We’ve already covered the best smartphones you can buy from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, but what if you are not the commitment kind? If you’d like to go the prepaid route, Cricket Wireless is a great option. The prepaid carrier has a wide selection of phones and decent coverage all around the United States. It also offers some of the most aggressive rates around, especially if you’re willing to sign up for autopay (smartphone plans as cheap as $35 a month, all fees included).

So, what are the best Android phones you can buy on Cricket? While we’ll admit there aren’t tons of phones sold directly through Cricket, there are a few gems. Most of Cricket’s offerings are relatively low cost, so this is a list of all the best smartphones available on the carrier. If none of these devices are your cup of tea, check out our best cheap Android phones or best Android phones list – as any unlocked GSM phone compatible with AT&T’s network will play nicely with Cricket.

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.

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Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung did a killer job with their 2015 flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Design-wise, many would say those two phones were close to perfect. The company forwent a plastic design and instead included glass front and back panels with an aluminum frame. They weren’t without their flaws, though. The S6 and S6 Edge didn’t offer expandable storage or removable batteries — two features Samsung has been known to include in all its smartphones for years.

Now the Galaxy S7  has made its way to the masses, and it fixes many of the problems the S6 line introduced last year. While it doesn’t offer a removable battery, Samsung included expandable storage on the handset in case the 32GB of on-board storage isn’t enough. Samsung mostly stuck to the same design this time around, though they did shrink down the camera bump on the back and made the device a little thicker to make room for larger battery.

In terms of specs, this is a top-of-the-line smartphone. It comes with a Quad HD Super AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, a great 12MP rear-facing camera and it runs the latest version of Android. Seriously, this is an incredible smartphone. It’s a little pricey, but all in all, we think the high asking price is worth it.

Specs

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, 152g

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Samsung Galaxy S6

While the Samsung Galaxy S6 might not be the latest and greatest from Samsung in 2016, it’s still a great handset that will provide a flagship level experience at a discount thanks to the arrival of its successor, the Galaxy S7. The Galaxy S6 brought with it a major overhaul to design and build quality – something that was definitely needed for the Samsung Galaxy S6 to better compete with the arguably more premium high-end smartphones on offer from the competition. A metal and glass unibody design allowed for the more elegant look and feel that is expected from a Samsung flagship, and worthy of the high price tag that the device commands, even if the changed build did result in previously staple features like expandable storage and replaceable batteries going by the wayside.

Despite the lack of microSD and removable battery, the Galaxy S6 is certainly not lacking in extras, with it retaining hardware features like a heart rate monitor and a fingerprint scanner, as well as a camera package that allows for one of the best smartphone camera experiences available even a year later. While replaceable batteries may no longer be available, Samsung also attempted to alleviate any battery life concerns you may have with the inclusion of fast charging and wireless charging capabilities.

Specs

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577ppi
  • Samsung Exynos 7420 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128GB storage options, no microSD card expansion
  • 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2550mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm, 138g

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Alcatel Idol 4

Alcatel Idol 4

Alcatel’s new Idol 4 is a great follow up to the company’s previous flagship, the Idol 3.

It comes with a nice 5.2-inch Full HD display, a powerful Snapdragon 617 processor, 16GB of on-board storage, and microSD expansion up to 512GB. It also comes with an impressive 13MP rear camera, a big 2610mAh battery, as well as a pair of multi-directional speakers for great audio quality. It also comes pre-packaged with a VR headset, which is a really nice touch.

Specs

  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 424ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor
  • 2/3GB of RAM
  • 16GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 512GB
  • 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2610mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 147 x 72.5 x 7.1mm, 135g

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ZTE Grand X 4

Looking for a good phone and your budget doesn’t help you get one of the big brand handsets? ZTE promises a great experience with the Grand X 4.

No longer does spending little money on a smartphone mean you must also sacrifice much quality and performance. The ZTE Grand X 4 will work perfectly for many of you. Its specs include a 5.5-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD support, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP selfie shooter and a 3,140mAh battery.

It even has a fingerprint sensor on the back, so you are not missing on all the cool features you thought were only in high-end gadgets. Add the fact that you also get Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and this phone is looking quite enticing.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution, 267ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 64GB
  • 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • 3,140mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 155.2 x 77 x 9.1mm, 162g

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LG Stylo 2

The LG Stylo 2 is perfect for all your media consumption needs. It sports a big 5.7-inch 720p display, a powerful Snapdragon 410 processor, 16 GB of on-board storage and microSD expansion for your music and videos. It also comes with a pretty sizable 3000 mAh battery and an included stylus that gives the product its namesake. If you’re looking for an unlocked phone on a budget, this device might be hard to pass up.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution, 257ppi
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Removable 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 155 x 80 x 7.4 mm, 145 g

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Don’t see anything you like? Try checking out our list of the best cheap Android smartphones and best unlocked Android phones. How do like our list? Is there any device you’d add or remove? Let us know your opinions in the comments!

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