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Best Phones Under $150 Dollars – 2020 Top 10 List – Unlocked

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Looking for best phones under $150 in 2020? I created a list that contains the best Unlocked phones under $150 that can help you!

If you want a phone under $150, you need to know the specs that you have to look for. You need to know the best specs that you can get and the variety of brands that you can choose from.

Most often, if you are on a tight budget, unlocked phones can be cheaper compared to phones that are only virtually “under $150” but are tied up to network plans. These phones will make you spend more than your original budget and add more to your bills. You want to spend less than $150 as you originally planned.

Now, let’s take a look at the Top 10 Best Phones under $150 in 2020.

I found all recently released phones below $150 with the highest ratings and customer review count on Amazon. By clicking the link below, it will take you to Amazon in order to view the customer reviews. You can also check out the Phone Details section of this article for my reviews.

1. Xiaomi Redmi 7 (4.6 out of 5 stars) with over 1,400 reviews here

2. Motorola Moto G7 Play (4.3 out of 5 stars) with over 300 reviews here

3. Huawei Honor 8A (4.3 out of 5 stars) with over 210 reviews here

4. BLU Vivo X5 (4.2 out of 5 stars) with over 400 reviews here

5. Alcatel 1S (4.3 out of 5 stars) with over 170 reviews here

6. CUBOT X19 (4.4 out of 5 stars) with over 60 reviews here

7. Blu Studio Mini (4.0 out of 5 stars) with over 300 reviews here

8. OUKITEL Y1000 Rugged Smartphone (5 out of 5 stars) with over 10 reviews here

9. UMIDIGI Power (3.9 out of 5 stars) with over 400 reviews here

10. BLU Studio Mega 2019 (3.8 out of 5 stars) with over 190 reviews here

Best Specs Rundown for a $150 budget


RAM

The size of Random-Access Memory or RAM has a huge effect on the performance of the phone that you are going to buy. A larger RAM will allow you to run more applications simultaneously without experiencing lag compared to a smaller RAM. When you run an application or game, it consumes a specific amount of RAM until you close it.

If you have many applications in the background and your phone starts to lag, this means that you have to close some of your background running applications in order to free some RAM so that your phone will run smoothly again. For a budget under $150, you can already get a phone with 2GB to 3GB RAM.

CPU

CPU or Central Processing Unit also affects the performance of the phone. A phone CPU can be classified as a low-range, mid-range, or high-range. Low-range CPUs are less fast compared to mid-range CPUs. You can expect the phones under $150 to have a low-range or mid-range CPU. High-range CPUs are usually used by phones over $800.

The challenge with CPUs is that it is difficult for a normal buyer to identify the classification of the CPU of the phone they are buying. Even after identifying the classification, comparing phone CPUs under the same classification is also not easy. Information such as the number of cores and gigahertz (GHz) are numbers that can be confusing. In the Phone Details section of this article, I will identify them for you.

Most websites that review CPU performance of phones use tools and benchmarks to test CPU speed and compare it with other phones. However, after reading the results, most buyers will still find it difficult to understand the graphs without actually experiencing the use of any of the units that are used to compare those phones.

Moreover, the overall speed and performance of the phone are generally determined by the combination of RAM size, CPU specs, and the Operating System. You can get an idea of the level of performance by looking at the paper description of these specs, but the best way for you to know the performance of the phone is to read the comments from the people who already bought the phone.

Camera

The rear camera specs of phones under $150 may range from 8 to 16 MP which is pretty decent. You can also find phones that have dual-camera specs in this budget range. Dual-camera allows you to capture wide-lens photos and sometimes, 3D photos using your phone. But keep in mind that you do not need dual-camera to capture excellent photos.

Display

The display technology that you can usually find in phones under $150 is an IPS LCD display. This display technology is very vivid and can also be found in more expensive phones like iPhones. This type of technology is also very energy-efficient.

When it comes to the display sharpness, you must consider the combination of the display size and display resolution because both affect the pixel density. Pixel density is measured in PPI or Pixels Per Inch. The higher the PPI, the sharper the screen display. However, you do not need a phone with a very high pixel density.

Even the older iPhones (e.g. iPhone 7) only settle at 326 PPI as compared to other high-end phones that have around 500 PPI. This is because a very high PPI will not make a difference due to the limit of what our eyes can see.

For phones under $150, you can expect a 260 to 295 PPI. This range is already very decent and satisfactory.

OS

All phones under $150 on the list have Android 9.0 (Pie). Currently, this is the latest Operation System that you can find in phones under $150. It is a very excellent and secured OS.

Battery

Although the length of battery life is affected by many factors such as display size, type, and brightness, CPU efficiency, Operating System, background running applications, your own usage, and more, you can still have a clue by looking at the battery capacity of the phone which is measured in mAh.

A good battery capacity today will range from 2800 to 3000 mAh for display sizes between 5.5 inches to 6 inches regardless of the budget range. Since there are many factors affecting battery life, you can always check the review comments of the people who already bought the phone.

Storage

You can get at least 32 GB of internal storage for a phone under $150. This storage size is already big for most users. If you store a lot of videos and large files, most or all of these phones allow the use of a microSD card which can double or triple your storage.

Phone Details


1. Xiaomi Redmi 7 (Released: 2019)


Display: 6.26 inches; 720 x 1520 pixels (269 PPI); IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
OS: Android 9.0 Pie, upgradable to Android 10.0; MIUI 11
RAM: 3 GB
Storage: 32 GB
Camera: 12 MP, f/2.2, 1/2.9″, 1.25µm, PDAF + 2 MP, 1/5.0″, 1.75µm, depth sensor
CPU: Qualcomm SDM632 Snapdragon 632 (14 nm); Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Kryo 250 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 250 Silver)
Battery:  Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery

Price: USD 149.99

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Xiaomi is a popular Chinese brand for releasing phones that have better specs at a lower price. An example of this is the Pocophone F1 smartphone that I got in 2018 which packs the same processing power (CPU and RAM) but costs almost four times less than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 that was released in the same year.

At less than $150, the Xiaomi Redmi 7, on the other hand, has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 6X series CPU which is the mid-range range series of Qualcomm Snapdragon. That’s very fast enough and the fastest you can get in this price range unless you want to spend more money on high-end phones. The next faster CPU to this is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8X series which is usually found in over $800 phones.

It has a dual-camera and a huge battery capacity.

What you will also like about this phone is that you can read over 1,300 comments on Amazon from its two product pages to verify that this phone really performs well and that it’s above other phones in terms of specs in the “under $150” budget range.

If you have two SIM cards as I do, you can utilize the Dual SIM slots of this phone. You can also expand the storage using a MicroSD up to 512 GB. The Micro SD has a dedicated slot so that means you have 2 slots for SIM cards and the third slot for MicroSD. Please take note of the network bands of this phone before purchasing it.

Inside the box, you can find the unit, one micro USB cable, one charger, one transparent back cover, and a user manual. The transparent back cover is glossy and gives a nice look to the phone. It definitely looks very nice with the back cover on. You will also have a good grip if you use it because the phone’s back is made of hard plastic and too smooth like most phones. There is no headphone that comes with the box which I think is okay given the affordable price.

2. Motorola Moto G7 Play (Released: 2019)


Display: 5.7 inches; 720 x 1512 pixels, 19:9 ratio (294 PPI); IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
RAM: 2 GB
Storage: 32 GB
Camera: 13 MP, f/2.0, 1/3.1″, 1.12µm, PDAF
CPU: Qualcomm SDM632 Snapdragon 632 (14 nm); Octa-core (4×1.8 GHz Kryo 250 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 250 Silver)
Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery

Price: USD 149.99

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Motorola Moto G7 Play is one of my favorites on the list. The specs and price point of this smartphone feels like getting more than what you paid for. At less than $150, it has the same mid-range processor as the Xiaomi Redmi 7.

Imagine the size of the iPhone 8 Plus, that’s almost the same size as the display of this smartphone. The battery capacity is big enough to last very long. When trying to compare the battery capacity of phones, you should also check the display size.

If you find this phone having less battery capacity than Xiaomi Redmi 7, it’s because it has a smaller display. The larger the display, the more it needs the energy to light up those additional pixels.

On Amazon, you can read up to 300 reviews of this phone to confirm if it will really work well to meet your needs. The box comes with one Type-C USB cable, a 5W charger, and the unit. There is no headphone and protective case but the price justifies that.

3. Huawei Honor 8A (Released: 2019)


Display: 6.09 inches; 1560p x 720p (283 PPI); IPS
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
RAM: 2 GB
Storage: 32 GB
Camera: 8 MP
CPU: MediaTek Helio P35 MT6765; Octa-Core (4×2.3 GHz + 4×1.8 GHz)
Battery: Non-removable 3,020mAh

Price: USD 125

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Huawei is a very trusted brand given that it has been competing with Apple for second place in terms of global market share in 2019. In the 3rd quarter of 2019, Huawei even surpassed Apple’s global market share.

In terms of CPU speed of this phone, it can closely compete with other mid-range processors like the Snapdragon 6XX series under the $150 budget range. A mid-range processor in a phone with a brand that has a big market share at less than $150 is amazing.

You can also insert two SIM cards and one MicroSD up to 512 GB in a third slot. Huawei boasts about its very narrow borders for a huge screen-to-body ratio. I agree. It looks amazing just like most of the latest phones today.

The box comes with a micro USB cable, a power adapter, and the unit. No headphones and back case included which is fine.

4. BLU Vivo X5 – (Released: September 2019)


Display: 5.7 inches; 720 x 1440 pixels (282 PPI); IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
RAM: 3 GB
Storage: 64 GB
Camera: 13 MP
CPU: Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A55
Battery: Removable Li-Po 2800 mAh

Price: USD 99.99

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BLU (Bold Like Us) is also one of my favorite brands. The brand is American and they have really really cheap smartphones that have specs that can be found in more expensive brands.

The Blu Vivo X5 is one of their most recently released smartphones. Despite the very low price, it has a very decent mid-range processor and a larger RAM and internal storage compared to the other phones on the list. You can also insert a microSD card up to 64 GB to expand the storage.

The phone is also Dual-SIM so it has two SIM card slots.

The box comes with the phone unit, a power adapter, micro USB cable, earphones, 2800 mAh battery, clear silicon case, a plastic screen protector, a glass screen protector. That’s a lot of accessories compared to the other phones on the list.

You can remove the back cover and insert the battery that comes with the box.

Smartphone battery life becomes shorter after years of using the phone. What is awesome about the BLU Vivo X5 is that you can just buy a battery replacement anytime on Amazon.

You will also like the leatherback design which is unusual to find in smartphones, but it’s amazing because of the nicer looks and texture. The leather also has stitches which makes it even more attractive.

5. Alcatel 1S (Released: 2019)


Display: 5.5 inches; 720 x 1440 pixels (293 PPI); IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
RAM: 3 GB
Storage: 32 GB
Camera: 13 MP, f/2.0, 1/3.1″, 1.12µm + 2 MP, 1/5.0″, 1.75µm, depth sensor
CPU: Unisoc SC9863A; Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A55
Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3060 mAh

Price: USD 125

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This French brand smartphone is also very popular on Amazon. The Alcatel 1s is one of the great choices under the $150 budget. It has the same mid-range CPU and RAM as the BLU Vivo X5.

It’s also a great option if you want a dual-camera. The back of the phone has a metallic brush finish so it looks awesome.

You can expand the storage up to 128 GB. It has two SIM card slots. The microSD goes into the SIM2 slot so you cannot use the SIM2 slot for another SIM card if you will be using a microSD.

The box comes with the phone unit, screen protector, transparent back case, power adapter, micro USB cable, and a headphone. With these accessories, you already saved a lot of bucks.

6. CUBOT X19 (Released: 2019)


Display: 5.93 inches; 2160 x 1080 (408 PPI)
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
RAM: 4 GB
Storage: 64 GB
Camera: 16 MP + 2.0 MP Dual Camera
CPU: MediaTek Helio P23 MT6763T; Octa-core 2.5 GHz Cortex-A53
Battery: 4000 mAh

Price: USD 120

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The CUBOT brand is not something you hear every day. The brand is from China where the phones are manufactured. They have released a lot of phone models since 2013.

Being an unpopular brand, their selling point is the amazing specs.

The CUBOT X19 has a mid-range CPU and one of the highest RAM and internal storage in the list. The camera is dual-lens and the battery capacity is also big.

The pixel density is very high that it can compete with high-end phones in terms of display sharpness.

This smartphone which is only under $150 is very highly rated on Amazon and you can read a lot of positive comments about it.

The box comes with the phone unit, a USB Type C cable, a power adapter, and a transparent back case.

You have two options for phone colors. One is black and the other one is Gradient. The Gradient looks great by the way.

It has two SIM slots and you can use the SIM 2 slot for the microSD.

7. Blu Studio Mini (Released: September 2019)


Display: 5.5 inches; 720 x 1440 pixels (293 PPI); IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
RAM: 2 GB
Storage: 32 GB
Camera: 13 MP
CPU: Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A55
Battery: Removable Li-Po 3000 mAh

Price: USD 69.99

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This is another BLU phone that was only recently released. If you are trying to save a lot of bucks and you are a modest user, this is the BEST choice on the list.

The price is very very cheap, but it can very well compete with more expensive phones because that is what the BLU brand offers. With over 300 ratings on Amazon, you can check that this phone very worth the price.

It has a mid-range CPU which is very rare to have in a smartphone at a very low price.

Like the previous BLU smartphone above, you can remove the battery and easily buy another one on Amazon.

The package comes with the phone unit with a screen protector already installed, a micro USB cable, a power adapter, a 3,000 mAh battery, a clear silicone back case, and a glass screen protector. There are no headphones as expected considering the very very low price.

8. OUKITEL Y1000 Rugged (Released: November 2019)


Display: 6.1 inches; 1560 x 720 Full HD
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
RAM: 2 GB
Storage: 32 GB
Camera: 8 MP + 2 MP Dual camera
CPU: Quad-core 4x Cortex-A7
Battery: 3600mAh non-removable

Price: USD 119.99

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Oukitel is another Chinese smartphone brand that is manufacturing phones since 2007. I included the Oukitel Y1000 on the “under $150” top list because it has features that the other phones on the list are not offering.

The unique feature of this phone is that it is waterproof IP68 certified, dustproof (IEC 60529), drop-proof and shockproof.

You can use it underwater down to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. It is also certified and can handle up to 1.2-meter drops. If you are into outdoor activities like hiking, climbing, surfing, or simply as clumsy as me, this phone is a good fit. It comes with a huge battery capacity so it will definitely last long while you are outdoors.

OUKITEL Y1000 has a low-range CPU and has 2G and 3G-support only. This phone is not for you if you are always using your phone for high graphics and high data demanding games. If you are a heavy internet user, you can connect to Wi-Fi instead of using data.

You can still use modest functionalities smoothly such as using social media, capturing photos and videos, and calling and sending SMS.

Before using the underwater functionality, you must put three (3) waterproof plugs.

The package comes with the unit, silicon clear back case, power adaptor, and a micro USB cable.

Even as a rugged phone, it is designed not to look like one. Most rugged phones are very thick and heavy, but not this one. It is only 11.2 mm thick. It’s only 0.8 mm thicker than the BLU Studio Mini above.

You can check on Amazon to see more comments and photos of this unique smartphone.

9. UMIDIGI Power (Released: 2019)


Display: 6.3 inches; 2340 x 1080 (409 PPI); In-cell LTPS Display
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
RAM: 4 GB
Storage: 64 GB
Camera: 16 MP + 5 MP Dual Camera
CPU: Helio P35 AI; Octa-Core 4x 2.1 GHz ARM Cortex-A73, 4x 1.95 GHz ARM Cortex-A53
Battery: 5150 mAh

Price: USD 139.99

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UMIDIGI is another Chinese brand of phones and they have released a lot of phone models since 2012. In terms of specs, the UMIDIGI Power is one of the highest in the list. It excels in almost all essential features.

The RAM is one of the largest on the list and it uses a mid-range processor.

The battery capacity is crazy huge as well. I’m thinking this is where the “Power” from its name came from. It promises 471 hours of standby time, 30 hours of calling, 16 hours of video playback, or 9 hours of continuous gaming. It’s hard to tell if these numbers are true, so I suggest reading reviews on Amazon from the people who already bought the phone.

As you may already know, cheaper phones with big battery capacity are usually slow to charge. But the UMIDIGI Power is capable of fast-charging so you will be far from the power outlet soon enough after plugging.

It is also super thin at only 8.8 mm. That’s also very unusual and awesome at the same time for phones with big battery capacity.

The display is big, but despite that, it has a very very high pixel density.

The package contents include the phone unit, pre-installed screen protector, phone case, Type-C USB cable, and a power adapter. There are no headphones included, but it’s fine because of the low price.

10. BLU Studio Mega 2019 (Released: September 2019)


Display: 6.0 inches; 720 x 1440 pixels (268 PPI); LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
RAM: 2 GB
Storage: 32 GB
Camera: 13 MP
CPU: Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A55
Battery: Removable Li-Po 3000 mAh

Price: USD 99.99

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BLU Studio Mega 2019’s specs are very similar to the BLU Studio Mini above and they are both released at the same time. The main difference is the display size which is larger on the BLU Studio Mega 2019.

Compared to the 2018 version of the BLU Studio Mega, the 2019 version has a newer Android version, faster CPU, better graphics, higher battery capacity, higher RAM and more internal storage.

The package contents are essentially similar to the BLU Studio Mini. If you like a phone with a larger screen than the BLU Studio Mini, you can check this one out. They are still both under $150 but unlike other phones on the list, you can save more with the BLU phones.

That summarizes the best phones under $150.

Have you chosen a phone that you like?

I would like to hear from you! 🙂

1,015 thoughts on “Best Phones Under $150 Dollars – 2020 Top 10 List – Unlocked

  1. Hi! I have started working online and I need a better phone than the one I have right now. My phone, the one I have now doesn’t let me be as productive as I should, writing content, marketing on social media or researching. But I’m on a budget. So your post has helped me a lot picking a good phone at an affordable price. My choice is Xiaomi Redmi 7.

    1. Hey Paolo, I also have an old phone that used to be very expensive when it came out. Right now, it’s still fast enough but the battery life only lasts for about three hours. I used to charge it many times a day.

      Xiaomi Redmi 7 has long battery life and has a very decent speed. Great choice. Just make sure that you are getting the 3GB RAM version by looking at descriptions because there is a 2GB RAM version which is less fast.

    2. Hi Paolo
      It’s so good and inspiring that you aim for a higher level of productivity for your online commitment. I also would appreciate having Xiaomi Redmi7 for its bigger RAM 3 and the dual Sim cards for memory, the price is well within the budget $142. However, I would have also considered the UMIDIGI offer since it seems you need long hours of researching and writing a lot of content, this phone can sustain long hours of endurance up to 472 hours running without faltering. It has also a bigger RAM 4 and a storage of 64 GB at a price of $139.99. Might it not suit your program sustainability during those long hours as it is also quickly and easily rechargeable.
      Thokoza

    3. Hi, even though my phone does not fall in any of the categories, I think your reviews were very good especially for one trying to purchase any of the above. Where I come from, vendors won’t give you all these much info’s, because all they think of it’s making money. All thesame thanks for the infos.

    4. Hi Paolo,

      I am where you are at, wishing to produce a lot (albeit quality) of content. Phones, though convenient as they are highly portable, can be frustrating.
      Best wishes in acquiring your new phone!

  2. Cool! Currently using the globalversion of the xiaomi redmi series. The rest of the phones are quite nice as well based on the specs. It’s amazing that all are indeed below $150!

    1. Hey Maynard, what Redmi model are you using? I AGREE, they have really nice smartphones. Long battery life, high processing power, and excellent display quality are my topmost features and their phone under $150 has all of it.

  3. I’ve been thinking about buying a phone for a long time but good phones are not in my budget but after reading your article I got a list of the best phones in my budget.In this case I like the Xiaomi Redmi 7 phone and I personally like the Xiaomi brand.And the phone is very nice to look at and the display size is pretty big too.And Snapdragon 632 in this phone has been a big hit in my budget so far.And the back of this phone has caught my mind The back part is so beautiful.I think I found the best phone within my budget, and after reading your article everyone will be able to choose from the best commissions in the low budget and share new experiences with you.

    1. Hey Shariful, yes that’s true. The 6.26 inches display size of Xiaomi Redmi 7 is very nice especially if you like to play games and watch Netflix. It has a high 81.5% screen-to-body ratio that is very close to the 83.7% screen-to-body ratio of iPhone 11 Pro Max.

      Like you, I also like the design because it doesn’t look cheap. The back of the phone looks good, but still try to put the transparent case that comes with it so it will not accidentally slip down while you’re holding it.

      You are welcome to come back to this page and share your experience. 🙂

  4. The popular saying that says cut your coat according to your size applies everywhere. Thanks for this put together. I go with the Alcatel 1S, and its 32gB, 5.5HD and its 3gb Ram alongside the 16MP.
    I hope it should be able to do my youtube recording and also live to stream

    1. Hey Parameter, the Alcatel 1S can record 1080p videos at 30 fps which means you can upload or do a live stream at Full HD resolution on Youtube. Good luck on your Youtube channel! 🙂

  5. I recently bought a Samsung S3 about 2 months ago and in cost me more than 150 bucks if I had come across this eye opening article sooner I think I would be really happy right now. The brands aren’t well known brands but the functions are quite competitive especially the Cubot X19 and the Umigidi Power both these having 64 g memory and 4GB ram. My S3 doesn’t compete in storage and picture quality as well. I’ll make sure I get to try one of these 2.

    1. Hey Donny, sorry to hear about that. Samsung S3 was released 7 years ago. You might have obtained a refurbished unit. By today’s standards, the processor of S3 is only at entry-level or low-range and the RAM is only at 1GB. Today, you can now get a mid-range processor that has newer features as well and a 3-4 GB RAM.

      Another problem is the OS support. Very old models are not upgradeable to the latest Operating Systems that contain the latest security features. Also, most applications today will require a more recent OS, so there will be limited applications that you can use.

  6. Xiaomi phone is always at the top of my choice and I purchased the Xiaomi Redmi 7 phone in your article which is within my budget.I like this phone very much because it looks so beautiful and the display is quite large. And the phone has been very helpful for me to be in my budget and I am very happy. The battery capacity of the Xiaomi phone is my favorite .There is also a dual-camera .There are two seams installed  .All in all, I like the phone .

    Lastly I want to read your article and hope everyone can find the phone within the budget and will share their new experience with you soon.

    1. Hey Shanta, thank you for your feedback on the Xiaomi Redmi 7. I agree with you. The premium-looking design looks awesome.

      The battery can last up to 17 days on standby and may last up to 2 days with moderate usage. Just drop by anytime. 🙂

  7. Hi there. A well put together article, supplying all the information I need to get my husband a replacement phone. I like the way you unpacked the specs of the different phones. It makes choosing the best one at the best prize, much easier. It was also good to see reviews of makes that I am not familiar with, as we always tend to choose a brand we already own. Thank you!

    1. Hi Francis, I tend to do that with Samsung. But after I compared different brands, I realized that the cheaper models of Samsung are still more expensive compared to the phone models of other cheaper brands that have the same specs.

      I think people should be buying the phone not based on the brand but based on the customer reviews of the models.

      We should consider the Samsung Note 7 exploding incidents as an example of how we should not rely on brand popularity. We should still be always checking out the opinions of people who already bought the model of the phone we want.

  8. I have been looking for a good phone with lots of value because my phone that I got for under $80 is very slow. Do you think that these phones are up there with almost the performance of the high end phones on the market?

    1. Hey Jon, what phone did you get for $80?

      If you are a modest user, the difference between the phones on the list and high-end phones are not noticeable. High-end phones are still faster and have better camera compared to the phones on the list. And with that, they are more expensive.

  9. Xiaomi and Huawei seems to have taken a big chunck of the market share when it comes to low and medium tier smartphones. And I see many people embracing these brands more and more as the years go by that will definitely make the big players (Samsung I am looking at you) to rethink their pricing strategies that, to be honest, right now they simply are very high to say the least.

    1. I agree with you, Stratos. I can’t find a Samsung phone model right now that can fit the $150 budget and make it to the Top 10 on the list.

  10. Hi there, the article you have written on the best phones under $150 is very useful for people, especially students. For me, I can’t afford to pay an excessive amount to purchase a new phone. I use the phone to connect with my friends and family, and take the photos to keep the memories; these phones got the same decent functions as well. It’s really great to know somethings are affordable to buy but comes with good quality! Thank you for your recommendation. 

    1. Hey Miki, it’s hard being a student, I went through that phase in my life as well where you have to budget everything. When I was a student my phones were just given to me by my parents. It was a Symbian OS phone back then. You are very lucky because almost everything is accessible now through a smartphone. Research and learning is just a swipe away. 😀

  11. Awesome phones with good designs. I have iPhone 10 and I have problem with the screen. It fell from my hands and the screen got broken while I was unpacking my things in my new house I just moved into. Since then I’ve been looking for some cheap phones to get immediately. Now your post tends to come in hand. I’ll check on the reviews on Amazon to know which one I’ll find comfortable. Thank you for this article.

    1. Ouch. It must have fallen on to something really hard. By iPhone 10, I think you are pertaining to iPhone X that was released back in 2017.

      There are many drop tests on the internet for iPhone X. There was an article on CNET website where they tested it from a 3-meter drop which is a pocket-height distance from the ground. The iPhone X cracked on the first drop. So I’m not surprised to hear your story.

      There are phones on the list like Xiaomi Redmi 7 that have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that has an 80% chance of not breaking from a shoulder-height drop. I highly recommend that you also use a protective case. With Xiaomi Redmi 7 for example, it already comes with a transparent silicon case.

  12. This is really a beautiful piece of information about the best phones under $150. You’ve really taken the time to do your diligent research before coming up with this. I like most of the phones you listed especially the ones that the batteries are removable. I could easily replace immediately they turn bad unlike the inbuilt ones. Nice phones to select from.

    1. Hey Leon, yes, having a removable battery is an advantage especially after years of use. I have an old Samsung Galaxy phone for example that was very expensive when it was first released, but now I rarely use it because I need to charge it every now and then.

      The Samsung service center is capable of replacing the battery but I did not go through with it because I have a fear that it might accidentally explode if not properly replaced by their staff. I don’t know if service centers follow the same quality inspection procedures in their factories, but after the exploding Galaxy Note incidents, I’ll just play it safe and not have it replaced. I use that phone in a Galaxy VR headset, thus, it is always in front of my eyes, so yes, I’ll just avoid messing with its battery. 😀

    2. This is a real informative review which I have never thought about, especially of different brands of smartphones at such an affordable price. Some of the products are new or not known to many of my peers and people as the focus is mainly on Samsung and Huawei.
      The specs on the device such as display, RAM, CPU, Camera, Storage and OS have never been the highlights from many people I know. The only focus is price and brand. That there are such brands like Xiaomi, BLU and other products at a cheaper rate with amazing specs is news!
      Thank you for a through research review!!!
      Thokoza

  13. I absolutely agree that these unlock phones can make one spend beyond their designated budget. Once I make a budget, I like to make sure that I stick to it no matter what. That is why I often carry out my research before making any purchases. I have to say, I never expected to find some of these phones under $150. Like the Xiaomi Redmi 7, I thought it was around $200 to $250.

