The 6 Best Sprint Phones to Buy in 2017

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Sprint is one of the largest mobile carriers in the U.S., offering fast 4G LTE coverage throughout most of the country. Both Apple and Android devotees will find a phone that will satisfy them in Sprint’s store. Better yet, the company frequently offers substantial discounts and attractive promotions to new customers, including a buy-one-get-one deal on iPhones and the Samsung Galaxy. Whether you are a prospective new customer or an existing one just looking to upgrade, this list will guide you through some of the best Sprint phones available on the market today.

Galaxy S8
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Off the bat, you’ll notice that the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a strikingly beautiful phone. It’s tall and narrow with curved edges, fitting naturally into your palm. A barely-there bezel encases a 5.8-inch, 2,960 x 1,440-pixel Super AMOLED display; it’s truly one of the best screens on the market. But no one is perfect, and the S8’s flaw is its fingerprint sensor. The sensor is situated on the back of the phone, next the to rear camera lens, which makes for an awkward unlocking experience and a high likelihood of smearing the camera lens. That’s a shame, considering the average user unlocks his or her phone dozens of times per day. Alternatively, you can unlock the S8 with a facial scan, iris scan or PIN code.

Inside the phone, Samsung stuffs the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and a 3000mAh battery that runs cool and will make you forget about the Note 7’s fiery fate. The device runs Android 7.0 Nougat, but the Sprint version comes bloated with six Amazon apps, six feature apps and eight Sprint apps; luckily they are all un-installable. More »

Samsung Galaxy J3
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The Samsung Galaxy J3 is an affordable option that lets you into the smartphone party at a fraction of the price. The phone features an attractive silver frame with a thin chassis and a smooth plastic back. It has a modest 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that will run smoothly, but won’t be as fast as more expensive phones.

Likewise, the 5-inch HD AMOLED screen outperforms other budget phones, but doesn’t replicate the crispness of its bigger siblings. It does have a removeable battery and a MicroSD card, which you’ll inevitably end up using, thanks to the phone’s paltry 16 GB memory and pre-installed bloatware. Ultimately, this is the best affordable phone that Sprint has to offer. More »

HTC 10
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The HTC 10 has an attractive aluminum body with an incredibly thin bezel and a Gorilla Glass 4 screen. HTC really stepped up its game with this phone by including many features that can stand toe-to-toe with rivals Samsung and Apple. First, you get a powerful quad-core Snapdragon processor and 4 GB of RAM, resulting in a seriously fast user experience. It also has a 12 MP camera that snaps great pictures and a USB Type-C port for quick charges and transfers. The WiFi is a little slower and low light pictures are a little duller than the Galaxy S7, but all-in-all it delivers a comparable experience.

However, the HTC 10 really shines once you plug in your headphones. It has a 1-volt headphone amp that makes the most out of high end headphones, bringing you textured and full sound that no other smartphone can match. The audio experience is amplified by a Personal Audio Profile that intelligently modifies frequencies to fill out the sound. The HTC 10 is also compatible with AirPlay devices, and has a powerful subwoofer along the bottom that doubles as a speakerphone.  More »

iPhone SE
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Whether you have small hands or just miss the days when a phone could easily fit in your pockets, the iPhone SE combines the latest and greatest smartphone technology with a classic, easy-to-use design. Best of all, it is free if you sign up for a two-year contract with Sprint.

The iPhone SE packs the same hardware as Apple’s flagship iPhone 6S. Apple offers two models: 16 or 64 GB, but the second is the real option, as 16 GB just isn’t enough memory in a world of high-def pictures and large apps. The fast hardware is complemented by a bright LED-backlit LCD display. The 1136 x 640 pixel resolution makes the smaller screen look as vibrant and crisp as any of its bigger brothers. Photographers are treated to an amazing back 12 megapixel filter camera; it also captures 4K video and can capture pro-level pictures.  More »

iPhone 7S Plus
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At 6.23 x 3.07 x .29 inches, the iPhone 7 Plus measures the same as the  iPhone 6S. The main differences, however, include the removal of the headphone jack (Bluetooth Apple AirPods come included) and the addition of dual 12-megapixel rear cameras with excellent optical image stabilization and 2x zoom. While the home button looks the same, it’s no longer a physical button.

The 5.5-inch, 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display is brighter than previous models, though the difference is not immediately apparent. The screen does suck up a lot of power, but a bigger battery in the iPhone 7 Plus tacks on an extra two hours of battery life compared with the 6S. Its A10 processor is hailed as the fastest of any mobile phone, housing two 2.33GHz high-performance cores and two low-power cores that drastically reduce power consumption. The iPhone 7 line is also finally water resistant, certified with an IP67 rating, so it’ll survive those all-too-common plunges into the toilet. Let’s just hope you needn’t put it to the test. More »

LG G5
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Tired of low-res selfies or choppy Snapchat videos? The LG G5 is your phone. The folks at LG outfitted a smartphone with some seriously great hardware for capturing your life in action. The G5 goes above and beyond its rivals to include an 8MP front-facing camera. That is a higher resolution than many rear-facing cameras from just a generation or two ago. Better yet, it has an Auto Shot feature that takes the photo as soon as you strike your pose. No more straining your finger to reach the volume button to snap the picture.

Other than the selfie tech, the 5.3" screen has a 2560 x 1440 resolution, and the phone comes with a battery that can be swapped out on-the-go for an instant recharge. The phone is also set up for LG 360 VR, so you can immerse yourself in a different world if you want to change things up. More »

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