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Best Prime Day phone deals 2021: Samsung, iPhone and more

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Prime Day phone deals are in their final few hours, and some of the top models are out of stock. But in the short time left to find the top Prime Day deals, the best phone deals we've spotted remain available.

Thoise would involve the latest flagships from Samsung, although you can also save big on OnePlus' top devices from 2020. Motorola's appealing G series phones all get discounts, too. Beyond Amazon, Verizon is offering some compelling deals on iPhones, if you're willing to use an older model and activate a new line on the carrier's network.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: was $1,199 now $899 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Samsung's top-tier Galaxy S21 Ultra is on sale, dropping below the painful $1,000 mark. This makes it the best phone deal for Prime Day. You get one of the best displays available, five cameras, and the powerful Snapdragon 888 processor. You can also use the separate S Pen, which is a first for a Galaxy S phone.

Samsung Galaxy S21: was $799 now $599 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Galaxy S21 is Samsung's latest flagship, offering a powerful Android experience in a smaller frame. The triple cameras take excellent photos and videos, and the beautiful 120Hz display is perfect for media consumption.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus: was $999 now $799 @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
Galaxy S21 deals have dried up at Amazon, but Best Buy still has a discount on the middle model in Samsung's s21 lineup. The Plus share much in common with the S21, only this model has a larger screen. To get $200 off at Best Buy, you need to activate your phone with Verizon, AT&T or Sprint.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: was $699 now $479 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Samsung's hit 2020 flagship is available for a killer price right now. This is the more affordable version of the Galaxy S20 and offers a beautiful display, triple cameras, and powerful performance thanks to the Snapdragon 865 processor.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20: was $999 now $749 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The smaller of the 2020 Note series, the Galaxy Note 20 is still a powerful device that includes the fan-favorite S Pen. The 6.7-inch AMOLED display is beautiful and the Note 20 is still a very powerful Android phone. It also has excellent battery life thanks to the 4,300 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: was $1,399 now $999 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Galaxy S20 Ultra may be a year old, but it's a still a powerful device. It has an expansive 6.9-inch AMOLED display, a huge 5,000mAh battery, and full 5G support for all carriers.

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G: was $599 now $375 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Samsung's midrange Galaxy A71 5G from last year is also on discount for Prime Day. It has an immersive 6.7-inch AMOLED display, a quad camera setup, a large 4,500mAh battery, and 5G support.

Samsung Galaxy A10s: was $135 now $130 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Samsung's ultra low-end Galaxy A10s saw a very modest discount for Prime Day. This is a phone for people who are on a tight budget. It only works on GSM carriers. It's a compact phone with a 6.2-inch LCD and dual rear cameras.

OnePlus 8 Pro: was $999 now $899 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Last year's top-tier flagship from OnePlus is also now on sale on Amazon for $100 off. It's still a powerful phone with the Snapdragon 865 processor, a 6.78-inch AMOLED display, a triple camera array, and a 4,510 mAh battery.

OnePlus 8: was $699 now $349 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
OnePlus' flagship from 2020 is also on sale for a very attractive price. It offers very high-end specs, from a Snapdragon 865 processor to a 6.55-inch AMOLED display. It's still a very powerful phone, especially for the price.

OnePlus 8T: was $749 now $599 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
OnePlus' late-2020 flagship is also available for sale on Prime Day. It offers very little versus the OnePlus 8, minus a slight change in design. That said, it's still a powerful phone with a gorgeous 6.55-inch AMOLED display, the excellent Snapdragon 865 processor, and a quad camera setup.

Microsoft Surface Duo: was $1,399 now $636 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Microsoft's strange and unique dual-screen phone is on a steep discount for Prime Day. If you're all in on Microsoft and want to see its take on Android, here you go. The Surface Duo has two 5.6-inch displays that equal 8.1-inches when fully opened. The Snapdragon 855 and 3,577 mAh battery power it all.

