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Looking for a good phone but don't have big bucks to spend?

Don't worry, there are phones out there for you that won't break the bank but still offer a lot of the features many users have come to expect. They don't have the fanciest cameras or the fastest processors, but for a lot of people they're good enough.

Here's a look at some of Consumer Reports' highest-rated phones under $350. 


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Apple iPhone SE, starting at $349
This is Apple’s lowest-priced option, but it’s still a decent one, especially if you like smaller phones. Our testers say its camera did very well in terms of color quality, exposure level, and sharpness.

Huawei Honor 8, starting at $330
Testers liked this phone’s display, and it has a decent 12-megapixel camera. But the phone’s screen cracked during our durability testing, so handle with care.

Samsung Galaxy J7, starting at $240
This phone offers a big, 5.5-inch screen; outstanding battery life of 29 hours in CR's testing; and solid all-around performance. It’s not one of the best phones in our ratings, but it’s arguably one of the best deals.

Sony Xperia XA1, starting at $300
This smartphone, which gets very good scores in most of our tests, has a decent display, respectable battery life, and a very good camera. Many consumers will appreciate its memory card slot for expanded storage.

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the January 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.