Top 10 best Android and Apple smartphones for under $500 – PC World



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Although the prices of a high end smartphone like the Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XS Max continue to balloon upwards, it’s actually become easier than ever to find yourself a good-value smartphone for less than $500.

Sure, you have to be willing to make some compromises when it comes to camera and processing power. Still, in terms of the overall experience, buying a mid-tier and budget smartphone (that doesn’t suck) is much easier than it used to be.

If our round-up of the best Apple and Android smartphones you can find for under $600 and $700 wasn’t good enough for you, here’s our latest list of the top 10 best Android and Apple phones you can find for under $500.

Note – we use real-world prices sourced from Shopbot and, as such, some of the entries in our roundup may surprise you.

1. Nokia 8 ($699 RRP, $455 actual)

HMD Global’s first stab at a value-driven Nokia flagship, the Nokia 8 was compelling enough at launch. It came equipped with a Snapdragon 835 processor, a 5.3-inch QHD display and a 13-megapixel dual-lens camera capable of unique ‘bothie’ shots. With a year of discounts behind it, the Nokia 8 is a bargain for a 2017 flagship device. 

Nokia 8Credit: HMD Global Nokia 8

As we said in our review of the Nokia 8, it “brings together solid specs, crisp cameras and fantastic form factor. As an experience, it’s by no means perfect but the small pile of things worth nitpicking never comes close to outweighing the list of things that do.”

2. Huawei Nova 3i ($599 RRP, $433 actual)

Huawei’s new Nova 3i sits between its more premium P20 and P20 Pro but above the budget-friendly Nove 3e. The Nova series of smartphones has always been big on incorporating flagship features into an affordable device, and the Nova 3i is no different. It comes equipped with Huawei’s Kirin 710 AI processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of on-board storage and a matching set of dual-lens cameras.

Huawei Nova 3iCredit: Huawei Huawei Nova 3i

At its baseline RRP the Nova 3i was already a decent device. But factor in a few reseller-specific discounts and it’s made even better.

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