$539 Pixel 3 Is One of the Best Prime Day Phone Deals Around

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The Pixel 3 is a fantastically well-rounded smartphone with an industry-leading camera — and you can get it on the cheap for Amazon Prime Day.

Currently just $539 on Amazon, the Pixel 3 normally costs $799. That means you're saving $260 on one of the finest handsets money can buy. And, being as this is the unlocked model, you'll have the ability to take your Pixel 3 and use it on any carrier that allows you to bring your own phone to their network.


Google Pixel 3 64 GB (Unlocked): was $799, now $539 @ Amazon
Amazon is slashing $260 off Google's flagships on Prime Day, making for one of the best Pixel 3 deals we've seen yet. This offer covers the 64 GB model, in the Clearly White and Just Black colorways only.

To clarify, this deal covers only the base 64 GB model — the larger XL version is also on sale, but costs $639. Unfortunately, the Pixel 3 does not include a microSD card slot for expandable memory, so you will be stuck with what you get in the box. However, you do get two years of unlimited, full-resolution Google Photos storage with every new Pixel 3 or 3 XL, so the capacity limitation isn't quite as bad as it may sound.

Additionally, this Prime Day deal — which runs for the entirety of July 15 and 16 — covers just the Clearly White and Just Black models. The third color, Not Pink, is available on Amazon, though not at the $539 price. Rather, Amazon is offering that particular variant, exclusively in the 128 GB spec, for $639.


Google Pixel 3 128 GB (Unlocked): was $899, now $639 @ Amazon
Amazon is slashing $260 off Google's flagships on Prime Day, making for one of the best Pixel 3 deals we've seen yet. This offer covers the 128 GB model, in the Not Pink colorway only.

Why do we love the Pixel 3 so much? It really comes down to two things: the camera and the software. The Pixel 3 has only one 12.2-megapixel lens on the back, but the photos it can paint with those optics and Google's computational photography know-how are consistently impressive. Couple that with Android 9 Pie — soon to be Android Q — in all its pure Google glory, plus exclusive features like Call Screen and Night Sight, and the Pixel 3 still feels cutting edge. That's the case, even if some other devices have newer processors, and the Pixel 4 is right around the corner.

That said, if Google isn't your cup of tea, there are other excellent smartphone deals on Prime Day. Samsung has slashed up to $300 off various models of the Galaxy S10 series, and the LG G8 ThinQ is cheaper than it's ever been at $499. If you happen to like the Pixel 3, but $539 is still a bit too high, Amazon also is giving away a $100 gift card with the purchase of a $479 Pixel 3a XL. The Pixel 3a series features a camera that is almost exactly as good as the one in the more premium Pixel 3, but also has a lower-spec CPU and plastic build to cut costs.

Adam Ismail is a staff writer at Jalopnik and previously worked on Tom's Guide covering smartphones, car tech and gaming. His love for all things mobile began with the original Motorola Droid; since then he’s owned a variety of Android and iOS-powered handsets, refusing to stay loyal to one platform. His work has also appeared on Digital Trends and GTPlanet. When he’s not fiddling with the latest devices, he’s at an indie pop show, recording a podcast or playing Sega Dreamcast.