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Best Cell Phones January 2021

You're interested in getting a new phone, but you're not sure which one is best for you. Every year, the top cell phone manufacturers release new phones with even better features. In this article, I'll tell you about the best cell phones of January 2021.

Best Phones January 2021

Phone Screen Size Camera (MP) Storage (GB) Starting Price
iPhone 12 6.1 inches 12 + 12 64, 128, 256 $34 / month
iPhone 12 Mini 5.4 inches 12 + 12 128, 256, 512 $25 / month
Samsung Galaxy S20 6.2 inches 12 + 64 + 12 128 $26 / month
iPhone 11 Pro Max 6.5 inches 12 + 12 + 12 64, 256, 512 $26 / month
Google Pixel 4a 5.8 inches 12.2 128 $12 / month
iPhone SE 2 4.7 inches 12 64, 128, 256 $13 / month
iPhone 11 6.1 inches 12 + 12 64, 128, 256 $16 / month
Google Pixel 4a 5G 6.2 inches 12.2 + 16 128 $20 / month
iPhone 12 Pro 6.1 inches 12 + 12 + 12 128, 256, 512 $41 / month
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 6.5 inches 12 + 8 + 12 128 $23 / month

iPhone 12

Currently, we consider the standard iPhone 12 model the ultimate 5G cell phone available. While not as pricey as the iPhone 12 Pro models, this device is still 5G compatible and runs on the same A14 processor.

Thanks to its Super Retina XDR display, the iPhone 12 allows you to view video and images with stunning clarity. It comes in 3 storage variants and features a 6.2 inch screen. With stereo speakers and an IP68 water resistance score, you can enjoy all types of media safely in any setting on the iPhone 12.

iPhone 12 Mini

We'd also like to highlight the iPhone 12 Mini. In everything but size, the iPhone 12 Mini is the exact same device as the iPhone 12. It's currently the smallest and most lightweight 5G phone on the market, and is every bit as powerful as the larger iPhone 12 model.

If you don't mind a compact footprint, you'll get a great iOS experience from the iPhone 12 Mini at a shockingly low price.

Samsung Galaxy S20

Samsung's newest smartphone is one of the most powerful we've ever seen. The Galaxy S20 can connect 5G networks, take incredibly sharp photos with its 64 MP telephoto lens, and record videos in 8K quality. Although this phone only has 128 GB of internal storage, it supports more than 1 TB of expandable storage.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the top-of-the-line iPhone. It has a 6.5 inch display, a rear triple camera with an ultra-wide lens, and three storage variants: 64, 256, and 512 GB.

If you plan on taking lots of high-quality photos and videos, you'll probably want the 256 or 512 GB variant. For example, a ten minute 4K video at 60 frames per second will be a 4 GB file. It's very easy to use up a lot of storage space quickly with this phone.

Google Pixel 4a

If we were Android users, this is the one we'd choose. The Google Pixel 4a XL has a 5.8 inch display, a 12.2 megapixel camera, and an all-day battery.

The Pixel 4a has 128 GB of storage space, twice as the 3a. On top of that, Google has excellent built-in storage infrastructure. Google Photos and Google Drive make it easy to store your files without taking up storage space on your phone.

Google also pioneered Night Sight, a camera mode that makes it easier to take high-quality photos in even dimly lit areas. Apple built similar technology into their new line of iPhones.

iPhone SE 2

Apple's new budget iPhone is officially on the market! The iPhone SE 2 starts at just $399. It has a 4.7 inch display, a 12 MP camera, and the same A13 processor as the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max. The 2nd Generation iPhone SE also has a water-resistance rating of IP67.

iPhone 11

The iPhone 11 is our favorite from the line released by Apple in 2019. It has a dual rear camera setup, a 6.1 inch display, and a slightly better battery life than the iPhone XR. There are three different storage variants: 64, 128, and 256 GB.

The iPhone 11 comes with iOS 13 preinstalled, meaning you'll be able to immediately use new settings like Dark Mode and Audio Sharing. Since the release of the iPhone 12 line, this phone is more affordable than ever!

Google Pixel 4a 5G

If you're looking for a solid mid-range Android phone, you might like the Google Pixel 4a 5G. Despite the similar name and appearance, the Pixel 4a 5G features a number of interesting changes from the standard Pixel 4a.

Aside from being one of Google's first 5G cell phones, the Pixel 4a 5G also supports fast charging and houses a powerful Snapdragon processor. It also features the exact same dual rear camera as the more premium Pixel 5, making it capable of recording 4K and 12.2 MP photography.

This phone works great with Google Drive, and has a superb value for its price.

iPhone 12 Pro

Every model in Apple's new iPhone 12 line is now available. One of our favorites from the new generation is the iPhone 12 Pro. This is one of the most premium iPhones on the market, and its features and appearance reflect that.

This iPhone comes with the new A14 processor and three high resolution rear cameras. It's made of stainless steel and Apple's new Ceramic Shield glass, making it durable and aesthetically pleasing. If you have the budget, you can enjoy 5G networks and all day battery life on the iPhone 12 Pro for years to come!

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

If you're a fan of the Samsung Galaxy line, we think that the best budget Galaxy phone currently available is the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. Featuring a 6.5 inch display and an IP68 water resistance score, this device offers plenty of power at a reasonable price.

The Galaxy S20 FE features a triple rear camera and comes in six different colors. It supports up to a full TB of external storage and has an all-day battery life.

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Phone Home!

You've found a new cell phone at a great price! We hope you'll share this article with your family and friends to teach them about the best cell phone of January 2021. Leave us a comment down below if you need more help choosing a new cell phone.


David Lynch

Hi, I'm David! I'm here to help you fix problems with your iPhone and help you find a better cell phone plan.

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Michael C Dinsmore
Michael C Dinsmore
1 month ago

My iPhone 11 started to glitch and I dropped my phone about 4 weeks ago. I factory restored it and when I turn it on its in Japanese and still glitches. Does anyone know why this is happening? It’s a very new phone.

6 months ago

Great explanation about 5G. I am not a techie but all I know is I should not pay for this. I saw your video on YouTube about saving battery and want to get rid of thanks a lot keep up the good work and be safe don’t forget to wear your mask. Richard

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