5 Best Smartphones Under $200 – The Best 5 to Buy

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What if you get all the features of a smartphone at a cheap price? With great performance and decent wonderful attributes here are the best five smartphones that you can buy for under $200.

5 Best Smartphones under $200

1. Samsung Galaxy A03S

Samsung Galaxy A03S
Samsung Galaxy A03S

Samsung’s Galaxy A03S at $95 (£77, roughly AU$135) has plenty of great features and could be a great fit for someone looking for the cheapest possible phone that can handle most essential tasks. The phone’s 6.5-inch screen, with 720p resolution, is an amazing option for reading news, watching videos and playing games.

Despite having some performance lag, the phone is great at multitasking. But the phone’s small 32GB of storage space could fill up fast, so if considering this phone, it may be worthwhile to consider expanding the storage with a microSD card.

Samsung also plans to support this phone with at least four years of security updates, which at this price range is as good as it gets. On the software side, it’s less clear how many Android versions are scheduled, but the phone ships with Android 11 to start.

2. Moto G Power (2022)

Moto G Power (2022)
Moto G Power (2022)

The Moto G Power at $200 (£150, AU$275) sits at the higher end of this sub-$200 roundup, but it has a lot of onboard storage space to show for it. This phone starts at 64GB of space, which is double the storage many such phones include. In addition, you can either opt for the 128GB model at $250 or throw in a microSD card for up to 512GB of additional space. The phone also includes 4GB of RAM, which should help it through most multitasking.

The phone ships with Android 11, and Motorola is pledging one software update to Android 12 along with two years of security updates for this phone. This phone’s cheap enough that you might consider the two-year timeline to be roughly as long as you were planning to keep the device. 

3. Samsung Galaxy A13

Samsung Galaxy A13
Samsung Galaxy A13

Samsung’s Galaxy A13 comes in 4G and 5G versions, and for the purposes of this best list, we’re focusing on the 4G version because it comes in at $190 (£179, AU$329). The 5G Galaxy A13 comes in a bit higher at $250.

The Galaxy A13 includes a 6.6-inch screen at 1080p resolution, four rear cameras highlighted with a 50-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel selfie camera and a 5,000-mAh battery. Like the Galaxy A03S, it only includes 32GB of onboard storage though, so you’ll want to get a microSD card to expand the storage if you plan to take lots of photos and video with those cameras.

But also like the Galaxy A03S, the A13 ships with Android 11 and is set for at least four years of security updates. That can be particularly important if you need to use this phone for as long as possible. 

4. Samsung Galaxy A12

Samsung Galaxy A12
Samsung Galaxy A12

Even though the Galaxy A13 is replacing the Galaxy A12, you can still find the $180 Samsung phone at US carriers, although it appears to be discontinued on Samsung’s website. According to Counterpoint Research, the A12 was the best-selling Android phone of 2021, even outselling Apple’s iPhone SE (2020).

In our Galaxy A12 review, we found the phone took nicer photos than the cheaper Galaxy A03S thanks to its four-camera array with a 16-megapixel main camera, but it was still hindered by the same 32GB of onboard storage seen across all of Samsung’s sub-$200 phones.

For the $10 difference, it’s likely better to get the Galaxy A13 for that phone’s 50-megapixel main camera. But if you do plan to buy the Galaxy A12, know that the phone’s 3GB of memory handled multitasking well during our review, but experienced some lag when shifting between horizontal and vertical screen orientations.

5. Nokia G20

Nokia G20
Nokia G20

None of the above phones is expensive, but if you’re trying to spend your money on something reliable, the Nokia G20 is the best bet. Sitting towards the upper limit of $200, it’s the best budget phone in this range at the end of the day. You can get a lot of value from every dollar spent on the G20 instead of the cheaper G10.

Packed with a 6.52-inch IPS LCD, making it larger than its cheaper predecessors. While it costs a bit more, you get an HD+ resolution of 720×1600, a MediaTek processor, 4GB of RAM, and an impressive 128GB of expandable storage (up to 512GB). Unfortunately, it cannot charge fast, but you shouldn’t bother about it much, thanks to the generous 5,050 mAh battery.

The Nokia G20 is powered by Android One, which means you’ll get two years of Android upgrades and three years of monthly security fixes, which should get till 2023. The phone ships with Android 11, but it’s slated to get Android 12 and also 13 in the future. The software experience is great as there’s no bloatware and Nokia sticks to stock Android.

The phone comes with a lovely textured back available in two colours, with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The Nokia G20 sports an IPX2 rating, making it splash-proof. You also get a quad-camera setup, including a 48MP primary camera that is surprisingly decent. Nokia packed just the right features into this value-rich device, making the G20 one of the best sub-$200 recommendations.

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Kamal Kaur