  14. I was thinking of changing my Itel 1516 plus phone which is not very limiting with a better performing phone that allows me to take nice pictures for my online business.

    I found what suits me best here: the Alcatel 1S.

    However, I have some concerns about the battery as it comes with a non-removable battery. The Itel 1516 plus I have is of the same type and I love it because its battery lasts too long. If the Alcatel 1S battery is like this one, it would be a great help to me. Do you have any idea how long the battery can last?

    Thanks!

    1. Hey Sebastian, the Alcatel 1S’ battery life is one of the best features of the phone. If you do normal phone activities only aside from taking pictures such as using Bluetooth, browsing the web or social media, or make phone calls, it can even last up to two (2) days.

  15. Hey, I enjoy a lot while reading your article on Best Phones Under $150 Dollars. I am interest to buy one phone for my self. Your detailed review is very helpful for me to choose the best one. I am going with Motorola Moto G7 Play. I like moto phones very much. I know their battery backup time is low as compared to others. I like each phone on your list. I will bookmark it for future.

    1. Hey Parveen, Motorola Moto G7 is a great choice. I’m assuming you are pertaining to the battery charging time? If yes, you can use a 5W or 10W charger. The 5W charger can fill up 22% of the battery in 30 minutes. The battery life is impressive and it can even last up to 16 hours of video playback.

  16. I would choose BLU Vivo X5 as it has a mid range processor. The processor and the storage capacity are important for me.  As I have a lot of things to store and I work on phone sometimes. It is good that I can just buy a battery replacement on Amazon. Even though it is out of order, I can easily replace it. Overall, this model is quite good.

    1. Hey Fiona, I also like BLU Vivo X5’s removable battery. This is one of the features that are very useful in the future. Even if you have an expensive smartphone that is very fast, but you can’t use it longer than it used to, it’s going to be troublesome.

  17. I have been thinking  that I need a good smartphone but I did not understand which smartphone I would buy for myself. So when I read your article, I got a smartphone that I like. One of my favorite smartphones is the Motorola Moto G7 Play. This smartphone is getting within my budget and I like its display and I want to buy this phone very quickly. And I hope that after reading your article, many people will be able to purchase their smartphone smartphone and share their experience with you very soon.

    1. That’s good to know, Arzu. Motorola Moto G7 Play is a very nice choice. The price of this phone has gone down a bit recently from $199.99 that’s why it is on the list. It has face unlock and a fingerprint sensor. It is powerful enough even for apps and games that may come in the future.

  18. It’s really exciting knowing that we can purchase smartphones like these ones with a budget under $150. What are really like about these phones is that they have features that are really nice. The RAM of 2GB to 3GB is very okay; the phone I’m using right now is 3GB. The bettery life and camera are very much okay too. Overall, customers’ feedback is awesome!

    1. Hey MrBiizy, yes, that is true. If you already have a 3GB RAM in your smartphone, I suggest you don’t go lower if you are going to get another one because a 3GB RAM is much better in terms of performance. Most phones here have a huge battery capacity and can last long. You won’t believe it’s only under $150 right? I appreciate that you went through the customer’s feedback.

  19. I think I’d still want to go for the xiaomi redmi because I am a big fan of xiaomi and seeing the tendency to get it at a much discounted price makes me more interested in it. This is really great and thank you for sharing here. I lost my son’s mobile recently and I decided to get him another. Thus, this would be perfect

    1. Hey Rodarrick, I’m glad I was able to help. I also like Xiaomi phones. I’m also using a Xiaomi phone to play high-graphic games like Marvel Future Fight. Xiaomi Redmi 7 is a good replacement because it is the highest-rated phone on Amazon that you can find right now for a budget under $150.

  20. Xiaomi phone is always at the top of my choice and I purchased the Xiaomi Redmi 7 phone in your article which is within my budget.I like this phone very much because it looks so beautiful and the display is quite large. And the phone has been very helpful for me to be in my budget and I am very happy. I like it due to its battery life. 

    1. Hey Lalita, that’s good to know. I agree with you. The design looks very nice for a budget smartphone. Not only is the display large, but it is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It has an 80% chance of not breaking even if you drop it from a 1.6 m height. Expensive phones like Samsung Galaxy S9 also uses it.

  21. Hello, Xiaomi and Huawei seem to have taken a big chunk of the market share when it comes to low and medium tier smartphones. And I see many people embracing these brands more and more as the years go by that will definitely make the big players. These phones got the same decent functions as well. It’s really great to know somethings are affordable to buy but comes with good quality! Thank you for your recommendation and perfect guide. 

    1. I agree with you Naksh. Unlike before, we now have flagship killers which are less than a quarter of the price of expensive flagships of Samsung but have the same processor and RAM. So we see a lot of cheaper phones (under $150) that have excellent specs as well. Even the designs of cheaper phones can compete with very expensive nowadays. Xiaomi Redmi 7 is a good example of that.

  22. My son dropped his iPhone for the last time. I needed something cheap and quick.  I had no idea how to go about finding something I didn’t care if he dropped again.  I knew Amazon had phones but who knows what all the specs mean anyways..  Your article saved my pocketbook by hundreds.  Thank you for all the detailed information and on so many different types and manufacturers.  He seems to be pleased and of course so am I not having to spend my rent money on a phone.  Love and Light to you!

    1. Hi Dorri, I’m glad that you find this post very useful. Letting kids use expensive phones is not really advisable. Kids usually don’t mind whether the brand is expensive or not as long as they can play games and watch videos that they like. They are usually very easy to please. It’s good that you were able to find something cheaper under $150 with great specs.

  23. Thanks to you I will not have to go out of my way to buy a phone above $150 as your suggestions on these budget phones are superb. Sometimes one would feel like they are overly expensive or are worth more than $150. I have actually set out to buy a phone once and I ended up almost spending more than what I had planned to initially. If I have had detailed research on the specifications on these photos, I would have gotten something very good within my budget so this article actually points out the best products to get for what you can afford. 

    1. Hey Samikingss, I’m glad that you were able to save a lot of bucks because of my suggestions. Most people today are not aware of the best specs that they can get with a budget of less than $150. And most often, even if the specs on paper look good, it does not automatically mean that the phone works well. Research should include reading customer reviews because that will show the opinions of not just one person or website, but the experience of hundreds of customers who actually purchased and used it.

  24. Wow! This phones are amazing and affordable! I will love to have that CUBOT X19 as it’s runs on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system which makes the experience better. Also, it will be easy for me to understand. Thanks for reviewing these phones, they are lovely, I can’t wait to grab my CUBOT X19.

    1. Hey Evagreene, I’m glad you like the list. Just to correct what you said, the CUBOT X19 is running on Android 9.0 Pie which is better than the older version like Android 8.1 Oreo. If you had a good experience with Android 8.1 Oreo, you will certainly like the Android 9.0 Pie because it has an improved user interface and design. The adaptive brightness feature is more intelligent in Android 9.0 pie. There is also improved battery management. Most importantly, permissions and security are always better in the latest Android version to protect the privacy of information and secure your user accounts and transactions in the installed applications.

  25. You are so absolutely right about paying $150 for a phone and then paying unexpected plans and such that really drives the price up.  I really wouldn’t have thought that phones that are well below the $150 mark deliver such quality services.  Which do you recommend as best for its dollar?

    1. Hi Feochadan, if I would recommend only one phone from the ten phones on the list, I would recommend the Xiaomi Redmi 7 definitely. The design, display size, battery life, and processing power (3 GB RAM version) of this phone for me are superb. It’s also the highest and most rated phone under $150 on Amazon right now.

      However, for someone who is really on a tight budget or if you are buying for your kids, I would recommend the BLU Studio Mini instead. And if you have an active lifestyle and spend less time on the phone, I would recommend the OUKITEL Rugged phone.

  26. I want to make my brother’s gift a budget phone. I have read many articles about it, but this article is the best. I think I will buy Xiaomi Redmi 7 and I hope he enjoys it.

    If you don’t mind, I will share this article on my social media account. Good luck!

    1. Hey RazvanIlie, Xiaomi Redmi 7 is a great choice. If your brother will use it mainly for gaming, it will surely be useful because it is one of the phones with the highest processing power on the list. Moreover, it has a very huge screen. Overall, I think he will like it.

      That would be nice. I appreciate it. 🙂

  27. Hi

    I really appreciate  this article because not everybody can afford expensive phones, as they have a tight budget and we need a phone to do our daily business. When buying cheap phones you wonder if it will be not of high enough quality and that it will breakdown  very quickly. You want a phone that can  do everything that a more expensive phone can do but of not such high specifications.  You have come up with a good balance of phones that will meet a lot of people’s  preferences and specifications  and they look good as well. 

    What kind of life expectancy  can you expect from these phones, based on average usage?

    Thanks

    Antonio 

    1. Hey Antonio, I agree. Some people may think that to get high-quality specs, you need to spend more. It is partly true in my opinion. High-end expensive phones definitely have a better camera and more processing power. So if a buyer’s main purpose in getting a phone is because they want to capture pictures that are close to DSLR quality, cheaper phones are not for them. If they want to play PUBG at the highest graphics settings, they need more expensive phones.

      However, when it comes to the display quality, battery life, design, storage, processing power that can play satisfactory medium settings in games and run a very smooth user interface, all of these can already be found in less expensive brands and phone models today.

      The average life expectancy of these phones is 3-4 years with basic care, which is very similar to expensive brands like iPhone and Samsung.

  28. Omg is the phone under $150 still exist? I did not even wanna mention on how much I paid for my Iphone X. It is ridiculous, I can get a good laptop for work at that price! Thank you for telling us the tips and specs for our usage. I have always been a big fan of Motorola and I think I am still going to give it a try again. We will see, if I like it i might swutch over and sell my Iphone! Cheers!

    1. Hey Nuttanee, yes they do, and cheaper phones today are getting more and more powerful as well. I think it’s good that you are trying to weigh down the reasons why you need an iPhone X especially if you have other things in mind that you need to spend on like a good laptop. I wish you good luck. Motorola G7 Play is a great choice by the way.

  29. Wow. This is an amazing article and i want to thank you for this opportunity. I want to buy a new phone and because my budget is limited I think that your list is all i want. Reading your article i realize that Xiaomi Redmi 7 is my favorite. I heard that Xiami make some of the best phones on the market. With the 3Gb RAM memory i think is all i want from a phone who can give me a better performance. If you don’t mind i want to share this post on my social media accounts where i have a lot of friends who want to buy phones under 150$.

    Regards.

    1. Hey Nimrodngy, yes, Xiaomi is a very good brand of smartphones. Xiaomi Redmi 7 is one of their cheapest phones, but it is probably the best phone under $150 right now. Not only that it has a 3GB RAM, but it also has a very powerful mid-range processor. So if you own a 1GB or 2GB RAM phone right now, you will really feel the difference in performance with Xiaomi Redmi 7.

      I would really appreciate that. Thank you. 🙂

  30. I need a new phone. I dropped mine a few months ago, and it kept on working for a long time despite a broken screen, but now it has given up life and it doesn’t function anymore 😉 So, time to find a new phone, and your post comes at a perfect time 🙂 CPU is important, but as you mentioned, it is not easy to find the info about that. I’m glad you gave some info on that. In general I don’t always read many customer comments, but in case of a phone, I will follow your advice and do that more often now. I find that most phones don’t have long lasting batteries, or perhaps I should get more expensive phones 😉 who knows. There are some brands you list I don’t know yet. I like Xiami, they say that Chinese phone brands are pretty good. Over 1300 positive comments on Amazon is definitely a great sign! Motorola is a known and trusted brand and I have had Motorola phones before, they’re good. The Blu Studio Mini is cute 😉 And it looks like a great phone.

    You’ve given me some good ideas, now I need to pick which phone I am going to get. 

  31. Great article highlighting the fact that, for most people, you don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars to get a decent phone that will do everything you need. I’ve had a Xiaomi Redmi 7 for about six months and have found it to be excellent. It’s fast and the battery life is brilliant, the camera is great and with the SD slot it has all the capacity I need 

    1. Hey drinkteahub, thank you for sharing your experience with the Xiaomi Redmi 7. I like this smartphone as well.

  32. Great article with heaps of information which I really found very useful.

    I just wonder if your reviews stand regardless of geographic location?  Are these reviews aimed at the US market or do that stand globally in terms of the carrier and provider support or connectivity.

    I am often lulled into a false sense of security when I see dollar figures because of course in NZ we have a $ buts value is very different to that of the US $.

    Thanks for the article though, if this stands up to the NZ market it will be very useful.

    Hamish 🧐

    1. Hey Hamish58, part of the article is a rundown of the best specs that you can get from phones under $150 and it stands regardless of geographic location. The list of phones in this article, on the other hand, is not an absolute list. It is based on feedback from customers on Amazon and my own opinion and experience and may apply to geographic locations only to which Amazon can ship. Another thing to consider is that smartphone brands sometimes silently release models only to specific geographical markets and it makes comparing customer feedbacks more complex. So if there is a smartphone model that was released in NZ and not on the list, but you think it can closely compete with the specs of the phones on the list based on the specs rundown for phones under $150 of this article, you have to consider it when trying to decide.

  33. This is a fantastic read! I had no idea there was such a selection of phones for $150 and under. I also was unaware of the various tips such as thinking about the amount of RAM and CPU. I’ve honestly never thought about these things when making a purchase. I’m wondering about the availablility of these devices in Canada or is it just purchase online? Would I be able to use one of them on any network? I’m wanting to switch away from my current type of phone so this has helped me in my research process. Let me know! 

    1. Hi Tara, most of the phones on the list are available in Canada especially in Amazon.ca. All of the phones on the list are globally unlocked. However, if you have a preferred network carrier in Canada, you must call their customer service first and ask the available 3G and 4G/LTE bands that they use. Once you are aware of the 3G and 4G/LTE bands available in your preferred network carrier, you can now check the phone details of the specific phone that you like to see the list of bands the phone is capable of using. If your preferred network carrier’s bands are in the bands listed in the phone specs, then you are good to go.

  34. I used the Xiaomi Redmi 7 and I swear it was one of the best phones I have ever used apart from the Motorola Moto G7 your list was very comprehensive….thanks alot for sharing this awesome article I know it would be of great help to the public as I know many people are looking for ideas budget smart phone.

    1. Hey Feji ben, thank you for letting us know your experience with Xiaomi Redmi 7. It’s a great and cheap smartphone.

  35.  All the phones you mentioned seemed to have a lot of good features and be a good quality phone for the price. I didn’t realize there was so many to choose from. I guess I can get a good phone on a budget. I have been looking to get my kids a phone and I didn’t want to get them a very expensive phone for their first one. Thanks

    1. Hey zac, that is right. You can get excellent phones now with a very small budget. You just have to know where to look and what to look at. I hope you can find the best for your kids. 🙂

  36. hey I found this pretty useful because my phone is about 4 years old now. I find it a little slower when running newer games. I currently have a Motorola and that was the same brand that’s my first one was as well. It is a very good phone to me. Unless you are really serious about gaming then I think most phones will play the newer games as long as you don’t mind it being a tiny bit slower. Would you agree with this?

    1. Hey Jake, it’s nice to find another mobile gamer like you. What games do you like playing on your phone?

      If your phone is already 4 years old, it can still run most games that don’t require higher Android OS versions and better graphics hardware.

      I definitely agree. Do you mind that you are playing newer games slower on your current phone? If no, then I think there is no reason to replace it yet. You will know it by yourself when you need to get a new one. 🙂

  37. I’ve always been an iPhone person, but some of these look pretty awesome and are a great deal. I’ve actually never even heard of some of them including the #1 position phone. Is there anywhere you can go to see these in person? I like to gte my hands on a phone before I buy if possible. 

    1. Hey Katie, you have to go to the local store of the brand of the phone that you prefer or you can also try some establishments that sell any smartphone brands. They usually have model units that customers can try. 🙂

  38. Thank you for sharing, this is really a great information about the best phones under $150. You have really taken the time to do this nice selection of phones. I like most of the phones you listed especially the ones that the batteries are removable. Nice phones to select from, l bought a phone last year Hawaii 7 and my niece was in a taxi it fell out when the taxi was moving the taxi stepped on it now we have been looking to buy a phone based on the budget I was so happy to come across your article.l have shown my niece this post she loves the phones here she fell in love with Xiaomi Redmi 7 and it is within her budget.

    Great article

    Wishing you all the best!

  39. Thanks for the information.  I’m glad you show enough of a list to choose from, my one question had to do with the OS, and why it’s only Android that you looked at, but you answered it right quick.  Your list, and the associated description for each item gives me somewhere to turn to for my next purchase.

    Hugo.-

  40. Everyone deserves a smartphone. The high price of smartphones hinders many people to buy a smartphone. But it is really awesome knowing that we can purchase a smartphone-like these ones with a budget under $150. Do you think that? 

    It is not only great news for me but also for all. Xiaomi’s phone is always the top choice for me and I also purchased the Xiaomi Redmi7 in your article. It’s an awesome phone in a word. Everyone can purchase it who can get a suitable smartphone under $150.

    Thanks a lot for your article.

    1. Yes, Tariqul, I agree. I used to purchase only the expensive flagship smartphones of popular brands in the past. After three years of use, those phones are not as good as they were because of the better technology that we have today. And it made me realize that that it was not worth it and I should have put my money on things that have a better return on investment. If there are brands like the ones on the list that can provide what I need at a cheaper price, I would definitely be thrifty when it comes to spending on smartphones.

  41. I’m the type that gets a good phone and hangs onto it as long as it still serves the purpose. That means replacing broken screens and any other parts that are easily replaced. The downside with that is I’ll spend years without exploring what the market has to offer and when I do, I get overwhelmed! However, your article and clear comparison of specs not to mention your useful commentary especially on aspects like PPI has been extremely helpful. When my iPhone 6 finally throws in a towel, I’ll know where and how to look. Thanks for this great write up Chris.

  42. Wao! thanks for the detailed review of Unlocked Handsets. I didn’t realize that Huawei is trusted enough to be able to compete iPhones. I’m actually a lover of Huawei especially the 2019 Honor 8A for the various in-built functions such Huawei Share that enables your PC to access files on the Phone through local Network and the Mirror App.

    Do you also have a review on contracted phones or phones tied to a network because of the cost effects?

    1. Hey Kingsking, Huawei is a great brand and I also love their smartphones. Their phones that have the same specs as Samsung are more affordable and they have really sturdy builds.

      Right now, I don’t have a review of phones with contracts. I might make a review in the future, but it would be like a comparison of plans versus prepaid. I’m using prepaid when I’m outside the house and I have WIFI (Fiber) at home and I find it less expensive than being tied up to a network plan. Today, most people are communicating using data through WhatsApp, Facebook, etc. so having a phone data plan and a Fiber connection at home is redundant. Most network providers are moving towards selling volume-based data and their unlimited data plans are very expensive.

  43. Hey chris  Thanks for the review to me agreed  Xiaomi Redmi 7 is one of the best phone under $150 the phone has great quality pictures battery Is very okay the process ram is nice very fast i love the phone so much my i will get it soon thank chris the list of phones are amazing also 

  44. You said these phones are under $150. I use my cell a lot and I need a modestly price phone with as much performance as possible. Which of these phones would you recommend, using the guide lines I have just mentioned? and why will you recommend it? When will these phones have 5G RAMS?  And at what additional cost would it be? Do these phones have adjustable magnifications lens? If so, to what magnification will they come in? Will the lens go beyond 8X? Thank You, LaurenceG.

    1. Hey cajunchille, I would recommend the Xiaomi Redmi 7. I would recommend it for many reasons.

      Xiaomi is a more popular brand compared to some of the other Chinese brands on the list. The overall specs of this phone are very high. It has a huge display, huge battery capacity, has a mid-range processor that is the highest on the list, beautiful design, and it has a very decent camera. More importantly, it has the highest customer rating on Amazon. There is a product page for it that has over 1,300 reviews and another product page that has over 300 reviews. You can read a lot of positive comments about this phone.

      We cannot exactly say when phones under $150 will have 5GB RAM, but I’m assuming maybe 2 to 3 years from now.

      When it comes to camera, you usually get what you paid for when it comes to affordable phones. These phones have camera features that adjust magnifications that are effective, but it is more on the software side. If you are serious about taking pictures, it’s easy to buy lenses on Amazon that you can put on top of existing camera of your phone. There are 3-in-1 lenses that have a Macro lens (up to 20x to 25x) as one of the lenses. Even expensive phones need those if you want to capture photos of very small objects with excellent details.

  45. Thank you for your post. It is a timely article for me. My grandson just broke his cell phone and we need to buy a new one for him. We have budget of $150. I did some research, but didn’t find the idea one for him.

    Here comes your article. There are so many choices and I am confident that I could find something my grandson love. Xiaomi Redmi 6 looks nice and costs only $139, which saves us some money. Only thing I worry about is that there is no warranty and I wish he could use the phone carefully. I will tell my grandson this one need to use at least 2 years. If broken, he is not going to get any within 2 years.

    It is kind of you sharing this useful information with us.

  46. Just had a quick look through the article.  Some very good ideas here I’m always buying new phones.  I am terrible at losing them.  These one’s listed I don’t think i’ve tried any of these.  What would you recommend as the cheapest one?  About the post it’s very well put together I will save to my bookmarks for future.

    1. Hey Alex, if I would recommend one phone on the list, it would be the Xiaomi Redmi 7. Overall, the phone has great specs than most phones under $150. But selecting a phone will still depend on what you need. I like to play mobile games so the large display and big battery capacity of Xiaomi Redmi 7 is a plus. It also has the most powerful processor on the list and a large RAM so that would help for better gameplay experience. There are also thousands of positive reviews from customers who already bought the phone on Amazon. What’s the most important functionality do you need in a phone? That will determine which phone would be the best fit for you. 🙂

  47. Thank you Chris for a wonderful article, Best Phones Under $150, I was just stumbling through looking for a new phone, because I am due, I have an I-phone 7 and I was really impressed with The Huawei Honor 8 A, which is under $150 sounds like a great deal, so I don’t know a lot about the brand, but it is associated with Apple, which I have and have had for quite a few years now. I like the huge screen to body ratio on this phone, I am going to think about it, and bookmark your article and will definitely check back when I am ready to pull the trigger.

  48. I found your article fascinating. Sadly, it’s just a little too late for me, but I prefer LG, anyway. I studied the AT&T website and Amazon and read plenty of reviews. I can never afford the latest and greatest, so bargains are the way to go in my book. 

    The Motorola Moto G7 Play is the most intriguing one on your list. If I had to get a new phone now, that would be the one I’d buy. To be honest, my oldest son is in need of a new phone. I’m going to show him your list. I bet he’ll give it serious consideration. I know I would.

    Thank you for your comprehensive reviews!

  49. I have been looking for a new phone with quite a bit of letdown for the last 6 months. My budget would not let me buy a new one but I want more memory than 16mg. I have been with TracFone and they sent me the phone I own now, a galaxy grand prime it is getting worn out the charging plug is too loose and I have to uninstall things to install anything new even with a memory card. The same company gave me a deal on an iphone 6s refurbished I had it two weeks and the screen started flashing after an update. They would not give me a refund just told me to send it to apple to be repaired which costs 100$ to walk in the door. The phone only cost 75. I watched some videos and did some research and bought a kit and took off the back. 3 screws were missing and the ribbon was broken. I thought about getting a third party to fix it but I realized by looking at the way it is constructed I no longer even want an dont want another iphone. I am very angry with the company after giving my loyalty to them for 10 years so I believe a nasty letter is dues them. sorry about the ramble but it looks as though the more generic Samsung may be all I can afford. I also wanted your opinion on what I should do with this iPhone. sell it for parts? You have been very helpful as I was looking at the phones on your website, you saved research for me and I have been overwhelmed by this situation so much. Thanks again

    1. Hey coolycue, that’s a sad experience with the refurbished iPhone from Tracfone. Refurbished phones are risky and trusted vendors of refurbished phones usually offer a 90-day money-back guarantee. So being unable to return your defective iPhone after two weeks of use, you have all the reason to be angry.

      But first, 16 GB of phone storage is usually not enough anymore these days. That storage size will give you a headache. Applications and game file sizes continue to increase as more powerful phones are released.

      Your Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime was released back in 2014, which means it’s 5 years behind the latest technology now. It only has a 1GB RAM and most likely cannot handle SD cards with huge storage.

      For your refurbished iPhone that you have, I would not suggest to fix it on your own with kits for safety reasons. iPhone 6S is an old model. It was released back in 2015 so I guess selling it for parts would be the best choice.

  50. HI, I really appreciated the information you provide here on the various features to look at when comparing phones. I have been a bit curious about the BLU phones as I have been seeing them around. This is helpful information.  I currently have a Samsung Galaxy A50. I got it thinking Samsung was the best. But I’m finding that brand name may not always be the best way to determine the quality of the phone. I found the article easy to read.

    I liked your background… the crackly black is nice but not distracting.

  51. i like this list of budget phones. some of these phones to be honest with you I’ve never heard of before. It’s really good that you have a top 10 list of phones that are not really that popular. I think that the market is flooded with all these different types of phones. Trying to find a phone that fits your parameters on the Internet is like trying to drink from a hose that’s connected to the ocean.I like how you laid it out all the schematics of each phone.

  52. I always thought that cheaper phones have cut corner features, but after reading your review, that doesn’t seem to be the case. My younger cousin who’s turning 13 has always wanted a smartphone and we think it’s time to let her get one to familiarize with technology but we also don’t want her to be over-obsessed with the whole thing. These cheaper ranges of phones seem to do the job without breaking the bank. I’m currently looking at the Blu Vivo X5. 

  53. Hi Chris,

    Thanks a lot for the helpful and informative article.

    I am using Xiaomi MI 3, by the name itself you know that it’s been more than 5+ years since I purchased my current mobile. It was great and no complaints. However, it started to hang and getting slow (Our son dropped it a few times). So I am looking for a new one.

    Since I am on a budget your article means a lot to me and it saved my time.

    Xiaomi Redmi 7 and OUKITEL Y1000 Rugged Smartphone are the ones that got my interest and attention. As I am using Xiaomi for the past 5+ years I better prefer to go with Xiaomi Redmi 7.

    With Xiaomi MI 3, I can only use one sim card and I can’t expand the storage and Xiaomi Redmi 7 solves those problems. For sure Xiaomi Redmi 7 is on my list.

  54. Hi thanks for the awesome reviews!

    The  xiaomi redmi note looks quite similar to other mid-range phones we’ve seen
    recently but its specs pretty much blowout any of the competition in his price
    range there’s Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back but this frame is made of
    plastic don’t let that put you off though it doesn’t feel cheap and since
    it’s a bit glossy it blends in quite well overall it’s comfortable in the
    hand though since there is no curvature in the glass the whole design feels a
    bit thick and it definitely has some weight to it.

