Best unlocked phones on Amazon for every budget Android Central 2022

Whether you're planning an international trip or you just prefer not to be financially tied to your carrier, it's never a bad idea to buy your next phone unlocked. Amazon sells the best unlocked phones, covering everything from the highest-end flagships to the absolute cheapest phone for someone on a tight budget.

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The best: Samsung Galaxy 21 Ultra

Staff Pick

The Galaxy 21 Ultra is one of the most versatile and powerful phones on the market. You get top-end specs across the board, plus all of the hardware features you expect: an incredible 120Hz display, waterproofing, bilateral wireless charging, and of course, the S Pen. The 108MP primary camera is incredible, and 10MP sensors offer both 3x and 10x native zooms.

From $1,000 at Amazon
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Best under $800: Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Android Cell Phone

The Galaxy S21 5G offers incredible value, bringing the core Samsung flagship experience to a more affordable price. You even get the same top-tier processor and cameras you'd expect. The only sacrifices here (if you even want to call them that) are the lack of a 3.5mm audio jack and expandable storage.

From $700 at Amazon
Google Pixel 4a

Best under $400: Google Pixel 4a Android Smartphone

The Pixel 4a's shining feature is its camera, lifted straight from the Pixel 4 and subsequent Pixel 5. As a result, it produces stunning photos in all lighting conditions, blowing away phones twice their price. The rest isn't too shabby either: simple software, a solid hardware build, and guaranteed updates from Google. Perhaps best of all, it runs Android 11 right out of the box.

$349 at Amazon
Moto G Power

Best under $300: Moto G Power Android Smartphone

Motorola has defined the sub-$300 segment with the Moto G series, and the G Power continues the trend. Again, you get a solid build with a big screen and specs that will get the job done, and more importantly, the phone comes with an enormous 5,000mAh battery that can last up to three full days on a single charge. So if you need a weekend warrior, look no further.

$248 at Amazon
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Best under $200: Nokia G20 Android Smartphone

The Nokia G20 has a fantastic Nordic design with subtle but eye-catching finishes, a quad-camera system, a bright and large 6.5-inch display, and it runs a clean build of Android 11 with the promise of timely, continued updates for three more years. You even get a huge 5,050 mAh battery that lasts for days. For much less money, that's a lot of phone and an incredible value.

$199 at Amazon
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Best for $150 and under: TCL 10 SE

The TCL 10 SE squeezes in value with a stunning 6.52-inch display, triple cameras, and a 4,000mAh battery. You even get USB Type-C fast charging and reverse charging support via OTG. Sure, you only get 64GB storage, but that's expandable via MicroSD. Factoring in the killer design, this is a phenomenal device when you consider the price.

$150 at Amazon

It's a great idea to go unlocked

Buying a phone unlocked is a great idea, and Amazon is an easy way to grab a new Android phone no matter your budget. However, if money is no object, you should, by all means, go for the Galaxy 21 Ultra. Its Dynamic AMOLED 2X display is one of the brightest and most vibrant on the market. Also, the 120Hz refresh rate looks great on the Samsung Galaxy 21 Ultra and serves a functional purpose in reducing the latency of the S Pen. It also has four of the best cameras you'll find on a phone and powerful Android 11 software.

For less money, there are other unlocked offerings on Amazon from Google, Motorola, and Nokia — they all provide great experiences at much more affordable prices. The Google Pixel 4a is a particularly great value given its amazing camera, and the Moto G Power has among the best battery life we've seen. No matter your budget, you can find the best unlocked phone on Amazon.

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