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Best Cheap Phone of 2024: Most Value for the Money

Best Cheap Phone of 2024: Most Value for the Money

Every phone on this list has been thoroughly tested by CNET's expert review team. We use the phone, test the features, play games and take pictures. We evaluate any marketing promises a company makes about its phone. If we find something we don't like — whether it's battery life or build quality — we tell you about it.

We examine every aspect of the phone during testing:

  • Display
  • Design and feel.
  • Processor performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera quality
  • Features

We test all of the phone's cameras (both front and back) in a variety of conditions: from outside to dimly lit indoor locations and nighttime scenes (for any available night modes). We also compare our results with similarly priced models. We have a series of real-world battery tests to see how long the phone lasts in everyday use.

We account for additional phone features like 5G, fingerprint and face readers, stylus, fast charging, foldable display and other useful extras. We weigh all our experiences and testing against the price so you know if the phone represents good value.

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