T-Mobile is the carrier everyone else is watching out for. They’re currently the third biggest mobile service provider in the United States, and they’re growing very quickly. Thanks to T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” plan of action, they’ve been changing industry standards for the better over the recent years. On top of all of the changes they’re making, they have one of the widest varieties of smartphones available on any carrier. We’ve already taken a look at the best phones you can buy on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, and now it’s T-Mobile’s turn.

Related: Best prepaid phones for T-Mobile

Since T-Mobile has done away with two-year contracts, you’ll notice the phones listed here are at full retail price. In some cases it’s cheaper to buy them from Amazon, so we’ve done our best to find you the best deals available. Also, if you don’t want to purchase your phone for full price, T-Mobile will let you pay in monthly installments. You can find out more info by visiting T-Mobile.com. Without anymore delay, let’s get started!

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

Update, October 2016: Now that Samsung has permanently discontinued the Galaxy Note 7, we’ve decided to remove it from our list. We’ve also removed the HTC 10 from 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.


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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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.”


  • 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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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.


  • 5.7-inch AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution, 518ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3450mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3mm, 178g

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LG V10

If you aren’t completely satisfied with the LG G4, perhaps the V10 will suit your needs. It has the same powerful Snapdragon 808 processor and 16MP rear-facing camera as the G4, but with a few extra features included. Most notably, the V10 sports a secondary “ticker” display LG calls the Second Screen. This extra display aims to provide its users useful information without the need to turn on the main screen. It will display app shortcuts, notifications, and even weather and battery percentage information. Although the placement is a bit wonky, we’re sure you’ll be pretty happy with the added benefit of having a secondary display.

The V10 also has two front-facing cameras for wide-angle selfies, a fingerprint scanner that’s actually really reliable, a MIL-STD-810G Transit Drop Compliant rating for shock absorption, and a 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC electronic processor with support for Qualcomm’s QFE2550 closed-loop antenna tuning solution. It’s also the first smartphone ever to come with a manual mode for taking video.

Both the V10 and the G4 are great smartphones. If you aren’t concerned with spending a bit more money, though, you should buy the V10. It’s available now from T-Mobile for $599.99.


  • Main display: 5.7-inch IPS Quantum Display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 513ppi
    • Secondary display: 2.1-inch IPS Quantum Display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 513ppi
  • Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 2TB
  • 16MP rear camera, 5MP Dual Lens front camera
  • Removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6mm, 192g

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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! And if you’re looking for a great T-Mobile phone that’s a little cheaper, be sure to check out our list of the best cheap Android phones.

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  • No Nexus6? Really?

    • Robert Firestone

      guess its not one of the best phones. kind of makes me sad since i just ordered a 64GB

      • No worries, I love mine and think it is currently the best Android phone on the market. You will love yours. :)

        • [S]unjay

          It’s not the best phone. screen burn-in, disappointing battery life.

          • I’ve never heard anyone complain about screen burn in and the battery works great for me. I doubt you even own a Nexus6.

          • [S]unjay

            There is a burn in issue https://www.google.com/search?q=nexus+6+burn+in&oq=nexus+6+burn+in&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l2j69i60l2j0.2797j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=119&ie=UTF-8 Yes, the battery works great but there are phone that outperform it in battery life.

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          • Easy

            Your google query is about Nexus 6, not Nexus 6P. After searching about 6P burn ins, I have found a few, but nowhere near the Nexus 6 Burn ins.

          • Svnjay

            We’re talking about the Nexus 6 here. The 6P wasn’t out at the time of this conversation…

          • Phillip

            There’s plenty of reports on print and YouTube comparison of it being whipped by the gs7 edge in speed and mostly battery

          • yankeesusa

            never had issue with burn in and I’ve owned 3 n6. I guess it can be an issue with oled but it’s not that big a deal. And battery improved a lot with marshmallow and supposedly with nougat it will get better, it’s still not the best, but it’s ok

        • yankeesusa

          Do you mean n6 or 6p?

