iPhone X – one of the first flagship smartphones, which broke through the threshold of 1000 dollars. Following him, the psychological mark was overcome by Samsung and this trend is absolutely not encouraging. To give 1000 dollars for a smartphone, not all are ready, if not to say one. But this does not mean that it’s cheaper to buy a good and powerful flagship smartphone. Can! We have collected for you the top best smartphones worth up to $ 500.
Nokia 7 Plus – $ 490
The only one is not the flagship in this collection, but the smartphone is very interesting. In Nokia 7 Plus there is also a dual camera, and a newfangled 18: 9 display, and pure Android. Presented a smartphone in Barcelona, on MWC 2018. A little later the novelty will appear in other countries. And in general, Nokia aggressively enters the CIS market, and for the year the company entered the 8th place in sales. There are ambitions and there are interesting products, and this is for everyone. Nokia 7 Plus was at least interesting. Design in the spirit of the company’s latest smartphones, a good dual camera with two 12 megapixel modules and a capacious battery at 3800 mAh.
Technically, the Nokia 7 Plus differs from the most expensive smartphones only with the Snapdragon 660 processor. It’s an average chip. Nevertheless, it will provide comfortable work in all games and applications. The smartphone has 4 GB of RAM and a drive for 64 GB, there is support for microSD memory cards up to 256 GB. There is 7 Plus running on Android One. Thanks to this smartphone is very fast and responsive. Nokia 7 Plus can be safely called the successor of Nexus smartphones, and those who still use the Nexus 5 or Nexus 5x this novelty should like. In general, representatives on Android One are becoming more and this is the right step towards a clean and modern system.
Google Pixel – $ 450
Google Pixel first generation can be found for a modest 450 dollars. Yes, it will be a small version of 5-inches and with a 32 GB drive, but it’s still one of the best smartphones that you can buy. There is no double camera and an extended display, but there is a very powerful stuffing with 4 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 821 processor, and one of the best cameras on the market. And if in the daytime most of the flagships take pictures about the same way, then at night or under difficult light Google Pixel will give odds to any smartphone. The proprietary HDR + technology paired with an excellent 12-megapixel camera will allow you to become a real mobile photographer. Another thing that can not be ignored is the beautiful oleophobic coating on the screen and on the glass back cover. The finger always slides easily over the display, and the screen itself is rarely stained. The same with the camera, the lens of the lens is always clean. Owners of the iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus know what it means to regularly wipe the camera lens, in Pixel there is no such problem.
Still, you will be surprised by the speed of work. Smartphone, which installed the processor of the previous generation is surprisingly bright and works faster than many much more new and powerful flagships. Pixel is perfectly optimized. That’s what a Google device means. A year ago Pixel sold for 700-800 dollars, and today it can be bought for 450-500 dollars and it will be a wonderful purchase. Of the minuses, we can note a weak battery at 2770 mAh, which, with moderate use, will allow the smartphone to work out until the evening, but it’s worth loading and for lunch, it will have to be recharged. Nevertheless, Google Pixel is an excellent choice for those who appreciate pure Android and good quality photos.
LG G6 – $ 400
LG was the first to introduce a smartphone with a screen of 18: 9. The truth after LG is done by Samsung and attention to G6 was immediately diminished. Because of this, LG G6 pretty quickly threw off the price, and after all the smartphone is very good. It has everything to look and do not be ashamed and work normally. Processor Snapdragon 821, 4 GB of RAM and dual 13-megapixel camera. LG did not go along the beaten path and made the second camera module not with the tele-zoom, but with the wide-angle camera. This gives an excellent opportunity to shoot landscapes and architecture, shoot videos in the interior or even vlogs. True, the camera with a wide-angle lens does not have autofocus and the quality is inferior to the main one, but it’s a nice bonus. Basically, the same photos and videos you will do with the main 13 megapixel camera with aperture f / 1.8, fast autofocus and good detail.
