Are you a Sprint customer looking for your next smartphone? We understand it can be frustrating to look through the gigantic list of phones, so we’re here to help. Sprint has a wide selection of top-tier, mid-range and budget-friendly Android phone options, so we’ll help you decide which one is best suited for your lifestyle.

It should be noted that Sprint does sell phones without contracts, though for some reason, they’re really expensive if you buy through the carrier. If you want to buy your smartphone off-contract and bring it to Sprint, we’ll be happy to let you know where you can buy your phone at a cheaper price. So without any further ado, let’s dive right in!

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

Update, May 2016: This month we added the HTC 10 to our list.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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 and S7 Edge have made their way to the masses, and they fix many of the problems the S6 line introduced last year. While they don’t offer removable batteries, Samsung included expandable storage on both handsets 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 bumps on the back and made the devices a little thicker to make room for larger batteries.

In terms of specs, these are top-of-the-line smartphones. They come with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4GB of RAM, great 12MP rear-facing cameras and run the latest version of Android. Instead of featuring the same screen sizes this time around though, Samsung kept the S7 at a smaller 5.1 inches, while the S7 Edge has been bumped up to a larger 5.5-inch panel.

Seriously, these are some incredible smartphones. They are a little pricey, but all in all, we think the high asking price is worth it.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • 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 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm, 152g

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • 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 3600mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm, 157g

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HTC 10

HTC needed a saving grace this year, and the 10 just may be it. The Taiwanese company finally designed a phone that’s different enough from its predecessor yet still sports a familiar design language. With an all-metal chassis, front-mounted fingerprint sensor and a new-and-improved speaker setup, the HTC 10 easily made its way to our best Android phones list.

Under the hood, the 10 comes with some killer specs. A 5.2-inch Quad HD display, Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM are in line with most other flagships this year, and it also comes with expandable storage up to 200 GB and a 3000 mAh battery that will have no problems lasting an entire day on a single charge. HTC also improved the camera this time around, which was a big flaw in last year’s One M9 flagship.

All in all, the HTC 10 is an awesome device. Great specs and a solid build quality are what you’ll get here… what more could you ask for?

Specs

  • 5.2-inch Super LCD5 display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 565ppi
  • 2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 145.9 x 71.9 x 9mm, 161g

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LG G5

While the Galaxy S7 series is a minor refresh in terms of design, the LG G5 sees a massive departure from the design language used in the G series, ditching the rear volume/power setup that first debuted with the LG G2. The G5 also adopts a unibody metallic design that has a removable cap for access to the removable battery and a port for modules that allow users to expand the phone’s capabilities by adding a camera grip and other special accessories.

The distinctly different design of the LG G5 may not be for everyone, but there’s little denying that LG has went out of its way to try and innovate in a market where big changes like this aren’t all that common.

Spec wise, we’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4GB RAM, a 5.3-inch display, and 32GB storage with microSD for expansion. The specs here are certainly impressive all across the board. It’s also worth mentioning that LG has revamped its software, making it faster and less bloated. One controversial move with the software, however, is the removal of the app drawer in favor of what LG says is a “simplified experience.”

Specs

  • 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 554ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 16 and 8MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Removable 2800mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm, 159g

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5

It’s hard denying that Samsung has always been the king of large-screened smartphones, and that still holds true today. With its crystal clear 5.7-inch display, powerful Exynos 7420 CPU and killer 16MP rear-facing camera, the Galaxy Note 5 is one of the best Android phones available on the market right now.

It’s an all-around solid device, boasting an all-glass chassis that’s similar to that of the Galaxy S6. It comes with an improved S Pen and some great multitasking features that will make it easy to get work done. The software is much more clean and simple than we’ve seen from the company in the past, too.

With all of that said, though, this device doesn’t come without its caveats. Samsung’s decision to omit the microSD card slot and removable battery has been a controversial one over the past few weeks, especially among Samsung die-hards. Even with these notable omissions, the Note 5 can still be considered one of the best out there.

You can purchase the Galaxy Note 5 from Sprint starting at $30.80 per month with a 24-month installment plan. We’ve also attached an Amazon link below if you’re interested in buying off-contract.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution, 518ppi
  • Samsung Exynos 7420 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, no microSD card slot
  • 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm, 171g

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HTC One A9

HTC is doing something different, yet oddly familiar with the One A9. Straying away from the all-too-familiar design of the One M series, the HTC One A9 more closely resembles Apple’s latest iPhones rather than past HTC flagships. Still, the design is beautiful – it has an all-metal build that feels great in the hand and looks superb.

Under the hood, the One A9 sports a Snapdragon 617 processor, 2 or 3GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of on-board storage and microSD expansion up to 200 additional gigabytes. It also has one of the best cameras HTC has ever produced, and comes with a surprisingly long lasting 2150mAh battery. HTC is also committed to quick software updates with this phone. The Taiwanese company is actually promising software updates for the unlocked model within 15 days of Google’s first push to Nexus devices. Not bad, right?

The HTC One A9 is available from Sprint for $29.00 per month with an installment plan. You can also purchase the unlocked One A9 from HTC directly for $499.99.

Specs

  • 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441ppi
  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor
  • 2/3GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 13MP rear camera, 4MP UltraPixel front camera
  • Non-removable 2150mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 145.8 x 70.8 x 7.3mm, 143g

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Going off-contract?

If you’re not keen on spending $600+ on one of the off-contract smartphones listed above, there are certainly some other smartphones out there that are worth your hard-earned money. The top two off-contract smartphones that we’d recommend can’t be purchased from any carrier, which is why they didn’t make our initial list. So if you’re looking for a great off-contract smartphone, you can go wrong with the Nexus 6P or Motorola Moto X Pure Edition.

