Sprint Buyer's Guide

Is it time to pick out a new phone? Are you a current or prospective Sprint customer? Let us help you find the right handset.

Although there are not as many carrier exclusive phones as there were in the past, Sprint does have dibs on one today. Moreover, thanks to a great year which saw the release of many terrific phones from big-name brands, there’s plenty to choose from.

We understand that not every user is the same and that needs change from one person to the next. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of phones we think you’d be interested in checking out.

Best of the Best

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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Samsung’s best phone on the market right now is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. We hesitate to recommend anything else more than the S7 Edge due to its excellent aesthetics, raw horsepower, and feature packed software.

While it isn’t running the newest version of Android (7.1 Nougat), it is running Android Marshmallow with one of the best revisions of TouchWiz (Samsung’s custom skin) we’ve seen yet. The colors are refined, the performance is fast, and the features number in the dozens.

The Galaxy S7 Edge is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, which is one of the newest and most powerful on the market. It also has 32 GB of storage which can be expanded via a micro SD card, 4 GB of RAM for multitasking, and one of, if not the, best camera in a phone. We’re also seeing a return of waterproofing to Samsung’s flagship after a hiatus last year.

But, the one thing that makes the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge stand out is the curved display. The curves make bezels simply disappear and give the phone a sleek and sexy look. Samsung has also utilized the curved display to have swipe gestures that make the phone feel even more futuristic.

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Read our Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

LG V20

lg_v20_colorsOne of the newest phones on this list, the LG V20 is also one of the most robust models to on the market. It’s big, beautiful, and a beastly.

Powered by Android 7.0 Nougat, the phone is bolstered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB RAM. Internal space is pegged at 64GB, which is more than most people will ever need. The microSD expansion card slot gives extra breathing room with support up to two terabytes (2TB).

The V20 offers up a 16-megapixel camera on the back as well as a front-facing 5-megapixel sensor. Both feature excellent software to help snap the perfect pics.

Audiophiles will love the Hi-Fi Quad DAC which reduces noise by up to 50 percent and delivers a true-to-life sound. Rounding things out, the V20 packs a generous 3,200mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. Pick yours up in Silver or Titan.

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HTC Bolt

htc-bolt-pdp-04The newest phone on this list, the HTC Bolt is also exclusive to Sprint. Powered by Android 7.0 Nougat, it’s one of a select few to have the latest version of the platform.

In terms of screens, the HTC Bolt offers up a 5.5-inch display at 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. Moreover, it’s protected by Gorilla Glass so it’s designed to take scratches and scuffs from pockets without batting an eye.

Under the hood we find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Customers looking for more space can add a microSD card up to 2TB.

As for cameras, the Bolt packs a 16-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization and phase detection auto-focus. Around front is an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with HDR capability.

Other standout details include a 3200mAh battery, water, splash, and dust resistance, and the world’s first USB Type-C dual adaptive earphones.

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First-time Buyer

HTC One A9

As the first non-Nexus phone to launch with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the HTC One A9 is a great options for customers who don’t need much from their handset. Not that it’s a bad or under-powered device by any means; it’s just a nice blend of hardware.

With a 5-inch display at 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, pictures and video look great. Moreover, it’s a great size for one-hand use, too.

Powering things are a 1.5GHz octa-core processor with 3GB RAM, backed by a 2150mAh battery. For most people this means enough to get the job done all day long, plus some left in the tank.

The 13-megapixel rear shooter comes with optical image stabilization and takes great photos. Rounding things out, we find a fingerprint reader and 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot for up to two terabytes of extra space.

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Read our review of the HTC One A9

Tremendous Value

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LG Stylo 2

A great overall value for customers, the LG Stylo 2 delivers a large-screen and stylus experience. Priced at only $240, it is a great alternative to the much pricier stuff you’ll find in Samsung.

Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Stylo 2 draws strength from a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. Storage comes in the form of 16GB internal capacity, but a microSD card slot allows for up to 128GB additional space.

When it comes to cameras, the phone packs a 13-megapixel sensor on the rear; a 5-megapixel shooter can be found on the front and delivers excellent selfies.

The 3000mAh battery is more than enough to get your daily tasks in plus breathing room for games and social media.

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Smaller Hands

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Samsung Galaxy S7

It might sound strange, but today’s smaller phones feature screen sizes that still hover around five inches. Indeed, that’s the case with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and its 5.1-inch display.

Not only is the phone easy to hold and operate with one hand, but it’s also plenty powerful for most consumers. Powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the flagship Samsung experience also features an IP68 rating that allows for dips, dunks, and drops of rain.

Specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. Should you need more room for media such as photos, games, and video, the microSD card slot supports up to 256GB of additional space.

Available in Black Onyx and Gold Platinum, the Samsung Galaxy S7 also boasts incredible cameras; the rear houses a 12-megapixel lens while the front weighs in with a 5-megapixel shooter.

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