The best cheap Android mobile phones for 2017 and where to buy them for less

The cheapest deals on Samsung, Huawei, HTC and Sony plus top phones under £200

Unlike a few years ago, the smartphone market is saturated with plenty of great value models.

So, if an iPhone 7 is slightly out of your price range (or you don’t fancy coughing up the big bucks for a phone you’re not wholly convinced by), we’ve tracked down the best value mobile phone deals on top Android handsets – and there are even a few under £200 if you want to buy outright.

Plus we’ve also looked at who offers the best pay monthly contract, with five tips from opting to flexible tariff to using cashback to help you save extra.

Under £200

Smartphone technology has come along leaps and bounds in recent years and a lot of the recent innovations are starting to trickle down to budget handsets. Here are a few of the best value Android models under £200.

LG X Screen

The second screen will add something to your life you didn’t even know was missing (Photo: LG)

The aptly named LG Screen X has a tiny secondary screen above the main one that’s always on, making it easy to instantly check the time and see if you’ve got any notifications without having to even touch your device.

Innovative designs like this set the LG X Screen apart from its other budget counterparts, giving you an advanced device, without a hefty price tag.

The cheapest place to buy:

  • Amazon: £144.47
  • Tesco: £154.99
  • LaptopsDirect: £163.97
  • Very: £179.99

Sony Xperia E5

For a phone under £200 that doesn’t look like it costs under £200: get the Xperia X5 (Photo: Sony Mobile)

If you’re a fan of attractively designed phones, the Xperia might just be for you, as it has a similar aesthetic to other Xperia models.

The battery life also lasts for days and the three megapixel camera isn’t bad quality for the price.

The cheapest place to buy:

  • Amazon: £131.75
  • Currys: £139.99
  • Argos: £149.95
  • Very: £149.99

Lenovo P2

For brilliant battery life, there’s nothing better than the Lenovo P2 (Photo: Lenovo)

Spend your life fretting that your beloved mobile will run out of battery? The Lenovo P2 famously lasts for two whole days without charging so you won’t be caught off guard.

It’s also “fingerprint resistant” so the handset will stay looking shiny no matter how much time you spend clutching it.

The cheapest place to buy:

  • Three: £18 monthly fee, 300 minutes, unlimited texts, 500MB data, 24 month contract with no upfront cost.

Moto G4

For the best of everything under £200, the Moto G4 is your man

Blinding speed, an excellent camera and a not too shabby battery life, we think the Moto G4 is the closest to perfect you’ll get for under £200.

This is a low cost phone with a great gaming performance, although yit may be worth holding out a little longer for the soon-to-be-released Moto G5.

The cheapest place to buy:

  • Argos: £149.95
  • Debenhams: £165
  • Very: £179.99

Best Android phones deals for top Android phones

iPhones are facing strong competition from the Android market, which has gradually improved their credentials over the last few years.

Here’s the best contract and phone-only deals for all the big Android manufacturers, so if you’re splashing out a pretty penny, you can be sure you’re getting the best price.

Samsung Galaxy S7

You can’t beat the Samsung Galaxy

It’s not hard to like the Samsung Galaxy S7 – a good all rounder comes with an impressive 12MP camera, 5.1 quad HD display plus massive battery with wireless changing. It’s also waterproof, if you’re prone to getting yours into awkward situations.

Colour options include silver, rose gold, black, white and gold, however you may want to wait a few weeks before deciding as the S8 is soon set to launch – and we’ve heard its going to be good .

Pay monthly:

  • Three: £25 monthly fee, 300 mins, unlimited texts, 500MB data, 24 month contract with £99 upfront cost.
  • Carphone Warehouse: £26.50 monthly fee, unlimited mins, unlimited texts, 3GB data, 24 month contract with £49.99 upfront cost.
  • idmobile.co.uk : £29.99 monthly fee, 600 mins, 5000 texts, 1GB data, 24 month contract with no upfront cost.
  • o2: £31 monthly fee, unlimited mins, unlimited texts, 1GB data, 24 month contract with £9.99 upfront cost.
  • Tesco: £31.50 monthly fee, 1000 mins, 5000 texts, 2GB data, 24 month contract with no upfront cost.
  • Mobile Phones Direct: £32 monthly fee, unlimited mins, unlimited texts, 24GB data, 24 month contract with no upfront cost.

Handset only:

  • Ebuyer: £449.98
  • Mobile Phones Direct: £459.99
  • Debenhams Plus: £460

Sony Xperia XZ

If you’re partial to a selfie or a scenic shot, note the 23MP camera power (Photo: PA)

Mobile phone photographers, listen up – the Sony Xperia XZ has a 23MP camera with triple image sensor technology, making it the perfect device for the snap happy.

It also has a whopping 32GB of memory (to help store all those professional shots, perhaps?), a 5.2 inch full HD display, plus is available in black, blue or Platinum.

Pay monthly:

  • Mobile Phones Direct: £26 monthly fee, unlimited mins, unlimited texts, 1GB data, 24 month contract with no upfront cost, on Vodafone.
  • idmobile.co.uk: £27.99 monthly fee, 600 minutes, 5000 texts, 500MB data, 24 month contract with no upfront cost.
  • Virgin Media: £33 monthly fee, 1500 minutes, unlimited texts, 2GB data, 24 month contract with no upfront cost.
  • Three: £36 monthly fee, unlimited mins, unlimited texts, 4GB data, 24 month contract with £49 upfront cost.
  • Vodafone: £37 monthly fee, unlimited mins, unlimited texts, 3GB data, 24 month contract with £50 upfront cost.
  • o2: £42.50 monthly fee, unlimited mins, unlimited texts, 3GB data, 24 month contract with no upfront cost.