  55. Nice review there! I’ve been looking low budget phone for my office matters and your list are great help for me. I have heard Ciaomi phones. A lot of my colleagues are using it, but I may want to check the Motorola one first. In term of camera, which one do you think is better? Thanks

    1. Hey Alblue, when it comes to the camera specs, Motorola G7 Play is a bit better than Xioami Redmi 7 because it has higher megapixels and most importantly, a larger aperture size. The higher the aperture size, the more light reaches the camera sensor especially when indoors or at night, providing brighter and more vivid photos. Aperture size also significantly affects the depths of photos which is one of the things you would want when capturing images.

  56. I truly enjoyed your article. I have an old phone without enough data, it goes out every so often, and I refuse to pay another 15.00 dollars a month to get extra data. The phone bill is running about  75 to 78 a month. I need a phone now, but what I’m looking for is a phone with enough data without running out data. Checked out your phones but not sure If I would be able to make the right choice. Thanks for sharing.

  57. Hi! I remember your website because of your cool background image. This is a great list! I only know the first 3, the rest are new to me. To be honest, these phones are not bad at all. Even the least expensive one at $100 has 32GB storage and 13 MP Camera. Curiously, #4 has 64GB storage for the same price. 

    Sunny

  58. Thank you for this very informative post.  Indeed, purchasing unlocked phones can be a lot cheaper in the long run compared to the ones that you appear to be getting for free or low cost, but yet you get tied up to network/data plans for a fixed term.  It is always worthwhile having the necessary due diligence and doing your sums.

    From the the list of phones, Motorola Moto G7 Play appeals best to me. The brand, the specs and price all come together to what is good value for my needs.  What is your personal experience on this item if ever?

    Thanks again for sharing the information and your insights.

    1. Hey JRandZen, I was able to try the model unit of Motorola Moto G7 Play. Before I tried the model, I was not expecting it to be that fast because of the 2GB RAM. But overall, the 2GB RAM along with the mid-range processor and excellent UI seems to be capable of running smoothly. Its body is made of sturdy plastic which is expected of budget phones but the back is textured so it feels good on my hands. When it comes to the overall brightness of the display, it’s not the brightest, but it’s sufficient. I don’t use phones at full brightness anyway because it consumes more battery life. They also made subtle changes to the Android Pie OS like the Moto Display and Moto Action. Overall, it’s perfect for the modest user.

  59. Hello Chris,

    I checked out these phones and at under 150.00 the features are amazing for the price. Though some of the brands are new to me, I’m sure they’re not new to the smart phone market.

    Are any of them limited to service providers. Thanks so much for your post, the information is much needed.

    Best Regard

    Audrey

  60. Wow, I thought there weren’t phones under $150 anymore, but I guess I was wrong. And there are so many options.

    For me, it looks like the Xiaomi phone is the best phone. Xiaomi is getting very popular in my country and I know some people that have one and say it’s very good for its price. 

    I would probably get one if my actual phone breaks or starts malfunctioning. 

    Thank you for all the details about all the diferent phones.

  61. BLU phones have been really popular for the last few years and from what I’ve seen, they work perfectly with any phone network company which is a plus. Some phones are not supported by certain companies and that can be tricky. The fact that all of these smart phones are under $150 is quite amazing. As long as you can make phone calls, text and/or navigate the internet, that’s basically all you need for a phone. 

  62. The information you have provided to buy a budget phone is very useful for the buyer to make the decision meets their needs. Great job. The way you present your article is very nice to me if I am a buyer. The 10 budget you have selected is really worth to buy. I believed you can attract many buyers to your website. Just what you need is get traffic from paid traffic or media. Cheer.

  63. Thank you so much for providing such a beautiful information.The reviews of the mobiles are all in the interest of the people.Of all the mobiles, I like my Xiaomi Redmi 7mobile.I love mobiles knowing the details and accessories of the mobile.Huawei Mobile is better than Xiaomi Mobile next.And most of all, like all mobiles under $ 150.But thank you so much for giving us such a lovely review.

  64. I have been looking for a back-up phone to buy in case something should happen to the main phone I use on a daily basis so this article and review of the top ten phones under $150 comes at just the right time for me. I do not want to spend a lot of money, but the quality is of concern. This list is going to make my choice easier to make.

    The one I like best is the first one you have reviewed, the Xiaomi Redmi 7. For the money, I will get the most out of it based on the specs that are included. I also like that it has been around for some time and has good reviews. I am not so caught up in having a lot of bells and whistles, but this one has plenty enough. Thanks for making my task easier!

  65. Thanks a lot for this great article

    I have been trying for a long time to buy a phone under $150 dollar for my younger sister, But I was confused about which phone to buy for my sister. After reading your article, my confusion cleared up and I decided that I will buy Xiaomi Redmi 7 for my sister. Because there is a dual camera on the phone design also good and the best thing is the notch display. My sister also chooses this phone. thank you so much you really wrote a very informative article. It really helps us.

  66. I never heard of most of these brand (which mean nothing honestly.) One question I have is…Considering the price I paid for my iPhone 11 Pro Max, Definitely higher than $150,  do you feel that and of these phones come close to the performance? I get that I have an Apple product, but It’s crazy the price difference.

    1. Hey Frederick, overall, the performance of iPhone 11 Pro Max is a lot better. It has a high-end processor, a bigger RAM, and a way better camera. That’s what you will get for a $1000 smartphone. If you play heavy graphics mobile games at the highest settings or want to capture the best photos, you can get these from high-end phones. But if you are a modest user, you play mobile games at medium settings, uses your phone mostly for web browsing, social media, Whatspp, Facetime, and calling, the phones on the list can serve your needs.

  67. Hey, thank for the in-depth phone reviews, this is very helpful when deciding on which phone to purchase and also to know what to look for in a good quality, affordable phone. I always struggle to decide on which phone I want. I’m a die hard Samsung fan, but I find that there phones are just too pricey to get a decent phone with enough storage to run background apps before telling me that I’m running out of storage space. However, I think I should try some of these phones. As I said, this article has been very helpful. Thank you.

  68. Hi, I enjoyed reading your article on Best Phones Under $150 Dollars.  There’s a lot of helpful and interesting information about phones.  

    They are so many phones to choose from.  Phones are so high and these are a great price.  I like Blu VivoX5. I think these are cool phones.  The only thing is the battery going bad in years of using it.  Do you know how much it cost to replace the battery?

    Thank You,

    Margaret

      1. Great info! I only wish I’d seen this sooner. I just bought a family member a new phone; it wasn’t even an iPhone and the price was double what you’ve been able to find comparing exact specs.

        Thanks for the help. I know what to do next time.

        Darrin

        1. Hey Darrin, you are welcome. I will update this list on a monthly basis so you can have an updated reference next time. 🙂

  69. Thank you so much for sharing this. It’s no wonder that Samsung lately has been slipping in sales, even losing 4th quarter of last year to Apple. The price of the phones you’ve listed are absolutely great alternatives to the main popular phones today because of their much lower prices. I’ve been wanting to get a new Andriod phone lately for the sole fact of purchases I made years ago when I was a Samsung Galaxy user before I moved to the iPhone and don’t want to lose all those apps and purchases I made back then. The Motorla Moto G7 Play sounds amazing and easily can keep up with the big boys. I think I will purchase that one, especially with the large battery size. Is the Motorla type phones among your favorites of all the ones listed under $150?

    1. Hey Brian, yes, Motorola Moto G7 Play is the top 2 on my favorites. It’s a great and cheap smartphone. What I like most about it is the camera which has a higher aperture size, long battery life, and mid-range processor which can smoothly run the games that I play lately. And also because it’s a Motorola phone.

  70. Oh wow, that was an interesting read.  I love the Rugged as I am a swimming pool lapper and love the idea keeping my phone safe when swimming in a public pool.  Is there a limit to the amount of time the phone can be under water?  I lap for an hour at a time.  I guess this is an Android – bummer.

    I was surprised to see Motorola up at No: 2.  Their phones used to be clumsy, thick, horrible things.  My hubby has the Huawei and is very happy with it.  Android and me don’t go together! 

    Thanks for your informative article.  We need people like you to do these reviews and have all the detail, specs etc of different models all in one place. Thanks and cheers

    1. Hey Jill, you can swim up to 35 mins with this phone with no problem and as long as you don’t swim below the depth limit. 🙂

      I guess Motorola is accepting change and trends today. 🙂 The Motorola Moto G7 Play is only 8 mm thick, which means it is even thinner than iPhone 11 (8.3 mm) that was released last September 2019. What smartphone do you currently use?

      You are welcome. 🙂

  71. Hey Chris,
    Good job, on giving every detail available about the product to see. Thank’s for your article, there is lots of useful information here. This will help me with my next mobile purchase After reading your article, I have considered the best product for me as a “BLU Vivo X5”. The RAM, ROM, Camera Resolution, Battery capacity of the smartphones and its price has seemed the best for me.I’ll order this smartphone very soon and will share the new phone’s experience with everyone.

  72. Your article is very useful for some people searching for the best smartphone under $150.00.  They can compare the listed products conveniently before coming into decision of the purchase.  To me, Xiaomi Redmi 7 and Huawei Honor 8A are my favourites.  I am surprised that the price of Xiaomi Redmi 7 is higher than that of Huawei Honor 8A as Huawei is all along in a higher rank than Xiaomi.  Therefore, I will choose Huawei this time.  Thank you.

    Dolbe

  73. Hello! Thank you so much for sharing this article. Next week is my brother’s birthday. I was thinking to gift him a smart phone. I was confused which one I should gift him. Actually my budget was low. Then I found tour article and I became very happy with it. Among all the phone I have decided to gift him Xiaomi Redmi 7. My brother likes to play games in phone. It got 4000 mAh battery by which he can play games longer time. He can enjoy long time battery life. 3 gb ram and 32 gb rom just in 142$! That’s really great. Good quality games will support in his phone. Display is really big. My brother can experience gaming very well. I am going to buy it as soon as possible.
    Thanks again for sharing this article. It really benefited me.  

  74.  What a nice post it is! Many thanks for this kind of post which helped me to get phone under 150$. Your post is really helpful to me. In your review you have posted 10 mobile phone these are under 150 dollar. I was looking this kind of post for a long time. I have wanted a phone which will be cheap as well as good in product.

    Xiaomi Redmi 7 is really a nice product which I like most. I will buy it as quick as possible.  I hope the product will be good to use. The phone has good ram, good CPU and fine storage. So I want to buy it as quick as possible. I will share my experience with you soon. Thank you again for the post. Many people can get help trough it.

  75. Hi! I wanted to read an article like this a year ago, but zhen I got an amazing offer to buy myself samsung galaxy a70. Xiaomi redmi 7 is far best budget phone, I know a lot of people that own a xiaomi, and they are never discussing about cons, only pros! And honor 8a was my second option, it is good as well. I had as well umidigi, and it was good  but a first time drop on floor screen cracked. If you want a high resolution, very good camera, than xiaomi is the best choice.

    lovely article,

    Cheers,

    Primoz P.

  76. The Moto G7 is certainly something else. Motorola has lately been getting around to releasing good phones again (I think their previous best efforts were during the time under Google) and it shows. My only personal gripe would be the notch though – I wish they’d go for more punch hole designs or bezels similar to the Galaxy S9.

  77. Nice article about economic phones that are available in the market. I think that I*hones are overpriced in the mobile phone market. People need to change their mindset about not only the poshest phone is the best like Apple. Recently few years Android phone companies have been improved and making some incredible changes. Counties like China and Huawei are dominating the market. I find this post really useful and informative, thanks.

  78. My phone is on its last leg and I was on the internet searching for phones on a budget when I landed on your review. You have a really nice and stylish collection of phones here. I honestly didn’t think it was possible to get a nice phone under $150 but you have convinced me for sure.

    I love the Blu Vivo X5, it actually looks like the Samsung A series phones, its so stylish and it actually looks expensive.

    My next favorite on your list is the Motorola Moto G7 Play, my very first phone was a Motorola, and it lasted so long, that I had to give it away so I could get a new phone. The battery was lasting so long, I loved that phone so I think Motorola is a good brand. It amazes me that I can actually get a phone of this caliber for less than $150.

    All the phones, on your collection, are amazing so it’s really a matter of taste. So thank you for this review, now I have a decision to make between the Motorola and the Blu Vivo X5.

    Rose.

  79. Hi Chris and thank you for a very informative article.  There is so much variety in the mobile phone market these days it is becoming much more difficult to pick out the quality phones at an affordable price from the cheap and nasty rubbish.  This guide is a huge help.  I was quite surprised to see a Motorola phone included in the list – I didn’t think they were operating anymore especially after misjudging the smartphone market like Kodak misjudged the digital camera market.  

    With any smartphone, I’m always interested to know how much of the listed internal storage is actually taken up by the pre-installed apps (largely bloatware). Is there any way to get a gauge on remaining storage – either % of total storage or actual GB – so that one can determine whether or not there is sufficient storage remaining for their purpose?

    1. Hey Fluffy, Motorola’s previous models are not good in my opinion as well. But they catching up on the latest trends with the Moto G series. They were acquired by Lenovo from Google back in 2012. Even after Lenovo acquired it, it was only these recent years that I came to appreciate their phones.

      In the Settings screen of Android Pie, you can search “Storage”. And then you can click on the appropriate storage link there. In the storage screen, you can find the breakdowns of storage for Apps & app data, Pictures, Videos, Audio, Cached data, and other files. However, this default functionality that shows the Apps & app data storage information does not segregate the bloatware from the apps you installed. You need to download a special application specific to your phone model from Google Play to identify and turn those off.

  80. Great article. If I was in the market I would choose the OUKITEL. I like a rugged phone that can handle some rough and tumble situations.

    When I go workout or ride my mountain bike the jostling that I go through has cracked a screen before. I love the fact that it can withstand a 1.2 meter drop. That would be great for me since I am a bit of a klutz. The water resistance of this phone is also impressive since I have a pool and sometimes me and my friends can get a little rambunctious.

    Thanks for providing a great article with great information.

    Regards,

    Courtney-

  81. We believe we now know for sure that the beginning of these years marked a milestone for Xiaomi to make Redmi an independent smartphone brand. The move is one that has done everything in the world of smartphones, and many Chinese companies have taken these steps long before they could secure themselves a larger share of the market cake and show better market recognition. Such a new business policy of Xiaomi is how things stand at the moment. 

  82. What a great comparison/review! Thanks for putting the time into creating this. I’m due a new phone shortly and always buy unlocked as I have a great SIM-only deal with my network, and I’m always travelling, so just need the phone to work with any SIM I pick up.

    Battery life and camera are the most important things to me, so your comments on those are really valuable. 

    Thanks again for doing the research for me!  

  83. Hi Chris,

    I was looking for a cheap phone for my younger brother and your article came super handy. Looking through the best phones under $150 dollars I think the Huawei Honor 8A is a perfect fit.

    A Huawei user myself, I trust the brand is great and has the best specs required from a smartphone of that budget.

    The 8mp front camera and 13 mp rear camera is very decent for a low budget phone.

    Thanks,

    Jordan.

  84. This is a great review..I always thought Huawei was top of the range but I just checked Xiaomi Redmi 7 on Amazon and it actually got five star reviews too…That’s amazing and thanks for the info.

  85. I never realised that there were so many phones on the market that still were so cost-effective. There is quite a variety too.

    I just need a phone that I can have what’s app and one that also takes good photos, as bad quality photos are really irritating as I can’t use them in my scrapbooking.

    I like the look of the Blue Vivo X5, but can’t find anything regarding the type of camera on this phone.

  86. I am a big fan of the iPhone for the majority of my smartphone usage life. However lately I have been thinking of getting a backup phone using the Android OS. The phones you have listed here are awesome when it comes to price and I am looking primarily for an American brand like BLU. How fast or slow is the charging time for the Vivo X5?

    Though I am impressed with the RAM and Storage of the BLU Vivo X5, which I am considering on purchasing, the specs on the UMIDIGI Power look impressive. Even though it is a Chinese company, many American companies manufacture their phones in China regardless. So now I need to decide which one to get.

    I feel that the convenience of being able to go up on Amazon to buy a replacement battery is yet another reason to purchase the Vivo X5. One thing I hate about Apple is that they require you to use their batteries to keep the warranty valid and you have to go to an Apple store to have it done. Making the change myself is a plus.

    1. Hi Robert, the BLU Vivo X5 comes with a 5.0V 1.5A charger. A BLU Vivo X5’s battery is rated 3.8V. For a 2,800 mAh battery, the total power stored will be 3.8 X 2800 /1000 Wh. That is 10.64 Wh which is also indicated in its manual. And a 5V 1.5A charger will give 5X1.5 = 7.5W. So the time required to charge the battery completely will be 10.64/7.5 or 1 hour and 25 mins. But that is not the shortest time because we usually don’t turn off our phone while charging, so just expect the charging time to be more than that.

      Yes, that is true. BLU products are designed in the US and manufactured in China. So both UMIDIGI and BLU are essentially made from China.

      Assuming both batteries became worn out after 3 years of use, what is the possibility of you still keeping the phone in use? You have to consider the capability of the phone right now to handle the apps and games and OS in the future. By that time, both phones may not be fast enough to serve your needs. So if you think about it, is having a removable battery still a good feature by then? Will BLU Vivo X5 still be fast enough and usable 3 years from now in relation to your needs?

  87. Best phone under 150

    wawoo I like your content, is sample, and understandable, your paragraph is short, and easy to understand, 

    your phone is in a best price, and it’s a best phone, not sure about life time bettery, because I nerve use this kind of phone so I can not comment on that.

    All the best with your business on line.

  88. Hallo there Chris, 

    This is exactly what I was looking for. The list offers a number of models which have really good features. I want to buy my daughter a cheap phone as she has been bugging me about it for a long while now. I wanted to know which Huawei and Alcatel phones under $150 are good for her. Thanks for the help. I am going to evaluate the specs of what you recommend based on what she wants and get the best for her.

    Thanks again for the valuable help. Have a great day!

  89. Thanks a lot for such an amazing article review about Best Phones Under $150 Dollars – 2020 Top 10 List. Xiaomi’s phone is consistently at my preferred highest point and I bought the Xiaomi Redmi 7 phone in your article which is inside my financial limit. I like this phone especially in light of the fact that it looks so excellent and the showcase is very enormous. Also, the phone has been extremely useful for me to be in my spending limit and I am upbeat. The battery limit of the Xiaomi phone is my top pick. There is additionally a double camera. With everything taken into account, I like the phone. Your article is really unique and informative. I think this article will benefit everyone. If you don’t mind, I will share this article on my social media account.

  90. I was amazed at the wide range of phones available under $150. Even the very cheap one at under $70 was not shabby at all. If one is wiling to avoid the top end phones there is a lot of money to be saved. For some of these offerings the performance difference is not as large as one would expect for $100 competing with a $800 phone. 

    You laid out the features and benefits very clearly making is easy to find the right phone under $150 for anyone looking. Also, your opinions of the phones definitely help in the decision making process. 

    All in all I learned a lot about low cost phones that I didn’t know before.

    Thanks for writing this article.

    Edwin

  91. Thanks for sharing this list of best phones under $150. I’m looking to get another phone, but I’m on the budget so this list is a lifesaver. I haven’t had a chance to try any from your list, but I believe that they are good. Which one, in your opinion, has the best battery? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hey Ivan, the smartphone on the list with the best battery life is UMIDGI Power. The battery capacity of this phone is larger than the power bank that I use for my JBL speaker. It’s probably the best feature of this smartphone which makes it a great candidate if you plan on having a backup/second phone. Not only that, UMIDIGI power is capable of fast charging with an 18W charger. The second place goes to Xiaomi Redmi 7 and CUBOT X19.

  92. For a long time I would buy a new phone but with my budget it was not possible. Your article helped to fulfill my wish, I liked BLU Vivo X5 phone a lot. This phone has 64 GB of storage which is a good thing for me and I liked the camera quality. I’m so happy to be able to buy a phone of my choice at such a low budget. I will definitely be buying the phone from Amazon today and will share my experience with you soon.
    I will share this article with my friends and hope they benefit

  93. Hi Chris.

    Thanks for compiling this easy to understand, wonderful list of budget phones under $150. I am sure this article will be of great help for budget buyers to make a choice. 

    My phone is quite old and I am thinking of replacing to replace it with a new one but don’t want to go for the expensive ones. The $150 range you mentioned in your post seems to be fine for me. So the only thing remains to be done by me is to choose one out of your list.

    Thanks for saving my time.

    Nick

  94. I was telling my husband is time to get me a new cell phone, and he told me to look for some information, I think he will like to see this list of great options to get a phone under $150 !

    I think the Xiaomi Redmi will be a good option for me, it doesn’t cost much, 32 GB storage and 12 mp camera!

    This is a great article that helped me to find a cell phone for me!

  95. I currently have an iPhone 5s, which was a ‘hand me down’ from my wife, when she had a newer 6s. To be honest, if I can make and receive calls, then that just about does it for me. I’m not a technophobe but if I want to do computer work, then I’ll use a computer. I do admire those that can  run their businesses from a phone, that baffles me.

    That said, I do like the fact that we can check our emails, that is advantageous. I am drawn towards the Huawei Honor 8A for no other reason than two of my children (young adults) have one, not sure if it’s the exact same model but they are definitely Huawei. Students tend to know a good deal and won’t spend frivolously, they know when there’s something that has good value for the price. At roughly $125, it is worth a shout, I think.

  96. Truthfully some of the brands i’ve never heard of before, naturally because they’re chinese brands, but when i checked the specs you have given on them i see that they are great phones.  

    Looks like you’ve actually managed to compile a list of what are really the Best phones under 150 USD to purchase in 2020.      

    the ones that i particularly have a liking for are these 2.  The Motorola Moto G7 Play and the Huawei Honor 8A.  Why?  Because i’m the kind of guy who always goes for what i know, and i know that these two brands have produced some great phones in the past.  I must say that they’ve done so again with these two awesome, but very affordable phones.

  97. I’ve had an iPhone 4 almost since the beginning of time and it finally gave out, so you I must buy a new phone.  When I looked at the price of iPhones, I about fainted.  The only ones that were at all affordable are already outdated.  After reading your review, I have some clarity about what to buy.  I appreciate your guidance that came just at the right time.  Keep up the good work.

  98. Phones are getting more and more expensive by the day and as such I appreciate your post here on the best phone for under $150. Phones under $150 offer a very excellent price relatively speaking. From your list I really like the Xiaomi Redmi. My phone contract is up shortly and I will definitely save your post for reference. Great recommendations and thanks!

  99. Great website. Very informative but very simple to read. I like the fact everything has a header and is neatly categorized to make it easier to understand which item you are looking for. I think it would be great to maybe add some videos of some of the cool features that the phones offer as people always like to see physical evidence of the benefits of the item especially when it comes to technology. Keep up the good work

  100. Prior to reading your list,  I honestly expected to end up feeling like I would need to move into a higher price range.  But I am excited that I actually found a phone on the list that might work.   Prior to today, I was not familiar with the OUKITEL Y1000 Rugged.   

    Yet from the sound sounds of it, it may be exactly what I need.   I work on a farm around animals every day.   I wanted  a phone with a camera that was rugged, could handle the dust, and that could survive getting dropped occasionally.    In the past, I have used otter box cases but they are so bulky.   

    So, thanks for the suggestion.   I will be looking more into this phone. 

  101. Hello 

    I am locked in for a low budget phone. Your article is amazing and informative. Your article helps me to select the best phone on a low budget. I decided I will buy the Xiaomi Redmi 7 . I think it is the best phone under 150 dollar. Thanks for posting this article. 

  102. Hi I would like to thank you for your informative article on the best phones for $150. Iphones and Samsung phones are so expensive and can be out of peoples price range, it’s good to know there is some awesome alternatives out there that provide just as much as the iphone and samsung devices. 

  103. I love just how extensive and informative the article is, you didn’t leave any stone unturned.

         I only have a few suggestions that mostly come down to wording and a few instants in the article that what was said on the article didn’t quite match up with what is posted  on Amazon, here are bullet points pointing them out:

    1.-The article is very informative and has great detail.
    2.-On the Xiaomi Redmi 7 there is isn’t any in stock on amazon.
    3.-the price of the Moto G7 is greater on Amazon then what he has on the page.

  104. hey this is one of the best article i have seen so far that review smart phones. at the moment i am looking for a nice phone for a gift for someone and you defiantly hit the spot with this one. thanks a lot. i also think that the CUBOT X19 is a very great one and i will look into getting that one or one in that category. 

  105. I’m amazed at how far the smartphone industry has come. Just a couple years back, buying a smartphone like the Xiaomi Redmi 7 probably would have cost over $1,000! It’s amazing how you can get some of these smartphones for less than $150 now. When I use my smartphone, I mainly use it for the camera. Do you have any recommendations for budget smartphones that have great quality cameras for recording video?

  106. wow what a great list. I was looking for a new phone for my mom who is 70 years old , and I found this site.

    Thank you so much for all the information.

    She does not want an expensive phone that she has to figure out. ( she had a flip phone ) lol.

    This is the perfect place for me to find one. great job!!

  107. There’s a few brands there I haven’t heard of before but I recognized the Huawei. I’ve been pretty loyal to my Apple when it comes to phones but they are crazy expensive especially if you want the newest models. I think In a few months with this phone is paid off I’ll be switching over to the Huawei Honor 8A. It sounds like a great phone and as you mentioned Huawei’s shares are passing Apples so, obviously they’re doing something right. 

  108. Hi

    Great post and a lot of options on phones the working on them are virtually the same as any other phone maybe a lot cheaper.

    You have a great range and make of phone attached to websites so that clients can take a look at any one of the products

    I think the cheaper phones are great for teenagers as they seem to have phones that cost so much.

    Thank you for sharing

  109. I sure this is exactly what budget minded people need especially since new smartphones are getting so expensive. I hate the ideal of spending $1000 on a brand new phone and then doing it again in 2 years. I appreciate you explaining what are the aspects that make for a good phone. I like the run down of what to expect with Ram, CPU, Camera, Display, OS, Battery life, and storage. It seems CPU power is the biggest difference between the newer expensive phones and budget friendly ones you have on your list. 

  110. I am completely non-tech person and all the information given gave me much more knowledge in which phone would be suitable for me. Incredible prices too! Wow! Thank you! It was easier for me to understand what to look for in phones. 

    Loved you gave different links to reviews, i don’t have to search for it in web. Great post! 

  111. This is such a comprehensive review of phones under $150.  I have recently been looking for a phone for my niece and my budget was within this range.I like the Blue Vivo with 3GB and the fact that you can  also insert a micro SD card up to 64 GB to expand the storage. Its also great to note that I can order them from Amazon direct to me. 

