Best Phones For Under £200

Mobile phones have changed from luxuries to absolute essentials. We rely on them to keep in touch, entertain ourselves, and to learn what’s happening in the world. But that doesn’t have to come at a high price. If you’re on the lookout for a phone that doesn’t break the bank, here are the best phones you can buy for under £200. 

Last updated: 15th Feb 2021 at 11:23am

Alcatel

Alcatel offer some of the most affordable phones on the market. At between £20 and £150, these truly are budget-friendly phones - without sacrificing too much of what you need. 

Here are our top picks if you’re looking for an Alcatel device.

Alcatel 3L (2020)

One of Alcatel’s newest and largest phones, the 3L is for those seeking a slightly more high-end appearance and hardware. This is the best Alcatel phone available to buy right now, due to its impressive features and offerings. 

Price: £120

Great camera - 48MP AI camera included, which features smart technology to stabilise and improve the quality of the photos you take

Large 6.22 inch screen makes for an easy viewing experience

Huge 4,000mAh battery offers over a day of usage before needing to be recharged

64GB in-built storage, which is sufficient enough for a large number of phone users

Phone is 5G enabled

Waterproof

Alcatel 1S (2020)

Released in 2020, the Alcatel 1S is most notable for its photographic abilities. 

Price: £79

3.5mm audio jack and Bluetooth 5.0 - so you have the choice of listening with cabled earphones, or wirelessly.

Has a 4,000mAh battery, which can last for more than a day if you don’t stream or download too much content

Large 6.22 inch screen makes for an easier viewing experience

Host of smart AI technology included in its camera to create more impressive and stunning photos
 

Not compatible with 5G technology

No IP rating means the phone is not waterproof or dustproof 

Alcatel 1C

Released in 2019, the Alcatel 1C is one of the most budget-friendly smartphones available. Surprisingly, though, you don’t have to sacrifice too many features, despite the cheap price. 

Price: £49 

3.5mm audio jack and Bluetooth 4.2 - so you still have the choice of playing with earphones plugged into the phone, or wirelessly via Bluetooth

2,460mAh battery life that could last up to a day

Portable size for easy transportation, with a 5 inch screen

One-Handed Mode means all parts of the screen are easy to access, regardless of if you’re right-handed or left-handed
 

Not compatible with 5G technology

No IP rating means the phone is not waterproof or dustproof 

Alcatel 1B (2020)

Another 2020 release, the 1B is a more updated Alcatel smartphone, operating on Android 10. 

Price: £70

3,000mAh battery capacity is larger than some household brands, and capable of supplying charge for more than a day depending on usage

3.5mm audio jack and Bluetooth 4.2 for in-ear listening or wireless audio

5.5 inches screen size is a modest and comfortable size
 

Not compatible with 5G technology

No IP rating means the phone is not waterproof or dustproof 

Alcatel 1

A 2018 release, the Alcatel 1 launched the 1 family to the market. It’s an all-in-one device offering modest features to the everyday user. 

Price: £55

5 inch screen makes for a light and portable phone

3.5mm audio jack and Bluetooth 4.2 for both wired and wireless audio play

Modest2,000mAh battery can sustain life for most of the day

Comes in multiple colours, including: Gold, Pink, Blue, and Black
 

Not compatible with 5G technology

No IP rating means the phone is not waterproof or dustproof 

Doro

Doro is another reliable staple for budget-friendly phones. They are aimed more at older users, as they lack the sophisticated features and modernised appearance that appeal to many phone users. 

Doro 1360

The Doro 1360 was released in 2017, and is one of the cheapest phones to buy from Asda Mobile.

