It’s the start of a new year, and for a lot of us that means out with the old, and possibly in with the new. Some people like to get things rolling by getting rid of their current phone and ready themselves for the coming months with something new.
Are you starting out 2019 with a new device? If you are a T-Mobile subscriber and considering a new handset, you’ve got a number of models to consider. We’re here to help!
What follows are the best Android phones you can purchase from T-Mobile. These are not strictly chosen based on having the best hardware; they speak to different demographics and user types.
Best of the Best
Let’s start at the top. When it comes to smartphones, there’s never a shortage of high-end hardware. As much as the landscape seems to evolve, user demand can’t keep up with the specifications.
If you buy a flagship experience, you’re going to be hard-pressed to put the phone through its paces. These are some of the most powerful phones you can get from T-Mobile today.
The LG V40 ThinQ features a 6.4-inch QHD POLED display. 6GB of RAM and a Qualcomm 845 round out the main specs of this flagship. Storage is your choice of 64GB or 128GB of internal with microSD expansion.
The V-series continues its lineage of content creation with an additional third rear camera. This brings the combination to a 12MP f/1.5 lens plus a 16MP f/1.9 wide-angle lens and a 12MP f/2.4 2X optical zoom lens. There are even a double 8MP and 5MP front-facing camera layout.
LG also keeps the 3.5mm headphone jack in an age where companies are consistently abandoning it and adds a QuadDAC for superior audio playback. Lastly, the phone offers all-day battery life with a 3,300mAh power cell. $850
The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel is the largest ever on a Note device and, if you’re a power user, all of that real estate makes tasks so much easier. Combined with the ability to have multiple apps open at the same time, this thing is productivity powerhouse.
The pen has programmable actions depending on the app you have open. That means if you’re conducting a presentation with slides, it can advance your slide show. Want to take a great selfie with a group of friends? Set your phone down, take a step back and use the S Pen to capture the perfect picture.
The Note 9 features a 4,000 mAh battery that promises all all-day battery life. If you’re running dry, you can either use a fast charger to top off and get through the day or throw it on a wireless charging dock to charge while you’re doing something else. $1,000
OnePlus is back at it with another solid flagship phone that runs a fraction of the price of the competition. A first for the handset maker, it’s available in the US with a wireless carrier — thanks to a partnership with T-Mobile.
Running the latest version of Android available, and featuring some of the most hardware you’ll find in a phone, it’s an enthusiast’s dream device.
It might not have a traditional headphone jack or wireless charging, but both of those technologies are still in flux anyhow Still, it beats nearly all in specs and the price tag mops the floor with anything that comes near.
Big, beautiful, and ready for any task you want to throw its way, this is a bargain device with killer brains. $580
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Worth a close look
Not everybody needs, or even wants, a tier-one smartphone. In fact, it appears that users are growing increasingly content with picking up a previous generation device and saving a few bucks. Here are three other models definitely worth a look.
It’s approaching its first anniversary but that doesn’t mean this phone’s a slouch. Samsung offers consumers a pair of very attractive options in the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.
The most notable new addition to the devices is the dual mechanical aperture lens. Depending on your lighting, the lens will change between a f/1.5 aperture and a f/2.4 aperture, letting in more light when it needs it. Pictures look absolutely fantastic.
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are largely the same experience for most users. Both feature a powerful Snapdragon 845 processor with great performance and increased battery life. Opt for the larger version and you’ll get more memory and a souped-up camera configuration. $720 (S9), $840 (S9 Plus)
One of the best all-around mid-range experiences you’ll get out of a handset, the Moto E5 Plus is built for those of us who can’t get our face out of our phone. It runs a very current version of Android at 8.0 Oreo and there’s no bloatware or extra junk wasting space. Moreover, it will likely pick up a software update as quickly as others.
The hardware is no slouch with the octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, and 32GB of storage space. Need more for your photos, games, and music? Throw in a microSD card up to 128GB and you’re good to go.
You know what else is cool about this phone? It’s got a 3.5mm headphone jack and water repellent coating, two features we’re only too happy to find in a device. $150