  112. I enjoyed reading this review on the best phones under $150. I didn’t know some phones were under that price- not bad at all. I’m not looking for a new phone, but I know a friend who is thinking about buying another one soon. So this is a great place to look.

    Out of all the choices, I think my preference would be the Huawei Honor 8a. I like Huawei’s products; I have an older version of one of their phones.

    What’s your personal favorite from the list? I’m just curious. 

  113. Hey Chris,

    The Huawei Honor 8A sounds like it may be ideal and  hear they are fantastic phones.

    I’m a little bit worried about the phones potentially being used to spy on people though. Have you heard about that rumour, do you think there is potentially any truth in it?

  114. Thank you so much for sharing such an excellent article with us. I’ve been thinking about buying a phone for a long time but can’t get it in my budget. After reading your article I found a good phone list in your budget. I want to buy this phone from Xiaomi Redmi 7. It has been a favorite for me. I personally like the Xiaomi brand and my friend is using the mobile of the Xiaomi brand. The battery of this mobile gives very good backup and it is very good to look at and the net spit so I want to buy the Xiaomi Redmi 7 phone. I will share my experience with you using this phone. I will share your article with my friends.

  115. I’d like to try this new brand of phone Xiaomi Redmi 7 but it sounds like Chinese or made from China. I have no problem with China-made products except for the bad experience I got buying Huawei phone several months ago and after my purchase, a US company (I think it’s Google) has announced that it will stop supporting Huawei with new programs for some reason. I am afraid, can it happen to Xiaomi, too?

  116. My first mobile phone was Sony. Then Sony became Sony Ericsson. After that my children convinced me to get the iPhone. I wish I had known about all these phones you have written about in your post. The iPhone costs an arm and a leg And it comes locked! These are just $150 and are unlocked. Thanks for letting us know. 

  117. When it comes to finding the best phones under 150 usd- the phones you featured in your top 10 list were very well presented. The way that you have written this list has made my reading experience, one that I have truly enjoyed!

    I’m happy with the phone I currently have. But if by any chance soon, I find myself needing a secondary cellphone for business related purposes- which one the 2 phones would you recommend to someone like me who would have a hard time choosing which one would be better: The Huwaei Honor? Or the OUKITEL Y1000 smartphone?

    Thanks alot for your help!

  118. As a current user of the Motorola Moto G7 play, I am simply amazed by the capability of this handheld. It is lightning fast for every situation, from playing Netflix for my son at a restaurant to uploading tons of vacation pics at a time to social media. This phone is an absolute power horse.

  119. I tend to go for the top of range ones and currently have the Samsung Note 10+ but I can imagine a lot of the technology can be found in those other phones as we have come a long way tech-wise.

    Looking at the list while most of them appeal and look great I am only familiar with a few with my parents each owning the Huawei Honor. 

    But I have to say my winner is Xiaomi Redmi 7, that looks great, I also heard that they won a few awards last year which isn’t a suprise with the reviews they have been getting.

  120. I found your article very useful and informative. I have learnt a lot from your post. The specification of mobiles are quite good and is quite reasonable  price. I personally like Motorola  moto as it has very good battery life.

    Thanks for sharing this great article on Top ten best mobile phones.

    Keep up the good work!

  121. I noticed you mention Huawei as a phone. How has the recent lawsuit with Huawei affected their sales? I’m just curious if their phones are what they say they are. I have been looking for a cheap phone though and I love the selection you’ve presented. I checked out the reviews for OUKITEL Y1000 Rugged Smartphone and these look great! I’m definitely going to check this one out! Thanks for the info! 

  122. Wow! What an incredible review! I love the fact that you go into so much depth about each of the phones and on the face of it, they actually aren’t all that different from the top branded phones! The only thing would be how would the support be should something go wrong? Or even with screen protectors and cases? I know they’re pretty cheap for a phone but let’s say I buy one for my grandma who can’t always just afford a new phone when one breaks, it’ll be interesting to see how they hold up against a more expensive brand. 

    In any case for myself though, it looks like I’ll be reviewing my next phone purchase. 🙂 

    Thanks Chris.

  123. I have been looking into Motorola Moto G7 Play that’s how i found your review!  I been needing a phone with a decent camera and a minimum of 32 gb. I know Motorola is a good brand and has been around for awhile, but i was unaware the screen was under 6 inches. That won’t work for me! I woulda bought and been dissatisfied if not for you so thank you so much!

    seems i will be looking into the Xiaomi Redmi 7! Thank you again for saving me!

  124. These are impressive phones. Since I’m in the market for a phone, saving some money is a definite plus. I really like the Xiaomi Redmi 7, #1 on the list. The reviews are really good on Amazon for it. It looks like great quality and easy to pop in the sim card and go. 🙂 Thanks for listing these great phones. It’s hard to know what to buy. 

  125. Hi.

    My wife is quite hard on her phones, so I tend to opt for cheaper phones for her. Thing is, she likes to take photos so she needs something with a good camera and storage, but witch is also robust. It looks like the Cubot x19 will be a good option, but is it robust? I will obviously have to get a memory card as a extra

  126. Thank you for picking up some nice phones in the power of good configuration. I think this is a good phone within affordability.CUBOT X19 mobile phone I like it very much.The configuration of the UMIDIGI Power phone is very good.
    Display Camera Battery Ampere I like it very much.I will buy this phone because I think it will be durable and solid.

  127. WOW!  I love the list of phones available here for under 200.00. However, as I clicked on the different phones like this one I highligeted

    “MotorolaMoto G7 Play (32GB, 2GB RAM) Dual SIM 5.7” 4G LTE (GSM Only) Factory
    Unlocked Smartphone International Model XT1952-2 No Warranty (Gold)”—-It is for GSM (Global System for Mobile) vs CDMA or (Code Division Multiple Access) = Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular vs. AT&T and T-Mobile, Cricket and most of the world using GSM. Ugh!

    I tried to find an unlocked phone for CDMA carriers, but I was not able to. GSM has come a long ways though they have evolved faster than CDMA phones and offer great quality at high rate of speeds these days, and Verizon, etc….thought they could monopolize the competition—sort of. Not today. I think we might all do better with GSM phones.

    Do you think somehow Verizon and other CDMA carriers will see the light—that the world is going GSM now, and tweak their service as to allow unlocked phones to use their service??? Or, is this even possible??

    Europe mandated the GSM phone for their use, from what I have been told.

    I am in the CDMA arena, and I have to stay here because my boss says so, but I will forward your site to some friends I know who are looking for phones at 200.00 or below.

    Thank you for this very useful Info.

    Your site is very well laid out.

    Audrey

  128. This is exactly the article that I am looking for. I have a 12 year old son and his birthday is coming up. He wants a new phone for his birthday and I want to get one for him. But I don’t want to break the bank buying him a new phone he just going to break in 2 months which is why I am so glad that I came across your article. This was exactly what I was looking for, I think the G7 Play would make a great phone for him and its affordable. Great article, very helpful.

  129. Hi,

    You have laid out a range of phones under the magic $150 a price that is affordable for most people. As you point out a phone at or under that price has excellent functionality design and are easy to use, all of your recommended phones are available to buy on Amazon so accessing them is easy.

    Fintan

  130. I wanted to get a new phone and this budget was pretty much my range. I was wondering which one is better between the Redmi 7  and Moto G7. Looking at the list, I think I would go with Redmi 7. These phones have some really good features in the given price!

  131. Great post! Thanks a lot for the helpful info. I didn’t know there were so many good cell phones under $ 150! I would always opt for brands I already have a good experience with. In this case, these are Motorola Moto G7 and Huawei Honor 8A phones. Of course, I always consider what existing users say, so I’ll look at reviews.

  132. This is really helpful.  Thank you.  My phone is on it’s last legs and I have been putting off getting a new one due to the cost!  I think my likely purchase now is going to be the Xiaomi Redmi 7.   With over 300 ratings on Amazon it surely has to be a good buy.    I like the fact that it also comes with a screen protector already installed, a micro USB cable, a power adapter, a 3,000 mAh battery, a clear silicone back case, and a glass screen protector – makes it a very good deal for the price.   

  133. Hi Chris! To be honest I have never known most of these mobile phones, well, I only know a little bit about Motorola, Alcatel and Huawei but not the rest on your list. I guess I am so stuck with the popular brands and they forked out huge from my budget. At least now I know there are other decent brands that do the job or even some extra more but are budget friendly. Well done for putting it out there! Cheers!

    Junalyn

  134. I’ve realised that RAM is the most important feature I look for in a phone as I like to use lots of apps at the same time and get frustrated if they are slow. I would sacrifice some display size and battery life for more RAM. Thanks for making it a prominent part of the review so that I can easily compare phones. I’ve always used iphones but have a lower budget for my next phone so I really found this helpful.

  135. Hello Chris, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I am glad I stumbled upon your article because I was looking to get some Xiaomi mobile for my girl, she is a big fan of that brand. I am surprised that it is quite affordable, it is definitely worth the investment. Thank you for haring such great info.

  136. This is a really useful site that I have found .  I feel under real pressure from my teenagers to always be updating their phones for the “latest” version.  I have always thought a phone was a phone.  I liked the way you list them clearly with a link through the reviews.

    To help further, is there any scope to place these reviews in order of best vfm (value for money) or give a 1 or 2 sentence summary of different reviews. E.g. What’s good, what’s less good, below each phone.  I ask as my anti-virus is heavy duty and I found it rudely kicking in, taking a long time to reach the Amazon site.

    I found the detail about the RAM & CPU really useful advice.  Now I won´t be bamboozled by a salesman again.  I have bookmarked your page.  Thank you.

  137. Ah! I caught this article at the right time, I am in a serious tight budget and needed phone that could fit in for me without breaking my budget.

    Thanks for sharing this list, it has just opened my eyes to how little I know about phones and their features.

    I think there are only two names I know from this list (Motorola and Alcatel) lol.

    There is a lot to chose from and from what I see in your comment section a lot of people seems to have used and  favour this Xiaomi Redmi 7.

    I might probably take a closer look at it and see if it will be the best choice for me.

    Appreciate this article.

    Cheers

  138. It’s nice to get some solid specs on these phones but I was saddened to not get more on-site people feedback. I found a lot of what I was looking for on the Amazon site but as a reader, I would love to have seen more of that on your pages before I had to navigate on a phone by phone, page by page, and scroll by scroll basis. I think I have a better understanding though of what is on the market for when I buy a phone in the next week or two. I’ll be back to see if you have more info when I get closer to buying.

  139. Wow! That sort of article is bringing much light into the confusing topic of choosing the right phone. I had no clue, that there are phones with such a low price and yet with such a batch of equipment. I am loyal to iPhone for over 4 years now, but as my program is about to finish I am thinking about to buy a new one. And eventually give a try to one with Android. When I had a look on your list and suggestions, I like the most the BLU vivo x5. But I never heard about the brand to be honest? Do you think I might trust the brand? Thanks you very much once again !

  140. Very useful information. I know that a lot of people go into debt to get the latest and greatest version of their favorite smart phone and end up with payment plans for their phone is similar to a car payment plan. This seems unnecessary when they can get a very good phone for $150, as demonstrated in your article. I myself have noticed that my husband’s android OS phone has a better picture quality than my more expensive iphone. I admit that I did not research and compare things like battery life, picture quality, RAM, CPU when I made my purchase  but instead purchased on the ‘metoo’ need of having a cool image and being like my peers that have the iphones. 

    I later learned that this was foolish and I was sucked into the marketing propaganda of my phone. I did learn my lesson and I think this article can help a lot of people to understand the exact functionality that they really desire and how they can get it on a smaller budget. This is great in particular for parents, when their kids want phones mostly to text friends and to play games on. I am going to forward this article to another parent that I know as well. Thanks!

  141. Wonderful article! I have been looking for something for my grandmother for a long time but it can be good and we can communicate through video call. I like that you have put specifications on each phone separately. I also like that you have put many options to choose from.

  142. Although I’ve been an iPhone user for years, I found this list very interesting. A lot of these budget phones like very interesting indeed. Most of them are of the thin bezel type. This gives a smartphone the appearance of being more expensive. For those who can’t afford the offerings from Samsung and Apple, these offerings are sure to excite. My Dad just had a Samsung S7 that took a dump. He actually bought a $5 phone at Walmart and literally is still using it. It is serving him well for $5.

  143. I really like this website, it has good and interesting information on phones, as well as good price. The overall structure is easily understood, and get straight to the point. And I like the Amazon ads, this is something that can be beneficial, because Amazon is trusted, and he bring more value to this site.

  144. Hi Chris,

    You’ve really given some great options here!  I didn’t realize there were so many great phones for under $150 dollars.  I find the cell phone plans are pretty outrageous (here in Canada), making it hard for anyone on a budget to get a good phone.  The options you gave here are great, I really like the Huawei phone because it is a great brand that I know and trust.  Thank you for your detailed review.

  145. Thanks for all the great information, so many options to choose from and I am going to be busy checking further into these phones. Working in an internet business can really call for a good quality phone with lots of memory, the cell phones that I am used to don’t have the power I think is necessary to be efficient enough. I will be coming back to your website for further information and I will forward my friends to check out your site because they  are looking for better phones as well, thanks.

  146. I have always been a fan of Motorola phones, maybe because I am a little too old and that was one of the only ones when cell phones first came out! 32 GB is awesome for these phones, before if you got a cheaper phone you would have to delete apps to download new ones, and it was a pain in the butt. This is a great list for anyone looking for a better cost phone!

  147. Hi, Chris.
    Thanks for sharing the top 10 phones of this year under our budget. I liked the CubotX19 as it has may high end features and great specification. Please suggest if I will get a proper support for this phone in India? I use Samsung J8 currently and found your article as a very useful resource to take decision.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

  148. Hi Chris,

    I am looking to change my phone, I need a new one with good memory capacity and long lasting battery, as now I am working in online marketing. Which model do you recommend me? Your list is very helpfull as it displays all the details, but I am not sure which one to choose.

    Thanks a lot,

    Isabella

  149. I’m glad to see your highlighted budget phones are all Android!  

    I have been on the hunt for affordable phones for crypto mining and, also for a software testing side-gig I’ve been doing over a year now.  I don’t need all the bells & whistles that are on my main phone on my testing and, mining phones so, this list is super useful to me.

    You have my mind set on your #1 spot phone now. The Xiaomi Redmi 7 not only has the functionality I need but, I’m a huge fan of larger displays as well.  Since I work from home, mostly online, my eyes really need the break of a larger display!

    My only worry with buying a budget phone is what I’ve heard about baked-in ads that may not be easily surpassed.  Do you have any advice on which of these phones may not have or, have very little baked -ads?

    I asked a few of my clients and friends and, they said the ads are mostly on their lock-screens, is this your experience as well?   

  150. Great list of some pretty decent phones that are under $150 and don’t require a contract to buy them. My last few phones have been quite expensive as I bought them through my cell phone provider under a contract. Purchasing these fairly high quality phones would be a much less expensive option and still have good value for the price. I am accustomed to using iPhones and I wonder how similar these  phones would be to the functions of the iPhone? I used to own and use an android and don’t remember that many big differences. That was many years ago, however and I know things change. It appears that the cameras are very good on the phones you talked about. I use my camera on my cell phone a lot, so this is of utmost importance.

    I will be further checking out these phones as I need to get a different one soon.

    Karin

  151. I haven’t heard of Xiaomi Redmi 7 before your blog post. I’m always searching for a deal, I’m getting tired of having to pay so much money or update my contract to upgrade to a new phone. Most of the time, all I’m doing is using the phone, texting or checking email. I’m too busy with work to play games and spend too much time on social media.

    I’m also thinking, these could be really good for employee phones.

  152. Hey there.. I am actually looking for a new phone, and of course, on an budget. i have looked into Redmi and also into Huawei. For me, the most important thing in a phone is the camera. I need a camera that captures pictures quickly as my kids are what I photograph the most… and I need to be able to make videos with good lightning quality and sharpness.So which one of the two I mentioned would you recommend, if we focus mostly on the cam?

  153. Hi Chris, I have an older phone, I think it is an S5. If I were to update my phone I would be looking for more storage. I take a lot of pictures and my phone keeps telling me that I need to delete to create more space. I also would like a better camera. I would like crisper, cleaner photos. My husband got a newer IPhone and his pictures look great.

    I would probably go with the Honor 8A (32GB) 6.09″ HD+ Display, Dual SIM 4G LTE GSM Factory Unlocked
    Smartphone – International Version, No Warranty JAT-LX3 (Blue) as it is an international version and we occasionally travel abroad.

  154. This article comes at a perfect time!  We are currently looking for 4 new cell phones for our family, so we are definitely on a budget.  This list is complete, and the information is extremely helpful!  You general information about phone specs is helpful too, as I don’t know much about cell phones, other than how to use them.  Thanks for the great article-I will be using it to compare phones when it is time to buy!

  155. I REALLY needed this list right now.  My current phone, which I got at AT&T is the cheaper Samsung Galaxy (since I’m on prepaid) and this is the SECOND one I’ve boughten where the charger port is starting to get loose.  SO annoying.  I need to buy a new phone. I will have to check to see if I can buy an unlocked phone for my prepaid plan though.  (I don’t like contract plans, they’re annoying and you can NEVER go over on a prepaid.  My mother’s phone bill is twice mine and she has less data and no hotspot!)  My only question is, do all these phones have the hotspot ability you can turn on?  I have a hotspot on my plan and it’s kind of important.  Thanks a ton!

  156. Thank you so much for this article! My phone has been doing some funky things lately (just had to completely wipe the memory and start fresh) and I know I need to save for a new one soon. I will be looking for something with more features but this list is awesome to have in case my phone dies unexpectedly and I need a backup until I can afford a higher end phone. This is also awesome as starter phones for preteens/ teenagers who don’t really need a $700+ phone. 🙂 Cheers!

  157. This is a very resourceful piece of content. I wish I saw this before buying the unlocked phone I bought only in December. I got an HTC 10 smartphone for under $150 that can be very hot when running some applications. Since I got it from amazon, am I still able to return it for a refund, given the fact that I bought it in December?  

    I am a firm believer in buying unlocked phones. Contract phones are just a way to pore money down the drain. 

    Thanks for sharing this. 

  158. I just bought an iphone some months ago and sometimes it’s acting up already, like I can’t email photos or rather they go to the outbound box and I couldn’t move them to the inbox.

    These phones look nice and cheap.

    Reading the reviews, I would try first the Motorola Moto G7, or the CUBOT X 19 or the BLU Studio Mega 2019.

    As long as I can text and call in my phone, that’s all that matters. And of course, take clear pictures.

    Doing Youtube and searching in google would be added bonus, especially when I’m lying down in my bed after a tiring day.

    Thanks for these reviews.

    Marita

  159. I always buy a smartphone under $150 and always look for the best buys when I need to change. I don’t see the point in buying a really expensive phone that probably has a shelf life equivalent to a less expensive phone. I have a Motorola Moto and it’s been great, no problems whatsoever. It was a great buy.

  160. WOW! Amazing, i didn’t know there is so many mobile phone available in the market for under USD150. I always thought they should be at USD300 – USD500 or more. Some of the brands you mentioned are completely new to me. However, the specification of each phone you mentioned really helpful and interesting. I believe due to today advance technology, mobile phone should be more affordable for many people and their features will be getting better and better.

  161. This is exactly what I was looking for thank you so much for this amazing article on the best phones for under $150!

    So many of these reviews are not very accurate or show up to date phones but this is perfect. I’m off to buy a Xiaomi Redmi 7 right now as this seems perfect for what I’m looking for! Thanks again

  162. Although I can’t believe that I think $150 and under is a good price for a phone, your article is making it easier for me to think about a new phone.   I really appreciated the general information about the operation of a phone at this cost.  I have not seen anything that specific before.  Of all the phones your review, the only model that I recognized by name is the Motorola.  I can going to do more research, bookmark this site and get back to it once I have made up my mind.  Thanks.

  163. Hello, Thanks for putting the time into creating this. I never realised that there were so many phones on the market that still were so cost-effective. There is quite a variety too. My next favorite on your list is the Motorola Moto G7 Play, my very first phone was a Motorola, and it lasted so long, that I had to give it away so I could get a new phone. The battery was lasting so long, I loved that phone so I think Motorola is a good brand. It amazes me that I can actually get a phone of this caliber for less than $150.

    Battery life and camera are the most important things to me, so your comments on those are really valuable.

  164. The mobile phone is getting popular by the day since it can now perform a variety of functions. As a result, phone companies like Alcatel, Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, Xiaomi and Vivo have come up with strategies of launching low budget phones for the end-user. This leaves us as customers with the task of find the best phone among the many on the market.

    Choosing the best low budget phone is never an easy task and that is why your blog is of much interest to me. I particularly look out for specifications that satisfy me like battery life, RAM and storage; and I am glad that your blog addresses this.

    With my Samsung phone ageing, I need to replace it sooner than later and from reading your post, I feel that I should own the UMIDIGI Power phone. Its specifications meet my demands and for a good price though I have to bear in mind that it is not compatible with CDMA carriers like Sprint or Verizon.

    Thank you for this helpful blog, Chris. 

  165. If I have to choose one, I would go with Xiaomi Redmi 7. I already had one Xiaomi phone, it was Redmi Note 4x, and I was more than happy. Price tag was also something like $150 back in the day. Also, I think that some “unknown” companies such as Blu Studio Mini is better to avoid. I will always pay $40-50 more to get a better phone. At the moment I have Samsung Galaxy A7, which also isn’t expensive, and I think that under $150 we can get great phones that will serve us well for 2 years.

  166. I am looking to replace my Samsung S8+. I do not see any Samsung model which I believe is due to the price range. If I am working on the budget as mentioned by you, what will you recommend?

    I am looking at Xiaomi Redmi 7 (Released: 2019). Do you think I can get use to the phone features as I have been using Samsung for a while.

    I love your recommendations as it help me to choose a phone within the budget and the detailed explanation on the phone specification.

    Thank you.

  167. Absolutely awesome information, very helpful and informative.

    I like how you’ve compared various phones in great detail and made it user friendly to read.

    what is the best phone that you recommend?

    For people on a tight budget this is literally the place to be. You’ve got lots of choice and a boat load of information to go with it.

    Danny.

    1. Hey Danny, it actually depends on what you need. But overall, I would recommend the Xiaomi Redmi 7. What features of a phone are the most important for you?

  168. I feel like phones are becoming more and more expensive in today’s world so I’m very glad to find a list of some more affordable phones. It’s really great that you have put the most important specs in so we can see the specs of each phone and compare some of them to each other. I didn’t know that there were so many good and cheap phones in the market. THIS IS GREAT!

  169. Hi Chris, What an in-depth article.  You have really given a thorough analysis of the 10 phones. 

    My Wife uses a Cubot for her work environment and it performs very well. She is on it all day, every day and the battery lasts the entire day, no problem. It has adequate Memory and it runs well with a number of programs running all the time. She is in inline marketing so all the social media are open and it just keeps ongoing. 

    I would certainly not hesitate to recommend these phones to people.

  170. Smartphones are getting more powerful these days. Although I use iphone 8plus myself, at the beginning I did use asus almost this type of phone. But I found it cheap though. But there are still some disadvantages. For example, it is easy to crash when used for a long time. Operation is not smooth. Or induction problems. But now these mid-range phones have been greatly improved. So that even a cheap phone. It is still possible to buy good goods. Thank you for sharing these messages. Not sure which phone you are using?

  171. snapdragon 632 in a 150$ phone looks like  a real deal am going to buy three one for me one for my friend and one for my enemies at least he or she will have reason to remember me

    Another appealing stuff is Android 9.0 Pie, which can be upgradable to Android 10.0; MIUI 11 make everything looks amazing I was thinking all those stuff can only get on over 500$ anyway Xiaomi is a popular Chinese brand and is popularly known for releasing phones that have better specs at a lower price.

  172. I’m currently looking for a phone to take pictures of my products for my online store. I need a camera that takes good quilty photos. That is also easy to download to my computer. I take photos of products such as crochet items and books that I buy My phone also needs a lot of storage space for a cheap price. What would be a good phone that has these qualities that are under $150? 

    1. Hey Delinawarr, I will recommend the Huawei Honor 8A because it has a larger aperture size compared to the other phones on the list. A larger aperture size allows more light to come in when you take pictures and produce better image quality. It also adds better depth to your photos.

  173. Hi Chris,

    In this top 10 under $150 phones of 2020, I have liked Xiaomi Redmi 7 and Huawei Honor 8A best. These brands have really grown in popularity for lower priced phones and their quality is great. I like the fact that I could upgrade Xiaomi Redmi 7 from Android 9.0 to 10.0. Incredible at a price of $142! Some bigger brand names call for huge budgets for the same features. Currently, I have a phone that I’d like to change since it doesn’t support dual SIM.

    Boniface

  174. Hi Chris, I found your article really informative. I haven’t actually had to buy a phone before, as I’ve always got my husband’s phone as a hand-me-down whenever he’s upgraded (which I’ve been fine about, by the way), but I did need to buy my daughter a new phone recently. I just went with a brand I knew, but if I’d seen your article earlier I would definitely have considered one of the phones you reviewed. In terms of spec and price, the stand out phone for me was the Umidigi Power, but I’m not sure if I would have been brave enough to purchase a completely unknown brand! Are my fears justified?

    1. Hey Teri, yes. Brand reputation is one of my considerations when ranking the phones on the list. It is possible that the phone is excellent per product specifications, but may not function as promised or meet expected performance. You can read the reviews on UMIDIGI Power to see if others found bugs or if some functions are not working correctly.

  175. Every time I need to get a new phone I have done so as an emergency and so i have not had time to go through the options. I might soon be looking for a new one so this article is very helpful. I don’t usually have a lot to spend on phones but at the same time I want value for an affordable price. Based on the review I like the Xiaomi 7, with great display and good for my movies. Thanks for the information

  176. Hey.
    I’m currently looking for a new phone that I can purchase without paying over the odds by signing up to a contract.
    I think I’m leaning towards Huawei as they seem to offer a pretty good spec.
    What do you think?
    I currently have an i-phone 5se which has been ok but the screen size is ridiculously small compared to modern phones and I’m not totally convinced that the Apple OS is any better than Android
    Paul

    1. Hey Paul, the Huawei phone on the list has the best camera on the list in terms of specs. It has a larger aperture size compared to the other phones here which has a huge factor in photo quality. If you are not into the camera, the Xiaomi Redmi 7 is also a great choice.

  177. I have been looking for a long time because I dont want to buy the newest iPhone or the phone with the best camera or ledsuperlaser screen, I want a phone that works and works fine.

    I have been looking into the Huawei Honor 8A and it feels like much bang for the buck and even after reading your comments and the comments on amazon I still feel like this is a good phone.

    My friend has Huawei and are really happy with the phone.

  178. Hi Chris, 

    There are many great phones these days available. I am using Huawei and the rest of the family is using an iPhone. I remember when smartphones came out, it was revolutionary advice for millions of people. Today, it is a need.

    It is really difficult to imagine the daily routine without such a device.

