Bang for the buck: the best affordable Android phones under $300 unsubsidized

Bang for the buck: the best affordable Android phones under $300 unsubsidized
Android phones needn't be expensive to run their basic tasks, and its entry or lower midrange level handsets out there were the ones that really dug the grave for the feature phone, sporting a decent design, plethora of features, access to the Play Store apps, and... a sub-$300 price tag without subsidy.

Of course, there will be tradeoffs to make at such a price, but in the phones below those are a surprisingly small number for the tag they are sold with at the moment. 

After covering the $300-$500 SIM-free range, check out the sub-$300 handsets handpicked below if you are in the market for a decent affordable Android - we are including both devices announced this year, and some of last year's crop that have fallen in price quite a bit by now.

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