When it comes to choosing the right smartphone to suit your needs, the task can be pretty daunting at times. More and more smartphones 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 the best US Cellular phones 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.

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

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S8 Plus are two of the newest and best US Cellular phones on the network right now. Visually, they don’t look very different than the older Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, but inside there’s many differences. Both have the new Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, and both have Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Both also have 64 GB of storage, but the 5.8-inch S9 has 4 GB of RAM and the 6.2-inch S9 Plus has 6 GB of RAM.

The biggest change comes in the camera department. The Galaxy S9 includes a single rear 12 MP camera, which includes a dual aperture mode. The main mode has a f/1.5 aperture, but you can press a button to activate mechanical blades that close down over the sensor, which offers a f/2.4 aperture mode for taking better pictures in bright daylight.

The Galaxy S9 Plus has the same 12 MP rear camera with the dual aperture mode as the S9, plus a secondary 12 MP rear sensor with a f/2.4 aperture. It is used as a telephoto lens for the S9 Plus, and also supports a proper portrait mode in Live Focus. If you love to take slow motion videos, the rear cameras on the S9 and S9 Plus can do so at an amazing 960 fps at 720p resolution. Both phones also have a front facing 8 MP camera at f/1.7 aperture. 

These US Cellular phones are available now, with the S9 selling for $759 without a contract, or for $10.30 a month for 30 months. The S9 Plus is available for $919.50 without a contract, and $15.65 a month for 30 months.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Octa-core Samsung 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 camera
  • Non-removable 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
  • Octa-core 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
  • 12 MP rear camera and 12 MP secondary camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 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

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 parts 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. It’s certainly on or near the top of our best US Cellular phones list.

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

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 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 easily two of the best US Cellular phones you can buy.

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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Motorola Moto Z2 Force

Motorola Moto Z2 Force
 

The Moto Z2 Force is the latest flagship device from Motorola, currently owned by Lenovo, and the successor to the 2016 released Moto Z Force. While it shares a number of features with its predecessor, the Moto Z2 Force has many differences, and some are not for the better.

The Moto Z2 Force has a 5.5-inch 2.560 x 1,440 resolution display, along with Motorola’s Shattershield screen technology which is supposed to help prevent the glass from shattering if it falls on a hard surface. Inside, it has,the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and Android 7.1.1. Nougat out of the box. The phone has 4 GB of RAM in the model sold in the US, but goes up 6 GB of RAM in China and other parts of the world. Onboard storage is set at 64 GB for the US model and 128 GB in the version sold in China.

The Moto Z2 Force has a dual camera sensor setup in the back, with a 12 MP color sensor alongside a 12 MP monochrome sensor. There’s also a 5 MP front-facing camera. The battery in the phone is 2,730 mAh, which unfortunately is much smaller than the 3,500 mAh battery found on the older Moto Z Force. The new phone also lacks a headphone jack.

The Moto Z2 Force supports all of the current and upcoming Moto Mods accessories, which allow it to add new features by quickly attaching these add-ons to its back via magnetic clamps. The Moto Mods include speakers, cameras and batteries, including a new 360 degree camera, along with a game pad that’s available exclusively from Verizon Wireless.

The Moto Z2 Force is available as an unlocked device directly from Motorola’s website for $720, and it’s also available from Best Buy. The five top US carriers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular) are also selling the phone, with payment plans available. If you buy the phone from Motorola on or before September 8, you will also be able to get a free Moto Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod by mail. It’s a worthy addition to our best US Cellular phones list.

Specs

  • Display: 5.5-inch POLED ShatterShield, 2.560 x 1,440 resolution, 535 ppi
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 4/6 GB
  • Storage: 64/128 GB
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP color sensor, 12 MP monochrome sensor
  • Front Camera: 5 MP
  • Battery: 2,730 mAh
  • Operating System: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Dimensions: 155.8 x 76 x 6.1 mm
  • Weight: 143 g

Apple iPhone 8/Plus

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 in terms of sales. 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 for $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 two are among the best US Cellular phones out there.

Specs

iPhone 8

  • 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

  • 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

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 as “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. It’s a high end addition to our best US Cellular phones list.

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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Motorola Moto E4

Motorola Moto E4

The newly launched Motorola Moto E4 is the latest cheap phone from Lenovo-owned Motorola, and it continues the Moto tradition of bringing solid performance for as little money as possible. Many people don’t want to spend a lot of money to get a mobile phone, but they also don’t want a feature phone either that’s made mainly for voice and text messages. The Moto E4 is an Android 7.1 Nougat handset that also won’t break the bank.

The 5-inch phone has a plastic body, and inside it has the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, with a clock speed of 1.4 GHz. The display has a 1,280 x 720 resolution, and a decent amount of memory, with 2 GB of RAM. It has 16 GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card slot for adding up to 128 GB of additional storage. The front-facing camera is pretty good at 5 MP, while the rear camera has 8 MP, with features like autofocus, a four-piece composite lens, and LED flash. The Moto E4 has a removable 2,800 mAh battery that is supposed to offer a full day’s worth of use on a single charge. It even has a fingerprint sensor, which is something most new phones that are priced under $100 don’t have.

Overall, the Moto E4 won’t win any performance or design awards, but it manages to pack in some decent hardware specs in a package with a near rock bottom price tag. On US Cellular, its available for $5 a month for $30 months (for a total of $150), or you can get it free under its pre-paid plan after an instant $100 discount and a $50 mail in rebate. It’s a cheap, but still great, addition to our best US Cellular phones list.

Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 1.4 GHz quad-core CPU
  • Adreno 308 GPU
  • Android 7.1 Nougat with Moto experiences
  • 5.0-inch 1,280x 720 HD display
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • microSD card support up to 128 GB
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 8MP rear camera with autofocus, 4 piece composite lens, and LED flash
  • 5MP front camera with selfie flash
  • Video Capture 1080p (30fps)
  • 2,800mAh removable battery

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LG G7 ThinQ

LG G7 ThinQ

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The new LG G7 ThinQ is the newest phone on this list, and one of the best US Cellular phones. It mixes and matches features found in the earlier LG V30 and G6 phones. It has a super bright 6.1-inch display,  along with a now familiar notch on top. If you aren’t a fan, you can “turn off” the notch in the settings menu.

LG phones have always provided a solid audio experience, and the G7 ThinQ is no different. The phone actually uses its inner space as a resonance chamber to boost bass and deliver all-around louder audio. It also comes with a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC and DTS:X 3D Surround Sound support.

This phone also comes with some of the best specs you can find on any smartphone out there: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, dual 16MP wide-angle cameras, as well as IP68 and MIL-STD 810G certifications. As an added bonus, there’s also a dedicated Google Assistant button that lets you talk to the voice assistant like a walkie-talkie. It’s pretty neat.

You can purchase the LG G7 ThinQ on Verizon right now for $749.70 without a contract, in either grey or black colors. You can also buy the phone for $24.99 a month for 30 months. You can also get a $180 mail in rebate, in the form of a pre-paid VISA card if you order the LG G7 ThinQ from US Cellular from now until July 26.

Specs

  • 6.1-inch QHD+ FullVision Display with 1,440 x 3,120 resolution
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage
  • Dual 16 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.o Oreo
  • 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm, 162 g

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That’s our look at our picks for the best US Cellular phones at the moment. Wondering what some of the other major U.S. carriers have to offer? Check out our other best lists:

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