    Your post is giving a great review of phones. It is definitely a great resource. Knowing the performances and other things about the desired phone will help anyone to buy the right option.

    I might refer back to your post when deciding about buying a new phone.

    Thanks for sharing your valuable info.

    Best regards,
    Igor

  179. So glad I came across your article, I am looking for the best phones under one fifty! And I am super surprised to see that Huawei made the list.  I have a Huawei phone presently and I am thinking about going back to Apple.  After reviewing your article, I am trying to figure out why the CUBOT X19 is #6 – if I am reading the specs right it looks superior to the others with RAM and Storage.  This is a great article, thanks for sharing so people like me have a good chance at getting a great phone and saving a couple of bucks.

  180. Hey Chris,

    I enjoyed your page on unlocked phones.  It’s nice to see you have some comments already.

    Really comprehensive information on each phone and good notes on reviews from Amazon and what users should expect.  I like how you’ve put the amount of reviews and a quick list of the phones you’re going to discuss at the top before getting into a more in depth explanation.

    The only note I would make is that for those of us who are not really tech minded, it might be worth having a page somewhere that could explain a lot of the tech jargon that is used?  That way people can understand what they are buying into and whether it’s something they would need in their lives or whether they could live without/cheaper versions!

    I hope that’s useful – apologies if you already have something like that on your website. I found the videos on your FAQ section which was great! But I wonder whether it’s worth having a key/legend somewhere?

    I also enjoy you talked about the aesthetics of the phones themselves and the best of each.

    I hope that’s at least a little bit useful!

    Lauren

    1. Hey Lauren, I really appreciate your comments to make this topic more understandable. I will try to think of a way to put references on the jargon used. 🙂

  181. I don’t know maybe its in South Africa but is Motorola and Alcatel still making phones? Maybe one is bombarded with the big 3 brands, namely Apple, Samsung & Huawei.

    I think that as customers today when buying phones its nor longer about making calls and messaging, the first priority is a camera. I still don’t understand how come companies like Kodak are not dominating the mobile phone space,

    Thank you for sharing this article

    1. Hey Sphiwe, yes, they are still making these phones. I’m not sure of the availability in SA. I’m reading comments that some brands or models are not available there and phones are quite expensive.

      I guess Kodak focused only on customers who are camera-focused. However, most reviews on Kodak phones are not good. According to these reviews, other phones can produce better camera images.

  182. Thank you for this awesome list man. My old Huawei needs to be replaced and I am planning on spending maximum $200 on it. My friend is using Xiaomi and he is really satisfied with their phones. I can also see that you  recommended a Xiaomi as your first choice as well.

    Have a wonderful day.

    Strahinja.

  183. I’m currently using the HTC U Ultra and it works flawlessly in terms of performance and the user experience.
    My love for HTC was born since the days of Android Gingerbread, and the HTC Desire HD was my first smartphone!

    Sadly, this company has been steering away from the smartphone industry which leads me in search of the alternatives, in case of phone malfunctioning.
    Your list of the best budget phones sparks my curiosity about discovering smartphone brands that I personally haven’t heard of.

    For example, the CUBOT and Oukitel. Wow, what a discovery!
    Personally, I love reading and browsing the internet on phones. Sometimes, I do play some light games for some fun such as the candy crush Saga.

    The Xiaomi Redmi 7 and Huawei Honor 8A really caught my interest.
    Both are with a screen size of over 6 inches, perfectly ideal for my daily usage.
    Looking at the specs of the Xiaomi Redmi 7, I have absolutely no doubts that it’s the best budget phone that packs some really awesome internal hardware.

    The future Android upgrades really spark the urge to purchase this phone as the backup without hesitation.
    But then, the higher PPI found in Huawei Honor 8A makes me indecisive.

    Do you think it’s much more worth to buy the Huawei Honor 8A compared with the Xiaomi Redmi 7?
    How about the Mediatek Helio processor that powers the Huawei Honor 8A?
    Does it capable of passing the test of heavy browsing and some smooth gaming?

    1. Hey David, thank you for sharing your experience with HTC phones. I just can’t find HTC phones right now that are cheaper which I think justifies your observation.

      I also love browsing the internet and playing games. Mostly high-graphics games.

      We are the same. I like phones with a huge screen because I play mobile games.

      Do you think it’s much more worth to buy the Huawei Honor 8A compared with the Xiaomi Redmi 7?
      I think Xiaomi Redmi 7 is better for you because that would also be my choice. If you prefer a better camera, it would be the Huawei Honor 8A.

      How about the Mediatek Helio processor that powers the Huawei Honor 8A?
      I don’t think there is much difference between those mid-range processors. I also tried a Mediatek Helio phone.

      Does it capable of passing the test of heavy browsing and some smooth gaming?
      Yes, but it depends on the game. If you are playing high graphic games like COD or PUBG, you can play at MEDIUM settings with HIGH frame rate.

  184. I need to buy a new smartphone for my husband but need to know if they are compatible with Verizon service. The Xiomi Redmit never heard of this module until now after reading your list. The Motorola brand is a good brand and uses to own one right when cell phones first came out. Do you know if this Motorola Moto G7 that was released in 2019 is compatible with Verizon Wireless service?

    1. Hey Jannette, the Motorola Moto G7 Play has the following network bands:

      3G UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100 – 4G LTE Cat7 (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 28, 66)

      You have to contact Verizon customer service first if these bands are compatible with them. I actually don’t expect it to be compatible with Verizon because Verizon is a CDMA carrier. But you can still try to contact them.

      Every phone on the list contains a band list like the one I described. It can be found in the product description on Amazon when you click the link. You have to always check first with Verizon or any network carrier that you will use before getting any phone.

  185. This is a great selection. Thanks a lot for putting together this list including the specific reviews related to each one of them. I don’t believe in bargains, in any case, I do really understand that there’s opportunity to get great prices when you’re not obsessed with the top brand names in the market.

    I personally know the Xiaomy, Blu and Cubot Brands (I’ve either use or give them as present to my daughters). The experience has been good or great for the price. The Cubot X19 is the one that results more appealing to my taste and user expectations.

    Thanksbfor a great product review post!

  186. Wow, great article with a lot of excellent information on each of the phones. I am always amazed at the amount of money people spend on upgrading cellphones, even when it is not necessary. I usually purchase a name brand phone but a couple generations back so the price is much cheaper than buying the latest model. In the future when I need a new phone I am going to return to this article to guide my purchase. Thank you for putting in the time for this easy to understand article!

  187. Thanks for this extensive list with so much to compare. I’ve been looking for an affordable but good quality phone for my 12-year-old nephew. He would like to get a phone with good storage, so it’s great to know that some of the phones on your list have 64GB capacity. But he’d also love a phone with a camera that can take panorama photos (like the recent iPhones). Do you know if any of these phones have that function? Also, my iPhone SE has a feature that if you hold a finger on a photo, it will turn into a several seconds-long video, and my nephew would like the same. (I should have kept my iPhone safely in my pocket..!;) I wonder if I could find this feature in any of the phones within your list. Thanks!

    1. Hey Lucie, Motorola Moto G7 Play and Huawei Honor 8A has a panorama camera feature. Xiaomi Redmi 7 does not have it. Since Huawei Honor 8A has better camera quality, I would recommend it.

      The other feature, I don’t think you can find it in any of these phones.

  188. I am always looking for a great deal on phones that I could use for personal and business use.  Too many times I feel that I am being pushed by the local wireless store to purchase the one that will give the most commission – not necessarily the one that is the best for me at the least cost.   I really appreciate the details that you provided along with explanations on what to look for, in addition to the links to purchase.  I have purchased one from Amazon once before and it worked great.  Thanks again for doing all this research, it really saved me a lot of my own time. 

  189. I had no idea any cell phone now days was under $150. My concern is that these all have very low RAM and probably are very slow loading any apps. Should be concerned that most if not all of these are made in China, where we know there are issues with stolen technology and also monitoring through these types of phones?

    I think I will stick with my old android phone since it works great.

  190. Wow!  Lots of stuff to look at when you are looking for a smart phone, even when one is budget conscious.  And, who isn’t!?

    So, a site like your’s is much needed.  It sure beats running around everywhere looking until you are bushed.  That’s just one of the reasons why a site like yours in needed and handy.

    You are focused on pointing visitors to the lower-priced phones, while providing a vast inventory to choose from that can meet their needs.

    With smart phones having become almost a necessity in our society, it’s good to have resources like your website, where one can not only be budget-conscious, but also be able to identify which phone has the best features for the buck.  Good luck with your endeavor.

  191. Wow, many of these phones I have never even heard of before I read your article. You seem to know a lot about phones and which are the best for a lesser amount than the higher dollar phones. I am sad to know that there are no iPhones in your list. I imagine that they will always be much more money than some of the others. 

    Thank you for breaking down the specifications or the phones, like the amount of memory and the processing speeds and whatnot. I would never know what to look for in those areas. I feel like I could make a much more informed decision now when looking for a reasonably priced phone. Thank you!

  192. Hello — Your post is very valuable to me because I really need to invest in a new phone.  The one I have is at least 20 years old; it’s an old flip-top.  It does just fine for regular calls, but it would be nice to get one with internet access.

    I tried once to upgrade, and found out that the phone I selected will not work in my area.  Therefore, I’ve bookmarked your page, and will investigate to see which of the phones you suggest would work here.  Thanks for the research.

  193. Hey Chris – This is an eye opener!  I didn’t know phones existed at this price!  Apparently I have always had high end phones.  I will be bookmarking this post for the future for sure.  So you can take these phones to any carrier (e.g. Sprint, ATT) and they will accept them? 

    Thanks for this opportunity!

    1. Hey Nathaniel, not all of them. You must check first the phone’s bands available by looking at the production description. For Xiaomi Redmi 7, it looks like this:

      2G GSM B2/3/5/8, 3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100, 4G LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300)

      And then you have to contact the customer service of your chosen network carrier and ask if they are compatible with any of these bands.

  194. Hi, Chris,

    I’ve been thinking of upgrading my phone as I’ve had it for over 4 years. I’ve always been a Samsung customer but have considered switching to Iphone.

    I missed Black Friday last year. They really good deals, but I was not able to take advantage of any of them.

    Out of all the phones you described, I guess I could go with the Xiaomi Redmi 7. I never imagined it could be almost as fast as an $800 phone! That’s impressive!

    I love the dual SIM card as I travel to Mexico quite frequently and have to switch SIM cards. It’s a pain in the neck.

    Thanks for writing this up. I will bookmark it for future reference.

  195. Very nice! Is really hard to find good phones cheap. Sometimes you don’t even need a phone expensive with very good specs. And not always someone at the store or even online, will offer you the cheapest one but still good for your necessities. 
    That was a very informative post. Definitely will share it with others. 

  196. Hello!

    Thank you for taking the time to put together such detailed reviews on a variety of different phones on the market today! I’ll be honest in saying that, I’ve been an iPhone girl for the past ten years now. Definitely gained a ton of insight however on different phones outside of the norm for me, and are actually making me consider switching sometime in the near future. 

  197. I am a gadget freak and love cellphones.  I have been looking for a new phone for my mother and this article made it so easy for me to compare the phones that I think she would appreciate.  I see you mention you “must consider the combination of the display size and display resolution” – one thing I want to ask is can the Xiaomi Redmi 7 change the size of the font?  My mom is a bit older and needs large fonts?

  198. This sounds like a great idea to save on taking a cell phone that costs over $1000. How best are they though? Do they have the features smartphones have lately. I will for sure not like any phone that will freeze in my hands. They seem to be smartphones, but I am a little skeptical though. I ques, it won’t hurt to give them a try.

  199. I don’t know how about you guys, but I personally found that Xiaomi Redmi 7 completely busted for the price. I mean, I’m about to completely geek out. Solid screen, storage, battery, and RAM. The amazing 6X series CPU, and MicroSD to add to all of the capacity and everything overall. Great looks. And all of that under $150… That’s absolutely busted.

    I mean, it marvelously fits every single thing I’m naturally looking for in a phone; it’s a no-brainer by my scale.

    I can’t thank you enough; I really appreciate you sharing this, Chris!

    Cheers, and have a Great One!

  200. This is an amazing article for people with low budget but want an amazing mobile phone device. I loved the structure of the article and it was very easy to read. Every phone has the neccesary description, price and everything to know about it is included. It was really a good move from you for adding the links to each phones so that your readers can easily click on them and purchase the phones

    Great work

  201. I definitly need a new phone soon, but my budget is limited. So I was happy to see your site about these budget phones ! My choice is going to be the ‘UMIDIGI Power’, as the battery doesn’t get empty quick. Do you have any idea about the warranty on the phone? thank you so much for this article !

  202. Those are definitely some well-priced phones, I didn’t know you could get them for such a low price… It’s funny how so many people have been utterly convinced that more expensive is best. I’ve never been someone who can appreciate the iPhone and all the baggage that comes with it. These alternatives look credible, and I’ve only ever heard good things about Huawei.

  203. How nice you are. You must have spent lots of time analyzing these various mobile phones. There are relatively few applications used by the aged. Basically, they use the phone to chat with each other by WeChat, watch TV and listen to songs. These mobile phones can meet these requirements. Therefore, they are very suitable for the aged. I’m ready to buy one recently. thanks for sharing.

  204. Yesssss – the post I was looking for. To be honest, I really don’t understand people who pay 1000usd for a fancy phone. Ok – it is a status symbol, but I know some people having the newest iPhone while they have to work at least a month for it.

    Great – I prefer to spend 150USD on my phone and keep the rest for my free time activities. 

    This is a great review – I know those models are not the fastest ones but at least, they work well. And if you need a good camera, buy yourself a really good one and get some knowledge how to make good pics before that

  205. Thank you for this fantastic review, I’m glad I found it! I hate buying phones that are so expensive, companies are just taking our money!! That said, I think your #1 and #6 are my favorite overall. I’ll take a closer look to the reviews for my final decision. I would have a question though, do you know if they are compatible with Canada’s network?

  206. I will go with the Motorola Moto G7 Play, it is a brand I trust and it has a LCD IPS display which is great. Tha large battery capacity is also appealing. My second preference would be the Huawei Honor 8A as this is another brand I trust but the Motorola is the best of all the other brands in my opinion.

  207. Hi Chris,

    I am so glad to find your website, there are so much valuable information for the different kind of phones. I really like the xiaomi Redmi 7, it seems a very good choice for me. And all the phone price is under $150 which is awesome! I do not know i have so much options to choose from under the price $150 before i come cross your articles, thank you so much for this valuable information.

    And the 1 choice xiaomi redmi 7 have 3G ram which is enough for me to use, because I am not heavy user for the phone, i just use it for calling and texting.And the storage 32G is enough for me because i do not download too much apps. I agree is the NO.1 choice on the list for budget $150.

    Sometimes, i would like to watch youtube on my phone, and the screen is big enough to watch stuff.

    And the 3 choice Huawei Honor 8A seems a good phone too, there are a lot good reviews about this phone.And it have a fingerprint scanner at the back which is very handy at sometimes.

    This is a great list of phones, thank you so much for providing this list, it really help me out , I am sure a lot of people who read this list will feel the same, it will help them to pick the best choice for them.

    Thank you for this wonderful reviews, I really like It!

  208. I never knew phones could be under $150 and still have superb qualities.
    My friend recently bought a Gionee Marathon M5, so-called actually, because it could hardly even function as the 2GB of RAM it was supposed to have. And even then, it was purchased at $166. He has since been looking for a better platform from which to purchase a better phone, so I think this article will really appeal to him.
    It’s a relief to know there’s still quality out there.

  209. You caught me at the right time as I am using my phone more and more for my online business, and this old one I have now is no good for me anymore. 

    I did not want to spend a fortune on a new one so you comprehensive give to the best cheap unlocked phones has really helped me. The technical information you provided is useful for us non tech guys as now I know what to look for in a phone. 

    I Have book marked your page and I am looking forward to future posts from you. 

    Best wishes 

    Matt

  210. I had no idea you could buy such feature rich phones for under $150.  I wish I found this site a few months ago.  I shelled out $900 for a phone very similar to the ones on your site.  I’ll be sending friends here and be using you myself in the future. Thanks so much!

  211. Hi there,

    This article came just in time! I was looking for a new phone because I lost mine a few days ago. I really like the third one on the list. It seems to be of high quality, and it comes with lots of features, which is nice!

    What if there is a problem with the phone when it arrives? Can I return it? Also, what is the warranty limit time?

  212. I had no idea there were so many different affordable options available for smart phones.  What a great list you put together!  I am going to definitely check back when my phone contract is up.  Do have any experience with service from the products where the companies are not in the US?   What happens if I need warranty work and I need to send back to the manufacturer?

  213. I do usually stick to high-end phones myself, mainly the Google Pixels, because I love the camera and I take a lot of photos! I just wonder how good the cameras really are on these $150 phones?

    I am also amazed at how many comments you have on your page! Great work! I cannot seem to get any, except for here.

    I think it is a great topic, while, not everyone appreciates a cheaper phone, this info really does need to out there for those who do, great job!

  214. Thank you for an interesting breakdown of all the phones it was very interesting.  There is a lot of information on each option which has been concisely laid out with great pictures and all the important information listed at the beginning of each section really made it easy to find the information I was looking for to make a more infomed decision.

    I would have loved more information about the cameras on each of the phones but you did cover them briefly for which Im greatful. Thank you again for an informative write up.

  215. Ah, I was just thinking of getting a new phone, and I came upon your post. How convenient.

    Thanks for laying out the criteria of the different phones. Although we won’t be able to enjoy a phone with a high-end CPU for under $150, we can definitely look at all of the other criteria and select a phone based on others, such as battery, RAM, etc.

    Now I can go to the store armed with this knowledge. Thanks.

  216. Your article is quite useful.  Everyone has or plans to buy, a smartphone.  Your article is a good introduction to some top-level low-cost phones.  I am guessing that the majority of phone buyers look at this level of phones.  I like that you do not interject your personal opinion on the merits of a particular phone viz a viz other phones, but point the reader to the real-life reviews of Amazon purchasers.  Reading these reviews provides a good survey of views and experiences with each phone.  I think this is a much more accurate way to evaluate a smartphone than just relying on your personal judgment.  I could compare your list of smartphones with other Internet lists if I want to be even more objective research in my search.  That works because I can then check out these other phones on Amazon just like with your list.  I also like that you don’t have any proprietary interest in which phone I might purchase.  Taking me to the Amazon page for each phone allows me to easily see other comparable phones also not on your list.  Overall, I found your article well-worth the time to read and follow-up on.

  217. This article was so extensive! I am in the market for a new phone to use for my business. The way you broke it down by Specs and then went into detail for every one of these top rates phones really helped me come to a definitive decision about what would be best for my business. Also, the fact that this focused on less expensive phones was awesome especially as my daughter is getting close to needing a new phone.

  218. Although I earn quite good money, I still find it crazy to pay hundreds of dollars ( in my case euro’s) for the “latest and hottest” cellphone on the market. My choice is always based on the features it has and my needs. That they are on an amazingly low price like your list is a bonus I gladly take. 

  219. It seems like there are a lot of quality phones under $150. I never spend over $200 for a phone. It is not a smart idea to me, being that they all have the capability of making calls. the most important thing about a phone to me is the storage space, and the camera’s clarity.  I currently have an iphone6 and I am happy without the upgraded versions. If I had to choose, my first choice would be Cubot X19 because it has 64 GB and 16 MP camera. My second choice would be the BLU Vivo X5 because it has 64 GB storage and a 13 for the camera.

  220. It’s great to have a resource such as yours when it come time to make buying decisions, and it’s also good to know that some things are still quite affordable. Being a newbie when it comes to phone technology, I really appreciate your information… and you’re right, customer feedback can sometimes reveal issues that technical specs won’t when it comes to choosing the product that’s right for you. Great web resource…

  221. Chris – Very nice site and the content is great. When I look at your visitor comments and note that the many look like techies and some are older like myself. The one thing I believe should be explained in a little more detail is the “unlocked” phone. the reason being is so they know the ramifications of their provider and what that type of phone can get them into. Other than that, your site is extremely informative and you certainly have nailed who your audience is. Great, wish you the best.

  222. Smartphones are definitely getting cheaper and the quality is improving. I have used Huawei for years and love their phones. Unfortunately, the Huawei link is broken on your site and there was nothing to see but I did look at the first one on your review page (Xiaomi). What do you think about their quality? Are they just Chinese copies without a lot of the features or have things changed? I remember twenty years ago buying what was sold as an IPhone but was in reality a 1Phone Chinese copy that could do nothing. Since then, I remain sceptical of Chinese products.
    Thanks.

  223. Although I was familiar with a few of them, there were several which I did not know anything about.

    Finding a functional phoned for a reasonable price is a benefit to myself and others. There are a lot of good choices here. I am most familiar with the Motorola. 

    I appreciate this information very much and will share it with my family and friends. All the Best.

  224. Wowza! Thank you so much for shining light here for me, wish I had found this sooner. No more spending too much on phones!

    Over the past few years I’ve spent so much on phones, I’m physically active and not always keen on protecting my pockets.

    My bad I know, but this site is going to help save me multiple hundreds.

  225. Hello Chris, great article you must be a phone wizard! You have given everything there is to know about phones and this is a huge help and I will bookmark this for myself in the future as I tend to have a problem with phone screens cracking or phones being stolen. But I am a big Note fan is there anything that you know of that is close to the Note at this price? thanks again Chris for this fantastic knowledge.

    1. Hey Zach, if you can provide me with the Note version that you are using, it will help me compare. However, if you are pertaining to Galaxy Note 10+ that was released last year, it has the processor called Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm). The closest you can get to this processing power with a cheaper phone is with a Xiaomi Pocophone F2 which may be released this coming March 2020. The expected price of this phone is around $350 to $380 depending on the storage capacity.

  226. Thank you for this one! I am doing a google research because I like to buy a cheaper phone for my son.
    I think Xiaomi Redmi 7 is better than other phone. Is Xiaomi Redmi 7 compatible for gaming like mobile legends and Call of duty? It seems that the 3gb is not enough for gaming.

    1. Hey Bong, Xiaomi Redmi 7 can play Mobile Legends smoothly. The huge battery capacity will ensure that you can play longer without often plugging your phone in the power outlet. For Call of Duty, it can run smoothly as well with the following settings: MEDIUM graphics quality and HIGH frame rate. Just make sure you read the RAM in the product description if you are going to get one because Xiaomi Redmi 7 has a 2GB RAM version and a 3GB RAM version. Always choose the 3GB RAM version.

  227. Hi Chris, it’s such a privilege for me to read your post and your suggestion about buying phone under $150 is so interesting. A lot of people like to buy an expensive phone but as you know more about phone and explain it, I think the cheaper phone also have a lot of benefit and if we know how to use it and take good care of it, it is same as an expensive phone. I have an iPhone 7 and I always broke the screen and have to fixed it often. Right now the memory is full and I don’t know how to do with it. Do you have any suggestion for me? Do I need to buy a new phone and which one will be the best for me? Because I have a hard time choosing the right one. Or do you have any idea of how to fix the storage? I have a 32G on my phone and it’s full. Please do give me your advice and if I need to buy it one, I will. Thanks.

    1. Hey Pay Simon, iPhones don’t have expandable storage so the best way to free space securely is by copying the files that you don’t access often in your laptop. You need to have the latest iTunes installed on your laptop so that it will recognize your phone. However, if your phone itself does not have the latest iOS version, your phone won’t be recognized by your laptop so you can start deleting a few apps on your phone that you don’t need.

      You can see the apps that take too much storage by going to Settings > General > iPhone Storage (in older versions of iOS, go to General > Storage & iCloud Usage, then tap Manage Storage in the first section. After deleting some apps, you can start checking for unnecessary files of photos and videos. Then once you have enough space, you can try updating the OS of your phone to the latest iOS version and then copy the files to your laptop that you don’t access often. After the backup, you can now delete those files on your phone.

      I suggest you try the procedures above first before buying a new phone. And then try to observe in the next few weeks if the limited storage space is already getting in the way or if it is affecting your productivity already. Then weigh your options before getting a new phone that is capable of expandable storage.

  228. Great article and very useful, I hate being locked into contracts and plans but it comes with the risk of not being fully insured (or automatically getting a new phone every 2 years). At least by having a maximum budget of $150 it reduces the overall cost. The details and reviews you have given for each phone is fantastic and will definitely save me a lot of time! Thank you 😊

  229. First of all, your website loaded quickly which from a readers perspective is very useful. I also like the fact that you have included an about me page, because I like to know a little about the writer of a website 

    The product reviews are very detailed and will be useful for someone like my wife who, looks at reviews on everything she wants to buy

    I enjoyed reading it 

  230. xiaomi redmi 7 with 64gb rom and 4gb ram was my previous phone which i got around the $150 stated in your article but around February this year i switched to the pro version xiaomi redmi note 7 pro with 126gb rom and 6gb of ram which i’m currently using.

    The redmi phone is a snapdragon phone which makes it really fast and good for gaming. i use it in playing call of duty mobile so i can tell. Great buy if you ask me

  231. I bookmarked your website.  I have never been one to want to spend more than $250 on a cell phone.  That may change with the 5G rollout, it seems all the 5G phones are over $1000.  I scored big 3 years ago when I bought my Moto G5, which still runs like a champ, but outdated by now obviously, I am waiting for prices to go down on 5G phones.  In your list it seems you get the best deal and value with Chinese phones.  The Cubot X19 looks like a great phone for the money.  Have you found any 5G cell phones for under $500?  

  232. Hi

    I loved reading your guide.

    I am planning to buy a phone for my sister on her next birthday and I’m kinda tight on the budget.

    I have previously brought the Honor 8A and it’s. A fantastic phone I highly recommend it for a flag ship it truely is one of kind.

    Im looking to buy one for my sister and this guide will help choose one.

  233. Hi Chris,

    Does all of these phones sold on Amazon are first hand or some are second hand? I really confused as in somehow, I remember that Amazon sell the second-hand book, is it the case with other product?

    I asked this question as the cost of these phones are under $150. correct me if I misunderstood.

    Take care

    1. Hi Safia, the prices shown on the links I provided are for brand new smartphones. That is true, Amazon also has second-hand or refurbished smartphones. If you search for a phone on Amazon, you can check in the product details if it is new. Yes, the brand new prices of these phones are only under $150. 🙂

  234. As an Apple user, I am usually careful when it comes to trying out a new phone. My brother has a Samsung that I’m not too fond of, though I’m sure I could get used to. This is a great list because I’m simply tired of paying upwards of the $800 you mentioned for what basically amounts to a brand, when many of these phones have the same features. It is getting ridiculous, especially for someone who likes the iPhone, but doesn’t NEED one. I’ll have to keep these in mind when it comes time to replace my current phone (though to be honest, I’m hopeful I can run it into the ground before then!) Thanks for the post!

