There are better phones, even at this discounted price (like the Google Pixel 4A 5G), but if you want to stick with Samsung, the A71 5G is solid. It runs well, delivers more than a day of battery life, and has perks like expandable storage and a headphone jack. However, it doesn’t have the brightest screen, the cameras aren’t amazing, and there’s no water resistance or wireless charging.
OnePlus8—12 GB Ram and 256 GB Storage—for $570 ($130 off)
Both the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro (8/10, WIRED Recommends) are excellent phones, but our main issue has been their high prices. At this discount, the OnePlus 8 is a better buy. You get a sharp 90-Hz OLED screen, 5G support, and the same flagship power you’ll find on the Samsung above. The triple-camera system is capable, but there’s no water resistance or wireless charging. If you want those latter two features, the OnePlus 8 Pro is also on sale for $800 ($100 off).
Motorola Edge for $400 ($300 off)
This phone has good performance, two-day battery life, and a large, edge-to-edge 6.7-inch OLED screen. I didn’t like the Edge’s waterfall display, where the screen bleeds into the edges, because it’s easy to accidentally press the screen while you hold the phone, but it certainly looks cool. Plus, it’s a 90-Hz panel, so content looks wonderfully fluid (that’s rare at this price). You also get a headphone jack! The cameras are good, though they’re lackluster in low light. It’s also a shame there’s no wireless charging or water resistance, but those things are easy to ignore for $400.