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Best Smartphone Under $200

Updated on November 8, 2013
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Top 5 Smartphones Under $200 for 2013

Finding a good smartphone when you are on a bit lower budget can be a real chore. You may not have enough cash for something more expensive, or simply refuse to spend a lot of your hard earned money on something you know you will play around with for a bit, and then let go and use it as you would normally. It’s just not a smart investment. However, if you can find a decent smartphone that has everything you need and does not cost too much, then you have a win-win situation.

There are plenty of good smartphones in the range between $130 - $200, and all you need to do is to decide what you want to use your smartphone for. For instance, many of the smartphones in the 200s range are able to play the latest games that are coming out for their systems, and perform really fast in general. You will want your new smartphone to allow you to browse the web, watch videos, listen to music, take photos, and launch apps without much of a lag.

For about $200 or even less, you can get a decent smartphone that will cater to all your basic needs, plus more. Below we will discuss 5 excellent options if you are looking for a smartphone on a $200 budget.

Samsung Galaxy S DUOS S7562

The first in line is Samsung Galaxy S Duos S7562, which is a great smartphone that features some incredible hardware specifications. With 4” of multitouch capacitive touchscreen this device offers you more workspace for your desire. With 1 GHz Cortex A5 processor and 768 MB of RAM, this device will run smoothly on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which you can of course upgrade to the latest one via the built-in Wi-Fi. This phone enables you to enjoy your online and offline entertainment seamlessly. Browsing the web, listening to music, watching clips on YouTube, checking your Facebook and playing mobile video games are just some of the things this phone is capable of.

This smartphone has in-built Bluetooth version 3.0 and GPS with A-GPS support. You can record your everyday events with the 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash, plus you can make video calls and take selfies with the camera up front. Integrated memory storage has the capacity of 4 GB, but you can always upgrade it for 32 GB with a microSD card. With sensors such as the accelerometer, proximity and compass, plus the geo-tagging feature and all of the features mentioned this smartphone is definitely one of the best in this price range.

LG Optimus L7 P705

LG is a well known electronics manufacturer and their line of Optimus smartphones has produced some great devices, including the LG Optimus L7 P700. Optimus L7 comes with a 4.3” multitouch capacitive LCD screen which is a joy to work on. With 1GHz Cortex A5 processor and 512 MB of RAM, this device will run smoothly on the Android 3.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich operative system, which you can of course upgrade. The upgrade is available through the in-built Wi-Fi adapter which can also bring you to your online content, such as YouTube or Facebook, and with the integrated Bluetooth 3.0 you have more connectivity options.

There are two cameras, one up front for video calls and one on the back which is a 5 MP camera that enables you to take pictures in 2592 x 1944 pixels resolution and record VGA videos at 30 frames per second. Internal storage memory is 4 GB in size and you can expand it with the optional microSD card. All the standard sensor are there: proximity, compass and accelerometer. Taking into consideration all of the features and the great price, L7 is definitely worth every penny you pay for it, as it is one of the best smartphones under $200.

Sony Xperia J ST26a

Xperia series by Sony have some of the best smartphones out there in all price ranges. That is why we have decided to include Sony Xperia J on this list. Xperia J has a 4” multitouch capacitive touchscreen that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. With 1 GHz Cortex A5 processor and 512 MB of RAM memory, operating this smartphone is smooth sailing. Powered by Android 4.1.2 Jellybean, this device enables you to preform all of the tasks that those more expensive smartphones are capable of. With the built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 you have numerous connectivity options, including the connection to other devices and, of course, connecting to the wireless internet.

5 MP camera enables you to take pictures in 2592 х 1944 pixels resolution, with features such as autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus and image stabilization, plus the LED flash for lowlight conditions. There is the front VGA camera also for video calls. With 4 GB of internal memory storage you can store all of your needed applications and files, plus you can expand the storage with microSD cards. This device has the accelerometer, proximity and compass sensors, plus the support for A-GPS Considering primarily the performance of this phone, then the features and the price, Xperia J definitely deserves a spot on our list of best smartphones under $200.

HTC t320e One V

HTC has produced some amazing smartphone devices over the past years, including the HTC One V, which is an excellent device under $200. One V sports a 3.7” multitouch capacitive Super LCD2 screen and the Adreno 205 1 GHz processor with 512 MB of RAM memory. These three combined make this phone a joy to work with. The phone is powered by Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, but unfortunately you cannot upgrade it to Jellybean. Still, this operative system does not interfere with the performance of this smartphone, instead it actually compliments it. With One V you get the standard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity options, which makes this phone able to connect to other devices and the internet.

The camera is where this phone really shines. The 5 MP camera enables you to shoot HD video and images at the same time, plus it has the features such as geo-tagging and face and smile recognition. The maximum resolution for pictures is 2592 х 1944 pixels and for the HD video it is 720 pixels. This phone supports A-GPS and has proximity and accelerometer sensors. When you buy this phone you will get 4 Gigs of internal storage memory, which you can upgrade with microSD card up to 32 GB. All of these features, and of course the performance itself, make this smartphone one of the best in this price range.

Nokia Lumia 900 16GB

Nokia is a well known manufacturer of cellphones around the world. Nokia Lumia 900 is their entry into the smartphone market, and it is definitely one of the best smartphones out there for a price which is a few bucks above $200. The display is 4.3 inches in size and it is a AMOLED capacitive multitouch screen. With 1.4 GHz of processing speed and 512 MB of RAM this device runs flawlessly on the Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operative system. Connectivity wise, this phone has in-built Wi-Fi and 2.1 Bluetooth. Now, where this phone really shines is the optics department, as there are two cameras on this phone with amazing capabilities.

The camera on the back is amazing 8 Megapixel one that enables you to take images in 3264 x 2448 pixels resolution and videos in 720 pixels resolution at 30 frames per second. The dual LED flash lights is a great addition to this camera based on Carl Zeiss optics. The front camera is 1.3 MP and enables you to record VGA videos at 30 fps. The sensors on Lumia 900 are accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass, plus it supports the A-GPS. Unfortunately you cannot expand the internal storage memory, but the device comes with 16 Gigs of it which is more than enough to store your applications and files. Taking all of these features in consideration, plus the price which is slightly above $200, Nokia Lumia 900 is a worthy entry on this list and is definitely one of the best smartphones out there.

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Conclusion

There are a lot of options to consider when you are looking for a brand new smartphone that will not cost too much money. Inexpensive smartphones are not necessarily bad, but there are a lot of subpar smartphones flooding the market, so when you want to invest a certain amount of money in a good phone that will allow you to browse the web, enjoy music and videos, have GPS and navigation, stay in touch with your friends and family etc. you have to make an informed decision.

We have picked 5 excellent smartphones in a range between $130 and $200 that are exponentially better than most of the other devices in that particular range. We have done so by comparing their design and features, most importantly the processor speed and RAM memory. The phones listed are all very good devices that will definitely cater to all your basic needs and more, unless you really want a larger display or a faster processor. For those who are fine with a solid, practical device, these are probably more than enough.

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