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Straight Talk is the prepaid, no-contract service that you find in Walmart locations. If you’re looking to grab the best Straight Talk phones possible, look no further.

Let’s be honest, there are a lot of cheap Straight Talk phones out there, but most of them aren’t worth the asking price. That’s why we’ve chosen to focus mostly on their more premium offerings. If you want a cheap phone, you’re probably better off looking at unlocked options.

Also: The best prepaid plans and no contract plans in the US

The best Straight Talk phones:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Straight Talk phones regularly as new devices launch.


1. Samsung Galaxy S21

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Samsung rolled into 2021 with its most powerful lineup yet — the Galaxy S21 family. It maintains the three-model approach from last year, but Straight Talk hasn’t added them all to its menu just yet. Right now, you’re limited to just the Galaxy S21, but there’s nothing wrong with that.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S21 review

The Galaxy S21 shares plenty of features with its non-Straight Talk siblings, and it starts with the internals. All three are powered by the same processor, come with Android 11 on board with Samsung’s One UI skin, and feature dust and water resistance. Their dynamic 2x AMOLED screens are among the best in the industry, and all three devices have the same resolution, but in different sizes.

This year, the basic Galaxy S21 packs a triple camera setup, capped off by a 64MP main shooter. With it comes a pair of 12MP lenses and a 10MP selfie camera for good measure. If Straight Talk chooses to add the S21 Plus and the S21 Ultra, we’ll be sure to flesh this section out further.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra pen leaning against phone

The Samsung Galaxy S line-up may be more popular, but more demanding Samsung fans will prefer the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 smartphones. These come with more powerful specs, a larger display, and an S Pen stylus that will turn your device into a much more productive tool. Prices start at $999, but the Note experience is seriously hard to beat, and these are some of the best Straight Talk phones.

This year we have two versions of the Note: the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The most notable differences between the two phones are the display, construction, and cameras. There are some other differences, clearly (such as the slightly smaller battery in the Galaxy Note 20), but otherwise the devices are pretty similar.

The main differences are in construction. The Note 20 has a plastic body and a flat display, while the Note 20 Ultra comes with a metal/glass construction and a curved edge screen. Check the specs below to see the differences in more detail.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, WQHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 108MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Samsung Galaxy S20 family

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As usual, Samsung kicked off 2020 with its hottest device lineup: the Samsung Galaxy S20 family. This included the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. Along with different sizes and price points, there are some other key differences between the three. But all of them are worth taking a closer look at before you make a final decision.

There are some common features these Straight Talk phones share as well. All three are powered by the same processor, come with Android 10 on board with Samsung’s One UI skin, and feature dust and water resistance. Their dynamic 2x AMOLED screens are among the best in the industry, and all three devices have the same resolution, but in different sizes.

The few difference are in the battery, cameras, and obviously the size. But despite their few variations, the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra are all impressive devices with high-end specs and a great design.

As if three devices didn’t offer enough choice, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S20 FE as the most affordable member of 2020’s flagship line. It makes a few sacrifices to keep costs down, but the large battery, powerful selfie camera, and rainbow of finishes make the S20 FE worth a solid look.


Samsung Galaxy S20 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 48, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Apple iPhone 12 series

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You may be on an Android site, but there’s no denying that the new iPhone 12 series are a great bunch. These phones find a sweet spot that nicely balances performance and usability, but all of them come with stunning cameras, incredible performance, and an amazing ecosystem of apps and accessories.

iOS isn’t to everyone’s taste and does require a few compromises when it comes to file management and customization. But there is no denying the quality of many of the apps available. Editing video on your mobile device is fiddly but doable thanks to the insanely performant processors, and games fair extremely well.

There’s an iPhone 12 for everyone now that the flagship line has swelled to four models, and Straight Talk carries all four. You can go pocket-friendly with the iPhone 12 Mini, or max things out with the powerful iPhone 12 Pro Max. Either way, you’re getting Apple’s A14 Bionic chip and a top-notch camera setup. You’ll just have to decide how much RAM and battery life you’re looking for.


Apple iPhone 12 Mini specs:

  • Display: 5.4-inch, 2,340 x 1,080
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,227mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, 2,778 x 1,284
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,687mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

5. Apple iPhone SE (2020)

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Do you want the latest processor from Apple inside your next iPhone but don’t want to spend tons of money? Then check out the 2020 edition of the newly launched Apple iPhone SE. You are getting the same A13 Bionic processor found in the iPhone 11 models in this phone, but you will only have to pay $349.99 to get it from Straight Talk.

More: Which iPhone is right for you?

The catch is that you will be getting a much smaller 4.7-inch phone, without a 1080p display. You will also get a single 12MP rear camera and a 7MP front-facing camera, along with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There’s also a tiny 1,821mAh battery, but on the plus side, it does support wireless charging. It’s still one of the best Straight Talk phones you can get for a much lower price than the more expensive flagships.


Apple iPhone SE 2020 specs:

  • Display: 4.7-inch, 1,334 x 750
  • SoC: A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Front camera: 7MP
  • Battery: 1,821mAh
  • Software: iOS 13

6. Samsung Galaxy A51

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The Samsung Galaxy A51 is one of Samsung’s biggest mid-range entries for 2020. This is the first time Samsung’s A-series has been available in the US, arriving as an affordable option for people who want a Samsung smartphone but don’t want to pay $1,000 to get one.

You can play all day with the large 4,000mAh battery and capture every shot with the quad-camera setup. Its massive 6.5-inch display highlights the impressive design, and you’ll find 4GB of RAM and an Exynos 9611 chipset inside.


Samsung Galaxy A51 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 9611
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 12, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10