Best refurbished phones 2022

As much as we love playing with and testing the latest and greatest phones here at Android Central, there's something we can universally agree on that we're not fans of: paying full price for the best Android phones. So if you're in the market for a quality Android phone but don't want to spend a thousand dollars, check out the best cheap Android phones, or grab one of the best-refurbished phones that offer a great experience at a fraction of what you'd typically spend. Here are our favorite options.

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The Pixel 5 is the best-refurbished phone

Google Pixel 5

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The Google Pixel 5 packs an impressive wallop, providing the same fantastic camera as the Pixel 4a and an additional 16MP ultra-wide lens. It has a design that is comfortable to hold and still familiar to just about every Android user. We spoke highly of the Pixel 5 in our review, and that love hasn't gone anywhere. If anything, the additional features, such as an IP68 waterproof rating and 12W wireless charging, make the refurbished Pixel an even sweeter deal.

Sure, the spec sheet isn't flagship-level, and the newer Pixel 5a has a better battery, but the 5 gets the leg up in the refurbished market. Plus, Google plans to support this device until at least late 2023.

If you want to save a few bucks and get a device that will still turn heads, there's no better way to go other than Samsung or OnePlus.

Opting for the renewed Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra provides a fantastic bargain for those looking to score a true-blue flagship Android phone. Everything is as premium as possible, starting from the design to the hardware powering the device. You even get an S Pen in addition to a state-of-the-art camera setup and a phenomenal 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel. All that goodness for almost half the price of the new S22 Ultra is nearly too good to be true.

With the OnePlus 9, you get a sleek design with a stunning AMOLED display equipped with a 120Hz display. The silvery glass back has a striking aesthetic, though it may feel slippery without a case. The camera system is splendid thanks to OnePlus's partnership with Hasselblad and noteworthy software improvements.