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.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

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Following a successful launch of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung seemed to have a pretty good idea as to what users want in a smartphone. Solid battery life, high-res screens, impressive camera performance and more were all things the company achieved with the 2016 flagships. And while the Note 7 seemed to improve even more in those areas, overheating problems caused the device to enter total recall mode.

Now we get to see what Samsung has in store for us in 2017. It should come as no surprise that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus feature top-of-the-line specifications, great cameras and an all-new design that’s truly futuristic.

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This time around, Samsung included a curved screen on both the S8 and S8 Plus, as well as a unique 18.5:9 aspect ratio that allows for a much more comfortable in-hand feel. The company even ditched its famous physical home button and included on-screen navigation keys (finally). Under the hood, these devices come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (or Exynos 8895, depending on the region), 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of on-board storage, and one of the latest versions of Android, 7.0 Nougat.

Samsung even launched a few extra accessories alongside the S8 that you should definitely consider checking out. The new Samsung DeX dock lets you use your S8 as a desktop computer, and there’s also a new Gear 360 camera that allows for shooting video in 4K and live streaming to YouTube. Of course, there’s also a new Galaxy S8-compatible Gear VR headset, complete with a controller for easier navigation.

All in all, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are two of the most promising smartphones launching in 2017.


Samsung Galaxy S8

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm, 155 g

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 529 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173 g

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Throughout 2016, the LG G5 struggled to take on the Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and all the other flagships released that year. It’s not a bad phone, per se, it just lacks the level of polish we normally expect from top-tier smartphones nowadays. The phone would have been more widely accepted if it nailed the modular implementation, but unfortunately the whole module-swapping process was wonky and the three “Friends” that launched with the G5 weren’t all that appealing. With the G6, LG has gone back to the basics.

Certainly the most standout feature on the G6 is its 5.7-inch Quad HD LCD display, with its interesting aspect ratio of 18:9 and rounded corners. It also comes with a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4 GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage, an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance and dual 13 MP rear cameras. It’s worth noting that not all LG G6s are created equal. For example, the G6 that’s coming to the U.S. is the only variant that supports wireless charging, while the Hi-Fi Quad DAC is exclusive to South Korea and certain markets in Asia. What’s more, the G6 with 64 GB of storage is only available in a handful of markets.

This isn’t a phone that introduces a bunch of gimmicky features that you’ll never use. It’s simply a solid, well-built smartphone that nails the main areas users care most about.


  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2880 x 1440 resolution, 564 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 13 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm, 163 g

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See more HTC U11 photos

The HTC 10 was one of our favorite Android phones of 2016, and for good reason. The Taiwanese company absolutely nailed the design of the 10, and it worked hard at scaling back the software to make it feel like the bare-bones Android experience we all know and love. And while it didn’t have a bunch of gimmicky extras, that was okay. The HTC 10 was a solid Android phone that nailed the basics.

Now HTC is back with the 10’s successor, the HTC U11. With an eye-catching, glossy design, all-day battery life, and a smooth and snappy software experience, the U11 competes toe-to-toe with the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 when it comes to performance. It also has one of the best smartphone cameras on the market, according to DxOMark.

The standout feature on the U11 is something HTC calls Edge Sense. The sides of the phone are pressure sensitive, and this allows you to physically squeeze the phone to activate a specific function or open an app like the camera or web browser. Having to squeeze your phone to make it do something does sound a bit odd, but we’ve really found this feature to come in handy.

Before you go out and spend $650 on this baby, there are a few things you should know. For starters, this phone doesn’t have a 3.5 mm headphone jack, meaning you’ll either need to use Bluetooth headphones or carry around the included headphone adapter everywhere you go. Also, while HTC’s Sense is one of our favorite Android skins out there, it is feeling a bit dated at this point.

If you can get past those few caveats, though, the U11 will certainly not disappoint.


