Android Phones Under £100

Cell phones have become a necessity for many people nowadays. The smartphone may have put the mobile phone industry in its current position, but the old phones are still around, and there are some good deals if you don’t want the latest model. With that in mind, here is a list of Android phones under £100

android phones under £100

Nokia 2.4

Nokia 2.4: Best for future-proofing (£100)

Alongside Motorola, Nokia is the other big name making brilliant budget phones, and the Nokia 2.4 is a prime example.

This runs Android One, which means the software is slick, and it comes with the promise of at least two years of software updates and three years of security patches, so it will remain up to date for a long time to come.

It also has a 4,500mAh battery with the promise of up to two days of life, and a decently large 6.5-inch 720 x 1600 screen.

The camera, while only 13MP, includes a night mode, so you can keep snapping when the sun sets, and it’s paired with a 2MP depth sensor for improved portrait shots. And there’s also a dedicated Google Assistant button, so help is always on hand.

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Moto E7: Best for camera (£100)

The Moto E range is Motorola’s cheapest range of smartphones, and these phones are often among the very best that you can find for around £100 or less.

The Moto E7 in particular stands out thanks to its 48MP camera, which is a very high spec at this end of the market. And while it’s not as good as the 48MP cameras found on some pricier phones, it can still take great snaps for the money, even coping reasonably well when the light is low.

There’s a 2MP macro camera too, plus a 4,000mAh battery which Motorola claims will last for up to 36 hours. That’s not quite as long as some phones on this list, but it’s not far off. With a big 6.5-inch 720 x 1600 screen too, there’s a lot to like here for very little money.

Xiaomi Redmi 9AT: Best for battery on a budget (£90)

Xiaomi is quickly becoming the king of affordable phones, and the Xiaomi Redmi 9AT is one of its cheapest yet, coming in at as little as £90 on Pay As You Go on Three, and similar prices elsewhere.

It also has a big 5,000mAh battery, which delivers excellent life, so this is our pick if you want a long-lasting phone on a very tight budget.

Elsewhere, the Xiaomi Redmi 9AT has a 6.53-inch 720 x 1600 screen with a reading mode, an AI-powered 13MP rear camera, a 5MP selfie camera, a microSD card slot, and a dependable MediaTek Helio G25 chipset.

The specs beyond the battery are fairly basic then, but good enough for lighter users or a secondary phone, and that battery is bigger than the ones in many phones that cost several times more.

Alcatel 1

With prices fluctuating and varying from store to store, we can’t definitively say that the Alcatel 1 is the cheapest smartphone, but it’s certainly one of the cheapest widely available ones, coming in at as little as £50 on Pay As You Go at the time of writing.

For that, you get a 5.0-inch 480 x 960 screen, a quad-core 1.3GHz chipset, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a 2,000mAh battery, a 5MP rear camera, and a 2MP front-facing one.

It’s extremely basic then, but it runs Android, so it’s certainly still a smartphone, and as it runs Android Go its core apps are also small in size and power requirements, so the Alcatel 1 runs better than you might expect.

Having said that, unless you really just want to spend as little money as possible we’d recommend any one of the following phones over this.

Or if you can stretch to spending a little more…

There are other great handsets that you can pick up for not much more than £200, so if you can stretch your budget you might want to consider the OnePlus Nord N10 5G, which – as the name suggests – supports 5G, as well as having a 6.49-inch 1080 x 2400 screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a quad-lens camera, all for around £250.

There’s also the Nokia 7.2, which costs around £210 and has a 6.3-inch 1080 x 2280 screen, a triple-lens camera, a mid-range Snapdragon 660 chipset, and a slick take on Android.

And there’s the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G, which for around £250 gets you 5G, a 5,000mAh battery, and a rock-solid Dimensity 720 5G chipset.

