The best Prime Day phone deals include discounts on phones from Apple, Google, and Samsung

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Amazon Prime Day 2021 is almost here, and we’re already seeing discounts on phones from Google, OnePlus, and more.

Amazon Prime Day is here, and the sales event is a great time to buy a new phone, especially if you’re an Android fan. This year’s annual shopping event takes place on June 21 and 22, and we’re seeing some great deals on phones from Google, OnePlus, and even Apple.

Other retailers typically offer deals of their own to compete with Amazon, so it’s important to check Best Buy, Walmart, and Target for compelling offers as well.

Deals change often, so we’ll be updating our coverage throughout the shopping event. And don’t forget: you’ll need an Amazon Prime membership to gain access to Amazon deals once Prime Day starts.

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Top Amazon Prime Day Google Pixel deals

Google’s Pixel phones are already pretty affordable depending on the model, but they’re even more tempting at a discount. The latest Pixel 5 didn’t make our list of the best smartphones, at least at its full price, but it’s more tempting with a deal. Otherwise the Pixel 4a is our favorite budget smartphone for photography.

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Best Amazon Prime Day Apple iPhone deals

It’s rare to find Prime Day deals on iPhones that are in new condition. Most deals tend to focus more on AirPods or iPads. But now that other retailers are bolstering their own offerings to match or exceed Amazon’s deals, there’s more choice than ever.

BestBuy has some deals for Apple’s iPhone 12 series right now, including a noteworthy $200 off the iPhone 12 Mini and $100 off the iPhone 12. To get the deal, you must commit to a carrier activation or monthly payment plan with Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile/Sprint to get the discount.

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Top Amazon Prime Day Samsung Galaxy deals

Samsung makes a lot of Galaxy phones, and in 2021 that lineup has grown even bigger. However, the Galaxy S21 is our favorite Android phone right now because of its excellent design, great triple-lens camera, and solid performance. It’s also decently priced for a flagship phone, but discounts make it an even better deal for Android phone shoppers.

We’re seeing great deals on Amazon for Prime Day 2021 on the Galaxy S21 series and Galaxy S20 FE

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Amazon Prime Day Android phone deals

Samsung and Google may be among the most popular Android device makers, but it’s also worth looking elsewhere. Companies like OnePlus and TCL are known for making quality phones that are often hundreds of dollars less than the latest phones from Samsung, Apple, and Google.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to shop for a smartphone

Most people in the United States buy their phones from carriers, even though there are often better prices to be found elsewhere. Amazon Prime Day is a good example of an instance in which it’s probably a better deal to buy your phone through another retailer like Amazon rather than your carrier.

Amazon mostly sells unlocked phones, which means the phone isn’t tied to any specific carrier and will work with any phone service provider. That means you should be able to insert your SIM card into your new phone without much hassle.

The most important factor to consider when purchasing a new phone is how much you want to spend. This will automatically limit your search, and you want to make sure you’re not wasting time researching devices that are out of your price range. You also want to consider which features matter the most to you. Is having an excellent camera the most important thing, or do you want a phone with the longest battery life? What’s your biggest complaint about your current phone that you’re hoping to address by upgrading? Those are the types of questions you should be asking yourself.

When is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day will take place on June 21 and 22. In years past it’s been held in July, except for 2020 when the annual shopping holiday was pushed to October.

What’s on sale on Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day sales span the gamut in terms of product categories, with discounts on everything from tech gadgets to beauty products, kitchen items, and much more. Think of it as Black Friday in the summer, but only on Amazon.

Do I need to be a Prime member to get Prime Day deals?

Yes, Amazon Prime Day is only available for Prime subscribers. Amazon Prime costs $119 per year or $12.99 per month, but the annual billing option is a better deal. Not only does Amazon Prime provide access to fast shipping options and Prime Day deals, but it also comes with other perks like Amazon Prime Video and Prime Music access.

What smartphone deals were available on Prime Day last year?

