Smartphones that cost $1,000 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.
Hands-down, the Nokia 4.2 is the best Android phone you can buy for under $200. From a hardware standpoint, it offers a glass and metal design, dedicated Google Assistant button, and a striking 5.71-inch HD+ screen with dual 13MP + 2MP rear cameras. It also has clean software and is guaranteed to receive fast, long-term updates thanks to the Android One program.
$189 at Amazon
Be a little playful
Moto G7 Play
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.
$195 at Amazon
Perfect for Cricket customers
Nokia 3.1 Plus
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 massive 3,500 mAh battery, and an incredibly well-built polycarbonate body.
$160 at Cricket
Samsung Galaxy A20
The first of many international phones on this list, the Galaxy A20 brings a lot to the table for not much dough. Why’s it so great? It has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a waterdrop notch, snappy Exynos 7884 octa-core processor, 32GB of expandable storage (all the way up to 512GB!), and a big 4,000 mAh battery. It doesn’t have a warranty or support all LTE bands, but it works just fine on networks like AT&T and T-Mobile.
$153 at Amazon
Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
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.
$170 at Amazon
Built like a tank
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.
$149 at Amazon
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. 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.
$180 at Amazon
Samsung on a budget
Samsung Galaxy A10
Samsung’s A-series is home to the company’s budget phones, and with the Galaxy A10, you get a ton of bang for your buck. The phone has a large 6.2-inch HD+ screen with a 19:9 ratio and waterdrop notch. It’s powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7884 octa-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and has 32GB of storage that can be expanded up to 512GB. Just be aware that it doesn’t have a warranty or support all of the U.S.’s LTE bands.
$150 at Amazon
AI camera magic
The Honor 8X was one of the best budget phones released in 2018, and in 2019, it’s still worth talking about. It has impressive dual 20MP + 2MP rear cameras that use AI to capture some excellent photos, a gorgeous 6.5-inch Full HD+ display, and a beefy 3,750 mAh battery. It’s an international phone, meaning it doesn’t have a warranty or full LTE band support in the U.S., but if you’re OK with that, it’s worth a look.
$193 at Amazon
The Nokia 4.2 is the best overall option
You can’t go wrong with any of the phones on this list, but out of them all, we think the Nokia 4.2 is the best way to go. For the price, it does just about everything we could ask for (and then some).
Nokia’s excellent design stands out as some of the best you can get in this price range. The Nokia 4.2 is built incredibly well, featuring a premium mix of aluminum and glass for its construction. You’ll also find fun little details like a dedicated Google Assistant button and an LED notification light that wraps around the power button.
Other highlights for the phone include a great LCD display with a small notch, dual rear cameras, and a clean build of Android 9 Pie out of the box. Thanks to the Android One program, the Nokia 4.2 is guaranteed to receive fast, long-term updates for the next few years.
With that out of the way, if you’re comfortable with buying international phones and putting up with the quirks that come with them, handsets like the Samsung Galaxy A20 and Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite are worth checking out, too.
If you’re willing to spend more, check out our constantly updating list of the best Android phones.