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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
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OnePlus 8T (Unlocked)

$600 $749
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.
FREE BACKPACK ($79 VALUE)
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OnePlus 8 Pro (12GB RAM, 256GB Storage, Unlocked)

$699 $999
The OnePlus 8 Pro is one of our favorite OnePlus phones. It holds its own with the iPhone 12 and Galaxy S20 with its world-class display and buttery smooth performance -- and it's cheaper.
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Microsoft Surface Duo 128GB (Unlocked)

$989 $1,400
Half phone, half tablet, the unique Surface Duo is a versatile device that can handle all your daily mobile tech needs.
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OnePlus 8 256GB (Unlocked)

$499 $699
Buy the 256GB OnePlus 8 for a decent discount, getting you a flagship-level phone with some extra built-in storage over the standard model.
FREE CASE OR SCREEN PROTECTOR
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OnePlus Nord N10 5G

$300
Grab the new OnePlus Nord N10 5G smartphone and score a free case or screen protector (your pick) to sweeten the deal.
VARIOUS COLORS
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Apple iPhone XR, 64GB, Fully Unlocked (Renewed)

$365
Apple has reduced the price of the iPhone XR to $499, but this renewed deal is a bargain and one of the best ways to get a hold of a powerful iPhone for less.
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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Unlocked)

$950 $1,200
Live life in the lap of luxury with the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which delivers superb performance and boasts a world-class 8K camera. Its 1440p screen lets you enjoy videos and play games in crisp Quad HD.
WITH ACTIVATION
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Samsung Galaxy A71 5G (Sprint)

$250 $500
Thanks to its AMOLED+ screen, the A71 has a bigger and brighter display that lets you watch media and take photos/videos clearly. And with a 64mp main camera, you can capture moments in hi-res.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G and Note 20 Ultra 5G (128GB)

As low as $600 with trade-in

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.
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Motorola Moto G7 Play (Unlocked)

$150 $200
If you don't want to sign up for a plan right away to get a deal, this unlocked smartphone deal lets you grab the budget-friendly (but very impressive) Moto G7 Play for super cheap.
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OnePlus Nord N100 (Unlocked) + Free $30 Gift Card

$180
OnePlus has been blowing up the mid-range flagship alternative scene, and the new OnePlus Nord N100 continues that trend -- and you can grab it for cheap and get a free Best Buy gift card.
WITH PORT-IN
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Apple iPhone SE 2020 64GB (Cricket Wireless)

$100 $250
If you're looking to ditch the traditional carriers for a more economical prepaid service provider, then Cricket Wireless has the new iPhone SE on sale for a nice discount if you bring your number.
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Apple iPhone SE 2020 64GB (Verizon)

$350 $400
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 new 2020 iPhone SE for no charge.
FREE $100 SAMSUNG CREDIT
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Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra (Unlocked)

As low as $100 with trade-in

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 pre-order the new Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, or S21 Ultra.
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Motorola Moto G7 Plus (GSM Unlocked)

$120 $250
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.
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Sony Xperia 1 (Unlocked,128GB)

$899 $950
The Sony Xperia 1 is your own home theater on-the-go, packed with features to make your life a more convenient and cinematic experience. Ever wanted to maximize your lifestyle? This phone is step 1.
WITH ACTIVATION
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LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen 128GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Black)

$450 $500
A barely released phone, the LG G8X Dual Screen has flagship specs and a flagship look -- but it's the two screens that really catch your eye. If you're curious, this is the price to get it at.
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Samsung Galaxy A51 (Verizon)

$250 $400
The Samsung Galaxy A51 is a very affordable mid-range phone with a solid camera, fingerprint scanner, vibrant 6.5-inch AMOLED display, and a long-lasting battery.
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Apple iPhone 12 (All Models, T-Mobile)

Up to $830 off with trade-in

T-Mobile has a ton of offers for new and current customers on all models of the new iPhone 12, with savings of up to $830 (via bill credits) when you trade in or buy two devices.
WITH PLAN PURCHASE
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Apple iPhone SE 256GB (2020, Total Wireless)

$199 $350
The new iPhone SE has the heart of an iPhone 11, the body of an iPhone 8, and the price tag of an iPhone 6.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (128GB, 5G), Cosmic Black

$1,100 $1,400
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra lets you take captivating photos and videos while its massive storage capacity lets you keep your growing collection of media.
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LG K30 (Unlocked)

$90 $140
Looking for a modest-sized affordable Android smartphone? You're in luck. The LG K30 has everything you need to text, talk, snap, and browse — at home and on the move.
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Google Pixel 4 64GB (Unlocked, Renewed)

$263 $480
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.
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OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition (T-Mobile)

$399 $544
It may not be the latest OnePlus phone any more, but you can still grab the striking McLaren Edition OnePlus 7T Pro 5G smartphone for a discount.
WITH ACTIVATION
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Google Pixel 4a 5G 128GB (Unlocked)

$450 $500
Google released a 5G version of its Pixel 4a, which was already one of the best values in the smartphone market even without this feature. If you want a flagship alternative with 5G, you've found it.
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Motorola Edge (256GB, Unlocked)

$450 $700
Feel free to choose the carrier of your choice with this unlocked Motorola Edge. You get an immersive display and a dependable 5G performance all in one smartphone.

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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