More on Smartphones

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. 

Consumer Reports' 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for updates on deals, expert product reviews, insider tips on shopping, and much more. And be sure to check our Daily Gift Guide.

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.