Android smartphones available for under $250?
January 12, 2014 11:55 AM Subscribe
Best no-contract Android smartphone that I can buy (ideally new) for under $250?
posted by slidell to Shopping (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Looks like I'm taking it back to 2011!
My smartphone is very close to dead, three months before my contract ends and I can upgrade. That (plus the question earlier this weekend) got me to realize that the cost of a prepaid (ie, no contract) Verizon plan is $40 less per month than what I'm paying (unlimited talk and text, 4 GB data). So, it looks like I should just pay for a new phone now and recoup the costs via that $40/mo savings starting in March. I have no problem going no contract (even if Verizon won't let me port my number or whatever) since I'm on Google voice. That said, I used to have AT&T and switched to Verizon due to dropped calls, so I probably won't switch carriers altogether.
I don't want to spend $500, plus I've been pretty happy with the original Razr (XT912). I have minor complaints (photo quality and declining battery life) but also some areas where I've been really impressed (stupidly, I go without a case too often, and I have dropped it a LOT, and it's just now catching up to me).
It looks like I can pick up a new Razr on eBay for about $175, or a Maxx for about $250 (can't find that deal now, though, so I may have dreamed it and be stuck with the non-Maxx). But I haven't been paying any attention to the cell phone market. If there's something that I should consider instead, I'd love to know. I've been thinking about trying something from HTC? From the crash test videos I've watched, I'm under the impression that the Samsung phones are too fragile for me? (Honestly, I'm not going too be able to not drop my phone.) I'd ideally like to buy something new, but could be persuaded otherwise.
I tend to use my phone for: business calls in places with high background noise, constant email and web surfing, lots of photo-taking in indoor low light situations, lots of audiobooks, never videos, almost never music, occasionally to drop off of ladders. I've gotten resigned to traveling with my power cord, so the 6 hour battery of the original Razr was fine, but not so much the 2-3 hour life of my aging battery. Oh, and the 16 GB memory card from my current phone seems to be usable, so I'm not too worried about memory, assuming the phone has a slot for that. Thanks!