The 10 Best Sprint Phones of 2019

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The Rundown

  • Best Samsung: Galaxy Note9 at Sprint, "Interacting with apps and functions on such an oversized screen is pretty satisfying." 
  • Best Unlocked: Google Pixel 3 at Google, "Its 12.2-megapixel camera is one of the best (if not the best) on the market."
  • Best Apple: iPhone Xs at Sprint, "Amazingly fast speeds and an amped-up neural engine for improved AI performance."
  • Best Large Screen: iPhone Xs Max at Sprint, "With a real focus on AI, you’ll see a noticeable difference in FaceID and camera performance."
  • Best Design: Samsung Galaxy S10e at Amazon, "One of the most anticipated phones of 2019, on any network."
  • Best for Audio: LG V30+ at Sprint, "LG builds in a "quad-DAC" (digital-to-analog converter) to make music sound richer and warmer."
  • Best Value: iPhone XR at Sprint, "When it comes to iPhone options, the XR offers the most bang for your buck."
  • Best Budget Apple: iPhone 8 at Sprint, "Featuring top-notch hardware that can almost rival Apple’s latest products."
  • Best Android: LG G8 ThinQ at Sprint, "The memory has the ability to expand up to a whopping 2TB, so you’ll never run out of storage space."
  • Best Budget Android: Samsung Galaxy A6 at Sprint, "At half the cost of a Galaxy Note9, the lower specs seem like a decent tradeoff."

Our Top Picks

Best Samsung: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note9
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The Note was one of the first phones to enter the “phablet” market, and even though you don’t hear that terminology anymore, the Note 9 still behaves a lot like a phone/tablet hybrid. A lot of that is owed to its ability to run a ton of apps and accomplish a ton of tasks right on the device. That is made possible in large part because of the huge 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, with its 2960 x 1440 resolution. Interacting with apps and functions on such an oversized screen is pretty satisfying with the improved S Pen. The Pen still sports 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, but it now has added external Bluetooth functionality.

In terms of camera specs, this model sports an 8MP front-facing cam (important for those business video calls) and two systems on the back: a 12MP wide-angle with variable aperture and a 12MP telephoto. It can also take 4K video at up to 60fps, ensuring truly pro quality. Of course, with a 64-bit Octa-Core Processor (speeds up to 2.8GHz) and an ultra-powerful 4,000 mAh battery, the phone can support all kinds of multitasking needs. Pick it up in either Midnight Blue or Lavender Purple, in a 6GB/128GB or 8GB/512GB configuration.

Best Unlocked: Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 3

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If you’re looking for an unlocked phone that can work on Sprint (as well as other networks), the Google Pixel 3 will surely be up your alley. The Pixel 3 is one of the finest Android phones on the market and it runs the latest and greatest Android Pie software. It has a pleasant form factor with a 5.5-inch OLED screen with durable Gorilla Glass, while its aluminum frame measures a comfortable 5.7 x 2.7 x .3 inches. For battery life, the Pixel 3 should last you a full day with its 2,915 mAh battery. For charging, you’ll have two options — a USB-C port or Qi wireless charging.

If you’re into listening to music or watching movies on your phone, you’ll appreciate the Pixel 3’s dual front speakers. When it comes to photos, the Pixel 3 is simply stunning, and its 12.2-megapixel camera is one of the best (if not the best) on the market. The device comes in three colors (white, black, and pink) as well so it can better suit your personality. All in all, this device will keep just about any Sprint user happy who wants an unlocked phone.

Best Apple: iPhone Xs

iPhone Xs
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The iPhone Xs is the latest release from Apple, replacing the iPhone X with an updated flagship. And they’ve made some definite improvements: For starters, the 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED display is mesmerizing with 2436 x 1125 resolution (458 ppi) and Apple’s new True Tone technology, which adjusts the screen’s light temperature to compensate for the ambient light around you. The internal chipset is also updated — the new A12 Bionic chip gives you amazingly fast speeds and an amped-up neural engine for improved AI performance. The cameras are also pretty top-notch, offering a rear-facing, 12MP dual-lens system (telephoto and wide-angle) along with a front-facing 7MP selfie system. That’s supported by iOS 12’s latest camera functionality, which has been packed with features like HDR composite exposure layering and portrait mode bokeh blur adjustments during post-processing.

