Best Budget Phones Under £200! (Summer 2021) | Top 10 & One to Avoid

Reviewing the best budget smartphones you can buy in 2021 for a price under £200, boasting smart camera tech, proper gaming grunt and very different Android experiences. Here’s my favourite cheap phones from Nokia, Xiaomi/Poco, Motorola and Realme, including the Poco X3 Pro and M3 5G, Moto G50 and G30 and Nokia 5.4.

One of the best smartphones that creeps under the cost of £200 in various sales is the Poco X3 Pro. This brilliant budget blower boasts incredible specs, a respectable camera and proper gaming chops, although MiUI 12 is rather divisive. The fresher M3 Pro 5G has just been reviewed here on Tech Spurt and costs even less.

If you prefer stock Android, check out the Nokia 5.4 or Motorola’s latest mobiles. The Moto G50 and G30 aren’t updated as reliably as that Nokia phone but do serve up some good specs at a low price point.

Love also to the Oppo A53 and Realme 8 5G, check out my unboxing and review videos of these handsets right here on Tech Spurt.

Best Budget Smartphones Under £200 Chapters:
0:00 – Skip this bit
0:51 – Motorola Moto G30
2:30 – Moto G50
3:31 – Moto G9 Plus
4:38 – Moto G9 Power
5:44 – Nokia 5.4
7:15 – Nokia G20
8:21 – Oppo A53
9:18 – Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro
11:09 – Poco M3 Pro 5G
12:04 – Realme 8 5G
12:40 – One to avoid!

50 Comments

  1. GemMine on September 20, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    You need more light in your shots bro. Buy a like two spot lights to shine directly on the subject.



  2. Odin310 on September 20, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    You’re amazing, i got my moto g9 plus because of you and it’s the perfect phone for me



  3. Orlando Chomutare on September 20, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    What happened to the redmi😂😂😂



  4. Boris Chan on September 20, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    which one takes the best photo?



  5. Pulkit Jain on September 20, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Please don’t sell nokia with software update as USP. It’s a lie. I’m still waiting for android 11 update about 7 months from it’s launch and the box said "android 11 ready"!!



  6. Paulc on September 20, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Avoid these cheap budget phones just go for a referbished flagship from 2018 for the same price, they will be better in every way than a phone designed on cost savings,the p20 Pro is a good choice and costs around £160



  7. Jim Hip on September 20, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Got the moto g30 a few days ago. So far quite impressed.



  8. None Given on September 20, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    why the hell cant manufacturers launch smaller 5.2" budget phones, the only thing on the market is a pixel 4a . They need to understand that not everyone wants to carry around a phablet.



  9. weekendwireless on September 20, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Needs a conclusion. Which one would you get



  10. welsan on September 20, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Coming from indonesia, the recommendation would be filled by a crap ton of xiaomis, realmes, samsungs and maybe a couple of vivos



  11. Robin Ferizi on September 20, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    This guy reminds me of a maths teacher at my school



  12. Happy Knife on September 20, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    You got a thing for Motorola? Possibly the worst of the major brands.



  13. Diego Velasquez on September 20, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Galaxy s10e best phone under 200 you’re welcome



  14. Dan Capewell on September 20, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    Same as the spring?? Intro at least



  15. Khaleem Gul on September 20, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    One side program not good and all of you please please don’t scare from Taliban



  16. Kevin Mena on September 20, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Thank you for this REVIEW DUDE. SIMPLY INFORMATIVE AND TO THE POINT. My Grandma’s Android of 7 years broke yesterday. (longer lasting then any iPhone or flagship Android that I ever had 😂)
    Anyways her phone is her source of staying connected!!
    And I didn’t want to get on the markets and throw Money and something with to much. Nor buy something to cheap to crap out her.
    Like I said. This was to the point. The end of the 13th minute and one more YouTube vid for confirmations, I already had in my Amazon cart her phone.
    Thanks again !



  17. Pillsnpie Gaming on September 20, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    The meaning of purple is generally considered to be that of sexual frustration, so i believe its pretty accurate to consider it a moody color scheme



  18. Ali Bora Aygün on September 20, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Hello, TLC 10 pro and poco fx pro are both at the same price in my country. Which one should I prefer? Thank you



  19. Teen Dreamz on September 21, 2021 at 12:00 am

    I think that’s mi 11x isn’t that



  20. I'm a good guy on September 21, 2021 at 12:00 am

    where’s the samsung a22 4g?



  21. Abhay Mhatre on September 21, 2021 at 12:00 am

    A12 is the worst phone in it’s price



  22. Turkish Delight on September 21, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Pint of Buckfast?



  23. meme god on September 21, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Can somone tell me the best one here?