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 Alcatel 1B

Specs: Display: 5.5 inches (722x 1440 pixel resolution) screen ratio 18:9 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 quad core A53 cortex running at 1.3GHz | RAM: 2GB | Internal Storage: 16GB | Rear cameras: 5P rear | Front cameras: 2MP | Dimensions: 146.1 x 71.6 x 9.9mm | Weight: 168g | IP Rating: None

The Alcatel 1B 5002A phone is an unlocked phone that will work with any GSM carrier. It will not work on any CDMA carrier such as Sprint Nextel, nTelos, Verizon, or Virgin Mobile. The Alcatel 1B is a lightweight phone with a simple interface and a 5.5-inch screen display and a moderately sized bezel around the edge of the screen. It has a 3,000mAh battery and has space for one nano-SIM and a nano SD card up to 128GB. This is not a rugged phone so will not take rough handling.

There is a single 5MP camera at the rear of the phone and a flash and a 2MP camera at the front. Image adjustments are basic, and not aimed at the pro-photographer. This Android 10 Go edition phone is for someone who wants a basic phone with a few basic apps, average performance, and functionality — and it’s for those who do not want an all-singing, all-dancing phone for everyday tasks.

Pros

  • Storage extendable up to 128GB
  • 5.5-inch screen

Cons

  • Does not work with CDMA carriers

Nokia 2.1

Specs: Display: 5.5 inches IPS LCD (1280 x 720-pixel resolution) 16:9 ratio | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917 quad core processor 1.4GHz ARM cortex A53 | RAM: 1GB LPDDR3 | Internal Storage: 8GB | Rear cameras: 8MP rear (autofocus) | Front cameras: 5MP | Dimensions: 153.6 x 77.7 x 9.67 mm | Weight: 174g | IP Rating: None

The Nokia 2.1 Android Pie edition is a useful low-cost workhorse if you want a basic phone. Its 4,000mAh battery delivers good battery life and reasonable performance, and its 5.5-inch screen has a large bezel at the top and bottom of the screen, giving a screen-to-body ratio of 69.82%.

It is a lightweight phone at 174g, but at 9.67mm, feels more solid than other low-cost phones. This phone is not dustproof, water-resistant, or shock-proof, so try not to drop it in case the screen shatters.

The 2.1 has a dual SIM slot and can take a micro SD card up to 128GB, which will let you install a few apps. Its 1GB RAM might be an issue if you use multiple apps simultaneously.

Pros

  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Extendable storage up to 128GB

Cons

  • 1GB RAM may be an issue when running multiple apps

Motorola Moto e

Specs: Display: 6.2 inches (1520x 720-pixel resolution) IPS LCD with 19:9 aspect ratio | CPU: Qualcomm SDM632 Snapdragon 632 octa core Kyro 250 Gold and Silver running at 1.8GHz | RAM: 2GB | Internal Storage: 32GB | Rear cameras: 13MP f/2.0 + 2MP rear camera with LED flash | Front cameras: 5MP f2.0 camera with LED flash| Dimensions: 159.8 x 76.6 x 8.7 mm | Weight: 185g | IP Rating: 52

If you prefer a phone that is locked into the CDMA network, try the Motorola Moto e smartphone. Pick your plan costing from $20 per month and activate your device.

The Moto e has a 3550mAh battery and dual SIM so you can extend the storage to 256GB using a micro SD card. It runs Android 10. The phone has a large 6.2-inch screen, with fairly large bezels at the top and bottom giving a screen-to-body ratio of 85%. You can run a moderate number of apps at the same time on this Android 10 phone, but with 2GB RAM expect some slowdown if you try to run too many apps.

