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Samsung Galaxy S20 sales see flagship getting $200 discount

Samsung has dropped the price of its Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ phones by some $200 at a couple of major retailers. With the discount it puts the starting prices of each model at just $800 and $1,000, respectively.

Whether related to the coronavirus or not, the lower price comes quickly. The phones were just released a few weeks back (March 6) so the timing is interesting.

Given the current economic uncertainty, and the fact that people aren’t all too excited to fork over huge chunks of money right now, we can understand why Samsung might drop the price.

It’s not clear how long Samsung will keep this price down. It hasn’t exactly advertised the $200 discount so we’d assume it’s short term.

If you want to take advantage of the major savings, head to Amazon and Best Buy before it ends. Look for the phone in a variety of colors and storage options.

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Opinion: LG behind the best foldable phone experience

Throughout the years, we’ve seen many so-called revolutionary features added to cell phones. Some that stand out to me are high density and high refresh displays, massive batteries, and cameras that make you really question whether a picture you’re looking at was taken with a phone or a DSLR.

In that time we’ve also seen a lot of gimmicky features come along that don’t last very long. There are too many to list here but we’ve all had a phone with an amazing new feature that was supposed to revolutionize how we live our lives. Yet, somehow we never use that feature beyond the first week or two.

Looking at the current trend, I think it’s pretty obvious where our little pocket computers are headed right now. Foldable phones are the new and exciting stuff, and despite their astronomical price tag, it seems that the mobile industry is convinced this is what customers want. So far we’ve already seen offerings from Royole, Huawei, Samsung, and Motorola.

All of these phones, in one form factor or another, has a body that folds out to reveal a larger screen. The mechanisms to get there have all been different, but that’s the overall defining characteristic right now.

One company is doing something similar in the space and flying under the radar. You might have heard of them before: LG.

LG?

LG’s folding phones are completely unique as compared to the others on the market because, instead of building one device that unfolds, it gives users the option to attach a separate case that adds the second screen.

To be fair, this has both its advantages and disadvantages. We’ve spent some time with both the LG V50 5G and the LG 8x and are happy to bring your our thoughts.

Advantages

No crease

Samsung and Motorola’s offerings, the Fold, Z Flip, and Razr respectively, all have a crease in the screen. While the Fold had a plastic screen, the Z Flip and Razr both have flexible glass displays. But, to accomplish the act of folding, there has to be a crease in the screen to allow the folding action.

I’ve been told you get used to it. I work with a guy who owns the Fold and he doesn’t seem to mind. Other reviewers say that after a few days, they don’t even see or feel the crease anymore. And hey, that’s great, but I don’t know if that’s something I, or most normal consumers, would want to deal with. When first impressions are everything, this leaves a bad taste in a person’s mouth.

LG gets around this by not having a folding screen at all. While there is a gap between the two screens, they still work together pretty flawlessly. I don’t doubt that people start to gloss over the crease in their screens because I gloss over the big black hinge on the V50 5G and the 8x pretty quickly. It’s not going to be for everyone, but I certainly don’t mind it.

Removability

One of the best things about using a case for a second screen is that when I don’t want a second screen, I can take the case off and use the phone normally. I did this for the entirety of my time with these devices.

Most of the time, I only want a regular phone. When I’m walking down a busy street using Google Maps, I don’t want a huge phone that’s hard to handle. I don’t want a bulky device that’s easy to drop and break. I take the case off and throw it in my pocket or my bag. Since it’s about the width of the device, I don’t notice it any more than if I just had the phone in my pocket.

To be completely honest, I used the phones without the second screen most of the time. So, instead of throwing it in my bag or my pocket, it’s more like I was grabbing it from my bag when I actually wanted to use it. That feels pretty damn great and increases the functionality of the phone.

If I’m sitting at home on the couch and want to play a game, I can throw it on there and watch some YouTube while I play or have a dedicated gamepad. It’s great.

Price

Let’s be honest, phones are too expensive right now. That goes doubly so for foldable phones. They’re all over $1,000 with some are reaching a  price where you have to choose between it or a pretty good gaming laptop. For some it’s a year’s worth of lease payments on a car. That’s kind of crazy.

LG wins here because you’re just paying for the phone and essentially getting the second screen case for free. LG advises that for its new LG V60 5G it will add in the case for free.

