Best Sprint Phones

Sprint has a good selection of cell phones from Samsung, LG, HTC and BlackBerry. The carrier offers a "Simply Everything" flat-rate plan for smartphones (*est. $100 a month) that includes unlimited voice, messaging, data and direct connect. The best Sprint phones have full keyboards, touch screens or advanced multimedia features -- some even offer Nextel's direct connect walkie talkie functionality.
HTC One

HTC One

Reviewed July 2013

Power-packed, aesthetically pleasing HTC One wows experts

Pros: Sleek, striking design, top-of-the-line hardware, good low-light camera performance

Cons: Normal lighting camera performance only average, blinkFeed home screen unremovable

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Est. $200 and up with contract
 
Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Reviewed June 2013

All-encompassing Galaxy S4 impressive and overwhelming

Pros: Large, vibrant display with wide viewing angles, wide variety of camera settings and filters, good reception and 4G connectivity, includes apps for virtually every need

Cons: Plastic chassis feels cheap, long list of settings and features can overwhelm

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*Est. $200 and up with contract
 
LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G

Reviewed April 2013

LG's best phone to date hints at more to come

Pros: Ergonomic, lightweight design, crisp, vivid display, solid construction, powerful quad-core processor

Cons: Limited 4G LTE network coverage on Sprint, lower image resolution on AT&T

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*Est. $50 and up with contract
 
Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Reviewed February 2013

A sleek profile, large display and powerful processor make the Galaxy Note II a tempting titan

Pros: Responsive , large display, excellent battery life, above-average call quality, lightning-fast quad-core processor

Cons: One-handed use difficult, display can appear slightly washed out

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*Est. $300 and up with contract
 
Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

Reviewed November 2012

With the latest tech and a gorgeous display, the GS3 climbs to the top of the Android heap

Pros: Slim profile, large, vibrant screen, excellent call quality, long battery life, impressive camera, latest Android features

Cons: Plastic design instead of metal, s Voice (voice commands) performs poorly

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*Est. $200 and up with contract
 
Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

Reviewed October 2012

Taller, thinner, lighter iPhone 5 speeds up with a faster processor and true 4G

Pros: Thinner, lighter design, durable aluminum backing, larger, more vibrant display, improved camera software, 4G LTE capabilities, speedy operating system upgrade

Cons: New charger requires $30 adaptor for old accessories, data plans can be costly, depending on carrier

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*Est. $200 and up with contract
 
HTC Evo 4G LTE

HTC Evo 4G LTE

Reviewed October 2012

Packed with all the power and performance of a flagship smartphone, the HTC Evo 4G LTE is ready for Sprint's LTE network

Pros: High-quality design, excellent camera, good call quality and battery life, powerful processor, intuitive HTC Sense interface

Cons: 4G LTE coverage limited

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*Est. $200 with contract
 
Samsung Replenish

Samsung Replenish

Reviewed February 2012

Affordable and eco-friendly Android candybar phone keeps it simple

Pros: Tactile physical keyboard, recyclable, made of recycled components, good call quality

Cons: No Flash support, slow processor, plastic feel, low-resolution screen

Best Sprint PhonesBoost Mobile
from $99.99 with new contract
 
HTC Arrive

HTC Arrive

Reviewed November 2011

HTC Arrive takes Windows Phone 7 design to the next level

Pros: Spacious keyboard, large, tilting display, solid construction, simplie operating system

Cons: Not 4G compatible, mediocre image quality

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Free with new contract
 
Motorola i686 Brute

Motorola i686 Brute

Reviewed November 2011

The Motorola i686 is a rugged push-to-talk phone

Pros: Rugged design, excellent call quality, loud and clear speakerphone, good reception, push-to-talk technology

Cons: Non-standard 2.5 mm headset jack, microSD card memory limited to 8 GB, slow web browser, battery is difficult to remove

NextelBest Sprint Phones
*Est. $140 with contract
 
Motorola i886

Motorola i886

Reviewed November 2011

Nextel's first Android-powered feature phone

Pros: Built to military standards, above-average speaker, android operating system, excellent sound quality

