Don't mind what ever OS.
Thanks in advance :)
poco something with nfc that showed up here at ozb many times last week
Pixel 3a. Maybe 4a if the offers come up that low
I'll get the Pixel 4A suggestion out of the way first,. Also the 3A XL is good too.
Apart from that there are a few mid rangers like the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, Redmi Note 9 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A51 that are also good options. Or slightly older flagships. We are pretty spoilt for choice nowadays :-)
Best to just get the Pixel 4a if a good camera is wanted for 'around' $500.
I have the 4a and it's a really good phone.
My mum has one and the photos from it don't stack up against against any Pixel phones or even my old Nexus 6P
Pixel 4a, if you can stretch it.
Otherwise, the Poco X3 has good cameras too and can be had for under $400.