There was a time, not all that long ago, that in order to own a powerful smartphone you would either need to commit to a two-year contract, or you would be expected to pay as much as $600 – $800. Thankfully, this has changed considerably in the last few years. There are now several manufacturers that offer handsets that bring quality specs and yet are priced low enough you don’t need to take out a second mortgage or sign your life away to a carrier. In this article, we take a look at some of the best low-cost Android phones on the market.

Now, obviously the idea of “low-cost” is somewhat subjective. For some folks it is anything under $300, for others it might mean devices that are under $200. With this in mind, we’ll bring you nine devices in all: three that are under $200, three that are under $300, and three that are under $400 — this way everyone wins.

As for how we’ll ‘rank’ the phones? Basically we are looking at a number of factors though price/value ratio is probably among one of the highest factors here. It is also worth mentioning that all devices on this list will be full unlocked, and off contract. For those US readers looking for even cheaper phones and don’t mind going with a locked-down handset through a prepaid carrier, you’ll want to check out our Cricket, AT&T, Boost, T-Mobile and Verizon prepaid lists.

Editor’s note – we will be updating this list as more devices hit the market. This article reflects things from a US/EU centric perspective, though many of these devices and pricing will apply to other international markets as well.
Update, September 2016: This month we removed the ASUS ZenFone 2 and BLU Life One X to make room for the Nexus 5X and Moto G4 Play.

Best phones under $200

#1 – Moto G4 Play

Lenovo’s Moto G4 Play enters the market with a low price tag, solid specifications and a familiar design language we’ve all grown to love.

It sports a 5.0-inch HD display, solid Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, and an 8MP rear camera that’s great for snapping the occasional photo. Plus, you get a removable 2800mAh battery, which is a feature many manufacturers have been leaving out of their phones lately.

Specs

  • 5.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution, 294ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Removable 2800mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 144.4 x 72 x 9.9mm, 137g

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#2 – Motorola Moto G (2015)

The Moto G, one of the most beloved budget phones on the market, is now in its third iteration. This time around, the handset offers up a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and either 8GB storage and 1GB RAM, or 16GB storage and 2GB RAM. bother models include microSD support, a 13MP rear cam, a 5MP front cam, a 5-inch 720p LCD display, and a hefty 2470mAh non-removable battery. While the Moto G has never been about flashy extras, this year’s model does introduce waterproofing and LTE to the mix.

For those that lust for customization, the Moto G also includes limited Moto Maker support. While this feature isn’t as robust as you’d find with the Moto X Style (Pure Edition), it’s still a great step in the right direction. As for software? The phone runs Lollipop out of the box, and it is likely only a matter of time before a Marshmallow upgrade makes its way into the hands of consumers.

It should be noted that only the model with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage reaches the under-$200 price point. To get the higher end variant, you’ll need to pay around $219 in most regions.

Specs

  • 5.0-inch LCD display with 720 x 1280 resolution, 294 ppi
  • 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 1/2 GB of RAM
  • 8/16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 32 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2470 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 142.1 x 72.4 x 11.6 mm, 155 g

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#3 – honor 5X

Huawei has finally announced its plans to break into the US market with the honor 5X. The honor 5X was announced a number of months ago, but it was just recently revealed that the dual-SIM budget handset would be coming to the United States for only $200.

Featuring an all-metal build and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, the 5X absolutely comes to market with a few features that we don’t normally see on sub-$200 smartphones. It comes with a big 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 616 processor, 16GB of storage and microSD expansion up to 128GB. It also comes with a 13MP rear camera, a pretty sizable 3000mAh battery, and runs Huawei’s EMUI atop Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. Huawei says the device will receive its update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow sometime soon, as well.

You can purchase the honor 5X from Amazon in Dark Grey, Daybreak Silver or Sunset Gold color options for only $199.99.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401 ppi
  • 1.5 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 151.3 x 76.3 x 8.2 mm, 158 g

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Best phones under $300

#1 – Moto G4 Plus

The Moto G series has always been among the best bang for your buck smartphones around, and things remain the same with Motorola’s latest mid-ranger, the Moto G4 Plus. It has everything you’d want in an inexpensive smartphone: a big Full HD display, plenty of RAM and on-board storage, and also a great 16MP rear-facing camera. This G4 Plus model also comes with a fingerprint sensor, which is a first for the Moto G line.

The best part? It’s available for just $250 through Moto Maker, so you’ll be able to customize the colors, engraving on the back, greeting, and more.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor
  • 2/3/4GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 153 x 76.6 x 9.8mm, 155g

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#2 – Nexus 5X

Google chose to release two Nexus smartphones in 2015 – the higher-end Nexus 6P made by Huawei and the LG-made Nexus 5X, which is the true sequel to LG’s beloved Nexus 5 from 2013. Both of these devices feature similar specifications, but they still manage to stand out drastically from one another. The Nexus 5X has one of the best processors on the market (the Snapdragon 808), a decent 2700mAh battery and a really great 12.3 megapixel rear-facing camera. It also boasts a fingerprint scanner on the back Google is calling Nexus Imprint, a front-facing speaker that provides decent audio quality and of course, this phone runs the latest version of Android.

In our full review, we had just a few gripes. While the Snapdragon 808 processor is very capable of performing just about everything you throw at it, the fact that the 5X comes with just 2GB of RAM makes us nervous for the future. It also only comes with 16 or 32GB of on-board storage with no microSD card expansion, so folks who are used to 32 or 64GB variants will need to rely on cloud storage when it comes to keeping media on the phone.
Considering that the Nexus 6P costed only $120 more than the 5X at launch, it was a tad difficult to recommend this smartphone at the start. Now that it’s dropped in price, though, we really think this is one of the better phones you can buy at this price range.

Specs

  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 423 ppi
  • 1.8 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16/32 GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 12.3 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2700 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm, 136 g

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#3 – OnePlus X

The OnePlus X is one of the best budget devices you can purchase right now. It’s compact, extremely fast, and boasts many of the same software features that come with its older brother, the OnePlus 2. It has an impressive 5.0-inch AMOLED display, a perfectly capable Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 gigabytes of RAM, microSD card expansion up to 128GB and two SIM card slots.

There are a few things to watch out for, though. If you want to activate the device on AT&T or T-Mobile’s networks, you may not have great 4G LTE coverage, as the device is missing the appropriate bands. It also comes with no NFC on board, so you won’t be able to use mobile payment methods like Android Pay.

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly smartphone and don’t mind spending a few extra bucks, get the OnePlus X. You can purchase it from OnePlus’ website for $249.99.

Specs

  • 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441 ppi
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2525 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 140 x 69 x 6.9 mm, 138 g

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Best phones under $400

#1 – ZTE Axon 7

ZTE’s Axon Pro from 2015 was a good phone, but it fell short in a few key areas. It came to market with only one storage option, no expandable memory, and the dual camera setup on the back of the device felt a bit gimmicky. Not only does the company’s latest flagship fix all of those problems, it brings much more to the table.

It has a big 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, the latest Snapdragon processor, plenty of RAM, multiple storage options, and yes, expandable memory up to 256GB. It also sports some killer front-facing speakers, all-day battery life, a great camera, and a sleek, attractive design. While certain parts of the software could use a little more polish, the ZTE Axon 7 goes toe-to-toe with the best in the Android market. It’s also inexpensive at only $400, making this an even more attractive option for folks looking to score a solid flagship device.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4/6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 20MP front camera, 8MP rear camera
  • Non-removable 3250mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 151.7 x 75 x 7.9mm, 175g

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#2 – OnePlus 3

OnePlus did a great job at hyping up its 2015 flagship, the OnePlus 2. After missing the mark in a few key areas like camera and software performance, though, it was very clear the company still had a lot of work to do.

Fast forward to 2016 and we now have the OnePlus 3. Not only does it fix many of the issues we had with the 2, it also brings some new software and camera features to the table that are definitely worth checking out.

With the OnePlus 3 you get a thin, all-metal unibody design, a Snapdragon 820 processor, a massive 6GB of RAM and a perfectly capable 16MP rear camera. The battery is a little smaller this time around, but it does come with Dash Charging technology that will be able to get you a 60% charge in just 30 minutes. Oh, it has NFC too!

The best part? You can buy it right now for just $399 without and invite. That’s right – OnePlus has finally done away with the dreaded invite system for good.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401ppi
  • 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35mm, 158g

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#3 – Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (aka Style)

The Moto X Pure Edition (or Moto X Style if you live outside the U.S.) boasts a big 5.7-inch Quad HD display, a powerful Snapdragon 808 processor, a really good 21MP rear camera and a big 3000mAh battery. You can also customize this device through Moto Maker, allowing you to choose whichever back plate, front plate and accent colors you’d like. Additionally, this is one of the first flagship devices other than Google’s own Nexus phones to receive Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

It might not be the most high-end device on this list, but the combination of a cheap base price, customizability via Moto Maker and amazing software experience really helps set this phone apart from the rest. The Moto X Pure Edition can be yours starting at just $399.99 from Motorola or Amazon.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 520 ppi
  • 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 21 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm, 179 g

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So there you have it – our picks for the best budget-friendly options Android has to offer at the moment. Did we miss anything? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  • Nihar

    S3 mini

  • danny

    Its prob just over $300 (£285 here in the UK but I have a Motorola RAZR I xt890 an its one of the best phones I’ve had for the price

    • lil bit

      Niche product with extremely low availability. IMO.

    • Leonardo Rojas

      Hey! What a winning bet you did in purchasing a Razr i n.n

    • Leonardo Rojas

      I have one too. It easily compares to most top tier smartphones. Just yesterday I was comparing it to the GS4, the Razr i was as fast as that one, even faster at times. That’s where I realized (again) how useless 1080p resolution is. I opened Web pages on both and the viewing was the same! There wasn’t more content in the 1080p display than in the 540p display of the Razr i. That’s a waste of resources.
      Of course the display of the GS4 is better and it’s GPU is better. But that doesn’t show much.

  • lil bit

    Xperia L fails on camera with extreme softened graininess under most conditions, Nx4 is not widely available (not even in USA now) at a low price, HTC was never a good option for budget as they barely work at all, simply not reliable enough. Even as the Touchwiz hater i am i say S3 Mini is the phone to go for here, reliable with good battery and camera. Personally i am having a hard time with these low PPI Pentile displays, Nokia N9 had higher PPI than S3 Mini and the blurred Pentile Amoled was one of the main reasons why i was not comfortable with N9. The greenish or blueish tint when viewed from even the slightest angle is also a mayor concern with Amoled, but i dont think any of that matters for a budget buyer.

