Now that 2015 is more than halfway over and most manufacturers have released smartphones this year, shoppers have a lot of choices when it comes to getting a new phone. More importantly, shoppers have an array of choices in the budget segment where there are countless great Android smartphones for under $249.
Now that the LG G4, Galaxy S6, HTC One M9 and more have all been announced, buyers are likely weighing all of their options. It’s a difficult task if you’re not up with the latest news, but our list below has everything you need to know. Those looking for some of the best cheap Android smartphones that still deliver a good experience will want to check out the multiple great choices we’ve outlined below.
There are many excellent smartphones for under $200, and a few even better in the $249 range as well. ASUS has a sweet new budget phone this year, LG launched two low-end phones, and another Moto G is coming soon. Not to mention last years flagship phones are now seeing heavy discounts. Below are a few great cheap Android smartphones, or options for those who don’t want to sign a 2-year contract.
Getting a premium device like a leather-clad LG G4 or the new Galaxy S6 would be nice, but not everyone can afford the high prices or want to be locked into a 2-year contract. And while payment plans are available from most carriers, buying a cheaper phone may be a better choice for some users.
We’ve seen a lot of rather terrible budget smartphone released this year from LG, Samsung and more, and those won’t make our list. What will however, are smartphones around $200 or less that are still great options, not just devices tossed together for the low-end segment.
Everyone is different, and each buyer has different needs or wants. With that said, we’ve round up a list of some good cheap Android phones that aren’t complete junk. These are a few the editors here at Gotta Be Mobile agreed were good enough to make the list, in no particular order. Lets get started with a few of your best choices here 2015, even if a few of these are about to be replaced in the coming weeks or months.
Moto G 2nd Gen (2014)
While a new Moto G 3rd Gen for 2015 is set to be announced soon and released in August, which will replace this as our favorite cheap Android phone, for now last years model still sits near the top of our list.
In 2013 Motorola announced its cheapest smartphone ever, the Moto G. It went on to sell millions and be its most successful smartphone to date. It was only $179, and offered an excellent experience for those on a tight budget. Released in late 2014, a second Moto G is here that's bigger, better, and has front facing speakers all for the same low price. It was released in September of 2014 and is still our favorite budget phone, but has some tough competition from ASUS here in 2015.
The new Moto G should be the first choice for most buyers. It offers a 5-inch 720p HD display, Quad-core Snapdragon processor with 1GB of RAM, 8/16GB storage options, an improved 8 megapixel camera, dual front facing speakers, and 8 custom backplate colors all for $179 with no contract.
Read: New Moto G Hands-On
The link and video will tell you everything you need to know about this impressive budget-friendly stock Android device. It doesn't have 4G LTE, but does support 4G HSPA+ from AT&T, T-Mobile, and other GSM carriers. It's worth the low price and has already been updated to Android 5.1 Lollipop.