The only thing that seriously annoys the G6 is a morally outdated launcher. Icons from the mid-2000s, animations and menu settings cause a nervous tic in the adepts of vanilla Android. However, you can fix the situation by installing the Pixel or Nova launcher and an additional package of icons. But an easily scratched back cover is already a minus, with which there’s nothing to be done. Although there are always cases, and glass smartphones alas are prone to such external influences. But the number of pulses in the G6 surely outweighs the disadvantages: the 32-bit DAC for good sound in headphones, fast charging, and the case is protected not only from water but from small drops. Today LG G6 can be found for $ 400 and here it has few competitors because it is a powerful smartphone with a modern display and a good dual camera.
Xiaomi Mi6 – $ 370
Many publications and bloggers have found Xiaomi Mi6 not the most successful update. Maybe it was a year ago, when the smartphone sold far for $ 500, today it can be bought for $ 370 and it’s quite another matter. Two cameras, a powerful processor Snapdragon 835, 6 GB of RAM – this is a true flagship. For such money, you can put up with all its drawbacks. Iron allows you to easily run any heavy games at maximum settings, while the Mi6 gets a little warm, but within acceptable limits. Xiaomi Mi6 is equipped with a dual 12 MP camera, here is a classic combination of the main module with aperture f / 1.8 and 27 mm optics and a second 52 mm lens with aperture f / 2.6. This will allow you to do a two-fold approximation, but in poor lighting, the second camera starts to noticeably noisy. The reason is not the most luminous lens. The main module makes beautiful shots during the day and is slightly noisy in the evening. In general, the camera in the Mi6 is very good.
The case of the smartphone is glass, there is a declared protection against splashes, but strongly rely on moisture resistance is not worth it. In the Mi6 there is no 3.5 mm headphone jack, so you’ll have to listen to music either through the adapter or through USB-C headphones. It’s strange that Xiaomi still has not released its analog AirPods. Apparently, this is not so easy. The Ali express smartphone can be bought for $ 370, and if you do not want to mess with the delivery, you can find it in the online stores of your city for $ 420. The only thing that can stop you from buying this smartphone is a dislike for MIUI. If you do not like this firmware, then it’s better to take something else.
OnePlus 5T – $ 490
Well, the best purchase for $ 500 will be OnePlus 5T. The smartphone is almost devoid of flaws and with a huge set of pluses. The basic version of the 5T is equipped with 6 GB of RAM and a drive for 64 GB. However, whatever version you bought, you will get a Snapdragon 835 processor, a 6-inch Full HD + screen, a dual camera and a good battery at 3300 mAh. The weakest place OnePlus 5T is considered to be a dual camera because it is unusual here. The main module is 16 megapixel with aperture f / 1.7, and an auxiliary 20 megapixel with the same aperture and the same focal length. A very strange set, which, according to the idea of OnePlus, had to improve the quality of the photo in the daytime. Nevertheless, even Pixel of the first generation shoots better, even if it only has one camera. You can not solve anything here. But as our blind comparison of OnePlus 5T with iPhone X showed, most people believe that 5T shoots better.
Other advantages include a loudspeaker, a good 6-inch screen, a very quick unlock on the face, a mechanical mode switch and a decent battery life. The smartphone will easily provide a very busy day. In this collection, OnePlus 5T is uniquely the best in terms of autonomy. And of course, it’s worth noting almost pure Android with an additional set of settings that will fine-tune the smartphone for you. If you want a powerful, modern flagship, the 5T is just the perfect choice. Buy it for $ 490- $ 500 can only be on Aliexpress or the official website. But it’s worth it, because dealers sell it for $ 100-200 more expensive and it’s pretty tangible.
This list could be supplemented with a whole bunch of good middle peasants, but we told you about the flagships (not counting Nokia 7 Plus). This is generally a good tactic to buy last year’s flagships. For example, Galaxy S8 today can be bought for $ 630 – an excellent choice for those who are not willing to spend money on S9, especially since the difference between them is not that big. The main conclusion from this material is not necessary to spend 1000 dollars or more to get an excellent smartphone that can solve all your problems and give a lot of positive emotions.