    S3 Mini it is then, its also the phone i generally recommend people on a budget to buy, below the price of S3 Mini you simply cant find anything thats good enough. I dont let my personal distaste for Amoled and Touchwiz get in the way for other people getting the best available phone at the price point in question.

    • Leonardo Rojas

      How curious, the S3 Mini is the one I tell everyone to avoid. It’s not precisely cheap, that’s why. At its price range you can get much, much better devices like Motorola Razr i or HD. Even LG OPTIMUS G is not far above the S3 Mini price.
      I’d never get a Mini version of any model, they cost nearly as much as their full models and have less than half of them to offer. The Xperia Z1 Mini is the only Mini that’s looking to be great.

      • rabidhunter

        Don’t forget the DROID Mini. The only differences are screen size, LCD not AMOLED, and battery size.

    • Sammy rules Galaxy

      The tone, the structure of this comment reminds me of those paid writer/students in Taiwan whom hired by Samsung to bad mouthing their competitors and persuade others to opp for Samsung. “Although this and that is not what i fond of and this and that is well known to be the downside and I truly hated it, but given this and that, Samsung is the one to go for.” Same tactics from these promoting companies. Not that I am saying you are, but you sounds a lot like them.

  • Godai

    Since the Nexus 4 ran out of stock, my recommendation for the best value Android was always the LG Optimus 4x HD. Here in Germany you can grab one for only 250€.

    • TekBoi

      VALENCIA DG800 has the same specs as the Nexus 4 but only costs $120

  • Angelo Allegra

    Considering the options I think I’d rather keep my Galaxy S2 (international version, Italy here – and 2000mAh official extra battery) as a cheap backup phone when I’ll get a new one (Right now possibilities are Nexus 5, Xperia Z1 or Z2, Oppo Find 5 or 7 and Note 3)… none of these compare positively to the S2 potential, aside from the 720p display of some.
    And no, I’m no fan of the Nexus 4 (which is expensive in here, not sold on Google Play Store, and with street price over 349 euro).

    • Leonardo Rojas

      Xperia Z2? Where did you read about it? Are you from the future? O.o

      • Angelo Allegra

        Plenty of blogs already talking of Sony already preparing the Xperia Z2 as a follow up of Z1: I think, IIRC, I did read about it over Android Police, Droid Life or somewhere else.

  • Wildfire

    IMO the best cheap android handset is the Xiaomi mi2S. for $276 you get a 720p 4.3″ display with 1.7Ghz Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, Adreno 320 and 2GB RAM,

    • Leonardo Rojas

      Oh I wish there was a 720p display versions of most of the devices with 1080p displays. I find 1080p resolution a complete waste :(

    • dsa

      and it’s china only isn’t it?

  • i think not including the new droid mini is a bad move. thats a pretty powerful phone for only $450 off contract and it works on Verizon

    • Cole Raney

      It is more expensive than even the nexus 5. It doesn’t belong on this list.

    • tomn1ce

      This list consist of cheap smart phones under $350 the Droid Mini missed it by $100. Not to mention that to use its full potential you have to be locked down on vzw. The phones listed here are able to hook up to any GSM network or at least most.

  • Leonardo Rojas

    How about the LG L3 ll or better, the L5 ll. The L5 ll has a clear and nice IPS screen, decent specs and good performance. I was playing with it yesterday. Didn’t disappoint.
    If cheap and good is the target, that’s the smartphone I’d advice to get.

  • rabidhunter

    What about DROID Mini by Motorola? $99 on contract, but not sacrificing any power like Galaxy S4 Mini… It has the same processor, same camera, same amount of RAM, same features. The only differences are the 4.3″ TFT LCD screen and battery size.

    • tomn1ce

      This list is for low-cost, unlocked devices with no contract attached to their prices.

  • Q.

    Good list of phones, but even though I hate M$, I would honestly recommend the Nokia Lumia 520 & 620 to people looking for sub $150 phones.

    • TekBoi

      VALENCIA DG800 – $120 (same specs as Nexus 4)

  • Even though the Nexus 4 is a year old phone, it’s a BEAST! Never laggs and handles anything I throw at it!

    • Rooney-

      Throw a stone at it and see :)

      • WtF

        mine Nexus 4 is still there. However, the same stone destroyed my iPhone5. In the end, I had to throw my old Nokia 8250 to destroy stone.

        • krestian

          ROFL! and the battery on the Nokia is still running after a week of “hard” usage!!!

          • Lisandro O Oocks

            that’s what she said

      • MadCowOnAStick

        I question this “96 guest votes” :)

        • Rooney-

          And why would you do? :)

          • MadCowOnAStick

            ya know, it just looked maybe a LITTLE suspicious :)

      • tomn1ce

        on either side of the phone for that matter…. -_-

    • Shark Bait

      It is! for the first time I dont think I need to upgrade…… I still want to though!

    • Brad B

      My Nexus s just died a few months ago! It ran for 3 years with a only a few problems before it completely killed.

    • TekBoi

      VALENCIA DG800 – $120

  • Balraj

    Bad mention: galaxy s3 mini :-P

  • Matthew Pringle

    Inexpensive* phones. Don’t sully androids good name.

  • Hewbert Gabon

    How about Cherry Mobile Cosmos X2/Konka V981.. For 260$
    1.2GHz Quad-core Processor MediaTek MT6589
    PowerVR SGX544
    16GB Internal Storage, Expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
    1GB RAM
    4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD Display
    Corning Gorilla Glass 2
    18.0-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED Flash and BSI
    5.0-megapixel front-facing camera
    Dual SIM, Dual Standby
    3G, HSPA+, Bluetooth, WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, GPS/aGPS, FM Radio
    Android Jelly Bean 4.2
    Smart Stay and Smart Call Software Technology
    2,200mAh battery

  • undertaken316

    Also the Optimus G Pro has started seeing some price drops in Europe and here’s a loot at it:

    http://youtu.be/NqdBuiRLC0w

  • Erick Ordoñez

    $230+ is cheap??? … :s … not where I live on. Nice article tough.

    • Shark Bait

      cheap relative to most high end phones yes

      • MG

        I agree. When you look at the cost of service for subsidized phone on contract, pay a little upfront instead of paying a ton over the life of the agreement. Any of these phones on a prepay service like 35orless can easily you save over $500 p/year

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          People are bad at math unfortunately. :-P

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    • Lisandro O Oocks

      it’s 32 hours of minumum wage here. How much is it where you live?

      • Jeevan

        In india its .3$ an hour. so these phones aren’t really budget.especially after adding the 40% tax that govt’ adds on phone.

        • Brad B

          My sister works here in the U.S. and makes six figures. Her counterpart in India that she had to meet before a lot of the skill workers short falled and they started working with Brazil made roughly 7 dollars U.S. currency and hour. I almost passed out when I heard that. How does anyone make a living getting .5 dollars an hour anywhere!

          • alfred

            want to work as well… in us

          • x

            in Baltic states (Europe Union) minium wage is 300 euros a month, man :) it is about 375 bucks.

        • Karly Johnston

          Really? I seen prices on Flipkart that make me drool.

      • Hector Sanchez

        minimum wage in Mexico is 350 pesos a full 40-hour work week which translates to roughly $27.

    • thartist

      Nothing to see here besides Moto G.

      • Jesus

        Yeah but 8GB non expandable storage, for that price. Kinda gay…

        • Tuấn Ankh

          That’s why the 16GB is available for only $20 more. ;)
          And I find it funny I meet you here again xD

          Looking for a cheap phone too?

          • Jesus

            OMG only $20 more? I hope you’re right.

            It’s just released in australia, but we don’t have the 16gig… yet?

            And yeah, looking for a cheap phone! The Moto G is awesome, but 8GB just will not do.

          • john

            You must still be in grade school!!!

          • Job For A [S]unjay

            16GB is too little

          • Annie Leonhardt

            Purchase an iPhone 6 64GB. You’ll thank me later.

          • Tuấn Ankh

            Who you replied that to?

          • rmartinezdl

            Lmao for triple the price

          • NOOOOOOOOO

          • sp1312

            lol.. iphone 6 in cheap fon… nice

          • Estafador

            16G is still not enough

        • Country Crock

          Kinda gay?? Seriously?

        • john

          gay – u must be a homophobe or dumbass. Hope your kids are gay.

        • Mike Bastable

          Personally i find the use of the word “gay” as a negative adjective very annoying. Why would an educated person say this in 2014?

          • c

            eF you, faggot lover.

          • Mike Bastable

            certainly, where and when?

          • Carl

            For the same reason anyone would use the word stupid. Adjectives are used to describe situations or things. Just because now a days everyone raises their flags on gay bashing or is so ashamed of growing tough skin, doesn’t mean someone should be talked down to. Yes assumptions are bad to make; but you probably use curse words or say things like “oh my God” continuously as a reaction. Despite your educational lack of vocabulary or lack of belief in any higher power.

          • Mike Bastable

            When you ASSUME. You make an ASS of U and ME.
            I neither swear or curse or use Gods name in vain.
            I do however hate lazy use of derogatory language.

          • Matthew Allison

            Oh you are one of those people with a very small vocabulary and low IQ. They did a study and found that people very against swearing are narrow minded and generally have a small IQ

          • Mike Bastable

            no i just resent being told to go fuck myself just because i am gay.
            I support all opinions and dont swear because it adds nothing to the argument…..people who read studies about IQsand swearing…need to get out more?

          • johan

            Gays are very important in the nature. They help reduce overpopulation. It’s evolution’s dead end. And word homonym in this case is very accurate.

          • Mike Bastable

            I object to anyone being called a “dead end”. Shame on you and people like you.

          • C Lo

            Excuse me, I do not believe you are able to use the word object. That word is designated only for lawyers in a court of law. Are you a lawyer? If not, please refrain from using this word as it is offensive outside the court of law.

          • Mike Bastable

            C Lo….come on man. Take a chill pill….did you ever read the deleted post I was replying to?
            Or are you bored and just scrolling through the comments here, replying to some to provoke? If you are that bored, sorry, you can borrow my Netflix login and chill out. Mail me if needed.

