Finding the best Sprint phone for you is easily one of the most complicated and utterly frustrating tech decisions you can make. As of January 2017, Sprint has an A-team of cutting edge handsets, so it's understandable to feel overwhelmed.
Like Rohan to the aid of Gondor, we're here to help.
From the iPhone 7 to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and everything in between, we've carefully combed through the very best that Sprint has to offer, making your shopping a piece of cake. Let's dive in and see which phone on one of the nation's biggest carriers is right for you.
The best Sprint phones: Explained
TechRadar's guide to finding the best Sprint phone for you
To effectively rank the best that Sprint has to offer, we reviewed and analyzed nearly every phone on the list, balancing the value of the phone compared to the price tag. As with all of our reviews, we disregarded any potential personal preferences/biases for specific operating systems like Android, iOS and Windows.
All of the phones we ranked are available through Sprint's Better Choice Plan, the carrier's centerfold customizable data plan. For a more detailed breakdown of Sprint's plans, check out our article on everything the carrier has to offer (add link here.)
The best Sprint phones available in each category:
How to choose the best Sprint phones for you
At Sprint, you basically get to choose how much money you want to pour into your phone. The company offers competent handsets ranging from just $5/month to upwards of $30/month. Some phones have specific initiatives behind them, including the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with the "iPhone Forever" deal. With iPhone Forever, if you lease a new iPhone and make 12 monthly payments, you can upgrade to Cupertino's latest offering, which is a pretty nifty and simple way to stay ahead of the curve. Even if you're not looking to get an iPhone anytime soon, Sprint has competitive offers on just about every Android and Windows phone on the market, totalling for an impressive repertoire of handsets. Let's dive into to the specifics and find the best Sprint phone for you.
The best Sprint phones for every budget
Best of the best: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
We won't beat around the bush -- the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the best phone on Sprint or any other network. The typical updates including a sharper camera, sleek design and faster processing are all here, but the return of customizable SD storage and incredible 30 minute water resistance simply send this Samsung device over the top. You're going to have a hard time finding a better phone on the market at the moment than the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
Best Apple Phone: iPhone 7 Plus
Apple always comes to play and the iPhone 7 Plus is no exception. With a unique dual lens rear camera and an even more colorful Retina Display, the iPhone 7 is yet another literal bright spot in Apple's foray into the phone realm. While it's not the most exciting phone on the market because the design has not changed in three years, it's undoubtedly one of the most solid choices on the market and easily Apple's best phone.
Best Android phone: HTC 10
Obviously, the best Android phone is actually the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but with so many other terrific entries in the Sprint lineup, we'd hate to miss talking about another spectacular phone -- the HTC 10. This phone boasts an impressive camera and equally impressive battery life, but it's the high-resolution audio quality this phone can reproduce that truly make it stand out. If you're an audiophile, or just enjoy good tunes on the go, the HTC 10 is vying for a place in your pocket.
Best value phone: iPhone SE
If you're looking for a serious bang for your buck, look no further than the iPhone SE. This little powerhouse is no shrimp. It runs on the same guts that power its Apple-Elder, the iPhone 6S and features a stunning camera with 4K video capture and a chance for users to remember what it was like to fit an iPhone in their pocket. For the amount of "umph" behind this little phone, it's without question the best value on Sprint.
Best cheap phone: Samsung Galaxy J3
If you're looking for an affordable, yet thoughtfully built handset to save some cash month to month, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy J3. Packed with an impressive 5-inch HD Amoled display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor and all the barebones features of the main Galaxy line, this baby is nothing to scoff at. For the price of a commercial-packed month of Hulu you could own a reputable entry into the Galaxy line.
The 10 best Sprint phones for you
1. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge | Android 6.0 | 5.5-inch screen | 12MP/5MP camera | From $31.25/month
Haven't we already bragged on this thing long enough? The return of external SD storage, native water resistance and a stunning design are just a handful of things that set this handset apart as the undisputed champion of the phone world. If you're someone who spends a lot of time around water, enjoys customizability and takes tons of travel photos, this is seriously the perfect phone for you.
2. Samsung Galaxy S7 | Android 6.0 | 5.1-inch screen | 12MP/5MP camera | From $25.00/month
In many ways, this Galaxy S7 is identical to our top pick, except in its design and display size. Still, with such glaring similarities, we'd be lying if we said it belonged anywhere else on this list. The Galaxy S7 and its counterpart are simply the two hottest handsets money can buy.
Although Apple was late to the phablet party, (who really cares?) the iPhone 7 Plus offers everything the smaller 7 does, and then some. If you're able to wield the massive 5.5-inch phone, the battery life is drastically improved over the iPhone 6S, making it perfect for bingeing episodes of Daredevil or catching tons of Bulbasaurs.
Although the 7 is nearly identical to the 7 Plus, it falls short a hair in battery life and display quality. That being said, it's not one of Apple's flagship phones for nothing. If battery life isn't your main concern and having a more compact phone is, the iPhone 7 may be tailormade for you.
5. HTC 10 | Android 6.0 | 5.2-inch screen | 12MP/5MP camera | From $26.00/month
In addition to the quality audio we mentioned above, the HTC 10 is perfect for anyone who needs a bevy of storage. The handset offers up to 2TB of external storage, destroying the competition and giving you plenty of room to video every single second of your trip to Las Vegas. Speaking of which, this phone also offers image stabilization for both the front and rear cameras, making ghost-like selfies a thing of the past. This is truly a formidable entry in the Sprint lineup.
6. LG G5 | Android 6.0 | 5.3-inch screen | 16MP/8MP/8MP camera | From $24.00/month
Intuitively modular and classically accessible, the LG G5 is the customization lover's dream phone. If you're an OG Android fan and long for the days of total personalization, the LG G5 is waiting with open arms.
7. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 | Android 5.1 | 5.7-inch screen | 16MP/5MP camera | From $25.00/month
The Galaxy Note is partially responsible for the phablet craze, and it hasn't showed any signs of slowing down. With a timeless design, handy stylus and brilliant display, this handset is the perfect work and play companion. If you're looking for the handiness of the Galaxy S7 series in a larger body, try the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on for size.
8. iPhone SE | iOS 10 | 4.0-inch screen | 12MP/1.2MP camera | From $16.67/month
You know the old adage: size doesn't matter. This powerhouse might look small compared to its big brothers, but the iPhone SE runs on the same guts as the iPhone 6S. By now we should know that Apple rarely slaps their name on something that is subpar and the iPhone SE is no exception to that.
9. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ | Android 6.0 | 5.7-inch screen | 16MP/5MP camera | $349 total
Although ditching the SD card slot caused quite an uproar, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is still a top-shelf option for the Android-lover who couldn't care less about customizable storage. With its monsterous 5.7 inch display and all of the bells and whistles you've come to expect from the Galaxy line, this phone is not to be overlooked.
10. iPhone 6S Plus | iOS 10 | 5.5-inch screen | 12MP/5MP camera | From $27.09/month
A not-so-oldie, but still a goodie. Apple's first entry in the world of larger than life phones is still a great option for anyone looking for a dependable Apple product. Although it's been improved on with the 7 series, this phone still holds its own and is definitely worth a look.