You can get a very similar experience with the smaller Tab S7 for $500 ($150 off). The screen is an LCD panel and not an OLED, which is the main difference outside of size; it’s not as nice, but it doesn’t disappoint.
Check out our Best Android Phones, Best Cheap Phones, and Best iPhones guides for more recommendations. And please note that our favorite Android phone is the Google Pixel 4A ($350). It’s still the best deal going.
★ Best Camera—Google Pixel 5 for $650 ($50 off)
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The Pixel 5 (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is our top choice among Android phones if camera quality is your main criterion. The main 12-megapixel camera reliably shoots detailed photos with natural colors, and a mode called Night Sight brightens up scenes in low light. There’s an ultrawide camera this year that’s just as good too. The rest of the phone is problem-free, with great performance, a 90-Hz OLED screen, 5G, day-long battery life, and a compact aluminum frame that’s water-resistant and supports wireless charging. At Best Buy, you can score $100 extra off this phone on Verizon or AT&T, or $200 off on Sprint (with a new line), if you activate it at the time of purchase, although the savings come in the form of monthly bill credits. Also, if this deal appears sold out, try selecting different color options—it may just be the color you’re viewing that’s sold out.
★ Runner Up—Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition for $550 ($150 off)
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Samsung’s latest flagship is the runner up in our Best Android Phones guide. Why? You get the best of the Galaxy S20 from earlier this year for several hundred dollars less. It runs super fast thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, the high-end chip in all high-end Android phones this year, and the battery comfortably lasts all day. The 120-Hz OLED screen is sharp and colorful, and the phone has a reliable triple-camera system for great photos. The back is made of plastic, and it has water resistance and wireless charging.