Top 10 Best Sprint Cell Phones 2017



As of September 2017, 10 phones are featured in our latest best Sprint phones lineup, starting with Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, a rugged smartphone, and the iPhone 7 rugged smartphone. Other best Sprint models include the Samsung Galaxy Note5 and the Galaxy S7 by Samsung.

Sprint can be described as a large CDMA network with a slew of rugged, texting and smart phones.

* To compare some of these phones, just select the compare box under the picture and click compare at the bottom of the list.

#1.

#1. iPhone 7 Plus
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Analysis:

Somewhat becoming a tradition for Apple, the iPhone 7 is accompanied by this 5.5-inch Plus variant, which shares most of its pros and cons, but (+effectively has two 12-megapixel cameras on the rear (one for wide-angle shots and another for depth-of-field analysis/zooming)+) (+), instead of just a single cam... (more)

What We Noted:

  • Performance: The iPhone 7 Plus is hailed as being twice as fast as the iPhone 6, with a 64-bit A10 Fusion chip and an M10 motion coprocessor under the hood
  • Special: it brings back Apple's signature Touch ID fingerprint technology, but this time through a solid-state, Taptic-Engine-powered pressure-sensing Home button
  • Imaging: it brings the dual-rear-camera technology to the iPhone by touting two 12-megapixel shooters bedecked with a quad-LED flash, 4K imaging, and a sapphire lens cover






#2.

#2. iPhone 7
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Analysis:

The rumors were true, the iPhone 7 does (-snub a traditional 3.5mm headset jack-) (-) in favor of Apple's Lightning Connector or wireless AirPods, but this con is accompanied by several added pros over previous iPhone iterations -- including being the (+first water-resistant iPhone (IP67-certified)+) (+)... (more)

Noteworthy:

  • Performance: The iPhone 7 operates two times faster than the iPhone 6 (at least that's what Apple tells us) with its A10 64-bit Fusion chip and embedded M10 coprocessor
  • Special: it reinvents the signature iPhone Home button into a solid-state (cannot be physically pressed) taptic-feedback pressure-sensitive key-slash-fingerprint-reader
  • Imaging: it graces its 4K-video 12-megapixel f/1.8 main camera with a promising quad-LED true tone flash and a 6-element lens touting a sapphire crystal cover


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#3.

#3. Samsung Galaxy Note5
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Analysis:

With its 16-megapixel Ultra HD (4K) VDIS (Video Digital Imaging Stabilization) main camera (+), Exynos 7420 octa-core 2.1GHz + 1.5GHz 64-bit processor (+), and up to 128GB UFS (Universal Flash Storage) memory (+), Samsung's fifth Galaxy Note model is obviously in the same premium department as the brand's 2015 S6 and S6 Edge flagships... (more)

Worth mentioning:

  • Performance: The Samsung Galaxy Note5 ties up with many premium-end models via its split-octa-core Exynos 7420 processor running at 2.1GHz and 1.5GHz respectively
  • Special: it merges the high-speed SSD (used for PCs) and the low-power eMMC (for conventional smartphones) memory types for its Universal Flash Storage (UFS) of up to 128GB
  • Imaging: it rocks a high-end 16-megapixel UHD (4K) camera sprinkled with Video Digital Imaging Stabilization (VDIS), Live Broadcast, and an 8x optical zoom
  • Connectivity: it is one of the first ever smartphones to come with a v4.2 Bluetooth standard, which is apparently faster than older mutations

#4.

#4. Samsung Galaxy S7
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Analysis:

Just like LG's MWC 2016 G5 flagship, Samsung's Galaxy S7 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 2.1GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core processor (+) (for US and most western markets) with 4G of LPDDR4 RAM (+), though they did not come without a couple of minor cons... (more)

Noteworthy:

  • Special: it has two photodiodes on its pixels (instead of one) through the Dual Pixel camera technology, which means that its 12-megapixel camera potentially focuses quicker and more-accurately than conventional solutions
  • Connectivity: it promises up to 450Mbps maximum data speeds on LTE Cat 9 networks, which is blazing fast when compared to the 300Mbps and 150Mbps max data rates scored by many of its rivals

#5.

#5. HTC 10
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Analysis:

Even though we would not call it a 10/10 smartphone just yet, the HTC 10 gets pretty close with the selection of pros and cons that it lugs... (more)

Worth mentioning:

  • Performance: The HTC 10 bellows high-end with its 64-bit 2.2GHz Snapdragon 820 four-core engine accompanied by a premium-tier 4GB RAM
  • Imaging: it introduces OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) on both rear and front cameras, aiming to render flagship imaging quality for large-scale captures as well as selfies
  • Connectivity: it promises up-to-450Mbps data rates (Cat 9 LTE), which should be blazing fast compared to what the majority of older HTC models offered

#6.

