High-end smartphones these days can cost close to $1,000 when you are not buying is a carrier plan. However, you can still buy a decent unlocked phone for cheap. Keep in mind that these phones may not be recently released, but budget phone can work as well as the latest releases. For example, the best phone under 200 in my opinion, Samsung Galaxy S5, still outperforms some of the latest releases in the market. Here is a list of top budget phones you can get for quite affordable prices:
10 Best Phone Under $200 – 2017
Undoubtedly, the best phone under 200, in my humble opinion, is the Galaxy S5. You can get the newer (and hotter) Galaxy S7 Edge, but will cost about a hundred dollars more. Still, the S5 has many features to wow. The 5.1-inch full 1080p Super Amoled HD display is quite perfect for most needs. The camera is 16MP and has 4x digital zoom. You can take quite superb photos using that. Front camera, with 2MP, is wonderful for selfies as well. The S5 has a 2.5 GHz speed processor and comes preinstalled with Android KitKat. It has Bluetooth 4.0 as well. I’ve upgraded to S7 Edge since, but I gave my old S5 phone to a friend and it still works great.
2. Moto G4
Moto G4 is one of the best Android phones a person can own. This latest Moto G4 comes with a fingerprint scanner and a host of new features. The screen is a bigger 5.5 inches, and has stunning full HD display. Internal storage varies from 16 to 32 GB. Storage can always be expanded via SD card. The camera is a surprising 13MP, which is more than adequate for taking good cellphone photos. What I love most about this phone is the 3,000 mAh battery, which can last up to 5 hours of heavy use. If you are looking for a feature packed durable Android smartphone, look no further than this one.
If you are looking for an iPhone under $200, this is the best you can get. The latest iPhones all cost close to $800. The iPhone 5 was quite popular when it was released, and it still has features unmatched by other types of phones. Originally released in 2012, this iPhone featured 1080p HD Video, 8MP iSight camera, 16GB expandable internal storage and Retina LED-backlit touchscreen display. Compared to the previous iPhone 4, the iPhone 5 has a larger screen, a faster A6 processor, and free turn-by-turn navigation. Plus, it’s quite light like the new iPhones. The display is not as large though. However, if you insist on buying a cheap iPhone, this is the best product.
The ZenFone is quite popular among Android enthusiasts. The Laser here refers to a “laser-focus” camera made just for taking that perfect selfie. It comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, a 13MP rear camera. The camera autofocus is as sharp as advertised. The front camera is 8MP, better than most 2MP front cameras. The phone as a fingerprinp price, this one is practically a steal.
I know, Alcatel. But they really did a good job with Onetouch Idol 3. The display is only 4.7 inches. I didn’t like it as first, but the phone fits in pants pockets quite well. Quite impressively, the specs include a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and SD card slot. Front camera is 5MP and rear camera is 13MP. The real downside is the 2,000 mAh battery, which is not built to last for long. If you want even better, you can purchase the latest Onetouch Idol 4, which is far pricier than this one.
This is an impressive phone you can get for quite cheap at $199 unlocked. The sleek, metallic phone has a 5.5-inch screen, 1920 x 1080p Full HD display, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB RAM, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, and 16GB internal storage. On the back, there’s a fingerprint scanner too. Battery capacity is also 3,000 mAh. It’s very difficult to find a comparable model for this price with high-end features like this.
This is one of the best phones under 200 that is quite popular in the English speaking market. This phone sports excellent specs like an octa-core processor, 64GB internal memory, 4GB RAM, dual SIM capability and 3,000 mAh battery. It offers multi language support too. This phone is really speedy. It’s best for those who love gaming using their phones. I mainly treature the dual SIM capability, which can come in quite handy.
The Phab 2 is quite fabulous. Mainly, it has a super impressive 4,050 mAh battery. That’s enough juice to watch movies and play games all day. A single charge can give up to 32 hours of talking time. On standby, this phone will stay on for two weeks on a single charge. The Phab 2 is a truly affordable multimedia phone. It has a generous HD IPS screen, perfect for watching movies and playing games. The 13MP and 5MP rear and front cameras, respectively, are just enough for selfie enthusiasts. It has a speedy quad core processor and 3GB of RAM ensuring that the phone functions as efficiency as possible.
9. Kata C2
If you want a really affordable smartphone with similar features to high-end ones, go with this one, which costs only about $80. It’s not fancy for sure, but it has performance and battery capacity comparable to enviable Samsung phones. The processor is 1.3 GHz quad-core. It has 8GB of ROM and 1GB RAM with 32GB expandable storage. Camera is standard for high-end smartphones, 13MP in rear and 5MP in front. It also comes with 35GB of free cloud backup. The specs are solid and the price is quite unbeatable, so this phone is highly recommended for budget users.
If you can forgo fancy and settle down for durability and sturdiness, you will not find a better smartphone than this $20 Tracfone. It’s partially touchscreen with physical keys. It’s has a 2MP camera plus video recorder and a dual core processor. It’s powered by Android KitKat. You can drop this phone once or twice and it will not break (yes, I’m speaking from experience). Plus, battery can last up to 6 hours talk time.
Tips for Buying Best Phone Under $200
Here are some tips for buying the best phone under 200:
- Android phones are cheaper. So, if you are on the hunt for a budget smartphone, most likely you will land an Android phone. If you insist on an Apple iPhone, you will have to get an older phone, like the iPhone 5S mentioned above. Unless you can get someone to sell you one of the latest iPhones for cheap, you will not find budget-range iPhones.
- Buy a phone with a screen about 5.5 inches. These phones are easy to carry, and the screen is generally large enough to watch videos. Phones with smaller screens than that are more portable. Phones with larger screens are good for watching movies and videos on the go, but carrying can be a hassle.
- Pay attention to the smartphone processor. The more cores the processor has, the more efficient it will be.
- The higher the amount of RAM, the speedier the phone will be.
- If you want the phone to have a decent battery life, the battery should have at least 3,000 mAh capacity.
- You will need larger internal storage, usually 32GB or more, if you plan on shooting a lot of images and pictures. Otherwise you will have to rely on external storage or cloud.