Best cheap Android phones (October 2015)

by: Andrew GrushOctober 20, 2015
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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 six devices: three that are under $200, and three that are under $300 — this way everyone wins.

As an added bonus, this month we’re also adding a category for best cheap flagships. While the $300 to $400 price point might go a little past what most would consider ‘cheap’, our list will include three phones that have extremely aggressive price tags considering the flagship-level specs on offer. They might not be sub-$300 cheap, but they are certainly cheap when compared to the $500 t0 $800 pricing of many higher-end flagships on the market today.

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.

Editors 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.

Best Android phones under $200

#1 – 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 2470 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), 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.



  • 5-inch LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution
  • Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 410 CPU
  • 1 or 2 GB of RAM
  • 3G/GSM/LTE
  • 8GB and 16GB storage options, microSD expansion
  • 13MP rear cam, 5MP front cam
  • 2470 mAh battery
  • 142.1 x 72.4 x 11.6 mm, 155 g
  • Removable colored backs and Moto Maker customization
  • Android Lollipop (Marshmallow shouldn’t be too far off)

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#2 – Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 4.7


The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 was among the best affordable smartphones of 2015, something we so strongly believe that we mentioned it in the review’s title. Some of you are still wondering why every manufacturer out there is so obsessed with large screens, though. The Idol’s massive 5.5-inch display could definitely use a trim, and that is exactly what the manufacturer did with the smaller version of the OneTouch Idol 3, which sports a much more one-hand-friendly 4.7-inch screen.

All in all, these phones look very much alike, but they certainly have their differences. The 4.7-inch display has a lower resolution 720p panel, sports a lesser Snapdragon 410 processor (as opposed to a Snapdragon 615) and has 1.5 GB of RAM instead of 2 GB. It also has a smaller battery, but everything else is nearly identical. There is one really good part about these sacrifices, though – the price was cut down to a mere $179.99!



  • 4.7-inch IPS display with 1280 x 720 resolution
  • 1.2GHz Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 410 CPU
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 4G LTE
  • 16GB of internal storage, microSD expansion
  • 13MP rear cam, 5MP front cam
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • 134.6 x 65.9 x 7.55 mm, 110g
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

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#3 – Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen.)

Motorola took a lot of attention to detail with its followup to the original Moto E. Now with 4G LTE capabilities in tow, the Moto E (2015) boasts a 4.5-inch qHD display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 CPU (for the 4G variant), 8GB of on-board storage and a 5MP rear-facing camera. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and features all of Motorola’s great software enhancements we’ve grown to love.

The device is now available in many different regions around the world. It’s available for just $149.99 off-contract for the LTE version, with the 3G iteration an even cheaper $119.99. We do recommend spending the additional $30 on the LTE version though, as high-speed internet does do a lot in enhancing the overall usability and experience of this smartphone.


  • 4.5-inch qHD IPS LCD with 540 x 960 resolution
  • 3G model – 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 CPU, 4G model – 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of on-board storage, MicroSD expansion up to 32GB
  • 5MP rear cam, VGA front cam
  • Non-removable 2390mAh battery
  • 129.9 x 66.8 x 12.3 mm, 145g
  • Removable colored backs
  • Black, White
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Best Android phones under $300

#1 – Asus Zenfone 2

Asus launched its newest flagship, the Zenfone 2, at CES 2015 a few months ago. It was originally marketed as the first smartphone to feature 4GB of RAM, but that’s not all this powerhouse brings to the table. Toting a 5.5-inch 1080p display, the Zenfone 2 features a big 3000mAh battery, 13MP rear-facing camera, a powerful 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The Asus Zenfone 2 is now available in the U.S., China Taiwan, Europe and a few other regions. The base model, which is the variant running on 2GB of RAM and the Z3560 processor, is now available from Newegg, Amazon, and several other major retailers for just $199. If you want to spring for the higher-end model, which has a 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, that will only run you $299.