Nexus 6P

As the successor to last year’s Motorola Nexus 6, Google recently unveiled the Huawei-made Nexus 6P. This device is the higher-end of the two Nexus phones announced at Google’s event, and that’s incredibly apparent when looking at the spec sheet.

It comes with a big 5.7-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, super fast Snapdragon 810 processor, a giant 3450mAh battery and an impressive 12MP rear-facing camera. Want to get your hands on one? The Nexus 6P is pretty cheap, considering the specs and build quality. You can purchase it from the Google Store starting at just $499!

This is really one of the best Android handsets we’ve ever seen. If you have a few hundred dollars to spend and aren’t keen on the best from Samsung or LG, get the Nexus 6P.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution, 518ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3450mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3mm, 178g

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Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (Moto X Style)

With the original Moto X, Motorola proved you don’t need to have the latest specs to get a great user experience. With the second generation, the Lenovo-owned company took no chances and double-downed on the spec side as well, packing the new Moto X (2014) with a dense 5.2-inch AMOLED screen, a beefy processor, and a capable 13MP camera. But with the Moto X Style, Motorola reaches the perfect balance between performance, simplicity, price and… well, style.

By Style we are mostly referring customization capabilities, a factor which has been an integral part of the Moto X experience since day one. Customers can use Moto Maker to manipulate their devices’ aesthetics to their will. You can change the color of the metal areas, engrave the back and even choose from a plethora of back options, including materials leather, wood, rubber and other materials.

The device is not a bad contender in terms of hardware, either. The larger screen puts the phone up with contenders like the OnePlus 2, Nexus 6, LG G4 and the Galaxy Note series. It may not sport the “best” processor in the market, but the Snapdragon 808 is pretty close to the 810, and Motorola has proven time and again they can make a super fast phone without the greatest chipset.

It’s worth noting that the phone will be sold in most markets under the Style branding, though in the United States it will be sold as the Moto X Pure Edition, an unlocked model that will play nice with all U.S. carriers. You can purchase the Moto X Pure Edition from Motorola or Amazon for only $399.99.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440p resolution, 520ppi
  • 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128GB
  • 21MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm, 179g

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How did you like our list? Do you have any other suggestions? If so, feel free to voice your opinion in the comments below!

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  • Xavier_NYC

    ‘Should have ended it at number one. The Note 4 destroys every phone so bad it’s comical, nothing beats Samsung products” lol That’s what that one Samsung guy would say. Surprised he didn’t comment on this already.

    • Pedro

      Sorry, It’s been 1 month I own my note 4 and it’s an awesome smartphone and I just love the battery life.

      About TouchWiz, it’s rooted and running Nova Launcher.

      • Phil

        My battery life on the Note 4(Verizon) has been garbage. I’ve only been getting 2.5 hours of screen on time. It’s a great phone though.

        • Pedro

          I have the SM-N910C model…

  • DavidVarghese

    If I can get a GPE version of the Note 4, I’d pick it up in a heartbeat… Touchwiz is a definite no-go, and the upcoming Lollipop update from Samsung makes it worse.

  • Peerpressure

    I just bought a Note 2 on Sprint ($127 off contract), and once this phone is rooted with Xposed, it is really an amazing device. My battery life jumped up to 48-72 hours, and all the little annoyances that Samsung has are just gone. And it’s powerful enough to do anything I want it to do.

    • Angelo

      HOW DID YOU GET IT? I AM REALLY INTERESTED. SPECIALLY OFF CONTRACT.

  • Ahmad

    Please someone help me choose between Galaxy S5, One M8 and Xperia Z2.

    • Ahmad

      And G3, please.

      • Phil

        G3>S5>One M8>Xperia Z2

      • Mike Reid

        LOL, Depends what you need and the variants where you live or buy, etc.

        If you want custom ROM options and the ability to unlock bootloader (for $25) I’d recommend the HTC One M8.

      • M8>G3>S5>Z2

  • Beausym

    Wish they were still offering the Nexus 5. Not entirely sure if I want to make the jump to Shamu from my S4, and I’m kind of tired of rooting my devices to be able to tolerate them.

  • Karly Johnston

    The best Sprint phone is the first one you can get unlocked and moved to another carrier.

    • Emilie

      Not when I have unlimited 4g data

      • Karly Johnston

        Not when you get edge speeds.

        • Emilie

          I don’t. I don’t know why you’re here talking trash on an article about sprint phones. You obviously don’t like/use sprint so why are you even reading this article and talking shit?

          • Karly Johnston

            I am telling the truth about Sprint, i do not know why you spread lies unless you are a paid shill.

          • Emilie

            Ha, I’m not, but I don’t need to prove anything to you. If you have something that works better for you and your budget then that is fantastic. Sprint works for me and my budget an data usage. I’m finished arguing with you.

          • Michael Monroe

            It’s good that you stopped responding to that IDIOT. It’s very apparent that Karly Johnson needs a friend. I can tell by how they replied to this article that he/she don’t know how to talk to or with people.

    • Ham

      I get 11-35Mb speeds on Sprint
      I avg 250GB-over 1TB per month data
      and it’s U N L I M I T E D

  • tik

    Two HTC phones over the V10?

    • Michael McHale

      V10 isnt available with Sprint

  • mnoble999

    How do you write with the rainbow effect using the note 5?

  • cotty

    Well I’m on sprint but want to get the oneplus 2 it sucks that we are stuck with overpriced flagship device or subpare phone if I could get better service I would jump ship but att and T-Mobile both sucks out in the boonies near me in fact T-Mobile has no service at all att only works near my house and I don’t get lte on my nexus 6 so I’m stuck with sprint hope these gsm carriers build out in Ripon wi this year