Best Prime Day smartphone deals: The best deals you can still shop

Amazon’s official Prime Day deals are over — but the sales live on! If you’re looking for a new smartphone, there’s still time to grab a great deal. Load up Amazon or a number of other retailers and you’ll still find some of the best Android and iPhone deals, with discounts on popular smartphones from the likes of Apple and Samsung. So while Prime Day 2020 may have finally closed its doors, there’s still time to find a great deal.

Of course, Prime Day isn’t just about smartphones — and if you’re looking for a bigger screen, check out the best Prime Day tablet deals. Or if you want an even smaller screen to complement your smartphone, check out the best Prime Day smartwatch deals.

Today’s best Prime Day smartphone deals

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Motorola Edge (256GB, Unlocked)

$550 $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.
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LG V50 ThinQ (128GB, 5G), Aurora Black

$325 $334
Are you looking for an affordable alternative to the iPhone? LG V50 has a similar design, a 6.4" P-OLED screen for a clear display, and a hi-res camera to capture memories with.
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Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max (Verizon)

Save up to $850

Want the plus-sized version of the awesome iPhone 11 Pro? Buy one on unlimited with a trade-in and enjoy a very nice rebate in bill credits.
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Blu Vivo XI+ (GSM & CDMA Unlocked)

$200 $250
With a gorgeous 6.2-inch display, 64GB of storage, and 4GB RAM, the Blu Vivo XI+ is an incredible value at this price. GSM and CDMA compatibility let you take it to a carrier of your choice.
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Google Pixel 4a 128GB (Unlocked)

$300 $350
Google's budget-friendly Pixel 4a is finally here, and it's already cheaper than the Pixel 3a -- but if you activate today, you can get it for even less than that.
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Apple iPhone SE 256GB (2020)

Free with new line

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 A11 32GB

Free with unlimited plan

The Galaxy A11 is a very budget-friendly offering from Samsung made even cheaper (that is, totally free) when you sign up for a qualifying AT&T unlimited plan.
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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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LG K30-2019 Factory Unlocked Phone - 5.4" Screen - Black (U.S. Warranty)

$90 $140
Looking for a modest-sized affordable Android smartphone? You're in luck. The LG K30-2019 has everything you need to text, talk, snap, and browse — at home and on the move.
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Google Pixel 4 - Just Black - 64GB - Unlocked

$618 $799
For the digital nomad looking for a worthy rival to the iPhone, the Google Pixel 4 is exactly that, offering an HD camera and motion-powered automation in one sleek and stylish package.
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Apple iPhone XR, 64GB, White - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)

$390 $600
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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Apple iPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max 64GB (AT&T)

Up to $800 back

Switch, port-in your current number, and trade in your device to get up to $800 back towards an iPhone 11 Pro or an iPhone 11 Pro Max. That's an incredible discount.
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TCL 10 Pro (Unlocked)

$400 $450
A few years ago we laughed at the cliched term "flagship killer," but the gorgeous TCL 10 Pro might just change our mind. It's an incredible value that punches well above its middling price tag.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (128GB, Sprint)

$550 $1,000
The Galaxy S20 5G has landed at AT&T, and it's available at a huge discount for customers who add a new line and sign up for an unlimited plan.
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Samsung - Galaxy Note 10, 256GB (Sprint)

$650 $950
A beautiful display, pro-level cameras, and the clever S-pen make this smartphone a standout. This unlocked version is loaded with Android 10 with a speedy Snapdragon 855 processor.
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Google Pixel 3a XL 64GB (Unlocked)

$398 $479
The plus-sized version of Google's excellent Pixel 3a (a mid-range alternative to the pricier Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 flagships) is on sale for less than the standard-sized model.
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Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite (Unlocked)

$600 $650
In the wake of the releases of the Galaxy S20 and Note 20, now's a great time to score discounts on great last-gen smartphones like Galaxy S10 Lite, an excellent flagship alternative.
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Samsung Galaxy A71 5G

$495 $600
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 S20+ Plus (128GB, 5G), Black

$996 $1,200
Upgrade your phone to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, which is not only a reliable and spacious phone for every task, but can also take beautiful photos with Single Take AI and its hi-res camera zoom.
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Google Pixel 5 (Verizon, Pre-Order)

Up to $550 off with trade-in

Google's new 5G-ready flagship is here for pre-order, and Verizon already has a solid deal on one if you've got a device to trade-in.
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Apple iPhones - Various Models (Apple Store Refurbished)

Up to $350 off

Buying refurbished is a great way to save money if you're doing it from a trusted retailer, and it doesn't get much better than the Apple Store. These Apple-refurbished iPhones look and work like new.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (128 GB, 5G)

$799 $1,000
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is the ideal work phone since you can take notes and convert them into a document. Its hyperfast processor ensures that you won't experience lagging no matter your task.
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Motorola Moto G Stylus (Unlocked)

$250 $300
The affordable Moto G series continues to impress, and the G Stylus smartphone brings lots of plus-sized convenience with its 6.4-inch display (complete with stowable stylus) for a paltry sum.
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Google Pixel 3a 64GB (Unlocked)

$319 $399
If you like the price point of the Google Pixel 3a but prefer to go unlocked, then this deal lets you score a discounted Pixel 3a that you can take to any of the major carriers of your choice.
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Moto G7 Power Unlocked

$180 $250
With a 5000mAh built-in battery, the Moto G7 Power can have a battery life for up to three days on a single charge. This Motorola smartphone is also unlocked so that you can choose your carrier.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra

Up to $700 off with trade-in and activation, or $200 with activation

If you're looking to pre-order the new Galaxy Note 20 or Note 20 Ultra and have a device to trade-in, then you can get serious dollar back with qualifying activation with one of the major carriers.
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Motorola Moto E Unlocked

