The 7 Best Boost Mobile Phones of 2019

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One of the highest regarded companies in the prepaid wireless space, Boost Mobile complements their excellent value with a stellar selection of cell phones large and small. From premium smartphones to simple flip phones, the carrier has something for everyone, no matter budget, preferred brand, desired size or style. Looking to upgrade your phone now? Ensure you're picking the right model by reading on for detailed descriptions of Boost Mobile's superlative picks. 

Our Top Picks

Best Samsung: Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9
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4.4

Samsung’s flagship smartphone is one of the biggest names in Android tech and for good reason. The brand's Galaxy S9 is a real head-turner with stellar in-camera technology and augmented reality. Capturing every detail is the phone's 12-megapixel rear-facing camera which incorporates a dual aperture lens for better light and 960fps slow-motion video capture that’s best-in-class.

Samsung’s inclusion of AR allows the S9 to translate languages on the go, shop for products in stores and even check the nutritional value of whatever's on your dinner plate. The model's 5.8-inch Quad-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity screen may be lengthy in name, but the edge-to-edge immersive screen leaves little to the imagination with picture-perfect colors. Operating a 3,000mAh battery, the S9 offers 31 hours of talk time and expandable microSD storage that can support up to 400GB of additional memory.

Best Basic: Alcatel GO FLIP

Alcatel GO FLIP
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3.1

If a full-featured smartphone seems too excessive, look to the Alcatel GO FLIP for an easy-to-use cell phone that offers excellent battery life. Despite a distinct lack of bells and whistles, the Alcatel features a 1,350mAh battery which enables 8 hours of talk time — more than most in the flip phone category.

Within a 2.8-inch display, GO FLIP users can easily access email, their calendar and a web browser which connects at 4G speed. The sleek all-black compact design measures only 4.13-inches tall and ​fits comfortably in your hand or pocket. A two-megapixel camera is on the front face of the device but it also flips backward for rear-facing photography. GO FLIP's snapshots are suitable for posting on social media and sharing through multimedia messaging (MMS).​

Best Apple: iPhone X

iPhone X
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The first Apple smartphone to debut without a home button, the iPhone X is the brand's pinnacle of design and functionality. Available in both space gray and silver, the sizeable model comes with a 5.8-inch Super Retina True Tone display which rests atop the most durable glass hardware Apple has ever produced. Water and dust resistant, the iPhone X also features wireless charging so you can travel cable-free.

The model's lack of any physical buttons highlights Face ID — a high-tech feature which utilizes the phone's TrueDepth camera to securely unlock the phone by analyzing your face. The rear 12-megapixel camera is Apple’s best yet adding portrait lighting and 4K video capture at up to 60fps. The A11 Bionic chip seamlessly allows the iPhone X to run a multitude of applications at a single time without any slowdowns (it's capable of up to 600 billion operations per second) and one charge offers 21 hours of talk time. 

Best Android: Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8
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With a high-resolution display and impressive camera performance, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is a top-of-the-line smartphone that hits all the right notes. Featuring a slightly curved screen and unique 18:5:9 aspect ratio culminating in a more comfortable feeling in the hand, the S8 offers added on-screen navigation options rather than a traditional home button. 

Powering the S8 is an octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM which makes for smooth running whether you’re surfing ten different tabs in Chrome or playing the latest Android game. Samsung has also incorporated 64GB of onboard storage with the option of adding up to an additional 256GB through microSD which provides ample space for just about anything you could want to do on a smartphone. As far as selling points go, last but certainly not least is Samsung’s inclusion of a 3,000mAh battery which offers up to 29 hours of straight talk time.

Best Value: Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7
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For its combination of hardware, camera and water-resistant design, the Galaxy S7 is an exceptional value — even given the fact that newer Samsung models have been released since its debut.

With room for a large 3,000mAh battery, the Galaxy S7 touts up to 28 hours of talk time, and — thanks to a water-resistant design with an IP68 rating — you can even take calls in the rain. A 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display allows plenty of space for viewing web applications and capturing photos with the phone's 12-megapixel rear-facing camera. When it comes to onboard storage, 32GB is complemented by expandable microSD card access that allows up to 200GB of extra memory for music, photos and video. 

