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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.

Prime Day phone deals: Top 5 deals right now

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Best Prime Day phone deal

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: was $1,199 now $899 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy S21: was $799 now $599 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus: was $999 now $799 @ Best Buy
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.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE: was $699 now $479 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy Note 20: was $999 now $749 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: was $1,399 now $999 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy A71 5G: was $599 now $375 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy A10s: was $135 now $130 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

OnePlus 8 Pro: was $999 now $899 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

OnePlus 8: was $699 now $349 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

OnePlus 8T: was $749 now $599 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

Microsoft Surface Duo: was $1,399 now $636 @ Amazon
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.


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Motorola Razr 5G: was $1,399 now $1,159 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

Motorola Edge: was $699 now $479 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

Motorola One 5G: was $399 now $299 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

Motorola One 5G Ace: was $399 now $349 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

Motorola Moto G 5G: was $249 now $229 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

Motorola Moto G Power: was $199 now $169 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

Motorola Moto G Play: was $169 now $149 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021): was $299 now $269 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

Motorola Moto G Stylus (2020): was $299 now $209 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

Moto G Fast: was $199 now $159 @ Amazon
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.


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Moto G9 Play: was $199 now $149 @ Amazon
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. View Deal

Motorola One Fusion: was $149 now $144 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

Motorola Moto E: was $149 now $114 @ Amazon
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. View Deal

Nokia 8.3 5G: was $699 now $458 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

TCL 10 Pro: was $400 now $294 @ Amazon
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.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus: was $999 now $450 @ Walmart
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. View Deal

OnePlus Nord N10 5G: was $299 now $277 @ Walmart
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.View Deal

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus: was $999 now $899 @ Samsung
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.View Deal

Galaxy Z Flip 5G: was $1,199 now $1,149 @ Samsung
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.View Deal

Motorola One 5G UW: was $599 now free @ Verizon 
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. View Deal

Best Prime Day iPhone deals — best sales right now

iPhone SE (2020): was $350 now $316 (Total Wireless) @ Amazon
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.View Deal

iPhone XR: was $499 now free w/ new line @ Verizon
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. View Deal

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 is the Phones Editor for Tom's Guide, covering all things phone-related. He loves nothing more than relaxing in his home with a book, game, or his latest personal writing project. It's hard to nail down one thing that Jordan is passionate about, since his attention span for a single given topic or activity doesn't last long. Jordan tends to lurk on social media, but you can best reach him on Twitter: @jccpalmer — his Instagram feed is mostly photos of his cat.