Google’s Android OS is open-ended, which means that any person or developer can use it on their devices without any issues, unlike iOS or Windows Phone.
With the rise in the number manufacturers on this platform, the number of cheaper devices is also on the rise. As a result, it is no longer an issue when it comes to buying a phone off-contract as many can afford these devices. This has led to a drastic change in the way phones are purchased in the United States as many have shunned the two-year contracts that were offered on most devices just to make them “affordable” to all sets of consumers.
As mentioned, there are numerous manufacturers of Android smartphones and without adoubt, they are coming up with quite amazing devices. Just in case you are looking for a device that is unlocked and comes with an affordable price, you are just in the right place. At the moment, most Android flagships cost well over $500 while there are mid-range devices that cost a little below this mark. However, we have a list of the best-unlocked smartphones that go for just under $250 and with these devices; you will still enjoy some of the best features and specs found in the top end smartphones.
OnePlus is one of the most talked about smartphone maker in the recent years thanks to its heroics that saw it unveil the OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and now there is OnePlus X. This is a budget phone that is compact, fast and comes with some features you will find on the OnePlus 2.
The display screen is an amazing 5 inches with AMOLED technology and inside the phone, there is a perfect Snapdragon 801 chip that is supported by a RAM of 3GB. The phone has 16GB of onboard storage, but it can be expanded using a microSD card of up to 128GB.
One problem with the OnePlus X is that you will need an invite to buy it, but there is an exemption for every Tuesday. There is still no NFC connectivity, which means no usage of mobile payment systems such as Android Pay on this device, but you will love the 13MP rear snapper and 8MP frontal camera of the phone as well as the fact that it runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
At the moment, OnePlus X is available for just $249.
Motorola Moto G (2015)
Moto G (2015) is with no doubt one of the most revered Motorola budget smartphones. The phone, which is currently in its 3rd iteration, comes in with a decent quad-core Snapdragon 410 chipset clocked at 1.4GHz. With the RAM and storage, it features two variants of 1GB RAM, 8GB storage and 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, respectively. Both models come with support for microSD, a rear snapper of 13MP and a front camera of 5MP.
The screen is an amazing 5 inch with support for LCD technology and a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels. Moto G (2015) runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and is available for just under $200 for the lower variant and about $219 for the high-end model.
ASUS Zenfone 2
ASUS has been doing great in the mobile industry and with its newest Zenfone 2 that was unveiled during CES 2015; you will have one of the most powerful gadgets at a very low price.
The phone comes with a 5.5 inch Full HD screen with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. Inside the phone, there is a battery unit of 3,000mAh, a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 chipset, a RAM of 4GB (2GB for the lower variant), a rear snapper of 13MP, a front camera of 5MP and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop.
The lower end variant, which sports a RAM of 2GB and onboard storage of 16GB, costs just $199 while the high-end 64GB model costs about $299.