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Best Android Phones Under $300

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These are the best Android phones under $300 worth buying right now. Lately, smartphones are getting overly expensive, but those aren’t your only option. If you don’t have $900 to spend on the latest Pixel 3 XL or Galaxy Note 9, try one of these instead. Budget Android phones that don’t cost an arm and a leg.

Buyers no longer want to pay top dollar or sign a new 2-year contract. Instead, they’re looking for great phones that are affordable. And lately, manufacturers have focused on delivering exactly that.

If you’re like a lot of people looking for a cheaper route, or simply don’t need to spend top dollar, these are the phones to consider. We recommend devices that deliver nearly the same experience as more expensive ones but at a lower price.

Be careful though, as cheap Android phones sold through carriers typically offer the bare minimum specs. They’re missing key features or have older and outdated software. Another way to cut costs on a smartphone is the display. Most budget phones have very poor screens or low resolution. Those are the phones you want to avoid, and what we avoid in our roundup.

Our suggestions all cost under $300 but are still good enough to recommend. No, you won’t get a curved display like the Galaxy S9+, but you can come close. Including a pre-owned Galaxy S8 for only $299. Basically, these phones are a lot better than you’d expect and still deliver a great experience. We’ll update this list with several more great cheap Android phones throughout 2019.

Moto G6

Moto G6

While there are several great Android phones for under $300, in our opinion the Moto G6 is still your best yet. It's a great all-around phone with almost no compromises. Plus, it's only $250. 

The Moto G6 has a big 5.7-inch HD display that looks great. Then, the phone has this brushed metal look, even if it's made from plastic. It looks like a Galaxy S9 on the back, except for that big round camera lens. You're getting a decent 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 3-4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of storage and a quality 12MP camera. No, it can't take photos like an iPhone X or Pixel 3, but it's close. For the price, this phone is hard to beat. 

Buy it Now for $249 at Motorola

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Steve

    12/01/2016 at 4:57 pm

    The 2015 ZTE Axon Pro smokes most of these and is selling for under $275

  2. rae

    03/02/2017 at 10:17 am

    Look up booting issues with Nexus 5x. Most are crashing with in a year. LG is able to repair the phones because the mother boards are no longer available. –that is why some people are not selling them and they are cheaper! They are great while they work but that is too much money for pay for less than a year!

    • zakk

      08/25/2017 at 5:08 am

      Can confirm the booting issue on Nexus 5X after ~1 year and a half of usage

  3. AnotherHiggins

    04/01/2017 at 10:36 am

    I’m looking for a new phone for my wife because her Nexus 5X turned itself off yesterday and now won’t get past a bootloop. It is 15 months old and from everything I’m reading online there’s no fix for it.

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