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Best Sprint Phones

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Sprint is still behind, but thanks to the iPhone, it’s not bleeding customers anymore. With AT&T and Verizon continually raising rates on data, Sprint remains as the only wireless carrier in the U.S. that offers unlimited data. And the good news is that Sprint is finally jumping aboard the 4G LTE train. It’s LTE network will launch in half a dozen cities in the middle of the year (anytime now), but LTE-capable handsets like the Galaxy Nexus and EVO 4G LTE are already on store shelves, with awesome phones like the Samsung Galaxy S3 on the horizon. Below are our favorite Sprint handsets on the market right now. 

While this list covers Sprint phones, if you’d like information on the best overall cell phones in general check our picks for the best cell phones.

HTC EVO 4G LTE

HTC EVO 4G LTE Sprint

Screen: 4.7 inches, 720×1280 pixels
Specs: 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage
OS: Android 4.0 with HTC Sense 4.0
Camera: 8MP rear, 1.3MP front
Connection: 4G LTE, 3G CDMA
Price: $200 with two-year contract

Description: For those who want to invest in the future of Sprint’s network, the EVO and Galaxy Nexus are your best bets, but the EVO is a step up from Google’s flagship in a lot of ways. It’s camera is best in class, it has HD Voice for clearer calls (all Sprint phones will have this eventually), and it’s about twice as fast in a lot of our tests, thanks to a speedy Snapdragon S4 processor. Read our full EVO 4G LTE review.

 

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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Screen: 4.65-inch Super AMOLED, 720×1280 pixels
Specs: 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB storage
OS: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Camera: 5MP rear (LED flash, 1080p rec), 1.3MP front
Connection: 4G LTE, CDMA
Price: $200 with two-year contract

Description:  The Galaxy Nexus is a Google Experience phone and the first device that runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and it’s compatible with Sprint’s 4G LTE network, which is very good. This means it has a completely revamped user interface and is one of the only phones on the market to get updates as they come out. While owners of other Android phones have to wait for months (or never get updates), Nexus owners get updates on time. We’re big fans of the Galaxy Nexus, though its battery life is its one weakness. Read our full Galaxy Nexus review.  

 

LG Viper 4G LTE

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Screen: 4-inch LCD, 480×800 pixels
Specs: 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 2GB storage (microSD)
OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Camera: 5MP rear (LED flash), 0.3MP front
Connection: 4G LTE, CDMA
Price: $100 with two-year contract

Description: There is nothing remarkable about the LG Viper except that it’s a capable handset that can run on Sprint’s upcoming 4G LTE network, it can connect to Google Wallet (NFC enabled), and it only costs $100. It’s not super stylish, but it will get the job done. This runs Android 2.3, but it is a vanilla version of 2.3 without any tampering by LG, making it a lot faster than some other handsets. Take a look at our hands-on video

 

Apple iPhone 4S

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Screen: 3.5 inches, 640×960 pixels
Specs: 1GHz dual-core, 512MB RAM, 16/32/64GB storage
OS: iOS 5
Camera: 8 MP rear, 0.3MP VGA front
Connection: 3G CDMA
Price: $200-$400 with two-year contract

Description: The iPhone 4S looks identical to the 4 on the outside, but it does have a dual-core processor, better camera, and a new iOS 5 operating system that has some cool new features. Siri voice control supposedly lets you use natural language to talk to your iPhone, and iCloud will let you automatically store your documents and media on the net. For more info, read our iPhone 4S review.

 

Samsung Galaxy S II

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Screen: 4.5-inch Super AMOLED, 560×940
Specs: 1.5GHz dual-core, 1GB RAM, 32GB storage
OS: Android 2.3 with Samsung TouchWiz 4.0
Camera: 8MP rear, 2MP front
Connection: WiMax 4G, 3G CDMA
Price: $200 with two-year contract

Description: The Galaxy S II took its sweet time coming to North America, but it was worth the wait. This 4.5-inch phone is probably the nicest overall Android phone on Sprint. It doesn’t disappoint in any one area, though its plastic construction may turn off some (we like how light it is). This is a flagship device that will future proof you better than any other Sprint phone on the market. Read our full review.

Update: Corrected the operating system of iPhone 4S. It does not run on NinjaBlur!