The best smartphones for $400? Our top five favorites of 2016!

The year 2016 will be remembered for many reasons, but one of the most positive reasons to remember this year will be looking back at all of the amazing options we gadget fans enjoyed at a mid-pack price. This year we saw the line between wallet-friendly phones and more expensive premium options almost completely erode. High end performance, competitive storage and battery options, and some beautiful hardware designs.

With so many fantastic options, we felt it was worth coming back to produce another quick showdown of our favorites so far. It’s an incredible collection, and funny to think that someone could buy two of these devices and still come in $80 cheaper than a single Note 7. It’s an amazing time to be alive.  ZTE, OnePlus, Alcatel, Huawei, and there’s even an Apple product on the list. Here’s our top five favorite budget busters of 2016!

The best smartphones for $400? Our top five favorites of 2016!

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Juan Carlos Bagnell
Juan has been geeking out on personal computing since before PCs had GUIs. After studying Theatre in college, Juan worked with a contractor that supported servers and mobile devices for Department of Energy facilities. After moving to Los Angeles California, and working as a commercial casting director, he now dedicates his time to discussing the tech landscape as a consumer advocate. You’ll often see him pop in local news broadcasts. Passionate about mobile content creation, he recently published his first book on smartphone photography.