Need to upgrade your phone? Or have you been eyeing a large-screen tablet? Amazon Prime Day is a perfect time to pick up either because there are tons of devices seeing steep discounts right now. We’ve sorted through all the deals and these are our favorite deals 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 on a phenomenal phone (9/10, WIRED Recommends). Yes, it has a 6.8-inch screen that makes it a pain to wield, but the 10x optical zoom camera more than makes up for it. This zoom camera lets you take photos of subjects that are quite far away but with spectacular image quality, a feature unrivaled on any other phone sold in the US. The rest of it is just as top-notch, from speedy performance and good battery life to a bright screen and even a stylus for taking 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 doesn’t have the fancy 10x optical zoom camera, but it still has a respectable triple-camera system. Performance is just as great, 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 range will get four Android upgrades and 5 years of security updates.
Google’s most recent flagship, Pixel 6 Pro (9/10, WIRED Recommends), has great performance, a great triple-camera system, and a great 120-Hz AMOLED screen—it’s pretty great. The fingerprint sensor doesn’t match up to those standards but $200 off for Prime Day might help soften any frustration there, bringing the phone well below traditional flagship prices.
The standard Google Pixel 6 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is arguably the best phone on this list, especially at this price. If anything, it’s endangering Google’s upcoming Pixel 6A. You get wireless charging here, robust 5G support, good battery life, and a 90-Hz AMOLED screen. Google promises three Android upgrades and 5 years of security updates. You can learn more about Pixel phones in our Google Pixel buying guide.
The Galaxy A53 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is a great alternative to Google’s A-series Pixel phones. It frequently dips to $350, but this is the lowest price we’ve ever seen. You get a 120-Hz AMOLED display (almost unheard of at this price), more than a day of battery life, good performance, a MicroSD card slot, NFC for contactless payments, and 5 years of security updates.
This OnePlus phone (7/10, WIRED Recommends) does everything you’d expect of a flagship Android phone. It’s speedy, has a bright 120-Hz screen refresh rate, and has a pretty good software support window. 5G support, however, is lacking. If you’re on AT&T, you won’t be able to connect to 5G, just 4G LTE. Its cameras are also still not as good as the likes of the Pixel 6 or Galaxy S22. If you have a good history with OnePlus phones, you’ll be happy with the 10 Pro.
Folding phones are cool, and the Flip3 (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is a great option for anyone that thinks most phones are too big. It lets you basically fold a phone in half, like a compact mirror. It has great performance and decent cameras, though the battery life can struggle to last a full day.
This phone (7/10, WIRED Recommends) takes many of the perks of last year’s Galaxy S21 series and puts them in a more affordable package … well, even more affordable now with this deal. You get good performance, wireless charging, 5G support, a bright 120-Hz AMOLED screen, and IP68 water resistance (not to mention the long software update cycle).
You should buy the Galaxy A53 5G above instead of this Moto G Stylus 5G 2022 unless you really want a stylus or lots of storage. It’s a perfectly fine phone, with sub-6 5G connectivity, nearly two-day battery life, good performance, and 512 gigabytes of storage space (it comes with a 256-GB MicroSD card). But the screen is lackluster, the cameras are subpar, and it’ll only get one Android OS upgrade (though 3 years of security updates). Still, this is the lowest price it has ever dipped to, and a perfectly serviceable phone.
I’ve been using Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8 for a few months and while it truly is an excellent Android tablet experience, with most of the high-end features you want, it’s hard to recommend at its MSRP. This price makes much more sense. The Tab S8 has an 11-inch LCD screen that’s not too small and not too big. It comes with a stylus that sticks to the back magnetically, is plenty powerful to handle any app and game, and has great speakers.
Outside of Samsung, Lenovo is the next-best manufacturer if you’re looking for a good Android tablet. This model can do nearly everything just as well as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S8, with its 2K LCD display, slim build, and decently powerful MediaTek chip. The downside? It’ll get Android 12 and no other OS upgrade (it will get 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 Amazon’s ecosystem as well as the ability to do some basic productivity work. The battery life is good and there’s even a MicroSD card slot to bump up the storage. Read our Fire Tablet guide for more advice.
The T20 fixes the flaw of the P11 Plus: It’ll get two OS upgrades and three years of security updates. However, its performance is a smidge slower, and its screen isn’t as nice. I still had no trouble using it as my daily tablet for weeks—browsing the web and watching shows. It has dipped to $175 before, but this is still a good deal.
If Samsung’s flagship tablet prices are a bit higher than you’d like to spend, 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 at this price range, and it even includes the S Pen stylus. Performance is just OK, but it’s a nice large slate to lounge with when you’re feeling lazy.
Amazon’s kid-friendly tablets are parent-friendly, in the price department, too. This tablet has a 2-year worry-free guarantee meaning if your kid breaks it, Amazon will replace it once no questions asked. You also get a 1 year Amazon Kids+ subscription to keep them occupied.
Wireless Charger Deals
Check out our Best Wireless Chargers guide for more recommendations.
The 2nd-generation Pixel Stand is a sturdy and effective charger. Put a Pixel phone on it and it’ll automatically turn your phone into a digital photo frame if you’d like, and easy access to Google Assistant and other smart home controls. Read more about it here.
This is a nice dual wireless charging system that lets you recharge your phone on the stand and a pair of wireless earbuds on the pad (or another phone). The phone can charge in landscape or portrait orientation. It looks snazzy, and the cable and charging adapter are included.
Background of RGB lights? You’ll like this wireless charging pad. It has a ring of LEDs at the base that you can customize via Razer’s Synapse software. Plug it into your PC and have your charger match the rest of your gaming desktop setup.
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