If you’re on a tight budget but need a new phone, there are many solid options that cost $300 or less. Most of our favorite devices are from Motorola, which is unsurprising given that the company has made feature-rich budget phones for years now. In addition to its newest phones, which include the Moto G Stylus and G Power, we also recommend Samsung’s Galaxy A50.
A budget phone may be less expensive, but many of these still offer features that enthusiasts crave, including fingerprint readers, solid cameras and the elusive headphone jack. To see our top picks, check out the list below and read CNET’s reviews. We’ll update this list as we review new phones. Note that we’ve linked to the unlocked version of each phone, and they should run on most of the big four US wireless carriers, unless specified otherwise.
For more like this
Subscribe to the Mobile newsletter, receive notifications and see related stories on CNET.
Read more: Best phones under $500: iPhone SE, Pixel 4A, Galaxy A51 and more
Best cheap phones to try now
If you’re looking for a cell phone that serves as a cheaper Note 20 alternative, the Moto G Stylus device features a stylus that you can store inside the phone along with built-in Notes app to help with productivity. The phone also has a triple-rear camera, 128GB of internal storage and a robust 4,000-mAh battery.
Read our Moto G Stylus review.
Although the Galaxy A50 came out last year (and is the predecessor to the A51 phone), it’s still a great phone. Plus, you can find it cheaper than when it first launched, with current prices hovering around $230. The phone has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen, an in-screen fingerprint reader and a headphone jack. On the back, the three cameras include a wide angle lens as well as a “depth lens,” which is used to take portrait shots with blurry, dramatic backgrounds.
Read our Samsung Galaxy A50 review.
The Moto G Power is currently $50 cheaper than the G Stylus, but it packs a robust 5,000-mAh battery. During our testing, it lasted an impressive four days without a charge. The phone has three rear cameras (on of which is a macro lens), a 6.4-inch display and expandable memory.
Read our Moto G Power review.
As the phone with the longest-lasting battery that we tested in 2019, the Moto G7 Power can last you the whole day and during lab tests its 5,000-mAh battery lasted 23 hours, 10 minutes. The phone also features a 12-megapixel camera, a 6.2-inch display and a fingerprint reader.
Read ZDNet’s review of the Moto G7 Power.
The best phones you can buy
- Best Android phones of 2020
- Best prepaid phones of 2020
- Best phone cameras of 2020
- Samsung’s Galaxy phone: Which should you buy?
- Best gaming phone for 2020
- SIM card swap fraud: What it is and how to prevent it
- Phones under $200: Top picks and new budget phones
- Best phones to gift to your grad in 2020
- iPhone SE vs. Galaxy A51 camera comparison: Which phone is best?
More about keeping phones charged
- The best USB-C PDF chargers of 2020
- Best iPhone portable chargers and power banks for 2020
- USB-C brings a golden age of charging accessories in 2020
- Best portable chargers and power banks for Android devices in 2020
- Best wireless car charger and mount of 2020