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Oy, what a year.

Just when you thought it impossible to pack more woe into 365 days than 2016 did, along came 2017.

But even amidst all the security breaches, data leaks, net-neutrality fights and ransomware scares, we witnessed an amazing year in tech. And not just amazing, but cheap: Everything from phones to drones saw spec bumps and price drops.

Here, then, are my picks for some of the best cheap tech of 2017.

When you’re done reading, leave a comment naming your own choices!

Incredibly cheap phones

Need to outfit your sales team with phones for the field? Ouch, that’s gonna cost ya — you need models that are fast, rugged, capable and secure, and ideally premium-looking to project the right image.

Good news: You don’t have to spend $800 per unit. Nor even $600. In 2017, we witnessed the arrival of premium-grade smartphones at mid-range prices — models from the likes of Huawei, Motorola and OnePlus, to name a few.

Even down around the $200 level, you can score some pretty amazing gear. Earlier this month, for example, I shared a deal on the Doogee Mix, an unlocked 5.5-inch phone priced at $178 (and normally just $200). It’s…