  235. Hi Chris, 

    I’m so happy I found your article. I got way to comfortable with Apple and iPhones fully accepting all the craziness they’re doing with their phones. My contract has just finished and I had a thought to just switch to a phone that actually works properly… I’m still on iPhone 6 so my apps stop working now obviously coz they’re trying to push me into buying a newer model… I might just not do that 😉 

    I’ve heard loads about Huawei na I’m happy too se it made the top 3 on your list. I’ve never ever heard of Xiaomi so that’s a new discovery for sure. Also the fact that you chose the phones with the budget max $150 makes me happy coz I couldn’t even do much more atm. 

    Overall I really like how clear your article is. Not too much unnecessary information but everything that a person who doesn’t know much in that topic needs. 

    Well done, and thanks again!

    Ola

  236. first off who doesn’t like a discount? lol. All seriousness I like how you have each product displayed with the picture down to the special features. You’re very informative with all the products. Keep up the great work with your site. Being very detailed is a great way to attract the customer.

  237. Just what I was looking for! I broke my phone yesterday and I’m looking for a cheap replacement for now until I’ve got some more money. What I’m looking for at the moment is a phone that has a good camera for a nice price, can you recommend me one of these?

  238. Thank you for this informative post. I did not know HUAWEI HONOR 8A was cheap like this. I think from your review, Huawei honor 8A is good for me. I like this will really help me in my online uses such as online business.but does Huawei honor 8a have NFC?and is there other Huawei phones similar with this Honor 8a but with 32 GB?

  239. Hi, I was actually looking for a decent phone for my mother. She needs one for speaking and taking pictures so I don’t care much about the other features. She’s not going to download and use apps, so memory doesn’t have to be very high. I want to give it to her as a gift for her birthday in April, so I have some time to think about the exact model I should choose. Any suggestions about the best phone from your list in terms of camera? I assume they all have quality speakers and calling options, as most phones do nowadays.

  240. I actually was interested in looking for an alternate solution to Apple and Samsung. You did a great job comparing the top 10 phones. I became interested in the Motorolla G7after I saw a display for it in Wal-mart a few weeks ago, I was amazed. It seems like a pretty good alternative to the iPhone and Galaxy. Thanks for sharing this.

  241. Hello, I am interested in the Xioumi Redmi 7, and I was wondering if I can boost the RAM in it.  The other specs for the phone look fine to me, but I might want more processing power.

    Also, you mentioned that the Xioumi makes phones for less with the best features possible.  Does that mean that it’s a knock-off product?  Will I have problems with warranty issues if it breaks down?

    If that’s the case, I thought maybe I would be happier with the Motorola G7 Play.

    Thanks,

    Michael

  242. Wow, who knew you can get a decent brand new smartphone for under $150! I have the new Iphone 11 Pro Max and believe me these phones are 10% of what I paid. These phones would be great as a burner phone! Ha Ha yes I watch crime shows! I also think these would be awesome for business. Why have landlines when you can just use a smartphone that can also act as a computer. 

    I also think these budget phones are perfect for kids and the elderly who don’t’ necessarily need all the functionality of a high tech cell phone. Of course, all of these phones appear to be androids only. I guess the only time you can get a cheap apple device is if it’s used.

    Thanks for this article. It opens up a world of possibilities in the expensive smartphone market!

    ~AlohaMelani

  243. I really like how you emphasize on not buying brand name and getting the same quality in other phones that are on the list. I upgraded my phone from a Samsung s7 to the Samsung s10+, I have tried to go to a different provider but I can’t because I still owe so much on my phone. I wish I had this list before getting this phone.

    Great info, keep it up. Next time I have to buy a phone I am revisiting this post.

  244. I actually read somewhere and watched a youtube video regarding this topic in the article about budget phones. So apparently in third world countries like India, budget phones are the most bought ans sought after devices then these 1,000 dollar phones that are too much. In fact Apple is about to release an iphone 9 next month in response to the budget phone market which will help introduce others worldwide in developing nations to Apple Products and phones. It’s a very clever way to gain an audience in the market.

  245. Wow what a great informative website for phones to purchase or research further while in a budget! 🙂

    LG volt has the best battery life? I would’ve never guessed that one. I find the iPhone I have now is a complete power piglet. Taking so much battery power. 
    I love the different sections you have created on your website for apple, Samsung. I am definitely visiting this again for a great reference towards my next phone!

    Do you have a section where you can link these phones to certain sites for purchase?! 

    Thanks again for an incredible job on this site!

    You have helped me out a lot!

    Kindest Regards,

    Patricia Maragos/ Patricia Divine Essence

  246. My parents have been looking for new phones but there are so many choices. Thank you for breaking this down. After I read about the Xaiomi Redmi, I am convinced that it is worth the price for them. What makes this phone so affordable? Seeing that I have never heard of this one before, is this brand good enough for people in their 50’s? Also, where is Qualcomm based? Thank you for helping me make an informed decision.

    1. Hey deeplytrebled, that’s a good question. But there are no official answers to it. I think that’s actually a confidential business model that only Xiaomi’s decision-makers know about. There are theories out there based on observation like Xiaomi spends almost nothing on advertising and they mostly sell their phones online, thus, reducing the other expenses for having a local retail store. And that they also produced smartphones in China and India where the cost is lower. Their mark-up to phones may not be not very high and that they rely on selling at large quantities. But again, Xiaomi won’t just reveal their business model to just anyone outside their company. 🙂

      Yes, definitely. Xiaomi smartphones are good quality smartphones based on thousands of customer feedback.

      Qualcomm is based in San Diego, California. 🙂

  247. Hello Chris,
    I wish I would have found your site a little sooner.
    I lost my phone in the river while fishing. I had a Galaxy S6 Active and ended up replacing it with the same thing.

    It has the 64 gb storage and I paid around $350 for it. I noticed that your Blu Vivo X5 has the 64 gb storage too. It has a very much lower price tag also.

    Could you tell me the differences in my Galaxy S6 Active and the Blu Vivo X5?

    1. Hey Larry, that’s sad. However, The S6 Active has a lot of good features compared to Vivo X5. It has a better display because it has Super AMOLED which means it has more vivid colors and it has a very high pixel density (ppi). It also has a more sturdy glass front. It is IP68 certified dust proof and water resistant up to 1.5m for 30 minutes. Vivo X5 does not have those.

      It also has a better camera.

      Both are mid-range so there won’t be much difference in terms of processing power.

      The only disadvantage of S6 Active is the OS. It usually comes with Android 5.0.2. AT&T says it can be upgraded to Android 7.0 but it seems that is not the case for some users. The phone is telling them that it’s already up to date when they try to update. Samsung support does not give much help in updating as well. There are many improvements now in the latest OS of Android. Some games and apps can run only if you have the latest OS. Banking applications for example are very strict and may require the latest OS because it has the latest security patches. Using your phone online for purchases and performing online payments may not be as secure compared to having the latest OS.

  248. Hey Chris. I have the BLU Vivo X5 and think it’s AMAZING for under 150 bucks! I like that it’s fast and dual sim so I can use 2 sim cards. This is good for me since I can use a sim for work and a sim for when I get home. A win-win situation. I have one question though, what are the prices for a replacement battery in case it gets damaged? Cheers

  249. Hi!  This is an awesome post!  Very detailed and valuable information!  thanks for sharing.  I have an iphone and I think it is amazing but I will never pay that much for my next phone.  I know many people that have very good phone that cost a fraction of what I paid for my phone.  As long as my next phone is fast, easy to use, can help me be productive, I will be happy.  If it makes phone calls, that would be great too! LOL.  I never heard of some of the phones that you listed.  I was looking at some websites that offer free phones and free service.  Very limited unless you actually pay for a phone and service.  But those prices are very good too.  Thanks again!

  250. Thanks for this great comparison of phones under $150 in 2020. I really appreciate the level of detail you give here including whether the batteries are removable in each one and how many memory card slots they have. I have never had a great grasp on the details of RAM, CPU and display. It is nice to have your comparison of what an iPhone or high end phone would have for comparison and where the higher end levels are not that necessary. 

    I like that you include some uncommon (in the U.S.) brands that I am not familiar with like the CUBOT and Xiaomi. I will definitely keep these in mind next time I am in the market for a phone.

  251. Thanks a lot for helping product reviews.
    Motorola and Xiaomi brand are always my favorite. I like Motorola Moto G7 phone very much because it looks so beautiful and the display is 5.7” HD+ Max Vision display, 720 x 1512 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~294 ppi density), Corning Gorilla Glass 3, It’s great for playing games and watching movies, the Rear Camera: 13 MP camera with PDAF – Front Camera: 8MP – Video:1080P(30fps), 720P(30fps), 480P(30fps) With it I can record very good quality video, The battery capacity of the Motorola phones are my favorite. And the phone has been very helpful for me to be in my budget and I am very happy.

    I would like to use your Motorola Moto G7 phone, I hope I will get very good results.

  252. This is pretty informative! I usually don’t really care ; as long as it has WiFi and can use it properly for all type of calls. However, personally, I think an Android Galaxy and an I-phone are the best. I have personally have never had an I-phone, but I have seen my frien d’s experiences. 

  253. I can’t thank you enough for your research into the best phones under $150.  I am buying a phone for my niece, and I just don’t have a lot to spend, but I want to get her a smart phone!  I honestly had never even heard of those phones, and I was skeptical about what I could get for $150, but it looks like I have quite a selection.  I love that you show all the features of the phone right in your article.  Very much appreciated!  Thanks!

  254. Very helpful in trying to find a phone that will work best for what I am looking for. I enjoy the details of every phone and the value it will bring to its reader. Very thorough and well written. I have been looking for a phone and this article has helped. Thank you. 

  255. It’s hard to separate ‘the good from the bad when it comes down to the many different phones on the market.’ Your site list many styles and models. (It’s hard to choose between them). For example, when Apple announces a new phone, with new features, then there goes the long lines forming. Every consumer wants to be the first ‘new owner on their block.’ If someone would every ask me, “Ron. would you sleep out all night in front of the cell store to be the first buyer?” My response would be “Hell, No!!” With all this talk of 5G changing the world, we now have to see what great changes are coming to the tech world.

  256. I always used to like the motorola phones, its good to know that they are so well priced now, and the Hawuei are an excellent phone too and they seem to have taken over the market share very quickly and the fact that you can get a low priced budget one is a big plus. Phones shouldn’t have to be expensive, they should be accessible to everyone. These are great prices.

  257. I always trust a Xoami phone, it’s my go to phone,  ideally if you can get a phone under $150 dollars you have definitely scored a bargain,back 5 years it would of been a crap phone for that price range, I remember buying a iPhone 4 second hand for over $300 when it was a few years old,  the ones in this list are awesome, they look like $800 phone’s. good lost of phone’s and spoilt for choice. 

  258. Honestly, I have always been a Samsung mobile phone user and always satisfied. I’m not too demanding and I think this manufacturer has found the optimum price and quality for customers. Very informative and with helpful comments, more importantly, prices are also given. I compare them to ours in Bosnia and laugh. In this miserable creation, a poor country, the price of a $ 150 mobile phone in our country is 800KM (more than $ 450 !!). I’m not a gamer, I won’t comment on that area. The site is good, it is certainly well monetized considering that it works with global brand companies. 

  259.  I love that the article has so much detail about each phone along with reviews which is important. Very useful for anyone that needs a phone on a budget. I love the fact that you added that unlocked phones would be better to avoid the extra cost. It shows you can have a great phone that is a fit for you at a great and low price. we want phones that don’t come with surprise fees. Thank you for this info.

    Sheena

  260. Hi Chris. I just read your article, and I found it very useful and exciting. Honestly, I didn’t know that you can purchase a good phone for that amount of money and I am pleasantly surprised by that. I have a Sony Experia Compact that I have been using for five years, and I bought it for £400, but it starts giving up and slowing down. I am happy with my phone so far, but probably I will consider to change it soon, and the phone that caught my attention from your chart is the Moto G7 Play because it looks like a very decent phone that will last longer and it won’t cost me a fortune to buy it. Thank you for this fantastic article.

  261. Great review! Do you have a phone that you would recommend for a teenager’s first phone? My nephew is turning 14 and it is time to get him his own phone. I’m sure that my sister would prefer something under $150. The BLU Studio Mega looks like a good option. Does it have good reviews? 

    1. Hey Melinda, I would recommend the Xiaomi Redmi 7 because I’m assuming here that teenage boys like to play games like Call of Duty or PUBG. The large display is very convenient when playing and the very decent RAM and CPU will allow him to play at medium settings. If he likes to watch Netflix and Youtube, the large displays would also provide a great experience. It also has very long battery life. What does your nephew usually do with phones so I can provide a more accurate suggestion?

      The BLU Studio Mega is a nice and cheaper option. Yes, it has very good reviews as well, but it has the lowest overall rating out of the 10 phones on the list.

  262. Thank you for all that info.  There were a lot of phones on your list I was not even aware of. I have always just gone to Metro PCS and picked out phones they handled. I was not aware I had so many choices for inexpensive phones with quality. Thanks again. I can now diversify.

  263. Hi Chris

    My current phone is the Motorola G7 (don’t think it’s unlocked though), which I’ve had for about six months now. I couldn’t afford a brand new iPhone or latest version of the Samsung Galaxy. I’ve been pleased with the Motorola G7, and the price was very reasonable. 

    There are some interesting phone choices on this list that I’ll consider when it’s time to buy a new phone again. This article has been very helpful! 

  264. I have never owned an Android phone, but I do know how much all phones cost.  Getting a good deal on a phone is such a great idea.  I didn’t realize that there were that many companies that make Androids. 

    I love that Motorola is still around.  They are a company that has a great reputation and been in the phone market since the very beginning.  Having a phone that has a good speed and a good camera are 2 things that I find important.

    Do you have a favourite phone?

    Great job and I will share your post to all my pals at work, as they all have Androids.

    1. Hey Coralie, that is true. Motorola is one of the pioneer brands of mobile phones. It was essentially acquired by Google back in 2012 and the was sold to Lenovo in 2014.

      My favorite is Xiaomi Redmi 7. I like the large display, the processing power, and the battery life of this phone. However, Motorola Moto G7 Play has better camera specs than this phone. What is important for me is that I can play games that I like so the large display, long battery life, and a very decent speed are what I needed from a phone. 🙂

  265. Soon I will be purchasing a cell phone and I like the way you have put this website together. It breaks down the types of smartphones, the uses and more. Also to find the phones for under $150. 00 is good. You have also put the brand in order with the reviews for the phones. I have never heard of Huawei, but it sounds like it is also a good brand of phone.

  266. The topic that the author deals with is certainly on trend, especially with mobile phones that are not expensive. The author writes to mobile phones that support games that are popular especially among the younger population of young people and children. Certainly a useful topic for someone who is in the dilemma of which mobile phone to buy (especially since there is a list of popular and famous brands)

  267. Wow, what an awesome site Chris. It’s so organized and the visuals are very stimulating. However, you seem not to be a fan of videos. All the same, consider me a regular visitor to your site as its one of my favorites. I love electronics and Samsung phones always get me rolling.  Moreover, a smart strategy to meet up the needs of all affordably.

  268. I am so enlightened by this incredible article on the Best Phones under $150 Dollars-2020. it’s been hard for me when making a decision on which Phone is the best. After thoroughly glancing through your article, with precise descriptions on the various phones released in 2020, I am now convinced as to which phone is the Best (Xiaomi Redmi 7 which was released 2019 with quality camera, Rom and Ram)

  269. Do you know if the Huawei Model that you mention in your review is compatible with Google Apps as there was a restriction imposed on Huawei a while back?
    Has this restriction been lifted, or is Huawei still being restricted?
    Should the Google Apps be restricted, do you know of a way around this dilemma to make use of Google Apps on Huawei?
    Lookingbforward to your response in this regard.

    1. Hey LearnToEarn Admin, Huawei ban from using Google applications applies only to NEWER devices like Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro that were released last September 2019, and Honor V30 that was released last December 2019.

      The Huawei Honor 8A on the list was released last January 2019. It can still use Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on it. This also applies to all existing Huawei devices before the restriction was implemented by Google.

      Currently, Huawei’s newer and future devices are still restricted from using Google Apps. I cannot suggest a workaround right now because doing workarounds might compromise the phone’s security.

  270. The phones seem like such a good place to cut back on spending! The Blu Studio Mega seems like a good option. I like it’s higher storage capacity and the improved battery life is a definite plus!

    But The UmiDiGi is appealing because of its large screen and high processing power. I work on my phone a lot so that would be quite helpful. Thanks again!

  271. Personally, I am a Samsung user, but I am not too picky for my nephews’ next phones. Out of your list, I am most familiar with Motorola. The Motorola Moto G7 is similar to my parent’s phones (they are both baby boomers), just a few models newer. The Xiaomi Redmi 7 seems pretty legit, almost like a cheaper knockoff of Samsung. Japanese vs Chinese I suppose. Running the Android 9.0 Pie should make the Redmi 7 pretty quick and easy to use for any android user. 

    The CUBOT X19 seems to be the most sleek looking smartphone on your list. You have it rated #6, but I think it is the nicest looking phone on your list. Can you explain to my why you ranked it #6 instead of higher, in a little bit more detail?

    Anyways, thank you for this list. I am going to show it to my nephews and see if we can agree on a phone they like.

    1. Hey Kenny, that’s a very good observation. CUBOT X19 has the best specs on the list overall based on their official product specs. It can easily compete with mid-range phones of Samsung that costs around $300+. It is only in 6th place because of brand trust, fewer customer reviews, and a slightly lower overall customer rating compared to the other phones on the list. It is the actual feedback from the customers who purchased it that matters most because there are instances when a phone has good specs on paper, but there are other aspects to look into. Brand reputation and customer reviews will tell you about the possibilities of the phone not functioning as expected despite the excellent specs on paper.

  272. What a fantastic review of top quality phones under $150. Your research is comprehensive and you have taken time to clearly explain what the RAM, the CPU, the display and camera qualities of these are. Your article is highly commendable for out of pocket students and parents who are looking for cheap phones. 

    We are bombarded with new release of phones everyday and it is difficult to not be confused by the amount of phones on offer. I like that you were able to pick phones that seem to be very popular such as Alcatel 1S and Huawei 8A as this phones have a good brand name for consumers to rely on.

    I have been looking for a cheap 1st phone for my daughter. She needs a basic phone that has a camera, she can call with and send text messages. I will be paying for it so I like the way you explained that phones tied to a network tends to be more expensive. I have opted for a pay as go sim based on your article. Well done.

  273. I like the way you explain the differences between the phones.  I normally have ask my teenager.  We are all so connected these days that I don’t see how you could have picked a better topic. I have an IPhone but have been considering a change to an android. I love that these phones are all under $150. The IPhones are truly over priced. 

  274. Hello Chris :),

    I enjoyed reading your reviews on this budget friendly phones and i am truly impressed and glad i came upon this article as i am looking to change my phone.

    I am looking for a phone with  a good camera quality that would not be above $200, and this couldt have come at a better time.

    I would be checking the CUBOT X19 out as i love its long battery power and its camera quality.

    Thanks for such an insightful post

  275. I am not new to cell phones, but I have never heard of dual sim cards. Does this mean that you can use 2 separate providers? Or does it mean that it had 2 phone numbers from the same provider? Can you switch from line to line without restarting your phone?

    1. Hey Jim, a dual SIM card will allow you to use two SIM cards from different providers. Both SIM cards will run simultaneously. You will have two phone numbers as well. You do not need to restart the phone to switch from one SIM to the other.

      When sending SMS for example, Android OS allows you to select the SIM that you will use to send the SMS. When receiving messages, you will only have one inbox, but messages are tagged if it’s from SIM 1 or SIM 2. When calling, you can choose in the Phone app on which SIM to call. When using the internet, you can set it in Settings the SIM number that will be used for data.

  276. Thanks for sharing this article on the best phones under $150. I’m currently in the market for a new phone and I’m tired of paying ridiculous prices. I am a fan of Samsung which is very pricey, so I’m looking at the Xiaomi Redmi 7 mainly because of the dual camera a huge battery capacity. The Alcatel 1S is also appealing, especially with all those accessories. I learned quite a bit about RAM and CPU, I appreciate you clearing that up.

  277. Wow, it’s amazing to think of all of the great phones that can be purchased for under $150. It’s easy to see all the shiny features on the top of the line new phones that are released with big hype each year, but honestly, most people don’t need all of those top notch features. A basic phone with data access and access to apps and a decent camera is going to be good enough for most people, so why spend more?

  278. This is a great article. It’s also fantastic to find all of these fairly new phones that are just as good as the fancy expensive ones. At least they are for what I use one for. People are lost in the fact that they think they need all of those bells and whistles and probably don’t even use most of that extra stuff. 

  279. Hi Chris, I am so glad I got to look at your post. My son’s phone was recently damaged by the floods and I am not intending to spend a lot to replace it. He does play games on his device and have complained of lag before. In your opinion how many RAM would be sufficient for gaming? Is 2gb or 3gb enough? The other question I have is on support. I noticed the Xiaomi brand seems like really good value for money… but as far as I know they are not located in Australia. Do you have any experience around buying parallel imports and the support. Do you know if Amazon sellers (or Amazon themselves) would entertain support issues if for some reason the phone breaks down? Thanks again!

    1. Hey Steve, it depends on the game. The game description in the Google Playstore will show the RAM requirements of the game. In order to play games like PUBG and Call of Duty, you will need at least 3 GB of RAM in order to play at medium settings with a HIGH frame rate. So I suggest that you get a phone with at least 3GB RAM. Unfortunately, the Warranty for these devices depends on the seller on Amazon. If they don’t have local customer support or service center in Australia, I suggest that you skip this brand for now.

  280. Hello Chris,

    First of all I would like to say thank you. I found this article to be very informative and straight to the point.

    I had been looking for a phone with better internal memory so I download more study guides apps on my phone. While reading this article, I have come across the Xiaomi Redmi 7 32Gb+3GB RAM 6.26″ HD+ LTE Factory Unlocked GMS Smartphone (Global Version, No Warranty). This phone has twice the amount of internal memory than I have on my current phone. 

    This article has really allowed me to see what affordable phones are really out there that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

    Thank you again for allowing me to comment on your article.

    Blessings To You My Friend,

    Jerry

  281. I’ll keep this post for reference when I need a new phone. My only issue is that I’ve been using an Apple iPhone for many years now and I always find it so hard to move over to a new phone because I’m so used to how things are with an Apple.
    I hate the price of Apples though. Way too expensive.

  282. Chris,  

    I’m not much of a phone techie, so you have to help me understanding what unlocked phones actually means. Why would you buy a phone without a service plan? How do you use an unlocked phone without a plan?  I have never experienced this before.

    All the best to you,

    Barbara

    Founder: Living On Lean Means

    1. Hey Barbara, an Unlocked phone means you can use it with any network carrier (e.g. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc.) as long as the range of bands of your network carrier is compatible with the range of bands of the unlocked phone. These bands are cellular frequencies.

      For example, the Xiaomi Redmi Phone has the following 4G bands for the global version: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300). In order for you to know if your preferred network carrier will work on this phone, you have to call their customer service and tell them if they are using these bands. If any of these bands are used by your preferred network carrier, then the phone can use the 4G signal of that network carrier.

      You may buy a phone without a plan so that you are not tied up to ANY network carrier for a certain duration. Because if the network carrier’s service doesn’t satisfy you, you cannot use the phone they released to you with other network carriers. These phones are “locked” phones and the only SIM card that you can use is the SIM card of your network carrier.

      With an unlocked phone, you can easily change to a different carrier network. That’s where the unlocked phones have an advantage.

  283. Firstly, thanks for explaining all the different technical specs, like RAM vs storage! Usually, I see all these numbers and letters listed and don’t really understand them, so that’s very helpful.

    Also, it’s great to get a list of so many options with images and specs for comparison. This is super helpful for anyone looking for a new phone.

    This makes it so much easier to decide, really appreciate the post and all the detailed info, thanks!

  284. Hi Chris,

    Thank you so much for the list of best phones under $150. I appreciate the explanation of technical specifications. I’m used to RAM, CPU, OS, etc. parameters in regards to the computers, but I had no idea what’s considered good/ fair/ bad for the smartphones.

    It sounds like the Xiaomi Redmi 7 offers the best specs for the price, but I’m suspicious of the Chinese quality of goods – sometimes it exceeds expectations, sometimes it’s so low that it’s just waste of money.

    I’d trust Motorola better, but I don’t want a big screen. I like my phone to fit in small pockets.
    Decisions… decisions… Up to $150 fits well my budget. Which one of these 10 would you recommend?

    Thank you,

    ~ Julia

    1. Hey Julia, I think you need a phone with a display size that is around 4.7 to 5.0 inches. Unfortunately, the smallest display size of the phones on the list is 5.5 inches. It will not fit in small pockets. However, these phones have the best specs for a $150 budget. If there is a phone I can recommend, it’s the Alcatel 1S or Motorola G7 Play. Both are trusted brands, the downside for you is that their display size is 5.5 inches and 5.7 inches, respectively.

  285. Hi Chris, thank you so much for this great overview with mobile phones with a budget under $150,00 I am amazed how many brands are in your list I never heard off. Your knowledge provided in the overview is impressive and I learned so much reading your article, thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.

      ,I can be a little scary to choose a new phone where you don’t know the brand name from, therefore it is great there are so many reviews to give you an idea what you can aspect from your purchase. 

    Soon my phone will be due for an update. I normally stick to Samsung and spend around 250 for a new phone. I may consider trying out one of the phones from your list, their scores are pretty good. Do you think the quality will be very similar or is $100,- difference significant in buying a phone? For me, it is important my phone is quick enough and I like to have a good quality camera is as I use this a lot.

    Thanks in advance for your help, Jude

    1. Hey Jude, let’s compare for example the Xiaomi Redmi 7 and the Samsung Galaxy A50. Both were released in March 2019. Xiaomi Redmi 7 is under $150 while Galaxy A50 is around $269 on Amazon right now. When it comes to display quality, there is a significant difference. Galaxy A50 uses SUPER AMOLED display technology which is more vivid than the IPS LCD of Redmi 7. The display is also 150% sharper. The processor is almost the same in terms of processing power but the Samsung Galaxy A50 has 4GB RAM and has 128 GB of internal storage. The camera is also a lot better. The battery capacity is the same. However, the SUPER AMOLED display will consume more battery life so expect the Xiaomi Redmi 7 to last longer. So in summary, you are paying almost $120 more for better display quality, higher RAM, larger internal storage, and better camera quality. I think the difference in specs is significant. However, the question now is with a $250 budget, is there a better deal from other brands compared to Samsung? I think yes, you just have to look for another Xiaomi or Motorola phone for example that is around $250.

  286. HI THERE I HAVE A NOT 10 BUT IT BASICALLY IS A PIECE OF JUNK I HAVE BEEN LOOKING INTO A NEW PHONE AND NOW THAT I HAVE READ MORE ABOUT SOME OF THE PHONES I AM MORE INTERESTED IN THE THE CUT-BOT NOW THAN I WAS BEFORE I LOOKED AT IT I DON’T KNOW ANYONE THAT HAS ONE TO ASK HOW THEY LIKE IT OR ANYTHING SO I JUST KEPT READING AS MUCH MATERIAL I COULD ON THE PHONE AS I COULD FIND OUT AS MUCH INFORMATION I COULD. GREAT EXPLANATIONS ON THE PHONE. THANK YOU. WONDERFUL SITE I ENJOYED READING THE INFO YOU HAVE GIVEN.