$130 $150
With its 42-hour battery life, you can maximize the Moto E with a single charge. The phone has a neat 13MP dual camera so that you can take stunning close-up photos.
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Galaxy Note 20 5G 128GB

Up to $700 back in bill credits

The stunning new Galaxy Note 20 is up for pre-order, and AT&T is already offering it with a very tidy bill credit rebate for customers with an eligible trade-in.
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Samsung Galaxy S10 128GB (Unlocked)

$700 $750
Activate today and score the incredible Samsung Galaxy S10 for a nice discount.
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OnePlus 8 (Unlocked)

$699 $799
OnePlus has been blowing up the mid-range flagship alternative scene lately, and the new OnePlus 8 continues that trend -- and you can already grab it for a nice coupon code discount.
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Apple iPhone 12 and 12 Mini (Pre-Order)

Up to $250 back with trade-in

Apple has its stunning new iPhone 12 and pocket-friendly iPhone 12 Mini up for pre-order, and if you have a device you'd like to trade, then you can get one of these new iOS flagships at a discount.
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Sony Xperia 1

$598 $950
Sony isn't the first name you think of when it comes to high-end smartphones, but it has one in its stable: The Xperia 1 — and with a 6.5-inch 4K screen and a triple-lens camera it's worth a look.
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Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, & S20 Ultra

Up to $450 off

Samsung is offering a load off the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra with an eligible trade-in, but if you don't have a device to trade, you can still take a decent amount off immediately.
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LG G8X ThinQ Dual Screen 128GB Smartphone (Unlocked, Black)

$450 $950
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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OnePlus 7T

$449 $599
With superb build quality, a stunning 90Hz touchscreen, and great hardware, the OnePlus 7T smartphone is the closest thing we've ever seen to a true "flagship killer."
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Google Pixel 3 64GB (Unlocked)

$312 $340
Get the Google Pixel 3 smartphone with a huge discount from Amazon and have the purest Android experience. Add in long-life battery and fantastic photos, and this is deal is a winner.
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Google Pixel 4 XL - 64GB - Unlocked

$799 $899
When you hear “mobile powerhouse,” the Google Pixel 4 XL should be the first that comes to mind. Best suited for smartphone power users, this puppy is conveniently motion-equipped and stylish to boot.
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Moto G Fast Unlocked, White

$170 $200
The Moto G Fast has an outstanding battery life of two days on a single charge, this means you can stay connected longer. It is also unlocked which makes it easier for you to choose your carrier.

Should I shop on Prime Day or wait until Black Friday?

If you’re looking to invest in a new smartphone, don’t hold off until Black Friday. With Prime Day and Black Friday now only a month apart, many of these smartphones could sell out and not get a restock in time for Black Friday, or even Cyber Monday. There’s also a possibility of hefty shipping delays due to heavier demand on Black Friday, so you might not get your new smartphone in time for Christmas. There’s also a very low probability of prices varying by much between these two events. So, if you’re interested in upgrading to a smartphone, shop for Prime Day smartphone deals now, instead of waiting until late November.

Are any Prime Day smartphone deals too good to be true?

Before shopping Prime Day smartphone deals, there are a few things to keep in mind. Though you’ll never have any problems while shopping for smartphones from big brands like Apple,  Google, or Samsung, it’s always good to put in a little research beforehand to see what kind of product you want to buy. If you’re shopping for smartphone accessories from other brands, be more cautious. Always check a product’s reviews and ratings before you purchase it. There are tons of smartphone accessories out there from covers to charging cables so make sure you’ve looked at a lot of different options before you settle on one.

How to choose a smartphone

There’s a large variety of smartphones out there and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the choices. Here are a few things to help you shop for a phone that suits you best.

Operating system: Are you looking for an iOS or Android device? If you’re already part of the Google ecosystem, for example, and love using Google Home products, it’s smarter to stick to an Android smartphone. If you use Apple products like Macbooks or iPads, stick to an iPhone. Both operating systems require a bit of a learning curve and both have excellent features, so it’s not worth switching over to either if you’re comfortable with your current platform.

Design: Some smartphones are wider and bigger than others and some, like the latest iPhones, don’t have a home button. Always consider the design of your smartphone before your purchase and if you have the opportunity to go feel it out at your local store, do it. If you like to carry your phone in your pocket, make sure it fits and also check to see if you can use your phone one-handed easily. Reviews are great for this, and we always make sure to note how easy to hold and pocket a phone is. Other things to keep in mind are the colors available, and what kind of fingerprint or face sensor placement your smartphone has.

Camera: If you love social apps and take your camera seriously, this is a big one. Check to see the quality of the back and front cameras on your smartphone, and also the number and kinds of cameras offered. A good smartphone will take crystal clear pictures even when heavily zoomed in. The iPhone 11 Pro, for example, has a total of three rear cameras and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has a total of five cameras in its rear camera module — though quantity doesn’t always beat quality, as shown by the Google Pixel 4a‘s incredible single-lens rear camera. Smartphones like these are designed to give you professional quality shots so always check the camera offerings and resolution before you make a decision.

Battery Life: A good smartphone will have a tested battery life of over 10 hours easily. Always check the reviews of your smartphone to see if it can keep up with you. Otherwise, if you’re willing to compromise, a good portable charger can see your smartphone throughout the day.

Performance: Smartphones that can support multiple apps open at once and heavy-duty games without crashing on you have high-performance rates. Anything from Apple involving the A-chip processor is better — and newer iPhones trump older versions. For Android, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 is currently the best processor out there.

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