Amazon Prime Day included deals on phone models from Google, Samsung, and Motorola among others in 2020. Of course, these were models that are now considered to be a generation old, like the Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy Note 20, and Google Pixel 4.

What about iPhone deals on Prime Day?

We don’t typically see iPhone deals on Amazon Prime Day, and that’s likely to continue in 2021. We’ve spotted one worthwhile deal on an iPhone 12 Mini so far, but iPhone deals are rare to come by on Prime Day. However, last year’s Prime Day saw plenty of deals on other Apple products like AirPods, iPads, and MacBook laptops. Check out our guide to the best iPhone deals to learn more about other non-Prime Day related discounts.

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The best deals from Amazon’s week-long Samsung sale include discounts on the Galaxy S21, 4K TVs, and more

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Whether you’re looking to upgrade your entertainment center or mobile device, there are several compelling Samsung deals available on Amazon. 

That’s because Samsung has launched a special week-long sales event on Amazon called  “Samsung Week” that runs from February 22 – 28 and includes discounts on a wide variety of Samsung gadgets.  

The promotion heavily discounts TVs as well as mobile devices, tablets, earbuds, soundbars, and other devices. In addition to the ongoing deals, Samsung will add new “Deal of the Day” listings throughout the week. You can find a full list of all the Samsung deals on Amazon here

Although there are several worthwhile TV deals below, it’s worth noting that these discounts apply to Samsung’s 2020 TV models. The company’s 2021 TV lineup will be launching in the coming weeks, so those who don’t mind spending more to get the latest tech might want to wait. 

We’ve looked through all of the deals and rounded up the best ones here:

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How to add a Thumbprint Radio station to Pandora and listen to all your favorite tracks in one place

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Pandora’s Thumbprint Radio station lets you listen to all your thumbed-up tracks in one place.

If you’ve used Pandora for a while, you know that you mark songs or artists that you like by giving them a thumbs up. Once you’ve thumbed-up enough tracks or artists, Pandora will automatically create a Thumbprint station for you. 

The Thumbprint Radio station includes all of the music that you’ve thumbed-up. It’ll also feature tracks and artists that are similar to what you’ve liked in the past, which makes Thumbprint stations a great way to find new music.

Here’s how to add a Thumbprint station to your Pandora account.

What is Pandora’s Thumbprint station

Unlike your Thumbprint Playlist, which only features your thumbed up songs, the Thumbprint Radio station is a mixture of content from practically any station type you’ve listened to. 

This tailored radio station includes all tracks you’ve thumbed up for as long as you’ve had your account, as well as similar tracks and artists that you might also like but haven’t yet discovered.

If you want to access this specialty station, you’ll need to have added at least three stations and have four thumbs upped tracks on each. 

Once you’ve met the requirements for a Thumbprint Radio station, here’s how to add it to your Pandora stations list. 

How to add Thumbprint Radio to Pandora on the desktop site

1. Open Pandora in your chosen web browser and sign in, if you haven’t already. 

2. Using the search bar at the top of the player dashboard, type in “Thumbprint Radio.” 

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You’ll need to use the search bar to locate the station.

3. In the list of results, run your cursor over the Thumbprint Radio icon, and when the Play icon appears on the station art, click it. 

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You can’t access the Thumbprint Radio station page until you click play on the album art.

4. If the station begins to play, it’s been added to your “My Collection” list. 

How to add Thumbprint Radio to Pandora on the mobile app

1. Open the Pandora mobile app and log into your account, if you haven’t already.

2. Tap the Search icon located in the app’s bottom menu bar. 

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The Search tool is located between the My Collection and Profile icons.

3. Type in “Thumbprint Radio” and wait for the station to appear in the results. 

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Tap the Thumbprint station to begin playing it.

4. Tap the play icon to the right of the station result. It will automatically be added to your “My Collection” station list. If it doesn’t play, then you haven’t met the criteria for adding it.

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