Cons: Weak camera, lacks Wi-Fi capability, slow data-transfer speed, google apps and Android Market unavailable

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*Est. $150 with contract
 
BlackBerry Torch 9850

BlackBerry Torch 9850

Reviewed November 2011

Touch-screen BlackBerry is short on apps

Pros: Bright and crisp touch screen, fast browser with HTML5 support, speedy performance, solid build, blackBerry OS 7

Cons: Small keys on virtual keyboard, meager app selection, poor battery life, slow 3G connection, two-toned color looks cheap, no Flash support

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from $19.99 with new contract
 
Sanyo Taho

Sanyo Taho

Reviewed November 2011

Taho is a rugged phone with basic features

Pros: Durable, good navigation array, large, raised keys, good battery life

Cons: No music or video player, abundance of bloatware, no push-to-talk, mixed call quality, no social networking features, slow web browser

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*Est. $50 with contract
 
Kyocera Echo

Kyocera Echo

Reviewed November 2011

Dual-screen Android smartphone is more novel than useful

Pros: Dual screens, extra battery included, swype keyboard, multiple operation modes

Cons: Awkward to open, no 4G support, only 500MB built-in memory, runs older Android 2.2 OS

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Discontinued
 
Apple iPhone 4S

Apple iPhone 4S

Reviewed October 2011

iPhone 4S proves that it's what's on the inside that counts

Pros: Improved camera, dual-band world phone, faster, more powerful processor, voice-activated personal assistant feature, new antenna configuration to improve reception

Cons: No change in design from iPhone 4, not 4G-compatible

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*Est. $100 with contract for 16 GB
 
LG Optimus S

LG Optimus S

Reviewed July 2011

LG Optimus S marries power-packed features with cheap price tag

Pros: Price, bright touch screen visible in sunlight, speedy processor performance, has some physical buttons

Cons: Lacks latest hardware, poor Flash performance in web browser, mixed reviews of battery life

Best Sprint Phones
Free with contract
 
HTC Evo Shift 4G

HTC Evo Shift 4G

Reviewed May 2011

The Evo Shift is a compact alternative to massive powerhouse smartphones

Pros: Spacious, well-lit keyboard, compact and sturdy build, less expensive than other 4G smartphones, speedy web browsing

Cons: Slow processor, no HDMI output, lacks front-facing camera

Best Sprint Phones
*Est. $100 with contract
 
BlackBerry Style 9670

BlackBerry Style 9670

Reviewed May 2011

BlackBerry's second flip smartphone has full keyboard and latest OS

Pros: Comes with BlackBerry OS 6, full QWERTY keyboard, browser faster than previous BlackBerry browsers, good call quality

Cons: Bulky, small selection of apps, short battery life, keys are flat

Best Sprint PhonesBoost Mobile
*Est. $200, no contract (Boost)
 
Samsung Epic 4G

Samsung Epic 4G

Reviewed February 2011

Speedy Sprint Android phone boasts excellent physical keyboard

Pros: Gorgeous touch screen, fast 4G network speeds, spacious physical keyboard

Cons: Mediocre camera quality, expensive monthly data plan

Best Sprint Phones
*Est. $100 with contract
 
BlackBerry Bold 9650

BlackBerry Bold 9650

Reviewed February 2011

BlackBerry Bold with world-roaming functionality

Pros: Wi-Fi capability, responsive trackpad, global roaming, generous memory for apps

Cons: Clunky browser, awkwardly placed charging port

Best Sprint PhonesVerizon Wireless
Discontinued
 
HTC EVO 4G

HTC EVO 4G

Reviewed August 2010

4G Android smartphone hits a few speed bumps

Pros: Huge 4.3-inch display, first 4G network device, fast downloads and media streaming, doubles as a personal Wi-Fi hotspot

Cons: Bulky, limited 4G coverage, extra monthly fees, convoluted video chat app, paltry battery life

Best Sprint Phones
*Est. $100 with contract
 
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