  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 16 MP front camera
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm, 169 g

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LG V20

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The V20 is basically the phone for power users. It has a a big Quad HD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, plenty of RAM and on-board storage, dual 16 MP rear-facing cameras, and a removable 3,200 mAh battery. Of course, the unique Second Screen makes a return this year, along with the addition of Quad DAC, military standard durability, and it’s already running Android 7.0 Nougat.

If top-of-the-line specs and an impressive feature set is what you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with the V20.


  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 513 ppi
    • Secondary display: 2.1-inch IPS LCD display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 513 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 16 and 8 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front camera
  • Removable 3,200 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6 mm, 174 g

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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 Google Pixel or Pixel XL.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

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Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are here, and they truly are some amazing smartphones.

Not only are they the first phones to ship with the Google Assistant on board, they also come with plenty of exclusive software features and some of the best smartphone cameras in existence.

Under the hood, they sport some killer specs, too. Both devices have an AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4 GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage and long-lasting batteries. The overall design of these phones may not be the most unique, but they do feel like premium phones through and through.

There are a few things about these phones that will turn some people away, though. For starters, they only sport an IP53 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning they’re not nearly as waterproof as the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. There are ways around that, but none that will make the devices truly waterproof. Plus, if you buy the Verizon model, you’ll have to deal with a small amount of bloatware (though you will be able to uninstall it), you won’t be able to unlock the bootloader, and Verizon will be handling all Pixel and Pixel XL software updates (though the company swears it won’t delay them).

If you’re in the market for a new flagship Android phone and don’t mind spending over $650, you should buy the Pixel or Pixel XL… these are two of the best Android phones out there.


Google Pixel

  • 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,770 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6 mm, 143 g

Google Pixel XL

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,450 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm, 168 g

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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…

        • Frank Wong

          Wow that sucks I have an S6 with better battery life.

  • 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


  • 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.

          • jls203

            Exactly. Sprint is great here in Chicago and my surrounding areas I travel to.

          • theforevermachine

            Maybe they had a bad experience with them. Honestly, I feel the same way about Verizon & AT&T that they do about sprint.

            I personally have a big distrust for most of the big carriers, and I’m on T-Mobile right now. I’m really happy with their plans and customer service, so I’m sitting here constantly wondering when/if the moment will come where I’m proven wrong for trusting them too. Sigh.

    • 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

      • vogt.nicole

        I currently get paid something like 6-8 thousand bucks on monthly basis with an internet task i found on the internet. Those who are eager to do basic freelance task for 2-5 hours daily at your home and gain solid benefit for doing it… Test this invitation 2.GP/G8zm


  • 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

  • Xavier_NYC

    I really don’t see the point of these articles.. Best Android phones to buy on any carrier is always going to be the flagships of all the top OEMs respectively that are available on that carrier… That’s pretty much what this article just listed..

  • Miyuki_Ro17

    The best device will always be the device with an open bootloader and easily rootable. (That means bye bye Samsuck)

  • AFFRTech

    why not one plus 3 it also has snapdragon 820 and the larger 6gb of ram???

    • Mason Jerkins

      Doesn’t work on sprint.

  • 4ui812

    The headline should read……
    The best phones on the worst carrier.

  • Suranjal Shrestha

    galaxy s7 is awesome

  • BR

    Where can i buy a sprint phone for less than what sprint offers it for, w/out contract .S7 edge. Article says to ask

  • 4ui812

    Wow, this article goes back at least 2 years now ? Work smarter not harder I suppose. Kudos.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Yes the most expensive phones you can buy, generally speaking, are better than cheaper phones. Unfortunately whatever you buy, you’re still a Sprint customer.

  • J_Grouchy

    This just illustrates the biggest problem with Sprint (and, to a degree, Verizon): that unlocked devices are basically not even an option. Some truly great devices can never be used on these networks, meaning you are stuck with either entry-level devices or having to shell out a ton of money on the overpriced flagships from Samsung and LG.

  • Joseph Jolley (DJ Joseph Jumpe

    lol it says under the off-contract section “you can go wrong with the Google pixel.”

  • Frank Wong

    Replace HTC U 11 with HTC 10 sounds about right.