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Straight Talk is the prepaid, no contract service that you find in Walmart locations. If you’re looking to grab the best Straight Talk phones possible, look no further.

Now, we’re going to be honest, there are a lot of cheap Straight Talk phones out there, but most of them aren’t worth the asking price. That’s why we’ve chose to focus mostly on their more premium offerings like the Galaxy S8. If you want a cheap phone, you’re probably better off looking at unlocked options.

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.


Best Straight Talk phones — what are your options?

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

Following a successful launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung clearly knows what users want in a smartphone. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are the latest additions to the Straight Talk phones lineup. As before, Samsung included a curved screen on both the S9 and S9 Plus, with an increasingly common 18.5:9 aspect ratio that allows for a much more comfortable in-hand feel. Under the hood, these devices come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor in the US (Samsung’s own in-house Exynos 9810 SoC is used in other parts of the world). The standard 5.8-inch S9 has 4 GB of RAM while the 6.2-inch S9 Plus includes 6 GB of RAM. Both have 64 GB of on-board storage, and both have Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

The biggest difference in the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, compared to both their older models and each other, is in their camera equipment. Both the S9 and S9 Plus have a primary 12 MP rear camera with a Dual Aperture feature that can switch between F/1.5 and F/2.4 modes. The S9 Plus also has a second rear 12 MP sensor and both phones have 8 MP front cameras. Both can also take super slow-mo movies at 960 fps at 720p, and both support Samsung’s new AR Emoji for animated avatars created by the cameras.

The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus support a new version of the Samsung DeX, the dock accessory that was first introduced with the S8 line. The new version of the DeX still allows the S9 and S9 Plus to connect to a PC monitor, keyboard and mouse, so owners can work on their phones like a desktop computer. However, the design of the second generation DeX allows the phones to lie flat on a desk, and also lets them be used as a virtual keyboard and mouse on a monitor, although some may still prefer the old-fashioned hardware. The DeX dock also now allows the monitor to support up to 2K resolution from the phone, and some apps have been optimized for the desktop experience, including business phone apps from Microsoft and Citrix.

All in all, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are the two best Straight Talk phones at the moment, building on the highly successful formula of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 400 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm, 163 g

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 529 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 400 GB
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • 3,500 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm, 189 g

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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After a controversial 2016, Samsung’s Galaxy Note line is back in full force. With top-of-the-line specs, a stunning design, an all-new dual-camera setup, and new software features, the Galaxy Note 8 is the best Android phone you can buy right now.

The Note 8’s near-bezel-less 6.3-inch QuadHD+ Infinity Display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio is one of our favorite things about this phone. DisplayMate agrees with us too. It’s big, maybe too big for some people, but at least the company puts that screen to good use. There’s a new App Pairing feature that allows you to open up two favorited apps in multi-window at the same time, and there are a few new S Pen features that will satisfy the stylus users out there.

What’s more, the new dual-camera setup on the back performs incredibly well. While picture quality isn’t a huge step up from what we saw on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the extra 12 MP sensor with OIS allows you to take clear, concise photos and impressive bokeh shots in just about any situation.

No, it’s not perfect, but no phone is. Samsung’s fingerprint sensor placement is still super annoying, and this phone is expensive. If those things don’t matter to you though, the Note 8 might be the right phone for you. Check out our full review below!

Specs

  • 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 521 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm, 195 g

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

Straight Talk phones

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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.

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 to launch in 2017 and two of the best Straight Talk phones you’ll find.

Specs

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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LG Stylo 3

LG Stylo 3

Like the idea of a stylus, but don’t have cash to drop on the Galaxy Note 8? One Straight Talk phone that might be worth looking at is the Stylo 3. 

First announced as part of LG’s phone lineup at CES 2017, the Stylo 3 is a pretty large phablet that has its own built-in stylus for taking notes on the display. However, both of these features are included in a phone that has mostly mid-range hardware specs. The 5.7-inch display only has a screen resolution of 1,280 x 720, which means it doesn’t even reach True HD levels.

Inside, the Android 7.0 Nougat phone has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor running with a clock speed of 1.4 GHz, along with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded to up to 2 TB with its microSD card slot. There’s also a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front-facing camera, along with a removable 3,200 mAh battery. Finally, there’s a fingerprint sensor located in the back of the phone, below the rear camera.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch display with 1,280 x 720 resolution
  • 1.4 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor
  • Adreno 505 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB built-in storage, microSD card expansion support up to 2 TB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 3,200 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • 6.13 x 3.15 x 0.29 inches, 5.3 ounces

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Apple iPhone 8/Plus

 

Okay, we know we are an Android site, but it’s hard to leave this one off — it’s easily one of the best Straight Talk phones. Apple’s current mainstream phones are the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Both come with iOS 11 out of the box and both come with the company’s own quad-core A11 Bionic processor inside. The two smartphones also support wireless charging, and are waterproof (IP67).The iPhone 8 has a smaller 4.7-inch display, and one rear camera, while the iPhone 8 Plus has a larger 5.5-inch screen and a dual camera setup in the back, along with support for portrait mode (bokeh effect).

The iPhone 8 Plus is priced at $799 (64 GB) and $949 (256 GB), while the iPhone 8 is cheaper at $699 (64 GB) and $849 (256 GB). Both come in silver, gold, and space gray. If you don’t want an Android phone, these Straight Talk phones might be a good alternative.

iPhone 8 specs

  • 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with 1,334 x 750 resolution, 326 ppi
  • Apple A11 Bionic
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 64/256 GB of on-board storage, not expandable
  • 12 MP rear camera, 7 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 1,821 mAh battery
  • iOS 11
  • 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm, 148 g

iPhone 8 Plus specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 401 ppi
  • Apple A11 Bionic
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 64/256 GB of on-board storage, not expandable
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 7 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,691 mAh battery
  • iOS 11
  • 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm, 202 g

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Straight Talk phones – Conclusion

While the devices on the best Straight Talk phones list aren’t bad at all, if you are looking for more options, you’ll be happy to know that the MVNO has a great BYOP (bring your own phone) program, allowing you to activate your existing GSM or CDMA phone on its network. All you need to do is buy the right SIM card. For more information on bringing your own phone to Straight Talk, follow this link.

If you don’t have an existing phone and aren’t a fan of anything on this best Straight Talk phones list, feel free to check out our best cheap Android phones list!