The 8x and V50 are cheap enough that adding the second screen case isn’t going to push it close to the price of those other premium phones. Hopefully, LG drops the prices even further now that the V60 5G is on the way. Then, you can get a hell of a deal on a phone with a ton of screen real estate.

Disadvantages

Size

This can be an advantage and a disadvantage based on how you look at it. As I mentioned earlier, I take off the case when I’m not using it and it’s just a regular phone. But, if you want to keep the case on at all times, which I wouldn’t blame you for, this phone can feel pretty bulky.

With the case on, the phone is 2-3x the thickness of a regular device. That can get pretty annoying to deal with on a day to day basis, especially since we’re used to phones getting thinner all the time.

If you’re looking for a slim folding phone, your choices are essentially non-existent. All of the options on the market look pretty bulky when closed, but that’s where we are with the technology. But LG definitely take the case with just how big this thing is with the case on it.

Dead space

Even though there’s no crease in the middle of the phone’s screen, there is dead space where the hinge in the case resides. It’s not much, I’d say less than half an inch, but if you’re bothered by such things, this definitely isn’t the phone for you.

The dead space goes beyond just the hinge, though. For some reason, LG decided to make the front of the case glass, but not a display. If feels like there should be a third screen here, but there’s just a small banner display that shows the time and some other stats like battery life.

It’s a frustrating decision because there could’ve been so much usability here and LG just blew it. I’m guessing this was either a cost issue or a technical hurdle they couldn’t clear, but I’m hoping it changes in the future.

Typing with the case on

Everyone is used to typing on a smartphone now and most can do it one-handed. But with the case on this phone, look out because it’s not a fun time.

You have to hold the phone differently because there’s a 6-inch screen now hanging to the left. You can’t easily balance the device to type one-handed so you have to use two hands. And even with two hands, it can be an adventure with the case on.

It’s hard to reach in from the left because of the second screen and the balancing act you have to play with your right hand makes it hard to accurately press the screen where you want.

The saving grace is that in some circumstances you can use the screen as a dedicated keyboard and turn the phone horizontally. This reminds me of the first Android devices to hit the market that had dedicated physical keyboards. It’s not the same and it is still hard to re-learn that muscle memory, but it can be done if you’re into it.

Conclusion

I certainly wouldn’t blame anyone for immediately dismissing LG devices and the secondary display. It took me a while to really get used to using the second screen and I think there’s a bit of a learning curve here that most people don’t want to bother with.

But, once I got into using the devices to their full potential, they were hard to put down. LG has always made solid devices that are generally worth the money. And the great thing about LG is that if you wait a few months, you can pay far less than the initial asking price. But adding the second screen case is a big advantage to pulling in customers that wouldn’t normally consider an LG device.

There are certainly disadvantages, but having the second screen is really great. To me it’s even better that it’s optional. Android is all about using your device the way you want it and LG definitely let’s you do that here.

With the other foldable phones, you’re stuck with what you’ve got. And sure, those are great phones, but if the hinge breaks or the screen starts to go from the stress of being folded repeatedly, you’re out of luck. If the second screen case breaks, you just buy a new case.

All-in-all, I think LG has a winning formula here, but I do wonder how well it’ll translate with customers. There’s a lot of educating that needs to be done about just how to use the second screen case and what it’s capable of.

As of the time of this writing, I can’t remember a single LG commercial that focuses on this and my trips to the T-Mobile store have yet to lead to any conversations about it either.

LG, you’ve got a great idea here. Now tell people about it before you get left in the dust. Again.

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GIVEAWAY: Enter to win a brand new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip, is an incredibly cool concept and a great way to kick off a new design. Powered by Android, it’s a high-performance clam-shell experience that’s sleek and stylish.

It’s unlike anything Samsung has ever created; the Galaxy Z Flip has a large display that folds to fit in your pocket. It’s a multi-tasker’s delight with its folding hinge that locks at various angles.

How would you like to win one?

Win yours!

 

If you’d like to become the proud owner of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, we’re here to help.  We’re helping to give away the hot new trendy phone of 2020.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip brings you the best of both worlds with a full screen phone that folds to fit in your pocket with revolutionary flexible display.

