kiwijunglist: You might want to look at the Xperia series as they are closer to your budget and are good value.

Xperia U - 3.5" / Dual Core / 5MP ; is $320 Parallel Imported, $380 Retail, on Special you might get for $350~

Xperia P - 3.7" / Dual Core / 5MP ~$380-400

Xperia Ray - 3.3" ~$280-320

Thanks for that kiwijunglist. Most of my phones were Sony Ericson before the whole smartphone "revolution" and I did have a look at what they've got out but there are sooo many of them with pretty much the same name and I just couldn't make head or tail out of it.

Will have a look at the ones you mentioned and see how I go.