As a former owner of a Note 7 I may just decide to become superstitious. Though I do like my iPhone 7. I checked out a Huawei Mate 9 last night. Overall it was a very nice phone but you do sacrifice quite a bit on camera quality (despite the Leica name) when you go down to that price level from the Samsung and IPhone stratosphere. What I don't know is what the phones they reserve for the Asian and European markets are like. Those have way better specs than the phones they sell here. The best bang for my buck I ever had so far was the HTC 10 for $525. That phone compares well to my more expensive Samsungs and IPhone 7 Plus. That phone is made in Taiwan, I believe.