The best T-Mobile phones in the US went through a shake-up at the start of September, as new smartphones made their debut. That has made finding the perfect phone for you now easy task. Once you factor in T-Mobile's ever expanding roster of top-notch handsets, that decision can feel impossible. Take a deep breath and relax -- we've done the hard work for you. From the iPhone 6S Plus ($750, 16GB) to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge ($740 for a limited time,) we've painstakingly sifted through all the best that T-Mobile has to offer and ranked the best of the best.
The best T-Mobile phones: Explained
To effectively rank the best that T-Mobile 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 T-Mobile's Simple Choice Plan, the carrier's customizable data plan that spreads the payment of the phone over 24 months. T-Mobile has done away with contracts altogether, so you can cancel your wireless plan at any time, just be prepared to pay what you owe on your new phone. For a more detailed breakdown of T-Mobile's plans, check out our article on everything the carrier has to offer (add link here.)
The best T-Mobile phones available in each category:
How to choose the best T-Mobile phones for you
Like the other major carriers, T-Mobile has no shortage of handset options, ranging from around $5/month to over $30/month. You as a customer are wholly in charge of how much you spend each month and the quality of your phone will likely reflect your investment. As I mentioned earlier, T-Mobile has no contracts, only a payment system that is spread over 24 months. Since you are responsible for the entire cost of the phone is you decide to drop T-Mobile as your carrier, it's imperative to shop intelligently. To make your life easier, we've compiled the best of the best on T-Mobile, covering virtually the entire price range. Let's dive in and find the perfect phone for you.
The best T-Mobile phones for every budget:
Best of the best: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the best phone on the market, let alone at T-Mobile, and it hasn't been toppled by the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, especially now that the first batch has been recalled. With Samsung righting the wrongs of the S6 by returning a sorely missed removable SD card slot, this Android device is perfect for both a great out-of-box experience and a customizable one. On top of all the storage, the handset boasts a sharp 12MP camera, a display to be coveted and a lighting fast processor.
Best Apple Phone: iPhone 6S
Apple's best phone on T-Mobile is the iPhone 6S, or iPhone 6S Plus if you're looking for something bigger, The iPhone 6S didn't reinvent the wheel by any stretch, but it did what Apple has always does best and improved upon it. With a brilliant camera, pristine Retina display and Apple's continued foray against the phablet competition, the 6S and 6S Plus firmly earn Apple a top spot in T-Mobile's lineup.
Best Android phone: LG G5
Technically speaking, the Galaxy S7 Edge is the best Android on the market, but we'd hate to miss the chance to talk about another fantastic Android T-Mobile has to offer - the LG G5. 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. The LG G5 starts at $26.25/month.
Best value phone: iPhone SE
T-Mobile's best value is without a doubt the iPhone SE. Don't let its size fool you -- the iPhone SE runs on the same guts as the ultra-powerful iPhone 6S and features a 12MP camera with 4K video capture. This phone is particularly attractive to anyone not quite on board with Apple trending towards bigger and bigger phones. Starting at only $16.67/month for the 16GB version, you'll be hard pressed to find a better value than this.
Best cheap phone: LG K10
If you don't want to spend an arm and a leg on your monthly bill, T-Mobile's best cheap phone is the LG K10. Offering a 5.3-inch HD display, expandable SD card memory and a processor that's not too shabby, the only thing "cheap" about the LG K10 is the monthly bill. For the price of a meal at McDonald's, or $6.88/month, this is the perfect option for anyone who wants to save money and values a solid handset.
The best T-Mobile phones for every budget
1. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge | Android 6.0 | 5.5-inch screen | 12MP/5MP camera | From $30/month
What more can we say about the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge at this point? The customizable storage, pristine camera, 5.5-inch display and native water resistance are just a few of the things that make this the unrivaled champion in the phone world right now. We can highly recommend this one to anyone living an active lifestyle, especially one who travels and spends a lot of time around water.
2. Samsung Galaxy S7 | Android 6.0 | 5.1-inch screen | 12MP/5MP camera | From $26.25/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.
3. Apple iPhone 6S Plus | iOS 9 | 5.5-inch screen | 12MP/5MP camera | From $31.25/month
To the layman, the iPhone 6S Plus might just look like an oversized 6S, but it actually is a technical improvement on it. With a bigger retina display and a longer lasting battery, the 6S Plus sets itself apart as Apple's pride and joy. If you can handle the gargantuan size of the iPhone 6S Plus and enjoy streaming movies or videos to your phone, this was a match made in heaven.
4. Apple iPhone 6S | iOS 9 | 4.7-inch screen | 12MP/5MP camera | From $27.09/month
Although the 6S is nearly identical to the 6S Plus, it falls short a hair in battery life and display quality. That said, it's not one of Apple's flagship phones for nothing. For anyone looking for a more reasonably sized handset that is every bit as cutting edge as the 6S Plus, you've found your phone.
5. LG G5 | Android 6.0 | 5.3-inch screen | 16MP/8MP/8MP camera | From $26.25/month
A unique modular design and refreshingly easy battery access are the icing on top that makes the LG G5 nothing short of impressive. If you're an Android hipster and liked them long before it was "cool" to, this solid and customizable handset may be just what you've been waiting for.
7. Samsung Galaxy Note 5 | Android 5.1 | 5.7-inch screen | 16MP/5MP camera | From $29.59/month
The Galaxy Note is one of the original oversized phones, but Samsung has found a way to keep it just as relevant as ever, if not more.This phone's slender design, stylus, and gorgeous display make this a perfect device for work and play. If you want a phablet with the flexibility of a Galaxy phone, you might want to give this one a shot.
8. LG V10 | Android 5.1 | 4.7-inch screen | 16MP/5MP camera | From $25/month
Are you a selfie lover? This impressive LG entry can take 120 degree wide angle shots with the front facing camera, potentially making selfies look a little less silly. Beautiful, isn't it? Aside from the selfie camera, the LG V10 boasts a vibrant high definition display and formidable processing power.
9. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge | Android 5.1 | 5.1-inch screen | 16MP/5MP camera | From $20/month
Setting aside the hoopla of Samsung ditching the SD card slot with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, this phone is still a worthy entry in T-Mobile's roster. With a slick and slender design and some of Samsung's best features ever, this last-gen phone is nothing to scoff at.
10. iPhone SE | iOS 9 | 4.0-inch screen | 12MP/1.2MP camera | From $16.67/month
The iPhone SE harkens back to the iPhone of yesteryear -- one that actually fit in your pocket. On top of being a top-notch value, it runs on the same insides that power the iPhone 6S and offers some of the best features Apple has become synonymous with.