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The 10 best Google Fi phones to get

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May 9, 2022
The Google Fi packaging.

Formerly known as Project Fi, Google Fi has been around for around seven years. Before opening up to other Android handsets, it was initially limited to Nexus and Pixel phones. Even Apple’s iPhones support Google Fi, although you usually have to play around with the settings to get things working correctly. Let’s check out our favorite Google Fi and supported phones!

Before we jump into our list of the best Google Fi phones, please note that we’ve divided this post into two sections. The first one lists the handsets you can buy directly from Google Fi, while the second includes unlocked phones compatible with Google Fi. The reason for this is to give you the best feel for your options since Google Fi only sells a limited selection of devices.

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Editor’s note: We’ll regularly update this list of the best Google Fi phone as new devices make it to the carrier.


The best Google Fi phones


Google Pixel 6 series

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro left angled rear panels
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Google took a dip into upper-mid-range devices with its Pixel 5. The company is back to true flagships with the standout Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Not only do they offer a completely unique design among Android phones right now, but they also pack Google’s first Tensor chip.

A significant part of that unique design is Google’s new camera bar. It packs a crisp 50MP wide lens and a 12MP ultrawide lens on both Pixel 6 models. If you go for the premium Pixel 6 Pro, you’ll get a 48MP telephoto lens to round out the setup. Both phones also sport centrally mounted punch hole selfie cameras on the front.

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Google packed its Pixel 6 series with some of the biggest batteries of any Pixel device. You get a whopping 5,003mAh on the Pixel 6 Pro or a still-solid 4,614mAh on the Pixel 6. Both phones are also crafted with Gorilla Glass Victus all the way around so that they can take a few tumbles.


Google Pixel 6 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Tensor
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Camera: 50 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,614mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Google Pixel 6 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.71-inch, WQHD+
  • SoC: Tensor
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Camera: 50, 48, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 11.1MP
  • Battery: 5,003mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Google Pixel 5a

the google pixel 5a on a piece of cement showing its back in mostly black color
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The Pixel 6 series may be more affordable than Google’s previous flagships, but it can still be a costly investment. If you’re looking for a slightly more affordable approach, the Pixel 5a with 5G may be the answer.

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The handset packs the same Snapdragon 765G chipset that you’d find on the Pixel 5, along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It even packs an old-fashioned headphone jack. The design is nearly identical to the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, right down to the corner-mounted selfie camera. However, it’s slightly larger at 6.34-inches but more affordable than both.

Although there’s no wireless charging, the Pixel 5a is Google’s first A-series phone to pack an IP67 rating. It sports an aluminum frame and aluminum back, so it should be able to put up with your daily adventures. Google also kept the pair of 12.2MP and 16MP cameras from the previous generation of Pixels.

Also, keep an eye open for the newly announced Google Pixel 6a, which will be available for pre-order starting July 1st. We are almost sure it will be available for Google Fi. It’s also a much better device than the Pixel 5a.


Google Pixel 5a specs:

  • Display: 6.34-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Camera: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,680mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 in hand closed up
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 may be expensive, but it’s also one of the best Google Fi phones. It comes with powerful specs and good performance, but that’s hardly what makes it a unique phone.

This is a foldable phone with a design that resembles classic flip phones, but has a foldable screen and offers the full power of an Android smartphone when unfolded. Additionally, Google Fi offers the unit in multiple colors, offering a touch of personality you won’t often find in smartphones.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S22 series

Samsung Galaxy S22 family in blue on wood
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

Google Fi offers the Samsung Galaxy S22 series, which is all but guaranteed to provide some of the most popular smartphones in 2022. The lineup includes the Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus, and Galaxy S22 Ultra. These are all formidable devices with great designs, an IP68 rating, gorgeous displays, and remarkable performance. They’re high-end smartphones through and through, and it will be hard to beat the experience they offer.

All three handsets come with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, or an Exynos 2200 outside the USA. RAM offerings start at 8GB and can go as high as 12GB. The Dynamic AMOLED 2X displays are capable of 120Hz refresh rates and support HDR10+.

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Your camera experience will also be optimal. Samsung is known for making some of the best camera phones every year. This time around, you get a triple-camera setup with the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus. The Galaxy S22 Ultra takes things up a notch with a fourth camera for added versatility.


Samsung Galaxy S22 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 12, and 10MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 12, and 10MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or Exynos 2200
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB/512/1024GB
  • Cameras: 108, 12, 10, and 10MP
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Samsung Galaxy A13 5G

samsung galaxy a13 back panel
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

Samsung is mainly known for its powerful high-end smartphones, but they also have some very enticing affordable options. The Samsung Galaxy A13 5G is one of the best Google Fi phones if you don’t want to spend too much cash on your new device. It also helps that its specs aren’t all that bad!

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Our review mentions that the performance is pretty solid, and 5G support helps keep things snappy. If you care about battery life, we managed to keep it alive for two days, thanks to the massive 5,000mAh battery. We wish the screen was brighter and the battery could be charged faster, but it’s still a great phone considering the accessible price point.


Motorola Moto One 5G Ace specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 750G
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16 and 4MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

The Best Google Fi-compatible phones:

If these Google Fi phones aren’t up your alley, bringing an unlocked device to the carrier is the way to go. More or less, every unlocked Android phone should work with the network, provided it runs at least Android 7.0 Nougat and has LTE bands 2 and 4. However, the list below only includes phones that the carrier officially added to its list of compatible phones. Google Fi isn’t always the best about updating its phone list, so you may want to check in with the support team if you don’t see your phone on the list.

