Welcome to GadgetMatch’s list of the best smartphones priced below $300! Each month we update our selection with the budget-friendly phones we believe are most deserving of your hard-earned savings.
Our February 2017 Edition is kicking off the series, and will be the basis for all succeeding months. Although the five phones here are carryovers from 2016, their values surpass anything that’s been released so far this year.
Here they are in no particular order:
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime ($170)
Xiaomi’s best-ever entry-level smartphone first came to mind when forming this list. The Redmi 4 Prime has everything: a responsive fingerprint scanner, sturdy metal body, a battery that lasts days, and surprisingly good camera — plus it’s more affordable than every other phone here!
ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 ($220 to $270)
ASUS has been releasing ZenFone 3 variants like there’s no tomorrow, but the one offering the most value for the price is the 5.5-inch ZenFone 3 Max. It’s the larger version of the original ZenFone 3 Max, and borrows the faster camera of the ZenFone 3 Laser.
Honor 6X / Huawei GR5 2017 / Huawei Mate 9 Lite ($250)
However you want to call it, Huawei’s newest midrange handset is such a great all-around device. We fell in love with its premium build and fun dual-camera mode, which are two features previously unheard of at this price point.
Vivo V5 ($260)
The Vivo V3 turned us into Vivo believers, and its successor convinced us once again how well Vivo knows its market. Built with selfie lovers in mind, the V5 has an almost excessive 20-megapixel front camera on board and strong overall specifications to take snaps in a jiffy.
OPPO F1s ($260)
It may be aging quite a bit, but the OPPO F1s still stands well in this increasingly competitive segment. This selfie-centric midranger offers a sleek metal design, one of the fastest fingerprint sensors in the market, and a user interface anyone — even iPhone users — can appreciate.