When it comes to choosing the right Android smartphone to suit your needs, the task can be pretty daunting at times. More and more Android devices are coming to market every day, making the choice next to impossible unless someone is pointing you in the right direction. If you’re in the market for a new smartphone on U.S. Cellular and are considering Android as your OS of choice, look no further. We’re here to round up the best Android phones you can buy on the nation’s fifth-largest mobile carrier.

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Editor’s note: We will be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.
Update, August 2016: This month we removed the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 to make room for the Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 stands out from the competition in more ways than one. Not only is it the best big-screened smartphone out there, it might be the best smartphone on the market right now.

It sports a big, bright 5.7-inch Dual-edge Super AMOLED Quad HD display, a powerful Snapdragon 820 processor, plenty of RAM and on-board storage, an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, and microSD expansion. It also comes with the same great rear- and front-facing cameras that are present on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The camera package isn’t the only thing the Note 7 borrows form the Galaxy S line. It also features a Dual-edge display, so all of the handy Edge display features found on the S7 Edge are present here, too.

The Note 7’s S Pen has gotten a lot more useful as well. Now you can record pretty much anything on your screen and make it into a GIF, and you can also translate text from other languages, magnify certain parts of your screen, and much, much more.

This is a very pricey device, though, so be sure to weigh your options before spending over $800 on a smartphone.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch Dual-edge Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 518ppi
  • Quad-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8890 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,500mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm, 169g

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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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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 this time around.

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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Honorable mentions

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (Moto X Style)

All of the other devices on this list are available directly through U.S. Cellular, but the latest flagship from Motorola is not. You’ll only be able to purchase the Moto X Pure Edition (aka Style) from Motorola or Amazon meaning you’ll have to pay full price for the handset. Ask anyone who owns one of these bad boys, though – the extra upfront cost is definitely worth it.

It boasts a big 5.7-inch Quad HD display, a powerful Snapdragon 808 processor, a really good 21MP rear camera and a big 3000mAh battery. You can also customize this device through Moto Maker, allowing you to choose whichever back plate, front plate and accent colors you’d like. Interested? The Moto X Pure Edition can be yours starting at just $399.99.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch display with QHD 2560 x 1440 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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Motorola Moto G (2015)

Although it didn’t specifically make our list as one of the best smartphones you can buy from U.S. Cellular, the third-generation Moto G is still one heck of a smartphone. Especially taking the low price point into account, this device’s 5.0-inch LCD display, Snapdragon 410 processor and 2470mAh battery make for a great all around Android experience.

Specs

  • 5.0-inch LCD display with 720 x 1280 resolution, 294ppi
  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 32GB
  • 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2470mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 142.1 x 72.4 x 11.6mm, 155g

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  • Bhushan Vaidya

    The best phone price, feature & performance wise is Moto X pure at the moment.

    • Daggett Beaver

      I’m just taking a wild guess here, but I’m thinking you own a Moto X Pure?

    • Chris

      A nerd in his mother’s basement

  • karl

    Prepaid + unlocked + mid-range specs + 2/3 day battery + 6″ screen. Couldn’t be happier. Have since rooted, added firewall, adaway.

    Flagship phones that can’t deliver real all day battery or even front-firing speakers can go to hell. Expensive 2-yr contracts can go to hell too.

    • Chris

      Midrange is for poor people

  • Joe

    I have a s6 edge and I wouldn’t recommend it to even my worst enemies. 5 months in and things lags and hangs like crazy! My wifes s6 is the same. Stay away if possible. Also, how much data did I just go through loading those pictures!? There should be a warning in the article title

    • jasonlowr

      Yea right. Good trolling. Nice trolling.

    • Chris

      Anyone with a limited data has an issue.

    • Chris

      Besides my note 5 is fast. Then again I’m on tmobile they don’t load the phone up with a ton of junk

    • steadymobb

      Sounds like you have faulty devices. Although I think you’re trolling based on your data remark. Seriously?? Hahaha

  • Michael McGrade

    I’m just sitting over here waiting for the next Nexus announcement. Nothing else has grabbed my attention so far this year. I’ve had a Galaxy since the S and this year will be the first that I’m not buying a Samsung. They’ve ruined the line so it’s time to move on. I’m ready for some pure Android goodness.

    • Chris

      How’s your mother’s basement?

      • Zak Taylor

        How’s your ability to articulate a unique insult?

    • Lex

      I don’t think anything will be pulling me away from my Nexus 6. Best phone hands down you could buy from USCC.

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  • nsage

    How does the Galaxy S5 make the list and the Sony Z2 doesnt? Not even honorable mentions, come on AA

    • Matthew Merrick

      Wait, US Cellular sells Sony phones? Since when? o_O

      • nsage

        Except that’s the case

    • Andrew Asciutto

      THE FREAKING S5 BUT NOT THE NOTE 4…. EVEN THE NOTE 3 IS AN UPGRADE FROM THE S5

    • Hater of Parrots

      How do the S6/note5 make any list when they do not include an SD slot? Making users pay over and over again for the ability to store music on their phone is a huge ripoff. I was a loyal Samsung customer, but will be upgrading from my GS5 to a brand that doesn’t want to try to charge me 100-200 bucks for storage I already have.

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  • đất nền đồng nai

    The best phone price, feature & performance wise is Moto X pure at the moment.