Best value smartphone for $500

YourLifeChoices member Tom wants to know which smartphone at around $500 is the best value from a trusted well-known brand.

Q. Dear Drew,

I would like to buy a new smartphone close to $500 in value, preferably a well-known and trusted brand.

Could you please list your top five recommendations (with star ratings) and the places for the best deal?

Thank you


A. Hi Tom,

Until recently, I would have included a Huawei brand phone in my recommendations, but with the recent US trade bans on the company, I would be avoiding all Huawei smartphones.

In no particular order, I’ve listed below the top five options around $500 currently available in Australia.

Samsung Galaxy A8 32GB – RRP $549

A consistent performer from a well-known brand, integrated with top of the line parts, the Samsung Galaxy A8 32GB is a solid choice.

This smartphone with a solid 16MP camera can be the go-to for all your travels and has a battery life of up to 24 hours’ talk time.

If you are interested in an Android device from a well-known brand at around $500, then this is the choice.

Google Pixel 3a 64GB – RRP $649

A new release from Google, this is the company’s attempt at introducing a budget-friendly smartphone to the market with a fast processor, great camera and decent storage capacity.

Google promises three years of Android OS and security updates with the Pixel 3a, making it among the best long-term support propositions you can get from an Android device.

Apple iPhone 6s 32GB – $489  

Old faithful, you know what you are getting with an iPhone. A simple, easy to use, well supported smartphone with decent battery life, a good camera and access to the Apple App store.

If you are looking for something a little newer than the 6s, you should consider purchasing a used iPhone from trade websites such as Gumtree or eBay.

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Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).


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