Best Mint Mobile phones 2022

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Mint Mobile is all about offering great service for a fraction of the price compared to other big carriers. For many, Mint Mobile's philosophy also extends to the phone they choose. Thankfully, tons of great Android phones embody the same idea: getting a great experience with the latest specs and features while not paying top dollar for it. The best phone high-end phone to use with Mint Mobile is the Google Pixel 7 Pro thanks to its strong 5G support, solid hardware, and impressive software.

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Google Pixel 7 Pro home screen next to bookmark

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The best of Android

Reasons to buy

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Incredible cameras with telephoto
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Smooth performance with Google's Tensor G2 chip
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Great support for 5G on Mint Mobile
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Fast AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh
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IP68 dust and water resistance

Reasons to avoid

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Not everyone will love the large camera cliff

From a checklist, the Google Pixel 7 Pro looks like it could be the best Android phone ever made, but it's not all perfect. The Tensor G2 CPU powering the phone isn't the fastest and face unlock isn't quite where it should be, but according to our Google Pixel 7 Pro review, Google's relentless refinement has still created one of the best overall packages you can get.

The CPU is fast enough for just about anything you can do on your phone today but may start to show some cracks over the next few years as new apps take advantage of faster CPUs. The CPU does, however, enable Google's AI for photography and puts the Google Assistant at your fingertips at all times. Of course, the phone is running the latest version of Android, Android 13, and is set to receive years of updates from Google.

The camera system is likely the Pixel 7 Pro's finest achievement with a standard wide and ultra-wide camera alongside a new 5x telephoto camera. This allows you to get in closer to your subject to get the best picture possible. Features like Photo Unblur and Magic Eraser also help you get the image you want even if the shot wasn't perfect.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus Review

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The most balanced Galaxy

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous 6.6-inch 120Hz AMOLED display
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One of the best camera systems in any phone
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OS Updates to Android 16 planned
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Fast 45-watt charging speeds
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Excellent performance with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

Reasons to avoid

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No expandable storage
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Can run hot

Samsung's Galaxy S22 series is one of the best ways to get the most out of Android with fantastic hardware, great design, and Android updates set to match or beat any other phone on the market including Pixels. Samsung has promised to update the S22 series through Android 16 and that includes the Galaxy S22 Plus. While it can be overshadowed by the pricier S22 Ultra, as we saw in our S22 Plus review, this model nails the right balance of features.

With a powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU inside, this phone has no trouble driving the sharp and vibrant 6.6-inch AMOLED panel at 120Hz. It has three cameras: a 50MP main shooter, a 12MP ultra-wide, and a 10MP 3X telephoto lens. That means you have plenty of options to get high-quality photos in nearly any condition.

This phone also packs in a large 4,500mAh battery that charges quickly thanks to 45-watt charging support. Support for 5G bands is also excellent with low-band, mid-band, and mmWave support. Beyond that, you get Wi-Fi 6E support so you're ready for the most advanced networks you can get today.

The home screen of the Google Pixel 6a on a wooden post

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Don't ignore the budget Pixel

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic camera
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Strong 5G support with Google Tensor
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Great price
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IP67 water and dust resistance
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Headphone jack built-in

Reasons to avoid

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No headphone jack
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No wireless charging

The Google Pixel 6a is one of the best values you can get in Android with the powerful Google Tensor CPU, excellent 5G and Wi-Fi support, and plenty of Android updates in the pipeline. As we found in our Google Pixel 6a review, there is no better value Android phone at this price. On the back, you get a familiar 12MP wide and 12MP ultrawide camera delivering great photos thanks to Google's image processing. 

You give up a few comforts of the main Pixel 6 for the price tag such as wireless charging, a bit of camera performance, and the high refresh rate display but many people will be more than happy to with these downgrades. Even so, the 6.1-inch AMOLED display is still sharp and vibrant with HDR10+ support. If you're looking to save some money on your next phone but still want some of the best cameras and great performance, the Pixel 6a may be the right choice.