#6. Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
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Analysis:

Unveiled during the MWC 2016, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge boasts an always-on Quad HD Super AMOLED 5.5-inch display that flows outwards onto its edges, a design concept that Samsung calls Edge Screen (+)... (more)

Worth mentioning:

  • Performance: The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge rocks a more promising hardware setup than its predecessor, in the form of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 64-bit 14nm CPU, a 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, and an Adreno 530 GPU
  • Special: it joins the S6 models and its plain S7 sibling in offering the Universal Flash Storage 2.0 technology (64GB maximum native memory), which is marketed as a more-efficient alternative to the conventional eMMC storage type
  • Imaging: it claims to focus as quickly and as accurately as the human eye with the Dual Pixel camera technology offered by its 12-megapixel 4K primary camera

#7.

#7. LG V20
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Analysis:

The (+world's first smartphone to run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box+) (+) is LG's V20, a sequel to the 2015 V10 that brings back its ancestor's (+chic Second Screen technology+) (+), which is basically a 2.1-inch 160 x 1040 513ppi IPS Quantum panel sitting right above its (+5.7-inch Quad HD 513ppi main interface+) (+)... (more)

Noteworthy:

  • Performance: The LG V20 lines up with tons of other flagship smartphones (as of 2016) by running on a Snapdragon 820 CPU (dual 2.15GHz + dual 1.6GHz) aided by a 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and an Adreno 530 graphics chip
  • Special: it is the first smartphone to feature a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (ESS SABRE ES9218) audio system, promising to minimize overall audio distortion and background noise
  • Imaging: it likely adds itself to our list of the best camera smartphones (as of September 2016) by touting literally two rear cameras (16-megapixel and 8-megapixel), which deliver premium-class features like electronic image stabilization (EIS) and hybrid autofocus
  • Durability: it is one of only a handful of premium Androids sporting MIL-STD-810G-certified shells, meaning that it resists drops from as high as four feet
  • Connectivity: it reels in LTE Cat 12 speeds of up to 600Mbps, which is insanely-fast, considering that most other high-end smartphones (when it cae out) reach only up to 150Mbps on LTE Cat 4 bands

#8.

#8. iPhone 6S Plus
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Analysis:

Boasting pros like a 3D Touch technology (pressure-sensing screen) (+), a 12-megapixel 4K-video camera with True Tone flash (+), and a 64-bit A9 CPU with an M9 coprocessor on its chip (+), the iPhone 6S Plus is the most capable iPhone as of its release... (more)

Noteworthy:

  • Performance: The iPhone 6S Plus supplants the iPhone 6 Plus's A8 chip for an A9 CPU with an inbuilt M9 motion coprocessor, which as of its release, is Apple's most capable mobile processor
  • Special: it introduces 3D Touch (unofficially known as Force Touch), a pressure-sensing display technology that apparently facilitates a more accurate tactile feedback from the screen
  • Imaging: it escapes the 8-megapixel limitation of the previous four iPhones with its 4K-video-recording 12-megapixel True Tone flash camera

#9.

#9. iPhone 6S
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Analysis:

Following Apple's S-version tradition, the iPhone 6S rocks a few tweaks over the base model, but no major overhauls... (more)

Noteworthy:

  • Performance: The iPhone 6S claims an up-to-70% more efficient task-handling performance with its 64-bit A9 CPU (M9 coprocessor), as opposed to the iPhone 6 with its A8 chip
  • Design: it offers a Rose Gold color option this time, primarily so that users can match their purchase to an iWatch of the same color
  • Special: it introduces the 3D Touch pressure-sensitive display technology, which recognizes inputs based on how hard you press the screen
  • Imaging: it finally upgrades the iPhone's main camera resolution from 8 megapixels (sported by the previous three models) to 12, which incidentally boasts a 4K video capability

#10.

#10. LG G5
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Analysis:

Not only is LG's 2016 G5 one of the first major-brand smartphones to run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 2.1GHz quad-core processor (+), it is also among the earliest metal-framed models to offer battery interchangeability via a modular design concept (+), though it could have done better than a 2800mAh in-box battery (-)... (more)

What We Noted:

  • Performance: The LG G5 relies on a 4GB RAM, a Snapdragon 820 2.1GHz four-core engine, and an Adreno 530 graphics chip for its potentially-premium performance
  • Special: it is crafted with a changeable module that allows you to slide the battery tray out and plug a fresh battery in, which is LG's solution to the lack of replaceable batteries among metal-clad smartphones
  • Imaging: it promises premium-class imaging with its 16-megapixel f/1.8 4K-video camera, decorated with an 8x digital zooming function (0.5x zoom out), laser autofocus, and a dual LED flash



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