The 6 Best Sprint Phones to Buy in 2017

Shop for the top phones available on Sprint's network

Sprint is one of the largest mobile carriers in the U.S., offering fast 4G LTE coverage throughout most of the country. Both Apple and Android devotees will find a phone that will satisfy them in Sprint’s store. Better yet, the company frequently offers substantial discounts and attractive promotions to new customers, including a buy-one-get-one deal on iPhones and the Samsung Galaxy. Whether you are a prospective new customer or an existing one just looking to upgrade, this list will guide you through some of the best Sprint phones available on the market today.

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Best Overall: Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
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The Galaxy S7 is a mix of Samsung’s best features and boldest designs from the past few years. This elegant smartphone is a joy to use, thanks to a gorgeous curved design and top-of-the-line tech.

Let’s start with its most distinctive feature: a 5.5-inch curved QHD screen made with flexible plastic OLED. The stunning 2560 x 1440 resolution is brighter than any other phone in Sprint’s roster, offering an incredible 534 pixels-per-inch. And this time the curved screen is more than just looks: it displays notifications in a widget pane along the side.

Beneath the attractive surface is a Snapdragon 820 quad-core CPU. It also has one of the best cameras to ever grace a smartphone. The 12 megapixel f/1.7 aperture with fast Dual Pixel autofocus takes jaw dropping shots even in low lighting. It also captures 4K video at 30fps, and selfie-lovers will find a powerful 5 MP front camera. Other great features include the return of the micro SD card, which complements the 32 or 64 GB storage, as well as a fast-charging battery that can hold a charge for a full day.

The phone runs Marshmallow 6.0, the best Android OS yet. While it is still far behind Apple’s polished UI and app ecosystem, it is more customizable and less prone to crashes than previous iterations. However, one minor negative is that the phone comes with an unjustifiable 8 GB of bloatware. 

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Best Budget: Samsung Galaxy J3

Samsung Galaxy J3
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The Samsung Galaxy J3 is an affordable option that lets you into the smartphone party at a fraction of the price. The phone features an attractive silver frame with a thin chassis and a smooth plastic back. It has a modest 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that will run smoothly, but won’t be as fast as more expensive phones.

Likewise, the 5-inch HD AMOLED screen outperforms other budget phones, but doesn’t replicate the crispness of its bigger siblings. It does have a removeable battery and a MicroSD card, which you’ll inevitably end up using, thanks to the phone’s paltry 16 GB memory and pre-installed bloatware. Ultimately, this is the best affordable phone that Sprint has to offer.

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Best for Music Lovers: HTC 10

HTC 10
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The HTC 10 has an attractive aluminum body with an incredibly thin bezel and a Gorilla Glass 4 screen. HTC really stepped up its game with this phone by including many features that can stand toe-to-toe with rivals Samsung and Apple. First, you get a powerful quad-core Snapdragon processor and 4 GB of RAM, resulting in a seriously fast user experience. It also has a 12 MP camera that snaps great pictures and a USB Type-C port for quick charges and transfers. The WiFi is a little slower and low light pictures are a little duller than the Galaxy S7, but all-in-all it delivers a comparable experience.

However, the HTC 10 really shines once you plug in your headphones. It has a 1-volt headphone amp that makes the most out of high end headphones, bringing you textured and full sound that no other smartphone can match. The audio experience is amplified by a Personal Audio Profile that intelligently modifies frequencies to fill out the sound. The HTC 10 is also compatible with AirPlay devices, and has a powerful subwoofer along the bottom that doubles as a speakerphone. 

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Best Value: iPhone SE

iPhone SE
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Whether you have small hands or just miss the days when a phone could easily fit in your pockets, the iPhone SE combines the latest and greatest smartphone technology with a classic, easy-to-use design. Best of all, it is free if you sign up for a two-year contract with Sprint.

The iPhone SE packs the same hardware as Apple’s flagship iPhone 6S. Apple offers two models: 16 or 64 GB, but the second is the real option, as 16 GB just isn’t enough memory in a world of high-def pictures and large apps. The fast hardware is complemented by a bright LED-backlit LCD display. The 1136 x 640 pixel resolution makes the smaller screen look as vibrant and crisp as any of its bigger brothers. Photographers are treated to an amazing back 12 megapixel filter camera; it also captures 4K video and can capture pro-level pictures. 

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Best Phablet: iPhone 6S Plus

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Apple's iPhone 6S Plus leads the phablet fad, sporting a massive 5.5-inch LCD screen that takes two hands to hold. The design breaks a bit from previous generations of the iPhone, with curved edges and an anodized aluminum back that's available in four colors. The hardware includes a powerful A9 processor that runs up to 80 percent faster than the old iPhone. The camera is also a huge upgrade, featuring a 12 megapixel iSight camera that takes amazing pictures and records 4K video. There's also a 5 megapixel FaceTime camera that competes with others on the market.

But what really separates the iPhone 6 Plus from the best Android phones is impressive iOS. The latest Apple OS includes more features than ever, including multitasking features like SplitScreen, battery saver, Wallet, 3D Touch and Night Shift. In fact, Apple is still the easiest interface to use and has the best syncing between devices. 

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Best for Selfies: LG G5

LG G5
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Tired of low-res selfies or choppy Snapchat videos? The LG G5 is your phone. The folks at LG outfitted a smartphone with some seriously great hardware for capturing your life in action. The G5 goes above and beyond its rivals to include an 8MP front-facing camera. That is a higher resolution than many rear-facing cameras from just a generation or two ago. Better yet, it has an Auto Shot feature that takes the photo as soon as you strike your pose. No more straining your finger to reach the volume button to snap the picture.

Other than the selfie tech, the 5.3" screen has a 2560 x 1440 resolution, and the phone comes with a battery that can be swapped out on-the-go for an instant recharge. The phone is also set up for LG 360 VR, so you can immerse yourself in a different world if you want to change things up.

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