All these updates come in a seriously premium package. The Xs Max has a glass front and back, stainless steel sides and your choice of three colors — silver, space gray, and the newest gold. You can choose 64GB, 256GB or 512GB of internal storage, and all the phones come with IP68 water resistance, meaning you can submerge the devices up to two meters for as long as 30 minutes. The battery seems to have shrunk in capacity this time around, though Apple assures us that more efficient processing and software updates have actually increased the battery life in relation to the older X. 

Best Large Screen: iPhone Xs Max

iPhone Xs Max
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The iPhone Xs Max offers all the same updates as the Xs but with a significantly larger screen. If you’re a fan of large-screen phones, then this is the best option out there right now. The 6.5-inch screen feels basically bezel-less, except for the notch at the top. That notch has actually allowed them to fit a larger screen into a relatively compact footprint — it’s actually the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus but feels much bigger. The Super Retina display offers a resolution of 2688 x 1242 and a density of 458ppi. The larger phone also offers a bigger battery, so if battery life is a priority then this is a pretty good bet.

The insides are basically the same as the Xs, and that's a good thing. The A12 Bionic chip is the fastest Apple has ever made, and with a real focus on AI, you’ll see a noticeable difference in FaceID and camera performance. Those cameras are 12MP telephoto/wide-angle on the back and a 7MP on the front. The software steps up the performance with improved subject prediction, an updated HDR composite exposure layering mode, and even an updated portrait mode in which you can adjust the bokeh after you've taken the photo.

The Xs Max has a premium IP68 build (up to two meters and 30 minutes of water resistance) with a glass front and back and stainless-steel sides. You’ll have the choice of silver, space gray, or gold and an internal storage capacity of 64GB, 256GB, or 512GB. 

Best Design: Samsung Galaxy S10e


In 2019, it’s difficult to find true value in a smartphone while maintaining flagship features. There are exceptions: you can get solid features from Huawei and Oppo, for example.

First off, the Infinity O display is 5.8 inches measured diagonally and offers 2280 x 1080 in resolution. Because it’s an OLED, the colors and contrast both perform very richly. That display is nearly bezel-less, which can’t be said for the giant notch in the XR, and there’s a cutout on the display for the front-facing 10MP camera. It’s a really clever design by Samsung, and that fact had a lot to do with why we’re choosing it for the best design category.

There’s a 3100 mAh battery, which is smaller than the rest of the S10 line, but should actually perform pretty well considering it’s driving a smaller display. It’s all powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor, but only supports that with 6GB of RAM at the entry level (though you can upgrade it to 8GB). You can choose between 128GB or 256GB of storage, and the S10e gives you the option for the much flashier Canary Yellow.

Best for Audio: LG V30+

LG V30
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The LG V30+ does it all and does it all well. LG’s flagship phone is slim but solid, with a fast Snapdragon 835 processor, fantastic battery life and support for wireless charging. The six-incher is made of glass and aluminum, as are most premium phones these days, and sports a 2,880 x 1,440-pixel OLED screen that pops with color. Did we mention it also has a headphone jack? While many phones are ditching this feature, LG builds in a "quad-DAC" (digital-to-analog converter) to make music sound richer and warmer, assuming you have a quality pair of headphones plugged in. It’s a phone audiophiles will appreciate for sure.

If photography is more your forte, the V30+’s cameras won’t disappoint either. It ups the megapixels from 12 to 16 and increases the lens aperture from f/1.7 to f/1.6 to take crisper photos. It also has a second 13-megapixel wide-angle lens that lets you capture more of every moment.

Check out our guide to the best LG phones.

Best Value: iPhone XR

iPhone XR

 Best Buy

When it comes to iPhone options, the XR offers the most bang for your buck. This new release offers the same software and recent upgrades as our "Best Apple" pick, the iPhone Xs, so you’ll still enjoy the same perks like Siri Shortcuts, Face ID, Group Facetime, and much more. It also comes with the same powerful hardware: an A12 Bionic chip with the next-generation Neural Engine, which is Apple’s fastest and most energy-efficient processor on the market. It also boasts an IP67 dust- and water-resistant rating and is compatible with Qi-wireless charging.

