Sep 7th, 2017

In our Android Phone Guide, we rank the top 10 best phones you can buy. These rankings are constantly updated when new phones are released. It’s a great place to look if you’re trying to find the best of the best, but what if you don’t need the absolute best? What if you just want an affordable phone that won’t make you pull your hair out?

As a companion to the Best Android Phones, we’ve created a list for the Best Cheap Android Phones. These phones won’t break the bank, but they will provide a pleasant experience.

1. ZTE Axon 7

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For $399, ZTE is bringing the first Daydream-ready smartphone on the market, which means it can take advantage of Google’s latest vision for VR. That’s not just marketing speak, either, as Daydream phones have some serious requirements to be called such, the most consistent of which are the inclusion of a Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display.

Price: $399

Key Features:

  • Beautiful design
  • Great internals
  • Daydream-ready

Buy from Amazon

2. Honor 6X

Sexy design, slick hardware features, and an insanely low entry fee will draw in consumers. At this price point, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a smartphone with 2 rear cameras, as well as all the other qualities — such as a great display, metal build, and fingerprint sensor — that are apparent in the Honor 6X.

Price: $249

Key Features

  • Awesome display
  • Dual-rear cameras
  • Fingerprint sensor

 

3. Nexus 5X

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Android fans have been begging for a sequel to the Nexus 5 for years. They finally got it with the Nexus 5X. It’s not quite as handsome as the original, but LG has improved upon nearly everything that made the Nexus 5 so loved. The camera has been improved, and battery life is much better. The Nexus 5X isn’t the cheapest phone on this list, but it’s still one of the most affordable ways to get Android Marshmallow in your hands.

Price: $240-299

Key Features:

  • Much improved camera
  • Android Marshmallow
  • Fingerprint scanner

Buy from Amazon

4. Nokia 6

Nokia’s return to Android starts off with cheap and most budget phones, but that doesn’t mean those phones can’t be good. The Nokia 6, in particular, comes with great efficiency in the Snapdragon 430 chipset and a nice 16MP camera without the hefty price tag of a flagship. Its 5.5-inch 1080p display is also pretty sweet.

Price: $199

Key Features:

  • Nice Camera
  • Big Display
  • Stock Android

5. Moto G5

The original Moto G was one of the first phones to show that affordable devices don’t have to be bad. Motorola followed up that phone with another great device. The Moto G5 has a nice 1080p display, capable 13MP camera, an Octa-Core Snapdragon 430, and it runs a nearly stock version of Android Nougat.

Price: $149-199

Key Features:

  • Good battery life
  • Stock Android
  • Stereo speakers

Buy from Amazon

6. OnePlus X

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The OnePlus X combines beauty in craftsmanship with internals that will make Android Marshmallow (and beyond) run smoothly. At $249, you’re getting a phone with specs that were once considered flagship worthy, and the looks to match your style.

Price: $249

Key Features:

  • Stunning design
  • Clean software
  • Great performance

Buy from OnePlus

 

Honorable Mention: ZTE ZMax Pro

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While we believe this $99 smartphone provides an extreme amount of value for what you’re getting, there’s one thing that keeps it from being charted: it’s only available on one carrier in one country. As great a value as it is, it’s worthless if you can’t actually buy it. We’ll revisit its place on our list when or if ZTE ever confirms an unlocked model.

Price: $99 (after MetroPCS rebates)

Key Features:

  • Great display
  • Nice audio
  • Impressive battery life

AMAZON BEST SELLERS

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Our list is based on the opinions of the Phandroid staff. If you’re not happy with our selections, or desire even more options, we look to the Amazon Best Sellers listings. For the best affordable phones we look at the Unlocked Cell Phones list. Here are some other affordable phones that users seems to like.

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