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Best Android Smartphones Under $200 (2018)

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This buying guide will help you make the right choice if you’re looking for the best Android smartphones under $200. Cheap Android phones for those on a budget. These days consumers no longer need to sign a 2-year contract or spend over $800 for a good experience. There are plenty of affordable phones worth buying, and here are a few you should consider.

With expensive phones like the Galaxy Note 9 and Pixel 2 XL heavily advertised sometimes buyers forget about cheaper options. If you haven’t been paying attention you won’t know what’s good or what to buy.

Read: 5 Small Screen Android Phones Worth Buying

Our list below offers up some of the best Android smartphones you can buy in 2018 that won’t cost an arm and a leg. Good phones for under $200. This is the cheaper side of Android.

Finding a great smartphone is really easy, but finding a good smartphone that’s also cheap, isn’t. There are dozens of cheap budget smartphones with awful screens, poor performance, outdated software and terrible battery life. These are what you want to avoid.

So, our focus here is good Android phones for under $200. Budget phones that aren’t awful, and that user will actually enjoy. Of course, the first company that comes to mind is Motorola and its Moto G series. However, that’s just one of many worth considering.

Not everyone can afford the fancy metal and glass covered Galaxy Note 9 or want to spend top dollar on the best phones. As a result, you’ll end up searching for something cheaper.

In closing, all the phones in our slideshow below cost less than $200. However, they are still great phones you’ll be happy to use. Rather than just dealing with it because it’s all you can afford. We’re expecting some great budget phones later this year too, so stay tuned.

Moto G6 Play

Moto G6 Play

The newer Moto G6 Play arrived in May of 2018 and is hands-down one of the best phones for under $200. In fact, it's only $189. Motorola continues to impress at this price, and its latest phone is no different.

Keep in mind they have a few different versions of the G6, and the Play is the most affordable. It comes with a big 5.7-inch screen with small bezels, similar to the Galaxy S9 or iPhone X. You get a fast 8-core Snapdragon processor 3GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage, a microSD card, and a decent 13 megapixel camera. There's an 8MP front camera, Android 8.0 Oreo, front-facing speaker, and USB Type-C. 

This phone doesn't look, feel, or perform like a phone this cheap. It looks far more expensive and feels like it too. Buy it for $200 from Motorola, or a little less online. 

Buy it Now for $189 at Amazon

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44 Comments

44 Comments

  1. asheen

    09/20/2015 at 10:55 am

    Huawei p8 lite

    • Cato

      06/28/2016 at 4:28 am

      thank you!! yes, it’s a great phone for a great price! maybe i am going to buy this one!

  2. rony728

    09/21/2015 at 7:00 am

    muy buen post me ayudo a encontrar un smartphone a bajo costo y con buenas caracteristicas, one touch idol 3

  3. Anon ymous

    10/25/2015 at 1:22 pm

    LG Leon? It’s even less.

  4. Imaqtpie

    11/18/2015 at 9:25 am

    How about Lenovo k3 note?

  5. Juanrjorgensen

    02/03/2016 at 6:13 am

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    • Johnny5

      03/10/2017 at 9:36 am

      bull crap…..lets see her account statement

  6. kranti patra

    02/12/2016 at 2:04 am

    lava kkt

  7. eddie

    02/18/2016 at 3:07 pm

    You skipped over the best option, the Blu Life One (Newest version) $150.
    BLU Life One X – 4G LTE Smartphone

    • ROG2000

      03/20/2016 at 5:40 pm

      My friend has one, it is a great phone, but the Huawei Honor 5X is a lot better at $199

    • Kazi Begum

      10/08/2016 at 5:10 pm

      How about the Blu Vivo XL for $150
      https://amzn.com/B01AHZUT0S
      16gb storage
      2gb ram
      13MP Main Camera
      5MP Front Camera
      4G LTE
      5.5 Inches

  8. ROG2000

    03/20/2016 at 5:39 pm

    The [Huawei Honor 5X] is easily the best phone under $200, at $199.99 (LOL) but it is true.

  9. Phone Addict

    04/06/2016 at 2:36 am

    how bout the huwawei y6 it has really good camera quality and it is about 170 dollars

  10. jgb

    04/08/2016 at 6:26 am

    I’m so looking for new phone. Storage and cam are real important to me. Any advice? ???

  11. Mihai

    05/19/2016 at 11:35 am

    What about the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 “Pro”?

    • Gerilac

      04/18/2017 at 8:34 am

      Excelent phone, my roommate has it and it’s flawless

  12. Palma

    06/03/2016 at 11:42 pm

    The Nexus 5 is amazing and tops most of these phones. Amazing build and the 32g model is going for around 170$ running Android 5.0.21. best phone for the price .

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  14. Nourdin Forever

    07/15/2016 at 3:10 am

    don’t forget LG g2

  15. nubwaxer (@nubwaxer)

    07/17/2016 at 4:07 pm

    my motorola zn5 came with a 5 mp kodak camera that must come set at 1.2 mp. WTF! i am so stupid i didn’t know you can set the megapixels.
    i just ordered the moto G4 for $200. now i’ll have to take all the pictures i took over the last 4 years all over again.
    i wanted the best camera and at $200 i think i got the best phone/camera possible.