Price: £20

Small and lightweight at 12.6cm x 6.2cm x 1.3cm, so easy portable while you’re out and about

Big buttons take up the majority of the phone’s space for easy texting

Though the battery is small at 800mAh, it still offers 8 hours of talk time, which will allow you to talk to loved ones in a day

The 1360 comes with a host of helpful features for elderly people, in particular, like the Assistance button and ICE (In Case of Emergency)

Headphone socket and Bluetooth allow you to listen to audio two ways
 

Screen size is only 2.4 inches, which may be too small for people with sight impairments 

Only has 2G connectivity and isn’t designed to be disconnected from a Wi-Fi router, so wouldn’t be very effective outside

Doesn’t run on Android, so you won’t be able to access the Google Play Store

Doro 6040

The Doro 6040 was released in 2019, and is the first flip phone (also known as clamshell) to feature on this list. They might be seen as a relic of the past, but flip phones are having a nostalgia-driven resurgence

Price: £45

Big buttons for easy texting

Compatible with hearing aids for older people who may not be able to hear the sounds and ringer very well

Can remain on standby for 420 hours, so no need to charge it unless you’re going to be using it throughout the day

Battery life can support around 6 hours of talk time to stay in touch with friends and family in the day 
 

Only supports 2G connectivity and isn’t designed to be disconnected from a Wi-Fi router

Screen is only 2.8 inches, which may be too small for some people to see properly 

Doesn’t run on Android

Doro 6520

This 2016 launch is one of the oldest phones in this list, but old doesn’t mean lacking. The Doro 6520 is a decent clamshell phone for someone simply requiring the basics. 

Price: £57

10 hours of talk time is plenty enough to carry you through the day

Answer and end calls easily by simply opening or closing the phone 

Produces loud and clear sound for those hard of hearing, as well as talking keys that read your messages aloud 

Buttons are a decent size and easy to find if you struggle from visual or motor impairments 

Simple, curved appearance makes it easy to transport and fit inside bags and pockets

Very easy to use due to its simplicity - mainly only used for texting and calling
 

Screen is only 2.8 inches, which may be too small for some people to see properly 

Doesn’t run on Android

Oppo

For a more high-end option, Oppo has you covered. These phones still stay under the £200 budget, but have a whole host of surprising and impressive features for users seeking a more luxurious experience. 

Oppo A9

This 2020 model can hold up against some of the best handsets on the market, but is surprisingly within budget. 

Price: £179

Impressive selection of quad cameras - 48MP, 8MP, 2MP, 2MP - for clear and colourful photography 

Large 6.5 inch screen size for ultimate viewing, perfect for watching and streaming videos 

Large 128GB storage 

Huge 5,000mAh battery is up to par with some of the best smartphones out there, capable of lasting multiple days if you don’t use it too heavily, or more than a day with heavy usage
 

No 5G compatibility

Oppo A5

The 2020 Oppo A5 is similar to the A9 in its features, but typically offered at third-party retailers at a slightly cheaper cost. 

Price: £100 - £150

Large 6.5 inch screen is in line with many of the bigger brands, offering an end-to-end viewing experience for the user

Huge 5,000mAh battery is capable of lasting for multiple days depending on usage

Quadruple camera for impressive photography- 12MP, 8MP, 2MP, 2MP

Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless audio
 

Not compatible with 5G technology

No official waterproof rating 

Oppo A53

Another impressive 2020 release from Oppo is the A53 model, which, once again, is a similar copy of the previous two. Your decision all comes down to your preferences and what you need your chosen device to do for you. 

Price: £150 

Large 6.5 inch screen for optimal viewing

Can be purchased with up to 128GB of storage space, which is usually more than enough for the average user, to store hundreds of photos, videos, and apps

Triple camera - 13MP, 2MP, 2MP

3.5mm audio jack and Bluetooth 5.0 to allow the choice between listening in-ear or wirelessly 

Fingerprint technology for added security 

Hefty 5,000mAh battery life 

Supports 5G connectivity 
 

No official waterproof rating 

Motorola

Motorola is a popular alternative to the bigger smartphone manufacturers, as it still offers many of the same features, just at more affordable prices. 

Moto G6

Released in 2018, this Motorola model comes with everything you need in a smartphone. 