      • Rob Lacy

        No need to worry, It definitely is the best. I’ve had mine for a couple of weeks and I can pretty safely say its the best phone I’ve ever had. Pretty big over-site from this article.

      • smokebomb

        This article is about the best phones on T-Mobile. If T-Mobile doesn’t sell the nexus 6, it can’t be on the list. Logic.

        • Looks like you realized you screwed up and deleted your comment. Might want to do some homework on the Nexus6 before you comment next time.

      • JRomeo

        why would you just order a Nexus6 64GB when the Nexus6P is out for a reasonable price. the Nexus 6P has a much improved battery, fits better in your hand, and has at least 1 additional year of android O.S. updates coming to it compared to the Nexus6.

        • Robert Firestone

          Dude you realize you posted this to a comment from like 16 months ago before the 6P or even Marshmallow even came out

          • JRomeo

            ok, you caught me, busted, i apologize for being oblivious to that fact.

          • yankeesusa

            Oh man, I just noticed that. lol

      • mcdonsco

        6 or 6p?

        • Robert Firestone

          N6 this was wrote 2 years ago

    • Mark Washington

      199.99 on contract amazon Sprint

      • I already have a Nexus6 on TMobile. Just wondering why the Author did not include it in this list.

    • smokebomb

      This article is about the best phones on T-Mobile. If T-Mobile doesn’t sell the nexus 6, it can’t be on the list. Logic.

    • Daggett Beaver

      The headline is “best” T-Mobile phones, not “worst”.

      • Tom Binns

        You’re an idiot, and have obviously never touched the nexus 6 to make such an aseinin comment.

        • Hotbod Handsomeface

          And you’re an “asinine” speller. Maybe try using words you know, [email protected]

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        • eddard stark

          why are you arguing about nexus 6. headline does say ” best T-mobile”. tmobile doesnt even sell nexus 6p

    • Hotbod Handsomeface

      “…of 2015” I think would mean phones released this year.

    • Say What??

      As a previous owner of a Nexus 6 and now a 6P (the wife uses the 6 now) the only thing that, imo, would keep the Nexus 6 from being in the top phone list is the battery life. The battery life is generally not all that good. I love the 6 inch size though and really wish Google didn’t decide to go smaller on the 6P.

    • yankeesusa

      nexus 6? it’s not t-mobile, it’s unlocked. plus the n6 is kinda lacking now compared to other phones like s6.

  • Still Dont Give A Fuck

    The L90 specs are all wrong, it has 8gb, 4.7″ qHD display, Snapdragon 400, and 2540 mAh battery… I think the specs were those of the L70, which is on Metro PCS

  • Martin Henderson

    No Galaxy Edge? It’s got the same specs as a Note 4 with a twist. This thing rocks and the possibilities are endless. Pricey? Yes. A fad or gimmick? I think not. We’ll see in a year or so. Anyway, like I’ve said before, to each his own.

    • QSPR

      No HTC M8??? Wow….

      • Robert Firestone

        well besides the boomspeakers I’m looking to say goodbye to HTC. waiting on the Nexus 6

  • yochanan

    Both the sizes & price tags this year are too big. When phones are 6″ & tablets start at 7″, where does it end? All the numbers based on size are taken for the next year’s Nexus.

    In smaller price tag & size news, my roommate nabbed the L90 for $99. Not bad I suppose for a budget device. He was upgrading from a hand-me-down Galaxy S that wouldn’t run CM7 or CM9 well. No reason why at least CM7 shouldn’t have run well, I believe it was having hardware issues.

    Myself? Sticking with the Nexus 4. It runs Lollipop well, I have no reason to upgrade.