If you head to the AndroidGuys Deals Store right now, you can enter a drawing to win the hot new phone from Samsung. There’s no purchase necessary and the method of signing up is dead simple. All you have to do is log in via Facebook and check a box.

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The giveaway is open from now until 11:00 PM PDT on 06/26/2020 so there’s plenty of time for you to pick up a ton of entries.

While you’re over at the AndroidGuys Deals Store, be sure to check out some of the other discounted products and more. We’ve also got excellent prices on popular services with lifetime subscriptions!

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When and where to buy the Samsung Galaxy S20

Samsung in early February announced its latest flagship smartphone series with the Galaxy S20, and its siblings, the S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra. All three phones are offered in a variety of color options with varying amounts of memory and storage combinations.


Editor Note: We’ll update this post with additional information as it becomes available.


Customers won’t have to look hard to find the Galaxy S20 phones as they’re offered through numerous wireless carriers and retailers. And, of course, there’s always the unlocked models you can purchase directly from Samsung, too.

Here, we help spell out when and where to buy the Galaxy S20 phones. Just about anywhere you look you’ll find carriers and retailers offering discounts and deals on the Galaxy S20 line.

Pre-orders

The Galaxy S20 phones don’t arrive until March 6, but you can reserve your spot in line or pre-order one at Samsung’s website.



Carriers

When it comes to color choices, each of the wireless service providers listed here essentially have the same options: Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink, and Cosmic Black.

Keep in mind that these are starting prices and that additional memory and storage capacities may be available.

Verizon

AT&T

T-Mobile

Sprint

US Cellular

Other Carriers

Many other carriers are expected to offer at least one version of the Samsung Galaxy S20 line this year. Key among those who have already announced intentions to carry the device(s) are Visible, Xfinity Mobile, and Cricket (once 5G arrives).

Visible plans to offer the Galaxy S20 for $984 and the Galaxy S20 Plus for $1,176 with the Ultra ($1,392) arriving later. These prices are not only slightly lower, but do not require a contract.

Visible

Key Retailers

Consumers can also purchase the different versions of the Galaxy S20 family at a variety of retailers. Whether it’s brick-and-mortar or online-only, you might want to check with your favorite stores.

Not only might you find a discount or promotion around the phone, but buyers may also have a credit card or account which offers special financing terms.

Amazon

There’s no indication yet as to what Amazon will do in terms of selling the Galaxy S20 line, but we suspect more information will be made available soon.

Best Buy

Best Buy will offer an unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S20 models as well as versions for Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. Pricing varies a little from carrier to carrier.

Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club looks to have reservations open for Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint versions of the Galaxy S20.

Samsung

To no surprise, the official website for Samsung has options for all of the five major carriers as well as unlocked, too. Indeed, there’s also the 5G model which works for Verizon.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 series announced with March 6 launch

Samsung, as it is wont to do every February, has announced its latest flagship smartphone at an Unpacked event. Things get a little bit of a shakeup for 2020 as we’re not looking at the Galaxy S11, but rather the Galaxy S20. You know, for 2020.

This year sees Samsung unveiling three models of its Galaxy S20, and they all feature 5G connectivity. Indeed, the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, Galaxy S20 Ultra are on their way with screen sizes of 6.2-inches, 6.7-inches, and 6.9-inches, respectively.

Given that the three are part of a family of phones, there are a number of features that they’ll share between them. But, there’s enough different from one to the next to justify separate models.

Here’s a quick breakdown as to how the main hardware looks for each model.

 

Samsung Galaxy S20

  • 6.2-inch display (with 120Hz refresh rate)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor
  • 12GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • Rear Cameras: 12-megapixel main, 64-megapixel telephoto with 3X optical zoom, 12-megapixel ultra-wide
  • Front Camera: 10-megapixel hole-punch
  • 4,000mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

  • 6.7-inch display (with 120Hz refresh rate)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor
  • 12GB RAM
  • 128GB/512GB storage
  • Rear Cameras: 12-megapixel main, 64-megapixel telephoto with 3X optical zoom, 12-megapixel ultra-wide, time-of-flight sensor
  • Front Camera: 10-megapixel hole-punch
  • 4,500mAh battery with 25-watt fast charging

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

  • 6.9-inch display (with 120Hz refresh rate)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor
  • 12GB/16GB RAM
  • 128GB/512GB storage
  • Rear Cameras: 108-megapixel main, 48-megapixel telephoto with 10X optical zoom, 12-megapixel ultra-wide, time-of-flight sensor
  • Front Camera: 40-megapixel wide hole-punch
  • 5,000mAh battery with 45-watt fast charging

Design

Looking at the phones there’s no doubt they belong to the Samsung family. They have just enough of the previous generation’s design and aesthetic to feel evolutionary but differ in slight ways.

