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Best Labor Day Smartphone Deals 2020: Apple and Samsung

This summer has not been an easy one, and retailers really want to get us into the back-to-work and back-to-school modes with some terrific discounts on the best tech out there this Labor Day. If you’re in dire need of a new smartphone, then you’ll want to look no further than these fantastic Labor Day smartphone deals, brought about by this year’s Labor Day sales.

Today’s best Labor Day smartphone deals

  • Apple iPhone SE 2020 64GB (Verizon)Free with unlimited plan, was $400
  • Blu Vivo XI+ (Unlocked)$150, was $250
  • Apple iPhone 11 Pro 64GB (Verizon) As low as $150 with eligible trade-in, $650 ($27/month) without, was $1,000
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 5G 128GB (AT&T)As low as $300 ($10/month) with eligible trade-in, $450 ($15/month) without, was $1,000
  • Google Pixel 4a (Unlocked)$300 with activation, was $350
  • OnePlus 7T (T-Mobile, Unlockable)$449, was $599
  • Google Pixel 4 (Unlocked)$549, was $799
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB (Unlocked)$600, was $750
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 128GB (Unlocked) —  $1,000 plus free $200 Target gift card
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 UltraUp to $1,000 off with trade-in and qualifying activation
OnePlus 8T, a 5G-capable mobile, is one of the best values on the Android market today, sporting flagship quality and features for a sub-flagship price. more
Or buy two, get $800 back

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (Verizon)

Up to $1,000 back with trade-in
If you're the type that has to have the biggest and the best, Apple has you covered with the big, beautiful iPhone 13 Pro Max. Score a whopping discount with an eligible trade-in with Verizon. more
Or buy two, get $800 back

Apple iPhone 13 Pro (Verizon)

Up to $1,000 back with trade-in
Want Apple's latest flagship phone but something better than the standard model? The iPhone 13 Pro is for you, and this is one of the best deals going now if you have a device to trade in. more
Or buy one, get one

Apple iPhone 13 (Verizon)

Up to $800 back with trade-in
It doesn't reinvent the wheel, and you already know it doesn't have to. The iPhone 13 is Apple's latest flagship, and if you're an iOS fan, it won't leave you disappointed. more
Or buy one, get one

Apple iPhone 13 Mini (Verizon)

Up to $700 back with trade in
The iPhone 13 Mini gives you the iOS flagship experience you know and love in a compact, pocket-friendly package. more
WITH ACTIVATION
Thanks to its AMOLED+ screen, the A71 has a bigger and brighter display that lets you watch media and take photos and videos clearly. And with a 64MP main camera, you can capture moments in hi-res. more
Or buy one, get one

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Verizon)

Up to $700 back with trade in
With its long-lasting battery and 5G connectivity, the new Galaxy S21 is the ideal Samsung smartphone for those who want the a new flagship -- without paying nearly a grand. more
Samsung currently has one of the best trade-in deals, offering the Galaxy Note 20 for as low as $325 or the Note 20 Ultra for as low as $600. Activate with any major carrier or buy unlocked. more
Save $250 on Apple iPad with Apple iPhone purchase. Online only.
You can't beat a classic -- especially when it's free. New or current Verizon customers who sign up for an unlimited plan can score the 2020 iPhone SE for no charge. more
If you have a device to trade and you aren't interested in carrier BOGO or bill credit rebates, Samsung has a nice trade-in offer when you buy the new Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, or S21 Ultra. more
Upgrade to 5G service with this Samsung S20 FE. It's unlocked and complete with a Pro-Grade 30X Space Zoom camera and 128GB of storage. more
Flip phones are officially back, and the new Galaxy Z Flip proves that they're more than just a gimmick. Grab an unlocked model at the lowest price we've seen it yet. more
The Moto G series has long been a household name among budget-friendly Android phones, and this Moto G7 Plus is unlocked for GSM carriers including AT&T and T-Mobile. more
The 2019 Google Pixel 4 is still a fantastic phone and an unbeatable value now that the Pixel 5 is out. New or current Verizon customers can score what might be the best price on one right now. more
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a premium flagship, offering a nearly bezel-less 6.8-inch 120Hz AMOLED touchscreen. It's pricey, but this big deal can reduce the hit to your wallet. more
Love a stylus, but also love not spending large amounts of money? the Moto G Stylus is the cheapest stylus phone around, and with 128GB of storage it's also a solid performer as well. more
It's a massive blast from the past, but also futuristic. The new Motorola Razr is an incredible piece of tech, and now it can be yours for even less. more
Feel free to choose the carrier you want with this unlocked Motorola Edge. You get an immersive display and a dependable 5G performance all in one smartphone. more
It may not be the latest OnePlus phone anymore, but you can still grab the striking McLaren Edition OnePlus 7T Pro 5G smartphone for a discount. more
You'll get pre-owned savings with this Galaxy S20 FE that has 128GB of storage. more
Powered by 2020 Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor, 48MP triple camera system, and 6.6" Max Vision HD, you can capture all the fun moments without worrying about battery, thanks to a 5,000mAh battery. more

How to choose a new smartphone

Chances are, especially if you’re investing in an iPhone, this is a smartphone you’re going to have for some time, and you want to make sure you’re getting the one that’s best for you. To do so, start by considering your needs and priorities.

Is it for business? Is it for everyday use? Do you mostly want it for social purposes, or for pics of your friends and the kids? How much Zoom will you be doing by mobile? Any smartphone from Apple or Samsung is going to be able to handle any of these tasks, but you want the phone that’s going to be most efficient in the areas you care about.

Think about the basics: How big of a screen do you want (if you’re planning on streaming a ton of Netflix, you might want a bigger screen)? Do you like using one hand so that the other one is free? What’s more important to you: An amazing camera or long battery life? How much music and photos and video content do you like to carry with you everywhere, as opposed to needing to download it from the cloud? Do you travel a ton? All of these factors are great starting points to figure out the basic direction for your phone choice. For example, if you’re someone who’s planning on watching a ton of content and doesn’t care at all about using a phone with one hand, you can start your search with the phones with the largest screens.

Another important consideration is the operating system. With Samsung and Apple, it’s a decision between Android and iOS, respectively. Take a look at your other smart devices. If your home and life run on Apple products, you might want to lean toward an iPhone, and the reverse if your smart gadgets are more of a mix or lean toward Android. Also, Apple is fanatic about making sure you can always get the latest update, easily; Android not so much. Keep compatibility in mind.

Some other aspects to keep in mind: Consider durability. If you’re someone who has a habit of breaking phones and screens, maybe you want something a little sturdier, less expensive (or at least a great case). We tend to look at our phones a lot, so make sure the screen is at least HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels). Decide what kind of performance you need and then measure this against the phone’s processor and its RAM. When it comes to the camera, the choices can overwhelm you; feel free to test and read our reviews to see which one is best for you. If you’re looking at Android, be aware of bloatware or hobbled features; these phones can come with unwanted apps you cannot uninstall. When it comes to the battery, don’t just go by the numbers; contrast those against the size of the screen, the resolution, and the software to mediate the demands on your phone. Finally, you need to think about space. Most phones start at 16GB so you should ask yourself how much “stuff” (music, videos, photos) you need to carry on your phone and shop accordingly.

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