Best Metro by T-Mobile phones to buy in 2021

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 12

This year, Apple fixed the biggest drawback of its non-Pro phones and gave them high-resolution OLED displays as well. This narrowed the gap between Pro and non-Pro significantly, making the iPhone 12 a great pickup for those in the Apple ecosystem. Unfortunately, the base model still comes with 64GB of storage, which is a shame. Still, with the new 5nm A14 chip and 5G connectivity thanks to Qualcomm's modem, the iPhone 12 is faster than ever. If you're using an iPhone older than the iPhone 11, the upgrade will be well worth it.

Read our full review of the iPhone 12 here.

Best value Android phone at Metro by T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

This wasn't a hard title for the Galaxy S20 FE to win. It shares most of its DNA with the premium Galaxy S20 phones but costs a few hundred dollars less. Sure, it's plastic and doesn't have a curved-edge display, but that are hardly big sacrifices to make. It still has the fast chip, the high-refresh rate display and the triple-camera setup. And, of course, 5G as well. With the S20 FE, Samsung hits the sweet spot. Needless to say, it's one of the most popular Android phones among carriers right now.

Check out our Galaxy S20 FE review right here.

Best affordable phone at Metro by T-Mobile

Apple iPhone SE

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

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

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.

Read our Moto G Stylus review right here.

Related phones

Galaxy A52
  • Display 6.5 inches 2400 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 64 MP (Quad camera) 32 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4500 mAh
  • OS Android 11 Samsung One UI
iPhone 12

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User Score:

  • Display 6.1 inches 2532 x 1170 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 12 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A14 Bionic 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2815 mAh
  • OS iOS 14.x
Galaxy S20 FE
  • Display 6.5 inches 2400 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Triple camera) 32 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, 103.4microSDXC
  • Battery 4500 mAh
  • OS Android 11 Samsung One UI
iPhone SE (2020)
  • Display 4.7 inches 1334 x 750 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A13 Bionic 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1821 mAh
  • OS iOS 14.x


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