Though you could spend as much as $1,099 for the newest iPhone XS or $999.99 for the Samsung Galaxy S10+, you don’t have to spend that much to get a decent smartphone. And though many cell phone providers such as Verizon and T-Mobile, (and Costco, we might add), offer big discounts on the latest smartphones, these deals are often tied to monthly installment plans.
If you buy a phone outright without being tied to a monthly installment plan, the iPhone 8 (a better buy than newer iPhones, according to Consumer Reports) will still run you about $499.99 from a provider like Boost Mobile or $599 from the Apple store. Clark is a big fan of the Pixel 3a XL, which costs around $479 outright, but he paid only $179!
With all the great options out there for smartphones, there’s really no need to pay big bucks. If stashing some cash is more your thing instead of buying the latest and greatest, here are a few smartphones that’ll get the job done, all under $200! (Note that due to variable or dynamic pricing, prices on these phones may fluctuate.)
Affordable, budget-friendly smartphones
The Moto G6 has dropped significantly in price since it was first released. Clark is a big fan of the Moto G phones since they work on all four major networks! You’ll find the 32GB version of this phone for $169.99 at Amazon for Prime members, or get the 64GB version for $179.99. The international version of this phone starts at $149, but it is not compatible with CDMA carriers such as Verizon and Sprint. The latest version of this phone, the Moto G7, starts at $219. Note that you might see some big discounts on these phones as Prime Day approaches!
- 5.7-inch; 2,160×1,080 display
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel camera
- 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor
- 3,000mAh battery
Another option is to drop down a step to the older Moto G4 or Moto G5. The Moto G5 is available at B&H Photo and Video for $129.99 with a $60 Mint Mobile 3-month SIM card included. You’ll also find the Moto G7 Power for $0 when you switch to Metro PCS.
Samsung has realized there is a huge market for budget-priced smartphones with great features. The Samsung Galaxy A20 is just that!
- 6.4-inch screen
- 13-megapixel rear camera
- 8MP front camera
- 3GB of memory that can be expanded up to 512GB
- 4,000-mAh battery
It’s available for $157 at Walmart in black at the time of this writing.
This Android smartphone, made by Huawei, offers 3GB RAM and 32 GB storage with the capability to expand up to 256GB with a micro SD card. Reviewers call it one of the “best cheap phones on the market.” You’ll find it at this price in the blue version, but other colors are just a few dollars more!
- 2160 x 1080 FHD+ resolution
- Dual-lens 16MP + 2MP rear camera
- GSM / 4G LTE compatible
- 3GB RAM, 32 GB storage + micro SD compatible up to 256GB (not included)
- Dual Nano SIM card capability
- 2.36GHz Octa-Core processor
- 3.5mm microphone jack
- 3340 mAh battery for up to 1.5 days of screen-time on a single charge
- Upgradable to Android 8.0 Oreo. Get the latest version of Android through your Honor 7x’s software update.
Buying refurbished can save you big! This refurbished unlocked 32GB Samsung Galaxy S7 is selling for $119.95 at eBay right now, and the seller Bidallies offers free 30-day returns. According to the product description, this phone is in great cosmetic condition and has been professionally restored to working order by a carrier-approved vendor. This one works on Verizon’s network, but you can also find refurbished models that work on other carriers.
- 4K video recording
- Air gesture
- Dual rear cameras
- Fingerprint sensor
- Internet browser
- Music player
- Near field communication
- Wi-Fi capable
You’ll also find the Samsung Galaxy S8 from $199.99!
This iPhone, though refurbished, saves you big on the cost of a new smartphone. It’s sold by a seller with a 99.2% positive feedback score. Returns are accepted within 30 days.
- Operating System: iOS
- MPN: MN9D2LL/A; MN9H2LL/A; MN9N2LL/A; MN9U2LL/A; MN9Y2L
- Screen Size: 4.7″
- Style: Smartphone
- Lock Status: Unlocked GSM; Locked AT&T
- Storage Capacity: 32GB
- Memory Card Type: Built-in memory
- Manufacturer Color: Matte Black; Jet Black; Gold; Rose Gold; Silver
- Processor: Quad Core
- Contract: Without Contract
- RAM: 2 GB
- Features: 3G Data Capable, 4G Data Capable, 4K Video Recording, Accelerometer, Bluetooth Enabled, Fingerprint Sensor, GPS, Music Player, Speakerphone, Touchscreen, Water-Resistant, Wi-Fi Capable, Internet Browser, Near Field Communication Connectivity: 2G, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth, Dual-Band, GPS, NFC, Wi-Fi
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