The best phones under $200 in 2023

Best phones under $200 - updated February 2022
In a world of $1000 phones, we often forget about cheap phones. These are very overshadowed, which is understandable, but that does not make them bad in any way. The truth is there are a lot of good phones for under $200. These devices should not be underestimated, as they pack good features at a fair price, and a lot of people don't necessarily have thousands of dollars to spend on a smartphone. Still, you better choose the one that fits your needs the best, as these devices are far from perfect.


So if you only have around $200 for a phone, but you do not want to end up buying a new one in a year, these are your best choices.

Motorola Moto G Power (2022)


Motorola Moto G Power (2021)
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Motorola Moto G Power (2021)


The Good

  • Good value
  • Excellent battery life
  • Solid build

The Bad

  • Middling performance
  • No NFC
  • Only one year of software updates

We kick off this list with this battery life beast. The 2022 Moto G Power’s power comes from a big 5,000mAh battery which can last you two whole days. The design of this phone is not bad either, as it has a trendy punch-hole camera and a big 6.6-inch LCD display.

The Moto G Power (2022) also has a good MediaTek Helio G37 processor, which is combined with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It has a triple-camera system, with a 50MP main shooter that can produce some nice-looking pictures. The Moto battery champ also features a headphone jack and a MicroSD card slot for convenience. The base version of this phone retails for $199.99, but you can often find it with a discount, making it one of the best phones under $200.

Nokia G20


Nokia G20

Nokia G20


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Behold the budget king, this HMD Global Nokia phone has the best specs for its price. Retailing at just under $200, the Nokia G20 has a pretty good 6.52-inch display and a wonderful 48MP camera setup. It is also good in terms of battery life, with its big, 5,050mAh unit.

The design of the Nokia G20 is among the best on this list. This phone looks fresh and well built, which is another key selling point. It packs a powerful MediaTek Helio G35 processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of storage. Тhis phone has a MicroSD card slot, a headphone jack, and dual-SIM support.

Overall, the Nokia G20 is really easy to recommend to anyone, its only problem is that it is not available with a carrier plan in the US, but it is available to buy from most of the big retailers.

Samsung Galaxy A12


Samsung Galaxy A12

Samsung Galaxy A12


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Who would have thought years ago that you will be able to buy a new phone from Samsung’s Galaxy A series for just $179? That’s right, the Galaxy A12 comes at a very appealing price. While we must admit that it is made out of cheap materials, it packs plenty of specs for you to consider buying it. The Galaxy A12 has a good, 6.5-inch LCD display and a long-lasting 5,000mAh battery. For a phone under $200 this one offers great value.

It is also powerful, with its MediaTek P35 processor being more than capable of dealing with your everyday tasks. The Galaxy A12’s downside is that it only has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The storage is expandable though, and it also comes with a headphone jack, just like the other phones on this list. This phone’s 48MP main camera produces good pictures with punchy colors. If you are a fan of Samsung’s One UI, then this one's for you.

Motorola Moto G Fast


Motorola Moto G Fast

Motorola Moto G Fast


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Even though this Motorola phone is now a year old, it still holds its ground against the competition. Design-wise it looks modern enough, so you don’t have to worry about its age. Motorola’s second offering on this list has a good 6.4-inch LCD display and a 4,000mAh battery. The Moto G Fast together with the next phone on this list have the best processor among phones under $200, a Snapdragon 665. It also has a nice triple-camera setup, with a 16MP main camera that can produce some good photos.

Where this phone’s age shows is its memory size. It only comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which are both on the low side. At least the storage is expandable and the phone has a headphone jack. Currently, the Motorola Moto G Fast retails for $200, but can be found at a discount.

Motorola Moto G Pure


Motorola Moto G Pure

Motorola Moto G Pure


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The Motorola Moto G Pure is the company's new entry-level smartphone. It offers good value, considering its $159 price tag. This phone has a big 6.5-inch display and a 4,000mAh battery that can last up to two days on a single charge. This phone is powered by a MediaTek Helio G25 processor, which means it isn't going to be the greatest performer, but the chip will do the job. The Moto G Pure comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. This phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. 

The 13MP dual-camera system should be good for daylight photography. Motorola's Moto G Pure has a 5MP selfie camera, which is a bit disappointing. Still, for its price, the Moto G Pure offers nice specs and should have nice build quality. It is a good phone for your grandparents and young kids, and also as a second or a backup phone.

Conclusion


If you don't want to empty your pockets for a phone that you're going to change in two or three years anyway, you have plenty of good choices, as it looks like big smartphone manufactures have you covered. The phones on this list are far from bad. Actually, most of them are pretty good. Cheap phones are definitely better than ever before, with their modern design, big displays, amazing battery life, and best of all - accessible pricing. We also recommend these if you have a kid or an older relative, as these groups of people often need a phone that just works and lasts them long between charges, not a phone retailing for almost $1000 that has a 120Hz AMOLED display and a 108MP camera.

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