If you're not concerned with having the latest technology in the palm of your hand, there's a whole slew of affordable cell phones (dare I even say cheap cell phones) that do have solid builds, fantastic features and a few dazzling extras that will give you the biggest bang for your buck. And with a well-built case, there's no reason that these phones wouldn't last you as long as any others on the market. Some of the best of the best in affordable cell phones include:
moto e4 plus: With its large 5.5-inch HD display, long-lasting battery, fast 1.4GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 427 processor, ample (and expandable) storage, and 13MP camera with LED flash, this is one cheap cell phone that gives you everything you need.
moto e4: You can save even more by going with the e4 rather than the e4 Plus. Of course, you won't get all of the same features, but this sturdy phone does have a 2800 mAh Li-Ion battery, 5-inch touchscreen display, 16GB ROM (and a MicroSD card slot). In addition, it features the Android 7.0 operating system, a 1.4GHz Quad-Core MSM 8920 processor, and an 8MP rear-facing camera.
Essential Phone: Boasting a titanium body, with ceramic back and Corning Gorilla Glass 5, this phone is not only affordable, but durable. Plus, with its edge-to-edge QHD display, front-facing camera with 4K video and 8MP still photos, a 3040 mAh Li-ion Battery, Android 7.0 (Nougat) operating system and Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with Kryo 280 Octa-core (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad) processor, it gives you the power to do more on the go.
Samsung Galaxy J3 Achieve: With its 5-inch HD display, Android 8.0 (Oreo) operating system, an 8MP rear-facing camera (5MP front), plus up to 19 hours of talk time and a MicroSD card slot making it easy to expand your storage, the Galaxy J3 Achieve gives you everything you need to stay connected – and then some.
LG X power: As far as cheap cell phones go, they don't get much better than this. Featuring an 8MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear camera, the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) operating system, a 5.3-inch HD TFT display, a powerful 4100 mAh battery, a 1.8 GHz Octa-Core Processor, and 16 GB ROM / 2 GB RAM, plus a MicroSD card slot, it's a phone that does more for less.
Once you've chosen the device you want, you'll need to protect it from drops, spills, and just the rigors of life, by investing in a protective case. After all, a cheap cell phone is no longer the bargain you thought it was if you have to buy it twice (or several times) due to damage that could have been prevented.