Price: £140

5.7 inch screen size is a perfect size for both viewing and handling

The phone is enhanced by Dolby Audio, making it great for watching and streaming videos  

The 3,000mAh battery life is great for all types of users, capable of lasting for a day without being recharged. It also comes with Turbo Power charge to get your phone back to life in a few minutes

Protected against scratches and water damage 

Fingerprint technology is used to unlock your phone, adding an extra layer of security 

Moto G5

The predecessor to the G6 above, the Moto G5 (2017) is a slightly cheaper option with a smaller screen. 

Price: £80

The 5 inch screen makes the G5 easy to transport, but is not too small to watch videos on suitably 

Supports Bluetooth 4.2 and has a 3.5mm audio jack, so you can choose between inserting earphones or connecting wirelessly 

Features fingerprint technology as a security measure 

2,800mAh battery life is decent for a moderate day’s use
 

Does not support 5G technology 

Does not have an official waterproof rating 

Samsung

One of the biggest brands in smartphones today, Samsung devices are usually priced like iPhones, so to find any for under £200 is an absolute steal!

Samsung Galaxy J6

This 2018 model is well worth buying at the price it retails for if you’re an Android fan. 

Price: £140

5.6 inch AMOLED screen provides clear, vivid, and detailed imagery on a large enough display for videos

Infinity Display gives users a full HD experience without the high price tag

This phone includes a range of modes and features for photography, like Night Mode and Selfie Focus

Great 3,000mAh battery capacity 

Face ID to unlock your phone is a step-up from fingerprint technology 
 

Only one camera on the front and rear 

Does not support 5G 

Samsung Galaxy A20e

Who says low prices have to limit you? The A20e is an alternative to the J6, with a larger screen and more cameras.

Price: £149

Large 5.8 inch HD+ screen allows you to see every inch of your video, photo, or webpage in clear and colourful quality

3,000mAh battery capacity with Fast Charging technology to get you up and running again in no time

Dual rear camera - 13MP and 5MP - to capture multiple angles and depths 

In-built 32GB storage with the capability of expanding to a whopping 512GB with an SD card
 

Does not support 5G 

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Samsung Galaxy A21s

You can even grab a 2020 release for under £200 from Samsung! The A21s offers the largest screen and best cameras of the three. 

Price: £175

Huge 6.5 inch Infinity-O display rivals many other big brands with its colourful and detailed picture 

Powerful cameras capable of capturing the nuances of every image - 48MP and 8MP rear, 13MP front

Whopping 5,000mAh battery capacity and Fast Charging technology 

Capable of expanding the storage capacity up to 512GB with a microSD card to fit all of your photos, videos, and apps 
 

No IP rating indicates that the device isn’t waterproof 

Apple

While Apple’s newer releases exceed £1000, the iPhone 6 is a rare exception now that it’s over five years old. If you’re an iOS fan, but can’t afford many of the other releases, then maybe the iPhone 6 can be your budget-friendly entryway into the world of Apple. 

The iPhone 6 is probably the oldest iPhone that can still support modern-day apps and software.  

Price: £180 - £200

The small 4.7 inch screen makes this dainty little phone easy to transport and slip into pockets and bags, as well as use one-handed

8MP iSight rear camera ensures a clear vision for FaceTime calling other iPhone models 

Includes AI helper, Siri, who allows you to complete tasks and ask questions hands-free by vocalising commands

Features the 3.5mm audio jack that has since been replaced by Lightning cables in models beyond the 7, allowing you to plug in any brand of earphones instead of purchasing an adaptor 
 

Small battery capacity of 1,810mAh, which won’t be enough to support most tasks nowadays without needing to be recharged more frequently throughout the day 
 

There you have it - all of our recommendations for phones under £200 from reliable brands. Some of the huge battery lives, storage options, and large, vivid screen sizes go to show that you don’t always need to empty your wallet for a good smartphone. 

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