Best Camera: Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Apple® iPhone® 8 Plus
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In today's saturated smartphone market, competition for the title of best camera is fierce, but with features like portrait mode and portrait lighting, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus is a clear winner. Designed with Apple’s strongest glass ever, the water and dust resistant iPhone 8 Plus boasts a 5.5-inch Retina HD True Tone display which automatically adjusts screen brightness by matching the light around you.

The rear of the 8 Plus is centered around a 12-megapixel camera which includes optical image stabilization and a larger sensor. Portrait mode works with the dual rear cameras to create beautiful lighting effects resulting in improved image capture. Looking past the camera, the 8 Plus adds up to 21 hours of talk time, LTE connectivity and an improved M11 motion coprocessor for enhanced data capture during workouts.

Best Budget: Moto E4

Moto E4
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There’s no way around mentioning it — with solid performance and a bare bottom price, the Moto E4 is a steal for Boost Mobile customers. Equipped with a five-inch 1280 x 720 HD display, the Moto E4’s plastic body is “splash proof” as it can survive a bout of rain or minor drop in a puddle or bathtub.

A quad-core processor is paired with 2GB of RAM to keep the phone moving fast when multiple apps are open and 16GB of onboard storage can be boosted to 128GB with a microSD card. The 2,800mAh battery allows for 18 hours of talk time which outpaces a multitude of more expensive devices. Even with an ultra-affordable price tag, the Moto E4 doesn’t go light on the essentials with Bluetooth 4.1 and 5- and 8-megapixel front and rear cameras respectively.

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How We Tested

We bought two top-rated Boost Mobile phone that our reviewers tested for weeks. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using this cell phone, from its network compatibility to its capabilities. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Boost Mobile Phone

Network compatibility - If you buy your phone directly from Boost Mobile, you won’t have a problem. If you want to buy your phone elsewhere, you need to make sure it’s compatible with Sprint’s 4G LTE and CDMA networks, which Boost Mobile uses.

Android vs. Apple - Boost Mobile has a lot of low-budget Android phones that can get the job done if you don’t have a lot of money to spend. If you have more room in the budget, Boost Mobile has new and pre-owned phones from Apple ranging all the way from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone Xs Max, and flagship Android phones like the Galaxy S9.

Smartphone vs. feature phone - Since Boost Mobile is all about saving money, it’s worth taking a look at their feature phones. These phones are far more affordable than smartphones, which make them perfect for a pay-as-you-go service like Boost Mobile.

Test Results: Samsung Galaxy S9 (Best Samsung)

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4.4

What We Like

  • Great camera

  • Impressive display

  • Design is perfect for one-handed usage

What We Don't Like

  • Battery could be better

The Samsung Galaxy S9 came highly recommended by our testers for its display, camera, and usability. “The Quad HD Super AMOLED display is one of the best on any smartphone today,” raved one of our reviewers. On the other hand, one of our testers commented, “Although the design is attractive, it does feel a little dated compared to the rapidly-evolving competition.” One of our reviewers also mentioned he was underwhelmed by the battery life. Overall, though, our testers thought it was a great value, particularly since the price has dropped since its release: “There are flashier-looking phones and handsets with bulked-up features, but the Galaxy S9 was an excellent phone at full price and is all the more appealing with the discount,” explained one of our reviewers.

Test Results: Alcatel Go Flip (Best Basic)

3.1

What We Like

  • Inexpensive

  • Extensive battery life

  • Speedy web browsing

What We Don't Like

  • Screen is difficult to see

  • Call quality isn’t the best

Alcatel Go Flip
Lifewire 
Alcatel Go Flip
 Lifewire
Alcatel Go Flip
Lifewire


“The Alcatel Go Flip is an affordable flip phone that uses modern network services,” one of our testers said of this basic cell phone. “It has LTE connectivity for speedy web browsing and solid phone coverage.” Our reviewers were also impressed with its extensive battery life, which one said is “built to last for days at a time.” On the other hand, one of our testers wished for a better screen: “The one here looks fine when it's directly in front of you, but it suffers from any angle and makes photography difficult,” he explained. One of our reviewers also commented, “Call quality was not as clear as I expected on an LTE network.” Still, according to our testers, it’s worth the purchase if you’re in the market for “a cheap LTE phone that can handle calls and texts.”

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