Most smartphones are expensive and out of reach for buyers. If you don’t have $700-$800 to spend on the latest Galaxy S7 Edge or HTC 10 smartphone, we have you covered. Here we’ll be detailing a list of the best Android smartphones under $300.
Not everyone wants to spend top dollar for a new phone or sign a 2-year contract. That is why cheap phones are getting more and more popular. Over the past few years we’ve seen an influx of premium devices for under $399. It’s a popular trend, but we can get even cheaper.
If you’re like millions of customers looking for a better and cheaper route, read on for more details. Below we’ve round up some of the best Android phones for under $300. Devices that are actually worth the savings, work great and still deliver a good experience.
The best part of Google’s Android OS is the wide selection from different manufacturers. There is something for everyone in all shapes and sizes. Now there are cheap options from ASUS, Google, LG, Motorola, OnePlus and many other brands you’d never expect. The result are phones that are under $300 yet still amazingly awesome devices that owners will love.
One problem with budget phones we see from carriers or online is often the quality. Many are awful brands that never see updates, have outdated specs, junky screens or are Chinese devices that simply won’t be enjoyable. Those are what you want to avoid.
Our suggestions are all around or under $300 but are still some of the best Android smartphones in the eyes of many users. These phones are wallet-friendly and work great. The list below is in no particular order, although Google’s own Nexus 5X could be one of the best choices of all. Consider one of these cheap Android phones today.
Google Nexus 5X
Google's Nexus 5x is a well-rounded smartphone that was released near the end of 2015. It already runs the latest Android 7.0 Nougat release, will see fast updates, and has all the latest features one would want. Like a fingerprint scanner, quad-core processor, a great camera, dual front facing speakers and USB Type-C. When it was first released Google charged $379 and $429 for the phone, but we've seen heavy discounts lately. More are surfacing now that the company is preparing new Pixel Phones.
Google still charges $329 for the 16GB model on their own store, but heading to Best Buy or even eBay is the best route. This phone delivers on all the essentials at a great price of less than $300. The only downside is the plastic design, rather than a premium metal some would get with a Samsung or iPhone.
It's available for $299 at Best Buy online and in select stores, although that's only the 16GB model. We'd recommend grabbing an unlocked US model from eBay for even less. It's super cheap on eBay, and they even have double the storage with 32GB for less than the Best Buy price tag.