Motorola Razr 5G: was $1,399 now $1,159 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Motorola's clamshell foldable phone is also on sale for Prime Day. The Razr, with its 6.2-inch pOLED display, is very pocketable and the unfolds. It features a 48MP camera and a Snapdragon 765 processor. It competes with the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, which is arguably a better phone.

Motorola Edge: was $699 now $479 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Motorola Edge is a powerful midrange phone with a 6.7-inch OLED display, 5G support, triple cameras, and a 4,500mAh battery. It's a beautiful phone, especially for the price, though Motorola's update support leaves plenty to be desired.

Motorola One 5G: was $399 now $299 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Motorola's affordable, 5G-enabled One is available for even less on Prime Day. You get four rear cameras, a 6.7-inch display, and a huge 5,000mAh battery. And 5G for less than $300 is definitely an attractive offer.

Motorola One 5G Ace: was $399 now $349 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Motorola's One 5G Ace is a great midrange 5G phone. It's compatible with all carriers, though it lacks support for Verizon's mmWave 5G network. The One 5G Ace has a 6.7-inch FHD LCD and a triple camera system, with a 5,000mAh battery powering the whole thing.

Motorola Moto G 5G: was $249 now $229 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
One of Motorola's 5G phones, the Moto G 5G offers a solid smartphone experience for less than $250. The 5,000mAh battery keeps everything powered up. There are four cameras and a 6.7-inch display, too.

Motorola Moto G Power: was $199 now $169 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
If you're looking for one of the longest lasting phones around, then you'll want to check out the Moto G Power (2021). This phone lasts a really long time thanks to its 5,000mAh battery. The Moto G Power also has a 6.6-inch LCD and a triple camera setup, along with the Snapdragon 662 processor.

Motorola Moto G Play: was $169 now $149 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Another one of Motorola's budget-friendly phones, the 2021 version of the Moto G Play saw a small price cut for Prime Day. It has a large 6.5-inch LCD, a huge 5,000mAh battery, and a dual camera system.

Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021): was $299 now $269 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Motorola released an update to its popular Moto G Stylus for 2021. It has all of the same features as its predecessor, just improved for the new year. The phone also has quad cameras, a 6.8-inch LCD, and a 4,000mAh battery.

Motorola Moto G Stylus (2020): was $299 now $209 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Motorola's Moto G Stylus offers a stylus experience for a lot less than a Galaxy Note or Galaxy S21 Ultra. The phone also has three rear cameras, a 4,000mAh battery, and 6.4-inch LCD. The stylus slides right into the phone for easy storage.

Moto G Fast: was $199 now $159 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Moto G Fast is an affordable Android phone offering excellent battery life, a bright display and decent cameras. You might find its selfie cam a bit lacking, but if you want an Android phone on the cheap, this is a fine option.

Moto G9 Play: was $199 now $149 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Motorola offers some of the best budget Android phones, and the Moto G9 Play is a great example. Highlights include a triple camera system headed up by a 48MP shooter, a 5,000 mAh battery and a 6.5-inch HD+ display. Just note that this phone is GSM only. 

Motorola One Fusion: was $149 now $144 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Another cheap Motorola phone, the One Fusion gives you the basics. This is a GSM-only phone with no VoLTE support. Despite that, it has four cameras and a 5,000mAh battery. With a Snapdragon 710 processor and 6.5-inch display, this phone does what you need.

Motorola Moto E: was $149 now $114 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
On the very low end, Motorola's Moto E is essentially as basic as a smartphone gets and now it's even cheaper for Prime Day. It features dual cameras, a compact 6.2-inch display, and a Snapdragon 632 processor. 

Nokia 8.3 5G: was $699 now $458 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Nokia's 8.3 flagship has also seen a really nice discount on Prime Day, bringing the phone below $500. For that money, you get a pretty good 5G-enabled phone. The big 4,500 mAh battery and Snapdragon 765G are the stars of the show, as well as the 6.81-inch display.

