Throughout 2015 cheap Android smartphones were released by the dozens. This year there are more choices than ever before. Devices like the Moto G, ZTE Axon 7, OnePlus 3 and others. Cheap phones that can easily rival the best of the best. With that in mind, these are some of the absolute best cheap Android smartphones you can buy right now. Including the new OnePlus 3T.
Those who don’t need a high-end Android phone, want to sign a 2-year contract, or pay over $600 for a smartphone have other options. And if you’re one of the millions looking for a cheaper route you’ll be happy to know plenty of great phones won’t break the bank.
Now that we’re nearing the end of 2016 users have tons of excellent choices that are under $200, great phones under $299 and some for $399 that you’d never expect to be that cheap. Manufactures like Motorola, ASUS, LG, Huawei and others come to mind. Here’s our list of some of the best cheap Android smartphones available right now.
Buying a premium smartphone like the Galaxy S7 or the Google Pixel is nice, but they’re also well over $600 and out of reach for many. That’s why Motorola and others have pushed hard in the budget category, and we now have more choices than ever.
Users need to be aware of many of the cheap Android phones from small regional carriers, or those that are all over Amazon and eBay for $120. They are typically outdated and don’t offer a good experience. We’ll avoid those.
With that said, the devices outlined below are cheap, but still excellent smartphones. They’re actually worth the money, and not junk devices from China that won’t ever see updates. Everyone is different, and each buyer has different needs or wants. These are a few the editors here at Gotta Be Mobile agreed were good enough to make the list, in no particular order. Below are a few of your best choices for an Android smartphone that won’t break the bank.
Moto G4 (2016)
Motorola's most popular smartphone ever arrived in 2013, and was the Moto G. This phone is still the most successful Motorola smartphone to date. It was only $179, and offered an excellent Android experience everyone could afford. The last two years they've continued that trend and in 2016 the new Moto G4 could be their best work yet.
The 2015 Moto G was on this list for a long time, but now the G4 tops it. Coming in a regular G4 option and a G4 Plus with a fingerprint scanner, bigger 5.5-inch display and more all for a wallet friendly price.
The Moto G4 has a 5.5-inch 1080p HD display, the same wide selection of customization, an 8-core processor with 2-3GB of RAM, plenty of storage and a micro-SD card, an improved 13 megapixel camera, front flash, and the G4 Plus even has a front-facing fingerprint scanner.
You can grab the G4 starting at $199, or the G4 Plus for $229. Alternatively, for those REALLY on a budget get the Moto G4 Play for $85 (on sale for $35, seriously).
Buy it Now at Motorola.com