Over the past few years budget Android smartphones have been leading the charge. Consumers no longer need to sign a 2-year contract or spend over $700 for a good experience. We have more choices than ever before. Here in 2017 there are countless great Android smartphones for under $200. Here are a few that all buyers need to know about.
With expensive new LG G6 and Galaxy S8 phones coming soon and countless other $600+ smartphones, buyers forget about cheap phones. If you haven’t been paying attention you won’t know what to buy. There are plenty though, and that’s where we come in to help.
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 detail absolutely everything there is to know about some excellent Android smartphones that cost less than $200. This is the cheaper side of Android.
Finding a good smartphone is really easy, but finding a great smartphone that’s also cheap, isn’t. There are dozens of cheap budget smartphones with awful screens, poor performance and terrible battery life. Not to mention they’re always running outdated software. They’re a dime a dozen on Amazon or coming out of China. At the same time some are decent, like the Wileyfox Swift or Swift 2.
What we’ll be going over here are Android phones for under $200. While still being a phone users will actually want to buy. Budget phones that aren’t awful, basically. Of course leading the pack here is Motorola with the stunning Moto G4, not to mention a new Moto G5 will soon be available in the US.
Not everyone can afford the fancy aluminum and glass covered Galaxy S7, or want to spend $700 or more on an Pixel. 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. Instead of just dealing with it because it’s all you can afford.
Moto G4 and G5
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. It will be even cheaper in the coming weeks as the new Moto G5 hits the market in the US. We'd recommend spending a few extra dollars for the G5, if possible.
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.
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 mostly to US compatible devices. Outside the US, check it out.