    Article title? Can’t stand it. I’m sick of people asking what the “best” this & “best” that is. What, they can’t think for themselves when deciding what device to buy or app to install? “PLZ, d cide 4 meeee!!!! What is the best???? SOON BACKANSWER!!!” I suppose this article will come up when these idjits search for the “best”. Oh wait, they don’t search, they just randomly start typing on random websites.

    • Robert Firestone

      you missed the start rant code Code Fail

      • yochanan

        No, I didn’t miss it. You never know you’re ranting until you’re finished. :P

  • Josh Gilman

    Sony – for the win. Hands down the best Android phone + Android skin. Extremely fast, best design.

    • yochanan

      Oops, nevermind.

  • Mark Washington

    Check out Sprint phones on contract flagship devices on Amazon. … Note 4 199.99

  • joshua p.

    I have the nexus 6, LG G3 and the Xperia Z3….nexus is best

  • Naya Butler

    So is the Galaxy avant really getting lollipop cuz i heard it wasn’t coming to my phone

  • slowmojoe

    HTC One M8??

  • MB

    How about the Note Edge as No.1?

  • Chauntella Stephanie Brown

    A carrier could have all the name brand, high end popular smartphones in the world, but if they don’t provide unlimited data service then I’m not interested. None of the four major US carriers have that ಠ_ಠ kind of a plan.
    I’ll stick to Metro Pcs that gives me unlimited all year round!

  • Randy Allen

    Is there a reason that some your articles in the Android Authority app don’t smooth scroll, such as this one? I was able to scroll through this extremely lengthy article to leave this question/comment as I am in the browser at this point. The app doesn’t have the ability to read comments or leave a comment in the article.

    • Walter White

      I’ll just say this, this site is perfect for testing out adblock.

  • Rio Basuni

    Leon… really??

  • xavier

    I stopped looking at flagship phones. Too expensive, can’t justify the expense. Now… reasonably priced, unlocked phones with some key features (compromise on others) – that’s a different story. Picked up a 6.1″ phone with a 3 day battery life about 6 weeks ago.

    On a prepaid plan (good monthly, unlimited minutes). Works with at&t (and all it’s buddies, straight talk, cricket, etc) and t-mobile (and buddies like metro pcs). No carrier bloat, either. Rooted, firewalled, adaway, arp protection.

    • Say What??

      I’ve been using a 7 inch Huawei Mediapad X2 since July. I like the phone so much I bought a second. For $369 you can’t go wrong. I’d rather have a Chinese OEM phone nowadays than an overpriced Samsung or iPhone.

    • Kevin Blanco

      To each their own whether or not you care to buy a flagship phone. I personally choose not to, as I find the cost often to much to justify and also I’d consider myself to be a lite user. I get by just fine on a first generation Moto G.

      I will say however, I work for a hotel and we’ve got a drawer chuck’d full of cell phones that folks have left in one place other another. I’ve got enough lost IPhones to put out a pretty nice display, at least a few thousand dollars worth… If I ever lost my Moto G I’m sure I’d be upset about it, but not no $500 – $700 upset.

      • mcdonsco

        Kind of surprises me that that many people forget their phones Ina hotel and don’t realize that’s where it’s at (and/or are able to track it through something like Android device manager.

    • mcdonsco

      I’m becoming a believer myself as of getting this OnePlus 3…this thing COMPLETELY SMOKES all others out there and for $400? No brainer!

  • TJ Walsh

    Might want to double check your article. Moto X pure has a qhd screen, not 1280 x 720.

  • Faizan Momin

    Galaxy s5 a good price at 479$? Are you high?

  • TJ

    The only issue with most of these devices is you won’t get timely updates, or any updates at all. Some devices should be supported by the Xda community.