  24. Rizwaan on September 21, 2021 at 12:03 am

    I just wish the tablet market would see the improvement to the budget end that smartphones have. From what I’ve seen you’d have to splash £500+ just to find a tablet that doesn’t have a snapdragon 600 series chip



  25. Singularity Raptor on September 21, 2021 at 12:04 am

    I am surprised to see Samsung’s M series like M31 and M32 blows competition out of the park with the same asking price. It’s a phone only sold in India which is kinda bummer for folks outside India.



  26. Ramy Abouhassan on September 21, 2021 at 12:06 am

    you should test the cameras with open camera with the API 2 that allows to disable processing and shot raw. to test true camera hardware performance. i could take very very good looking footage with an LG G6 imagine with many of the newer phones with better hardware



  27. J Blen on September 21, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Damn dude. Came here after looking up websites with top 10 budget phones, but wasn’t really sure if I could trust it. Along the way found a very handy website for comparing specs of different phones, and a lot of the choices on these websites aren’t quite what I’m looking for. I’m a sucker for Motorola but hadn’t actually heard of the g30 and immediately this video found me the perfect phone for my needs. Even the 128GB storage 6GB ram model is £216 and that’s crazy for such a new phone. I’ll check out the other phones first but something tells me I’ve already found my next phone.



  28. Samuel Nogueira on September 21, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Where’s the Infinix note 8 or Infinix zero 8i amazing bother less than 150



  29. Another FluffyNinja on September 21, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Helpful



  30. star77- zastarax on September 21, 2021 at 12:09 am

    what about the samsung M31 / A series



  31. the Dude on September 21, 2021 at 12:11 am

    I did some investigating myself and i think personally that the screen should at least be amoled.
    The samsung a20 is the cheapest amoled phone i could find…anyone know any more?



  32. Roderick Jones on September 21, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Good video…I’m waiting for the ‘best budget smartphones Christmas edition". I’ve got a brother, a niece and 3 nephews to buy phones for!



  33. FUTURE BILLIONAIRES MOTIVATION CLUB on September 21, 2021 at 12:13 am

    I like the way he speaks, makes you want to listen more and watch more of his vids, nice voice and great video



  34. Paul Mcgeever on September 21, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Oooh i was considering the samsung a12. Can you please elaborate on why it is a not so good buy. I’ve had a look at your review of the samsung m32 which seems to have what i want but a little above my budget. I have read that samsung M series phones don’t get any software and security updates but the A series do. That is what concerns me with other brands. What would be your take on this ?



  35. Who's who ? on September 21, 2021 at 12:16 am

    idk is there any people uses motorola in my country😂



  36. GPD on September 21, 2021 at 12:16 am

    Just bought the Poco F3 for my Dad, not sure why that wasn’t on the list because it is still budget, I think the price is the threshold for what you get, and will last much longer



  37. Sumit Loomba on September 21, 2021 at 12:16 am

    what’s the best for below £300 , i am planning on getting Redmi note 10 pro after watching your spring update. has anything changed since then? have we got a new champion?



  38. Rakesh on September 21, 2021 at 12:18 am

    You missed redmi note 10s



  39. Errorist on September 21, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Found your channel recently and ordered myself a Nokia 8.3
    Thanks!



  40. JEFFIN24 on September 21, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Check Redmi 9A out. Most affordable CODM running phone for me but ain’t the greatest that money can offer. Tech Spurt also check it



  41. Anonymous on September 21, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Please suggest me a phone below category
    Amoled display – 6-8gb ram – Good processor – 90 or 120 Hz Refresh rate – Better camera – 6 inches display – 5g



  42. The Wolf on September 21, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Mate , where do you get your anime wallpapers?



  43. Keith Allen on September 21, 2021 at 12:27 am

    Great reviews and info 👍 just an option but maybe have the name of the phone showing in the bottom corner while talking about it as when we hear if it’s good the name has already escaped us 😁



  44. Foxley on September 21, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Me staring at the anime wallpaper instead of the phone 👀



  45. Fitless Gaymer on September 21, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Best Budget Phones under 100!!!!



  46. Matthew Restaino on September 21, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Where are all the smaller budget smartphones 🙁



  47. drpruckus on September 21, 2021 at 12:31 am

    I have Samsung galaxy a10e and it’s shitttt



  48. ahmed mohmed on September 21, 2021 at 12:32 am

    what’s the best guys I am going to buy on budget tomorrow .. PLEASE HELP



  49. Oвıтσ Ucнıнα on September 21, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Are any of these phones compatible with metro pcs’s services?



  50. RageOfAThousandSuns on September 21, 2021 at 12:33 am

    I got the g9 play for £99.