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The Best 5G Phones of 2022

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Aside from a couple minor quibbles, like the lack of a headphone jack, Samsung’s S21 Ultra is one of the best-reviewed phones ever made. Read More

Pros

  • Up to 512 GB of storage
  • 108-megapixel camera
  • 8K video capture

Cons

  • No headphone jack
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Apple iPhone 12 Mini

This small iPhone is being hailed as a return to form for Apple’s flagship device, offering a Super Retina XDR display and high-end performance. Read More

Pros

  • “Ceramic Shield” OLED display
  • Up to 256 GB of storage
  • 4K HDR video capture

Cons

  • No headphone jack
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OnePlus 9

This 5G phone from OnePlus offers lots of storage, quick charge times (even with wireless), and Alexa support. But it may have a tendency to overheat. Read More

Pros

  • Fast wired and wireless charging
  • Built-in Alexa smart integration
  • Up to 256 GB of storage

Cons

  • Has a tendency to overheat
  • No headphone jack
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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G 9

Reviewers loved the camera as well as the S Pen and touchscreen functionality, though the battery life could be better. Read More

Pros

  • 128 to 512 GB of storage
  • 64-megapixel camera
  • Smart S Pen stylus

Cons

  • Lackluster battery life
  • No headphone jack
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Motorola Edge (2021)

This is a great-looking device with a smooth 144 Hz screen and a powerful camera. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support wireless charging. Read More

Pros

  • Up to 256 GB of storage
  • 108-megapixel camera
  • 144 Hz refresh rate

Cons

  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack

Whether you love a particular operating system, want a certain camera feature, or mostly just care what your device looks like, choosing the best 5G phone for you can be pretty subjective. Brands like Apple, Samsung, and Motorola have dominated the world of smartphones for years because they deliver incredible capabilities in a lightweight, handheld device that connects you with the rest of the world.

Below are some of the top-reviewed 5G-compatible phone models available—all just a click away on Amazon.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

The Galaxy S21 Ultra has been described as one of the best phones ever made, and it’s got the luxury features to back it up: as much as 512 GB of storage, a 108-megapixel camera, 8K video capture. Thanks to its intelligent usage monitoring, the battery could also last up to two days on a full charge. It comes in at least five different color options.

Pros

  • Up to 512 GB of storage

  • 108-megapixel camera

  • 8K video capture

Cons

  • No headphone jack

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Apple iPhone 12 Mini

Some reviewers are calling the iPhone 12 Mini a triumphant return to form for Apple’s flagship line of devices. From its tough-as-nails Super Retina display to its 4K HDR video recording, there’s a lot of high-end performance packed into this little throwback-sized phone. It’s got the same proprietary chip as the iPhone 12 Pro.

Pros

  • “Ceramic Shield” OLED display

  • Up to 256 GB of storage

  • 4K HDR video capture

Cons

  • No headphone jack

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OnePlus 9

The OnePlus 9 offers plenty of storage space, built-in Alexa integration for Amazon smart-home devices, and quick charge times for both wired and wireless charging. Some users have also claimed that it has a tendency to overheat, however. It’s available in four attractive color schemes.

Pros

  • Fast wired and wireless charging

  • Built-in Alexa smart integration

  • Up to 256 GB of storage

Cons

  • Has a tendency to overheat

  • No headphone jack

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G 9

The Note 20 Ultra’s massive display makes it ideal for things like gaming and use with a smart stylus (like the included “S Pen”). It’s got a 64-megapixel camera and plenty of storage, too, but you may find the battery life lacking as a result of the high-performance processor.

Pros

  • 128 to 512 GB of storage

  • 64-megapixel camera

  • Smart S Pen stylus

Cons

  • Lackluster battery life

  • No headphone jack

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Motorola Edge (2021)

The 2021 Motorola Edge may lack wireless charging or a dedicated headphone jack, but it makes up for it with sharp looks and high-end features reviewers love. From its smooth 144 Hz display to the 108-megapixel camera, it’s hard to go wrong with this option.

Pros

  • Up to 256 GB of storage

  • 108-megapixel camera

  • 144 Hz refresh rate

Cons

  • No wireless charging

  • No headphone jack

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Alex Kane

Alex Kane

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Alex Kane is a senior editor at USA Today’s Reviewed and the author of the Boss Fight Books volume on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He has written for Fangoria, PC Gamer, Polygon, Rolling Stone, StarWars.com, and Variety. He lives in west-central Illinois.

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