In recent years cheap 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 actually great Android smartphones for under $200.
With expensive new phones like the LG G6 and Galaxy S8 available, 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.
For those interested, our list below details absolutely everything you need to know about buying cheap Android phones. Devices that cost under $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 Not to mention they’re always running outdated software.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.
The focus here is Android phones for under $200. While still being phone users will actually want to buy. Budget phones that aren’t awful, basically. The first company that comes to mind is Motorola with the stunning Moto G4. The new Moto G5 and E4 Plus are great options too.
Not everyone can afford the fancy aluminum and glass covered Galaxy S8, or want to spend $700 or more on a Pixel. As a result, you’ll end up searching for something cheaper.
All of the phones in our slideshow 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. The base model is $199 and offers plenty at that price. Then, a higher end version has more storage and a fingerprint scanner. In 2017 Motorola replaced it with the G5.
This phone delivers a big 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD display that looks good. It's equipped with 16 or 32GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. You'll enjoy Android 7.0 Nougat with mostly stock Android. And take photos with a quality 13 megapixel camera. Not a bad phone for only $199. Some may even find it on sale for under $179.
If you have a few more dollars to spend consider the Moto G4 Plus or the new Moto G5.
Buy it Now (On sale for $179)
Honorable mention goes out to the Redmi Note 3, although it may not work with all US carriers.