Pros

  • Large 6.2-inch screen
  • 3,550mAh battery

Cons

  • Locked to CDMA network

Samsung Galaxy A01

Specs: Display: 5.7 inches 720 x 1080 pixels, 19:9 aspect ratio, IPS LCD, Infinity-V display | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa core A53 cortex running at 1.95GHz | RAM: 2GB | Internal Storage: 16 or 32GB | Rear cameras: 13 MP f/2.2 wide angle + 2 MP f2.4 dual camera, LED flash | Front cameras: 5 MP, f/2.2 | Dimensions: 146.3 x 70.86 x 8.34mm | Weight: 149g | IP Rating: None

The Samsung Galaxy A01 phone runs Android 10 and OEM installed One UI. Its 3000mAh battery is adequate for a day’s use, and its 2GB of RAM means that you can run several apps at the same time without any appreciable slowdown. You can extend its internal storage by up to 128GB using the micro SD slot next to the SIM.

The A01 has a reasonable 12MP camera and a 5MP front camera and uses AI facial recognition to log onto the phone. Its 5.7-inch screen has a reasonable resolution and a small bezel size thanks to its V display notch, which gives a 78.8% screen-to-body ratio. This phone will work with most GSM carriers, but it will not work on any CDMA carrier such as Sprint Nextel, nTelos, Verizon, or Virgin Mobile.

Pros

  • Extendable storage up to 128GB
  • 2GB RAM

Cons

  • Will not work on CDMA carrier

AGM M6 rugged phone

Specs: Display: 2.4 inches QVGA (2,208 x 1,768-pixel resolution) Dynamic 120Hz AMOLED | CPU: Unisoc T107 RTOS | RAM: 48MB RAM| Internal Storage: 128MB ROM | Rear cameras: 0.3MP rear camera | Front cameras: None |Dimensions: 142 x 61.9 x 19.8mm (24mm to top of rear speaker) | Weight: 195g | IP Rating: 68 and 69K

If you need a low-cost, simple rugged phone, the AGM M6 will fit the bill. It has a 2,500mAh removable battery and is dustproof, waterproof, and can survive being immersed in water up to 2m depth. You can add extra storage up to 128GB by adding a micro SD card into the dual SIM slot.

The retro-looking M6 has a very loud ring tone through its 3.5W speaker – making it easy for the hard of hearing to hear when the phone is ringing. Its small 2.4-inch screen is touch-enabled so you do not need to navigate using the large keys.

If your Amazon budget stretches a little above $100, then you can try the AGM M7 that I reviewed in May 2021. However, the M7 is currently on offer for $99 on AGM’s own site.

Pros

  • Loud sound
  • Rugged and waterproof up to 2m depth.
  • Extendable storage to 128GB

Cons

  • Small 2.4 inch screen

Ulefone Armor X6

Specs: Display: 5.0 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels, 68.9 cm2 IPS LCD | CPU: Mediatek MT6580 quad-core cortex A7 running at up to 1.3 GHz | RAM: 2GB| Internal Storage: 16GB | Rear cameras: 8 MP, f/2.2, wide angle lens with autofocus, and dual LED flash | Front cameras: 5MP f/2.2 |Dimensions: 150 x 78.9 x 14.4 mm | Weight: 223.8 g | IP Rating: 68/69K

The Ulefone Armor X6 is a largish rugged phone — with a decent 5-inch screen and a reasonable 4,000mAh battery. Running Android 9.0 Pie, this phone has a dual SIM for your micro SD card so you can extend the storage up to 128GB. This phone works with GSM carriers. It will not work on any CDMA carrier such as Sprint Nextel, nTelos, Verizon, or Virgin Mobile. It is water -esistant up to 1.5m immersion for up to 30 minutes and dust and drop resistant. It also has face recognition for unlocking the phone.

Gloves mode means you can operate the phone’s touch screen in winter without freezing your fingers, and the customisable button means you can use PTT (push to talk) to use the phone as a walkie-talkie.

