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Best Cell Phones December 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 December 2021.

Best Phones December 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 S21 6.2 inches 12 + 64 + 12 128, 256 $33 / month
Google Pixel 4a 5.8 inches 12.2 128 $12 / 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

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 S21

One of the newest Samsung products, the Samsung Galaxy S21 is among the most premium Android phones on the market. With a 6.2 inch FHD+ LTPS display and Dolby Atmos speakers, this phone is optimized for enjoying video and audio.

The Galaxy S21 comes in 128 GB and 256 GB variants, and its starting price is just under $800. Its Snapdragon 888 processor is optimized for battery life and graphics. For any cell phone photographers out there, this device houses a triple rear camera comprised of a 64 MP lens as well as a pair of 12 MP lenses.

Whether you buy it directly from Samsung or opt to purchase it from your favorite carrier, anyone looking for a fast and sleek new Android will be happy with the Galaxy S21.

Google Pixel 4a

The Google Pixel 4a has a 5.8 inch display, a 12.2 megapixel camera, and an all-day battery. This phone has 128 GB of storage space, twice as much 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.

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!

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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 December 2021. Leave us a comment down below if you need more help choosing a new cell phone.

AUTHOR

David Lynch

David Lynch is an expert on cell phones, cell phone plans, and other tech. After using a flip phone into his early 20s, he learned the ropes about iPhones and Androids from a former Apple employee. Today, his articles and videos are read and viewed by millions, and he has been cited by major publications including Reader's Digest, Wired, CMSWire, Consumers Advocate, and more.

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Mike Ghata
Mike Ghata
6 months ago

Hi David,
Can’t send MMS on my iPhone X.
The icon for it isn’t even showing.
Can you please help?

Liam Shotwell
6 months ago
Reply to  Mike Ghata

You may need to contact your carrier to see if they support MMS for your data plan. I hope this helps!

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