When it comes to cheap, good phones, we're living in a world of plenty. Costs have dropped and software is getting better, which means that inexpensive phones with last year's parts (or even parts from the year before) are still going to serve you well. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, here are the top cheap phones we love.
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Motorola Moto G4 Play
Price: $150 (or $100 with Amazon-sponsored ads); £130; AU$279
As the most affordable phone in Motorola's G4 line, the Moto G4 Play is splash-resistant, comes loaded with a near stock version of Android 6.0, and has a great battery life. If you're an Amazon Prime member (and don't mind seeing ads) you can get it for even less.
Though only available in the US (on MetroPCS and T-Mobile, for now), the ZMax Pro impressed us with its large 6-inch display and small price tag. It also features a fingerprint reader, Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a 13-megapixel camera.
LeEco may not be a well-known name in phones right now, but the Chinese-based company is garnering attention for its cheap but well-built high-end phones. For under $300, the Le S3 serves up 32GB of storage, a 16-megapixel camera and a 5.5-inch display.
Price: $100 (8GB), $110 (16GB); $50 (8GB, with ads), $60 (16GB, with Amazon-sponsored ads)
Available in the US, the well-built R1 HD's biggest draw is its price. Though its software is buggy, its audio volume for calls is low and its battery takes a long time to charge, you can purchase the device (with ads) starting at just $50.