Skip to main content

Why Prime Day is the best time to buy an unlocked phone

Some of the best Android phones of the moment are almost guaranteed to hit their cheapest prices yet.

Sure, most people in the U.S. buy their phones on contract. But if you're anything like us, you probably prefer the freedom of an unlocked handset. An unlocked phone gives you immunity from carrier bloatware, the ability to bring it to just about any network operator of your choice, and easier connectivity when you're overseas. But the best unlocked phones often aren't cheap -- you're buying the phone outright, after all. Which is why big sales events like Amazon Prime Day are a great opportunity to pick up that shiny new handset you've had your heart set on without breaking the bank.

So if you're on the fence this summer, here are a few reasons why the festival of rampant consumerism that is Amazon Prime Day is the right time to take the plunge on a brand new unlocked Android phone.

2021's best Android phones are (mostly) already here

This year's Prime Day kicks off on Monday, June 21, right at the mid-year mark when most of 2021's best Android flagships are already on sale. That means there should be little risk of FOMO — fear of missing out — on any new devices dropping right after Prime Day.

Essentially, unless you're holding out for a Google Pixel 6 or a Galaxy Z Fold 3, the best that 2021 has to offer, in terms of Android phones, are mostly already on the market. That applies to the most expensive no-holds-barred handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, more affordable flagships like the OnePlus 9 series and mid-tier offerings like the Pixel 5. And all three of those fan-favorite brands have gotten in on the Prime Day action in years past.

With no Note 21 on the way and the S21 FE in doubt, the best Android phones are mostly models already on sale.

We're not expecting to see a Galaxy Note 21 this year, and there are already rumors that the Galaxy S21 FE may be canceled too, amid the ongoing global chip shortage. That means your best option for scratching that big-screened, premium Android phone itch is the S21 Ultra, which already comes with S Pen support. At the same time, the vanilla Galaxy S21 already has plenty of "Fan Edition" DNA in it, so potential deals on this model might be the closest we end up getting to a true S21 FE.

Guaranteed bargains on Samsung phones

Samsung always goes big with unlocked phone deals at major sales events like Amazon Prime Day. Last year around Black Friday gave us the best deals of the year on 2020 staples like the Galaxy S20 FE and S20 Ultra, with savings of hundreds of dollars compared to the standard prices. And while it's true that Samsung often significantly discounts its phones within a couple of months of their initial launch, there's usually little movement after this early discount. Amazon Prime Day is likely to see the biggest savings yet on the company's 2021 flagships; the next big opportunity to bag an S21 on the cheap likely won't come until late November.

That means if you've got your eye on anything in the Galaxy S21 series, or perhaps even one of the company's 2020 staples like the S20 FE or Note 20 Plus, now's the time to jump in.

Bag a 2020 flagship for next to nothing

While Prime Day is sure to have some great deals on Android phones released in 2021, some biggest bargains to be found often involve year-old models. As we saw last year around Prime Day and Black Friday, the best value Android phone for the price-conscious might not be a mid-ranger from last year.

This particularly applies to Google and Samsung phones, where both companies offer impressive software support lifespans. Pick up a Galaxy S20 FE, for instance, and you're still in line for three more years of security updates, and two of platform updates. Similarly, Google's current flagship is guaranteed support until at least 2023.

Whether you're in the market for the latest big-name, all-singing, all-dancing Android flagship or you're looking to get the biggest bang for your buck with one of last year's major handsets, you'll want to keep an eye on our Amazon Prime Day coverage for all the best Android deals.



Source: androidcentral

Popular posts from this blog

Genshin Impact: When does Update 2.0 release in my region?

Best answer: Server maintenance for Genshin Impact Update 2.0 will begin at 6 a.m. China Standard Time on July 21 (6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT on July 20). Maintenance is expected to last around five hours and will occur simultaneously for everyone. Does Genshin Impact server maintenance vary by region? Regardless of what time the server maintenance occurs, it will happen simultaneously for everyone. Server maintenance generally lasts around 5 or 6 hours, but given that Update 2.0 is the biggest one yet, it could potentially take even longer. Update 2.0 will release worldwide on July 20 or 21 depending on your time zone. What does Genshin Impact Update 2.0 include? There's a whole lot of content coming with Genshin Impact Update 2.0 . One of the biggest additions is the Inazuma region, which will be the first major region to be added to the game since its launch. It consists of six major islands with ports, mountains, shrines, villages, and more. With Inazuma also comes a new A

Unmaze for Android is a stunning adventure through a sinister labyrinth

In a world of light and shadow, guide your loved ones through the maze before monstrosity overtakes them. Your little brother and your boyfriend have been missing for two days. Search parties and authorities aren't turning up any leads, and there's been a string of unsolved missing person cases in your town recently. Looking for answers, you find a strange blue crystal and some ominous notes about a lost civilization in your brother's room. And when you look into the crystal, you can see and hear your boyfriend?! This fascinating horror mystery setup is how Unmaze kicks off, and the plot only thickens from there. You play as Ariadne, a young woman trying to help recover her boyfriend, Theseus, and her younger brother, Asterion, from a mystical maze that she can only see through the crystal she found in Asterion's room. This phenomenal, weird title is definitely going in with the best Android games . Mechanically speaking, the gameplay in Unmaze is very simple,

There are many ways to copy and paste things from your Chromebook

It should come as no surprise that as time has passed everyone by, the best Chromebooks have progressed and become true productivity machines. And while there are a lot of awesome Chromebook tips and tricks that you won't find elsewhere, you'll likely want to know how to do some of the more basic tasks. One such task performed a plethora of times per day is simply copying and pasting text or other items from one place to another. So here's how you can copy and paste on a Chromebook. How to copy and paste with the touchscreen Locate the text that you wish to copy and paste. Double-tap the screen on the text that you wish to copy. Drag the highlight handles to highlight all of the text you want to copy. From the pop-up menu, tap Copy . Navigate to the area where you wish to paste the text. Tap and hold in the space where you wish to paste. Tap Paste from the menu that appears. Using the touchscreen on your Chromebook can be a bit finicky from time

How to watch Big Brother 2021: Stream season 23 online live from anywhere

Big Brother returns for its 23rd season this week with a new cast of hopeful competitors all vying for a $500,000 cash prize. Amidst twists, turns, betrayals, and backdoors, the sixteen new houseguests are in for a wild summer that promises to be one to remember. Season 23 of Big Brother will feature a BB Beach Club theme and kicks off with a 90-minute premiere episode where, for the first time ever, the houseguests will be given a double-or-nothing offer that might be too good to pass up. And of course, the Big Brother Live Feeds are returning this year as well. Paramount+ subscribers will have 24/7 access to several cameras in the house so those interested can keep up with what's going on inside even when the show's not airing. CBS All Access was transformed into Paramount+ earlier this year, so all the Big Brother content that was available there including the live feeds and the CBS All Access original show Big Brother: Over The Top is available on Paramount+. B