I’m currently in the review process for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and it is undoubtedly the most attractive phone I’ve ever seen in person. It’s also about $800. That kind of money used to be what you’d pay for a model with upgraded memory or some kind perks. Now, Samsung appears to be making it the new normal.

First, lets get a couple facts out of the way. The Samsung Galaxy S7 retails for $669 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge comes in at $779 at my carrier of choice, T-Mobile. That breaks down to $27.92 a month with zero up front for the vanilla Galaxy S7, and $30 a month with a $59.99 down payment for the curvaceous S7 Edge. Add in tax (~7% here in Ohio) and you’re well over $700 or $800 for your phone of choice. That’s a lot of money.

I think it’s time we stopped putting up with this.

These phones are marvels of technology for sure. But, at $800 you have to ask yourself what you’re really buying. Through bulk rate buying, Samsung can get the component cost down to about $255 for the Galaxy S7.  Add in other overhead like advertising, manufacturing and human costs,  et. al, and you have a recipe for one of the most expensive phones out there.

Samsung spent $45 million advertising the Samsung Galaxy S6. Forty. Five. Million. Dollars. For a phone that wasn’t that good.

I’m sorry, flagships. I just can’t anymore.


I love phones. I never seem to get burned out on them, no matter how many times I’ve switched. And I’ve switched a lot. I love experiencing what a new phone has to offer. I love seeing a company’s vision for what the mobile space should look like. I just love phones.

Browsing through Gearbest’s listings shows me that I don’t have to wait two years between new experiences. I don’t have to spend $800 to get a well built phone with great specs. Here are some of my favorites currently on Gearbest for literally half (or less) of a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • ROM: 32 GB
  • Camera: 16 MP/5 MP
  • Screen: 5.5″ 1920 x 1080 FHD
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Other features: Fingerprint scanner, metal body, expandable memory
  • Price: $245
  • Website

Xiaomi Mi5

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • ROM: 32 GB
  • Camera: 16 MP/4 MP
  • Screen: 5.15″ 1920 x 1080 FHD
  • Battery: 3000 mAh
  • Other features: USB Type-C, Quick Charge 3.0, Bluetooth 4.2, fingerprint scanner
  • Price: $439
  • Website

Xiaomi Mi4C (Advanced Edition)

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • ROM: 32 GB
  • Camera: 13 MP/5 MP
  • Screen: 5.0″ 1920 x 1080 FHD
  • Battery: 3080 mAh
  • Other features: Edge tap, USB Type-C, Infrared
  • Price: $258
  • Website

Xiaomi Mi4S

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • ROM: 64 GB
  • Camera: 13 MP/5 MP
  • Screen: 5.0″ 1920 x 1080 FHD
  • Battery: 3260 mAh
  • Other features: Fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C, expandable memory
  • Price: $348
  • Website


Elephone is just one company putting out top tier phones for a fraction of the price. Gearbest and other sites like Amazon and B&H Photo offer a lot of great unlocked options for really good prices. These phones prove that you don’t have to buy overhead to buy a great phone. Keep your eyes peeled to our Twitter for more of these posts and some great deals on great phones.

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  1. The Mi5 is $300 in China for the 32g and $350 for the 64g. Wait a month until the second hand dealers get competion. They had like 16 million orders in China for the white phone in one week. Went on sale a couple of weeks ago.

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