          • diggie

            Don’t act like a homo

          • Mike Bastable

            you are soooooooooooo funny.

          • Ian

            Thanks for this comment. Made me happy :)

          • Mike Bastable

            Cheers, Dude

          • Donavon Hornbeck

            Couldn’t agree with you more on this.

          • C Lo

            I am an educated person, and I use the word “gay” to describe lame things. As an educated person, I recognize my job is not to provide a safe space for people who are hypersensitive. Also, most words, including gay, have more than one meaning. Deal with it. Gay people do not own the word gay. The word was around way longer than they were. 2 years old and still deserves a reply.

          • Mike Bastable

            Justification. A weak one as well. Obviously silly reply…wether you are a bigot or just being obtuse…..use of the word Gay as a negative adjective is LAZY and rather offensive to many. So why do it? To prove a point?

        • Mike Bastable

          9 idiots liked this homophobes post, everyone else should immeadiately like one of the dissenting post below!
          Kick out the -isms here. Annoying trend recently of sexism, homophobia and racism. We must not tolerate it. AA must ban those involved.

          • Vishnu

            Guys

          • Patrick

            For christ’s sake get over yourself.
            What, if he called the phone “kinda lame” you’d think he’s insulting physically disabled people? Do you understand the concept of homonyms?

          • Mike Bastable

            Big words from a small mind, using the word gay as a homonym is not to be supported, I actually avoid the word lame too. If I had to call something ” kinda lame” (a rather uninspired put down) I chose to nominate your reply as it is kinda…..x

          • Estafador

            PC is making me run out of adjectives to use.

          • Mike Bastable

            Don’t blame pc… Pc means polite really… Why offended anyone?

          • Estafador

            because they irritate me.

          • Mike Bastable

            Okay. Haha. :-)

          • Triggered

          • Mike Bastable

            …..

          • Estafador

            didn’t know lame was a term to describe disabled people. Gosh damn, sometimes PC gets a little overbearing. Is boring an adjective used out of context too? How about corny? Or just weird. Goodness next will be the ban of the terrm annoying.

          • Hugo

            “We must not tolerate it” An isn’t that the typical line for those always preaching tolerance and diversity. Never any tolerance for those who may disagee with you. Screw you , you twit. We don’t need language police and your opinionsopinions aren’t more important than others. Focus on the phone.

          • Mike Bastable

            We is not used to describe myself or those who think like me..it refers to us all. We. You are vrry very welcome to disagree with me Hugo. Everyday.24-7. I just dislike using the word gay to negative it discriminates and is lazy..there are loads of adjectives to describe bad things. Did not say anywhere that my opinion matters more. Looked up your twitter and we actually agree on most things suprisingly. Being called a twit in 2015 is charming, thanks.
            But seriously…..you are commenting very late on a reply i left months ago. At that time this site was attracting loads of idiotic comments full of hate. So i posted a reply. Luckily the fools have moved on. But feel free to disagree.
            As for screwing me?, most people buy me beer first……

          • Hugo

            Hey, I buy my phones a year late thus, just read this. Now, you may find the word gay a hateful one and that’s well within your right to feel and think that, while I may find it an appropriate one and that’s well within my rights to think that. I am quite fed up with the censorship of words and thoughts and all critical thinking persons should be as well.

          • Mike Bastable

            Agree to some extent…but you seem smart so why not use the English language creatively…surprise us…i just think using gay as a negative is lazy and insulting. But i will man the barricades against censorship..whilst supporting honest criticisms

          • Hugo

            Mike, I think someone being insulted by words to the point of censorship is phaggy. I am not interested in totalitarian thought police methods.

          • Mike Bastable

            Respect the reply…but let’s agree to move on. I never suggested censorship just a thesaurus.

          • Hugo

            Fair enough. I now have a decision to make between the moto x and Asus zenphone 2. These are big decisions Mikey boy.

          • Mike Bastable

            Moto X Hugo man….

          • Estafador

            careful, twit may be some jarring term for a disability or a person of different lifestyle. PC police will find.

          • Mike Bastable

            You people waste so much time being rude. My original point stands. In a time where gay people are persecuted in Russia, murdered by ISIS and attacked by bigots….to use the term gay as a negative adjective is lazy, insulting and contemptable.

          • Hugo

            gay people persecuted in Russia? what a joke that it is. If anyone is doing the bullying in 2016 it’s the gay community.

          • Mike Bastable

            Ok…obvioulsy NOT some who follows the news…so not worth a serious reply really. So let me leave it at….the bany in your pic looks reasonably happy

          • Hugo

            follow the news? who the heck with an IQ over 50 follows the news and actually believes what they say. The media is there to shape the news not report truthfully.

          • Mike Bastable

            You spend a lot of time howling at the moon….instead of….thinking?

          • Hugo

            Ouchy. What surprise, the insults start when logic and facts dont work for you. So gay, so berry, berry gay. Sorry, the bullying wont work here. But, please do tell me more about ‘my people’.

          • Mike Bastable

            Not an insult i was pleased you had a hobby….
            ….since you appear unable to disseminate info from dis- info, sense from idiocy, logic from a rant etc etc
            Hope you have good time here…keeps you off the street. Full stop.

          • Hugo

            Yup. Keep up the insults. So gay. So gaaayyy. Is this what you do when you dont get your way? Who hates free speech again?

          • Mike Bastable



            Yawn

          • Hugo

            Oh wait. Your bullying attempts to control free speech didn’t work?

          • Mike Bastable

            No Hugo…bullying? Where did you get that from….just tired of your inane chatter. You replied to my post. You insulted me. I have consistently stated a respect for your opinions, however much i disagree….but more time spent on replying to your rants is time wasted. Again lazy use of the word gay as a negative adjective is offensive…..
            …if you wish to casually offend? Feel free.
            But the world would be a better place if we didnt insult each other for the fun of it.
            As stated earlier, the posts here dont gel with your reasoned postings elsewhere…so i will read those instead and just ignore those posted here.
            I am all for free speech. Always. BUT i am also for the right to dissent. Yours and Mine.

        • Windra

          “Kinda gay…”
          What is this, 2009?

        • thatoneguy

          What are you talking about? My 2nd gen Moto G has expandable storage. From the article:
          “8GB and 16GB storage options, microSD expansion”

          Also: “Gay?” Really? Are you in sixth grade?

      • Corelogik

        Oh I dunno, I’ve had BLU Life One for almost a year now and had no issues with it. I paid just under $200 for it from Amazon and use it on Straight Talk for $45/mo. for unlimited service.

        Often in this world you get what you pay for, sometimes though there are deals to be had that can and do surprise you.

        It all depends on how brand-centric you wanna be vs. getting the best deal that meets your needs.

        Far too many people today focus on brand first, price and suitableness after an item fits their ‘brand status issues’.

        • Paul

          OK, you’re lucky. And I envy you. But most of those chinese phones break after a month. And don’t expect premium warranty service. I know some of them are awesome, but it’s just too risky to buy one.

          • That’s among the reasons I chose BLU. The phones may be Chinese in origin, what phones aren’t these days, but the company and warranty center are American. Located in Florida.

        • Estafador

          Do you do nothing but make phone calls, text and MMS? Because if so, then naturally it would last a while.

      • Emperius

        Not at phableted 5″.

      • Bence Mátrai

        Nothing to see here besides One Plus One. Okay its almost impossible to get one but sure as hell that the One Plus One is the best phone on this list.

        • Estafador

          eh, I like expanded memory. Plus from what I can tell, the material they used contributed heavily to it’s known heating issue. Besides the OnePlus 2 seems better than its predecessor.

      • balcobomber25

        Which itself is nothing to see. Specs out of 2012 for $200.

      • gparmar76

        The Honor 5X is way better than the Moto G at $199

        • Estafador

          The honor 5X seems to blow chunks to a lot of these phones. Ultimately though I would consider what your gonna do on your phone. If you don’t need heavy CPU support, then I’d probably get it. I’m personally at a toss up between the Honor 5X and the OnePlus X simply due to aesthetic purposes. I probably won’t burn out the CPU with GPS and Pandora.

      • Estafador

        your joking right? That phone is slow as fuck.

      • Aayush Ganesh

        The updated list has something way more compelling. Its name is an expression, its made or metal and it has 3gb of ram, and 1080p 5 inch screen so it doesnt drain away the electrons. The one and only 1+x. You’ll find it at the #1 spot in $300 spot. Its an outstanding phone, and no I am not a fanboy. I am a new owner.

    • Merlevandemadom

      Yes, what are the best Android phones below $100? And easy to update to latest version like stock Android 4.4 KitKat. Look at dx.com or pandawill.com and you’ll see lots of phones around $50 with Android 4.x and 512MB RAM, so you can run the latest stock Android 4.4

    • Brad B

      The Nexus is a great deal for high end. If you look at paying 350 versus 650.

      • TekBoi

        OnePlus One has a bigger screen, larger batter, better camera, and twice the storage for the same price.

        • Richard Gao

          It also hasn’t been released to the general public yet…

          • okgoldtec

            Blowing wind. OnePlus was big talk with only about 100 phones. Wait till July/August when maybe it’ll be available

          • TekBoi

            Let’s say it does come out in July, it’ll still be one of the few phones with 3GB of RAM, and guaranteed 2 years support. Even Nexus phones have been downgraded to 18 months support.

            From an security and IT perspective, iPhones are a great investment because Apple supports their devices for 3 years. The iPhone 4 can receive an update for iOS 7.1, and it runs beautifully. To put that into perspective, that’s like HTC announcing that the Droid Incredible would receive an update to KitKat, or the ORIGINAL Galaxy S from Samsung would receive that same update. The OnePlus One will have two years of updates guaranteed.

          • okgoldtec

            Just got invite. But they don’t ship

          • Pavitra Singh

            then send it to me

          • Andrew White

            The 64GB version is touted to be available in a dozen countries including the US sometime in June (see Tech Times & Knowyourmobile) for the amazing price of $349 US.
            Just to recap for those not aware of the specs of this Chinese smartphone.
            An 801 Qualcomm processor (currently the best available);
            3GB of ram, a 13mp rear (Sony made) and a 5mp front camera, 4k video recording/playback;
            stereo speakers at the bottom which JBL had a hand in designing;
            a 5.5″ 1080p 401ppi screen & CyanogenMod 11s O/S (based on Kitkat and very much ‘Open Source’) which lacks much of the bloatware of every other Android phone, the Nexus 4 & 5 excluded.
            Observation: The domestic market for so many Chinese manufacturers is probably large enough to profit from the economy of
            shear scale. But, China now knows it can be
            a player internationally and not just when we
            are comparing motor vehicles, fast rail, the
            launching of satelites, advanced energy storage technology or producing cutting
            edge smartphones for much more
            affordable prices.
            My favourite phone right now is not the One Plus One but Oppo’s Find 7 with rapid charging and a 1440p display for $599, which doesn’t qualify for this article, but it is another example of what is coming out of China at a very reasonable price.

