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Are you a Sprint customer looking for your next phone? We understand it can be frustrating to look through the gigantic list of available Sprint phones, so we’re here to help you find the best one.

There’s a wide selection of smartphones that are currently available from the carrier. Some are very expensive while others are really cheap, and you could be looking for anything in between. To help with that, we’ve divided the phones below into three categories: high-end, mid-range, and entry-level. The devices are in rough order of most-expensive/most-powerful at the top to least-expensive/least-powerful at the bottom. Let’s dive in.

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Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Sprint phones regularly as new devices launch.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus — high-end

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus - best Sprint phone

Released in August, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are the latest superphones from Samsung. For the first time ever, the line is split into two, with the Plus variant acting as the true follow-up to last year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (which is still available from Sprint) and the vanilla model acting as a slightly-cheaper entryway into the Note line.

When we say “slightly-cheaper,” we mean it: the list price of the Galaxy Note 10 is $949, and the base model of the Note 10 Plus has a list price of $1,099. You might be able to save some cash by using Sprint’s payment plan options or gaining a trade-in credit, but rest assured: these phones are expensive.

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For all that cash though, you get a top-of-the-line experience no matter which phone you choose. Both have the iconic Bluetooth-powered S Pen stylus built-in, tons of RAM, tons of internal storage, an incredible processor, terrific triple-camera systems on the rear, and much, much more.

We highly recommend buying the Note 10 Plus over the regular Note 10. If you’re already going to spend the cash on the Note 10, you might as well pay a bit more to get the better specs and design features of the Plus model. However, buy buttons for both are included below.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, FHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 16, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 16, 12, 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

2. Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus — high-end

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Back upright

Earlier in the year, Samsung released its other flagship series: the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus. While these devices lack the S Pen stylus and various other high-end features of the Note 10 line, they are still some of the best Sprint phones you can get. Actually, scratch that: they are some of the best Android phones you can get, period.

Both phones feature similar specs as the Note line, including the Snapdragon 855 processor, tons of RAM, plenty of internal storage, and triple-lens camera systems on the rear. The Galaxy S10 Plus ups the ante a bit by offering a dual-lens selfie camera on the front, an enormous display, and up to a whopping 1TB of storage.

Both devices also feature headphone jacks — something both phones in the Note 10 line lack, unfortunately.

Honestly, if you’re on the fence between buying a Galaxy Note or Galaxy S10 phone, we recommend the Galaxy S10 Plus. Aside from the S Pen stylus, the S10 Plus has pretty much all the best features of the vanilla Note 10 and even has some features the Note 10 lacks. The Galaxy S10 Plus is probably one of the best — if not the best — phones launched this year.

Samsung Galaxy S10 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,400mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB and 1TB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 10 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

3. LG G8 ThinQ — high-end

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The G8 ThinQ continues the trend of LG flagships that deserve a lot more attention than they get. On the surface, the phone looks much like its predecessor (the LG G7 ThinQ, still available from Sprint), but it’s another story when you peek under the hood.

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LG upgraded the display to an OLED panel, resulting in a far better viewing experience. You get the processing package that is found with every 2019 flagship and other premium features like water resistance and wireless charging are also available. LG also introduced a couple of unique unlocking methods with the phone, like Vein ID and Air Motion.

If there’s one thing that sets the LG G8 apart, it’s the fantastic audio experience that the device offers, which is more than good enough to entice any audiophile. Excellent performance, good front and rear cameras, and decent battery life round out the many reasons why the LG G8 ThinQ is among te best Sprint phones you can get.

LG G8 ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 8MP and ToF sensor
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

4. Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL — high-end

The Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL might be nearly a year old at this point, but they are still incredible phones. Not only do they have some of the best cameras in the entire industry but they also are first to receive major Android upgrades, such as Android 10, which launched in September 2019.

There aren’t too many major differences between the two phones, other than size. The Pixel 3 XL also has a higher-resolution display, a bigger battery, and that extremely controversial “bathtub” notch on the front. Other than that, the devices have the same processor, same RAM/internal storage options, same colorways, etc.

If you like your phones simple and appreciate always being up-to-date with security patches and Android upgrades, you absolutely can’t go wrong with the Pixel 3 family.

Google Pixel 3 specs:

  • Display: 5.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8 and 8MP
  • Battery: 2,915mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Google Pixel 3 XL specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8 and 8MP
  • Battery: 3,430mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. Samsung Galaxy S10e — mid-range

Sprint phone - Samsung Galaxy S10e

The Samsung Galaxy S10e might be priced too high to be comfortably considered a “mid-range” device, but it is still less expensive than its main Galaxy S10 siblings (towards the top of this list). That being said, the essence of what the S10e is — a less-expensive phone with most of the high-end features of the S10 line — make it a mid-ranger at heart.

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In general, if you’re the kind of person who wants a great phone but doesn’t care about having the greatest phone, then the Galaxy S10e was designed specifically for you.

With the S10e, you get the 2019 flagship processor (the Snapdragon 855), a dual-lens rear camera system, plenty of RAM, plenty of internal storage, and a beautiful, Full HD+ display. Additionally, you can choose from a selection of fun colorways — many of which are exclusive to the S10e.

