This is one of our favorite phones of the year. Google brought its considerable camera prowess down to the affordable phone market. It also has good battery life too, a sore point on the new Pixel 4, and its polycarbonate body won’t shatter at the first drop. Because it’s a Pixel phone, it will get software and security updates directly from Google (the maker of the Android operating system) for three years.
Google Pixel 4 XL for $600 ($200 off)
The Google Pixel 4 XL is the latest from Google, with multiple cameras on the back that can capture some stunning photos. That’s paired with simple software, clever machine learning features, and a really nice screen. The downside is battery life, which isn’t very strong, but it can make it through one full day of use. Read our review for more details.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus for $900 ($200 off)
Samsung’s latest massive phone is powerful and packed to the brim with features—perhaps a little too packed. Three camera lenses on the back let you take in wide landscapes or zoom in for close ups. The S Pen stylus is tucked inside, and you can use it as a Bluetooth remote to control some functions of the phone, like the camera. The all-screen design makes the Note look quite futuristic, especially in the Aura Glow color, though it gets quite smudgy. The Note 10 Plus earned our WIRED Recommends badge, and made it into our list of the top 10 Android phones.
Samsung Galaxy S10E for $550 ($200 off)
If you don’t need the absolute best (but want to get real close), the Galaxy S10E is a perfectly strong choice. The screen is nice; it looks modern; it’s just as powerful as its pricier brethren; and you also get an ultra-wide-angle lens paired with the main one for a little variety in your photos. It’s also more comfortable to hold, due to the smaller 5.8-inch screen.
Motorola Moto G7 for $200 ($100 off)
The G7 is a top pick for under $300. It nails the basics, namely with performance, which won’t make you want to pull your hair out unlike most budget phones. The camera is satisfactory, there’s a headphone jack, battery life is solid, and it doesn’t look hideous, either.
Moto G7 Play for $150 ($50 0ff)
If you want to save as much money as possible on a phone, the Moto G7 Play is the way to go. It offers the same processor as the Moto G7 listed above, though performance can get bogged down because it only has 2 GB of RAM. The screen quality isn’t as good, and while you shouldn’t expect much from the camera, it can get the job done in good lighting. It is a phone that comes with some compromises, but it is usable.
ZTE Axon 10 Pro for $450 ($100 off)
ZTE’s first major phone for the American market in years (after problems with the US government), delivers flagship-grade performance at half the cost of the competition. Inside this phone is a Snapdragon 855, the same chip inside the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, and to get that at $450 is pretty outstanding value. There’s no game-changing tech in this phone, but the camera, battery life, and design are all up to par.
OnePlus 7 Pro for $549 ($150 off)
It’s not for the latest model, and the newer OnePlus 7T may be a better buy, but this deal on the OnePlus 7 Pro brings an already high-value phone to an even better price. This phone is powerful, with a beautiful screen that refreshes at 90 Hz (that means scrolling in apps and playing games will look really smooth). Its downsides are the camera, which is versatile with three lenses but only produces adequate photos, and the battery life, which is nothing to write home about. Thankfully, it charges back up shockingly fast.
Wireless Carrier Deals
- T-Mobile: You can get four free iPhone 11 devices (paid through 24 monthly bill credits) when you add four Unlimited lines for $30 per line with a qualifying iPhone trade-in (in good condition).
- T-Mobile: If you’re adding a line, you can get the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 for around $363 (50 percent off), but you need to buy it on a monthly payment plan, and you’ll see the discount come through in bill credits each month for 24 months. Android tablets aren’t as good as iPads, but the Tab S6 is a formidable contender and great value at this price.
- Verizon: If you’re planning on buying an iPhone on a monthly payment plan and adding a line, Verizon is offering a buy one, get one discounted offer. For example, you can get a second iPhone 11 Pro Max for $400, though the discount is credited to your account over 24 months.
- Sprint: If you want to switch to Sprint, you can lease the 64 GB iPhone 11 for $0 per month if you trade in an iPhone 6S or newer in any condition and also activate a new line. The discount is applied to your monthly bill.
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