5 Best Android Smartphones Under $200 [2016]

Last year was all about budget Android smartphones, and while 2016 started off with a new king in the budget market, the trend has continued all year. Buying an excellent smartphone doesn’t mean spending $700 or signing a 2-year contract. Right now there are countless excellent budget smartphones, including some great ones for under $200. These are the phones buyers need to know about.

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With an expensive new Google Pixel now official and countless other $600+ smartphones, buyers forget about the cheap phones. If you’re not up on the latest news you won’t know where to look or what phones to consider, and with that in mind our list below shows buyers the cheaper side of Android.

Read: 5 Small Screen Android Phones Worth Buying

A lot of budget phones also have small screens, so we round up a good collection in the link above. Then, our list further down will go over everything buyers need to know about some excellent Android smartphones that actually cost less than $200.

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Finding a good smartphone is really easy, but finding a great smartphone that’s also cheap, isn’t. There are countless terrible cheap budget smartphones with awful screens, poor performance and terrible battery life. They’re a dime a dozen on Amazon and coming out of China. The Wileyfox Swift came close, which is a super cheap phone, but it can’t quite compete with the others mentioned below.

What we’ll be going over here are smartphones that cost less than $200, but that are actually worth spending hard-earned money on. These are budget smartphones that don’t suck. Of course leading the pack here is Motorola with the stunning Moto G4, but that isn’t all.

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Not everyone can afford the fancy aluminum and glass covered Galaxy S7, or want to spend $600 or more on an HTC 10. As a result, you’ll end up searching for something cheaper, and we have exactly what users are looking for.

All of the phones in our slideshow below cost less than $200, yet are still great phones buyers will be happy to use, rather than just dealing with it because it’s all they can afford.

Moto G4

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Moto G4

The Moto G lineup has made our list for the best cheap Android phones every year since it was first released. Each year it gets a little better too. For 2016 the company went with the Moto G4 for the name, as it's the fourth generation. And while there are two different models, one which has a fingerprint scanner and some improvements, the base model is still $199 and a lot of phone for the price.

Buyers will get a bigger 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD display,  16 or 32GB of storage with a micro-SD slot to expand storage, a decent and much improved 13 megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, and finally a big 3,000 mAh battery. All of this completes a phone that's only $199. It's impressive.

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There's a model with more storage, a Moto G4 Plus with a fingerprint scanner, and some other options on MotoMaker.com, but the base Moto G4 for $199 is hard to beat. It's still one of the best overall smartphone experiences for the price.

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Honorable mention goes out the the Redmi Note 3. However, we're keeping this list to mostly devices for the US.

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