Google IO 2017 Coverage

Best T-Mobile phones

t-mobile_logo_magenta_whole_data_driven

Despite some interesting changes happening over at T-Mobile with its new One plan, the carrier is still disrupting the telecommunications industry. The company offers a ton of different perks geared towards customer satisfaction that’s too hard to pass up. If you’re looking to make the switch, not only will T-Mobile help you pay off some of those early termination fees, but they also have a flexible early upgrade plan, unlimited video streaming that doesn’t affect your data plan and even give you the ability to become a stockholder. Not only that, but they appreciate their customers every week with awesome rewards and free gifts.

If you’re thinking about making the switch to the Un-carrier, we’ve listed some of their best smartphones below. Be sure to follow along, you never know what you might find!

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

lg_g5_360-degree_wallpaper_TA

There’s been a lot of talk about modular phones, with the most intriguing and unprecedented one being Project Ara. However, some companies are trying out modular phones in an extremely limited sense. One of those companies is LG with its latest flagship, the G5. There’s not a whole lot that separates this phone from the rest, except for the ability swap to extend the functionality of the phone through modules.

Only two modules are currently available: the LG Cam Plus and the LG Hi-Fi Plus. The former won’t improve the quality of your photos, but it will make the G5 feel like a dedicated camera, as it adds some physical buttons for capturing photos, recording and so on. The Hi-Fi Plus module is geared towards audiophiles looking to get even better sound out of their G5.

 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, the LG G5 is a great smartphone with a beautiful display and snappy processor. It’s fast and takes great photos, even without the extra module.

Buy it now: T-Mobile

LG V10

lg_v10_hand_front_TA

The LG V10 was and still is an interesting smartphone. You’re largely getting a standard smartphone with high-end specifications, but with a few things changed up. LG’s vision for the V10 is that it would be geared towards creators, as they’ve added a ton of manual video options in the Camera app with this smartphone. With the V10, creators should be able to shoot and capture amazing video.

LG also through a secondary display on the V10. It functions similarly to the Samsung’s Edge handsets, just without the gimmick of the dual-curved display. When the primary display is on, the secondary screen works as a hub for quick-launching apps, notifications and accessing contacts. When it’s off, the secondary screen is able to display quick information, such as weather, time and date, battery percentage, and so on.

 LG V10
AnnouncedSeptember 30, 2015
ReleaseOctober 2015
Display5.7-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) IPS LCD with Gorilla Glass 4, 2.1-inch (160x1040) secondary screen
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 808
RAM4GB
Storage32GB / 64GB with microSD card slot
Rear Camera16MP with LED flash, laser autofocus, optical image stabilization
Front Camera5MP
Battery3000mAh (removable)
Chargingmicro-USB with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
SoundBottom-facing mono speaker
SoftwareAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
ConnectivityNFC, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
SensorsAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, compass, gyro, fingerprint
Measurements159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6mm
Weight192g
ColorsSpace Black, Luxe White, Modern Beige, Ocean Blue, Opal Blue

The LG V10 is an extremely functional smartphone. If you’re someone looking for a rugged-feeling handset and something that can record some great footage, the LG V10 might be right up your alley.

Buy it now: T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

samsung_galaxy_note_7_front_diagnol_home_screen_touchwiz_TA

When Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 7, it was no surprise. Not only had we heard almost everything we know about the device through rumors months before, but it’s also a device we’ve already seen before: the Galaxy S7 Edge. Yes, it’s almost a replica of the Galaxy S7 Edge, with very few differentiating features.

Under the hood, all of the specifications remain the same. The only difference you’ll see in the Galaxy Note 7 is a slightly larger display, S-Pen functionality, and some added software features. The primary draw to the Galaxy Note 7 is primarily the S-Pen nowadays, as the screen size of the Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy Note 7 are nearly the same. The S-Pen this time around got some serious improvements. It’s been redesigned so that it doesn’t get stuck inside the phone when inserted backwards. In addition to that, the S-Pen is much more precise.

 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

Lastly, the Galaxy Note 7 has a few additional sensors that allow for iris tracking. In other words, you’ll be able to unlock your smartphone with your eyes. In the future, Samsung will be extending its functionality so that your eyes can be used as a verification method for Samsung Pay and even online accounts.

