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The Best Cheap Android Phones – October 2018

Posted by William Sattelberg on October 18, 2018

Over the past few years, flagship phones have gotten really good. Top-end Android phones like the Google Pixel 2, HTC U11, and Moto Z2 Force have offered users fast experiences, great cameras, pixel-dense displays, and even advanced features like waterproofing and so much more. Unfortunately, with these premium phones come premium prices. Not everyone wants—or needs—to spend more than $700 on a device like the Galaxy S9 or LG V30, or even $500 on a great mid-range Android phone like the OnePlus 5T or the Moto Z2 Play. These are great phones, no doubt, but for a lot of consumers, they’re just too expensive for what you want or need in a phone. There’s no reason to overpay for design, super high resolution screens, or top-end processors if all you’re looking for is a phone to get you through the day with a full battery, to read email and skim through news, text and place some phone calls, and take a couple pictures.

The budget smartphone category really started to blossom a few years ago, as solid-performing processors, bright, good-looking displays, and quality cameras started to get really cheap. Since 2013, the affordable Android phone market has flourished, and some of the best phones you can buy right now are budget Android phones! If you aren’t a heavy tech user, and you just need something cheap and usable, we’ve gathered some of the best cheap Android phones you can buy in 2018 below. We’ve included something at every budget level, from $200-level premium budget offerings to sub-$100 barebone smartphones, so rest assured that we’ve included everyone. We’ve even made sure to mention phones that are usable on CDMA networks like Sprint and Verizon, so no matter what you’re looking for, there’ll be something for you below.

Here are our top picks for the best cheap Android phones, as of October 2018.

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