OnePlus Nord N20 5G back on a fence rail

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One of the best cheap phones you can get

Reasons to buy

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Solid 5G support with mid-band
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Large 4,500mAh battery
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Gorgeous 6.43-inch AMOLED display
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Headphone jack built-in
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Good camera performance

Reasons to avoid

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Only One OS update planned
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Display could be brighter

The OnePlus Nord N20 5G is a good Android phone with an almost unbelievable price, even when you buy it unlocked.  As the name implies, you get 5G support including mid-band 5G on Mint Mobile. The design has a premium look and feel with its two large camera lenses on the back. These aren't just for show either as our OnePlus Nord N20 review found the cameras to easily be the best available in the price range.

On the software side, things aren't as bright with the phone shipping with Android 11 and only planned to get an update to Android 12. Even so, not everyone will care about having the absolute latest version of Android so this phone is still a solid option. The 6.43-inch AMOLED display looks great and at 60Hz, the Snapdragon 695 in this phone has no trouble keeping up with most apps.

ASUS Zenfone 9 review with a headphone jack and earbuds

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Compact and powerful

Reasons to buy

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Compact 5.9-inch AMOLED display at 120Hz
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Large battery at 4,300mAh
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Support for T-Mobile 5G bands
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Great cameras
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IP68 water resistance

Reasons to avoid

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No wireless charging
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Update plan falls short of Samsung or Google

ASUS has been making Android phones for years with the gaming ROG Phones stealing most of the spotlight, but the Zenfone line has been slowly improving in the background. The Zenfone 9 is easily one of the best Android phones money can buy with powerful specs, a unique look, and a restrained size that makes one-handed use a reality. In fact, our Zenfone 9 review called it the best small Android phone you could buy.

This phone comes with one of the fastest CPUs available, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, and a minimum of 8GB of RAM with a 16GB model available. If you're fine with the 8GB version, as most people should be, you can also pick from four colors: white, black, red, and blue. The phone shipped with Android 12L and is expected to get the update to Android 13 soon with a beta already in progress. 

One of the biggest surprises has to be the cameras around the back. There is a main 50MP wide camera and a 12MP ultra-wide which both deliver strong results during the day. Low-light shots are also strong with accurate colors and plenty of detail. The main camera also has gimbal stabilization giving this phone a distinct advantage while taking video.

OnePlus 10 Pro home screen in hand

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Fantastic hardware with a clean UI

Reasons to buy

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Fast Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU
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Great camera performance
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5G support on T-Mobile and Verizon networks
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Smooth 120HZ display
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Fast 65-watt charging

Reasons to avoid

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Auxiliary camera quality isn't as good as the competition
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No IP68 rating on unlocked models

If you want a high-end Android phone in the U.S., OnePlus is always worth keeping in mind. The latest flagship OnePlus 10 Pro 5G works great on the T-Mobile and Verizon networks with 5G support including mid-band 5G. That means you'll get the full Mint Mobile network and will have plenty of options if you want to change carriers later on. Just make sure to get the U.S. version for the best network compatibility.

Like most other flagships you get the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU to power the phone's 6.7-inch AMOLED display at 120Hz. There's a large 5,000mAh battery that's configured as two 2,500mAh batteries allowing for incredible 65-watt SUPERVOOC charging with the included power supply.

The phone runs OxygenOS 12 running atop Android 12 and is promised to get 3 Android version updates, which is competitive with other flagships. Speaking of software, OnePlus boasts about its camera partnership with Hasselblad for the color work on its cameras, and as we found in our OnePlus 10 Pro review, the photo quality was great, with natural colors and tons of versatile filters.

Find a phone with plenty of performance for your needs

If you're using Mint Mobile, you're likely focused on getting great service for less money — and you want a phone that follows the same philosophy. Mint Mobile lets you bring any unlocked phone to its network, so your options are wide open. For the best results on T-mobile's network, the one Mint uses, you'll want a 5G phone that supports bands n71 and n41. That gives you the best of both worlds for coverage and speed, and luckily, most of the best Android phones you can buy support this network.

The Google Pixel 7 Pro takes all of these requirements to heart with fantastic support for 5G including T-Mobile's fastest 5G bands. Not only that but if it turns out you don't love Mint's service, the Pixel 7 Pro supports the other major carriers as well including C-band 5G. You get Android 13 out of the box and years of software updates so you'll be on the latest builds for years to come.