Buy it now: T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S7 & Galaxy S7 Edge

samsung_galaxy_s7_front_low_display_TA

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are Samsung’s flagship smartphones for the 2016 year. They aren’t much different as far as the previous year’s flagship handsets go, but they do make a bunch of small improvements to make a fully polished smartphone. Both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge feature glass backs, giving the two smartphones a premium feel like no other.

TouchWiz has been toned down a bit in both smartphones, allowing the software to be snappier and more responsive. The big appeal with the Galaxy S7 Edge is that it’s a larger smartphone with an unprecedented design, thanks to that dual-curved display and all the corresponding features that come with it.

 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 is for those that prefer a smaller smartphone. You get the same premium design and specifications, but in a smaller and more attractive package. Not only is it not anywhere near as large, but it also doesn’t have that dual-curved display, giving consumes a more traditional option.

Buy it now (Samsung Galaxy S7): T-Mobile
Buy it now (Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge): T-Mobile

LG K10

tmo_lg_k10_front

The LG K10 is a decidedly mid-range smartphone with a large high-definition screen and an excellent camera. If you’re not looking to spend flagship-level money, then the K10 will be right up your alley. The smartphone certainly doesn’t have high-end specs. In fact, they’re at the lower end of the scale with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. However, this smartphone does feature the same camera technology found in LG’s flagship handsets.

On the K10, you get a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel camera around the front. The rear camera is able to capture excellent photos, which might be a surprise for a mid-ranger. Rest assured, this is indeed the same camera technology found in LG’s flagships, allowing you to capture all of those special moments with crisp and unmatched clarity at such a cheap price.

 LG K10
AnnouncedJanuary 4, 2016
ReleaseJanuary 2016
Display5.3-inch (1280x720) IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 410 / MediaTek MT6753
RAM1GB / 1.5GB / 2GB
Storage16GB with microSD card slot
Rear Camera13MP with autofocus, LED flash
Front Camera5MP / 8MP
Battery2300mAh (removable)
Chargingmicro-USB
SoundRear-facing mono speaker
SoftwareAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow with LG UX 5.0
ConnectivityNFC, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
SensorsAmbient, proximity, accelerometer
Measurements146 x 74.8 x 8.8mm
Weight142g
ColorsIndigo, White, Black

If you’re looking for a cheap smartphone with a great camera, it doesn’t get any better than the LG K10.

Buy it now: T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy J7

galaxy-j7

It goes without saying, flagship smartphones, particularly from Samsung, are getting insanely expensive. A Galaxy S7 will clot you around $600 outright, while the Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy Note 7 will be a whole lot more. If you’re someone who doesn’t mind ditching the “flagship experience” in favor of a cheaper smartphone, then you might want to look at the Galaxy J7.

The Samsung Galaxy J7–not to be confused with the J5–is the higher-end model in Samsung’s J series of smartphones. It’s larger than the Galaxy S7, featuring a 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display. It also has all of the high-end specs you might expect: an octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, a massive 3,300mAh battery, and most importantly, an excellent 13-megapixel rear camera.

 Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
AnnouncedMarch 2016
ReleaseSpring 2016
Display5.5-inch (1280x720) AMOLED
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 617
RAM2GB
Storage16GB with microSD card slot
Rear Camera13MP with autofocus, LED flash
Front Camera5MP with LED flash
Battery3300mAh (removable)
Chargingmicro-USB
SoundRear-facing speaker
SoftwareAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWiz
ConnectivityNFC, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
SensorsAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, compass, gyro, barometer, fingerprint
Measurements151.7 x 76 x 7.8mm
Weight170g
ColorsWhite, Black, Gold, Rose Gold

Coming in at $240 outright, the Galaxy J7 is a hard one to pass up. It features almost everything found in a flagship, albeit it a slightly slower processor. You also don’t get that very delicate and elegant premium design, but depending on what type of environment you spend all your time in, not having to risk a $600+ smartphone might be a good thing.

Buy it now: T-Mobile

Closing

T-Mobile has a lot of great things going for it. They’re quickly catching up to AT&T and Verizon in terms of coverage and offer some great device payment plans with early upgrade options. Not only that, but they cost a whole lot less and offer an excellent unlimited data package. With T-Mobile’s network continuing to expand, now has never been a better time to hop on over to the Magenta carrier.


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.