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The best Straight Talk phones of 2021

Today we're taking a look at the best Straight Talk phones available!
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November 7, 2021
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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.

In the past, we’ve stuck with Straight Talk’s more premium offerings, but the times, they are changing. Samsung and Motorola’s budget-friendly options have made significant strides, so we’ve included a few. We’ll work our way from flagships down to affordable options, so let’s get to it.

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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

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra straight talk
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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, and Straight Talk has finally added them all to the menu, joining the initially available Galaxy S21.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S21 review

The Galaxy S21 shares plenty of features with its more powerful siblings, and it starts with the internals. The same processor powers all three, and Android 11 is on board with Samsung’s One UI skin, and they 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 basic Galaxy S21 packs a triple camera setup this year, capped off by a 64MP primary shooter. With it comes a pair of 12MP lenses and a 10MP selfie camera for good measure. The larger Galaxy S21 Plus shares the same unit, but the Galaxy S21 Ultra truly deserves its name. It packs a 108MP main shooter and a pair of 10MP lenses, and a 12MP shooter for good measure.

Unfortunately, Straight Talk has temporarily sold out of the standard Galaxy S21, so we’ve removed our buy button for the time being. We will be sure to update this listing as soon as it is back in stock.

 

Samsung Galaxy S21 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,800mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 10, 10, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra together
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The Samsung Galaxy S lineup 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 tough 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.

As above, we’ve taken out the Galaxy Note 20 button temporarily until the device is back in stock.


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 FE

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE straight talk
David Imel / Android Authority

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 as the phones have aged, Straight Talk has slimmed its pickings down to the latest addition to the family.

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. You’ll find 2020’s Snapdragon 865 processor on board, as well as up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Perhaps best of all are the color options Samsung chose. You can grab the blue shade seen above, as well as different hues of red, white, yellow, and more.


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 13 series

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Series 9
Luke Pollack / Android Authority

You may be on an Android site, but there’s no denying that the new iPhone 13 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 a great ecosystem of apps and accessories.

iOS isn’t to everyone’s taste and requires a few compromises regarding 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 fare exceptionally well.

There’s an iPhone 13 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 13 Mini or max things out with the powerful iPhone 13 Pro Max when it’s back in stock. Either way, you’re getting Apple’s A15 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 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 A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB/1TB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 4,352mAh
  • Software: iOS 15.1

5. Apple iPhone SE (2020)

iPhone SE back crop

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 it does support wireless charging on the plus side. 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 A32 5G

Galaxy A32 against books
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G is one of Samsung’s most affordable mid-range entries for 2021. This is the first time Samsung’s A-series has offered 5G on the 30-series device, 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 5,000mAh 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 a MediaTek Dimensity 720 chipset inside.


Samsung Galaxy A32 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 720
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

7. Motorola Moto G Stylus

Moto G Stylus 2021 back of phone in hand
David Imel / Android Authority

The Motorola Moto G series has long been a favorite among budget-conscious shoppers. After all, there are three distinct models to meet just about any need. The Moto G Stylus is perhaps the most unique among them thanks to its built-in stylus support. Since LG has ducked out of the smartphone race for now, this is your best bet to get an affordable phone with a stylus at Straight Talk.

See also: The best Motorola phones to buy

It packs a solid Snapdragon 678 processor as well as a flexible quad-camera setup on the back panel. You’ll probably use the 48MP main shooter most of all, but the 8MP ultra-wide and 2MP macro lenses add room for some fun. Motorola also kept the headphone jack alive and well on its affordable phone, and the 4,000mAh battery should last you beyond a day without much trouble.


Motorola Moto G Stylus specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 678
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10