Needs to be upgraded your phone? Or have you looked at a tablet with a big screen? Amazon Prime Day is a perfect time to pick up, either because there are tons of devices getting big discounts right now. We have sorted them all through and these are our favorite offerings on smartphones and tablets right now. Be sure to check out our best Android phones, best cheap phones and best tablets guides for more details on our recommendations.
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This is a phenomenal price for a phenomenal phone (9/10, WIRED recommends). Yes, it has a 6.8-inch screen that makes it difficult to use, but the camera with 10x optical zoom more than outweighs it. This zoom camera allows you to take pictures of subjects that are quite far away, but with spectacular image quality, an unparalleled feature on any other phone sold in the United States. The rest of it is just as top notch, from fast performance and good battery life to a bright screen and even a stylus to take notes. This is the lowest price we have ever tracked.
This is also the lowest price we have seen on the standard Galaxy S22 (9/10, WIRED recommends). It does not have the smart 10x optical zoom camera, but it still has a respectable triple camera system. The performance is just as amazing, the 6.1-inch screen is so much nicer to hold, and the AMOLED screen is exquisite. Samsung also offers some of the best software support: the S22 series gets four Android upgrades and 5 years of security updates.
To round off Samsung’s flagships, the S22 + (9/10, WIRED recommends) has a larger battery than the regular S22 (4,500 mAh vs. 3,700 mAh), can charge faster and has a larger screen. It may lack 10x optical zoom and the S Pen of the Ultra, but it’s an excellent middle ground between the S22 and S22 Ultra. It’s set up also at Best Buy.
The standard Google Pixel 6 (9/10, WIRED recommends) is without a doubt the best phone on this list, especially at this price. If anything, it puts Google’s upcoming Pixel 6A in jeopardy. You get wireless charging here, robust 5G support, good battery life and a 90-Hz AMOLED screen. Google promises three Android upgrades and five years of security updates. You can learn more about Pixel phones in our Google Pixel Buying Guide. The deal is sold out at Amazon, but you can still order it; Amazon will ship it when it returns to stock.
Google’s latest flagship, the Pixel 6 Pro (9/10, WIRED recommends), has great performance, a great triple camera system and a great 120-Hz AMOLED display – it’s pretty good. The fingerprint sensor does not match these standards, but the $ 200 discount for Prime Day can help alleviate any frustration there, bringing the phone well below traditional flagship prices.
This phone (7/10, WIRED recommends) takes many of the benefits of last year’s Galaxy S21 series and puts them in a more affordable package… yes, even more affordable now with this deal. You get good performance, wireless charging, 5G support, a bright 120-Hz AMOLED screen and IP68 waterproofing (not to mention the long software update cycle). It is very difficult to find on a phone under $ 500.
Galaxy A53 (8/10, WIRED recommends) is a good alternative to Google’s Pixel phones in the A series. It often drops to $ 350, but this is the lowest price we have ever seen. You get a 120-Hz AMOLED display (almost unheard of at this price), more than a day’s battery life, good performance, a MicroSD card slot, NFC for contactless payments and five years of security updates.
This OnePlus phone (7/10, WIRED recommends) does everything you would expect from a flagship Android phone. It is fast, has a light 120 Hz screen refresh rate and has a pretty good software support window. However, 5G support is lacking. If you are on AT&T, you will not be able to connect to 5G, only 4G LTE. Its cameras are also not as good as the Pixel 6 or Galaxy S22. If you have a good history with OnePlus phones, you will love 10 Pro.
This is the lowest price we have seen for the 2021 OnePlus flagship (8/10, WIRED recommends). Standard OnePlus 9 is also for sale for $ 500 ($ 100 discount). You are probably better off with many of the cheaper options above, even though these are still good phones. The cameras are solid and the rest of the hardware is excellent as usual. It is worth noting that you only get two more Android OS upgrades (they just received Android 12) and three years of security updates.
If your budget is tight, TCL’s 10L will satisfy you. You get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor for decent performance and a 4,000 mAH battery that often lasted two days. The camera system works OK during the day, but images in low light are noisy. It only works on GSM networks like T-Mobile or AT&T, and knows it will stop receiving security updates this year (and will not get Android 12).
This TCL 20 Pro is the 2021 model and you get some solid specs for the money. The 48 megapixel main camera is OK and the 16 MP ultrawide provides more versatility. There is wireless charging, NFC for contactless payments, and there is a 4,500 mAh cell battery that should last you a day of hard use. There is also 5G support, but it only works on T-Mobile.