  • 5.5-inch full HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3560/Z3580 processor (running at 1.8 or 2.3GHz)
  • 2/4GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64GB of on-board storage, MicroSD card expansion up to 64GB
  • 13MP rear cam, 5MP front cam
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • 152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm, 170g
  • Osmium Black, Sheer Gold, Glacier Gray, Glamor Red, Ceramic White
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

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#2 – OnePlus One

While still not the easiest to get a hold of, it’s much easier to get an invite for the OnePlus One than it was just a few months ago. Additionally, OnePlus is slowly introducing “pre-order” windows for the device, and hopefully it is only a matter of time before it is widely available without any hoop jumping required. While it’s no longer a “brand new” device, it’s low pricing  (starting at $300) still makes it an absolute winner and recent software updates have eliminated many of the complaint points that some OnePlus One users had to deal with early on.

As for the hardware?  The OPO is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 with 3GB RAM. There’s also storage options of both 16 or 64GB, a 13MP camera, a 3100 mAh battery and Cyanogenmod 11S (based on Android 4.4). The OnePlus One is a solid device, spec wise, and the addition of out-of-the-box Cyanogenmod makes it stand out. At the same time, the OPO is also a desirable device for those that prefer a stock-like Android experience.



  • 5.5-inch LTPS IPS with TOL display, 1080p
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16/64 GB, no expansion
  • 13 MP rear LED flash, Sony Exmor RS sensor, 6p lens, f 2.0, 4K, HDR
  • 5MP front, f 2.0, 80 degrees field of view
  • 3,100 mAh battery
  • GPS, GLONASS, microUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
  • CyanogenMod 11S based on Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • 152.9 x 75.9 x 8.9 mm, 162 grams
  • Colors: Silk White/Sandstone Black

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#3 – Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3

The Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 (5.5-inch variant) is one of the best budget-friendly smartphones on the market. It features a simple and elegant design, a solid 13MP rear-facing camera and a fantastic audio experience. For the price, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better value than the Idol 3 – it has a beautiful 5.5-inch Full HD display, a capable Snapdragon 615 processor, and runs a customized version of Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The phone is now available from Amazon for just $250, which is quite the steal considering the impressive features this phone brings to the table. Be sure to head to the links below to check out our full review. Trust us, this phone might surprise you.



  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53 Snapdragon 615 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 13MP rear cam, 5MP front cam
  • 2910mAh battery
  • 152.7 x 75.1 x 7.4mm, 141g
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Best smartphones at under $400

#1 – Moto X Style (aka Moto X Pure Edition)

With the original Moto X, Motorola proved you don’t need to have the latest specs to get a great user experience. With the second generation, the Lenovo-owned company took no chances and double-downed on the spec side as well, packing the new Moto X (2014) with a dense 5.2-inch AMOLED screen, a beefy processor, and a capable 13MP camera. But with the Moto X Style, Motorola reaches the perfect balance between performance, simplicity, price and… well, style.

By Style we are mostly referring customization capabilities, a factor which has been an integral part of the Moto X experience since day one. Customers can use Moto Maker to manipulate their devices’ aesthetics to their will. You can change the color of the metal areas, engrave the back and even choose from a plethora of back options, including materials leather, wood, rubber and other materials.

The device is not a bad contender in terms of hardware, either. The larger screen puts the phone up with contenders like the OnePlus 2, Nexus 6, LG G4 and the Galaxy Note series. It may not sport the “best” processor in the market, but the Snapdragon 808 is pretty close to the 810, and Motorola has proven time and again they can make a super fast phone without the greatest chipset.

While the Moto X Pure (Style) is the most expensive of the phones on this list and not exactly what we’d call “a cheap phone”, it’s $400 asking price is actually very aggressive considering the specs on offer. It’s worth noting that the phone will be sold in most markets under the Style branding, though in the United States it will be sold as the Moto X Pure Edition, an unlocked model that will play nice with all U.S. carriers.