If you want to save some cash but still want a terrific phone, you can’t go wrong with this one.

Samsung Galaxy S10e specs:

Display: 5.8-inch, Full HD+
Chipset: Snapdragon 855
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 128/256GB

Cameras: 12 and 16MP
Front camera: 10MP
Battery: 3,100mAh
Software: Android 9 Pie

6. Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL — mid-range

Google Pixel 3a XL from Sprint

Released earlier this year, the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL represent the first attempt from Google to release a mid-range device — and it’s a total win in nearly all respects for the company.

The company made a genius move with this new smartphone line when it focused only on what people most love about Pixel devices — namely the camera and the software — and cut corners on everything else. With the Pixel 3a line, you get the exact same camera as you’ll find in the main Pixel 3 line, as well as the same software.

As a trade-off, you’ll get a less-powerful processor, a smaller internal storage option, only a single selfie camera sensor, and a plastic build. But hey, the starting price of a Pixel 3a is just $399, which is a lot more affordable than the starting price of the Pixel 3.

Also, if you opt for the Pixel 3a XL, you won’t have to deal with that bathtub notch, which is a serious plus.

Google Pixel 3a specs:

  • Display: 5.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Google Pixel 3a XL specs:

  • Display: 6.0-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

7. Samsung Galaxy A50 — mid-range

Samsung Galaxy A50 rear panel

Over the past few years, Samsung has all but ignored the mid-range segment of the smartphone industry. Even when it did release a prominent mid-ranger, it would be overpriced and underpowered, especially when compared to the competition.

That all changed with the Samsung Galaxy A50, the best Samsung mid-ranger in years. The device ticks off all the right specs boxes, comes with a terrific design language, and keeps the price exceptionally low for what you get. Welcome back, Samsung!

The Galaxy A50 is Samsung’s best mid-ranger in years.

Granted, the Galaxy A50 isn’t going to deliver the same experience as a Note 10 or S10 device, but the list price for the A50 is just $349 — or roughly a third of what you’d pay for a Galaxy Note 10 Plus. And it even has a headphone jack!

If you’re looking for the best Sprint phone without breaking the bank, this could possibly be the best choice on this list.

Samsung Galaxy A50 specs:

Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
Chipset: Exynos 9610
Storage: 64GB

Cameras: 25, 8, and 5MP
Front camera: 25MP
Battery: 4,000mAh
Software: Android 9 Pie

8. LG Stylo 5 — entry-level

LG Stylo 5 Press Renders

If you took a quick glance at the LG Stylo 5 and thought it was a Samsung Galaxy Note 10, that’s kind of the point. The Stylo line from LG has been about delivering a Note-like experience without that giant Note price tag.

Granted, the LG Stylo 5 can’t hold a candle to the Note 10 in most respects. The Note 10 stylus, for example, is powered and connects to the phone with Bluetooth, allowing you to perform all sorts of neat tricks. The LG Stylo 5 stylus is an inert piece of plastic, so it can’t do any of that.

Specs-wise, the Stylo 5 also lags behind the Note 10 with a much smaller RAM allocation, a tiny amount of internal storage, and a fairly weak processor. It does have a decently-sized batter though, and it’s big display has a good resolution for its size.

The best part though? The LG Stylo 5 has a list price of under $300, or roughly a quarter of the price of the Note 10 Plus. That’s certainly good news. 

LG Stylo 5 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 450
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 13MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

9. Samsung Galaxy A10e — entry-level

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The Samsung Galaxy A10e is the newest entry-level device from the company. It is no powerhouse, that’s for sure, but it offers the basics at a terrific price.

The best thing about the device is its design: if you just took a quick glance at it, you would think it was a more high-end phone considering it has small side bezels and a waterdrop-style notch at the top of the display.

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Inside, you’re going to find low-end specs, such as just 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a 3,000mAh battery. You’re also not going to get a stellar camera experience considering it only has a single shooter on the rear.

Still, you’ll walk out of a Sprint store with a Galaxy A10e for less than $300, so it’s a good buy if you are on a budget.

Samsung Galaxy A10e specs:

Display: 5.8-inch, HD+
Chipset: Exynos 7884
Storage: 32GB

Camera: 8MP
Front camera: 5MP
Battery: 3,000mAh
Software: Android 9 Pie

10. LG Tribute Empire — entry-level

LG Tribute Empire

This is it: this is the cheapest Android smartphone you can get from Sprint without buying used.

Honestly, we are hesitant to recommend buying the LG Tribute Empire considering its priced very similarly to the far-better Samsung Galaxy A10e. However, if you absolutely need to get the cheapest device available, this is it.

This is the cheapest Sprint phone you can get.

There is also one notable thing about the Tribute Empire that sets it apart: a removable battery. The device is only one of a handful launched in the past year to still have this feature. If this is something that’s really important to you, well — here you go.

However, if you can afford it, we highly recommend opting for the Galaxy A10e instead as you’ll probably have a better experience with that one.

LG Tribute Empire specs:

  • Display: 5-inch, HD
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6750
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 2,500mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo

These are our picks for the best Sprint phones you can get, although there are a lot of other great options out there as well. We’ll be sure to update this post once new models hit the market.