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The best smartphone deals (Millennial edition)

best smartphone deals

Looking for the best smartphone deals around?

You stopped buying avocado toast for a week and now, you’re bankrolled to buy a new smartphone.

Chances are you’ve been through a few phones already. You’ve tried iPhone and Android and pledged allegiance to your preferred (and obviously superior) OS. You want a smartphone that can do it all: take professional looking photos, stream with ease, support gaming and generally not keep you waiting as you snapstagram or instachat or whatever. You’re willing to lay down some money rather than signing on to a contract or back-loaded financing plan, and you want to be sure you’re spending your money wisely.

Here’s some of the best smartphone deals, tailored for those born in the 1980s and 1990s. You know: around the time culture peaked. Whether you’re Team Android or Team iPhone, we’ve got options for you, from bargain phones to flagship models.

Entry-level

best smartphone deals

Android

Moto E4 $129 in the Ting shop
The Moto E4 has a 5-inch HD display, a great battery and Android 7.1. This phone is advanced for its price, and has sharp front and rear cameras that take great photos in all kinds of light… and the price is certainly right. The Moto E4 is a good phone. Step up a few bucks to the Moto E4 Plus, launching in August for $179, and it becomes a great phone.

iOS

Certified Refurbished iPhone 5 $150-$250 from Amazon
An older iPhone model that still works just fine. Not to mention, a price tag that’s not too hard to swallow.

Mid-range

Android

Moto G5 Plus $299 from Ting (or as low as $13/month with Ting device financing*)
With a fingerprint sensor, 5.5 inch display and aluminum body, the Moto G5 Plus has the look of a premium phone with all the bells and whistles too. We spent a month with the Moto G5 Plus and were consistently impressed.

iOS

iPhone SE $399 from Ting (or as low as $17/month with Ting device financing*)
The 4-inch iPhone SE packs the same chipset as the iPhone 6S in a compact, stylish design. This phone comes with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, Retina display and iOS 10.

High-end

best smartphone deals

Android

Pixel $649 from Google
Not a deal in the traditional sense but prestige phones like this don’t come cheap. Anymore. The Pixel is a powerful, nicely designed smartphone that doesn’t look out of place next to the latest iPhone.

best smartphone deals

iOS

iPhone 7 $649 from Ting (or as low as $28/month with Ting device financing*)
If you want the latest and greatest iPhone, we get it… but it doesn’t come cheap. iPhone 7 is an undeniably beautiful phone with the longest battery life of any iPhone to date. What you lose in headphone jacks, you more than gain in performance. You might want to budget for a decent pair of Bluetooth headphones, too. AirPods are great, but they’re not cheap either.


*Monthly payments are based on a 24 month period 0% APR financing from Ting, in partnership with lending partner Affirm. Calculations are based on the advertised purchase price on the date of publication at 0% APR over 24 months. Subject to credit approval. Rates from 0-30% APR for 12-, 18-, and 24-month terms based on creditworthiness. Down payment may be required. Offer is subject to change at any time. Previous purchases are ineligible for offer. For purchases under $100, limited payment options are available. Affirm loans are made by Cross River Bank, a New Jersey-chartered bank, Member FDIC.

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