This is the time of year when fancy new phones hit the market, often with faster processors, better cameras and higher prices. But if spending a small fortune on the latest tech isn’t for you, Consumer Reports reveals some smartphones that get the job done without breaking the bank.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra costs $1,400 and is one of the most expensive smartphones in Consumer Reports’ ratings. The same goes for Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro Max, at $1,100. Both models are newer and earn excellent scores in CR’s rigorous tests.
But you don't have to spend over $1,000 to get a great phone. There are several less expensive options out there, and while they may not have the fanciest cameras or the fastest processors, they’re still good options for most people.
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Take the iPhone XR. It’s almost two years old, but at $600 it’s cheaper than ever and packed with features like a sharp screen and very good cameras, making it a Consumer Reports Best Buy.
The same goes for the Samsung Galaxy S10 for around $750. It’s been on the market for over a year, and the price is $150 less than when it launched.
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You can also save by shopping a lesser-known brand, like Google or OnePlus, or buying a used phone or one that’s refurbished.
CR says before you buy a used phone, make sure you know exactly what you’re getting. For example, will it come with a charger? Is the screen scratched?
If you buy a refurbished model directly from Apple or Samsung, you might pay a little more but you’ll get a phone that’s just like new. It may even have a brand-new battery, outer shell, box and accessories. And both companies provide a one-year warranty.