          • felix

            Hi Andrew do you have an invite for the one + and if so would you mind sending me one? Looks like an amazing phone! thnx

          • Smart One

            Really? Really? Man you are so desperate and inconsiderate.
            No one has an invite system yet. No one has any details yet. Hes not just gonna give on away to some random person.

        • Estafador

          just buy the 2. Its just as cheap.

          • TekBoi

            I hated the OnePlus 2, but the new model I can agree with. My brother got one. Nevertheless, I got the Axon 7.

      • Donavon Hornbeck

        I owned the Nexus for 2 weeks and sent it back to Amazon, then bought a Blu Life One X. Believe it or not, my Blu Life One X is a more reliable phone. I was amazed at how bogged down the Nexus could get. I have tried nearly every phone of this list… I say take the Alcatel off the list altogether, its a great phone, but the insane lag is a deal breaker with that one. The Moto G is solid all around, the One Plus X doesn’t support LTE in my area at all (but is probably the best phone on this list otherwise). For the value I place the Blu Life One X as the “best” budget phone. This phone has very few compromises.

    • Brad B

      And Nexus’ come completely unlocked. Ready to go. No commitments. Not strings. No nothing. You pay the amount. It is yours. Other phones you buy will have bloatware. Nexus phones from Google are pure Android.

    • Jayfeather787

      Anything under 300 bucks for a good smartphone is pretty cheap.

    • Mohammed

      Very surely this is approximate and not all would agree but for the phone and its concept and specs, they are considered cheap

    • Raisa

      Android Phones are now on sale only on

    • Olav Alexander Mjelde

      It’s very cheap here in Norway, it is about 20 beers on town :P

    • Estafador

      compared to $600 phones…yes.

    • Chris

      If you look the fact Apple user are stupid enough to pay 1500$ for an iPhone 6s Plus 128GB… who offer only a 12mpx camera and a 12h battery life…

      Yeah, 230$ its cheap for a better device…

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    • Derek923

      Please, can someone tell which Chinese online website or retailer can one buy a product and actually receive it? Thanks.

      • Ian

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  • tom

    UK buyers can now get the lovely Motorola Razr i (top end build quality/sd card/long battery life/fast) on PAYG with a certain numerically named provider for only £150.

  • Kayiro

    Correct me if im wrong but i thought it said, best CHEAP smartphones

  • nevan

    how about sony xperia sp?

  • Samsung

    The sIII mini shouldn´t stand in the last place… It´s so much better than the Xperia L…

  • Ked

    How much is LG NExus 4 ? Translated into PHP…

    • Chad Fernando

      do your research first and you’ll know the price :)

  • edward

    you are too rich to consider those model are cheap!

  • Ass hole

    Poor people dont need smart phones.

  • Erica Mathis

    Pantech Discover blows these phones out of the water with 4″8″ HD screen, 720 x 1280 pixels. Snapdragon S4 Plus, 16 GB storage (up to 32 GB), 12.6 MP camera, great stereo speakers. All for around or under $200 unlocked. Nothing comes close to this.

    • Niral Ramesh

      yeah but unlike the moto g, you get terrible updates. The moto g already has KitKat

  • Valtheus

    I am still waiting for my Moto G to ship. So you pretty much know where i am on the list… ;-)

  • VasyaPupkin

    What is moto g doing there??

  • mumusen

    Nexus 5 has iOS camera? Think you are an apple lover. It got OIS camera

  • benbrookboy

    I think the LG L9 is a decent choice and and one of the lowest prices of the phones mentioned.

    • Stephan Hall

      I like the L9. Good phone for the dollar

  • Data

    The Moto G is probably one of the best Android phones out there, not just low end!

    Also, since my last comment I still hate M$ but the Lumia 520 is still an appealing device under $100.

  • Varun

    Nexus 5 is not cheap in my country by any means 16,32 GB costs around $460, $530 respectively, so its not cheap and a mere $100 less than the lg g2…..btw I live in India

  • Jayfeather787

    What about the Nexus 4? Still a great phone.

  • Ray

    Don’t forget about the 50GB of Google Drive storage on the Moto G, it’s a good feature for the price.

  • Alexandana Theng

    I love stock android and nexus 5 but i can’t afford to buy it here. It costs USD 540/unit for 16GB and even Nexus 4 still costs USD 440/unit for 8GB :(

  • crickcrick

    Apart from 1 and 2 the rest of the phones should not be on the list, they are neither cheap nor good

  • cRash

    Xperia SP

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  • John

    what about Ascend Y300 ?

  • kyzer

    What aout lenovo p780 ?

  • deepen915

    anyone buying a galaxy s3 mini in late 2013 is an idiot..

    • David Brooks

      Or maybe they just want a user-replaceable battery and an SD card slot, both of which are lacking in many competitors such as the Moto G.

  • I recently bought me an Allview A5DUO, with a fairly recent OS, 4.2.2, a dual-core A7 1.2 ghz, gpu Mali400, 512 RAM (quite dated), 4′ 800×480 display. It only costed about 120 euros here, and it’s good enough to run Vice City. So yeah, that’s what a cheap phone is.

  • parman

    Realy nice

  • Jayfeather787

    Even though the Nexus 4 is a 2012 phone, it is a good phone for the price.

  • george

    Check out the Vizio VP800 sold online from 162$.
    5 inch FullHD screen, 2GB RAM, snapdragon s4 processor quad core 1,5Ghz Krait.

  • Jose Rosas

    The Xperia Play, is 2011 MOdel is an old phone but its PlayStation Gamepad is uniqe in every phone. Costs about $80-130 at Amazon.

  • Moto G is the best of all these on the list, and I highly recommend it. Check it out if you don’t have one already, good job on the list by the way.

  • thetruthisalie

    Mising BLU lineup…

  • LG L5 II owner

    Don’t buy LG L5 II I’ve had it for 6 months and it’s lagging much!!! Buy it only if you’re using it for social media, calls and messaging! Every other thing will lag it out!

  • teotsi21

    thl w8 beyond. Sweet price(200 euros) and high end performance…

  • Wesley

    do you not get the budget that some of us have to deal with, I was hoping to see a phone on here for 50 dollars at the most, maybe when I start making more than minimum wage, I can look at this.

  • Mohd Zamzuri Haron

    I think Alcatel One Touch Idol X should be in the list. I’m using it now. Bought it at MYR 950 (USD288) at that time. With it decent outlook design, I also impressed with the performance. So far I haven’t facing any problems with it. Can view out their specs here :
    http://www.alcatelonetouch.com/global-en/products/smartphones/one_touch_idolx.html
    It’s a cool smartphones.

  • Winyon

    Blu Life Play X

  • hgjfhdhghjkli

    What not to like in this article? Because if You are writing about cheapest Android phone – bear in mind, that there are even for ~30-40$ in Europe/states phones. If You want to write about cheap-est just do some research. Even from “mayor brands” You can find for ~100$ easily – e.g. older models, new not used. But the term “mayor brands” is strange, especially when writing about “cheap” not “costly”…

  • Beckim

    Nexus 5 is $450 how is that cheap ?

  • Purvin

    Rate the Xolo range of android phones . They too have great specifications .

  • Mohammed Azoz

    where i live the nexus worth around 571$ and the motorola G worth 250-300$ :(

  • TekBoi

    OnePlus One

  • Manda_Panda_III

    WHERE IS THE ONEPLUS ONE?!?!?!?!

  • sarbjot

    what about the sony xperia sp its a really good mid range phone with lots of good features like LTE and more.

  • Shubham Singh

    most affordable in every price segment.

  • Heisenberg -_-

    How about the LG Optimus L90 with the SD400 1.2ghz quad core, 4.7 inch gorilla glass 3 screen, 2460mah battery and kit Kat for $228?

  • so_

    ZTE 665 for light use is hard to beat @ 55$.

    In my own book, this is cheap. The list above are for mid priced phone

  • Jaime A.G.

    Huawei is kicking a** in less-than-$150 range ! and you didn’t mention it.

  • x

    where is huawei g 610?

  • John Monks

    I just got my wife a Moto G and they actually now come with 4.4.2 out of the box (from Argos in the UK).
    One other thing that’s not often mentioned is the Moto G has an FM radio.
    I love my Nexus 5 but if I was choosing between them now it really wouldn’t be easy.

  • Chirag Jain

    remove xperia L from the list, that phone sucks,and it has less bloatware? bitch please
    i better buy a Mediatek powered phone than a xperia L
    huawei and alcatel deserve to be on the list

  • Thullraven

    I left my S3 for the Moto G and haven’t looked back. I pre-ordered the Moto G LTE version and am really looking forward to it.

  • Tariq Azam

    To be honest these phones are cheap for high ended brands, but not as cheap as these Ones, http://www.cheapandroid.info !

  • jack Walker

    What about the LG Optimus Dynamic?

  • jack Walker

    The LG Optimus Dynamic is only 20 bucks off amazon

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  • A very informative post. i liked this blog too much…… i want to say the readers that here i found another review of the best upcoming smartphone which gonna shake the smartphone market for a long term period surely…..http://bit.ly/Yzl0kT

    • Hector Sanchez

      Best upcoming smartphone? It’s been quite a while since the oneplus one started selling, and it certainly would have shook the smartphone if it wasn’t for its horribly limited selling strategy.

      • yup………in that case you are right…. but i remarked keeping in view the indian smartphone market. by the way its limited selling strategy is really gonna kill itself.

  • Jayfeather787

    Under 250 dollars, there is also the Xiaomi Redmi 1s (http://www.oppomart.com/phones/xiaomi-redmi-1s.html), Xiaomi Redmi Note (http://www.oppomart.com/phones/xiaomi-redmi-note-4g.html), ZTE V5 Max (http://www.oppomart.com/phones/zte-v5.html), InFocus M512 (http://www.oppomart.com/phones/infocus-m512.html), and the Huawei Honor 4x (http://www.oppomart.com/phones/huawei-honor-4x.html).

