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Top 5 Most Affordable Android Smartphones

Smartphones sure do come in handy in today’s society. They accomplish so much, from checking emails, to watching your favorite shows, listening to your favorite artists, getting directions to that popular new restaurant that just opened, and of course making phone calls. Yes it’s true that smartphones can make life a little easier, but with so many options and cell phone deals to choose from, it can be difficult. In fact the average smartphone today costs around $199.99 but can be as expensive as $500.00 off contract. If your looking for an affordable and reliable smartphone without sacrificing quality, then this top five list is for you.

HTC Evo 4G

If your looking for a stylish handset with great features and a big name, then look no further! The HTC Evo 4G comes equipped with an 8MP camera with LED flash and auto focus, 1GHz processor, massive 4.3″ touch-screen display, 1GB ROM, and 512GB RAM. You’ll also enjoy the latest upgrade for Android upon activating your new handset. The Evo 4G will run about $99.99 on a two year contract with Sprint, but don’t hesitate to look for a better deal online, especially if your a new customer!

Motorola Photon 4G

Motorola is known for making rather rugged looking and durable smartphones, and the Photon 4G is no different. Being rugged and durable isn’t all that this handset has going for it though. It comes equipped with a super fast 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor that holds up in power, to almost any high end smartphone on the market today.

Motorola’s Photon 4G will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 4.3″ touch-screen display, HDMI out, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM, 720p HD video capture, 1080p HD video playback, and a handy little kickstand that works great for viewing content. You may be thinking that this smartphone would be too expensive, but it’s actually very affordable coming in at just $99.99 on a two year contract with Sprint. It can even be as cheap as $69.99 if your a new customer.

Motorola Atrix 4G

The Motorola Atrix 4G is one of AT&T’s beastly smartphones that packs a speedy 1Ghz dual core processor, and some of highest ratings available for the price range that it lands in. Not only does the Atrix 4G come with a dual core processor, but it also comes equipped with a 4.0″ qHD display, 5.0MP camera with LED flash and auto focus, 16GB of ROM, 1GB of RAM, 720p HD video capture, HDMI out, DLNA support.

Motorola’s Atrix 4G is unbelievable affordable for the amount of great features and quality you receive. You can find yours ranging anywhere between $24.99 at Amazon Wireless, to $99.99 directly from AT&T, on a two year contract. The Atrix 4G also has unique accessories in it’s arsenal, like the HD Multimedia Dock, and the Laptop Dock.

T-Mobile MyTouch 4G

The MyTouch 4G by HTC is a solid smartphone with great ratings, on the T-Mobile network. The design isn’t the slimmest but it makes up for it with the specs and the super low price tag. T-Mobile’s MyTouch 4G comes equipped with a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, 4G of ROM, 768MB of RAM, 3.8″ touch-screen display, 5MP rear facing camera with LED flash, Android 2.2, upgrade-able to 2.3, 720p HD video capturing. You’ll also receive a front facing camera for video calling, all for as low as $39.99 – $99.99 on a two year contract.

Since the price varies so much, it’s recommended that you search for these deals online before you drop in at a local cell phone dealer.

Samsung Epic 4G

Samsung’s Epic 4G has got to be one of the best choices for those that love to send text messages. This slider smartphone consistently receives high ratings and good reviews, on top of it’s outstanding price tag that ranges from $0.01 up to $100.00 on a two year contract. The Epic 4G comes equipped with Android 2.2, 4.0″ Super AMOLED touch-screen display, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 1GB of ROM, 512MB of RAM, 5MP camera with LED flash, and a slide out QWERTY keyboard. You can find this handset at Sprint.

It’s definitely encouraging to look for better deals as a new customer. You will often times find prices cut in half if your willing to purchase a refurbished smartphone.

Hopefully you now have a better understanding about what you can get for your money in the smartphone world, which is sometimes a lot. Smartphone related websites often hold smartphone giveaways and contests, so be sure to keep an eye out.

Written By

Hello my name is Jacob S. My interest is in all gadgets, but I have a particular interest in smartphones and tablets. I like to share my knowledge and help people, I also run a smartphone blog where you can win a free smartphone and get updated on the hottest smartphone news!



  1. Christopher Campbell

    December 2, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I am now looking for a new smartphone and just saw this post. Great timing!

    I’ll definitely consider the handsets mentioned in this article.

    • Jacob Staggs

      December 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks! These are still great choices for smartphones, even though some smartphones today are getting all triple core processor on us, lol.

  2. Mike

    December 2, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I own a Motorola Photon 4G. It’s awesome – the fastest smartphone I’ve ever used till now! For it’s price, I’d say it’s a great deal because multimedia is pretty smooth on it too.

  3. Vernon

    December 2, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Hello Jacob, Thanks for sharing this informative post of yours. I don’t have smartphone but trying to have one this December because I really need it for communication in time when I’m in a distant land. Lots of friends of mine telling about the advantage of it but my replied to them is that I don’t have enough money to get one.

  4. Alona Dadark

    December 3, 2011 at 9:17 am

    For months and months I’ve been looking for a new smartphone and I came across this post. Thank you for this lovely review, Jacob. Just one question though: what’s the best smartphone for movie downloads?

    • Jacob Staggs

      December 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      Any of these smartphones will work perfectly fine with movies. If your looking for HD movies though, the Motorola Photon 4G comes equipped with full 1080p HD playback. It really depends on the quality of the content your downloading though.

  5. Jed

    December 3, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Good list here, although personally I wouldn’t put the T-Mobile one in.

  6. Taj

    December 3, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Good posting.Good information shared about android smartphones helpful for someone who want to buy smartphone.Waiting for more posts.Thanks for sharing.Keep it up.

  7. Anita

    December 4, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Wow, two out of five on this list are from Motorola. Maybe Google is up to something?;) I guess we’ll see next year when you compile a brand new list!

  8. Lizzy

    December 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Android’s the way to go. Maybe it’s just me, but I like it so much better than iPhone. Typical overrated Apple stuff. 🙂

  9. Danny

    December 5, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Hey Jacob, great post!
    I was not aware that in the U.S. you have to pay extra to get a good phone with a 2 year plan.
    I’m from the Netherlands and only some exceptions you have to pay extra, like with the newest Iphone. This probably means that Dutch people get ripped off more on their contract costs, to pay for the phone 😛

  10. Ross

    December 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Loving my Motorola Atrix at the moment, especially the fact that you can access home documents and files when on the go. Well worth the cash!

  11. bilal

    January 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    COOL POST!!!!!!!

  12. bilal

    January 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm


  13. schill39

    March 27, 2012 at 3:17 am

    These smartphones are cool and they make the price more affordable for users. Androids is really great, either on phones and tablets. Nice post.

    computer tablet reviews guru

  14. Drake

    December 3, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Hello Jacob, I just found out that there are cheap htc phone, cheap smartphone that is usually only made ​​in china only, thanks for post 🙂

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