All three major US carriers compatible. The Moto G Power costs $250 at Amazon. Target. Another option: Nokia G20 ($200).Photograph: Nokia. There are faster, more expensive phones, but this one is still a solid option. It will last for two and a quarter days on a single battery. Although the screen isn’t bright enough, the camera is good and there’s even an Night mode for better low light images. Nokia promises three years worth of security updates and two OS improvements. There are two big caveats. It doesn’t work with Verizon and it doesn’t support 5-GHz Wi–Fi, which is required for certain services like wireless Android Auto. TCL 20 Pro 5G (530). Another Good Budget PhonePhotograph by TCL. TCL’s 2021 smartphone range includes the TCL 20 Pro 5G (500), TCL 20S (2250), and TCL 20SE (190). The latter two are not included here as they are better options than any of the $200-$300 phones. There are good reasons to choose the TCL 20 Pro 5G. It has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 7500G chip as the Galaxy A52 5G but it performs a bit better. It’s powerful, the best-performing Android phone we have reviewed, and it feels luxurious. Although it has an aluminum frame and glass on both ends, it is more fragile. It is also the only Android phone that supports wireless charging. The 6.67-inch AMOLED display is bright and colorful. It can also be used outdoors. The 4,500-mAh battery lasts for more than a day and has all the usual features like NFC, a headphone socket, and a MicroSD slot. It is not our top choice because TCL promises only two OS upgrades and two year of security updates. The Samsung and Google phones will continue to be supported for longer periods. It doesn’t have 5G access, and it’s not available on AT&T. There’s also no IP rating for water resistance. It has a decent camera system, but it isn’t as good as the other competitors. 5G access will be available on all three major US carriers soon (5G will be available on Verizon soon but not on AT&T). The TCL 20 Pro 5G costs $530 on AmazonShould you buy now? Every major smartphone manufacturer has released its budget and mid-range phones for the year. We won’t see any new options for smartphones until 2022. Look at Last Year’s Flagship Smartphones. If none of these phones offer the features you need or aren’t as powerful as your preference, you might consider looking for last year’s flagship smartphones. These may be heavily discounted. They are sometimes easy to find, but some manufacturers stop selling them altogether. You’ll lose one year of software support. Check Network CompatibilityIf your phone is not listed on this list, and you try to take it to a retail store of your wireless carrier, they might tell you that it isn’t compatible with their network. It is likely that it is. Simply use a paperclip or SIM ejection tool and pop the SIM card from your current phone. Then, slide the SIM into your new device. If the SIM card doesn’t work, restart the phone or wait a few hours. You can tell them that you have a smartphone. Reps will often try to sell you a smartphone. This is one reason they might try to pressure you into buying another device in the store.