Design-wise, there are a few compromises that contribute to the lower price. For one, its resolution is surprisingly low, only 1792 x 828 pixels. Smartphones have set a high bar for visual quality, especially for devices with larger screens. But 1792 x 828 technically qualifies as HD, so you may not notice the difference unless you do a side-by-side comparison with another device. This is really the only real flaw we could find and it ultimately just translates into cheaper pricing.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to choosing the right iPhone.

Best Budget Apple: iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8

How times have changed — just last year, we were lined up outside Apple stores for the iPhone 8, and now it’s listed as our budget pick. If you don’t mind being “behind” on the latest Apple trends, then we suggest capitalizing on the lower price. The iPhone 8 holds a 4.7-inch HD Retina display, going against the recent “phablet” trend that promotes a “bigger is better” mentality. But there is a distinct disadvantage to buying one of these slightly older models: the iPhone 8’s visual quality has fallen behind the newer models. The resolution is quite low by today’s standards (only 1334 x 750 pixels) so you may notice a slight blurriness.

The iPhone 8 features top-notch hardware that can almost rival Apple’s latest products. It contains a custom-designed A11 Bionic processor, which is just one model behind the current version. Additionally, it includes special features like Group FaceTime, Touch ID, Apple Pay, and Qi-compatibility for wireless charging. The camera holds a 7MP front camera, and a 12MP rear lens that features Optical Image Stabilization and 4K video shooting.

The iPhone 8 boasts an IP67 water-resistant rating, meaning it can last up to 30 minutes submerged under one meter of water. The device measures 5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches and weighs 5.22 ounces. 

Best Android: LG G8 ThinQ

Joining the LG G-series flagship family, the LG G8 ThinQ pairs sophistication with power for a noteworthy new phone. Its display and performance are where the phone really shines. Boasting Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset, the LG G8 is rapid and reliable and has a battery life of about 16 hours, meaning stopping to find a place to charge won’t interrupt your long days or longer nights.

Entertainment is elevated thanks to the combination of a 6.1-inch OLED screen, which has a Quad HD+ (3,120 x 1,440) resolution and support for HDR10, and the audio. The Crystal Sound OLED pipes crisp, dynamic sound through the screen and a Hi-Fi Quad DAC with support for DTS X 3D means the audio can be further elevated with the right headphones.

Though its price has inched higher than that of the G7, its features are designed to meet the expectations set by the increased cost. Along with unlocking your phone with your face or fingerprint, the G8’s Hand ID feature scans the vein patterns in your palm to unlock the device. 

Best Budget Android: Samsung Galaxy A6

Samsung Galaxy A6

The Galaxy A6 is a budget-friendly favorite among Samsung fans. Its specs aren’t as impressive as the more high-end phones under the Samsung brand, but at half the cost of a Galaxy Note9, it seems like a decent tradeoff. The A6 features a modest 5.6-inch screen with 1480 x 720 resolution, which isn’t exactly flagship quality. But what the display lacks in sharpness it makes up for in rich colors and a decent amount of brightness.

Inside, the A6 contains a respectable 1.6 GHz Octa-Core processor with 3GB RAM, in addition to 32GB of memory with space to expand to 400GB. The battery life is fairly strong as well, boasting up to 21 hours per charge.

Design-wise, the A6 is made with an aluminum casing and plastic buttons — a less expensive alternative to Samsung’s preferred glass material. This makes the device quite durable and lightweight, coming in at only 5.7 ounces and 7.7 millimeters thick.

Take a peek at our other picks for the best budget smartphones available.

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How We Tested

We bought five top-rated Sprint phones that our reviewers tested by using daily for several weeks. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these phones, from their special features to their price. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Sprint Phone

Platform - One of the essential factors when selecting a smartphone is deciding which platform you prefer. Apple’s lineup of iPhone devices come with iOS, while other popular smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy lineup, LG G series, and Motorola Moto Z family, include Android. We recommend selecting the platform you are most comfortable using on a daily basis.

Camera - Are photographs important in your daily life? If you can’t pick up your phone without checking Instagram or Snapchat, then you're going to want to ensure your device’s camera can handle the job. View photos on the manufacturer's website and community sites, such as Flickr, to get an idea of the photo quality you can expect.

