The best Sprint phone for you will come down to what you need from it. If you want an affordable device that takes great pictures, you won’t be considering the ultra-premium phones you’d need to get onto the Sprint 5G network.
We’ve had opportunities to review all the best phones, so we have a pretty good idea of which Sprint’s phones will offer you excellent quality, performance, and value. If you do want a 5G phone, we’ll help you choose that, too. Whether it’s the best iPhone, a powerful Android or a budget device you’re after, we’re ready to guide you through the best options Sprint has.
With Sprint's 18-month lease options, you can keep your cost down on even the most expensive smartphones. That gets even better when you factor in some of the discounts Sprint offers on new phones, cutting down prices substantially for customers who get new lines, trade in devices, or lease multiple phones.
We'll help you understand which phones are best, and what deals Sprint has available to make them even better.
How TechRadar's finding the best Sprint phone for you
We’ve scoured the phones Sprint offers, analyzing just about every single one and balancing the value of what the phone offers with the price Sprint is charging. As with all of our reviews, we disregarded any potential personal preferences/biases for specific operating systems like Android and iOS.
In most cases, if not all, the phone will be available through a lease plan that lets you pay a reduced amount for the phone over the course of 18 months. To keep the phone, you'll be required to pay off the remaining balance of the retail price or Sprint will offer the option to trade in your phone and upgrade to a new one partway through the lease. We’ll include the monthly payments as well as the full cost of the phone so you know exactly what you’re in for when you buy one of these phones.
How to choose the best Sprint phones for you
With Sprint’s leasing plan, you may be tempted to forget all about owning your phone. Since Sprint will allow you to upgrade most phones after 12 payments of the lease, you can keep getting new phones every year without ever paying full price for the phones
If you’re someone that likes to always have the latest phone, this leasing and upgrading option will probably be great for you, as you’ll often being paying only about half the price of the phone before you get to upgrade to a new one. However, if you like to get one phone and stick with it for a few years, know that you’ll eventually have to cover the full price of the phone before you get to say it’s truly yours. Until the full retail price is paid, it’s still a leased phone. On a positive note, when Sprint offers a discount on the lease, it is generally applied as a credit, so it will count toward the amount you've paid of the full retail price.
The best Sprint phones for every budget
Best of the best: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is the champ right now. It has a huge 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with no notch, using Samsung's Infinity-O display technology to cut out space for the dual-front-facing cameras in the screen. It also has a powerful Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and a versatile array of three cameras on the rear. The lease is normally $41.67/month but customers can get it for $15/month right now.View Deal
Best Apple Phone: iPhone 11
The iPhone 11 is a truly special phone from Apple's recent lineup of phones. It's not as expansive as the iPhone 11 Pro and lacks some of the features, but that makes its value skyrocket. You get amazing cameras on both sides, incredible performance from the A13 Bionic chipset and ongoing support with the latest version of iOS from Apple. The lease is normally $29/month, but if you're trading in an eligible phone, you can lease it for free. View Deal
Best non-Samsung Android phone: Google Pixel 4 XL
If the biggest feature you care about from your Android phone is the cameras, then the Google Pixel 4 XL is a winner. The combination of camera sensors and Google's image processing leads to some of the best photos any smartphone can take. The Pixel 4 XL can also get speedy updates to the latest version of Android as they come out. The lease would normally be $38/month, but Sprint is currently offering it for just $20/month.View Deal
Best value phone: Samsung Galaxy S10e
The Samsung Galaxy S10e brings a lot of the best that the S10 series has to offer at a much lower price. You get a sharp display that takes up a huge percentage of the front, with only a small cutout for the front-facing camera. The rear cameras still take great photos, and the S10e runs on the same Snapdragon 855 chipset as its siblings. Sprint is offering it at a dramatic discount right now for $5/month on a 18-month lease with a new line of service.View Deal
Best cheap phone: Google Pixel 3a
The Google Pixel 3a is a brilliant, budget phone. It takes much of the photography potential of the Pixel 3, but puts it in a simpler package. You still get regular Android updates and a clean operating system, but you pay a lot less for it. The standard lease for the Pixel 3a is $16/month, but Sprint is offering $5/month leases for new lines an eligible upgrades.View Deal
Best 5G phone: OnePlus 7 Pro 5G
You have a few options for phones to get onto the Sprint 5G network, but the 5G version of the OnePlus 7 Pro is the winner thanks to its features and value. It offers exceptional performance with a Snapdragon 855 chipset. It also has an amazing design, with a large screen and no bezels thanks to a pop-up camera mechanism. The standard lease is $35/month, but Sprint has brought it down to $20/month for customers getting a new line or eligible upgrade.View Deal
Now find the best Sprint plan
Once you've found the perfect Sprint phone for you, you'll want to make sure you have a great mobile plan to run it on. But don't worry, we've got you covered on that front as well. Check out our guide to the best Sprint plans so you can be sure you're getting a great deal on great service.