  • Kevin Blanco

    I’m still using my first generation Moto G and find it to be a really solid phone. Doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of some of the Android flagship phones, but it’ll still rival my brother’s IPhone which he spent a lot more money on. Only knock is that here the writer and folks are talking about Marshmallow soon coming to some phones, heck I’m still waiting on Lollipop. Whether or not your device of choice upgrades to some new OS is a crapshoot between your manufacturer and provider and whenever they feel like getting around to it if ever… Although I will say that I’m running Kit Kat 4.4.4 with no issues so guess that’s a consolation…

  • Rafael

    Next time, stick to the list of phones you can get at the carrier…. This time around tmo didn’t sell the nexus 6p

  • Chuck Jones

    Why was the Axon Pro left out?
    .It has the same or better hardware than most of those mentioned in the article!!
    I’m surprised that Oneplus Two was not in this list, even though it’s a shitty phone, most people like this writer get bribed to include it.

  • T-Mobile doesn’t sell the Nexus 6P or the Moto X. They’re not even listed as “coming soon,” as is the LG G5. Geez.

  • Osakwe tochukwu

    No s6 edge+ really?

  • abn

    Im an avid sammy user. But yiu will be fine with nexus. Lg the phones I stay away from

  • devo-T

    The G4 also has the SD808, and is still a great phone (3GB RAM, solid camera, bigger screen than V10, removable battery/microSD, Marshmallow, easily rooted). The V10 is arguably not enough of an upgrade from the G4 to be worth it, but that’s obviously subjective.

    One other thing to note: all of these *work* on T-Mobile, but not all are sold by them (Nexus 6P in particular). For example, you could (as of June 2016) finance a refurbished G4 with TMo for $299, considerably less than a V10.

    • Techn9cian46

      The G4 has a smaller screen than the V10

      • devo-T

        Yep, my mistake… too many specs to remember, I guess. Fixed.

  • mrpickem

    Only the S7, S7 Edge, G5 & HTC 10 are 2016 models and should be considered. I think the S7 Edge wins hands down, but that my opinion.

  • Cole

    Why is the nexus 6p on here? Can you but it on T-Mobile ?

  • Jason L

    Nexus 6P isn’t sold by T-Mob, so why show it here? Yes they say buy it from the Play Store, but seriously it shouldn’t be listed here. You can use it on Sprint, Att and T-Mob..

  • smokebomb

    Still having a hard time deciding between the G5 and S7 edge. My biggest issue with the G4 was battery and it sounds like the G5 might have the same issues. 2800mah is incredibly small for a smart phone battery in 2016.

  • Roger Ryan

    how can you ass2ass??

  • V2THE1

    If you can’t go into a T-Mobile store or to T-Mobile online and buy it I don’t consider it a T-Mobile phone. So I’d have to bump a few of those off of the list.

  • Mimi LeBron

    Isn’t it Awesome to have several Android devices. I have 7 in my possession but my favorite 1 is the Nexus 6 64gb out of all of them. I actually have 2 Lolzzz!!

  • Mimi LeBron

    Verizon and other international unlocked the Best!

  • Mimi LeBron

    Y espanol translated

  • TattoozNTech

    assuming this is in order of importance… how the hell is the V10 sitting there BELOW the failed G5?! why isn’t it ABOVE the HTC 10?? the V10 is easily one of the best Android devices out there if you look at the overall picture. yes phones have come out with higher-end internals, but LG hit that device out of the park inside and out, for the specs of the time. #nuffsaid

  • 3165dwayne

    lol, I don’t think the HTC 10 is available anymore.

  • Robert Firestone

    i wish they would stop updating old articles and make a whole new one. comments are not making sense since most are commenting from the original article from over 2 years ago.

  • Phillip

    dudes it’s the best t mobile phones almost nobody sells nexus phones in store
    the article clearly read best T-Mobile phones which are not sold in most carrier stores so don’t expect to see nexus phones on the list

  • mcdonsco

    T-Mobile phones I know, but I just got a OnePlus 3 recently and this thing is absolutely 100% best phone right now period.

    I just returned a 6P (and a couple weeks before returned my T-Mobile Note 7) and this OnePlus 3 completely smokes those in performance.