    The Xiaomi Mi3 is an excellent phone for 280 dollars as well (http://www.oppomart.com/phones/xiaomi-mi3.html)

  • Isaac

    Would this just be 6 phones for under $350? Lol

  • Nexus

    What about the LG Optimus G Pro (2013)? I think it´s one of the most balanced phones and a good quality-price deal ($280-$350 aprox.)

  • Thullraven

    I can’t believe the Moto G 4G LTE was not mentioned. It is technically a First Generation Moto G, but has expandable storage and LTE, which sets it apart. Also, the battery life and screen resolution are better than the Second Generation Moto G. I think it is around $220 directly from Motorola unlocked and carrier free. It’s omission is just wrong.

  • Jimbo

    Why the Oneplus one hate? It has the best specs of any of these, comparable to an S5. And only 350, WTF?

    • The_Prodigy

      People just hate the company for their bad customer service. Personally, I would give them the benefit of the doubt because they are a new company and this is their first phone. However, if they make the same mistakes with the Oneplus Two, then that would be inexcusable.

  • Itamar Baum

    What would you recommend a moto g or a thl w200s? I got my sister the w200s and our seems to be fine. And the antutu benchmarks seem th Put it somewhere between the Galaxy s3 and s4 (so a slightly better processor than the snapdragon 400)

    Tl;dr moto g or thl w200s?

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  • Hitokage Tamashi

    The LG Volt (Virgin and Boost Mobile) is a pretty good choice. Screen is pretty decent for not being HD, and the insanely large battery coupled with Spark make it a pretty killer deal, especially considering it’s $150-$180 (price seems to vary). Handles most games I’ve thrown at it pretty well too for being low-mid tier, just dont expect to get San Andreas to run (think that’s an optimization issue however as iirc anything with S400 is a laggy mess with SA).

  • Zachary Whear

    Why no love for the 1st gen moto x? I believe it can be found for less then $300

  • Faux-News

    Honor 6

  • igy

    I think that 1 GB models started to be as 512MB before 1 year ago. Despite Kitkat ram optimizations, apps eat to much ram.

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  • m

    eF the oneplus. U can not even buy this “iphone killer 2013” yet.

  • Amin Armani

    Lovin my Zenfone 5.

  • iJutsu .

    Nexus 5 is the best mobile purchase I’ve made.

  • David Tchulukhadze

    Good rewiev guys but I wish to remind about Samsung galaxy grand2 wich cost now 300$ at least in my country:) Specifications are mach higher than sony m2. You can check it out:) in my opinion it’s deserves definitely third place in list phone under 350$.

  • Karly Johnston

    Google could at least drop the year old N5 to $299. Why should I pay the same price it was last year?

  • Gym Shorts

    Under $350, OnePlus is million miles away better than Nexus 5.Just stop with Nexus bias.

  • Abhijit

    But what about Xiaomi devices?? The Mi3 and Mi4.

  • Bob S99

    Seems Moto G LTE should be there instead of original Moto G or even new Moto G 2nd Gen since lack of LTE is a major complaint on the other 2

  • Rob Andrion

    how about mi3 and.or mi4?

  • Vasil Nikolov

    AA, Please make an article about best cheap phablets.

  • Renz Hernandez

    What about Cherry Mobile Equinox Night (also known as iMobile iqx2) ? That phone costs around Php 4,999 ($111 USD) here and the specs are quite amazing!

    – 5″ Full HD OGS Display Protected with DragonTrail Glass
    – MediaTek MT6589T @ 1.5GHz
    – 4GB Onboard storage, expandable via sdcard
    – Dual Sim
    – 18MP BSI Rear Camera, 3MP Front Camera
    – 1GB Ram
    – Android 4.2

    It runs an old android 4.2 thou…. But hey, that price is quite amazing for a phone like this :)

  • Stan Robertson

    I have the HTC One (M8) 32 GB of storage, with an option to add more with an SD card. Paid 1 dollar upfront, with a 2 year contract with Verizon. Best phone on the planet, and has awesome 4G connectivity!. You pay for what you get.

  • You are wrong!!

    I want to point out 2 things here:

    1. “The LG Nexus 5 is easily the most powerful device on this list”.. Oneplus one demolishes Nexus 5 in every way possible.
    2. You didn’t mention one really good phone, Vodafone Smart 4. Here in Ireland, it was 60 euros last week which is about 100 dollars. It has Snapdragon 400, 1gb ram, 4.5″ screen,android 4.4, nfc.. etc.. it’s clearly the best cheap smartphone..

  • Ryan

    These are the prices w/out two year agreement?

  • Xiaomi Mi3 if you can get hold of.

  • SContrerasMer

    missed the Moto G 4G in thehonorablementions, , or is it includded in the 1st Gen?

  • Jing Heng

    Why isn’t any Mi Devices here?

  • Windra

    I wish the OnePlus One had physical buttons for the interface of the phone, like with Samsung devices (home button and the sort). Dont get me wrong, The OnePlus One looks AWESOME (and I wish I could get it) but im just afraid that i’ll accidentally touch it while i’m swiping or something. Same goes for the Nexus phones. =/
    I dunno, maybe I’ll adapt.

    • The OPO does have (capacitive) buttons (well, dedicated hardware areas below the screen). They’re in the reverse order of the standard Android ones, but they’re there, and using them clears up some screen space. They’re not really prone to accidental touching, but I suppose it’s possible.

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  • ninux

    What about lg g2, cheaper than nexus 5?

  • Liviu Copaci

    forgot about xiaomi mi3 the benchmark scores are higher then nexus 5 and the price is the same 340 $ for the 16 gb storage and that with taxes

  • david loos

    oneplus the only non-major vendor reviewed? you guys need to get out more.

  • Ahmad Huzaifah Mahmood

    did you forget Huawei Honor 6?

  • PaulC

    I bought my wife a ZTE ZMAX for $252. It has a 5.7 inch screen (and that’s pretty much all she cares about) and a micro-sd slot so I don’t have the same problem getting pictures off when it breaks like the Nexus 4 she had previously. After a month or so she still loves it. It’s a different perspective. She wanted big but she doesn’t know the difference between 720P and 1080P or between dual core and quad core so it’s not worth spending extra $$ on those things.

    • dominic barnes

      If she’s happy then your happy jobs a good one.

  • dominic barnes

    Motorola impress me I remember the old Motorola nice build quality but a pig to operate now there android it’s tempting to say goodbye samsung.

  • Singhapura

    The Meizu MX4 is amazing value. High build quality, ultrafast and 32GB on board. Only drawbacks are no NFC and no SD card slot.

  • Android Lollipop update has been released for MOTO G 2nd Generation. Now its good news for every Moto owner. I have a Moto G 2nd Gen. and i have purchased it through zopper.

  • Gustaw

    Why the Oneplus One isn’t the best cheap phone?

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  • Tushar Tyagi

    According to me plz check Unite 2 specification…. This may bring new surprise to you

  • ryan

    no huawei ascend mate 2 love?

  • Marty

    How about a 64GB HTC One X+ for $150 from Best Buy. Got mine for $130 with a Reward certificate. :)

  • I wanted to mention the Amazon Fire Phone (*ducks rotten fruit thrown my way*). It’s under $200 unlocked now, includes a year of Prime (or extends your membership by a year), and so really is $100 for people who’d use Prime (or, students: for your parents). You can install Play stuff on it, including the Now launcher (see one of the top 3 reviews on Amazon for the easy how-to), and it’s got some fun hardware. I’ve got both gens of the Moto G, and I’d pick the Moto G 2014 over the Fire Phone, but only because it’s essentially pure Google-droid. I’d pick the Fire over the 2013 G and certainly over the E. Given the fact you can use the Play Store (including downloading Play content like movies – I have verified that), it’s a very nice piece of hardware (in that price range) with some cool software and the ability to download a fair bit of Amazon Prime video. Parts of the OS suck a bit, but not too badly.

  • Neel Tejwani

    What about the ASUS ZenFone 2 which was shown at CES 2015? That has WAY better specifications than the Moto G, and sells for $200. It might not be released yet to buy, but I could wait till March. Also, for a little more money, you can get the version with FOUR GB of ram. This phone is even better than all high end phones. Thumbs up to ASUS for making this awesome affordable phone.

  • Karly Johnston

    plz stop wid moto e… total pos

  • Chris Rey

    You should have the sony z ultra on phones under 350.

  • Wayne

    Where’s the Google Nexus 6? XD

  • Patrik Badanjak

    How about Xiaomi Note? Goes around 200$ (probably less on Amazon or Ebay) and has sick specs. Like literally sick and if you haven’t heard of Xiaomi it’s the 3rd most valuable smartphone maker just behind Apple and Samsung.

    • Peter Yang

      Xiaomi Note is around $400

    • coldspring22 .

      You mean Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, which cost around $170 delivered to US from china etailers. Yea it’s pretty nice phone, FHD 5.5 display, whopping octa core cpu clocking in at 45K-50K antutu, 2GB ram, 16G storage with extra SD card, removable battery, 5MP/13MP camera. I would rate this as the top phone available under $200 now. I have older Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G, and it’s a pretty great phone also, and Redmi Note 2 further improves it. Redmi Note might be more practical phone than more expensive Xiaomi Mi Note series as it has removable battery and SD card slot. You can also customize it by swapping out the back cover to any 3rd party covers, including gold metal back cover, giving this phone premium build look. Only limitation is that if you want to use it in US, it will work only with Tmobile and ATT, limited to HSPA+, as it doesn’t have proper 4G LTE band for US.

  • Orionsangel

    If you want a ridiculously low priced budget phone that’s actually decent in terms of performance. Look no further than the LG Optimus Fuel.

    ANDROID™ 4.4 KITKAT

    1.2 GHZ DUAL-CORE PROCESSOR

    LARGE 3.5″ TOUCH SCREEN

    3 MP CAMERA AND CAMCORDER

    You can usually find it unlocked for $30 to $50 new. $20 refurbished on Ebay and sometimes Walgreens has it for $10 for new. I can’t really said anything bad about it in terms of performance. It does what it supposed to do, fast and with no lag.

  • Luka Pochi

    Fucking auto start videos.. 1000 at once starts talking

  • anon001

    dont play fucking videos on the page. christ you’ve got several playing all at once you idiots.