Pros

  • Custom button with PTT
  • Extendable storage up to 128GB
  • Water-resistant to 1.5m for 30 minutes

Cons

  • Will not work on CDMA carriers

Oukitel C16

Specs: Display: 5.71 inches (720 x 1520-pixel resolution) capacitive screen 19:9 display aspect | CPU: MediaTek MT6580P quad core ARM cortex A7 running at up to 1.3GHz | RAM: 2GB| Internal Storage: 16GB | Rear cameras: 5MP autofocus and 2MP with dual LED flash | Front cameras: 2MP | Dimensions: 146.4 x 70.3 x 9.5 mm | Weight: 150g | IP Rating: None

The Oukitel C16 is a nice-looking slim phone. It works with GSM carriers, but it will not work on any CDMA carrier such as Sprint Nextel, nTelos, Verizon, or Virgin Mobile. Running Android 9.0 Pie the 5.71-inch screen on the Oukitel C16 has a minimal bezel and a screen-to-body ratio of 79.33%. Its dual SIM slot can use a micro SD card to expand its storage up to 128GB. It has a 2,600mAh removable battery. 

The phone has both face and fingerprint unlocking capability. Its camera has a few image manipulation features too, to make sure that you capture the best quality selfie.

Pros

  • Large 5.71-inch screen
  • Extendable storage up to 128GB

Cons

  • Will not work on CDMA carriers

If you are not too bothered about getting the latest and greatest phone, then you can snap up a bargain by buying a slightly older model when the newer model comes out. You need to decide which type of phone you want. Do you want a slimline phone, or do you prefer a rugged device? Consider the form factor too. Is the phone a little wide for your hands? Is it too heavy to hold for an extended period of time, and is it comfortable to use?

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Nokia G20

None of the phones on this list are considered expensive, but if you’re trying to spend your money on something reliable, the Nokia G20

 is for you. Sitting towards the upper limit of $200, it’s the best budget phone in this range at the end of the day. You can get a lot of value from every dollar spent on the G20 instead of the cheaper G10.

The Nokia G20 is equipped with a 6.52-inch IPS LCD, making it larger than its cheaper predecessors. While it costs a bit more, you get an HD+ resolution of 720×1600, a MediaTek processor, 4GB of RAM, and an impressive 128GB of expandable storage (up to 512GB). Unfortunately, there’s no fast charging, but you shouldn’t have to mess with it too much, thanks to the generous 5,050 mAh battery.

The Nokia G20 is powered by Android One, which means you’ll get two years of Android upgrades and three years of monthly security patches, which should get you through 2023. The phone ships with Android 11, but it’s slated to get Android 12 and also 13 in the future. The software experience is delightful as there’s no bloatware and Nokia sticks to stock Android.

The phone comes with a lovely textured back available in two colors, with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The Nokia G20 sports an IPX2 rating, making it splash-proof in nature. You also get a quad-camera setup, including a 48MP primary camera that is surprisingly decent. Nokia packed just the right features into this value-rich device, making the G20 our top sub-$200 recommendation.

Moto G Play (2021)

Moto is the king of the sub-$200 category, and the updated Moto G Play (2021) is its most recent affordable phone under the Play banner. Of course, it makes a few spec compromises to reach this price tag, but it’s still a perfectly enjoyable piece of tech.

The display is a 6.5-inch, 720p HD+ LCD, but it does the job. You also benefit from respectable bezels and a small waterdrop notch, making this a pretty good phone for watching videos or playing light games. You’ll find more noticeable downgrades with the 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, but they’re serviceable for quick uploads to your favorite social media app.

The Moto G Play (2021) has a fingerprint sensor on the rear in the Moto logo, which is every bit as fast and reliable as you could ask for. There’s also a headphone jack and support for expandable storage, along with an awesome 5,000mAh battery and support for all U.S. carriers. Unlike cheaper phones like the Moto E (2020), this device thankfully has USB-C charging (but no wireless charging).

Perhaps the biggest downside to the Moto G Play (2021) is that Motorola has all but confirmed that it would only see one major platform update — and that is to Android 11! That’s right, this thing ships with an out-of-date version of Android (10). While Motorola’s custom take on Android is just as strong here as it is on the Moto G Fast, offering at least one update would’ve been greatly appreciated.