    Camera isn’t as good as Sammy’s obviously, but it’s decent and it’s really the only downside I’ve come across of the phone, but despite reviewers, in my experience so far the camera is better than the 6p.

    Also, I change phones A LOT (get bored, I have issues) and whenever I setup a new phone and it’s downloading all my apps, syncing accounts etc, they are always pretty close to unusable during that time so I just let them sit until they finish. Not with this one, with the OnePlus 3 I was able to use the phone with no lag at all throughout that process.

    They really did a kick ass job with this phone; only thing I wish it had is wireless charging.

    • t1328

      mcdonsco, how’s the OnePlus 3’s screen compared to the Nexus 6P and Note 7? I’ve also got the same phone “problem” you have. I returned my Note7 although I had finally sorted out the performance issues I was having with it after a full reset. I sold my Nexus 6P. I’m back on the S7 Edge (Olympic Edition, which is quiet beautiful). I’ve always been curious about the OnePlus. Other than the camera, my primary concern is its screen. I found the Nexus 6P screen good enough, but this is 1080P right?

      • mcdonsco

        It is 1080p, but doesn’t bother me at all. I honestly don’t notice much of a difference between it and the note 7 / 6p; at least not enough to change phones over it that’s for sure.

        I have noticed the auto brightness is a bit wonky seems to often be too dim (when replying on auto, of course I can bump it up when needed).

        Awesome phone though, definitely keeping it.

  • yankeesusa

    Hey android authority, the least you can do is erase old comments or make a new thread.

    • Robert Firestone

      I’m tired of this update bs. I’m still getting replies from my comment on the N6 2 years ago.

  • noh1bvisas

    some of the comments are 2 years old. LOL!

  • nosmohtac

    No ZTE Axon 7? I know it isn’t sold by T-Mobile, but neither is the Nexus 6P.
    I just bought one and absolutely love it!
    I was going to buy the Note 7,but never really used the S pen on any of my previous Galaxy notes, so I got the Axon 7 for less than half the price of the Note 7.
    I can’t wait for the ZTE VR headset to come out when they update to Nougat.

  • Ricardo Baldwin

    How can you guys make the top of the list a phone that has been recalled worldwide by the manufacture as not fit for purpose…?? Actually lately it seems all android authority can talk about is the Note 7, any piece of news; another Note 7 picture… We get it, its an amazing attempt at an amazing phone but its a fail for Samsung so now it’s time to move on… You guys don’t want your readers to think you’re bias and have some other incentive or reason in keeping Samsung’s Note 7 alive by reporting any silly thing about it every single day…. Almost as if there’s a reward for keeping it on everyone’s face and mind… That’s bad for business!!

  • t1328

    Guys, please remove comments older than say 1 month, and also, T-Mobile stopped selling the HTC 10 several months ago now.

  • Brad Lewin

    T-Mobile no longer sells the HTC 10. Have to get it elsewhere if someone wants to use it on T-Mobile. So the link to buy it on this page will not work either. I think worth noting that in the article.

  • noh1bvisas

    why did they bump the note 7 from the list? hahahahaha

  • acro47

    The Nexus 6 was my favorite phone until I could no longer deal with the appallingly poor battery life. I donated it and went back to an older phone until I could save $$ for something else. Stupidly, I bought an LG V10, dazzled by the crisp display and all the cool features. Unbelievably, its battery life was even worse than the Nexus 6. I could see the battery drain rapidly while I was using it. Most of today’s phones have horrible battery life & non-changeable batteries. Coming from many years with a BlackBerry (which lasted for days) I got spoiled. Too bad they couldn’t keep up with advancing technology. I had a good battery experience with iPhone 6 but I just don’t like iOS (and I’m a Mac user at home plus work for an all-Mac company). I guess I’ll stay with my Galaxy Note 4 for a while longer–I carry a spare battery in my purse so at least I don’t run out of juice.