Best Metro by T-Mobile Phones Android Central 2021
Metro by T-Mobile (formerly known as MetroPCS) gives you the opportunity to save some money when buying a phone without a contract, coupled with affordable plans. There's a variety of phones in both the high- and low-end, but most people will be well-suited with the Galaxy A20, which combines modern design with midrange specs and a large battery.
Who should buy this phone?
Metro customers want to save money — that's why you joined, right? So the best phone isn't necessarily the most expensive, but the best compromise between style, performance, and price. The Galaxy A20 is all of those things, made by a company that knows how to build a great phone, and new customers can even get it for free when they port their phone number over.
Is it a good time to buy this phone?
Yes. As of right now, the Galaxy A20 is practically brand new. It was just released in April and runs Android 9 Pie, one of the most recent versions of Android, along with Samsung's modern One UI software.
Reasons to buy
- Great build quality
- Large display with slim bezels
- Excellent performance for the price
- Dual cameras for different perspectives
- Android Pie out of the box
Reasons not to buy
- May not receive frequent updates
- Could be too big for some people
There are other great options at Metro
The Galaxy A20 is just one of many phones sold at Metro by T-Mobile. You can even pick up one of the recent iPhone models from Metro if you're so inclined — but of course, we're focusing on Android here. The reality is that Metro by T-Mobile sells a lot of phones under $300, and some even cheaper, which makes it easy to take home a handset that does everything you need it to without emptying your wallet.
The issue with these other phones is that they're either very expensive, like the Galaxy S10+, or lacking in some meaningful way, like the Moto E6. The Galaxy A20, however, manages to hit that right market between price and performance.
It's no surprise that the Galaxy S10+ is on this list. With its huge 6.4-inch display, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and three incredible cameras of different focal lengths that give you maximum versatility while shooting, you can't get much better than this phone. It also manages fantastic all-day endurance with its 4100mAh battery. But it's expensive, and could be too much to spend upfront for many people.
The large display and stylus are a perfect match on the Stylo 5, and just like on the Galaxy A20, you get a 13MP primary camera paired with a 5MP ultra-wide sensor. You also get Android 9 Pie out of the box, 32GB of expandable storage, and a whopping 3500mAh battery.
Metro by T-Mobile has a bit of a different phone lineup than many of the other carriers, but that's okay — there are plenty of great options. While the Galaxy S10+ is nice to look at, it's also very expensive. On the other end of the spectrum, there are the cheaper Moto E6 and LG Stylo 5, which are excellent options in their own right.
But it's the Galaxy A20 that I keep coming back to. It's a well-made, modern phone with current Android software, an ultra-wide secondary camera, and a massive battery. It's an excellent middle ground between the sacrifices of ultra-affordable options and the high upfront cost of the premium range.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Daniel Bader is the Managing Editor of Android Central. As he's writing this, a mountain of old Android phones is about to fall on his head, but his Great Dane will protect him. He drinks way too much coffee and sleeps too little. He wonders if there's a correlation.
Hayato Huseman is a recovering trade show addict and video editor for Android Central. He can mostly be found complaining about the cold and enthusing about prog metal on Twitter at @hayatohuseman.
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