    • PeteH

      I believe there is a setting in YouTube that disables auto-start.
      I can’t remember the steps to get to it, but I’m pretty sure it’s in YT settings, or just Google it.
      That auto-play drove me crazy, especially if I have left my speakers on.

  • Nommi

    You did not mention ECOO E04, That’s the best phone under $250

  • aarond

    No Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime ($170) ?
    No Xiaomi Redmi 2 ($140) ?

    wow, you have to research more

  • jashuan turner

    Where is the ZTE Z max is 180$ and beats the hell out of the moto G.(the problems it has on the review seems to have been fixed except for the stock camera app)

  • amer

    guys check out lenovo note k3

  • Hugh Janus

    What about the Alcatel Idol 3? I think it’s the best value for money right now, 250$ for 5.5″ octa core, full-hd, 2gb memory, lollipop & 13mp camera or 200$ for 4.7″ model

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  • Fred Fanackerpan

    here in the UK ive bought 3 android 4.4.4 Kit Kat GoFones one each for my family members who tested theirs long before I bought mine they are only available on Ideal world shopping channel at £99.99

    5inch HD screen extremely good HD pictures, 8mega pixel rear camera with LED flash and panoramic view if needed, a 2 mega pixel front camera, 1 gig of Ram, free android antivirus for three devices for one year, two different colour rear covers 1 white 1 black, a 1800mah battery and USB charger.it doesn’t bend like the iPhone in your pocket either, quality of moulding seems nice the phone is very responsive and quite a bit of work has gone into making it a pleasurable experience to use.

    The website sells new batteries to and ebay sell nice leather cases that the phone sticks into perfectly not impeading the use of the camera or buttons at all. I am very impressed with this phone it also has two sim slots although you don’t have to use the second one, battery life is about 18 hours which is enough for most people although HD video can consume the battery fairly quickly. I wonder why it hasn’t had a mention on here these phones should be flooding the market with their price, quality and reliability, I suppose that most purchasers only discover them on the ideal world shopping channel. the company that supplies ideal world really needs to up its game in advertising this phone it has the potential to be a market leader. heres a link.

    http://www.idealworld.tv/_335901.aspx?matchtype=_WKO&tmcampid=2&tmad=c&tmplaceref=s&tmclickref=go%20fone&gclid=CJ7dg_GHgMUCFaLMtAodDlMASQ

  • megs

    zte blade l2 is a bargain for what you get – £69

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  • eilegz

    considering zenfone 2 199 option would beat any of the 200- option including moto g

    • TheOracle

      The ZenFone_2_ZE551ML is the bargain of the year. Nothing comes close yet. Below $200 the 2gb version is a steal given that it’s also 3G and LTE worldwide too. Emphasis on worldwide.

  • pheymanss

    I’d like to know if there is a reason why the Blu Studio Energy and Blu Vivo Air were left out, or if it’s just thatyou hven’t reviewed them yet. I think each brings a new thing to the sub-200 tier, the Vivo Air with thinness and premium-ish looks and the Energy with a gargartuan battery.

    • Peter Yang

      When I did my research, Blue Studio Energy $150 is proven to be very LAGGY across all the review I’ve seen.

    • Markoff

      it’s not brand, just generic CN phones where these importers ordered in factory to slap sticker BLU on top of it, otherwise you can buy same noname crap anywhere in China for much less

  • Lévesque Jean-François

    How come the Asus Zenfone 2 (2 gb of ram) isn’t in front of the Moto G. At 199$ it’s much better than the Moto G.

  • Carlos T

    Mlais m9 less than 100 dollars, better than most of the motorollas and huawei from this article

  • Udit Jain

    I need to buy a phone in the range of $350-$280(approx. below INR 25000). I need opinions on the best phone in this range. And also should i wait for few months?

    • Markoff

      Xiaomi Mi4, Nubia Z9, IUNI U3, Meizu MX4, all pretty good devices

      • Udit Jain

        Thanks for your reply but i was thinking about buying a tad bit more expensive phone these.
        ps. How is Asus zenfone 2 ZE551ML?

  • Markoff

    Moto G way overpriced, it should cost <100USD, then it would be decent device, heck even my crappy Lenovo A806 with 2GB RAM, 720P display, 13MP camera, 4G, mSD and CPU performance almost on par with Snapdragon 801 beat it in any field and it cost me like 150USD

    and if you want really cheap device with good deal then there is always Xiaomi Hongmi, Meizu M1 or Huawei Honor Holly, all these somewhere in price range 100-150USD beat any of your listed budget phones

  • PeteH

    ZTE ZMax

  • RoJo

    I’m just upset that one of the best phones at this price point isnt even honorably mentioned… so I’ll mention it:

    http://www.amazon.com/ULEFONE-BE-Pro-Unlocked-Smartphone/dp/B00SWKDOVM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1431990859&sr=8-2&keywords=ulefone+be+touch

    And the beefed up version is only 250.. cmon AA stop ripping us off with these underdeveloped ideas. I’m starting to think Motorola pays you under the table

  • BRUCELEE207

    I think Sony Xperia E4 can be on this list too.

  • Kinu Grove

    What about the LG G2 you can find it online new for around $200

  • This shit is NOT cheap.

    Fail.

    Android Authority is only promoting shit that he can earn a commission on. LOL

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    Heard of the Q5.5 Octa Core Smart Phone?

    Specs:

    5’5 inch screen

    Mediatek Octa Core Processor

    2GB of ram

    13 Megapixel camera

    2 sim card slots which means it can run 2 separate phone accounts on one actual device

    $199

    For another $49 you can buy a wireless charging upgrade.

  • BellaCraftHD

    The galaxy s3 is a good phone it’s only 199 dollars.

    • Hector Sanchez

      I think that every time a website tries to come up with a list of good cheap phones, they look at the newer line-ups of midrangers, when they should be looking at the flagships of 1-2 years ago. For example you can find a droid maxx for $110 on eBay as of right now and that’s an excellent phone with loads and loads of battery.

      • BellaCraftHD

        ikr!

  • PeteH

    The ZenPhone at $199 for the 16GB model is a good buy as are many of the other phones listed, but why was the ZTE ZMax excluded from the list??

    Price for the ZTE ZMAX: $99.00 off – contract from Metro PCS.

    MPCS also had a promotion of $50.00 a month for Unlimited Data, Texting, Calling, etc, so I also upgraded from my old plan and I got the Unlimited Data 4G LTE plan that Speed Tests between 30MBPS-60MBPS, depending on my location.
    WiFi can also be even faster (99MBPS+) if I’m within 6′ of my Router.

    BTW, if you ever have any issues or questions, don’t waste time calling or going on the MPCS web site as most of the CS people don’t know much, but the guys on the Metro FaceBook page are very helpful.

    Specs for the ZTE ZMAX:

    1.2 GHz Quad-Core CPU

    5.7″ HD display

    11.65GB of On-Board RAM. (I have about 120 Apps and still have about 7GB available)

    64GB of external RAM using a Micro SD Card (Currently using the 32GB Micro SD Card that I used on my previous phone to store most of my Media)

    Android 4.4.4 Kit Kat (Currently Rooted)

    3,400 mAh battery. The Battery life is incredible. The only negative is that the battery is not user removable.

    Mobile Hot-Spot.

    Gorilla Glass 3

    Dolby Audio. Even when using a pair of inexpensive, no-name ear buds, MP3 playback sounds great.

    Some reviews have stated the Camera isn’t that good, but I believe the fault lies with the stock Camera app.

    I would recommend “Open Cam” from the Play Store which beats the heck out of the stock camera app.

    The UI on Open Cam is somewhat Spartan, but it also doesn’t have numerous on-screen elements and if you need to set something, it’s easy to access the menu. You can even set the Frame Rate when recording Video.

    AnTuTu Benchmark testing gives me a score of approx. 19,000 and even hit 20,000 a few times which is decent for a phone with such a large screen and such a low price.

    It comes with a very stripped down version of KK 4.4.4, so there is very little bloatware.

    And thanks to the Devs at XDA who were eventually able to obtain Root.

    I also installed Nova Prime Launcher and I’m using “Sense Glass” Icons, & “Widget Locker” – all from the Play Store in addition to using other utilities and customizations using Root in addition to deleting or freezing unneeded apps.

    At first, the phone felt too big even though I have large hands, but I was moving up from an LG Spirit with a 4.5″ screen and it took about a week or so to get a feel for a device this massive.

    Now, I don’t think I could ever go with a screen below 5″

    This phone definitely falls in to the “Phablet” category and most people can’t believe how little this phone costs.

    After 4 months, the “Honeymoon” phase hasn’t worn off – The more I use this phone, the more I like it.

    I also have a sturdy case for it, but even if I drop it on the ground or in the sink or have it lost or stolen, I’m only out $99:.00 (plus tax and activation it was $123.54 out the door.)

    I can’t say enough good things about this phone, especially for $99.00 and I will likely upgrade in 18 months or so and since it’s off-contract, I can sell it and buy something else but I don’t see that happening for at least another year.

    With smart phones being so inexpensive these days and seeing how most people upgrade after 18-24 months, I can’t justify spending $600+ for a Sammy 6 or other high-priced phone.

    That and going back to a contract carrier.

    Maybe by then, Xiomi devices will be sold in the US, or I can order one from China if it works with MPCS as their pricing plans are great as is the “Tech Support” on their FB page. They actually helped me with finding a MPCS store that would be getting a shipment, so I called that store as soon as they opened, bought one and paid with a CC and then went and picked it up.

    Or maybe Metro will come out with another great “bang for your buck” phone.

    Even at twice the price, this phone would still be a bargain.
    But at $99.00, it’s a flat-out steal.

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  • Dimitrios G. Panagiotidis

    We live in the era of abundant/cheap hardware and software innovation: A decent smartphone should cost around $100 and provide you with a hassle-free experience of making/receiving calls/email and browsing the web. This is what 99% of the people expect from their phones. Again the key-word is “HASSLE-FREE” (which includes a decent battery life, e.g. it should last at least for a day’s average usage on one charge). Then there is that 1% who want more (don’t they always do?) so -yes- these people should be allow to spend upwards $500 for smartphone with super powers. The only company I know that is on the way of doing this well, is BLU, and no I do not work for them or own their phones (possibly soon I will though) or buy their stock. ;)

  • HB WORLD

    $64.66 Limited offer Cheap smartphone – http://www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_24571.html?vip=3763

  • Ed

    Where is Xiaomi!?

