Best Sprint phones

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When we think of American carriers, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are usually the first brands that come to mind. Sprint might not have as much going for it as the other three big names, but it’s still a carrier that shouldn’t be left it out. Sprint often runs some excellent and enticing promotions, but also offers stellar network performance where the provider has coverage.

If you’ve been thinking about switching to Sprint, here are the phones you should consider!

Editor’s Note: This list will be updated on a monthly basis or when necessary. Each time there’s a change, we will note where that happened.

LG G5

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The LG G5 is a unique handset breaking away from what the traditional smartphone looks like. Being one of the first players to add in modular functionality, it is an intriguing phone. With LG’s various modules, you’ll be able to increase how well the camera works as well as improve your audio experience. There aren’t many modules available yet, but LG promises to release more to enhance other parts of the smartphone soon.

 LG G5
AnnouncedFebruary 21, 2016
ReleaseApril 2016
Display5.3-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) IPS LCD
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 820
RAM4GB
Storage32GB with microSD card slot
Rear Camera16MP + 8MP with laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash
Front Camera8MP
Battery2800mAh
ChargingUSB Type-C with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
SoundBottom-facing mono speaker
SoftwareAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow with LG UX 5.0
ConnectivityNFC, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
SensorsAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, compass, gyro, barometer, fingerprint
Measurements149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm
Weight159g
ColorsSilver, Titan, Gold, Pink

Beyond that, you have your standard smartphone with the LG experience. It, of course, comes with high-end hardware, so you’re getting a top-of-the-line smartphone here. A huge bonus to the LG G5 is that it does have a removable battery, letting the user swap it out for another anytime the phone gets low on juice.

Buy it now: Sprint

Samsung Galaxy S7 & Galaxy S7 Edge

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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the two most polished handsets of 2016. The Galaxy S7 is the smaller handset out of the two devices, features a glass black, a more lightweight TouchWiz UI and has defined what “premium” is thus far in the Android realm.

 Samsung Galaxy S7Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
LaunchedFebruary 21, 2016February 21, 2016
ReleaseMarch 11, 2016March 11, 2016
Display5.1-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) Super AMOLED with Corning Gorilla Glass 45.5-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) Super AMOLED with Corning Gorilla Glass 4
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Samsung Exynos 8890 OctaQualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa
RAM4GB4GB
Storage32GB / 64GB with microSD card slot32GB / 64GB with microSD card slot
Rear Camera12MP with phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash12MP with phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash
Front Camera5MP5MP
Battery3000mAh (non-removable)3600mAh (non-removable)
Chargingmicro-USB with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, wireless chargingmicro-USB with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, wireless charging
SoundBottom-facing mono speakerBottom-facing mono speaker
SoftwareAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWizAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWiz
ConnectivityNFC, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acNFC, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
SensorsAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, compass, gyro, barometer, SpO2, heart rate, fingerprintAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, compass, gyro, barometer, SpO2, heart rate, fingerprint
Measurements142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm
Weight152g157g
ColorsBlack Onyx, Gold Platinum, Titanium SilverBlack Onyx, Gold Platinum, Titanium Silver

The Galaxy S7 Edge has that same polished and premium feel with the glass back, but takes on an unprecedented design with the dual-edged display. The edged display is a big part of this phone, bringing a whole host of features for quick access to things like contacts, recently used apps and so on. The unprecedented design might feel gimmicky to some, but is also truly refreshing to a line of smartphones that have become stagnant in design.

Buy it now (Samsung Galaxy S7): Sprint
Buy it now (Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge): Sprint

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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The Galaxy Note 7 is without a doubt geared towards power users. It brings together only the best components to create the perfect smartphone. You get the powerful Snapdragon 820 processor, a hefty 4GB of RAM, and, of course, a gorgeous 5.7-inch Quad HD display for consuming media.