  287. This is an awesome top 10 list! Nowadays everyone thinks if it’s cheap, it’s no good but the list you’ve put together here proves that that’s not true. 

    I like how detailed you are too. You’ve got everything anyone would need to choose the phone that’s best for them. From a picture of the actual product, specs, and a thorough description. I can tell you’ve really done your research!

    Everything is organized and easy to follow which is also great. I’ve seen some sites where everything was crammed together and it almost looked jumbled but you’ve hit it out of the park! 

    I had no idea some of the bigger names like Motorola and Huawei had phones at such a great price! Thanks for putting this list together, it’s been very helpful as I’m sure it will be to many other people.

  288. Thank you for this awesome compilation. I had never heard of the Xiaomi brand until your post. I’m quite surprised that it already has about 200 reviews. It appears to be popular perhaps something I should try out. Again, thanks to your article I’ve got the lowdown on the specs too.

  289. I have been a big fan of the Motorola Moto G series for a long time now and I have so far had the Moto G2, Moto G4 and I am currently using a Moto G6 which I have had for 2 years now and am just considering which phone to upgrade to next.

    I see you have the Moto G7 play listed in your top 10. When I looked I also noticed some other variants of the G7 called Plus and Power. Do you think there is much difference between each of them or is it just that you think the G7 play has the best combination of features in the range?

    Thanks

    Dave

    1. Hey David, Motorola Moto G7 Power is around $180 on Amazon and the G7 Plus is around $200. Along with Moto G7 Play, these three phones were released in the first quarter of 2019. Only the G7 Play made it on the list because it is priced under $150.

      Moto G7 Plus
      The G7 Plus has a 405 PPI which is very high compared to the other two. It also has a slightly faster processor and a 4GB RAM. The camera quality of G7 plus is better compared to the other two. It also has stereo speakers, unlike the other two. It has the same battery capacity as the G7 Play but can charge faster at 27W.

      Moto G7 Power
      The Moto G7 Power also has a 4GB RAM version aside from a 3GB RAM version which is bigger than the G7 Play’s RAM. But it has the same processor as the G7 Play. It is also capable of 15W fast charging while the G7 Play can charge at 10W. It has a bigger battery capacity which is at 5,000 mAh.

  290. This is a nice collection of affordable smartphones. I do not recognize othwr brands but their specs are promising. I like Xiaomi and Motorola since these brands are known for their good quality. Huawei is also good but when it comes to this price level, Huawei does not perform well. Xiaomi on the other hand are for this price range. 

  291. Wow, that’s a dedicated list of cool smartphones. Top 3 companies listed are available in my country. But the brands such as Oulitel and cubot, are not available. 

    If I order them online do they ship them to my country? May be I should also check it out with Amazon if they are shipping in the affordable cost! 

    Mobile phones in this price range are very much saught after by everyone, as they are now treated as basic phones, I want to have it for my parents who just learned using Facebook in mobile🙂 it will be useful for them. 

    Thanks a lot for sharing this useful review of these phones. 

    1. Hey Akshay, if you click on the link, you will be taken to the next page where it will automatically determine if it can ship to your country or not. It actually depends on the Amazon supplier. However, if you can find your chosen phone in a local store or an online store in your country, I suggest that you purchase it there to avoid a higher shipping cost.

  292. To be honest, I am not familiar with all phone details. I have always used Samsung; It is a brand that I know does the job, and I am satisfied.

    But is impressive the details of the information you provide, especially that in a phone store offers a minimum of information.

    If you are not knowledgeable about the details, you may not buy anything good.

    Thanks for this informative article, which I am sure will be useful to many people. Great job!

  293. This page is an excellent reference to keep for the future when I need to buy a new phone.  

    There are so many things to consider.  I really want a good camera as I use my phone for my business.  Which one of these phones would you buy?  As you have done all the research I’d love to know if there is a stand out phone for you?

    Also I am stuck with an Apple iPhone at the moment.  I own it but I know it will need replacing soon. Is there one of these phones that is similar to an Apple?

    1. Hey Lou lou Skin, the phones on the list has a decent camera, but don’t expect excellent photo quality. When it comes to the camera, you usually get what you paid for. I recommend the Motorola Moto G7 Play because it has a larger aperture size. The larger the aperture size, the more light comes in when capturing images so the photo quality is brighter and has better depth.

      The one that stands out for me is Xiaomi Redmi 7 because it has excellent overall specs for a phone under $150. The brand is also becoming popular and the quality of their phones is really good. There are thousands of good customer reviews on this phone on Amazon.

      It depends on the iPhone that you are using. If you have a new iPhone, it is a lot better than any of these phones. If you have an iPhone 6S for example, the Xiaomi Redmi can be better in several areas like longer battery life, more sturdy display glass, and expandable storage capacity. It can closely compete with older iPhones in terms of processing speed and display quality.

  294. Informative comparison! Personally I’ve been doing a lot of research on the Huawei Honor 8A. I’ve also been thinking about the Blu Studio Mini. They both have a lot of positive reviews, but I must admit that I haven’t even thought about the Xiaomi Redmi 7. China really is coming out with some great products lately. We can no longer call Chinese phones pieces of crap! It’s amazing (: 

    Anyway thanks for the comparison and contrast article! Definitely helping me narrow down my choices. 

    ~Koda

  295. This is a pretty in depth article. I love the look of the Xiaomi Redmi 7 and the Motorola Moto G7 Play. Personally which one would you recommend over the two? Battery life is important and so is durability. Personally I do love the larger display of the Xiaomi Redmi 7 which would be the one I’m leaning towards the most.

    1. Hey Dmitri, I would recommend the Xiaomi Redmi 7 because you prefer a larger display size. Also, it has a higher RAM and it has a higher average customer rating on Amazon. It has another product page aside from my link that has over 1,300 reviews so you can read more about the customer experiences.

  296. The website by Chris, the article of the top 10 phone review that are least expensive which is under $150. is well review. 

    Its contents are the understanding of what his site is about, and layout is easy to navigate through. The products are we well review, 

    I do have an android phone, simple but handy for the usage I was using it for, to receive calls and make calls, and check emails; with this review, I have learned much more about a phone that I had engaged myself in knowing. 

    My interest in any of these phones would be Oukitel Y1000 Rugged, its operating system is excellent, it is waterproof, good battery capacity and storage are good for my purpose, of course the camera feature. 

    Great detailing these phones, references, pricing, CPU good quality.   

    The complete layout and template of this website is excellent. I enjoyed reading and reviewing this site.

  297. Yeah! this is just what i was looking for and its easier for me to make a decision now because i can easily see all the reviews. I have been looking for a phone under $150 for my son, so glad i came across a wide varieties of recent 2020 phones on a budget here. As you have the best phones under $150 here, do you have a list of phones within $150 to $300 ? just incase we decide to raise the budget.

    1. Hey Creators Hub, as of the date of writing this comment, I don’t have an updated list for phones under $300. I have an existing article about it, but I still need to update that one. I’m sorry. 🙂

  298. Hi Chris! Thank you very much for this article. You have brought joy and opened the eyes of many people who have a dilemma – which phone should you choose to make it as functional and affordable as possible?
    It is known that nowadays we all use telephones but it is difficult to know all the brands.
     Your review of brands, parameters, and prices is very simple and transparent for every potential phone user. Honestly, I did not know about such prices and they are great for everyone.
    I have been using the Samsung brand for a long time and it is enough for me.
    Fantastic, professional and very helpful site.
    Thank you!

  299. Good list of phones for under $150, but I think the Alcatel is the best. I have personal experience with the 1S and I was actually surprised at the quality of the camera. I was expecting it to be grainy and low quality, but the pics came out in hi-res. Out of all the phones on the list, I recommend the 1S.

  300. Hi, This article is helpful not only for the fact that we can find here the best phone that fits with our budget, but also the detailed explanation of the features for each of them is significant in choosing the right one. Three months ago, I was looking for a new phone, and I wish to have read before this article and to have the right information before buying it. Fortunately, my choice is on your list. I bought the first one,  Xiaomi Redmi 7. I’m happy with it, and I recommended it to anyone. 

  301. That is a really comprehensive list you have there. I have been thinking of getting a budget phone for a while now but haven’t able to decide on the the model and the brand. Your list gives me a very good idea what should I look for. 
    After reading your recommendation, seems like Xiaomi is currently at the top of my list considering it’s speed and the dual camera. 
    Thanks for compiling this informative list here!

  302. What an educational post on economical cell phones!  The only downside to a cheaper phone that I see when reading through your specs is CPU performance.  I found it interesting that a cheaper phone can have comparable RAM size to a more expensive phone.  I am an iphone user so I am not familiar with the Android operating system, but I have many friends who love their Android over the iPhone. After reviewing your list I am most drawn to the Motorola Moto G7 play  I agree with your comment that the specs of this phone feel like you are getting more than what you pay for.

  303. Getting a smartphone is a tough decision to make if you are not familiar with specs or important features of the brand you want. The research and review from the post phones on $150 is thoroughly tabled and compared. Each smartphone features is layed out clearly with Display, RAM,CPU, Camera, OS,  Storage, Battery and Price to compare. I am so much interested  how the size of Display, the CPU and Battery determines the  performance of the phone. Xiaomi although it’s a unlocked phone it performs well on part with other expensive smart brands that cost $800 at $142!!!. Cheap phones with good capacity performance in Display, Camera, CPU, RAM and Storage such Xiaomi Read M7, Motorola, Huawei, BLU VIVO X5 and others are within the $150 budgets. I am very excited about this information as many of my peers and community are mainly uninformed about these specs but only focus on brand and price of the device. This post is really a godsend. 

    Thank you 

  304. Man this is absolutely incredible work. Fully detailed with comparisons. I salute your work. That is some hardwork right here. Incredible. Good job! I love your website and I love your design. I wonder how long it took you to write all of this. And also, your site is beautiful and your content is thorugh

  305. I have a main phone but I’ve been considering getting another one (that is cheap) because my phone always runs out of battery and I’d like to have a backup phone in case of emergencies. I’ve had one of the BLU Vivo phones before and I used it for almost 2 years. For under $200, I was surprised how well it worked. I’m a big fan of OUKITEL Y1000 Rugged from the list though, I really like that its waterproof and for only $119.99, what a great deal! I really like big phones and this one is the perfect size for me. As long as it can allow me to send messages, I don’t care that it’s not the best in graphics. I like the fact that it’s great for outdoors because I like to hike and I use my phone to take pictures so much that it runs out of battery, the fact that it has large battery capacity makes it the perfect phone for me. Is the storage expandable? Thanks a lot for sharing this with us. 

    1. Hey faithmz, it’s very nice to hear that you are having a lot of fun doing outdoor activities. The 32 GB internal storage of OUKITEL 1000 can be expanded with a microSD card (up to 128 GB).

  306. Your article is very informative. I don’t want to spend too much time making the decision of buying a phone so I’m referring to your article. I want to ask you: which is the best option from those mentioned in your opinion? I am currently using an iPhone, so which one is the most similar to an iPhone. Do they have the option of locking the phone with a code or your fingerprints? Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi dreamgirl 93, if you have the latest iPhone, it is way better than the phones on the list. If you have an older iPhone model like the iPhone 6S, the Xiaomi Redmi 7 can excel in some areas like better battery life, more sturdy glass display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, expandable storage, dual-sim card functionality, and ease of file transfer. It is similar to most iPhones when it comes to the display technology (IPS LCD) which means it has the same level of color vividness. The processing power of the Xiaomi Redmi 7 can also closely compete with older iPhones. The advantage of older iPhones is on the camera quality and their displays (326 PPI) are sharper than Xiaomi Redmi 7 (269 PPI).

      Yes, the Xiaomi Redmi 7 and Motorola Moto G7 Play can use a security code and both have a fingerprint sensor for security.

  307. I LOOKED AT YOUR SITE YESTERDAY AND WAS AMAZED WITH PHONES SO I CAME BACK TODAY TO LOOK AT THE PHONES SOME MORE AND GET SOME INFO CAUSE I’M GETTING READY TO  PURCHASE A PHONE AND I WAS TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT I CAN SO I WOULD LIKE TO SAY AMAZING SITE AND EXCELLENT WITH THE INFO WITH THE BEST PHONE FOR LESS OR 150

  308. Your information on budget phones is great. Your intro to this is not. Had I not scrolled down I would have skipped this site because of the bad grammar in your intro. Because you contributed to me with this great information, I thought I would let you know about that easy to correct problem. Thanks!

  309. Insights into electronic devices, especially mobile phones are always appreciated by people like me, not so Tech inclined.

    I find your post knowledgeable and helpful, the go to website when we need to get informed before purchasing our beloved mobile phones!

    And you are right, we shall always ensure the phone’s network band is set for the area we leave in.

    Thank you for shearing the knowledge.

  310. $150 acquiring a phone will be so good but I really do want to know best phones at this actual price because phones might be fixed on such price but its not all phones that have a great quality and that’s bad as well when you dont have idea towards having such phones with huge amount 

  311. I am looking for a cell phone for my 12 year old daughter. I don’t want to spend a ton of money on one. I see you have some phones listed for under $150. What would you recommend for a 12 year old? Are some more rugged than others. I would prefer one that is fairly durable with a long lasting battery. Do you recommend a certain case for protection? 

    1. Hey Adam, I recommend the Xiaomi Redmi 7 or Motorola Moto G7 Play. I think at your daughter’s age, she most likely enjoys spending time on the internet through Facebook, Twitter, other social media, browsing, reading, and playing online games with friends. In order to have a fast internet connection outside your home, the phone must have a 4G/LTE connection. The battery life, processing speed, and display quality of the two phones above are very decent. Xiaomi Redmi 7 has a huge screen. If your daughter likes to watch Netflix or Youtube, it’s perfect. I don’t suggest the rugged phone here on the list because it’s only 3G capable and it’s only for those who spend less time on their phones. For Xiaomi Redmi 7, it already comes with a silicon back case and that would suffice. For the Motorola Moto G7 Play, you still need to get one.

  312. Hi Chris

    Really informative and useful content. I appreciate that. 

    Do we have options for iPhone? Because I so get used to using iPhone. So do we have any options for iphone?

    And by the way, if I want to buy a phone with the best camera solution for my wife, which one do you think is the best?

    Regardings

    Yalqun

    1. Hi Yalqun, you can get a refurbished iPhone SE at just around $100 on Amazon. A refurbished iPhone 7 is also just around $145. I did not include refurbished phones on my top 10 list because there is a higher risk for refurbished phones to have issues. It may not last longer than what you expected.

      Refurbished phones are pre-owned phones that were fixed by Amazon-qualifies suppliers (not Apple certified). They replaced the defective parts. These phones will look like new when held 12 inches away, has a battery with at least 80% capacity relative to new, and will be delivered to you in a brown or white box with generic accessories. It usually does not include a headphone.

      However, Amazon provides a 90-day guarantee for refurbished phones.

      If you opt to choose a phone from the list, the Motorola Moto G7 Play has a decent camera. However, when it comes to camera quality, you usually get what you paid for so don’t expect too much from these phones.

  313. This was definitely a site I could appreciate. As a fellow entrepreneur here, we are always looking for the most bang for our bucks. The information you shared about these “budget phones” is more than they seem to tell you in the actual phone store! -Especially if you purchase one from Wal-Mart. I was looking for some LG phones on the list. Thats what I have currently and was looking for info on that. No matter which store or service I’m using, LG usually offers a good smartphone at a very reasonable price, but it is hard to find good reviews on them. I’m impressed that someone actually took the time to step away from the $1000 smartphone race and cater to us normal people. Thanks

  314. I have to have an iPhone for my job (they give me a phone allowance so I’m cool with that) but it’s nice to know there are cheaper options out there for nice phones with decent RAM and a decent camera. Very informative article – I had never heard of most of these!

  315. Hi Chris

    Thank you for this very informative article. It would have been nice if it was written when my phone died last November, and I was doing some research to find the best Unlocked phone for under $200.00. I ended up buying the LG V35 ThinQ for less than $300.00 because the reviews were good.

    My daughter was also thinking of buying a new phone, and she started the research on the “Xiaomi Redmi.” However, when my phone died, she was still unsure if it was a good phone, so I did not buy it. It is nice to see it at the top of your list. I love phones that uses SIM cards because the opportunity to have extra space is always good.

    My daughter eventually bought a “Xiaomi Redmi.”last month, and when I saw it, I wished I had taken the chance and bought it. It is much bigger than the one I bought, and it looks just like my Note 4 that died. I love it. My husband is now thinking of buying a new phone, so I will be sharing your review with him

    Thank you for taking the time to provide such extensive information on each phone. Well done on providing such a valuable review.

  316. I didn’t realize there were so many options of types of phones you can get for so cheap (relatively speaking, compared to newer iPhons and whatnot). Also, I had no idea how much of an important factor RAM was to the usability of the phone. Do you have personal experience with using any of these phones? They look comparable to iPhones in some ways but I’m not sure how they “feel” when you’re actually using them. Thanks for the info!  

    1. Hey Emily, I was able to experience almost all model units of the phones on the list. What iPhone model are you currently using? The phones on the list are not as good as the latest iPhones when it comes to speed and camera quality. Those are some of the factors on why the iPhone is expensive. Compared to older iPhone models like iPhone 6s, these phones can excel in many areas like battery life, expandable storage, and easy transfer of data/files from phone to laptop and vice versa. These phones can also match the older iPhones in areas like display quality, processing speed, smooth user interface, and secured OS. However, when it comes to camera and video recording quality, even older iPhones are still better.

  317. Quite a comprehensive article. However, I was a little lost on the basis of ranking whether it is by specs, pricing or reviews. Or maybe the Top 10 was not ranked as it is numbered. Either way, it would have been good to see the weight of each pros and cons so as to effectively provide a summary and comparison of each presented model. Besides, not all users have same decision factors to begin with. 

    1. Hey emDS, you are right, not all users have the same decision factors. For the basis of my ranking, it is a combination of the specs, my own user experience, brand reputation, number of reviews, and average customer rating on Amazon. I put a higher weight on the customer reviews because those actually determine what to expect from these phones. Customers usually have experiences on whether the phone is functioning as expected. Because there could be instances when the specs are good but the phone has software bugs or has good battery capacity but the battery is malfunctioning.

  318. The Motorola G7 Play is actually a good compact smartphone. Quite impressive video quality and stabilization. Only Motorola can make a 2GB memory phone run this quick and smooth. It is as good as a $800 phone, consider this if you don’t want to spend too much on a handphone while still using a great smartphone. 

  319. I want to thank you for the helpful post. Now I know what phone to buy at a reasonable price. My choice is Xiaomi Redmi 7. I like its battery capacity, extended storage to a whopping 512 GB and Dual SIM slots. It competes with high-end phones while it is not there yet. These will help many people that are on the market to find reasonable cellphones, however not too bad and too slow. Thanks for the great post again; keep on giving us the budget-friendly stuff. 

  320. People are always looking for great deals on phones and this review is a great resource. These are great alternatives for people who need a phone but have a limited budget. These are also great options for parents who are looking to get phones for their pre-teens or teenagers without spending on the more popular but more expensive phones. If someone is looking for a starter phone for their older parents or grandparents, these will work just as well. Personally, I have tried the BLU brands and I was actually surprised at the capabilities it. Once again, great, great review!

  321. I didn’t realize how many phone options there were for under $150! I always assume it’s going to cost me 800 or more. This is exciting to see the smart phone doesn’t have to break the bank. My biggest concern with an inexpensive phone is losing a good camera and storage capabilities, so I am pleasantly surprised to see some of the specs on these. I need some decent camera specs for replacement so it looks like the cubot would be the best one for my needs. I’m not very technical though, am I interpreting that correctly? Thank you!

    1. Hey Holly, the number of Megapixels is not the only factor that affects camera quality. There are more factors, but the more important factor is the aperture size. Motorola Moto G7 Play and CUBOT X19 have an aperture size of f/2.0. CUBOT X19 has a dual-camera and higher megapixels. So based on the specs, CUBOT X19 has a better camera. However, I also consider brand trust when choosing because sometimes, phones doesn’t function as they are supposed to be. So I will still choose Motorola Moto G7 Play. Another way to decide is to get read other opinions of customers who bought CUBOT X19. You can click on my links to read the reviews.

  322. Thank you for a detailed review of a variety of phones under $150. I am not able to visualise and compare the different features. I am not sure which one to choose. I prefer a large display phone, having good picture quality and reliable touch quality. Which phone would you recommend.

  323. Wow, I had no Idea there were so many phones for under $150. “Best Phones Under $150 Dollars – 2020 Top 10 List – Unlocked” is a very informative, detailed descriptive review.

    Are there any iphones for around the $500 marker? I’m actually an avid LG K user myself. But, I would love to switch to an iphone for better one-on-one security from Apple.

    However, there are some awesome phones in this review to choose from. A few of them I’ve never heard of. But the spec layout is definitely recommendable for anyone of these phones. But, since I am changing from an Android to an iphone I wouldn’t buy any of these. But, I would recommend all these products to someone that’s in the market for one.

    My biggest feature would be the RAM me being an Internet Affiliate Marketer & all. NTM, the storage space would have to be over 64GB. I forget which one that is and given how long your comment list is I just don’t have the energy to scroll back up to see which one that is. Perhaps you can recommend an iphone for around $500. That would be great.

    Thank you for writing such a great review! Excellent work!

    To Your Success,

    $haun

  324. Hi,

    I just recently bought a new phone, Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T. Xiaomi Redmi 7, which is on your list, was also an option I considered.

    The camera on Xiaomi Redmi 7 seems pretty good to me, especially the bokeh effect. 

    Out of your list, I would definitely choose Xiaomi Redmi 7. It has great quality for the price. 

    The only downside in my opinion is the micro USB cable. That’s because micro USB is a little old-fashioned these days; most new phones already have the USB C-type cable. My old phone had the micro USB, which I didn’t like.

    What do you think about the micro USB cable? Do you think it’s OK, or is the type of the cable not a big issue in your opinion? 

    By the way, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T also came with the transparent back cover. It was a nice bonus, I like how it feels like, and now the phone doesn’t slip as easily.

    1. I think the micro USB cable is starting to be less available today and it’s going to be inconvenient in the future. Right now, if you forgot your micro USB cable at home, it’s hard to find someone else who you can borrow from. We are currently in transition, but as of now, it’s the only thing that I don’t like about it.

  325. Hi there. Great article. This is actually perfect time for me as I am just looking at upgrading to a new phone and was trying to find some cheap options. I didn’t even know that there were so many available but I love your list and will definitely take a closer look soon. Thanks!

  326. What a great post! I’ve been wanting a new cheap phone for a while now but didn’t know where to start or what to look for. Can I just ask, is your list ordered from your top choice to your tenth? Or do you think they’re all equally good?
    I really like the CUBOT X19, but I wonder what you mean by unpopular brand? Do you mean unknown or something else?

    1. Hey Miss Momo, the list is from my top choice to my 10th choice. CUBOT is not a very popular brand because most people are now aware of this brand.

  327. I never knew phones could be under $150 and still be as qualitative as ever. I have reasons.

    I recently went out with a friend to buy a phone that was priced at about $166. The phone details confirmed that it had 2GB of RAM and 16GB of hard disk capacity. But when he began to use the phone, he found out the only available RAM was 1.2GB and the hard disk read at 14GB. It was really a disappointment and a waste of money. He has since been looking for a trustworthy place to purchase another. I think i will share this post with him. I think the Huawei Honor 8A will appeal to him.

    Thanks for the information. It feels good to know that there are still phones that can give what is promised.

  328. Excellent review of the best phones under $150!
    Before reading your review, I didn’t even know phones still existed under $150.
    I can remember when providers used to give you a phone when you signed up for their service and I’ve seen that’s making a comeback recently.
    Would you recommend the Xiaomi Redmi 7, based on your usage of this model?
    Thanks for the great review!

  329. Greetings and thank you for the wealth of information. Very beneficial for me because I am older and tired of trying to keep up with high end over priced fabulous phones.  I am kind of in a jam with my phone because my children keeps up with the iPhone fad!  I’m thinking about getting my own plan now outside of the iPhone fad and you kind of put everything in perspective for me. I have a new service company not too many people know about and their prices are very good although they use sprint towers. So I won’t know how well the service is until I get a good unlocked phone!  Thanks again I have my eyes on one of the phones on your list and will bookmark your website for future reference and also if I decide to purchase!  I will also spread your review efforts to others who may be interested!! 

  330. Hi,

    Wow. That is an awesome list breakdown with specs and all.  Of course, this list will need to be updated yearly as so many phone manufacturers are coming out with new models that don’t really differ that much.  It’s a total waste of resources to have so many models being released as fast as they are.  Now with 5G tech, there will be more low-cost offerings as companies just want a piece of the market and realize the general public aren’t upgrading their phones like in past years because of a feature or two. I’d bet that most people don’t utilize every feature of their phones and will choose to keep them because they know how to work it for the most part and they are comfortable with it.  The main part that needs replacing is the batteries, so most budget-minded people will get aftermarket batteries to keep the same phone for another few years.

  331. I have very little experience with these phones and I have always stayed clear of anything that wasn’t in the samsung S class. However I need an additional project phone that can keep up with my business needs such as emails and document editing. What is the average life span of a phone in this category and does it make sense to go this route or should I just bite the bullet and get a higher end one?

    1. Hey Ronald, I don’t think you need to spend on another expensive phone. I think what you need is a backup phone that is not expensive if you are just going to need it for e-mails and document editing. You will need one with a bigger screen, a fast processor, 4G/LTE capable, and long battery life. Like most expensive phones, the average life span of the phones under $150 is three (3) years. That’s how durable these phones are today.

  332. I actually own xiaomy redmi 6 and I’m looking for a replacement. I will probably go for the redmi 7 now because I was extremely happy with my current one. The Chinese brand has got one thing right. The price for quality is there. The most appealing part of it all is that I get such a high end phone for as low as $150. Incredible, this is an underrated brand and more people should take advantage of that before the prices go up. I love the fact that this phone has two sim cards, It’s going to be very useful to me. Thanks for this review, it’s an eye-opener.

  333. It’s Good to see Xiaomi on top. I have Xiaomi note 4 which is still doing good work it was I guess 3 years old. I can still play many high-end games on low settings without lag. Xiaomi 7 is a good phone but 8 is already launched so I think 8 should be on top. And if anyone looking for a budget phone go for Xiaomi.

  334. All the phones on your list have very good specifications from RAM, Storage capacity, camera in megapixels, display, and battery.

    Of all the specifics mentioned, I would put more on the battery consideration and I would like the removable one. Even a phone has a battery with a long life but if it’s fixated as if you are throwing the whole unit when the battery is dead.

