We often recommend cheap phones as an alternative to more expensive units. In many cases such devices come with attractive design, decent specs and up-to-date software and can easily compete with more pricey models. Sometimes, however, the only benefit of getting yourself a cheap phone is that it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and besides a low price, there’s really nothing to get excited about. These are some of the cheap Android phones that you keep distance and shouldn’t buy, even these are heavily discounted during Cyber Monday event.
Cheap phones have many benefits, but there are some models that are not worth your attention, especially Cyber Monday event.
- HTC First
What made the HTC First so special at the time of its release was that it came with Facebook Android skin. However, if you take the skin away, the First is just another average smartphone. In fact, considering its price of $439 or $14.67 per month at AT&T some might say it’s below average in this price range since it has no microSD slot or removable battery, the camera is less than exciting and so is the design.
- Kyocera DuraForce
The Kyocera DuraForce comes with IP68 rating for dust and water resistance as well as meets Military Standard 810G guidelines for extreme usage conditions, so it can take a fair amount of beating and survive. Unfortunately, besides super durable construction, the phone is nothing to write home about, since its battery doesn’t last very long, the processor is slow and the quality of photos is not satisfactory. Moreover, the device is pre-loaded with lots of bloatware that you can’t uninstall. For a full price of $418 full price or $13.97 per month you could do much better.
- LG Escape 2
If you are looking for an inexpensive smartphone, LG Escape 2’s price tag of $179.99 or $6 per month at AT&T could catch your eye, but you might want to think twice about getting this device. One of the biggest drawbacks is very little RAM and storage available to user – 1GB and 2.8GB, respectively. The processor is slow as well, so overall performance is poor. The phone also has a heavily distorted speaker and disappointing battery life.
- LG G Vista 2
The weakest point of the LG G Vista 2 is that it comes with over 20 non-Google preinstalled apps which take up valuable space. Performance also not as great as it could be in a phone that costs 298.99 or $9.97 per month. Other than that, the G Vista 2 is a fine offering with a decent camera, removable battery, expandable memory, and good call quality, but at this price range you can certainly expect more.
- Motorola Droid Maxx 2
The Motorola Droid Maxx 2 focuses on durability and long battery life and that’s about it. The phone has not much more to offer other than water-proof body, a battery that can give you up to 48 hours of usage time on a single charge and a beautiful display. The biggest disappointments are: poor performance, too much bloatware and an operating system that is two generations old (Android 5.1.1 Lollipop). The device costs $384 full-price or $16 per month at Verizon.
- Samsung Galaxy Core Prime
Samsung is known for making awesome phones but the Galaxy Core Prime is nothing to be excited about. Priced at $99 full retail or $4.17 per month at T-Mobile, it’s the cheapest device on our list so obviously you can’t ask for too much but even at such affordable price range, you can expect more than what the handset has to offer. For instance, it has a very low-resolution screen and disappointing camera.
- ZTE Avid Plus
The ZTE Avid Plus is another super cheap smartphone which is priced at just $114.99 full-retail at T-Mobile. Unfortunately, its low price can be guessed from its appearance which is far from attractive due to thick frame and large bezels. Moreover, the display is washed-out and “hard on the eyes.” If it wasn’t for these drawbacks, the Avid Plus wouldn’t be such a bad choice since is comes with good battery life, expandable storage and a removable battery.
Of course, neither of the above described phones is so bad that you couldn’t use it. If you are looking for an inexpensive device for basic communication such as making calls, texting and checking the mail every now and then, then each of the handsets would serve this purpose. However, if you want something more, for example a good camera or satisfactory battery life, then you should probably try other models.