 Samsung Galaxy Note 7
AnnouncedAugust 2, 2016
ReleaseAugust 2016
Display5.7-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) Super AMOLED with Corning Gorilla Glass 5
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 820 / Exynos 8890
RAM4GB
Storage64GB with microSD card slot
Rear Camera12MP with phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash, auto HDR
Front Camera5MP
Battery3500mAh (non-removable)
ChargingUSB Type-C, wireless charging
SoundBottom-facing mono speaker
SoftwareAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWiz
ConnectivityNFC, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
SensorsAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, compass, gyro, barometer, SpO2, heart rate, fingerprint
Measurements153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm
Weight169g
ColorsBlue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium, Black Onyx

While this all sounds great, some might be concerned about a lot of bad press the Galaxy Note 7 was receiving regarding the battery fires. And rightly so, but Samsung has since remedied the issue. All Galaxy Note 7’s sold from official channels going forward will be units with the fixed battery, leaving you with the Galaxy Note device that everyone has come to know and love.

It’s worth noting that the unprecedented design of Samsung’s dual-edged displays have really taken off, so much so that the Galaxy Note 7 is exclusively sold with that dual-edge display.

Buy it now: Sprint

Samsung Galaxy J3

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Maybe you think some of the top smartphones from Samsung this year are just way too much smartphone in terms of hardware and even price. And that’s certainly true, as the Galaxy Note 7 sits at around $850 or more when buying off-contract. With that in mind, the Galaxy J3 is a great alternative as far as mid-range options go.

 Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
AnnouncedNovember 2015
ReleaseJanuary 2016
Display5.0-inch (1280x720) Super AMOLED with Asahi Dragontrail Glass
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 3475
RAM1.5GB of RAM
Storage8GB / 16GB with microSD card slot
Rear Camera8MP / 5MP with autofocus, LED flash
Front Camera5MP / 2MP
Battery2600mAh (removable)
Chargingmicro-USB
SoundRear-facing speaker
SoftwareAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
ConnectivityNFC, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
SensorsAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, gyro
Measurements142.3 x 71 x 7.9mm
Weight138g
ColorsWhite, Black, Gold

With an Exynos 3475 processor and 1.5GB of RAM, this smartphone is still able to fly through anything that you might need it to do. Not only that, but it’s 5-inch 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display still looks great despite sporting that much smaller resolution. As far as the Galaxy J3 goes, you’re not sacrificing a whole lot as far as the Samsung experience goes, but saving yourself a pretty penny at the bank, as this smartphone costs a meager $192 off-contract.

Buy it now: Sprint

LG Stylo 2

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Another mid-ranger, the LG Stylo 2 is a fast and powerful handset equipped with a stylus. It comes with snappy hardware, so you’re getting a relatively fast experience as far as the software goes. But, a big part of this device is truly the stylus. The handset features LG’s productivity suite of apps, and the stylus is there to help you interact with those apps better. It’s generally a nice thing to have anyway, particularly for those that loved using a stylus back when the Palm devices were around.

 LG Stylo 2
AnnouncedApril 2016
ReleaseSpring 2016
Display5.7-inch (1280x720) IPS LCD
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 410
RAM2GB
Storage16GB with microSD card slot
Rear Camera13MP
Front Camera5MP
Battery3000mAh (removable)
Chargingmicro-USB
SoundRear-facing speaker
SoftwareAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.1 BLE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
SensorsAmbient, proximity, accelerometer
Measurements155 x 79.5 x 7.4mm
Weight144.6g
ColorsBlack

Beyond that, the Stylo 2 is the perfect companion for capturing moments. Hardware might be mid-range, but the 13-megapixel camera found on the back of the device is the same camera found on many of LG’s flagship models. With it, you’ll be able to capture those special moments in great detail. You without a doubt get great value here, and at just $240 off-contract (or $10 per month), it’s hard to pass up.

Buy it now: Sprint

Closing

It goes without saying, Sprint doesn’t have a very large selection of phones. It has many of the big names from Samsung and LG, but still doesn’t offer quite as large as a selection as you might like or even expect. Either way, if you’re looking at making the jump to Sprint, what’s on this list are the best options available right now.


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • abn

    Sprint you guys better dive into other phone manufacturers quickly.

    • Gordo

      Yeah I can’t wait for them to get more ZTE