There’s no shortage of affordable smartphones on the market—but finding an affordable phone that doesn’t suck can be a challenge. So we combed through the options and found the best phones you can buy that won’t break the bank.
Buying an affordable phone isn’t like buying a high-end flagship model, because there are a slew of choices in the budget market—and most of them aren’t very good. That’s where the real challenge comes in: finding a phone that fits your needs, meets your budget, and won’t end up causing extra stress and frustration in your life. In the budget phone market, it’s a balancing act.
That said, there are a couple of things you’ll have to accept right out of the gate: budget phones make compromises over their flagship counterparts, which is how manufacturers keep costs down—usually the camera.
Second, you’re going to have a lot better luck looking at Android, because truly affordable iPhones simply doesn’t exist. There is an option here, but it’s not the best choice. But we’ll talk more about that down below.
The Best Option Overall: Motorola Moto G6 ($235)
When it comes down to it, one brand has been absolutely crushing the budget phone market for years now: Motorola. The company’s G series smartphones have consistently provided excellent bang for the buck, with great performance and features paired with better than average support and updates.
This doesn’t change with the G6, the newest entry into the G family. This 5.7-inch smartphone comes with not only a sizable (and good looking) display, but 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an SD card slot, and snappy Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor. It’s ships with Android 8.0, so it’s also running the newest version of Android right out of the box.
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