If that’s you, and you’re still in need of an upgrade — whether to another iPhone or a different 5G device — here are some options that will be easier on your wallet.
If you still want 5G….
But for people who live in big cities where 5G is available and are really eager to try out the new, faster network, the Google Pixel 4a 5G could be a good option. The device starts at $499.
The savings do mean making some sacrifices — the newest Pixel phones have lower-resolution displays and less-powerful processors than other leading devices, and the Pixel 4a 5G isn’t certified to be waterproof.
Motorola One 5G
In addition to 5G connectivity, this device has several other attractive features, including a 6.7-inch full-HD screen, four rear cameras and 128 GB of built-in storage. It also has a large, 5,000 mAh battery (twice the size of an iPhone 12, and 5G is expected to be a big battery drain).
Less desirable attributes include a plastic, rather than glass, body, and only 4GB of RAM.
Samsung Galaxy A51 5G
Samsung does a good job getting some top-tier technology into its less-expensive phones, and the Galaxy A lineup came to play this year.
The A51 5G has full-HD 6.5-inch display, four cameras on the back, an in-screen fingerprint reader and a big battery. It doesn’t have the world’s fastest processor, but you’re getting a lot for $499 — plenty of features that far more expensive phones lack.
If you still want an iPhone…
The device starts at $399, but still features the computing power of the higher-priced iPhone 11. It has a 4.7-inch display and a home button and Touch ID, features that some users may have missed on newer iPhones.
The iPhone SE only has one rear camera lens compared to the two or three you’ll find on Apple’s other recent devices, but with so much more time being spent at home these days, a high-tech camera may be less of a draw.
If you just want a basic phone that works well…
Moto G Power
Maybe you just want a smartphone where you can reliably, you know, make phone calls and check your email, and that won’t die on you at inconvenient times.
The device’s display and three rear camera lenses won’t stack up against the highest-end phones, but they’ll work well for a budget offering.