Budget - You don’t need to turn your purse or wallet inside out to afford a great smartphone. Set a budget and stick to it. While the top phones can sell for well over $1,000, manufacturers like Motorola, Sony, and Nokia are putting out great phones for much less.

Test Results: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (Best Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Note9
 Courtesy of T-Mobile

What We Like

  • Great camera

  • Easy setup

  • Extensive battery life

  • Convenient S pen

What We Don't Like

  • Seems fragile

Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Samsung Galaxy
Samsung Note 9
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 phone
Samsung phone

Our testers highly recommended this phone for any Android user based on its high-quality display and sound, as well as its special features. “It has all of the features of a classic Android, with a lot of added functionality (incredible camera, S pen, beautifully vibrant display) to make it compete with the latest iPhone products,” raved one of our reviewers. Our testers also reported a long battery life and quick and easy setup. The only negative, according to our reviewers, is that the phone doesn’t feel very durable: “While I appreciate the large screen and immaculate display, I think that it might end up being more of a liability for accident-prone people,” explained one of our testers.

Test Results: Google Pixel 3 (Best Unlocked)

Google Pixel 3
 Courtesy of Google

What We Like

  • Quick setup

  • Amazing camera

  • Durable

  • Great sound

What We Don't Like

  • Some glitches

Google Pixel 3
Pixel 3
Google Pixel
Google Pixel 3 phone
Google Pixel phone

Our testers liked the Google Pixel 3 for its simplicity, ease of use, and exceptional camera. “The picture you get from the camera app itself is really stunning,” one of our testers reported. Other pluses, according to our reviewers, include the “super loud and crisp” sound, long battery life, and size — “It fits nicely in my hand,” one of our testers noted. In terms of negatives, one of our reviewers explained, “What I like least are the glitches, including one that causes the screen to flash white when I receive a text (probably happens one out of every 10 texts I get).”

Test Results: iPhone Xs (Best Apple)

 Courtesy of Sprint

What We Like

  • Gorgeous display

  • Substantial build

  • Incredible speed

What We Don't Like

  • Expensive

  • Can easily shatter

iPhone Xs
iPhone Xs
iPhone Xs

One of our testers felt that this phone had many incredible features, including fast speed and an “absolutely gorgeous” display: “Bright, colorful, and high-resolution, absolutely everything looks amazing on it,” he raved. The only big negative, according to our testers, was its high price tag. One reviewer also said that its glass back makes it susceptible to shattering. Overall, though, our testers couldn’t say enough about this phone: “If you're looking for a flagship device, this is the one to buy,” one reviewer said, “especially if you're an Apple fan.”

Test Results: iPhone Xs Max (Best Large Screen)

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What We Like

  • Impressive dual cameras

  • Great for running high-end games

  • Beautiful, minimal design

What We Don't Like

  • Expensive

  • Battery life is only decent

“The iPhone XS Max has a gorgeously minimal design that emphasizes its big, beautiful screen,” declared one of our testers. One reviewer also thought it was “the most powerful smartphone on the market today” and that it “can run high-end games and graphics-rich apps with ease.” Another highlight was its “impressive” dual cameras. The downsides? One tester flagged its high price tag and noted that its battery “doesn't last as long as some high-end Android rivals.” Generally, though, one reviewer thought that if you can swing it in your budget, “your investment is rewarded with a very sleek, very premium, and very powerful smartphone.”

Test Results: Samsung Galaxy S10e (Best Design)


What We Like

  • Distinctive hole-punch design

  • Gorgeous AMOLED display

  • Top-tier processor

  • Dual-camera setup

  • Cheaper than the S10

What We Don't Like

  • No QHD+ display

  • Awkward fingerprint sensor location

  • No 2x zoom camera

Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10e

Our tester loved this phone’s design: “It has a distinctive hole-punch design with a little hole in the upper right corner for the front-facing camera,” he explained, “which minimizes the bezel around the screen and makes for a more alluring product.” Other highlights were its “bright and beautiful” AMOLED display and its “top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, which provides plenty of speed for any task or need.” On the other hand, he pointed out that the fingerprint sensor was in a slightly awkward place: “The fingerprint sensor is in the power button on the right side,” he said, “and it feels just out of reach for left-hand use.” He also had a slight issue with its camera: “Its dual-camera setup doesn't have a 2x zoom camera, which is a frustrating omission.”

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