Handset only:

  • Carphone Warehouse: £469.99
  • Very: £519.99 (was £549)
  • Argos: £529.95

HTC 10

The HTC 10 hasn’t gone down the plastic backed route (Photo: PA)

A strong phone with an all-metal body, prices seem to massively differ between contracts with the HTC 10, so make sure you get a good deal.

Coming in gold, silver or grey, the HTC 10 has great 12MP HTC Ultrapixel 2 camera, a 5.2inch Quad HD display and a fresh interface with Android Marshmallow.

Pay monthly:

  • idmobile.co.uk: £29.99 monthly fee, 600 minutes, 5000 texts, 500MB data, 24 month contract with no upfront cost.
  • Carphone Warehouse: £30.99 monthly fee, unlimited mins, unlimited texts, 1GB data, 24 month contract with £49.99 upfront cost, on EE.
  • Mobile Phones Direct: £32.50 monthly fee, 500 minutes, 5000 texts, 1GB data, 24 month contract with no upfront cost.
  • o2: £33 monthly fee, unlimited mins, unlimited texts, 1GB data, 24 month contract with a £49.99 upfront cost, via Carphone Warehouse.
  • Vodafone: £42 monthly fee, unlimited mins, unlimited texts, 6GB data, 24 month contract with a £9.99 upfront cost, via Carphone Warehouse.
  • EE: £45.99 monthly fee, unlimited mins, unlimited texts, 5GB data, 24 month contract with a £9.99 upfront cost.

Handset only:

  • LaptopsDirect: £489.97
  • Tesco: £494.95
  • Very: £549.99 (was £579.99)

Huawei P9

Huawei P9
Huawei are fast becoming a market leader in the mobile world (Photo: Huawei)

Famed for both its ground-breaking dual Leica lens camera that will make even the speediest of photos look professionally shot. As well as having plenty of power under the hood, it also boasts a pretty design, so while you may not have ever heard of Huawei, you soon will, as they gradually working their way up the ranks with the P9’s impressive set of specs.

However the Huawei P10 is just about to be unveiled, which you can pre-order now on Carphone Warehouse , EE and Vodafone.

Pay monthly:

  • idmobile.co.uk: £19.99 monthly fee, 600 minutes, 5000 texts, 500MB data, 24 month contract with £19.99 upfront cost.
  • Carphone Warehouse: £24 monthly fee, unlimited mins, unlimited texts, 1GB data, 24 month contract with a £49.99 upfront cost, on Vodafone.
  • Three: £25 monthly fee, unlimited mins, unlimited texts, 4GB data, 24 month contract with a £29.99 upfront cost.
  • Mobile Phones Direct: £27.49 monthly fee, unlimited mins, unlimited texts, 7GB data, 24 month contract with no upfront cost.
  • Vodafone: £28 monthly fee, unlimited mins, unlimited texts, 3GB data, 24 month contract with a £60 upfront cost.
  • EE: £30.99 monthly fee, unlimited mins, unlimited texts, 1GB data, 24 month contract with no upfront cost.

Handset only:

  • GiffGaff: £349
  • Vodafone: £385
  • Amazon: £410

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5 tips on how to reduce the price of your contract

As well as nabbing a good deal on your phone contract (after all, you are stuck with it for two whole years), here’s five things to know before you switch to ensure you’re saving as much money as possible on your mobile.

1. Actually read your current bill

According to uSwitch.com , Brits spend around £885million on out-of-tariff data charges every year, with one in four of us regularly exceeding our data. Are you one of them?

Check your current bill and data usage to determine how much you’ll realistically need to have in your next contract.

2. Check if you’ve paid off your handset

Most of us opt for mobile deals that come with “free” handsets rather than forking out hundreds for a phone upfront.

Spreading the cost of a new phone across numerous months is all well and good, but once your contract has ended, if you don’t switch to a new deal, you’re effectively still paying for a handset that you’ve already paid off in full. Your mobile network won’t automatically discount your bill so its up to you to find a new deal.

3. Consider SIM-only.

If you have paid off your phone, or are lucky enough to get your hands on a handset, the simple answer is to switch to a SIM-only deal. You won’t get a shiny new phone, but you also won’t spend two years paying it off. For great SIM-only deals, try idmobile.co.uk , whose current deals include:

  • £4 for 250MB of data, unlimited texts and 250 minutes.
  • £5 for 1GB of data, unlimited texts and 250 minutes.
  • £7.50 for 2GB of data, unlimited texts and 500 minutes.
  • £10 for 4GB of data, unlimited texts and 500 minutes.

4. Get a flexible tariff

A more flexible tariff lets you pay for your phone separately to your tariff. Once you’ve finished paying off your handset, your monthly cost will reduce as you’re only paying for your airtime. Several mobile phone providers offer this such as o2’s Refresh , Virgin Media’s Freestyle and also Sky’s newly launched mobile service.

5. Earn cashback when you buy

Get money back for what your spend by signing up to a cashback site like Quidco or Topcashback . If you’re already buying a phone then you may as well make money from it. It’s a lot easier than you think and won’t affect your purchase in any way.

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