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, so check them out 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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40 Comments

22. Daniel.P

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

True, it's in there now, smell the coffee ;)

26. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Thanks, still workin' on that coffee. Great piece Daniel, this lets people know they have good choices if they don't want to splurge (or need to) high-end.

18. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Other alternatives are galaxy s2/nexus,sensation Xl/xe,wp8s,lumia 520

27. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Appreciate this list. As the resident "go to guy" for mobile, I try to keep up with pros &cons with OS systems, but sometimes it is impossible to keep up with all the devices. Especially Android. In my small IL city, we are still lacking good paying jobs, so "cheap" is the name of the game. This list gives me something to work from, as well as the comments.

28. wky1998

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

Why would be Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus will not in list, is it because of the short battery life ?

29. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i got my Razr M temp phone for $180 brand new with the plastic and everything still on it. it runs great on CM10.1. ;) when i get my Moto X or whatever i'll be giving this to my girlfriend.

31. Tsarli

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

So which phone is the cheapest?

36. trustory

Posts: 132; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

lg optimus l9

39. najib1312

Posts: 155; Member since: May 08, 2013

Xperia T, V, S and SL all retails for US$300 also...........when u include these, Xperia T emerges as the solid winner. 2 weeks back I purchased Xperia SP for USD307.

40. luckysnap

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Right now there's also the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. Amazon's got it, unlocked, for $285 right now amzn.to/1ryAb6B
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