TCL 20 SE

REASONS TO BUY

+Large, beautiful display+5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging+Robust internals+Plenty of onboard storage+Rear-mounted fingerprint reader

REASONS TO AVOID

-Lacks NFC-No IP rating-No more OS updates

It may not have the most cutting-edge specs, but don’t you sleep on the TCL 20 SE. Under $200, you won’t find a more captivating display than this phone’s 6.82-inch vivid LCD panel. The waterdrop notch looks a little dated, but it’s the entire package as a whole that bolsters the worth of this phone.

TCL gives you a nice deal along with all that screen real estate. You get lots of memory, with 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage that can be increased up to 256GB. There’s also a fingerprint scanner on the aesthetically pleasing backside of the phone. The TCL 20 SE has a generous 5,00mAh cell that tops up quicker than any phone in this category, owing to its 18W fast charging speed.

You get a nice set of quad cameras featuring a 48MP primary lens. On the software side of things, the TCL 20 SE is powered by Android 11. Under the hood, you will find a Snapdragon 460 chipset to keep the entire phone afloat. What prevents this phone from being our number one pick is the lack of any future platform upgrades or any manner of waterproofing. TCL does promise two years of security updates though.

Moto G Stylus (2021)

REASONS TO BUY

+Water repellant build+Lots of memory with expandable storage+Stylus is functional and fun+Excellent battery life+Snapdragon 678 is fast

REASONS TO AVOID

-No fast charging-No more OS updates after Android 11-Comes with Android 10

The Moto G Stylus (2021) hits the very top of our $200 budget. While not without fault, all things considered, it’s one of the best phones you can buy when looking at Android devices this cheap. The one big caveat is that it runs Android 10 out of the box and you can only update it up to Android 11. However, the 2021 iteration of the G Stylus is almost perfect in all other regards.

The Moto G Stylus (2021)’s hardware is built far better than you’d expect for a phone in this price tier. Of course, it is now available at half the launch price, which explains the high-quality construction. It feels substantial when held and there’s a mighty useful stylus built-in. The 6.8-inch LCD is also good, giving you a large canvas with minimal bezels, great colors, and good viewing angles. The FHD resolution means that things are quite as sharp considering other options in this list. Overall, it’s a fine screen.

You get four cameras on the back, including a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and 2MP macro and depth sensors. That 48MP sensor takes surprisingly detailed and vibrant shots, and while the quality dips with the other sensors, it’s still a lot of fun to have them for expanded shooting possibilities. Battery life is another strong point, with the 4,000mAh battery allowing for up to two days of use for some folks. However, there’s no fast charging support here.

Making all of this even better is the Moto G Stylus (2021)’s software, which is excellent. The user interface is reminiscent of what you’d find on an older Google Pixel, with Motorola making a few thoughtful changes that only elevate the experience. Moto Display continues to be the best Always-On Display on any Android phone, in addition to Moto Actions allowing you to chop the phone to enable the flashlight and twist it to open the camera app.

Whether you are on a really tight budget or just want to save a bit of money, one of these phones should suit.

The Alcatel 1 is the cheapest widely available smartphone we can find, so if you just want to spend as little as possible, that’s the one to go for.

Then onto our list proper, if you’ve got up to £140 to spend then the Samsung Galaxy A12 is a great value choice from a big name, but it’s beaten by the all-round dependable Moto G50. Our top choice in this price range though is the less well known Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro, which punches well above its weight.

If you’re on a tighter budget of £100 or less, then it’s worth considering the Nokia 2.4, which comes with the promise of regular software updates. But we’re more fond of the Moto E7, which has a surprisingly good camera for the money. Our top super-cheap choice though is the Xiaomi Redmi 9AT, which has an impressively large battery alongside generally solid (if basic) specs.

But if on the other hand you can stretch your budget a little beyond £200 then it’s also worth taking a look at the OnePlus Nord N10 5G, the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G and the Nokia 7.2.

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