The shoulders are still rounded, but the overall shape of the phone is a bit more squarish, calling to mind the Galaxy Note line. And while the colors look familiar, they’re also a smidge different for 2020.

Color choices will vary by region, model, and carrier but you’ll largely find a few of the standard options across all areas. With that said, this year sees Samsung’s phone coming in Cosmic Gray, Cloud Blue, Cloud Pink, and Cosmic Black.

Software and Features

As we see year in and year out, hardware is only part of the story. Samsung doesn’t just put beefier specs in its devices and call it a day; it pushes the envelope with new and interesting software features, too.

All of the Galaxy S20 models have Android 10 at the heart, with Samsung’s One UI 2 adding some extra flavor and enhancements.

Perhaps the biggest feature Samsung is touting for the Galaxy S20 is its camera capabilities. It’s not just megapixel and image size. Thanks to what Samsung calls “Space Zoom”, the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus can get up to 30x zoom based on AI. Opt for the S20 Ultra and you get up to 100x zoom with a 10x hybrid optic zoom.

Another feature that’s sure to draw attention is the ability to capture up to 8K video. Yes, it can capture pictures and video alike, and includes anti-rolling stabilization and AI motion analysis.

About that 5G

Don’t be fooled – just because your device has support for 5G doesn’t mean that you’ll have access to its speeds and benefits. That, of course, depends on your carrier and where you live.

You might only ever see 4G LTE speeds while owning the phone, especially if you like to replace your handset once a year.

Availability

As one might expect, you’ll have no problems finding the Samsung Galaxy S20 line. Pretty much every major carrier around is already lining up to sell a few of the new models, if not all.

Here’s how it looks in terms of pricing for the various versions of the Samsung Galaxy S20 phones.

  • Samsung Galaxy S20 – $1,000 starting price
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus – $1,200 starting price
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra – $1,400 starting price

Be sure to check with your wireless provider or favorite retailer to see which models and colors are available. The Samsung Galaxy S20 line will be widely available starting from March 6. Pre-order yours on Samsung’s website today.

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Samsung officially unfolds its Galaxy Z Flip

It’s a busy day in Samsung’s part of the world as its mobile division unveiled its newest flagship phone series with the Galaxy S20 line. And while most consumers will likely care about those models, Samsung’s other new device will probably get most of the initial buzz.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip sees the world’s most popular phone maker putting a new spin on Android-powered phones. To be clear, it’s not the first folding phone on the market. In fact, it’s not even Samsung’s first foray into the space as the Galaxy Fold arrived in late 2019. Nevertheless, we suspect this is the device that will have people talking over the coming weeks.

 

Unlike the Galaxy Fold, which is more akin to a folding tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip folds in half with a more traditional “clamshell” design. This means, among other things, that it’s more pocket-friendly.

Powered by Android 10, the Galaxy Z Flip employs Samsung’s One UI 2 for custom features and software enhancements. It has all the same capabilities of other Samsung phones, including access to the Google Play Store.

The Galaxy Z Flip houses a folding display that reveals itself to be 6.7-inches and offers up a 2,636 x 1,080 pixel resolution.

On the exterior of the phone is a secondary 1.06-inch display with 300 x 116 pixel resolution. The display can be used for notifications as well as a view-finder to take selfies.

Galaxy Z Flip can stay open at a range of angles, like a laptop screen. The Hideaway Hinge system also integrates Samsung’s new sweeper technology, which uses nylon fibers crafted by micro-height-cutting technology to repel dirt and dust.

Present on the outside are two cameras in the form of one standard 12-megapixel sensor and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor. Around front, or on the inside, is a 10-megapixel camera with auto-focus.

