Top 10 Best Sprint Cell Phones 2017



As of November 2017, 10 phones are in our best Sprint phones list, starting with Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, a rugged smartphone, and the Motorola Z Play (a) 4K-video 16-megapixel smartphone. Other best Sprint models include the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the KEYone by BlackBerry.

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. Motorola Z Play
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Analysis:

Released as the third installment of Motorola's flagship Moto Z family, the Z Play (-steps down to a Full-HD-1080p 5.5-inch screen-) (-) (the first two models boast Quad-HD-1440 displays) and (-has only 3GB of RAM, instead of its siblings' 4GB-) (-), but it nevertheless plays in the high-rollers table with the rest of its pros and cons... (more)

Noteworthy:

  • Performance: The Motorola Z Play runs on a flagship bundle of hardware components, including a 2GHz eight-core CPU, a 3GB LPDDR3 RAM, and Motorola's Contextual Computing and Natural Language processors
  • Special: it reacquaints the high-end market with Moto Mods, which are various interchangeable, magnet-based accessories, such as speakers or projectors
  • Imaging: it shows off a high-grade 16-megapixel rear camera bedecked with a color-balancing dual-LED flash, a 4K video-recording option, and both phase-detection as well as laser autofocus


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#3.

#3. 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)

Worth mentioning:

  • 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

#4.

#4. BlackBerry KEYone
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Analysis:

One of the most glaring changes that Blackberry has decided to apply to the KEYone is the major scale-down on its imaging features... (more)

What We Noted:

  • Imaging: it steps back in terms of camera features with an 8-megapixel selfie shooter and a 12-megapixel rear camera -- smaller compared to even Blackberry's older Androids

#5.

#5. Motorola Moto Z Force
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Analysis:

Though the Motorola Moto Z Force does not necessarily come with a stronger processing force than the plain Moto Z, still running on (+the 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820 chip+) (+) with (+4GB of RAM+) (+) as well as (+Natural Language and Contextual Computing processors+) (+), some of its specs make it an overall step-up model... (more)

Noteworthy:

  • Performance: The Motorola Moto Z Force mimics the Moto Z with its Snapdragon 820 chip (quad-core 2.2GHz), 4GB RAM, and Natural Language and Contextual Computing processors
  • Special: it literally modifies itself to function as other gadgets (for instance, a handheld projector) with Motorola's innovative Moto Mods modules
  • Imaging: it replaces the original Moto Z's 13-megapixel camera with a 21-megapixel shooter, which incidentally comes with PDAF and laser autofocus as well as a dual LED CCT flash setup

#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. Samsung Galaxy S6
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Analysis:

Not having the dual-edged screen (+) might be a minor con against its Edge sibling, but the Samsung Galaxy S6 still comes with a premium-class array of pros and cons... (more)

What We Noted:

  • Performance: The Samsung Galaxy S6 runs on a 14nm octa-core processor with 64-bit architecture that is likely more efficient compared to conventional 20nm chips
  • Special: it combines the eMMC (smartphones) and SSD (PCs) memory types to create its Universal Flash Storage 2.0, promising faster data transfer speeds than older storage technologies
  • Imaging: it boasts one of the most capable back-facing cameras among Samsung flagships at 16 megapixels, with Optical Image Stabilization and Tracking AF among its options
  • Connectivity: it promises up to 620Mbps data rates on 4G LTE Cat6, which is one of the fastest speeds you can get out of a smartphone

#10.

#10. Google Pixel XL
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Analysis:

Google's 2016 Pixel XL accompanies the flagship Pixel version, and it replaces its sibling's FHD-1080p-only 5-inch screen with a (+5.5-inch QHD-1440p 534ppi display+) (+), while bringing back its support for (+VR games and utilities through Google's Daydream View headset+) (+), (+Snapdragon 821 (dual 2.15GHz + dual 1.6GHz) CPU+) (+), and (+hearty 4GB LPDDR4 RAM+) (+)... (more)

Worth mentioning:

  • Performance: The Google Pixel XL runs on Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 821 quad-core 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz CPU alongside a 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, obviously pitting it against other top-notch smartphones of its time
  • Special: it supports virtual reality (VR) tools/games, which it delivers through Google's Daydream View headset
  • Imaging: it captures slow-motion videos in up to 240fps with its 12.3-megapixel dual-flash rear camera, which incidentally offers 4K imaging, dual autofocus technologies, and 1.55-micron pixels that helped it outrank the iPhone 7 on the DXOMark scale (89 versus 86)
  • Connectivity: it blusters with its 600Mbps peak data rate (Cat 11 networks), a facet that only resided in premium space as of its 2016 market entry



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