Folding phones are cool, and Flip3 (7/10, WIRED recommends) is a great option for anyone who thinks most phones are too big. It basically lets you fold a phone in the middle, like a compact mirror. It has great performance and decent cameras, though the battery life can struggle to last an entire day.
You should buy Galaxy A53 5G above instead of this Moto G Stylus 5G 2022 unless you really want a stylus or plenty of storage space. It is a perfect phone with sub-6 5G connectivity, almost two days of battery life, good performance and 512 GB of storage space (it comes with a 256 GB MicroSD card). But the screen is blank, the cameras are childish, and it only gets one Android OS upgrade (though 3 years of security updates). Still, this is the lowest price it has ever dropped to, and a perfectly usable phone.
This may not be a huge discount on our top-under- $ 200 phone, but it’s the lowest price we’ve seen it. The Moto G Power packs a massive 5,000 mAh battery in one of the cheapest phones available for almost three days of battery life. Of course, there are many trade-offs, including no 5G or contactless payment support, but if you just need a phone that lasts forever and cheaply, this is the one you should get.
Tablet and accessory offerings
I’ve been using Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 for a few months, and while it really is an excellent Android tablet experience with most of the advanced features you want, it’s hard to recommend for its MSRP. This price makes a lot more sense. The Tab S8 has an 11-inch LCD screen that is neither too small nor too large. It comes with a stylus that sticks to the back magnetically, is very powerful to handle any app and game and has great speakers.
Outside of Samsung, Lenovo is the second best manufacturer if you are looking for a good Android tablet. This model can do just about anything as well as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 with its 2K LCD screen, sleek build and decently powerful MediaTek chip. The downside? It gets Android 12 and no other OS upgrade (it gets another year of security updates).
For cheap tablets, few do it better than Amazon. This Fire HD 10 (7/10, WIRED recommends), now at half price, gives you easy access to the Amazon ecosystem as well as the ability to perform some basic productivity work. Battery life is good and there is even a MicroSD card slot to increase storage space. Read our Fire Tablet guide for more advice.
The T20 fixes the bug with the P11 Plus: It gets two OS upgrades and three years of security updates. However, its performance is a bit slower and its screen is not that nice. I still had no trouble using it as my daily tablet for weeks, surfing the web and watching programs. It has dropped to $ 175 before and we saw it for about $ 8 less than this earlier in the Prime Day sale. However, this is still a good bargain.
If Samsung’s flagship prices on tablets are a bit higher than you’d like to use, the Tab S7 FE is a more wallet – friendly option. You get a spacious 12.4-inch LCD panel, one of the larger tablets available in this price range, and it even includes the S Pen. The performance is just OK, but it’s a nice big blackboard to relax with when you feel lazy.
Amazon’s child – friendly tablets are parent – friendly and also in the price department. This tablet has a two-year worry-free warranty, which means that if your child breaks down, Amazon will replace it once without question. You also get a one-year Amazon Kids + subscription to keep them busy.
I have been using this to keep my tablet at my desk for several months and it has worked well. It can hold even large tablets, and if it starts to hang, use the included Allen key to tighten the joints. You can use it with the included stand or attach it to a desk via the clamp (I prefer the latter).
Do you need a keyboard to connect to your tablet? The K380 is one of our favorite iPad accessories, though it is also compatible with other gadgets like computers and phones. The Bluetooth keyboard has quiet keys that do not disturb your coffee shop colleagues or sleeping babies. It is also nice and portable thanks to the sleek, compact design. The editions for sale are Line Friends, with a cute bear or rabbit.
Offer on wireless charger
See our guide to the best wireless chargers for more recommendations.
2nd generation Pixel Stand is a robust and efficient charger. Put a Pixel phone on it and it automatically turns your phone into a digital photo frame if you wish, and it gives you easy access to Google Assistant and other smart home controls. Read more about it here.
The older generation of the Pixel Stand may not emit as much power (up to 10W for Pixel phones) and therefore charge more slowly, but in some ways it is much better. It is more stylish, it still supports the Pixel-exclusive features, it can charge phones in both portrait and landscape direction, and best of all, it is significantly cheaper. Double so right now.
This is a nice dual wireless charging system that lets you recharge your phone on the stand and a pair of cordless earphones on the pad (or another phone). The phone can be charged in landscape or portrait orientation. It looks great and cable and charging adapter included.