T-Mobile is the carrier to watch right now. 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, they’ve been changing industry standards for the better in 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.

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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 take a closer look at the best T-Mobile phones you can buy right now.

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 about what users were looking for 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 Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are two of the very best T-Mobile phones on the network right now.

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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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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Samsung had a lot to make up for with the latest addition to their Galaxy Note series after the fiasco that was its predecessor. Fortunately, the company has another winner on its hands with the Galaxy Note 8.

Like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with a 6.3-inch curved Super AMOLED Infinity display with a Quad HD+ resolution and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The display is easily one of the best features of this smartphone, and while Samsung’s prowess in this department isn’t particularly surprising, they continue to push it to new heights every time.

Another arena where Samsung never fails to impress is in camera design. The Galaxy Note 8 is the first Samsung smartphone to feature a dual camera setup, and they take advantage of all that is possible with two rear cameras, allowing for clear and impressive bokeh shots all the time.

With a beautiful design, the expected top of the line specifications and features, the introduction of a dual-camera setup, and new software features that highlight the S-Pen, Samsung has certainly ticked all the right boxes with the Galaxy Note 8, making it one of best Android smartphones you can currently get your hands on.

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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LG V30/V30 Plus

 

LG’s V series has emerged as an impressive contender over the past couple of years, the LG V30 continues to further refine and add to what made its predecessors such great options. This time around, LG combines the beautiful design and display of the G6 with the best features of the V series to make for a device that many consider to be the company’s true flagship. 

There isn’t a lot that stays the same with the V30 when compared to its predecessor, with it now featuring a metal and glass construction, a near bezel-less design up front, and a new P-OLED display panel, along with the fact that the secondary display is not available any longer. Despite looking completely different, the V30 does retain key elements like a MIL-STD 810G certification for impact and shock resistance, as well as an IP68 rating for dust and water proofing.

As was the case with previous generations, one of the highlights of the LG V30 Plus is its advanced photography and videography features as well. The device  comes with a dual rear camera that includes a 16 MP sensor with a f/1.6 aperture, along with a 13 MP sensor with a wide angle lens and a f/1.9 aperture, with the latter always being a lot of fun to use. Video creators should have fun with software features like Cine Video, which allows users to quickly put in video effects, along with Point Zoom, which will let owners zoom into any point in a video.

Audiophiles should also be happy with the LG V30, with its support for Hi-Fi Quad DAC tuned by B&O Play. It is also the first smartphone to support MQA, which is supposed to let users stream high-res audio, but with a smaller file size and no loss in quality.

LG’s flagship offerings sometimes get lost in the crowd in this saturated market, but if there is one device that can and certainly deserves to break through, it is the LG V30, and a excellent choice for our T-Mobile phones list. T-Mobile is selling both the V30 and the V30 Plus version, which has 128 GB of onboard storage, compared to 64 GB of storage for the V30.

Specs

  • 6.0-inch P-OLED FullVision display 2,880 x 1,440 resolution, 538 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 2 TB
  • Dual 16 and 13 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm, 158 g

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LG G6

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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, and that’s why it’s one of our favorite T-Mobile phones on the market right now.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2,880 x 1,440 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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Apple iPhone 8/Plus

 

Okay, we know we are an Android site — but it’s hard to leave this one off, considering it is easily one of the best Sprint 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 Sprint 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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iPhone X

 
 

Apple did something different this year by launching an even higher end phone than the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. The iPhone X (pronounced “iPhone 10”) is a radical design change compared to the last several iPhone models. It has a large 5.8-inch display with a slick bezel-less design. It’s also waterproof thanks to its IP67 rating, has a dual-camera setup, supports wireless charging. and includes a glass back.

The iPhone X ditches the fingerprint scanner and instead uses Face ID cameras and sensors on the front to help you unlock your phone. It also doesn’t have a headphone jack. Apple is selling the phone at the highest price ever for an iPhone, with the 64 GB model retailing for $999, while the 256 GB option will set you back $1,149. The Sprint phones version can be bought for as low as $41.67 a month for 18 months.

The device is now available for the starting price of $999.99, without a contract, for the 64 GB version, and $1499.99 for the 256 GB model. You can also get it from T-Mobile for $279.99 up front and $80 a month for 24 months.

iPhone X specs

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,436 x 1,125 resolution, 458 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 2,716 mAh battery
  • iOS 11.0.2
  • 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm, 174 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! And if you’re looking for great T-Mobile phones that are a little cheaper, be sure to check out our list of the best cheap Android phones.

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