluggish at times, we could stream video on YouTube and play games like Temple Run 2 without issues.

You'll only get a day out of the Blade L2 in terms of battery life which is unsurprising. Although the rear cover comes off, the battery is non-removable.

If you want a larger screen without paying through the nose then 5in is great for under £100. However, the Blade L2's display offers poor viewing angles and a low resolution at just 480x854.That means a pixel density of 196ppi, even lower than ZTE's even cheap Kis 3 handset.

Amazingly at this price you also get support for microSDXC card slot, which goes some way to help us forgive the paltry 4GB of built-in storage.

It's no surprise that the Blade L2 lacks luxuries as NFC, 4G and the latest 11ac Wi-Fi. It also has the older Bluetooth 3.0.

A 5Mp rear camera has an LED flash and can take some usable photos in good light but we found the device slow to focus and most results were washout and blurry. Video recording is limited to 720p and the low resolution front camera is almost not worth having.

It's disappointing to see Android Jelly Bean shipped on the Blade L2, and not even the latest version at 4.2. Version 4.4 KitKat has been the newest for a long time and Android L is just around the corner. We're not sure it will be updated either.

ZTE has done very little to Android apart from some of its own graphics like icons and a slightly different lockscreen. The strangest thing is the choice to use off-screen buttons which mean interaction with the OS is a little different to normal.

For just £89, the ZTE Blade L2 has some good qualities including a quad-core processor and a large screen. However, the Moto E outclasses it in most areas and the L2 is shown up by its cheaper sibling, the Kis 3.