Running the show is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. Hardware-wise this puts it around the high end of the mid-range, or just bordering on high-end.

Other features include a 3,300mAh battery with support for wireless charging and support for 4G LTE. For better or worse, Samsung is only putting 5G in its Galaxy S20 models for now.

The main draw here is the design, particularly the folding aspect. According to Samsung, the Galaxy Z Flip employs the use of a hideaway hinge which helps to keep the phone from picking up unwanted dust and debris. You know, the stuff that would likely break the phone without much effort.

When the device is free-standing, the display automatically splits into two 4-inch screens so you can easily view images, content or videos on the top half of the display, and control them on the bottom half.

There are three stopping points in the hinge, each of which might have its own usage case. The “Flex Mode” lets users keep the phone open at a fold, splitting the screen in half. For instance, the top half might present YouTube with the bottom section offering up comments.

Considering the colors, overall aesthetic, and software, it’s safe to say this is a unique device that’s centered around style.

Availability

The Galaxy Z Flip does not come cheaply; you have to pay a premium if you want to be seen with one of these. Indeed, it’s priced $1,380 for the affair.

You can find the Galaxy Z Flip at AT&T and Sprint in two colors (Mirror Purple and Mirror Black) with limited quantities. It will also be sold at Samsung and Best Buy.

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Samsung releases official commercial for Galaxy Z Flip ahead of launch

Following several unofficial leaks and rumors about the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung’s upcoming foldable smartphone, Samsung officially released a 30 second commercial for the Galaxy Z Flip during the Oscars Award Ceremony on Sunday, February 9th, ahead of the official launch of the device on the Samsung Unpacked event on Tuesday, February 11th. Samsung seems to follow the footsteps of Google, who also officially released a render of the Pixel 4 almost 4 months prior to the official announcement.

Galaxy Z Flip

It kind of makes sense for Samsung to officially reveal the Galaxy Z Flip during the Oscars event on Sunday night as arguably this event would have more viewership from across the world than the Samsung Unpacked event on Tuesday the 11th. Besides most of the details about the Upcoming Galaxy Z Flip have already been leaked online including the specifications, images and even a hands-on video, so Samsung might as well use this opportunity to promote its Flagship device to the mainstream audience.

The Galaxy Z Flip commercial released by Samsung officially confirms several of the leaks and rumors about the device including its foldable design. It also shows a closer and a clearer look at the outside screen on the device, which acts as a second screen once the device is folded. The outside screen was also shown to display caller id and options to accept or reject calls without unfolding or opening the device. As to what other things could be done on this external display is still unclear at this point and we might have to wait for the official launch event to find that out.

Galaxy Z Flip

Samsung also demonstrates that the folding phone could be set to 90 degrees on a table, without any external support and could be used for video calls or even maybe for watching videos just like you would do with a laptop. Samsung also mentions in the commercial about the crease in the middle of the screen with the statement, ‘the crease at the center of the main screen is a natural characteristic of the screen’. However, it does seem to be comparatively smaller and less distracting than the Galaxy Fold that was released last year.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip ad also shows the device in two colors namely black and purple, however, more colors might be added after the official launch. The Samsung Unpacked event is on February 11, and Samsung is expected to officially announce and launch the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra devices alongside the Galaxy Z Flip.

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The best Android phones available at Simple Mobile

T-Mobile is one of the biggest wireless network operators in the US, providing 86 million subscribers with coverage. As you’d expect, it features quite an impressive handset selection, including models with 5G support. But what about one of it its prepaid brands, Simple Mobile?

Simple Mobile, as is the case with other MVNOs, has its own rate plans, customer service, and phone selection. Here, we’ll dig into the Android devices offered at Simple Mobile.

READ: Simple Mobile Buyer’s Guide

We’ve gathered up a handful of the best phones you can purchase at Simple Mobile today. Although we do select one as the best overall (Editors’ Choice), the list below offers phones that work for a variety of user types.

For what it’s worth, the handset selection at Simple Mobile is fairly lean, skewing toward older models and refurbished phones. To that end, we always suggest buying an unlocked phone for use with a carrier. The options are plentiful in both directions and you’ll likely get something more powerful.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10

You can’t have a list of top phone without including the latest and greatest. In this case, it’s the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. Outfitted with a large (6.3-inch) screen, lots of (8GB) memory, and an incredible camera experience, it’s a no-compromise device.

