Last Minute Christmas Gifts: Best Cheap Smartphones
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Last Minute Christmas Gifts: Best Cheap Smartphones

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Smartphones make a great Christmas gift. Of course, there are many to choose from and time is running out. For this list, we’ve focused on cheap smartphones that are unlocked and which are in stock and ready to ship and arrive before the holiday. These aren’t the top-of-the-line models like the iPhone 6 or the Galaxy S6, but they are fully-featured smartphones that will get the job done for short money. All the phones on our list are $200 or less — a great price point for those on your list who might be new to smartphone ownership.

If you don’t have Prime yet, you’ll probably need to consider 30-day free trial to ensure you get your items shipped to you in plenty of time for Christmas. Prime members get until the 22nd to take advantage of free two-day shipping.

Don’t stress out if you can’t manage to get these shipped in time. You can always include a digital Amazon gift card so the person on your list can pick out accessories while they wait for their present to arrive. Or you could always just pick one of these up for yourself as reward for Christmas shopping well done.

If nothing particularly strikes you on this list, have a look at our Gifts page for thoughtfully curated gift guides from our whole team, or check out Amazon’s holiday gift guide.

If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift, consider our list of the best cheap smartphones.


1. BLU Studio Energy 2

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(Blu)

Loaded with Android Lollipop and crafted out of a single piece of aircraft-grade aluminium, this Blu smartphone uses a 1.3GHz processor with 16GB internal storage. It also comes with a MicroSD slot good for up to 64GB. This is a 4G LTE phone for use on GSM networks (AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Straight Talk, Pure Talk USA and others worldwide) with a 5-inch HD AMOLED LCD screen. It has a 4.4 rating out of 60 reviews, so despite its low price, this is a solid offering.

Need more options? Browse all last-minute gift ideas here.

Price: $129.99 (28 percent off MSRP)

Buy the BLU Studio Energy 2 here.


2. ALCATEL OneTouch Idol 3 Global Unlocked

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(Alcatel)

Another GSM unlocked phone, this Alcatel model focuses on music. It uses JBL front-facing stereo speakers to generate loud, clear, excellent sound. It has a 13 megapixel main camera and a 8 megapixel front-facing camera with a supporting app. This is a fully-featured smartphone at a comparatively low price, and has all the bells and whistles you might need. The memory starts at 16GB and is expandable, but the battery isn’t removable.

Need more options? Browse all last-minute gift ideas here.

Price: $199.99 (29 percent off MSRP)

Buy the ALCATEL OneTouch Idol 3 Global Unlocked here.


3. BLU Energy X Plus

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(Blu)

While certainly not as fully-featured as the Alcatel, this Blue option is the cheapest on our list and has the advantage of being dual-SIM, which makes it great for travelers. This is again a GSM unlocked phone, with a standard 8 megapixel camera/5 megapixel front-facing camera. This has only 8GB of internal memory, but is of course expandable via a Micro SD. This phone is probably a little slower than the others, but will still get you access to everything available on an Android smartphone.

Need more options? Browse all last-minute gift ideas here.

Price: $112.37 (19 percent off MSRP)

Buy the BLU Energy X Plus here.


4. HTC Desire Eye E1

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(HTC)

If you need something a little snappier, try this HTC which features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU Quad-core 2.3 GHz processor. It has 16GB internal memory, expandable via Micro SD up to 128GB. It has a 13 megapixel camera and shoots in full 1080p HD video to help you make use of that expanded memory right away. It will ship running Android KitKat, but you can upgrade it to Lollipop when it arrives. HTC makes a solid little phone.

Need more options? Browse all last-minute gift ideas here.

Price: $199.99

Buy the HTC Desire Eye E1 here.


5. Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

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(Sony)

Available at the best discount on our list, this Sony brings you a 13 megapixel camera and a quad-core Snapdragon processor. The battery life may be a bit lower on this one, so it might not suit those who have to go days at a time without plugging in. It ships with Lollipop, and is unlocked for use on GSM networks around the world. You can also expand the memory up to 128GB, though this also includes standard 16GB internal storage. The best part? This one is waterproof. That could be a big advantage to the person on your list.

Need more options? Browse all last-minute gift ideas here.

Price: $199.99 (33 percent off MSRP)

Buy the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua here.

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