  16. xaris

    08/08/2016 at 9:34 am

    Best budget phone very cheap and also very powerful is only the Xiaomi Mi4c don’t believe me? just check by yourself but the only downside for me is the small 5’inch display screen

  17. liviaemily_6

    08/17/2016 at 1:21 am

    Why not get a back view omega pro its just $150!

    • Kazi Begum

      10/08/2016 at 5:08 pm

      It doesn’t support USA GSM Bands.

  18. Rod

    08/31/2016 at 11:28 am

    I need an android with a pretty nice camera and at least with 1.5GB of RAM under that price. What is the best choice?

  19. Bodhi

    10/10/2016 at 3:59 pm

    Do not buy the LTZ Blade6…,,,its crap. Only had it 6 months and already fuzzy logic.Nothing works like its supposed to. DO NOT waste money buying this phone.

  20. leroy

    12/11/2016 at 11:39 am

    I liked the article until I saw that it was a slide show. why can’t websites just show everything on one page. I refuse to view a slide show on my pc ever. I will also never have anything to do with a website or company that has a slide show and no option to view it on one page.

    • anon

      02/27/2017 at 6:52 am

      To force people into load more ads, obviously.

  21. SH

    02/15/2017 at 2:33 pm

    Moto G 4 will not recognize SIM card – seeing no response from the company to the many people with this problem – also seeing lots of posts about over heating.

  22. Anthony M

    02/22/2017 at 5:52 am

    The Moto G4 breaks easily and Motoroloa doesn’t like to honor their warranty. I’ve had their phone three months. It broke before 30 days, I contacted the company and three weeks later they called me back to offer me a refurbished phone for swap but I would have to send in my current phone first. So not only would I be without a phone until they received my phone and then shipped me a replacement but I would be getting someone else’s phone that they repaired. With no recourse I accepted the offer. Its been over a month and the return shipping label still has not appeared.

  23. oussama touzni

    03/25/2017 at 6:50 am

    what about the huawei P8 lite ?
    I recommand it strongly

  24. mikala

    03/27/2017 at 9:23 am

    can i have a free phone please by the way i love what you do

  25. CustomBlend

    03/27/2017 at 8:00 pm

    LeTV LeEco Le Max 2, going for $190 now (Banggood and perhaps other sites). That beauty is hands down miles ahead of any of those listed above. Dont trust any article like this that turns up its nose at Chinese phones, and/or etailers based there. What a shame.

    • Cory Gunther

      12/05/2017 at 2:53 pm

      Those LeEco devices weren’t all that bad, no. I tried two of them. However, they had terrible software and probably won’t see much in terms of updates. Where’s that company now?

      Additionally, a lot of our readers are in the US and want phones that primarily work here, that’s why I don’t include a lot of Chinese devices. I do mention them though, as they’re worth consideration. But if I had to choose between Motorola, Huawei or LeEco, I’d go with the first two in a heartbeat.

  26. Rakesh

    04/26/2017 at 1:37 am

    Super phone

  27. Jennifer

    05/02/2017 at 4:12 am

    Well I own a Zenfone 2 laser ze601kl 6 inch screen phone. You can get new for under 200 dollars. Maybe not working with nougat but that doesn’t slow it down or bother me. I don’t understand why this phone gets no attention. It’s amazing phone. Oh well, I’m not missing out, lol

  28. john kim

    05/08/2017 at 10:18 pm

    I have the alcatel idol 3. At one point in time, it bricked, but I found out they have a US -based repair store. I sent it in, and got it back in 2 weeks, for free!

  29. Parth Vinodbhai rathod

    06/14/2017 at 9:58 am

    Hey,
    moto G4 seems perfect to me and the camera is also very good with the storage capacity, had a great guidance from you,
    thank you.

  30. parth rathod

    08/22/2017 at 9:36 am

    good work keep it up
    thank you

  31. Gerald Scartiong

    09/11/2017 at 12:56 am

    Thanks for such a decent review. I’m thinking of buying a second phone that is cheap enough to take with me on trips outside the town.
    I’ll get Moto G5 Plus I think.

  32. Dark Mode

    09/21/2017 at 11:17 am

    Could someone recommend me Infinix phone, it is cheap and it is main plus for me. I probably want buy Note 3 x601 model- https://jiji.ng/mobile-phones/infinix-note-3-x601 now i’m trying to buy cheap phones for my children. Is it quite normal first android low-budget phone for children?

  33. Main

    10/28/2017 at 1:39 pm

    Although you mentioned the LeEco pro 3, it should had been featured. Especially since it has the best specs of any phone on this list. It has a Snapdragon 821, 4gb of ram, 64gb hard drive, 13mp camera on the back and 8 front facing, quick charge 3, 4000 may battery, 1080*1980 screen all at $199

  34. Alex J

    12/13/2017 at 5:15 am

    Moto G 5 plus… 5.5 or 5.2, wtf, in ther first paragraph says the down side is its 5.2 inch, and in the other says “its big 5.5” HELLO EDITORS!!!!!

  35. make iphone apps

    12/18/2017 at 6:58 pm

    It’s an awesome post for all the internet visitors; they will take
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  36. Billisch

    06/12/2018 at 11:24 pm

    Mi A1 is one of the most powerfull phones under 200euros though.

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