    Xiaomi lineups is the cheapest among top class smartphones!

    See comparative reviews with Samsung, Huawei and Apple http://artofhi.blogspot.com/

  • Ekoebony

    Jayce, hi. I am from Nigeria in West Africa, I want unlock androids that are as low as $(40 – 50). is it possible
    ,

  • el Barto

    I have the ASUS ZENFONE 2 and it works pretty good, for that price is more what I expected

  • harriet247

    Send me one of the phones you review and i’ll pay for the shipping. Its a long shot but oh well

  • Commenter

    just buy the phone that was cutting edge 2-3 years ago. or burn the extra $300 in your backyard.

  • Tajwar

    I would have put a mi4c as a honorable mention

  • Karly Johnston

    Idol3 wins all the sub $300 categories… the speakers cant be beat.

  • Prepagan

    “three that are under $200, and three that are under $300”

    I think, if you count up properly, you’ll find that there were six that were under $300, of which three were also under $200.

  • deadlytiu1

    What about the xiaomi mi 4c?
    A phone with 5″ full HD display accompanied by a 13MP Sony-sensor camera, using a snapdragon 808 under the hood – 32GB ROM 3GB RAM / 16GB ROM 2GB RAM varients are available.
    The 16GB version costs about 200-250 US dollars, while the 32GB is available at about 270-290 US dollars.
    That’s probably the best phone currently if you consider the wage-productivity aspect of it.

  • Evangelos Aktoudianakis

    Though I am not a Samsung fan, I did just get myself an S6 from Amazon UK for 375 pounds – a very good price, I think.

  • Adithya V

    You can also add phones from makers like YU televentures, Micromax, and Xiaomi present in India

  • Petar Vučetić

    Honor 7 should really make this list, what you get for the price is amazing.

  • Lukas

    LG G3 or LG G Flex 2 is where?

  • iJutsu .

    shit article, Nexus 5x isn’t cheap

  • raiderskull

    Blu Pure xl kills most of these “budget” phones

  • Y

    Where’s the BLU Pure XL?

  • Mark Washington

    That Nexus 6 should top a lot of devices mentioned because its got Marshmallow and more devs support and although end of 2014 its specs are much better .

  • Matthew Allison

    Get a Vodafone Ultra 6 only R4500 with Octa-core processor and 1080p 5.5 inch screen 2GB of ram and SD card support

    PS: South African Rand not Indian Rupples

    • pseudo

      Vodafone hardware these days is solid. In the UK it’s £115.

      I have the older smart 4 turbo and it’s ace. shame about the lack of software support though. stuck on 4.4.4. Love the snapdragon 410 though it’s better than cheap mediatek processors.

  • Saad Naeem

    OP2 > 5X

  • balcobomber25

    Shocking AA picks a Moto #1. $200 for a phone with a 720p display, 1GB RAM and a horribly under-powered SoC. Yea no thanks. There are about a dozen phones from China that blow the Moto out of the water and cost less.

    • coldspring22 .

      Yes, including BLU life one X listed just below it. This should be #1 phone under $150 as crowned by Android Authority’s own Krystal as new #1 budget smart phone.

  • Inazio

    Why are Xiaomi phones not featured?

    • balcobomber25

      Because then their beloved Moto would be knocked off it’s pedestal. When people realize that their “budget” phone they pay $200 is worse than $120 Redmi.

  • Zachary Lewis

    Nice article, if you are talking about cheap yet high quality phones, then don’t forget about iDROID USA’s products. I personally own the Tango 2 which is a great 5″ phone. You guys should definitely check it out at (iDROIDUSA dot com).

    • diggie

      No thanks ad bot. I would expect you to own that phone, since you obviously work for them.

  • jerry

    Nexus 5X costs over 550 euros. No way it’s a CHEAP phone.

  • Goos

    Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Xiaomi Redmi 3 are by far the best cheap Android phones (priced between $100 and $200).

  • giorgos tseligas

    What about Vodafone smart ultra 6? In the review it was being said that it is the king of budget phones and moto g comes after it, but in every top list you make there is no ultra 6… :/

  • Maurick

    Where is Sony Xperia Z3 ? Yeah is older but It would still beat all of these models for not more than 350 $.

  • Evon Gray

    Moto G have been my all time favourite low end phone. But the fingerprint sensor on the Hauwei would give it the edge in my opinion.

  • Estafador

    Alcatel is a trap phone, so not worth it. Blu has reliably crappy builds, Moto G should not be used by the average consumer…ever. That processor is awful. The Zenphone really pushes the brink , but consistantly loses out to many older phones. Currently you can get a Samsung galaxy S5 for the same price for $50 more and get far better results. Plus it can’t go past 64GB expansion. So yeah not worth it. Those are some phone I wouldn’t even look at.

    • diggie

      Reading your comment, it sounds like you never used any of them. I have used 2 that you named, and they were pretty good, price considered.

      • Estafador

        then you must not do much other than call and text with them. I pushed them as far as they could go and they could barely handle low powered apps let alone others.

        • diggie

          Examples?

          • Estafador

            Unfortunately I can’t give you examples as I wasn’t EXPECTING my personal usage to be viewed for a review I created out of happenstance. Just gonna have to take it or leave it with my word on about my experiences.

          • diggie

            Yeah, I’ll leave it. Because my personal experience was good. Apps ran as expected on those phones.

          • dg54321

            Yeah as someone who has a ZF2, even the 2GB/16GB model with the slightly lower specced processor, I’m gonna say you’re full of it. It runs everything I can throw at it, except for say, Pokemon Go which just doesn’t work on Atom processors and isn’t a specs issue.

  • Estafador

    Not worth your time: Moto G, ZenPhone, Blu and Alcatel. Moto G is like the cheap version of a samsung Galaxy S3, blu consistantly has usage that last one year before you arrive to all sorts of hiccups and issues; poor build quality. ZenPhone is alright but it pushes its pricepoint for what it’s NOT worth. Alcatel is pretty much a traphone. Useful for nothing more than making a phone call and texting. MMS is highly negligible.

  • Estafador

    I’m torn between The Honor 5X and the OnePlus X

  • elaine9245

    I wanted to see a comparison on phones trying to save money and I see a girly back and forth about how the word gay is used. Really??? Sensitivity needs to be checked. So instead of seeing good points about the android phones I and others have to gloss over a unnecessary long butt hurt conversation about a word not intended to hurt anyone’s feelings but to describe a phone. Get over it.

  • JaredTheGeek

    I am torn between the Moto X Pure and the Nexus 5x right now.

  • Markoff

    I have no problem with listing any of the phones in the list, but why oh why you give this Blu “brand” free promotion over dozen of other “brands” which just put their sticker and mildly customize ROM, oh you don’t do it for free? then it would be nice to mention it in beginning or end of article and call it advertorial

  • Felipe Cochi

    Paid $199 on the 32GB Zenfone 2 Laser, it’s better than the Moto G on the specs, I think it should be on the list

  • Tony Antoniou

    So which is the best phone for taking pictures?

  • Adam Mentzer

    Great article but why is the moto g considered a better buy than the blu life one x 2016? The moto g comes with 1G of RAM and 8G of internal storage for $179.99. Sure it gets an update to marshmallow but I have friends who reported many issues needing to be resolved by Motorola. The blu life one x 2016 comes with 2G of RAM and 16G internal storage for only $149.99 and if you picked it up within its first few weeks of being released, you could get it for $99.99! I own the blu and I have used the basic model moto g and the blu is a much better phone as far as processing speed, touch responsiveness, and overall appearance and design, including weight, oh and screen resolution is better on the Life one x 2016 than the moto. For the moto version of the same RAM and internal storage capacities of the standard Blu life one x 2016, you need to spend $230! That is absurd and for that price, I’d suggest you get a 2014 moto x instead. Blu life one x 2016 runs 5.1 lollipop and it is basically a stock Android experience. The phone reminds me of the original nexus 5 but with a much better battery life. Plus, you said only positive things about it, even saying it boasts features expected from a $200-250 phone! That alone should deem it number one! OK, I love the phone…..amazon.com messed up my order and as a courtesy gave me the life one x 2016 for only $80!! So, to me this is the best phone I’ve owned as far as “bang for buck” but I’d recommend to anyone looking to spend under $200 and still get a great near vanilla android experience. I don’t care if I get the marshmallow update because 5.1 is very stable and there is a 3rd party app for doze, the best feature of marshmallow anyway. My 2 cents!

    • diggie

      Because Blu phones are throwaways. They will never get an update along with shoddy build quality. They are just re-branded Chinese flea market phones. That’s why (I’m guessing).

  • Doctor_M7

    Best phone under $400 would be the BLU Pure XL ($349 on Amazon). 6″ super AMOLED screen 1440 x 2560 resolution, MediaTec Helio10 Octa-core CPU at 2GHz, 3GB RAM, 64GB ROM, up to 64GB microSD, 24MP rear camera, 8MP wide-angle front camera, fingerprint scanner … This booger is fast! By far the best bang for the bucks.

    • Hector Sanchez

      I’d say the Xiaomi Mi5 is a better buy right now. Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM, 64gb, and a premium build with a ceramic back.

  • diggie

    Meh. Hopefully 2016 brings more sub 5″ phones. ideally 4.5″

  • Hector Sanchez

    I think I figured out why my comments kept getting deleted. I didn’t know we weren’t supposed to post links to other websites (they were good sources but whatever I guess).

    Anyways, I did find a link to an Antutu score of 142k from PhoneArena, which is more than double the BLU’s 59k, and higher than any other phone atm. I also found some official prices in chinese currency over at ibnlive, there’s 3 different tiers and the prices translated into USD were around $300, $350, and $400, if US sellers are selling it for more that’s on them. Also if we calculate the Antutu score to price ratio (for the most expensive $400 model) we get 355.5, which again is more than double the BLU’s 169. So you were right, they are not in the same “category”

    The Mi5 doesn’t have a QHD but IMO that’s not really necessary, I currently have a QHD phone and I can’t tell the difference in resolution from other 1080p phones, it just drains the battery faster and slows down performance.

    In my original comment I also ranted about how your “comparator matrix” doesn’t really tell much since it uses redundant information, weights things inappropriately, and fails to include significant features on some phones, among other things.

