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A little-known trick with LG is to bag a bargain on last year’s models. The 2017 flagship G6 (predecessor to the new G7) is down from $1099 to $599 at JB.

GadgetGuy’s pick is the uber flagship V series – the V30+. It has been software/firmware upgraded to ThinQ and usually sells for $1199. It is on special at JB Hi-Fi at $799. If you can stretch the budget, it blows everything else in that price range out of the water. All prices in brackets below are from JB Hi-Fi

ModelK8 $249 ($199)Q6 $399 ($249)Q7 $549V30+ $1199 ($799)
Screen5” 1280 x 7205.5” 2160 x 10805.5 2160 x 10806” 2880 x 1440
sAMOLED
ProcessorMT6737Snapdragon 435MT6750SSnapdragon 835
Ram/storage/microSD1.5/16/microSD3/32/micro SD3/32/microSD4/128/microSD
Camera Rear MP13131316/13
Camera Front MP5585
Battery mAh2500300030003300
Android67.1.18.18
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Great phones from 89 bucks

Next page Samsung
2 – Alcatel
3 –Nokia
4 –Motorola
5 –Huawei
6 –OPPO
7 –LG
8 –Samsung

Samsung

Samsung is the world’s largest phone maker. Like LG and Huawei, it has dozens of models and bargains can be found on last year’s models.

It has the J-series (2, 3, 5, 7, 8) from $229 to $449, A-series from $499 to $699 and the Galaxy S8 ($888), S9/Plus (1199/1349/1499) and Note9 series ($1499/1799).

GadgetGuy’s pick is the A8 because it heralds a new direction of high screen-to-body-ratio infinity screens. The J8 is also impressive.

ModelJ2 Pro $229J5 Pro $349J8 $449A8 $649
Screen5” 960 x 540
sAMOLED 16:9
5.2” 1280 x 720
sAMOLED, 16:9
6” 1480 x 720
sAMOLED 18:9
5.6” 2280 x 1080
sAMOLED 18:9
Processor4-core 1.4GHz8-core 1.6GHz8-core 1.8GHz8-core 1.6/2.2GHz
Ram/storage/microSD1.5/16/microSD3/32/microSD3/32/microSD4/32/microSD
Camera Rear MP81316/516
Camera Front MP5131616/8
Battery mAh2600300035003000
Android7788
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2 – Alcatel
3 –Nokia
4 –Motorola
5 –Huawei
6 –OPPO
7 –LG
8 –Samsung