We love the updated S Pen experience, in-display fingerprint scanner, and wireless charging. The phone is sexy, sophisticated looking, and boasts hardware that rivals all comers. The Samsung DeX Mode turns your phone into a desktop-like experience, taking advantage of all of that prowess.

Buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 10


LG Stylo 5

Big, practical, and affordable, the Stylo 5 provides users with a large (6.2-inch) screen with stylus support. It’s perfect for scribbling notes, marking up documents, editing, and more.

Running Android 9 Pie, the phone is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. A microSD expansion card slot blows the door wide open for up to 2TB external media.

Wrapping things up, the LG handset has a 13-megapixel rear camera, front-facing 5-megapixel selfie camera, and a 3,500mAh battery with USB Type-C charging.

Buy the LG Stylo 5


Motorola Moto G6

We really like how Motorola handles its smartphones. For the past few years it has employed a stock version of Android, adding only the smallest of custom features. Moreover, they’re priced considerably lower than what a lot of bigger name brands charge.

Here, you get a big (5.7-inch) screen, a fairly modern build of Android, and respectable smattering of mid-range hardware. Details include an octa-core processor with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot for external media.

Other things we appreciate? The dual rear cameras, lightning fast charging, and a water resistant coating.

Buy the Motorola Moto G6


Samsung Galaxy A50

Knowing that we already have a Samsung phone on this list, we have to add the Galaxy A50. Why? Because it’s a fraction of what the Galaxy S models cost, but still gives users all the features they find important.

The Galaxy A series in itself is very interesting to watch, however this is the one we like most. Present are a generous 6.4-inch display and a multi-camera (25 MP/8 MP/5MP) array on the rear, and a battery that rivals most phones. You know, the stuff we love.

Under the hood are an octa-core processor with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, and a microSD expansion card slot for up to 512GB space. Rounding things out are a headphone jack, fingerprint reader, and USB Type C charging.

Buy the Samsung Galaxy A50

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The best Android phones available at Net10 Wireless

When it comes to smart phones and rate plans, most consumers are familiar with the big four brands (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint) in the carrier space. But what about the numerous prepaid and MVNO companies?

We’ve covered many of the bigger names, highlighting them with buyer’s guides and invite you to check them out. While they’re a great jumping off point, they don’t dive into the specific of handset selection.

Take, for instance, Net10 Wireless. What sort of options does the carrier offer when it comes to buying a new phone?

We’ve gathered up a handful of the best phones you can purchase at Net10 Wireless today. Although the selection is limited, there are still interesting and compelling handsets to buy.

We select one as the best overall (Editors’ Choice); however, the list isn’t strictly about the most powerful.

As always, we suggest buying an unlocked phone or a used tier-one phone for use with Net10. The options are plentiful in both directions and you’ll likely get something more powerful.


Google Pixel 3a

Yes, there are many other devices with much more hardware to choose from, even at Net10. Yes, they are phones that cost less and still suffice for the masses. No, you can’t beat this one. 

The stock Android experience stays as current as anything you’ll find and it only get better with each, timely update. Throw in a camera that wows anyone and everyone, a solid battery, and a $400 price tag and you can understand why we love it.

Is it worth spending the extra money to get the full Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL experience? Sure, but it’s not necessary. This one has all the stuff that’s important with compromises done in just the right spots.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10

You can’t have a list of top phone without including the latest and greatest. In this case, it’s the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. Outfitted with a large (6.3-inch) screen, lots of (8GB) memory, and an incredible camera experience, it’s a no-compromise device.

We love the updated S Pen experience, in-display fingerprint scanner, and wireless charging. The phone is sexy, sophisticated looking, and boasts hardware that rivals all comers. The Samsung DeX Mode turns your phone into a desktop-like experience, taking advantage of all of that prowess.


Motorola Moto G7 Power

We absolutely adore what Motorola does with its Android phones, particularly along the lower end of the price spectrum. Its handsets run a bare bones Android experience that leaves things pretty much the way Google intended. In other words, clean, intuitive, and user friendly.

