The 3 Best Boost Mobile Phones of 2020

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The Rundown
"Offers the exact same performance and about 75 percent of the photography capabilities of its more expensive siblings."
"The 2688 x 1242-pixel "Super Retina XDR" display boasts a resolution of 458 PPI."
"For a iPhone that won't break the bank, the SE (2020) comes with updated specs in the iPhone 8's old design."

The best Boost Mobile phones should offer good specs and ideally a reasonable price. Boost Mobile is a low-cost carrier that operates on T-Mobile's network. The carrier was recently sold by T-Mobile to Dish following Sprint's merger with T-Mobile, but it retains the use of the carrier's network while it builds out its own 5G service. Most unlocked phones can operate on the Boost Mobile network, allowing you to bring your own device, or you can buy one from the carrier itself.

Our top choice for a Boost Mobile phone is the iPhone 11 at Boost. It's the mainstay Apple flagship, comes with a powerful A13 Bionic processor, and has excellent camera capabilities and features. If you're looking for a broader list of phones, take a look at our list of the best smartphones.

Otherwise, read on to see the best Boost Mobile phones to buy.

Best Overall: Apple iPhone 11

If you’re looking for an iPhone to use on a prepaid mobile service, chances are you’ll be paying full price for it upfront, making Apple’s higher-end iPhones seem even scarier. The good news, however, is that Apple is determined to make it clear that the less expensive iPhone 11 is not merely a second-rate iPhone for those who can’t afford the more expensive models, and the reality is that it offers the exact same performance and about 75 percent of the photography capabilities of its more expensive siblings.

This time around Apple has changed up the camera setup for every iPhone model. Now the iPhone 11 sports an f/1.8 wide-angle camera as its primary shooter, accompanied by a secondary camera with an f/2.4 ultra-wide-angle lens. The front TrueDepth camera also gets a bump to 12 megapixels and adds support for slow-motion selfies. Apple’s A13 CPU opens up a whole new collection of advanced photography features, including an impressive Night Mode for taking realistic looking pictures in extremely low light. 

Although the iPhone 11 still features an LCD screen, this isn’t any ordinary LCD display: Apple’s "Liquid Retina" display offers specs that are about as close to OLED as an LCD can get, with almost edge-to-edge coverage, plus a 1400:1 contrast ratio, 625 nits of brightness, a full P3 wide color gamut, and Apple’s True Tone color-matching technology. The iPhone 11 also continues last year’s trend of offering the best battery life we’ve ever seen from an iPhone, gaining an extra hour over the already-impressive iPhone XR.

Best Camera: Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

This year Apple has taken it up to eleven and beyond with the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the latest entry in the company’s flagship iPhone lineup. For starters, its 6.5-inch OLED display is not only spacious but provides a higher contrast ratio, more brightness, and better color accuracy than ever before.

The 2688 x 1242-pixel "Super Retina XDR" display boasts a resolution of 458 PPI, with ultra-deep blacks and a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1. It’s also covered by the toughest glass Apple has ever used on an iPhone, on both sides. The rear side is coated with a matte finish that looks especially great in its Midnight Green outfit. Plus, Apple has managed to pack in an extra five hours of battery life over the iPhone XS Max, and a Lightning to USB-C fast charger is included in the box.

Apple’s new A13 Bionic chip yields hefty performance, and it powers a whole suite of machine learning photography features for its triple-lens camera system. It also gains an ultra-wide-angle 13mm lens, which can capture stunning vistas and large group shots. Night Mode lets you capture natural-looking photos in near-darkness while aspiring filmmakers can shoot 4K video at 60fps with extended dynamic range. And, for the heck of it, you can use the front camera to take concise slow-motion videos called "slofies."

Best Budget: Apple iPhone SE (2020)

The iPhone SE (2020) is one of the most affordable iPhones you can pick up from Boost Mobile. Unlike the more costly iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPhone 11, it comes in the old iPhone 8 case, meaning you won't get the bezeless screen or more advanced features like Face ID. However, you do get upgraded specs, including the A13 Bionic processor and a capable 12MP rear camera. For those who love Apple, it's a great option for a compact, reasonably priced iPhone. The only minor downside is the 4.7-inch screen is a little on the small side, but text and graphics appear crisp and overall performance is solid.

"The Apple iPhone SE is the best, affordable iPhone on the market. It’s a canny piece of rebranding for an aging design that reinvigorates it through silicon and ultra-smart programming." — Lance Ulanoff, EIC

Final Verdict

The best Boost Mobile phone to get is the iPhone 11 (view at Boost). It's a powerful flagship phone from Apple with a capable dual-camera setup, a large Retina display, and a powerful A13 Bionic processor. As a more affordable option, we like the iPhone SE (2020) (view at Boost). It comes with the older iPhone 8 design, but the compact size and upgraded specs make it a great device for those on a budget.

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.