The best Android phones under $200

Smartphones that cost $1000 and upwards have quickly become commonplace in the market, and for anyone on a budget, those steep prices can quickly induce a headache. Thankfully, cheap smartphones are still plentiful with more great options to choose from than ever before. If you need a new handset but only have $200 to spend, these are your best options.

One of the best

Moto G6

Staff Pick

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Motorola’s Moto G6 may not be the newest Moto G phone around, but it’s still a really capable handset that’s now more affordable than ever. Reaching the very top of our price range, the Moto G6 delivers a large 5.7-inch Full HD+ display, 12MP + 5MP dual rear cameras, a fingerprint sensor, and a 3,000 mAh battery with Motorola’s TurboPower fast charging. The phone is unlocked and works on all major U.S. carriers.

$160 at Amazon

Perfect for Cricket customers

Nokia 3.1 Plus

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The Nokia 3.1 Plus is exclusive to Cricket Wireless in the States, and while that does limit its availability, it’s a seriously great purchase if you’re on or switching to Cricket. The Nokia 3.1 Plus delivers a 5.99-inch HD+ screen, 13MP + 5MP rear cameras, a fast fingerprint sensor, a huge 3,500 mAh battery, and an incredibly well-built polycarbonate body.

$160 at Cricket

Awesome value

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

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A phone under $200 that you probably haven’t heard of is the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite. Powered by Android 9 Pie with Google’s Android One program, the Mi A2 Lite has a lot going for it — a 4,000 mAh battery, Full HD display, and dual 12 + 5MP rear cameras. You can buy the Mi A2 Lite in the U.S., but just be aware that it’s lacking some of the country’s LTE bands and doesn’t have a manufacturer warranty.

$175 at Amazon

Top of our budget

Moto G7 Play

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At the tip-top of our budget is the Moto G7 Play. This is one of the latest entries in Motorola’s popular G series and gives you a lot for your money. There’s a 5.7-inch 1512 x 720 HD display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and Android 9 Pie is ready to go out of the box. We’re also big fans of the snappy Snapdragon 632 processor and 3,000 mAh battery that charges via USB-C.

$200 at Amazon

Built like a tank

Nokia 6

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Want a Nokia phone that you can use on carriers other than Cricket? The Nokia 6 works with AT&T, T-Mobile, and their respective MVNOs. It has a 5.5-inch Full-HD display with 2.5D curved glass, 16MP rear camera, expandable storage, and is running Android 9 Pie. We also really love the body that’s made out of 6000 series aluminum and the front-facing fingerprint sensor.

$179 at Amazon

Still a good choice

Moto X4

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Although the Moto X4 is getting up in age, it’s still a really solid smartphone that’s now selling at an incredibly low price. The glass back and aluminum frame makes the Moto X4 feel like a much more expensive phone, as do its 12MP + 8MP dual rear cameras, IP68 dust/water resistance, and 5.2-inch Full HD screen. As for network compatibility, the phone works on AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint.

$120 at Amazon

The Moto G6 is the best overall option

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Hands down, the Moto G6 is easily one of the best phones you can buy in this price range. From a design standpoint, it looks like a modern handset thanks to a glass back and a narrow 18:9 display with slim bezels. Under the hood, it impresses with a capable Snapdragon 450 processor, a solid battery, and wide carrier compatibility.

It may be a year older than the new Moto G7 Play that’s also on this list, but from a specs-to-price ratio, it’s the best bang-for-your-buck thanks to price cuts that have brought it down considerably from the original MSRP.

Get the Moto X4 if you have a particularly tight budget

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As much as we love the Moto G6, we also understand that $160 may be more than some people are able to spend on a new phone. For those of you that want to stay as far away from that $200 limit, the Moto X4 is a fantastic choice even almost two years after its initial release.

The phone has a fantastic metal and glass design that feels ultra-premium, reliable dual cameras, and a front-facing fingerprint sensor that works like charm. Its design is a bit ancient by 2019 standards, but its software is up-to-date as it’s now running Android 9 Pie.