Here are 6 nice phones under $400 you can get instead of the OnePlus 2

Here are 6 nice phones under $400 you can get instead of the OnePlus 2
While the OnePlus 2 is still one of the best value propositions in the smartphone realm, things on the market aren't like they used to. 2015 sees prices for handsets with flagship hardware, looks, and features trickle down into the mid-price range, while some of last year's top-shelf smartphones — still very capable, and not half-bad looking — can now be bought unlocked at prices two times lesser than what used to be. 

So before you start hunting for OnePlus 2 invites, or plunk down the cash for the "flagship killer", take a moment to research some of the deals we'll show to you. Although the OnePlus 2 has an edge over each of the five devices below, neither of them are too far back in terms of user experience and technological advantages, but all can be bought easily and reliably without participating in the "invite circus".

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23 Comments

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

please tell me it's a joke for recommending 2GB ram device over 4GB ram oneplus

3. gaming64 unregistered

It says best phones under $400 other than the OnePlus 2. The author doesn't mean to make comparisons with the Oneplus2. He is just reccomending other phones if you dont want the OnePlus 2.

7. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

the Zenfone 2 has 4GB of RAM ...

10. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

I was talking about galaxy a7

20. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Obviously a Samsung hater.

21. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Well at least the A7 has AMOLED, which is arguably a more important feature than the extra 2GB of RAM. Not everyone needs a big amount of RAM, but a superior display is always welcome.

8. nuldolor5x.com unregistered

One thing makes Oneplus 2 the best out of all those alternatives. The Fingerprint scanner.

9. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

No NFC is a bigger deal to me than a finger scanner. I would never choose the Onplus because of that.

19. Simona unregistered

amount of ram doesn't mean anything

2. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

There's a dual sim variant of the vibe Z2 pro. I think they should lower the price of 1+2. It's not that compelling as compared to last year.

5. gaming64 unregistered

It would be a great deal last year as a flagship killer but I dont think that Cyanogen is aiming for the flagship market. Heck you already have flagship specs in this. I think its priced right.

4. stijnvbrummelen

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

G flex 2 is also 400 dollar. Even tough I pressume the One plus two offers a better user experience, the G Flex 2 is I think also a good addition for this list.

6. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Where is LeTV, Meizu ?

13. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Gosh, the Meizu MX5 was in the list but it slipped away during a distraction. The MX5 is great value at the moment!

11. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

no honor series? 6? 7?

12. kosal

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

Moto x style....!!!!

14. angelod90

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

The moto x nails it

15. Oceans11

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I have the Maxwest Android Astro 5I picked up at yippz, I can replace the battery when needed and I added a Micro SD card and It's dual sim! Bonus all the way around!

16. Plutonium239

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Claiming that the finger print scanner is increased security vs a pin or password or a shape you draw is a lie. Your fingerprint can be lifted off the device and duplicated to fool the sensor. When apple first released their phone with a finger print sensor, it only took someone 12 hours to defeat it... Fingerprints are convenient, but not as secure as something like an iris scanner(as your iris cannot be duplicated) that is coming in the Lumia 950 and 950xl.

17. Proxy.from.Deep

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

And what about Huawei P8 lite ? 8core/64bit/2gb ram/16gb onboard/LTE/NFC/etc etc and dual sim or single sim+sd and all this for just over 200 usd . ( to be correct just over 200 eur ) Only one disadvantage - display is almost unseenable at direct sunlight .

18. Simona unregistered

maybe galaxy A7 or mi note or zenfone

22. Dewed

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

I'd have to go with the new Moto X Style. I think it's $399.

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

just forget about oneplus2, MX5 is the real flagship killer this year MX5 equiped with helios x10, 3GB RAM, 20.7MP camera + laser autofocus + dual tone flash, fingerscan, AMOLED screen, 3150mAh + fast charging and only $290 for 16GB model ($390 for 64GB model)

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