Here, you get a massive (6.2-inch) HD screen, a modern build of Android, and respectable smattering of mid-range hardware. Key details include an octa-core processor, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot for external media.

Other things we appreciate? A water resistant coating, USB Type-C charging, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The best part of all? There’s a 5,000mAh battery that’s good enough to get typical users through two days of usage.


Google Pixel 4

Maybe one of the more controversial “best” phones we’ve seen in some time, the Pixel 4 is the newest from Google. And while it’s not the most powerful and robust device on the market, it does have its share of cool features.

 

First, of course, is the really great camera experience; it gets better with each generation. Also worth your attention is the baked-in Google Assistant and Android 10 experience.

The display is really awesome, too, and we’re big fans of the design change. If you can swing it, buy the larger storage option because 64GB is a little light in 2020. Go for the Pixel 4 XL and get a bigger display and higher capacity battery.


Motorola Moto Z4

Four generations later, we’re glad to see Motorola still investing in the Moto Z line and its Moto Mods ecosystem. The Moto Z4 pushes things forward enough to keep us happy and Motorola does a great job keeping the price in line.

 

Enjoy a large 6.4-inch screen, some of the latest in Android, and a capacious 128GB storage capacity, for about half of what others charge. We also appreciate Motorola’s keeping a 3.5mm headphone jack and adding the in-display fingerprint scanner. It’s a nice mix of old favorites and cutting edge features.

We love that users can add modules as needed or when applicable. Want a better speaker, extended battery, or physical gaming controls? Snap them on the back as needed.


Samsung Galaxy A50

Knowing that this list already has a Samsung model on it, we have to add the Galaxy A50. Why? Because it’s a fraction of what the Galaxy S models cost, but still give users all the important features.

The Galaxy A series in itself is very interesting to watch, however this is the one we like most. Present are a generous 6.4-inch display and a multi-camera (25 MP/8 MP/5MP) array on the rear, and a battery that rivals most phones. You know, the stuff we love.

Under the hood are an octa-core processor with 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, and a microSD expansion card slot for up to 512GB space. Rounding things out are a headphone jack, fingerprint reader, and USB Type C charging.

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The best Android phones available at Tello

Sprint is one of the largest wireless network providers in the United States, serving more than 54 million subscribers. As you’d expect, it features quite the handset selection, including models with 5G support. But what about its prepaid brand, Tello?

Tello, as is the case with other MVNOs, has its own rate plans, customer service, and phone selection. Here, we’ll dig into the devices offered at Tello.

READ: Tello Buyer’s Guide

We’ve gathered up a handful of the best phones you can purchase at Tello today. Although we do select one as the best overall (Editors’ Choice), the list below offers phones that work for a variety of user types.

For what it’s worth, the handset selection at Tello is rather light. To that end, we always suggest buying an unlocked phone for use with a carrier. The options are plentiful in both directions and you’ll likely get something more powerful.


Samsung Galaxy S9

The Samsung Galaxy S9 may be nearing its two year anniversary but that doesn’t mean it’s not powerful enough. Considering the target demographic isn’t a heavy user, there’s plenty of performance to go around.

For the money users get a 5.8-inch display, a 12-megapixel rear camera, and 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

Powering things are an octa-core processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage. Need more room for media? Toss in a microSD card and move your games, files, and documents. And that 3,000mAh battery? Well that’s likely going to last users nearly two days per charge.


LG Stylo 5

Big, practical, and affordable, the Stylo 5 provides users with a large (6.2-inch) screen with stylus support. It’s perfect for scribbling notes, marking up documents, editing, and more.

Running Android 9 Pie, the phone is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. A microSD expansion card slot blows the door wide open for up to 2TB external media.

Wrapping things up, the LG handset has a 13-megapixel rear camera, front-facing 5-megapixel selfie camera, and a 3,500mAh battery with USB Type-C charging.


Motorola Moto G7 Play

We absolutely love what Motorola does with its Android phones. They run a bare bones software experience that leaves things the way Google intended, and feature affordably priced alternatives to flagships.

Here, you get a big (5.7-inch) screen, a very modern build of Android, and respectable smattering of mid-range hardware. Key details include an octa-core processor, 32GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot for external media.

Other things we appreciate? A water resistant coating, USB Type-C charging, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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