Presidents Day lands on the 15th in 2021, bringing with it a nice three-day weekend and — of course — some killer sales. Those Presidents Day sales are not only one of the best times in the first months of the new year to shop for big savings on all sorts of tech, they might actually be your last chance to do so before spring’s seasonal sales roll in, so today’s the day to start looking for some juicy Presidents Day smartphone deals. If your handset is running ragged and it’s time for a new mobile, read on. We’ve got all the best picks from this year’s Presidents Day smartphone sales right here:
Best Presidents Day smartphone sales 2021
Should you buy a smartphone on Presidents Day?
These Presidents Day smartphone sales are one of the best times in the first quarter of the year to shop for good discounts on pricey electronics, and while the offerings might not be as numerous as those offered during bigger holidays like Memorial Day or July 4, you shouldn’t sleep on them. That’s doubly true if you need a new smartphone, because if you need a new phone, you probably need it soon so you’re not caught unawares when your old handset finally gives up the ghost — only for you to realize too late that you slept on those Presidents Day smartphone deals.
Presidents Day is also the last big sales day before Easter and spring roll around. Our recommendation is not to wait, and to shop these Presidents Day smartphone sales (and for other pricey stuff like Presidents Day laptop deals) while the getting’s good. If you need some more help deciding what smartphone to buy, though, then keep reading.
How to choose a smartphone on Presidents Day
The first two things to decide when choosing a smartphone are what your budget is and which operating system — iOS or Android — you prefer, and unless money is no object or you’re considering switching from one software ecosystem to another, you probably already have these in mind. Smartphones naturally span a huge range of price points, however (and these Presidents Day smartphone deals are no exception), so it’s easy to get choice paralysis even if you’ve already got a rough idea of what you want.
First, what size of phone do you like? Phone displays have increased noticeably in size in recent years with six-inch-plus screens becoming the norm, but with newer releases like the 2020 iPhone SE and the iPhone 12 Mini, smaller mobiles are definitely making a comeback. That gives you some more options if you find today’s handsets to be a little too pocket-unfriendly for your tastes. Unfortunately, however, Android flagship brands like Samsung haven’t fully jumped on this trend yet, so if you want a smaller device, your choices are still a little limited as of 2021.
The best smartphones are also quite expensive, with new flagships regularly launching with retail prices of $1,000 or more. Of course, few of us pay retail prices, and President’s Day smartphone sales and other such events are the best chance to score these pricey mobiles at deep discounts. If you use your phone a lot for things like watching videos, mobile gaming, photography, and making videos, then these high-end devices are likely worth the price thanks to their beefier hardware, superior displays, and advanced camera modules. These expensive flagships also offer the biggest savings potential of all the President’s Day smartphone deals.
That said, there are plenty of great budget and mid-range smartphones available in the $200-$500 range. Most of these are Android devices as the growing number of Android brands creates increased price competition in that market. Nonetheless, Apple has been making some surprising moves in this space lately with affordable releases like the second-gen iPhone SE, and even recent flagship models like the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 have been pretty reasonably priced (with the Pro and Pro Max models representing the more “high-end” options). Samsung has recently adopted a similar release strategy, dropping mid-range models like the Galaxy S20 FE alongside its more expensive flagships.
Whatever model(s) you’re eyeballing, though, make sure to read our reviews as well as customer reviews to get a fuller picture of things like battery life, durability, user-friendliness, and other everyday use considerations that might not be listed on the spec sheet — and when you’re ready to buy, hit this roundup of the best Presidents Day smartphone deals, as we’ll be keeping it updated regularly as the deals keep rolling in.
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