The budget smartphone market has really come into its own over the last couple of years, with numerous devices appearing with price tags under £200 and an aim to offer you a good enough smartphone experience that you don't need to splash half a grand on a flagship device.
They might not have the sharpest displays, or beautiful metal designs, but a budget smartphone can still be good looking, offer decent specs, a good battery life and a solid performance, while saving your pennies at the same time. Who can argue with that?
For this feature, we are specifically looking at the devices that fall under £200. If you have a little more cash to spend on a smartphone than that, you can read our best smartphones for under £350 feature, or our big best smartphones 2016 feature that includes devices in all price ranges. For those that are on a budget though, this is right place for you.
To be considered for this feature, we need to have reviewed the smartphone in full. This means there might be a couple missing that you might have come across, but rest assured, we will be updating this feature as we get our hands on more so keep checking back if none of those listed in our gallery tickle your fancy just yet.
Whether you are after an impulse replacement or you just can't bear the thought of spending the best part of £500 or more on a device that lets you ring people among a few other things, head to our gallery to find the best budget phones available to buy today for under £200.
Our top recommendation
Here's our choice for the best all-round Android budget handset on the market at the moment...
Motorola Moto G4
Motorola has returned yet again, this time with the fourth generation of the popular Moto G, which is appropriately named the Moto G4.
It's bigger and bolder than the original, with a 5.5-inch display and it's a little more expensive too, starting at £169, but you still get a lot of bang for your buck.
The Moto G4's octa-core processor and graphics are capable of handling most games without stuttering and the battery life survives throughout the day.
The Moto G4 makes Motorola king of budget, once again.
Buy the Motorola Moto G4 because you want the best budget smartphone for under £200.
FULL REVIEW: Motorola Moto G4 review
PRICE: £169, Amazon.co.uk
And the best of the rest...
The Motorola Moto G4 might not be for everyone, and there are plenty of other great budget Android smartphones to consider whatever budget you are on. Here are the ones that you should also consider:
8. Asus Zenfone 5 LTE
The Zenfone 5 is one of three in Asus's range of budget devices that aim to bridge the gap between entry-level Android phones and top-level flagship smartphones.
It offers a 5-inch screen, with 4-inch and 6-inch models also available, and it has a neat, premium-looking design, despite plastic featuring as the main material. The Zenfone 5 is subtle so you won't be ashamed to take it out of your pocket and although the battery life isn't brilliant and the screen isn't particularly bright, overall it's a good, capable device. There is also an LTE version if you want to add speedy connection to the list of attributes.
The Asus Zenfone 5 offers much of the experience of a phone that, until recently, would have cost twice the price. As a first stab at making a mainstream phone, the Asus Zenfone 5 is a fine effort and one that is a great value prospect.
Buy the Asus Zenfone 5 if you want a good looking, capable phone for around £100.
FULL REVIEW: Asus Zenfone 5 LTE review
7. Motorola Moto G (third-gen)
The original Moto G was a brilliant device when it first launched in 2013, taking many by surprise. It has been updated several times since, and again very recently, but this fifth version of this handset is still a worthy handset despite having been succeeded now.
The design was redefined and despite still being a little on the chunky side, the third-generation of Moto G is lovely. Water resistance was also added, and Moto Maker is available too, which means this device can be customised more than the majority on this list.
The third-gen Moto G has a good battery life, an improved camera over its predecessors and an almost raw Android experience with some great software enhancements. The specs aren't as impressive as some others in this feature, but this phone isn't about numbers, it's all about the experience. And as affordable experiences go, it's certainly up there.
Motorola has upped the price a little with this model of the Moto G, but you get something for the extra cash and this device is still half, if not a third a price of some flagships.
Buy the Moto G 2015 (third-gen) because you want a great smartphone experience at a more than reasonable price starting at £149.
FULL REVIEW: Motorola Moto G (third-gen)
6. Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
Sony introduced the Xperia M4 Aqua at Mobile World Congress in March 2015 as a mid-range handset that offered waterproofing, a feature Sony is now known for with its smartphones.
The Xperia M4 Aqua is a lovely looking device that takes many of its design cues from the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3+. It's not all just about looks though, offering a decent battery and solid performance that outpace its sub-£200 price tag - and much of the competition.
The lack of internal storage, along with an average display and average camera do bring it down a peg or two but the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is a good mid-range smartphone, made even better by full waterproofing.
The waterproofing is one feature to make it standout in among the madness of the mid-range market, while its design tricks you into thinking its part of the flagship Z series so overall, it's well worthy of consideration.
Buy the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua because you want a fully waterproof device with a good design for less than £159.
FULL REVIEW: Sony Xperia M4 Aqua review
5. OnePlus X
The OnePlus X was announced at the end of October 2015 and it is the cheapest and smallest smartphone within the OnePlus portfolio.
For its £199 price tag, it brings with it a build quality that trounces near-priced competition, microSD expansion and an AMOLED display that delivers deep blacks and vibrant colours.
It has a few graphical limitations and there is no NFC or fingerprint scanner, while the build quality feels a little cheap in comparison to its larger, slightly more expensive brother - the OnePlus 2.
It challenges the likes of the much more costly Nexus 5X and even the HTC One A9 though. Peel back the finer details and the OnePlus X feels like an almost-there device, but it's an almost-there device with a good price.
Buy the OnePlus X if you want a budget smartphone with decent specs but don't quite have the cash to opt for the OnePlus 2 or latest OnePlus 3.
FULL REVIEW: OnePlus X review
4. Vodafone Smart Ultra 7
The Vodafone Smart Ultra 7 succeeds the Smart Ultra 6, which sits a little higher up this list. The new device is once again locked into Vodafone and once again offers great value for money, even if it is a little more expensive than its predecessor at £135.
Combined with its clean software, powerful processor and long-lasting battery, the Vodafone Smart Ultra 7 is easily one of the best phones under £150. There simply aren't many phones on the market at this price point with the same feature list, especially not with a large 5.5-inch Full HD resolution display.
The Vodafone's Smart Ultra 7's direct competition spec-wise is probably the new Moto G - which has a more refined design, better camera and smoother experience, hence t's higher position in this list, but also costs at least £35 more.
Buy the Vodafone Smart Ultra 7 if you want a good budget phone for £135.
READ MORE Vodafone Smart Ultra 7 review
3. Oppo F1
The Oppo F1 is a neat phone, particularly if you're after something that'll keep you away from pricey contracts. It's a slim yet slick performer for its £169 price tag - one that doesn't reveal its affordable roots too quickly.
The 720p screen and the ColorOS software might put you off but for some it handles games and other tasks a little better than the OnePlus X, avoiding some of the stuttering that comes with the budget OnePlus.
The Oppo F1 doesn't quite achieve pole position in the budget phone, but the speedy performance is enough to keep it in contention.
Buy the Oppo F1 because you want a good performing device for £169 and you don't like the Moto G4.
FULL REVIEW: Oppo F1 review
2. Vodafone Smart Ultra 6
The Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is a phone of such great value that you'll wish it wasn't only available from Vodafone.
The main reason to think twice about buying the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is that it unsurprisingly comes locked to Vodafone. But, if you're looking for an affordable phone with a sharp screen, decent battery life and a camera that, with a bit of effort, can take very good shots do make the Smart Ultra 6 one of the very best low-cost phonesaround.
There's perhaps a bit more consistency with the Moto G, plus you don't have to deal with the app bloat if you choose the Motorola, but if you want an iPhone 6 Plus scale on a budget then look no further. In the sheer value-for-money stakes the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is pretty much unbeatable.
Buy the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 because you want an excellent device for £99.
FULL REVIEW Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 review