Best Metro by T-Mobile phones to buy in 2022 - PhoneArena

Best Metro by T-Mobile phones to buy in 2022

Best Metro by T-Mobile phones
As you can probably tell from the name, Metro is one of the MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) carriers that uses T-Mobile's network for its services. What's more, Metro is owned by T-Mobile, which may or may not give it a slight advantage over other carriers that pay for access to the Magenta network.

If you're considering a phone from Metro by T-Mobile, it's probably because you want to rein on your mobile-related expenses. And the carrier's plans will certainly help with that. But saving money doesn't mean you have to settle for a bad phone. Metro's lineup of devices covers everything from feature phones to Apple's $1,000+ flagships, though you wouldn't find the very best Android phones. 

To help you get your bearings quicker and find the right phone among the tens of devices Metro by T-Mobile offers, we've selected the best phones in a few important categories. 

But enough talking, let's look at the winners and what makes them stand out.


Best Metro by T-Mobile phones, a summarized list:


Best overall value iPhone at Metro by T-Mobile

Apple iPhone 13



Apple iPhone 13
8.5

Apple iPhone 13


The Good

  • Much improved battery life
  • Dynamic and jolly photos in more challenging conditions
  • Easy to view outdoors display with perfect calibration
  • Snazzy Cinematic video mode
  • Double the predecessor storage for the same price

The Bad

  • Slow display refresh rate for the price point
  • Wired and wireless charging take comparatively long
  • Cinematic video mode is finicky without good lighting
  • Taller notch eats into some video formats
  • Worse value for money ratio than the iPhone 13 Pro

The iPhone 13 carries on with the winning formula that made the iPhone 12 so successful, but improves key aspects that certainly make a difference. It has the same flat design that many have grown to love, boasts a brighter OLED display, has a faster chipset, a better ultra-wide camera, and most importantly, noticeably better battery life. It's more than a worthy upgrade over its predecessor, and arguably, one of the best value-for-money devices you can get right now.


Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max



Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
9.3

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max


The Good

  • Amazing battery life
  • Super bright display with great colors
  • Fastest performance of any phone
  • Improved camera
  • Best video quality of any phone

The Bad

  • Lacks fast charging
  • Size is a bit extreme and it is a heavy phone
  • Cinematic Mode needs some more polish
  • No USB-C makes life more complicated

Тhe iPhone 13 Pro Max is certainly the most advanced iPhone you can get this year. With even better cameras, 120Hz smooth OLED display, much faster A15 Bionic chip, and significantly improved battery life in comparison with the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the largest entrant in Apple's 2021 lineup is definitely in a category of its own. Not only the best iPhone you can get today, but also one of the best phones, period.

Read our full iPhone 13 Pro Max review here.


Best value Android phone at Metro by T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE



Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE


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The Galaxy S21 FE is a peculiar case as it mostly overlaps with the Galaxy S21 and S22 series in terms of features and is priced pretty near between the two, so it's a bit harder to recommend this one than its predecessor at its time. However, all things aside, the Galaxy S21 FE is a neat option for those who don't necessarily need the latest flagship phone, but would very much appreciate the value that the Galaxy S21 FE holds. 


Best affordable phone at Metro by T-Mobile

Apple iPhone SE (2020)



Apple iPhone SE (2020)
9.0

Apple iPhone SE (2020)


The Good

  • Unmatched performance
  • Impressive image quality, industry-leading 4K video capture
  • Great price
  • Compact form factor, easy to use with one hand
  • iOS and the ecosystem (AirPods, Apple Watch, etc)
  • Support for wireless charging

The Bad

  • Mediocre battery life
  • Dated look on the front with big bezels
  • Only one small size that won’t fit everyone (no Plus model)
  • Slow 5W charger in the box
  • No Night Mode, no telephoto camera, no ultra-wide camera

The new iPhone SE is probably the most talked-about phone for the first half of 2020, and for good reason. Apple put its top chip in the body of the iPhone 8 and priced it very aggressively, that's a sure way to get attention. The iPhone SE is an awesome choice if you want to get your kid or parent into the Apple ecosystem and include them in your Apple accounts' family plans. Or maybe you want a secondary phone with iOS for yourself? Either way, go for it and you won't regret it!

Feel free to check out our full Apple iPhone SE review here.

Best budget 5G phone at Metro by T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G



Samsung Galaxy A52

Samsung Galaxy A52


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The new Galaxy A52 builds upon the strong foundation established by the A-series so far, and it wouldn't be an overstatement to say that the new device is one of the best value for money devices available on Android's camp. Despite being a plastic device, the Galaxy A52 comes with a large 6.5-inch AMOLED display with fast 90Hz refresh rate, triple camera with optical image stabilization, a microSD card slot along with a 3.5mm audio jack, large 4,500mAh battery with fast charging, and lots of RAM and storage. Overall, excellent value.

We recently reviewed the Galaxy A52 5G, the review is available right here.

Best budget phone at Metro by T-Mobile

Motorola Moto G Stylus



Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021)

Motorola Moto G Stylus (2021)


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The Moto G Stylus was a surprising new addition to the Moto G family. As you can probably guess, its outstanding feature is the included stylus. That puts it right against LG's Stylo 5 and 6, both of which are also available on Metro. The Moto G Stylus has cleaner software, more RAM and storage, and looks better as well. True to the Moto brand, it's a budget phone that punches way above its weight.

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