I activated an Axon 7 Mini with T-Mobile as I'm leaving Sprint/iPhone for the time being.
~$200 or less
Good battery life (but my standards might be low. My iPhone 6 had awful battery life and also developed a problem in the past months where it would randomly jump to a low battery percentage)
Decent processor so I could game a little, watch a video, do normal stuff without it freezing up constantly
Would have the OS updated as long as possible or at least not have restricted app usage in the near future (I don't know much about ZTE so I'm concerned about their abilities in that area)
NFC is ideal
My concerns with the 7 Mini thus far are that from my minimal usage, after only maybe 5 min it became noticeably warm in my hand. Also, from my light usage I don't get the impression the battery life is that great.
Phones I am looking at:
Honor 5x (benchmarks seem to be below 7 Mini, no NFC)
Moto X Pure Edition (a bit older but maybe worth it?)
Moto G4 Plus
Asus Zenfone 3 (heard Asus isn't good about updating)
Huawei P8 Lite
UMi Plus (if I could get it relatively quickly)
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