Chances are that you're looking at this page precisely because you're a U.S. Cellular subscriber. The carrier isn't the biggest, but it's number five in the regional United States. And fortunately, it offers the latest smartphone models for those of you who just don't want to deal with what Big Red, John Legere, and the rest of the carrier corral have to offer.
We're throwing a wrench into our smartphone buying suggestions. Rather than tell you to equip yourself with the regular old Galaxy S7, why not just bite the bullet and go full Galaxy S7 edge? Its 5.5-inch display is bigger than its flagship brethren, and it's curved—you'll be sure to turn some heads, and they won't even know your cell service is pre-paid.
The Galaxy S7 edge has all the same bells and whistles as the GS7, including a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, an expansion slot, an impressive 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a water resistant metal-and-glass chassis. But if you really can't spring the extra hundred-or-so dollars for it, the smaller Galaxy S7 is also a worthy choice.
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Samsung Galaxy S6
Not looking to drop an arm and a leg on the latest Android smartphone? Then you might want to consider bringing home last year's flagship device. Samsung did such a great job with the Galaxy S6, that it's worth considering even as it reaches the two-year launch mark.
The Galaxy S6 features a 5.1-inch QuadHD Super AMOLED display, an octa-core Exynos processor, and a stellar 16-megapixel camera with OIS. Unfortunately, this phone doesn't have an expansion slot or water resistance, but you will still have a fingerprint sensor embedded into the Home button, both PMA and Qi wireless charging capabilities, and both Samsung Pay and Android Pay compatibility. That's better than what most smartphones offer at this price point.
Moto G LTE
Yes, the Moto G LTE is a bit older than some of Motorola's other mid-range to low-end offerings, but it's still a worthy consideration if you're on U.S. Cellular and all you want are the barebones basics.
The Moto G is one of our favorite phones in the mid-range category. It offers a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 410 SoC, a microSD slot, a 13MP camera with dual-tone flash and a f/2.0 lens, a 5MP front camera, LTE connectivity, and a 2470mAh battery. The Moto G LTE also has IPX7 certification, so the phone is fine in three feet of water for up to half an hour.
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