The Best Cheap Android Phones in 2020

published on August 2, 2020

so there's this misconception that cheap phones can't also be good phones and well maybe at one point that was true but these days you can get a pretty great phone at basically

Any price point we talk a lot on this channel about flagship phones that cost all the way up to a thousand dollars twelve hundred fourteen hundred dollars and the truth is unless you have some very particular

Needs you can probably get by with a phone that costs much much less take the moto g power for example it doesn't have a fancy glass and metal design or the latest and greatest processor

But for only 250 you're getting a pretty great experience anyway this is motorola's eighth iteration of its moto g line with a sturdy plastic body that despite a few scuffs and scratches has

Actually held up pretty well and feels really solid to hold you get a headphone jack which is something you won't find on even most flagships that cost four to five times as much

And there's a rear fingerprint sensor hidden in the moto logo it's a lot faster than an in-display fingerprint sensor would have been at this price point and you can use it to pull down your

Notification shade with a swipe which is so handy motorola has been pretty great at software lately too the moto g power runs on a pretty lightweight build of android 10 out of

The box with a few useful tweaks like moto actions which lets you launch your camera by twisting the phone in your hand or toggle the flashlight with a double

Chop oh and the moto g power gets its name from the gigantic 5 000 milliamp hour battery inside which can keep the phone running for two to three days on a single charge

It's really nuts and it's easily the best reason to pick up this phone but of course you're gonna have to make some compromises to reach this price point so what are they well for starters

Motorola doesn't typically put nfc chips in its more affordable phones and the moto g power is no exception that means no contactless payments which is a pretty big bummer for some people

Especially these days when you don't necessarily want to be handling cash back and forth it's also pretty slow to charge that giant battery and the cameras are well they're fine for a 250 phone but

They're nothing special now if that's not quite your thing for around the same price you can pick up the tcl 10l instead it's got a much more eye-catching finish but the general

Hardware is about the same with a rear fingerprint sensor and a headphone jack but the 10l has a slightly larger display and a slimmer though still huge 4 000 milliamp hour battery

There's also a customizable button on the side of the phone that you can set to launch various apps and shortcuts with a single long or double press you can even set it to do the same things as moto actions on

The moto g power or maybe even launch google pay since the 10l does support nfc one of the 10l's biggest features is its nxt vision display tech which tcl uses in its tvs

You can toggle this in the software it converts sdr content to hdr in real time and automatically handles settings like contrast and saturation to make your screen pop at all the right times so the tcl 10l has a pretty great

Software experience too but it isn't the fastest performer and that's a little strange because it has the same snapdragon 665 processor as the moto g power which runs just fine but the 10l lags a

Lot more often and the cameras are well they're not great regardless of the price but if you don't need a great camera the 10l is a great option that really excels in its display tech and customizable smart key

Now if the cameras are a priority and you've got a little bit of extra cash to spend the galaxy a51 from samsung is also a great option to consider the a51 looks a bit more modern than the

Other options almost like a watered-down galaxy s20 it comes in a few flashy finishes and you get an in-display fingerprint sensor here instead of a capacitive one on the back

There's also a 65 inch amoled display up front with tight bezels and a small hole punch camera cutout the body is still made out of plastic but it's surprisingly lightweight for its size

And just like on the tcl10l you get nfc here for mobile payments along with a 4 000 milliamp hour battery the a51 also has some of the best cameras in its price point with a 48

Megapixel main sensor along with a 12 megapixel ultra wide a 5 megapixel macro and a dedicated portrait camera this phone isn't going to knock the pixel off of the camera thrown by any

Means but it's a surprisingly robust camera setup for such a low cost phone but if you do want to take pixel quality photos with your phone well why not get a pixel the 3a isn't

Officially being sold by google anymore but it's pretty easy to find elsewhere at a discount and still takes some of the best photos not just within its own price range but really of

Any phone and of course you'll be the first in line for new versions of android as well and if you're wondering why google's discontinued the 3a it's because they're gearing up to finally launch the pixel

4a at least if the rumors are true we've got a full video going over everything we currently know about google's 2020 pixel lineup so be sure to give that a watch after you're done with this video right here

Some other affordable phones worth mentioning include the nokia 72 which has an absolutely stunning design with a frosted matte glass backing and a pretty great screen and software experience

There's also the moto g fast which offers a pretty similar experience to the moto g power with a few features removed to cut back even further on the price we've got a whole article on the best

Cheap android phones with plenty of other options to choose from now i'd love to hear from you let me know in the comments down below if you use any of the phones i've mentioned and

Tell me how well they've been holding up for you so far of course stick around in the coming weeks for some pixel 4a coverage which is hopefully coming sooner than later we're gonna have

Plenty of videos on that subscribe to android central so you don't miss when those videos go live and until next time thanks for watching stay safe

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