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The 10 best Google Fi phones to get

Find the perfect device for your plan.
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September 17, 2022
Google Fi package and SIM edited
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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. Now there are more devices to choose from. 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. This is to give you the best feel for your options since Google Fi still only sells a limited selection of devices.

More: These are the best Google Fi plans

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

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 4 standing
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Galaxy Z Fold 4 (L) vs Galaxy Z Flip 4 (R)

The top spot in the list of the best Google Fi phones used to belong to the Pixel 6 series, but Google Fi has oddly stopped selling both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. That leaves Samsung’s duo of foldable phones as the best you can currently buy straight from the cellphone service provider. Of course, we’re talking about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Galaxy Z Flip 4.

Both of these devices offer high-end performance, awesome cameras, gorgeous designs, and unique form factors. The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a regular-sized phone that can fold out and turn into a tablet. This makes the device more functional for multi-taskers and productivity junkies. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is a smartphone that folds into a smaller shape, making it more portable and pocketable.

You can’t go wrong with either of these. And while they’re both pretty expensive, Google Fi offers some significant discounts to its users.

 

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 specs:

  • Display: 7.6-inch QXGA+ and 6.2-inch HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512/1,024GB
  • Cameras: 50, 12 and 10MP
  • Front camera: 10MP, 4MP UDC
  • Battery: 4,400mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch and 1.9-inch
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Google Pixel 6a

google pixel 6a back in hand
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

Google’s Pixel A series has long been a staple in the premium budget smartphone market, and the Google Pixel 6a is no exception. Its $449 MSRP offers an enticing package with specs and features that get pretty close to a high-end experience.

The Pixel 6a features a powerful Google Tensor processor, which is actually the same you’ll find in the high-end Pixel 6 series. This, along with the 6GB of RAM, will ensure an impressive performance considering the price tag. It also comes with a 6.1-inch OLED screen. The battery is pretty good at 4,410mAh.

If you care about the camera system, this one comes with two sensors: 12.2MP and 12MP. This is a bit of a downgrade when compared to the other Pixel 6 devices, but you still get Google’s AI photo improvements, which should result in great images.

Google Pixel 6a specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Google Tensor
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Camera: 12.2 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,410mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Samsung Galaxy A53

samsung galaxy a53 standing
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

The Samsung Galaxy A53 offers a great balance between affordability and performance. The device may not come with the best of specs, but it packs enough power to keep most casual users happy.

The Exynos 1280 can handle its own, and you can get up to 8GB of RAM. The screen is surprisingly good for a mid-tier handset, offering a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate. And because the phone isn’t as resource-intensive, the 5,000mAh battery will take you a long way.

Samsung Galaxy A53 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 1280
  • RAM: 4/6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Samsung Galaxy S22 series

Samsung Galaxy S22 family in blue on wood
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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+.

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

Moto G Power (2022)

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Motorola makes some very enticing affordable devices. The Moto G Power series has long been one of the top options for budget-conscious customers. These are also known for offering stunning battery life. It comes with a 5,000mAh battery, which is very large, even by today’s standards.

Other specs are very modest, but the unit still comes with a 6.5-inch 720p display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Other internals include a MediaTek Helio G37 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a triple-camera system. It’s one of the best Google Fi phones for those who want a pretty good phone for as little money as possible. We also have a list of the best budget phones, though, just in case you want some other options.

Moto G Power specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: Mediatek Helio G37
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 50, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

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. Almost 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.

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

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro lying on autumn leaves
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

You may be wondering what the official Google phones are doing down in the bottom section of this feature. Well, Google Fi isn’t currently selling the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. You can still get them elsewhere and bring them to Google Fi, though. And they’re still among the best phones the industry has to offer.

Both devices come with a clean Google UI, timely updates, a gorgeous design, and an overall great experience. This is because both come with Google’s Tensor chipset, 8-12GB of RAM, gorgeous screens with high refresh rates, and stunning camera systems.

You really can’t go wrong with the Pixel 6 series, but there is a reason why these are getting harder to find. We’re expecting the Pixel 7 devices to come soon, likely in October. It might be worth waiting around to see what the newer versions are all about.


Google Pixel 6 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Tensor
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 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

OnePlus 10 Pro

OnePlus 10 Pro rotated left with bell
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The OnePlus 10 Pro came blasting doors with a very enticing offering. The high-end device comes with a unique, gorgeous design. It’s also built very well and offers stunning performance. We can find almost no shortcomings here.

For starters, the OnePlus 10 Pro offers nothing but high-end internals. It features a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and up to 12GB of RAM. Its LTPO2 Fluid AMOLED display is gorgeous, offering a 120Hz refresh rate and a nice QHD+ resolution.

The battery is pretty large at 5,000mAh battery, and you can charge it at up to 80W (65W for the US version). The triple-camera setup is also very impressive, offering three 50MP, 48MP, and 8MP cameras.


OnePlus 10 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 48, 50, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Apple iPhone 13 series

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Series 6
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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; these are 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 nowadays. 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.

Google Fi still hasn’t added the iPhone 14 series to its list of supported devices, but you may want to look into them too.


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

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

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

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
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We have to give it up to Apple. The folks at Cupertino released a $399.99 phone with 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.

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.


iPhone 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.