  • 5.7-inch display with QHD 2560x1440p resolution
  • 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 CPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64GB of on-board storage (microSD card slot supports up to 128 GB)
  • 21MP rear cam, 5MP front camera
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • 153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm, 179g
  • Customizable via Moto Maker
  • Water resistant
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

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#2 – Nexus 5X

Needless to say the pricey Nexus 6 never made it to this list, but this time around Google has announced more than just one Nexus phone. Aside from the larger Nexus 6P, the Search Giant unveiled the smaller, much more affordable Nexus 5X. And while it faces plenty of competition, some of you love sticking with Google phones.

The Nexus 5X costs $379, which won’t seem like a bad deal once you realize it sports a very good set of specs, as well as Google’s full software support. This means your phone will always be among the first to receive those awesome software updates everybody wants!



  • 5.2-inch LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 1.8GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/32 GB of on-board storage
  • 12.3MP rear cam, 5MP front cam
  • 2700mAh battery
  • 147.0 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm, 136g
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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#3 – OnePlus 2

OnePlus is at it again with another “flagship killer”, but can it really live up to that claim? We can’t really say that without getting some stones thrown at us, but what we can tell you is that this phone is a hell of an offering for $329. It has a great design and powerful specs. It’s certainly among the best deals you can get, but the sad part is this phone is still plagued by that dreaded invite system. If you can get your hands on one, it sure is worth it.

And while OnePlus did make a couple sacrifices, you can’t ask for much better at this price. But do keep looking if you think NFC and a good camera are important. You won’t find those here.



  • 5.5-inch LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU
  • 3GB/4GB of RAM
  • 16GB/64GB of on-board storage
  • 13MP rear cam, 5MP front cam
  • 3300mAh battery
  • 151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm, 175g
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop

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What do you think are the best ‘cheap’ phones available for purchase outright (unlocked)? Let us know what you think in the comments 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?

  • LordStickMax

    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)

  • Anuj Patel

    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:

  • 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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        • Guest

          People are bad at math unfortunately. :-P

          • johanna

            No the guy above you, though. Cheers.

    • 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?

        • 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.

          • 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.

          • 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

        • 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.

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          • 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

          • 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 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… 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….

        • 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.

          • Corelogik

            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.

      • 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.

    • 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 or 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.

    • 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

  • 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.

    • Stefan Dumitrache

      Is it forever, or you have to pay for it after a year or two?

  • 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.

  • Stefan Dumitrache

    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.

  • J. Williams

    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 :
    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

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  • 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, !

  • jack Walker

    What about the LG Optimus Dynamic?

  • jack Walker

    The LG Optimus Dynamic is only 20 bucks off amazon

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  • swaviman kumar

    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…..

    • 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.

      • swaviman kumar

        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 (, Xiaomi Redmi Note (, ZTE V5 Max (, InFocus M512 (, and the Huawei Honor 4x (

    The Xiaomi Mi3 is an excellent phone for 280 dollars as well (

  • 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?

  • TechSavvyJaz

    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.

    • _jsw_

      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.

  • Apoorva Singh

    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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    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. :)

  • _jsw_

    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.





    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

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      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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    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 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.

  • megs

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

  • beciklin22

    pizda vam materina

  • 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:

    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


    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

  • Lets’ Build

    This shit is NOT cheap.


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

  • Me

    Heard of the Q5.5 Octa Core Smart Phone?


    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


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

  • Quang Vu
  • 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


  • 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.

  • Natashajefferson

    you will find all estores in one place, please visit, it offers a wide range of selective and branded products from different online stores (eshops) which helps buyer to choose the product easily they want to buy. Whatever you need, chances are you’ll find it at cheap cell phone accessories

  • 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. ;)


    $64.66 Limited offer Cheap smartphone –

  • Ed

    Where is Xiaomi!?

    Xiaomi lineups is the cheapest among top class smartphones!

    See comparative reviews with Samsung, Huawei and Apple

  • 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.