Due to the, the question of whether schools will open up in the fall . Nonetheless, if you're thinking about getting a phone for the upcoming school year, there are lots of options available. Read on for CNET's top pics that aren't too expensive and feature great specs like top-of-the-line processors, nimble cameras and bright displays.
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Apple iPhone SE (2020)
Top iPhone value
The 2020 iPhone SE packs a bunch of upgrades including wireless charging, water resistance and Apple's latest A13 Bionic processor. Unfortunately for wired headphone users, it doesn't have a headphone jack and it's also missing Face ID. But if you're looking to gift a new iPhone and save as much money as possible, the $399 iPhone SE is your best bet.
Samsung Galaxy A51
Solid Samsung at a lower price
In addition to its main Galaxy S flagship line, Samsung has a more cost-conscious A-series family of phones. The Galaxy A51 is the best of the bunch and also runs $399 (there's also a 5G variant that costs $499). The device has four cameras, an in-screen fingerprint reader and expandable storage.
Motorola Moto G Stylus
If you're looking for a cheaper Note 10 alternative, the $300 Moto G Stylus features a stylus that you can store inside the phone along with a built-in Notes app so you can jot down lecture notes or doodle during the next virtual lesson. The phone also features three rear cameras, 128GB of storage and a robust 4,000-mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy A50
Last year's Samsung for a steal
Although the Galaxy A50 came out last year -- it's the predecessor to the A51 mentioned above -- it's still a great phone. Samsung currently sells it unlocked for $180, which is much cheaper than the price at launch. The phone has a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen, an in-screen fingerprint reader and a headphone jack. On the back, the three cameras include a wide angle lens as well as a depth lens, which is used to take portrait shots with blurry, dramatic backgrounds.
Motorola Moto G Power
A battery beast
At $250, the Moto G Power is a tad cheaper than the G Stylus, but it has a robust 5,000-mAh battery. During our testing, it lasted an impressive four days without a charge. That means it'll stick with you while you're studying from class to class or having a late video chat with friends. The phone has three rear cameras, one of which is a macro lens, as well as a 6.4-inch display and expandable storage.
Google Pixel 3A
Photo-friendly Android choice
While rumors continue about Google's upcoming Pixel 4A, the very-real Pixel 3A from 2019 is still a great phone. The device has a solid camera and a headphone jack. Though Google has discontinued selling it, you can still buy it from carriers and other retailers like Best Buy.
Motorola Moto G7
2019 Moto bargain
Despite coming out in 2019, the Moto G7 is a great value for any kind of student. It has dual rear cameras, an enduring battery life and a sleek design. It also charges really quickly, which is useful when you need to juice up before your next lesson begins.