The 10 best cheap Android phones under $250 you can buy right now: from waterproof to stylish

The 10 best cheap Android phones under $250 you can buy right now: from waterproof to stylish
The smartphone industry is quickly reaching its saturation point, as even midrangers now come with 1080p displays, fast chipsets and high-res cameras. The devil is in the details, though, that's why we are rounding up some of the best handsets you can buy for yourself or for a holiday present that won't make you break the piggy bank, and still offer great bang for your buck.

There's never been a time like this since the first iPhone was introduced, starting the ARM's race of specs, screen resolutions, camera sensor competition, and all the surrounding paraphernalia of sensors. Each year manufacturers outbid themselves with the latest and greatest the silicon and screen panel industries have to offer, and as a result last year's flagships and midrangers fall in price significantly when the new crop arrives, paving the way for sub-$250 handsets that not only do the job, but will probably let you do whatever it is you do with a $600 phone, if you are not looking for trouble. 

We've got the gamut spanning from waterproof phones, through ones with 1080p displays and 13 MP cameras, and even a few running Android 5.0 Lollipop, so check the cheapskate collection below, if you are in the market for an affordable Android.

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17 Comments

1. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Motorola has priced so exorbitantly the MotoX 1st & 2nd gen. in India and that too without any after sales support. Would love to see it eat dust here.

10. ferret101

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Indeed! And the moto 360 too and the fact that they didn't give us the option of an 8 gig variant for the second gen moto g despite it having a sd card slot. Motorola has started behaving like good ol' sammy! :/

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Asus Zenfone 5 best pick, followed by Redmi note, and desire 816

13. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

Zenfone is terrible battery issues.

3. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

the ascend p6 has been updated to kitkat

4. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Asus Zenfone 5 .. Desire 816 .. Moto G (2014) .. and then Redmi Note

5. hitmantb

Posts: 79; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

You can buy last year's flagship devices with Snapdragon 800 for under $300 now (LG G2, LG G Flex, Xperia Ultra just to name a few). I got a G Flex for $200 from BestBuy off Slickdeals just two weeks ago. I don't see why anyone would take a device for Snapdragon 400 series. Just wait for a deal on any of the flagship devices. The build quality and specs of 2013 non-Samsung flagships are vastly superior to 2014 mid-ranger's.

6. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I can vouch for Moto G 2014 and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra. You wouldn't regret buying any one of them.

7. alexhdkn

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 25, 2014

P6 hasn't got a Octacore Cpu, really who wrote this article?

8. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Zte zmax 250$

9. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Bestbuy has the HTC Desire 510 for $37 with taxes total. The code is DESIRE510DEAL. Just google bestbuy black friday deals. Should pop up.

15. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

It doesnt work

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

You can pick up a Nexus 4 for less than $200. That should have been included as its still a fantastic device.

12. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Groupon has them for 149 16g model

14. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Can you unlock a virgin mobile device fo be used worldwide?

16. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Virgin is only CDMA in the United States and owned by Sprint. Virgin anywhere else in the world is GSM and owned by that bada$$mutherfI_Icker Richard Branson...

17. farhad.ahmad30

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

iDROID King is the new sensation of town, it has wonderful specs and is economically priced to suit everyone's needs. It is manufactured by none other than iDROID USA.

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