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Best Phones Under $250 Dollars – Top 10 List

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If you are looking for the best phones under $250, you can find those in my Top 10 list below. These phones have higher display resolutions, faster processors, bigger RAM, better camera, and longer battery life compared to the phones below its price category.

What do you look for in a phone? 😃

I personally prefer phones with a larger display and very high pixel density that is fast enough to run my favorite apps. I hope you can also find what you are looking for in the below list.

 

UPDATED: August 5, 2016

 

#1 – Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus (NEW!)


Lenovo Vibe K5 PlusRelease: April 2016
Display: 5.0 inches (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Camera: 13MP (1080p)
Hardware: Snapdragon 616, Quad-core 1.5 GHz + Quad-core 1.2 GHz, 2GB RAM
Battery: 2750 mAh
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Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

 

The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus’ display uses IPS technology with a 441 ppi pixel density.

The form looks elegant stylish and the sides are curved for a comfortable grip. The storage can be expanded up to 32GB through a microSD card slot. It can also record Full HD videos and can take selfies with its 5MP front camera.

Another impressive feature is the speaker with Dolby Atmos audio that can provide a surround sound quality. Other features include LTE capability, Wi-Fi connectivity, removable battery, and FM radio. It comes in silver and gold color variants.

 

#2 – Sony Xperia C4 – (NEW!) – Previously from $300 Category


Xperia C4Release: June 2015
Display: 5.5 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Camera: 13MP (1080p)
Hardware: MediaTek MTK6752, Octa-core 1700 MHz, 2GB RAM
Battery: 2600 mAh
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Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

The Sony Xperia C4 has a simple but beautiful design and it’s only 7.9 mm thin. It has a very sharp display which is at 401 pixels per inch.

It has a very fast chipset and a 2 GB RAM that can provide you with a very good Android experience. It also has a very high-resolution camera that can record Full HD videos.

 

#3 – Lenovo Vibe Shot – (NEW!) – Previously from $300 Category


Lenovo Vibe ShotRelease: June 2015
Display: 5.0 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Camera: 16MP
Hardware: Snapdragon 615, Octa-core 1700 MHz, 3GB RAM
Battery: 3000 mAh
Full Technical Specifications

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

 

The Lenovo Vibe Shot has a very elegant and seamless design. It has a very high pixel density of 441. It also has a very fast processor with a 3 GB RAM for smoother multitasking.

The rear camera resolution is amazingly high including its 8 MP front camera. For a 5-inch smartphone, it has a huge battery capacity so expect a lot of juice from this one.

 

#4 – Sony Xperia Z2 – (NEW!) – Previously from $400 Category


Xperia Z2

Release: March 2014
Display: 5.2 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Camera: 20.7MP (2160p)
Hardware: Snapdragon 801, Quad-core 2300 MHz, 3GB RAM
Battery: 3200 mAh
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Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

 

The Sony Xperia Z2 is an excellent smartphone with a lot of premium features. The display has 424 ppi pixel density and the main body is made of glass. It is also IP58 dustproof and water resistant for 1.5 meters for 30 minutes.

The chipset is a Snapdragon 800 series which is designed premium smartphones so it is one of the fastest around.

It has a super high-resolution camera that can even record 4K videos. The battery capacity is also very huge for a 5.2-inch smartphone so also expect a longer battery life.

 

#5 – Sony Xperia Z3v – (NEW!) – Previously from $300 Category


Xperia Z3vRelease: October 2014
Display: 5.2 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Camera: 20.7 MP (2160p)
Hardware: Snapdragon 801, Quad-core 2500 MHz, 3GB RAM
Battery: 3200 mAh
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Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

 

The Sony Xperia Z3v is a premium smartphone with a Full HD display and 424 ppi pixel density. It uses IPS LCD display technology just like the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, so expect almost the same color saturation.

It also has a Snapdragon 800 series chipset with a 3 GB RAM so expect a very fast and smooth performance. It has a very high camera resolution that can also record 4K videos.

It is also IP68 dust-resistant and water-resistant and it comes with a huge battery capacity.

 

#6 – Samsung Galaxy S5 – (NEW!) – Previously from $300 Category


Galaxy S5Release: April 2014
Display: 5.1 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Camera: 16MP (2160p)
Hardware: Snapdragon 801, Quad-core 2500 MHz, 2GB RAM
Battery: 2800 mAh
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Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

 

This Samsung Galaxy S5 is the flagship smartphone of Samsung in 2014 and now it’s a lot cheaper. It is dust-resistant and water-resistant, a feature that I missed when they released the S6 series.

It has a very sharp display and it has a premium chipset that is super fast. The camera has a very high resolution and can already record 4K videos. The battery life can also last up to 21 hours of talk time in 3G.

 

#7 – LG G3 (32 GB)


Best Phones Under 250 (USD) - Top 10 ListRelease: June 2014
Display: 5.5 inches (1440 x 2560 pixels)
Camera: 13MP (2160p)
Hardware: Snapdragon 801, Quad-core 2500 MHz, 3GB RAM
Battery: 3000 mAh
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Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

 

This phone has many awesome features. It has a very sharp resolution with a pixel density of 538ppi!

It also has a very fast premium processor, 13MP camera, 4K video recording, longer battery life, and can also use a 128GB microSD card.

Even if the phone has a large 5.5 inches display, the screen keyboard can be configured to incline to the right or left side of the screen so that you can conveniently type with one hand.

 

#8 – Sony Xperia M4 Aqua (16 GB)


Best Phones Under 250 (USD) - Top 10 ListRelease: June 2015
Display: 5.0 inches (720 x 1280 pixels)
Camera: 13MP (1080p)
Hardware: Snapdragon 615, Octa-core 1500 MHz, 2GB RAM
Battery: 2400 mAh
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Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

 

This phone is IP68 certified dust-resistant and water-resistant. You can enjoy capturing beautiful pictures while underwater. 😃

This phone also has a very fast processor, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, Full HD video recording, FM radio, and 128GB microSD card slot.

 

#9 – Lenovo Vibe X2 Pro (32 GB)


Best Phones Under 250 (USD) - Top 10 ListRelease: April 2015
Display: 5.3 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Camera: 13MP (1080p)
Hardware: Snapdragon 615, Octa-core 1500 MHz, 2GB RAM
Battery: 2410 mAh
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Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

 

This phone has a high screen resolution and pixel density. You can enjoy better graphics and sharper screen details.

It is fast and can run multiple applications at the same time from Facebook, Chat apps, Google maps, without a problem. You can smoothly run high definition 3D games as well.

Other awesome features are the 13MP rear camera, 13MP front camera, FM radio, and 128GB microSD card slot.

 

#10 – Huawei Honor 4X (8 GB)


Best Phones Under 250 (USD) - Top 10 ListRelease: October 2014
Display: 5.5 inches (720 x 1280 pixels)
Camera: 13MP (1080p)
Hardware: HiSilicon Kirin 620, Octa-core 1200 MHz, 2GB RAM
Battery: 3000 mAh
See Full Technical Specifications

Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

 

This phone has an HD display resolution, but it has a fast processor and longer battery life. You can enjoy more hours of talk time, Facebook, and internet browsing.

Other cool features include a 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, Full HD video recording, FM radio, and 32GB microSD card slot.

 

What do you think of these phones? I would love to hear from you. Please leave your comment in the comments section below. 😃

 

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