    So the Blue Studio Mega 2019 fits for me if ever I would decide to have one.

  335. Hello Chris

    I found this website very informative to read. This is a great idea to do a website to help inform people such as myself about phones under $150. Phones are so expensive these days and I was under the impression that we need expensive phones to have a good one. Thanks for writing this review I will be bookmarking this website so I can keep reading more as you update! keep up the good work!

  336. Wow, this was a very helpful post as I m in the market for a new cell phone! I currently have the Motorola Moto G7 Play and even though I truly love it Motorola has lost me as a customer as their customer service is severely lacking. However, I do see that there is one phone on your list above it. 

    The Xiaomi Redmi 7 sounds really interesting. I have heard some people on Facebook talking about it and have been wondering bout it myself. I see that the star ranking is nice and it has a lot of really good reviews. I will be mainly using it as a supplement source to run my online business while I am out and about. 

    Would you recommend the Xiaomi Redmi 7 for business or do you know what the best phone would be for running an online business?

    Thank you for your awesome post and I look forward to hearing back from you soon 🙂

    1. Hey Terry, I think Xiaomi Redmi 7 is perfect. It is one of the phones with the best specs on the list. I think it fits your online business because it has a huge screen which will help a lot when maintaining your web pages if you are away from your laptop. It is 4G/LTE capable, has the fastest processor on the list, and a long battery life.

  337. Hi. Thank you for posting. You gave very useful information, especially to a stranger like me. I actually stay home most of the time and use my laptop. m a pretty simple phone. But from the ones presented by you I would choose BLU Studio Mega, because I don’t have much budget for the phone. I think that imiva will be enough.

  338. This is so useful thank you so much! Is it bad I haven’t heard of the first one before lol? Oops. Always wanted a Huawei as well simply for the quad camera, but I’ve always been an iPhone lover, it’s so bloody hard to change! Do you know which phone would have the best camera (16 MP i guess?) – I am a photographer and it would be so handy to have a decent camera phone rather than having to take my big heavy camera everywhere!

    1. Hi Kelly, unfortunately, phones with excellent camera specs are more expensive than the phones on the list. These phones on the list have decent camera quality but it’s not their best feature, and I cannot assure it will serve your needs as a photographer. You usually get what you paid for when it comes to camera quality. However, there are some “lite” versions of premium phones. These Lite versions are cheaper because they focus only on a certain premium feature as their selling point like a premium camera while having other modest features.

  339. Next time I buy a new phone, I’m getting an android. They are just more flexible and better value for money. After saying that though, I think I would have to spend more than $150 because I like a really good camera on my phone, not just ‘decent’, because I take a lot of landscape, nature photos. I don’t mind spending more on a smart phone, rather than buying a phone for less than 150 then having to spend a fortune on an actual digital camera. 

  340. Thanks for this detailed breakdown of cheaper phones, especially giving the tech aspects. I need a new phone but I’m a mom on a budget with two preschoolers who pick up (and drop) my phone and I’ve been putting off getting one because
    1. I figure why get a new phone when my kids will destroy it
    2. I had no idea what I really needed.
    After finally being able to figure out what I need from a phone with your guide, it sounds like number 8 on the list, the Oukitel “Rugged” is the best model for me, with its waterproof feature and ability to withstand drops.
    Thanks for helping me out.

  341. I personally like the Huawei Honor 8A. My daughter, who works in phone sales, has a phone from this company. Although there was that little bit of situation back a few months, I think the brand is turning around quite nicely. Thanks for the review, I will look into this further and get back about my findings. 

  342. I am definitely someone who doesn’t like to pay top dollar for a phone plus the outrageous contract fees. So I think this could be a good place to go for a unlocked phone. Would there be any warranty on these? Am i to assume they are used because they are out dated considering they are last years models?

    1. Hey Tommy, for the links I have provided, the warranty depends on the Amazon seller. You can find the warranty information on the product page. If they provide no warranty, then I suggest you try to search for another similar product page or to get them at a local store that can provide you with a warranty.
      No, they are New. The description of whether a product is New or Used can also be found in the product information page on Amazon.

  343. Hi Chris! Wow, I had no idea there were so many great phones in this price range. I have just always gone for a “locked” phone with a contract and then the options are very limited, although they are always more expensive.

    Thank you for doing all the legwork in this article. I think having less options is sometimes easier because there is less you have to compare, including the contract. But with this article all the information is already gathered and presented!

    This has really opened my horizons on lesser known phone brands, which I have always been careful of.

    Thanks again for a interesting and informative post!

  344. Hmmm I guess Apple doesn’t fit in the under $150 budget 🙁 Just joking, but I will need to buy a new phone soon. I lost my Apple (I think I put it on my car roof and drove down the road 🙁 )So then I took over my husband’s old Apple. It still works ok, although the battery only lasts a full day on low battery mode. i just don’t know if I could bear to have another sort of phone. I have an Macbook Air ( which will also need replacing soon) and the two are like an inseparable pair. I do use a Huawei for work and it’s OK, but it’s not an Apple. Sometimes it randomly decides not to send text messages, what could be going on with that? Do you think it’s a phone thing or a service problem? The problem isn’t with the recipient’s phone because they get messages from other people. It has happened before too. I think it’s great that you have reviewed phones in this price bracket for people who don’t want a more expensive phone. I just don’t think I can be one of them because I’m an Apple person 🙁

    1. Hey Deb, only refurbished iPhone 7 and earlier models can fit under a $150 budget right now. But it’s risky. I’m sorry about your iPhone. I lost three phones so far, but not as expensive as an iPhone. If your problem with your Huawei happens several times from several locations, it is most likely the phone. Here is a link to a troubleshooting guide from Huawei: https://consumer.huawei.com/en/support/how-to/detail-troubleshooting/en-us00444770/

  345. Hello,

    What a good review on the phones, I did not have to spend time looking up specs, it was all in one place. Question are their other places to get the phones besides Amazon.

    It helps especially if you are on a budget. I will be looking forward to other product suggestions on a budget. 

    Great Job, keep it up.

    Regards Tania

  346. Phones on a budget are a great idea, but most likely for my grandma or grandpa.  Not a techie.  Except for one thing, you can also get phones on a budget from Ebay or Facebook market place.  Yes, it can be a little risky.  You really have to have a warm and fuzzy feeling from the person you are buying from.

    I was just recently jumped downtown and they stole my phone.  Had a newer Galaxy.  When I called T mobile to use my insurance, I found out my deductible was $250.   That was pretty ridiculous.  I ended up finding a person on Facebook that had 2 Google Pixels in the box they were selling for $100.  I bought one and I love it.  The anti-spam and robo call feature is amazing!  Another great way to buy a phone on a budget if you ask me!

  347. Very nice work. With the price of phones today, the topic is relevant. I like how you ranked them with a small description then went into detail further down the page. I think this is a really good idea and I hope you are having success. Your writing style comes across as very personable, easy to understand. The site has a clean professional appearance and is well organized. Not a bunch of pop-ups or ads. This makes it feel more like a trusted resource with some integrity towards the content and not just an attempt to sell something. The active comments section gives a respectful reputation to your site giving a feeling of community. Your replies are very helpful and responsive. More juice for your reputation and integrity.  I guess I should give you at least one recommendation. Maybe a menu with other recent posts at the top. Keep up the great work! All the best

  348. Hello; in a time when inflation is high among the many product items, one has to secure from a meager budget it makes sense to budget for a phone that costs under $ 150.00. I have found out that price does not dictate quality with many products. including Mobile Phones.

     I have used some of the brands that you have displayed. Including Motor Roller, and Blue brands. Of course, I had not used any models listed, however, I had nothing to complain about using them, they are all good. 

    Would you say that the quality of service depends on the product price?

    DorcasW

    1. Hey DorcasW, I don’t think quality ALWAYS depends on the product price. I think many expensive smartphones are overpriced. The brand, for example, affects the prices of phones. There are cheaper phones from other brands with excellent quality that can serve a consumer’s “needs” instead of their “wants”.

  349. Hi Chris,

    This is really useful since the only phones I’ve had a recent years have been iPhones. I’m starting to wonder if what I paid for my iPhone is worth. I could have all three of the Blu phones for a fraction of one iPhone! Love it or hate it, the Apple brand is one we all recognize. I’ve never heard of Blu even though I live in California and you say it’s an American company.

    Also, do you think the Blu Sturdio mini would be a suitable phone for my 16 year old son. He lost his iPhone 6 months ago and as a replacement phone (as well as punishment) we gave him a Tracphone? Obviously he hates it and would prefer borrowing friends’ phones than carrying it with him.

    Thanks for this useful. info.

    1. Hey Lynn, Blu Studio mini is perfect if you are on a tight budget. It has decent and modest specs. However, you have to know first why he keeps borrowing his friend’s phone. Does he play games on it? What games is he playing? Or does he like to watch Netflix or Youtube all the time? You need to know these first because games, for example, have certain minimum system requirements. If he plays high graphic games, the Blu Studio Mini won’t fit. He needs at least 3 GB of RAM. If he watches Netflix or Youtube on his friend’s phone, he may like Xiaomi Redmi 7 that has a bigger screen. Just let me know and I’ll help give suggestions.

  350. I have been on the lookout for a new phone for quite a while now. For some silly reason, I have only been looking at contract phones which I now realise is a mistake. You’ve convinced me that I should get a phone without being tied to a contract, it a lot more economical and that’s my number 1 priority! I’ve heard great things about the Huawei Honor 8A!

  351. Thanks for your amazing research  into all these options for phones under this price point!!! wondering if you had to pick 2 phones under 150 from your list knowing all you now know which ones would you choose? Also in final if you needed to purchase one which had the best options overall which would that be and why? thanks look forward to hearing back!!

    1. Hey Krissie, I would choose Xiaomi Redmi 7 because it is one of the phones with the best specs on the list, it has a trusted brand, and there are thousands of positive customer reviews. I also like the huge display, design, and battery life. What do you like on a smartphone?

  352. I wished I would have seen this review before I purchased my last phone (January of 2019).  

    I really appreciate that you gave such deep insight into all the specs for the phones something that seemed like another language to me in the past.  Now at least I have some idea what RAM, CPU, and OS mean and how they affect the performance of the phone. 

    In the past, I have chosen based on looks alone.  You really gave great insight that will help with future purchases.

    To be honest I have realized that one does not have to spend a whole lot of money to get a great cell phone.  I have never owned an iPhone but have had some of the top line android phones and in time realized I was wasting money and have found that phones under $150.00 work just as well for me.

    Thanks for sharing such helpful information, I will definitely check your site out in the future.

    Ray 

  353. Hi

    Thank you for the great website post. You have covered and highlighted all the attributes of the lower-priced selections of cell phones available. Usually, I am only exposed to the higher-priced Apple or Samsung phones based on their high level of advertising. You did a very good job listing all the specifications for each phone and comparing their value to the price point. You did a good job explaining how each attribute contributed to the operation of the phone and the overall comparison of the phones

  354. This article is exactly what I needed right now as I am in the market for a new phone. With so many choices out there for sale, your top 10 list gave me a simplified way of make the best choice for my needs. After careful review I have selected the Xiaomi Redmi 7 as it is of great value for the price. Thank you for creating this review! I will be sharing it on me other social media accounts.

  355. Chris this was a really, awesome post man!

    I must say that I am SO excited that you put the G7 on the list LOL

    it IS my favorite phone.

    And quite frankly, I like it much better than the iPhone.

    There’s just something about it – It functions much faster, it’s more durable and there are so many apps that I need that iPhone just doesn’t seem to be compatible with.

    This is definitely an eye-opener, because as technology and the world as a whole progresses, we kind of have to progress with it.

    We really don’t have a choice LOL

    And it is essential for people like you and myself who have online businesses and make money from the internet.

    Is it me, or have you noticed that it’s the lower priced phones that function better and the most durable?

    Again, I have had an iPhone 8 and what I paid for it was just not worth it.

    Not to mention that the old ones start glitching as they come out with newer ones.

    Anyways, great post my man!

    Best Regards,

    ~Joshua

    1. Hey Joshua, thank you! I think when it comes to sturdiness, you have to look at the materials used for the phone. I agree that most cheaper phones today are very durable. For example, cheaper Android phones like Xiaomi Redmi 7 now have Corning Gorilla Glass display which can survive a shoulder-heigh drop 80% of the time. It is four times more sturdy than other glass displays. I also experienced having expensive phones in the past, but now, the battery life is very short. Not only that, the cheaper phones right now are much faster compared to it. The technology is changing fast as you said, so if our needs can be satisfied with a cheaper phone, why not save our money and avoid expensive phones.

  356. Your site is very interesting and useful. I’m thinking about buying a new phone and I found all the information I needed on your page. I’d be happy to grant your page with my friends I can not wait your new post, which will gladly share with my friends. 

    I wish you all the best!

  357. I am amazed at the development of these phones. I bought a $150 Samsung three years ago and its storage capacity is only 8GB. I see now that the minimum for these types of phones is 32GB and even goes to 64GB. I agree with you that 32GB should be enough for most people. The battery usually goes for 4-5 days, quicker when I use a lot of internet. What does the range of 2800-300 really mean? I must say that I did not know most of the phones on offer, but Huawei, Motorola and Alcatel I do know. How is it with the data security of the Huawei phone? Are they still out for all of your data?

    1. Hey Jerry, that you for your question. The “2800-3000” range mentioned in the post is the battery capacity and the unit of measure is mAh. I already updated the post thanks to you.

      A senior international defense research analyst at the RAND Corporation said that there is a legitimate threat that confidential information can be accessed by the Chinese state through Huawei phones. As of the writing of this comment, Google still has banned the use of Google apps in newer Huawei phone models.

  358. I’ve been using Huawei for almost a decade, way before it was as popular as it is today. I’m a big fan of low budget “made in China” phones, as long as the quality still remains, and right now the Xiaomi is a really good alternative to the Huawei that has become as expensive as the iPhone and Samsung. Are there any other emerging phone brands worth looking at? Thanks for this post, it’s extremely helpful!

    1. Hey Alfonso Zhu, OnePlus and Realme phones are catching up already with the more popular brands. You may want to check out their latest releases.

  359. Hello Chris, this is really a very well written post and I will come back to it when I have to replace my very old phone. Thank you for this! I like the clearness and display you do with the various models and I think everybody can be grateful to you for this hard work. Well done!

  360. Hi Chris, I think it’s wonderful that your top two were both recommended to my wife recently when she needed a new phone. She went with the Xiaomi and as a non-techie she is very impressed. Her phone is her work lifeline where she needs to connect with midwifery clients. With her old Windows phone, she rarely managed a work day without a recharge. Her Xiaomi can run for two work days – very impressive – and that’s about 16 hours on average. As for the tech data you provided, thank you, I now have a better understanding of phones and they have been something I’ve just taken for granted and it’s not always ended well.

    1. Hey Steve, battery life is one of the most important features of a phone that everyone should consider when getting one. It’s nice to know how the Xiaomi phone is helping her a lot in her midwifery. 🙂

  361. Hi there, Chris!

    I’ve been blogging using my mobile phone for almost a year now and that’s maybe the reason why its battery has been weak already. 

    I’ve actually been canvassing a phone with a huge battery capacity because it’s so annoying charging my phone every now and then especially everytime I go live and edit my newly published article.  

    I think  Xiaomi Redmi 7 fits what I’ve been looking for and it’s worth considering in the near future. 

    I’ll bookmark this review and surely head back soonest!

    Many thanks,

    Julius

    1. He JULIUS, that’s an excellent choice. I know the feeling of having to charge your phone every now and then. It’s frustrating when you can’t use it when you need it.

  362. All I can say is wow! I had no idea that you could buy usable phones on Amazon. I have been stuck in a Verizon world way too long. LOL I am what you would call phone dumb. Typically, I just walk into a verizon store and tell them to give me a phone that works. Sad, I know. After reading your break down I am definitely going to do a bit more research on phones. My big question is, how do you then get them connect to a service plan such as verizon? Again, this is where my phone dumb mentality comes in.

    1. Hey Apersinger, it’s ok to ask any questions here. 🙂 The service plan of network carriers like Verizon are provided to you through the SIM card. If your plan comes with a phone from them, that phone is usually “locked” to their network which means, you cannot use another SIM unless it’s a Verizon SIM card.

      The phones on the list are “unlocked” which means you can use the SIM card of Verizon that is linked to your service plan. But not all “unlocked” phones will work with Verizon SIM cards. The first thing you have to do is to know the network bands of the unlocked phone that you like. Network bands are usually found in the product description (e.g. Amazon product page). For example, the USA version of the Motorola Moto G7 Play has the following 4G network band list:

      LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 14(700), 17(700), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 29(700), 30(2300), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 41(2500), 66(1700/2100), 71(600)

      So before purchasing Motorola Moto G7 Play, you have to call Verizon customer service if they are using any of the 4G bands above. If they said yes, you can use the SIM card of Verizon from your service plan in Motorola Moto G7 Play (USA version).

  363. Dear Chris

    This is an excellent review. It has been a great help to me because I want to buy a new smart phone. The options you have provided  in this article are very nice but I am more pleased with the CUBOT X19 since it has a larger random access memory (4 GB), also it has a larger storage capacity (64 GB). Thank you very much.

    Baraka

    1. You are welcome Baraka. Please also read other customer reviews. CUBOT X19 may have the largest RAM and storage capacity, but you have to take into consideration the overall customer experience of the people who bought it. 🙂

  364. This page is a great resource for phones on a budget as part of the business I run I am always on the lookout for new mobile technology to run the software we use and enable me to keep a track on our drivers. As you can imagine this can be quite costly.

    I really like the list (although there are some that I have never heard of before). With the full product detail with the memory size / cpu and full description of each it has really enabled me to make an informed choice im actually quite taken with the Huawei phones and this does help me zero in on a good choice

  365. Hi there, I really appreciate this useful article on phones under $150, my son and daughter are both students and the amount of phones they go through is unbelievable, they are always dropping them and losing them and it gets a bit tiring when you hear about how they need a new phone, I feel this article will be useful to them and their friends so I have forwarded it to them. thanks for sharing, James

  366. This is a really informative post, I was looking to buy a budget smartphone because I don’t belive in paying for a phone worth over £500 (I reside in the UK). I Have owned a Motorola before and I really liked it, I see they have brought a new model out now which peaked my interest. 

    I have never heard of the Xiaomi Redmi, but from reading the specs it seems like a solid choice. I never really thought about ram and cpu before now, so it’s actually really helpful. I am quite interested in the Xiaomi Redmi because I already have a huwai honor. I am just wondering what you mean by network band?

    Also, just a heads up, the huwai phones are not compatible with the clydsdaleb b banking app, might be helpful information if anyone Banks with them and wants to use online banking. 

    Cheers, 

    Freddy

    1. Hey freddy, that’s a piece of helpful information about the limitation of Huawei on that banking app. Thank you for sharing that.

      Network bands are the frequencies that the phone uses. It should match with the network bands that your chosen carrier is using. If it matches, then you can use the SIM card of that network. If it doesn’t match, you cannot use that network. For example, Xiaomi Redmi 7 has the following LTE bands for the Global version of this phone:

      LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300)

      This band list should be shown in the product description of the phone you are purchasing (e.g. on Amazon product page). If you have a preferred network carrier, you must call them first before buying the phone. You have to inquire whether they are using the above LTE bands. If they are using any of the above network bands for LTE, then you can use their SIM card.

  367. Chris,
    I have been an Apple person since my first computer [Apple Plus in 1978].  I boosted the RAM to 6.4K and only paid a little over $2500.  WOW!  It amazes me when I see the phones today with multiple gigabytes of memory for less than $150.  The ones with the smallest RAM have nearly 1 million times more RAM than my old Apple Plus.  Technology has really changed in the past 40 years.  

    Almost any of the phones would be a good buy for someone with a limited budget and can’t afford to invest in a new iPhone that costs 7 times more. Since I believe in buying American made my choice would have to be the Motorola Moto G7 (manufactured in Texas).  Even though some of the other phones in your review have some other advantages like slightly larger RAM and storage, and SIM card slots I personally have still have to choose the Motorola.
    This was a very best informative and comprehensive review of the reasonably priced phone I have seen.  I really liked you providing us the link to the reviews for each of the phones and the lowest prices.  You must have spent a long time gathering all this data.

    Thanks and Blessings,
    Leo

    1. Hey Leo, being able to get hold of those early Apple products is very impressive. Motorola Moto G7 Play has a 2GB but despite that, it can still closely compete with phones with higher RAM on the list. I’m glad I was able to help.

  368. Thanks so much for your detailed article!

    I llooking for a new phone for my daughter, and you’ve taught me exactly how to compare. Which of the phones you review do you think is the most robust? Teenagers seem to have an uncanny ability to drop phones and we end up with a slab of shattered glass that costs more than the original product to repair! 

    Thanks again. Your feedback will be very helpful. 

    1. Hey Sam, the most robust phone on the list is Oukitel Y1000. It is drop-proof and shockproof. However, the phone has no 4G/LTE capability. It can use 3G network technology though. So if they want to connect to the internet using 3G and watch Youtube or Facebook videos, they may find the connection slower. They can connect to WIFI if they want a faster internet connection. This phone is designed for users who need basic functionalities only.

      If your teenagers are heavy phone users because they often play online games with high graphics and use heavy data, they will not be satisfied with this phone and may not even use it. So I suggest that you choose another phone like Xiaomi Redmi 7 which is also under $150, use the silicon case that comes with the package and purchase a separate tempered glass protector.

  369. You are going with me the next time I phone shop! I bookmarked this page! Thank you, now to the review. Your topic is great because there are a lot of people like me that have no idea about the specs of a phone. Most people are just looking for a good phone, then there are those that just want to keep up with the Jones. You are a Godsend to those that are just looking for a phone they don’t have to take out a loan to buy! Your overall article is amazing.
    My experience with phone buying is the person that goes in and buys the newest phone thinking that since I’m paying more I am getting more, who knew that was wrong? Apparently I didn’t that’s who! I have bought phones that were too expensive for me because I didn’t even know about most of the phones you listed here on this post.
    Your topic is informational and much needed, I hope others will do like I did bookmark it and take it the next time they go buy phones.

    1. Hey Susan, it would be my honor to assist you. 🙂 I used to buy expensive phones too, but after one or two years, those phones have significantly declined in value. So it made me think that maybe I should have saved my money instead or I could have used it for something else. Also, I don’t really see any significant new features that I like that only work on expensive phones. So right now, I’m very satisfied with cheaper phones.

  370. Your topic is great to get more customer to your website and i think most of people want to buy chip and best phone i like the topic this help people to easily find a phone without searching a lot you covered all the thing that any one want to search about cheap phones.

  371. Hello, Great website, vert informative and easy to navigate. I have recently bought an Apple iPhone X.. Great phone, good battery life and fantastic photo quality.  Wish I had found your site before I got this phone. I could have saved myself a lot of money. Your technical discretions are excellent. Keep up the good work. 

    Cheers Robert 

  372. Great information there on your website. I’m terrible at choice so it’s great to have a decent list that is not hard selling with different opportunities available thanks for the info I’ve saved your website to favourites for my next phone. I love the way you have paid attention to your website and making it look in order and straight to the point something I like when buying with good reviews.

  373. I’m thinking of getting the Huawei phone as I don’t want to spend hundreds of pounds on a new device. My friend has got one and he’s been very happy with it, especially with the quality of the pictures. However, his phone broke recently for no apparent reason, after less than 2 years of use. 

    Do you think the longevity of Huawei was produced this way on purpose? Shall I go for another brand if I want this phone to last up to 3 years?

    Thanks for your advice.

    1. Hey Agnieszka Wajs, I don’t think Huawei phones are meant to last only for more than a year because I have used Huawei phones as well. I don’t know what really happened to the phone, but Huawei has customer service centers that can check. I don’t think it’s the brand in this case because Huawei has a huge global market share in terms of sales and they are capable of closely competing with Samsung and Apple. It might have been some other factor that broke the phone.

      The only Huawei phones that I want you to avoid right now are the newer ones. Newer Huawei phones are not allowed to use Google apps due to the ban last year.

  374. wow this review is very helpful. I’m currently looking for the best but cheap smartphone that costs under USD$150 and still has good feature specifications. For me, the most consideration is the battery life and camera.

    I am still considering whether Xiaomi Redmi 7 or Huawei Honor 8A. Which one do you think is the best?

    1. Hel Nilna Iqbal, Xiaomi Redmi 7 would be better in my opinion when it comes to battery life because it has a larger battery capacity.

      However, I would choose Huawei Honor 8A over Xiaomi Redmi 7 when it comes to camera quality because the Huawei Honor 8A has an f/1.8 aperture size while the Xiaomi Redmi 7 only has an f/2.2. The bigger the aperture size, the more light goes in the camera for better photos when taking pictures during nighttime or when you are in a place with poor lighting conditions. It also adds better depth on the images.

      So you have to weigh your priorities when choosing between the two phones.

  375. These are really some great recommendations and since I am planning to buy a phone soon this list will be very useful for me. I am looking for a phone with speed and a high-quality camera also I like phones that are easy to use. This list is very good and it is well under budget.

    I don’t believe in buying an expensive phone just to show off, features and usability are what really matters to me. I already own Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro and I am very satisfied with it, I am been using Redmi series from past 3 years because it fulfills all my requirements and I am pretty sure my next phone is going to be the one you have put on the top of the list or I might probably wait for Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, do you think it will be better or shall I go for this one without waiting anymore?

    1. Hey Hari, if you mean that you are going to wait until Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro’s price becomes under $150 (because it’s around $190 right now), I’m not sure if that’s a good idea. Both Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro and Xiaomi Redmi 7 were released in the first quarter of 2019. I’m expecting the price of this phone to be below $150 after a year and that would mean that this model will be two years old already by that time. In a year, there could be newer phone models under $150 that can have better features than both phones.

  376. Great Review. I’ve never read a review specifically written for a phone with this type of content before. I have to say I learn some stuff from this review such as CPU (Central Processing Unit) and  RAM (Random Access Memory). I have heard those words before and might have known what they mean before. But, this article, if not reminding me it’s giving me some ideas of what those words mean. According to the article, RAM deals with running of applications while CPU deals with the system performance.

    The current phone I’m hoping to buy is Iphone 11 pro. I wish I can get some detailed review like this on it.

  377. Thanks so much, you’ve just made my research a whole lot easier. I have twins who are ready to get their first phones and whilst they want the latest and greatest new iPhone, they won’t be getting those! Gosh even we don’t have the newest iPhones, we’re still on the 8, but have had Apple products for years. Haven’t really known any different. 

    Anyway this is great and it looks like I can save myself several hundreds of dollars.  I figure that their first phones just need to be functional. 

  378. Thank you for your nice article. It is helped me a lot in choosing a suitable phone. I feel phones nowadays should be are more on functionality rather than design or brand. You listed great phones in your article. It just proves that quality is better than the brand. That is nice!