You’ll also want to ensure that your phone works with T-Mobile’s 5G network if you’re hoping to tap into the fastest speeds.


Moto Razr 5G

Motorola Razr 5G

The iconic Moto Razr lineup is still alive, and it’s no feature phone anymore. While the Moto Razr 5G looks much like the classic flip phone, this device comes with great modern technology. It’s one of the very few flip phones with a foldable display, automatically making it a modern wonder and the perfect conversation starter.

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Specs are not much to write home about, but you get mid-end functionality, which is plenty good in the modern age of smartphones. This device can handle all everyday tasks without a problem, and most users likely won’t see a difference between it and higher-end smartphones.


Moto Razr 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch and 2.7-inch
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Camera: 48MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 2,800mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 open front bricks left
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

Are you looking for a phone with a large screen? Smartphone displays can’t get much larger than the one on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, primarily thanks to the nature of its design. While the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Moto Razr 5G fold in, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 folds out to showcase a 7.6-inch display that takes the smartphone into tablet territory. There’s also a regular-sized screen on the outer side of the phone for simple operation.

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a capable phone, too. Performance is top-notch, thanks to the Snapdragon 888 processor and 12GB of RAM. The screen sports a Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel capable of 120Hz refresh rates, HDR10+, and 1,200 nits of brightness.

The phone was a 2021 powerhouse, and it continues to be one of the best Google Fi phones available right now.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 specs:

  • Display: 7.6-inch QXGA+ and 6.2-inch HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP, 4MP UDC
  • Battery: 4,400mAh
  • Software: Android 11

OnePlus 9 series

OnePlus 9 Pro showing back
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

The OnePlus 9 series are high-end Google Fi phones aimed at demanding users, and they’ve finally moved from flagship killers to killer flagships. You may have to grab them from T-Mobile or unlocked, but both phones pack impressive specs, starting with the Snapdragon 888 chipset. You can kick off with 8GB of RAM on either model, and both top out at 256GB of storage.

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The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro both sport a 120Hz AMOLED display, with the Pro model offering a larger 6.7-inch QHD+ panel. Both are crafted from Gorilla Glass 5 and carry IP68 ratings, though technically, only the T-Mobile OnePlus 9 is waterproof. The 4,500mAh battery is identical on both devices, as is the 65W Warp Charge. However, only the OnePlus 9 Pro offers blistering 50W wireless charging.

This year marks the first collaboration between OnePlus and Hasselblad on the camera array. The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro pack a 48MP wide camera and a 50MP ultrawide camera to capture your world. If you opt for the more expensive of the two, you’ll get an additional 8MP telephoto lens.

We now have the OnePlus 10 Pro available, but it’s not listed in Google Fi’s official list of supported phones. It’s still worth a look, though, and you should consider asking the Google Fi support team if the newer device will work on the network.


OnePlus 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 50, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

OnePlus 9 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 50, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Apple iPhone 13 series

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Series 6
Luke Pollack / Android Authority

Apple has gone all out with its iPhone lineup once again, releasing four iterations of the iPhone 13 series. There’s something here for everyone, and these are all great Google Fi iPhone options.

The smallest of the bunch is the iPhone 13 Mini. Its name says it all, but it’s no bad contender. The device still features an Apple A15 Bionic chipset, like all other devices in this series. It’s pretty much an iPhone 13 with a smaller display and battery.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 13 has a 6.1-inch display, which is pretty standard these days. It’s identically sized to the iPhone 13 Pro, but the latter has more RAM, a higher storage option, an improved camera system, and more. As expected, the largest phone is the iPhone 13 Pro Max, thanks to its 6.7-inch display. This makes room for a larger 4,352mAh battery, which is always a nice benefit.


Apple iPhone 13 Mini specs:

  • Display: 5.4-inch, 2,340 x 1,080
  • SoC: Apple A15 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,438mAh
  • Software: iOS 15.1

Apple iPhone 13 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A15 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,240mAh
  • Software: iOS 15.1

Apple iPhone 13 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A15 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB/1TB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,095mAh
  • Software: iOS 15.1

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, 2,778 x 1,284
  • SoC: Apple A15 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB/1TB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 4,352mAh
  • Software: iOS 15.1

Apple iPhone SE

iPhone SE review header - Google Fi phones
David Imel / Android Authority

We have to give it up to Apple. The folks at Cupertino released a $399.99 phone that includes a potent processor. The iPhone SE (2020) may look like an old iPhone 8, but it runs the same A13 Bionic chip found on their expensive iPhone 11 series. It also runs on iOS 14 and will likely be updated for several years.

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The phone itself is well made, with IP67 water and dust resistance. However, it still has the body of an older iPhone, with big bezels, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the bottom, and the older 12MP rear camera sensor. However, the processing power inside still allows for some good pictures, including support for portrait mode. All in all, this mid-range phone has just enough flagship features to make it a great Google Fi iPhone option.

You might also want to keep an eye on the iPhone SE (2022). We haven’t replaced the 2020 version because the phone is still not listed on Google Fi’s page as a supported device, but we’re almost sure it will.


Apple SE (2020) specs:

  • Display: 4.7-inch, 1,334 x 750
  • SoC: A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Front camera: 7MP
  • Battery: 1,821mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Are you not convinced with Google Fi yet? Google’s MVNO offers exceptional value, but it’s hardly the only option around. There are plenty of plans and companies to choose from. Let’s help you out with a list of the best prepaid plans, as well as a guide to the best general cell phone plans available.