    • Abdulla M.

      The OP3 is faster than the mi5 launching apps at least, check out C4Tech’s video.

      • Acnologia

        dude….this article is from an year ago

  • rocketryan

    Blimey thought this was for comments on tech , not a site for people views on sexuality. People need to chill, I doubt the guys a homophobic probably just a throw away comment

  • Kenan Geda

    Xperia XA? Xiaomi Mi 4s?

  • Γιώργος Τσέλιγκας

    Hey guys, I know that all members of aa are very knowledgable about smartphones, so could you give me an advice wether the moto g 3 with 1gb of ram is better than vodafone smart ultra 6 or not?

  • Tendoboy84

    What about the Zenfone 2 Laser? 3GB RAM and 32GB storage for $200.

  • Michael Hilbrink

    2 OnePlusses in this articles… GG

  • Ashraful Alam Bhuiyan

    LoL check Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro(3 GB/32 GB)

  • Michael Daniel

    where has XiaoMi been ? Under 200$ u can get Redmi Note 3 with insanely ram 3 gb and a MTK Helio X10 and Adreno and custom Rom of miui . And you choose Alcatel and Zenfone than Mi that is surely a question mark

  • Ethan Campbell

    The OnePlus 3 under 400 dollars? It’s $512 here in Canada.

    • Abdulla M.

      Canadian dollars, here in Sweden it’s just 3700kr which is really cheap. Cheaper than I expected as It’s cheaper than OP2 64 on launch last year which retailed for 3900kr

  • news flash!!!!

    I’m guessing nobody checked current prices before putting this piece online. One plus X is not $249. After the well publicised price drops a while back, it belongs in the under $200 category, and if it topped the under $300 category it must be no 1 on the under $200 category…which probably means the one plus 2 missed getting a listing rather than a vague mention…..quite by accident.

    Chances are, this “best phones” list would have been very very different

  • Sandeep penumuchu

    I think the xiaomi redmi note 3 sanpdragon variant should find a place in this list

  • Bermudan Option

    Idol 3 has been less than $200 on Amazon for 3 months straight and now has Marshmallow. I think that is by far the best cheap android phone personally.

  • Matt8174

    Well in UK LG g4 is available for less than moto x style. Arguably a better deal.

  • Abdulla M.

    Best phone under:
    $200 – Oneplus X
    $300 – Oneplus 2
    $400 – Oneplus 3

    Price has changed AA.

    • DDD

      Try getting a One or X for the price OnePlus put them at.

  • Badelhas

    What about the alcatel idol 3 4.7 inch?

  • Tony

    Actually, since the Moto G4 Play was announced, the Moto G (2015) phones took a price drop. The 8GB is $159 and the 16GB is $199. I’m grabbing the G3 for my wife and the LIfe one X for me!

    • daftrok

      DONT!!! The Moto G4 is out for $199 don’t waste your money!

  • Kevin Eyre

    Hi Guys excuse my ignorance but surprised that you didn’t include the OPPO R7S in your list………

  • Josh Zheng

    If the ZTE axon 7 was released, it would be number one

  • Josh Zheng

    If the ZTE axon 7 was released, it would be number one.

  • daftrok

    The 16GB Moto X Pure Edition is actually $299 both on Motorola’s store and Amazon. I would say the ZTE Axon 7 should take its place in sub $400.

    The Moto X should be in sub $300, the Asus Zenfone 2 in sub $200 and don’t even mention the 2015 Moto G.

    The 2015 Moto G was and is garbage and everyone knows it. It didn’t even have 2GB of RAM, no Full HD and no LTE. Why even bother? The 2016 Moto G (G4) is available for $199. Why not mention that instead?

    The Nexus 5X is now selling for $299. Now we need another sub-$400 phone to take its place like the The Alcatel Idol 4S.

    And for all those that want a sub-$99 phone:
    1. BLU R1 HD. Without offers and ads its still $110 but with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage, you can’t really complain at this price point.
    2. Moto E (2nd gen). For $79 it is one of the cheaper ones but still provides a decent display, Snapdragon 410 and 8GB of storage with microSD expansion.
    3. Moto G LTE 1st Gen. Its basically a super charged Moto E. The screen gets a bump up in resolution and you get flash on the camera as well as a 1.3MP front facing and 5MP rear facing.

  • Vincent Tran

    One plus x isn’t for sale anymore and the zenfone 2 stopped seeing support…

  • AndroidMedA

    People are going to read this and think that these phones are the three best phones in their price range and they simply are not.. some of them are priced incorrectly too. G4 16gb but with sd expansion is 199 why not put that under 200 instead of last yrs g3 not to mention there are plenty of other better phones out there than blu and 5x. Like seriously? Opx is being sold for 199 (from their site) as well so should be under 200 not 300. For under 300, you can buy moto x pure from their site priced at 299, nexus 5x priced at 240 (ebay tho) however, can buy from google store with project Fi for 200, and lastly op2 64gb (from their site) 299. Now those would be the absolute 3 best phones you can buy for under 300 not this asus phone.. again, inferior product. As for under 400, op3 at 399 and soon to be released idol 4s and axon 7, both can be pre ordered. prices are 350 for 4s when you preorder and 400 for axon 7. Writer should do better research or have better knowledge because you are straight up steering ppl away from buying good phones and leading them to buy bad ones.

  • Royston

    Hi, great article! there’s a small typo at the oneplus 3 section, at “without and invite”.

  • Kunal Narang

    ZTE Axon 7 and Alcatel Idol 4s should be on that list. Remove OnePlus X because it is discontinued.

  • bboyheat

    The honor 5x is almost the perfect sub $200 phone with its build.
    For the sequel I’d like to see:
    1) Better OEM Software with an app drawer option
    2) Better camera software. 13/5MP combo is adequate for the money but let’s see those pics processed slightly better
    3) 3 GB Ram (2 isnt enough with 6gb out there)
    4) Potential 1080p Amoled tech

    Might seem like a lot to ask but it’s just a wishlist.

  • Goos

    Best phone at around $200 is by far the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro, with Snapdragon 652, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB (and microSD) and 4.000 mAh battery.

  • sp1312

    where is redmi note 3?? i think the fastest, biggest in battery life with decent camera

  • neural_physics

    You’re better off buying a used older flagship…

  • tittle-tattle

    Why every site is suggesting Moto G as first on budget phones? Is it really that good? or just the price?

  • Justin Wilson

    Best cheap android I’ve ever owned is the unlocked Blu R1 HD with Amazon Lock screen Ads $65 including the sales tax. And I’ve owned budget models from LG, Samsung, Kyocera, and HTC which were all unusable garbage

  • algamer

    You guys should add the Blu R1 HD to this list.

  • Hazael

    This would be my list:

    Best phones under $100
    • ZTE ZMax Pro* – $99 (metroPCS only)
    • BLU R1 HD 16GB – $59 (Amazon Prime only)
    • Honor 5 Play* – $99
    • Moto E2 LTE – $99 (or Moto E3*)
    • Alcatel Pop 3 5.5″ – $99 (2-pack for $198 only)
    Best phones under $200
    • Nexus 5X – $199 (Project fi only)
    • Moto G4 – $199 (or Moto G Turbo Edition)
    • Honor 5X – $199
    • iPod Touch 6G° – $199
    • BLU Life One X – $149
    Best phones under $300
    • Nextbit Robin – $299
    • Moto G4 Plus – $249 (or Moto X Play)
    • BLU Energy XL – $299
    • Idol 4* – $299 (or Blackberry DTEK50)
    • OnePlus X – $299
    Best phones under $400
    • Nexus 6P – $399 (Project fi only)
    • OnePlus 3 – $399
    • ZTE Axon 7 – $399
    • iPhone SE° – $399
    • Moto X Style – $399

    *Unreleased
    °Apple Product

  • Acnologia

    shouldn’t the Huawei p9 (mid range edition) be third in the sun 400 dollar range ?

  • J.j. Evans

    The Moto G needs to go away. SD card support up to only 32GB!? That’s not just pathetic for a device in 2015 (or now in 2016), that’s not even 2015-worthy specs, that’s like 2009 level. (The LG Optimus One family – One, T, S, U, V, Vortex, etc. – supported 32GB SD cards. Hell, T-Mobile’s Sidekick 2008 supported a 32GB SD card.

  • RacerRick55

    ok…so why not the ZTE zmax pro…….it really should be at the top of this list.

  • MrcheGuev

    Wow so many comment after the one from Erick….Internet Will stay internet forever : rage , lack of sensibility and lack of comprehension everywhere 😅🤔

  • Correct the line under zte axon 7
    You have written
    “20MP front camera, 8MP rear camera”

  • Zahin Jawad

    Ain’t redmi note 3(snapdragon) better than moto g(2015), honor 5x and blu one x?

  • Jaz Music

    ZTE ZMax Pro. Decent camera, fast and accurate fingerprint sensor with customization, large HD screen. Good sound quality, aluminum chassis. Fast 1.5Ghz processor, 32gb storage and a whopping 3400mah battery…
    $99!!!

    • coldspring22 .

      Yes it’s an amazing phone. I saw someone using it today and asked about it. At first it looked like an iphone 7 plus, but then on closer look it was better than that – and it was not an iphone! But truly outstanding phone, drop dead gorgeous with 6″ panel. Unbelievable at $99!!

  • Confucius Say ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Basically every reviewer turded all over the Moto g4, saying the snapdragon 615 chip makes everything a lagfest. Why is it #1 on this list then? In 2016, even mid to low end phones shouldn’t consistenly stutter like a nerd finally introducing himself to his long time crush.

  • Joe

    blu vivo 5r?

    • DDD

      Is a $300 phone that doesn’t hold up against other phones around that price.

  • Dhruv Halwasiya

    why do these lists never include xiaomi phones?
    just curious.

    • Cesar Meguines Concepcion III

      Probably USA bias

  • The-Sailor-Man

    No Samsung Galaxy J3????
    Oooh wait….it was Samsung …and here is AA

  • Mandellaeffect

    ” used nexus 6 @ $200″ – i guess practicality has no place against consumerism.

  • DDD

    Ugh. My bad. I was thinking of the Pure XR. The 5R loses to the Honor 5X though.

  • Sam B.

    The Oneplus X is not available to buy from Oneplus’ website anymore. At least the US website