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Best Android Phones Under $300 (2018)

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These are the best Android phones under $300 worth buying as 2018 comes to close. Lately, smartphones are getting more and more expensive. If you don’t have $800-$1,000 to spend on the latest Pixel 2 or Galaxy Note 9, we have you covered. Below we’ve round-up some 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.

Read: Best Android Phones Under $100

If you’re like millions of customers looking for a cheaper route, or simply don’t need to spend top dollar, These are the phones to consider. The phones we recommend deliver nearly the same experience as more expensive devices but at a lower price.

The key to Android’s success is variety. Smartphones are available in all different shapes, sizes, and price. Here in 2018, there are cheap options from ASUS, Google, LG, Motorola, Nokia, OnePlus and other brands you’d never expect.

Be careful though, because 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 They’re missing key features or have older and outdated software.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. Each phone below is wallet-friendly yet still delivers that great experience you’re looking for.

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. 

Each year the Moto G makes our list of the "best cheap phones" and the new Mogo G6 for 2018 does too. You're getting a phone with all the bells and whistles and a premium design. 

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 S8 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 Galaxy S9, but it's close. For the price, this phone is hard to beat. 

Buy it Now for $229 at Motorola

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5 Comments

5 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.

  4. Luke

    08/21/2018 at 4:26 am

    Great Article!
    Love your blog, I also created a list on cell phones under 300$ fell free to check it out :)
    https://computeradvisorblo.wixsite.com/website/samostatny-prispevek/2018/08/20/5-BEST-cell-phones-under-300-in-2018

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