T-Mobile has an impressive lineup of phones at various price points, ranging from the top of the line down to affordable entry-level devices that you might not even need to finance monthly. Samsung still manages to deliver one of the greatest Android phones ever with the Galaxy S22 Ultra acting as a replacement for the Note series that many people came to love. If you want a little variety, T-Mobile is the best carrier for OnePlus phones such as the excellent new Nord N20. If you're not looking for OnePlus, here are some other great T-Mobile phones.
The best new features
The Galaxy S22 Ultra steps in for the Galaxy Note series with a huge display, large battery, powerful CPU, and of course, an included S Pen that can be stored inside the phone. As we saw in our S22 Ultra review, this phone also has one of the best camera systems ever fitted to a smartphone. With five promised years of software updates, you can be confident using this phone for a long time.
Direct from Google
The Pixel 6 is still one of the best Android phones we've ever reviewed with solid battery life, great camera performance, and a fast CPU. The OLED screen is 6.4 inches with a 90Hz refresh rate so Android's animations look smooth and crisp. Google also keeps the Pixel phones up to date with the latest version of Android so you can be first in line for all of the new features.
Powerful exclusive option
The OnePlus Nord N20 5G is a T-Mobile exclusive in the U.S. that must be bought through the carrier. Even at a low price, our Nord N20 review found the 6.3-inch AMOLED display to be beautiful with plenty of power from the Snapdragon 695 CPU. It supports sub-6 5G including T-Mobile's fast mid-band coverage, and with a 4,500mAh battery, it should easily make it to the end of the day on a single charge.
The Z Fold 3 from Samsung is a cool phone with a 6.2-inch outer screen and a foldable 7.6-inch inner display. Both are silky smooth 120Hz AMOLED displays with great colors and deep blacks. This phone also supports 5G, including mmWave, to make the most of the T-Mobile network. In our Fold 3 review, we were impressed by most of what the phone had to offer, including the IPX8 water resistance that gave us extra confidence in the phone's hinge.
The OnePlus 10 Pro has beautiful hardware with a gorgeous 120Hz 6.7-inch display. This phone ships with Android 12 powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU. Battery life is good at 5,000mAh with ultra-fast charging at up to 80W wired. The 48MP main camera is also nice with Hasselblad delivering natural-looking colors. All of this comes together in a package that our OnePlus 10 Pro review found to be a big step in the right direction.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 takes the folding phone idea in a different direction, making it one of the most compact, pocket-friendly Android phones ever. In our Z Flip 3 review, we loved the return of a compact flip phone option here. Besides the unique form factor, this model has a small but useful 1.9-inch display on the outside with a 6.7- inch one on the inside. It also comes with IPX8 water resistance to give you a bit more peace of mind in the rain.
The Motorola One 5G Ace is all about value. It has a sizable 5,000mAh battery that boasts up to two days of battery life with one charge and offers features like a nearly bezel-less display, triple cameras, and a 20:9 aspect ratio. You get fairly modern software, and with Android 10, you can always expand the 128GB of internal storage with a microSD card. Even with its modest Snapdragon 750, our review found it to be reasonably fast and responsive.
The Galaxy A53 5G is one of the most complete mid-range phones you can buy, with great support for 5G including mid-band and mmWave, plus solid hardware for the price. The screen is a vibrant 120Hz AMOLED panel powered by the Exynos 1280 CPU, giving it more power than its predecessor. Our A53 review praised Samsung's with Android 12 out of the box and the promise of four more Android OS updates.
The Google Pixel 5a is the cheapest Pixel you can get, but on T-Mobile, it's still a solid mid-range pick. Its 5G support is a good fit for T-Mobile's network with mid-band and low-band support. The software is up to date with Google offering three years of software support. Its camera also punches above its weight with our Pixel 5a review finding the images to be vibrant and clear.
You have plenty of options at T-Mobile
T-Mobile's network works with the majority of unlocked phones, including those that support 5G. For the best coverage, you'll want a phone that supports 5G bands n71 and n41 at a minimum. Luckily, most of the best Android phones do, including those listed here. It's also worth keeping in mind that most people don't need top-of-the-line phones. Something like the Galaxy A53 5G is a great option with plenty of power that comes in at less than half of the price of the S22 Ultra. There's also the excellent and affordable OnePlus Nord N20 5G for those looking for something stylish and unique.
Even so, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is proving to be everything Galaxy Note fans were missing with a large screen, solid battery life, and an included S-pen that's stored inside the phone. It's a beast with 12GB of RAM, a 6.8-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and a 108MP main camera. This phone also supports all of T-Mobile's 5G bands including mmWave. If you're looking for a phone that does just about everything, the S22 Ultra is a great place to start.
When Samuel is not writing about networking or 5G at Android Central, he spends most of his time researching computer components and obsessing over what CPU goes into the ultimate Windows 98 computer. It's the Pentium 3.
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