With leading phones likeand Starting from over $ 1,000, it's easy to feel that these great phones are and beyond your budget. But when some phones are becoming more expensive, and pack their own premium features. There are plenty of affordable, fast, great imaging devices and offers state-of-the-art software features that won't break the bank. While many of our options for the best phones under $ 500 came out this year, some handsets in this version came out last year. That doesn't mean they're obsolete – most of them still have high-end processors and good cameras that you can use less often than when they were first released.
Note that these products are selected independently by our editors, based on practice testing. We have linked to the unlocked version of each phone and they will run on almost every four major US wireless carriers (unless otherwise stated). CNET can get a share of the revenue if you buy anything that stands out on our site.