As two-year service contracts go the way of the dodo, customers are left with two options: buy a new phone outright at full price, or split the cost into monthly installments.
Unfortunately, most of the latest and greatest phones are going to leave your wallet feeling light. But the good news is that if you’re okay with cutting a few corners, there are plenty of reasonably priced phones to choose from.
Curious to learn more about a particular phone? Click through to read the full review. Otherwise, here’s our take on the best smartphones you can get for under $500 today.
Samsung Galaxy S8: The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the new flagship phone from the korean tech giant. It offers many of the best features and specification currently in demand by the consumers. Thus, if you are looking to buy a splendid smartphone with budget not being a barrier, you can wait for the release of this one.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 flaunts a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display. The screen has a resolution of 1,440 x 2,960 pixels and an enormous pixel density of 568ppi. This marvellous display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass v5. The smartphone runs on Android v7.0 (Nougat) operating system.
Apple iPhone SE: It is a four-inch iPhone with a classic, familiar design and modern, competitive specs. Basically, it’s most of the hardware from an iPhone 6s put into the body of an iPhone 5s. Why is Apple retreating to a design that it dumped years ago? Because small phones are still extremely popular, and with an affordable starting price the iPhone SE can lure even more people into the iOS fold.
Frankly, it would have been easy for Apple to just downgrade the hardware of the iPhone 6s and cram them into a cheap, afterthought-of-a-phone. Instead, the SE is a reimagining done the right way. For the most part, the corners its cut won’t affect most people, and in many cases, the SE performs just as well as the 6s. And for a brand new iPhone, that’s a true value.
|Samsung Galaxy S8- $574.99|
|Apple iPhone SE – $335.00|
|Huawei Honor 8 – $338.99|
|Google Nexus 6 – $319.99|
|Moto G4 Plus – $229.90|
Huawei Honor 8: The Honor 8 (MSRP $399.99) is somewhere between the the GX8 and the P9—in performance and design, it has more in common with the dual-lensed P9, but it’s closer in price to the lower-end GX8. Compellingly, it’s not that far off from Apple’s modestly-priced iPhone SE, but its crummy software and lackluster camera falls short of providing as much value as Apple’s 4-inch underdog.
At this point, I don’t think it’s possible for the Huawei brand to obtain the type of ubiquitousness it’s enjoyed overseas for quite some time; there’s simply no catching up with Samsung and Apple anytime soon. That said, I think the company’s best shot at finding a long-lasting home in western markets is to fill the very niche that the Honor 8 is trying to occupy—affordable, mid-range smartphones built on the attractive hardware usually found in premium devices.
Google Nexus 6: When you think of Android, the standard bearer has always been Google’s line of Nexus smartphones. Starting from the One all the way to today, if you want pure Android, you’re buying Google’s hardware.
For most of its history, the line hasn’t wowed with specs. Instead, it preferred to let the price do the talking—most Nexus phones have been priced to move, and with rock-solid hardware backing it up. At least that was the case until the Google Nexus 6 (MSRP $649 unlocked) arrived. This is a phone with hardware fit for the king of Android, while costing a king’s ransom, to boot.
Moto G4 Plus: Instead of announcing just one Moto G variant in 2016, Lenovo brought us three different devices – the Moto G4 Plus, Moto G4 and Moto G4 Play.
The highest-end of the bunch is the Moto G4 Plus, and it brings a handful of notable improvements to the Moto G range. It has a big 1080p display, capable processor, expandable storage, and even a fingerprint sensor this time around. While we had a slight problem with the volume/power buttons and the camera in low light, we can honestly say this is one of the best budget offerings in 2016.
Other Popular Smart Phones:
Apple iPhone 7 (128GB) $810.00 = View on Amazon
Samsung Galaxy S7 – $338.68 = View on Amazon
Moto G Plus (5th Generation) – $184.99 = View on Amazon
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – $369.99 = View on Amazon