How to upgrade your phone for less

More Android Manufacturers Means More Choices

Android’s “open” operating system allows more companies to join the Android team. That means more competition for your dollar.

Samsung has three main families of Galaxy-branded smartphones: its “flagship” S-series, comprising the Galaxy S22 and the larger S22 Ultra; the A-series, which offers basic features at a lower price; and the Z series, including the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Flip Z, both of which feature foldable screens.

Samsung’s top A-series phone, the 6.5-inch Samsung Galaxy A53 5G ($449), offers an advanced camera system with three lenses and two sensors, 128GB of storage, 5G wireless connection faster, a faster processor, and more system memory (also referred to as RAM) than other A-series phones. hearing and sight.

Google, the parent company of Android, has seen success with its Pixel-branded smartphones, which start at $599 for the Pixel 6 and $899 for the more advanced Pixel 6 Pro.

Xiaomi’s Android smartphones (pronounced “shau-mee”) offer excellent value for money. The 6.7-inch Xiaomi 11T Pro 5G ($515) features 256GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, 5G wireless, and a 108-megapixel camera with 4K video recording.

Exchanges : Samsung’s cheapest phone, the Galaxy A12, now on sale for $179, has modest specs that might suffice for casual users. It features a 6.5-inch LCD screen, 32GB of storage to hold all your apps and media (with the option to add more memory via a micro SD card), 4G cellular connectivity, and a 48-inch camera. megapixels that can take clear photos and 1080p HD video — not 4K or 8K.

Xiaomi’s cheapest phone, the Redmi 9A (starting at $159), has a 6.5-inch display, dual cameras, 32GB of storage and 4G wireless speeds.

Pro Tip: Samsung doesn’t usually cut prices on Galaxy phones, but often it bundles a device with something else, like a pair of wireless headphones, for free. Look for these promotions on the Samsung website.

Refurbished Android phones are also available online. Check for the same issues as iPhones before buying.

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