Best Android Smartphones Under $200 [2017]

This buyers guide details everything you need to know about the best Android smartphones for under $200. Over the last few years, cheap Android phones have become extremely popular. Consumers no longer need to sign a 2-year contract or spend over $700 for a good experience. If you’re looking for a cheaper route, these are the phones you’ll want to consider.

With expensive new phones like the LG G6 and Galaxy S8 being heavily advertised sometimes buyers forget about cheaper options. If you haven’t been paying attention you won’t know what to buy, but that’s why we’ve done the hard work for you.

Read: 5 Small Screen Android Phones Worth Buying

Our list below details some of the best Android smartphones you can buy right now that won’t cost an arm and a leg. Good smartphones for 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 Not to mention they’re always running outdated software.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. These are what you want to avoid. At the same time, some are decent, like the Wileyfox Swift or Swift 2.

The focus here is Android phones for under $200. Budget phones that aren’t awful, and that user will actually enjoy. The first company that comes to mind is Motorola and its new Moto G5 Plus. Last years Moto G4 Plus or Moto E are good options too.

Not everyone can afford the fancy aluminum and glass covered Galaxy S8 or want to spend nearly $800 on a Google Pixel XL. 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 G5 Plus

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Moto G5 Plus

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 2017 the company released its best Moto G yet, the 5th generation. The only downside to the new and improved Moto G5 Plus is the smaller 5.2-inch screen, compared to 5.5-inches on earlier models from the past few years. 

For only $179 the new Moto G5 Plus is an excellent phone. It usually retails for $229 but can be found on Amazon (with or without ads) for even cheaper. 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

The Moto G5 Plus comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, fingerprint scanner, premium metal design and an extremely capable camera considering the price. Those are a new faster 12 Megapixel rear and 5MP front camera setup. You'll also get 32GB of storage, 2GB of RAM and a microSD slot for storage expansion. There's a big 3,000 mAh battery and even a 64GB model with 4GB of RAM if you want to spend a little more money. 

Buy it Now on Amazon (On sale for $179)

When the sale ends you can still get the Moto G5 Plus on Amazon for $184 with lockscreen ads. 

You can also get last years Moto G4 with a 5.5-inch screen and no fingerprint scanner if you're after a bigger screen. It's the same price, $179. Honorable mention goes out to the Redmi Note 3, although it may not work with all US carriers. 

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38 Comments

  1. asheen

    09/20/2015 at 10:55 am

    Huawei p8 lite

    Reply

    • 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!

      Reply

  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

    Reply

  3. Anon ymous

    10/25/2015 at 1:22 pm

    LG Leon? It’s even less.

    Reply

  4. Imaqtpie

    11/18/2015 at 9:25 am

    How about Lenovo k3 note?

    Reply

  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

      Reply

  6. kranti patra

    02/12/2016 at 2:04 am

    lava kkt

    Reply

  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

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    • 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

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    • 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

      Reply

  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.

    Reply

  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

    Reply

  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? ???

    Reply

  11. Mihai

    05/19/2016 at 11:35 am

    What about the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 “Pro”?

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    • Gerilac

      04/18/2017 at 8:34 am

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

      Reply

  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 .

    Reply

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  14. Nourdin Forever

    07/15/2016 at 3:10 am

    don’t forget LG g2

    Reply

  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.

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  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

    Reply

  17. liviaemily_6

    08/17/2016 at 1:21 am

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

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    • Kazi Begum

      10/08/2016 at 5:08 pm

      It doesn’t support USA GSM Bands.

      Reply

  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?

    Reply

  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.

    Reply

  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.

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    • anon

      02/27/2017 at 6:52 am

      To force people into load more ads, obviously.

      Reply

  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.

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  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.

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  23. oussama touzni

    03/25/2017 at 6:50 am

    what about the huawei P8 lite ?
    I recommand it strongly

    Reply

  24. mikala

    03/27/2017 at 9:23 am

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

    Reply

  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.

    Reply

  26. Rakesh

    04/26/2017 at 1:37 am

    Super phone

    Reply

  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

    Reply

  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!

    Reply

  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.

    Reply

  30. parth rathod

    08/22/2017 at 9:36 am

    good work keep it up
    thank you

    Reply

  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.

    Reply

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