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Is a cheap smartphone good enough?

Can you believe it’s been 10 years since Apple released the first iPhone? It’s true!

The 10-year anniversary iPhone will be released later this year. Speculation is that it’s going to come at a hefty price. It could cost you nearly $1,000 to get a hold of one.

The iPhone isn’t the only super expensive gadget out there. Samsung’s new flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, can cost you upwards of $800.

Many people would agree that those are crazy prices, but we really love our phones. Do you really need to spend that much for a quality smartphone though?

You actually don’t. If you are looking for a great deal and still want a good camera, performance and storage, there are other less expensive options.

Here are some of the best, cheap smartphones on the market today.

1. Moto G4

Motorola’s Moto G4 is priced at under $200 and comes with high-quality front and rear facing cameras. It also has a blazing fast processor and can be used on any of the major U.S. mobile providers.

Here is a list of Moto G4 specs:

  • Display – 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 LCD
  • Camera – 13 MP rear and 5 MP front-facing cameras designed to deliver crystal-clear photos
  • Memory – 32GB internal memory with MicroSDXC card slot with expandable memory up to 128GB and 2GB RAM
  • Processor – 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 617 Octa-Core CPU
  • Operating System – Android OS
  • Quick charging – TurboPower charging enabled with up to 6 hours of power in just 15 minutes of charging


The BLU PURE XR is a combination of beauty and strength. It’s solid metal, machined out of aerospace grade 7000 Series aluminum for a virtually indestructible gadget. It boasts a 16MP camera with Laser Autofocus and a 3D Touch display. The PURE XR costs just under $300.

  • Display – 5.5-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920) Super AMOLED Curved display
  • Camera – 16MP main camera featuring an f1.8 sensor with 6P lens; Laser and Phase Detection Autofocus and 8MP Wide-Angle front facing camera
  • Memory – 64GB internal memory with 4GB RAM; Micro SD slot with up to 64GB of expandable memory
  • Processor – MediaTek hello P10 64-Bit 2.0GHz Octa-Core processor
  • Operating System – Android OS

3. Huawei Honor 6X

The Huawei Honor 6X might give you the best camera experience from any of the budget smartphones. It comes with a dual 12MP and 2MP rear camera that captures life’s magical moments in the highest definition to empower your inner photographer. The Honor 6X sells for around $250.

  • Display – 5.5 inch Full HD (1080 x 1920)
  • Camera – Dual lens 12MP and 2MP rear camera and an impressive 8MP front camera with a 77-degree wide angle lens
  • Memory – 32GB internal memory with 4GB RAM; SD slot with up to 128GB expandable memory
  • Processor – Kirin 655 octa-core processor with a smart file system that allows for gaming, browsing, listening to music or running multiple apps at once
  • Operating System – Android OS

4. ZTE Axon 7 Mini

The ZTE Axon 7 Mini is light and compact but delivers a huge audio punch. Dolby Atmos Digital Surround Sound and dual stereo speakers lets you enjoy crystal clear HiFi audio anywhere you go. It also has a sleek aluminum full metal body and an impressive 16MP camera that captures striking pictures and vivid Full HD video. The ZTE Axon 7 Mini sells for just under $300.

  • Display – 5.2-inch AMOLED Full HD display (1080 x 1920)
  • Camera – 16MP iso-cell sensor rear camera with an 8MP front facing camera
  • Memory – 32GB internal memory with 3GB RAM and Micro SD slot with up to 128GB of expandable memory
  • Processor – 1.5 GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor
  • Operating System – Android OS

Bonus tip: If you’re an Apple fan, watch the video at the beginning of this tip to learn about a less expensive iPhone option.

Note: If you’re reading this article using the App, click here to see the demonstration videos for each budget smartphone mentioned in this tip.

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