TCL 10 Pro: was $400 now $294 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The TCL 10 Pro is also on sale for Prime Day at a great price. TCL has been trying to step up its smartphone game and the 10 Pro is a decent offering from the company. It has a 6.47-inch curved AMOLED display with quad rear cameras, powered by a Snapdragon 675 processor and a 4,500 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus: was $999 now $450 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
Walmart isn't content to sit out Prime Day, offering a killer deal on a Galaxy S21 Plus with either AT&T or Verizon activation. The price comes out to $450, which is less than half off, spread out over 36 payments of $12.50. The Galaxy S21 Plus boasts a beautiful 6.7-inch display, powerful cameras with a 30x Space Zoom and more. 

OnePlus Nord N10 5G: was $299 now $277 @ Walmart (opens in new tab)
Walmart has OnePlus' affordable 5G phone from 2020. The Nord N10 5G is on sale for a few dollars off (don't pay attention to the list price on Walmart's site). The Nord N10 has a 6.49-inch IPS LCD, a Snapdragon 690 processor, and a quad camera setup.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus: was $999 now $899 @ Samsung (opens in new tab)
Samsung is running a summer sale, and it includes the Galaxy S21 Plus. Right now, you can get $100 off Samsung's latest flagship, with additional savings should you have a current phone to trade in. We like the 6.7-inch 120Hz display, excellent cameras, and powerful Snapdragon 888 performance. Plus, Samsung is selling the phone unlocked.

Galaxy Z Flip 5G: was $1,199 now $1,149 @ Samsung (opens in new tab)
If you want a foldable phone, Samsung is offering a small discount on the Galaxy Z Flip 5G. This is a clamshell foldable, meaning it's like the flip phones of old. It also offers 5G and other top-tier 2020 specs. As with the Galaxy S21 Plus, Samsung takes off additional money when you trade in a phone to buy the Z Flip.

Motorola One 5G UW: was $599 now free @ Verizon  (opens in new tab)
If you want a phone that can take advantage of Verizon's mmWave 5G, then this deal might be for you. With a new line activation, Big Red is offering the Motorola One 5G UW for free. This mid-range phone offers a roomy 6.7-inch display, 5,000 mAh battery and versatile quad camera system. 

Best Prime Day iPhone deals — best sales right now

iPhone SE (2020): was $350 now $316 (Total Wireless) @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
If you're willing to buy a carrier-locked model of the iPhone SE (2020), Amazon is selling the Total Wireless variant for a decent price. $316 for the iPhone SE is a steal, especially since you get a very good camera and fast A13 Bionic chip in a compact design.

iPhone XR: was $499 now free w/ new line @ Verizon (opens in new tab)
The iPhone XR offers many of the features you'll find on the higher-end models like Face ID and a fairly fast A12 Bionic processor. The 6.1-inch display is bright, and you get an excellent 11-plus hours of battery life. 

How to find the best phone deals

Prime Day phone deals can vary widely from device to device. Typical savings range from $50 to $100 off the leading models, but now that Prime Day 2021 is in full swing, we expect to see even more substantial savings, particularly on devices that came out earlier in the year or in late 2020.

Chief among these will be budget offerings, but Apple and Samsung flagships are in the mix. 

Beware something that looks too good to be true. Oftentimes, carriers and retailers will hide the true price behind activation or payment plan deals. These require you to tie yourself to a 24-month contract to receive the bill credits (lest you pay the carrier back for the remainder). You'll also sometimes need a trade-in and/or new line activation.

In your search, you might come across some refurbished devices (marked as 'Renewed'). These can be hit or miss, so approach them with caution. 

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Jordan Palmer
Jordan Palmer

Jordan is the Phones Editor for Tom's Guide, covering all things phone-related. He's written about phones for over five years and plans to continue for a long while to come. He loves nothing more than relaxing in his home with a book, game, or his latest personal writing project. Jordan likes finding new things to dive into, from books and games to new mechanical keyboard switches and fun keycap sets. Outside of work, you can find him poring over open-source software and his studies.