Best Smartphones Under $500By Reviewed.com Staff
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.
Updated May 24, 2017
The iPhone SE is one of the most affordable iPhones ever, but that doesn't mean it performs like a second-rate device. In fact, the SE takes most of the internal components from the flagship iPhone 6S and combines them with an outer design that is the spitting image of the older iPhone 5S. For people looking for an affordable path to iOS and a small-but-powerful smartphone, the iPhone SE is one of the best around.
Where To Buy$499.00 Apple Buy
The Nexus 6P is the first Huawei-made phone to grace Google's Nexus program, and it's an impressive debut. It may have a few flaws, but with a speedy processor, better-than-average camera, 4K video shooting capabilities, and pure Android software, it's more than worth the money. While power users might want to stick to Samsung and LG, the 6P has us excited for future Huaweis.
Where To BuyClick for price Amazon Buy $449.99 Walmart Buy
Huawei packed a fair amount of value underneath the Honor 8's shimmering, lustrous hood, but some might find the phone's dual cameras and Huawei's software to be lacking. Still, if you look past its flaws, there's a competitive phone in the Honor 8, and it's one that won't make a sizable dent in your wallet.
Where To Buy$349.99 Amazon Buy $329.99 Best Buy Buy $421.06 Walmart Buy
Despite its shortcomings, the Nextbit Robin is a forward-thinking smartphone bursting with personality. While it appears to be little more than a well-designed, midrange Android phone, the Robin has a marquee feature: the ability to shuffle your data to the cloud whenever you need extra space. Most users will appreciate its flexible storage, dependable camera, and unique look, but it could do with a bit more polish.
Where To BuyClick for price Amazon Buy $179.99 Best Buy Buy $148.99 Walmart Buy
The Huawei GX8 is an affordable mid-range smartphone that, in many ways, performs better than you'd expect based on its price. Its aluminum body and considerable heft make it one of the best-looking phones in its class; it looks and feels like a premium Android smartphone. Huawei's not yet a household name in the U.S., but given the price, camera, battery, and processor, the GX8's worth a look.