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Best T-Mobile phones to buy right now (2018)

Best T-Mobile phones to buy right now (2018)
What does the T in T-Mobile stand for – have you ever wondered? Terrific? Tantalizing? Or could it have something to do with Mr. T? Nope! The letter simply comes from the German word Telekom, as T-Mobile got its branding from Deutsche Telekom, the German telecommunications company it is owned by.

Yes, we know: there was nothing thrilling about that random bit of trivia. But the phones that T-Mobile has to offer – now those are worth being excited about! And there are many to choose from. So without further ado, let us go over the best T-Mobile phones right now.

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Best smartphones overall: Apple iPhone X


Best T-Mobile phones to buy right now (2018)

Cons

  • Costs a lot
  • Controversial notch design
  • No headphone jack
  • No fast charger in the box


As long as you don't mind spending a grand on a phone, the iPhone X would be a great choice. And for a number of reasons: the bright and clear display, the highly capable cameras, the rich selection of quality apps, the loud stereo speakers, to name a few. Besides, there hasn't been a more exciting and more discussed iPhone in years! On the downside, that notch at the top has sparked quite a bit of controversy, and even though it makes Portrait selfies, Animoji, and Face ID possible, some just don't like having that cutout taking away from the otherwise immersive viewing experience. 


Samsung Galaxy S9


Best T-Mobile phones to buy right now (2018)

Cons

  • Battery life could have been better
  • AR Emoji and face recognition leave room for improvement


If you aren't fond of the notch design, if you're more of an Android person, and if you prefer an old, trusty fingerprint reader over facial recognition, then the Samsung Galaxy S9 is the phone to consider. It is one of the most capable Android phones right now, with outstanding camera performance, loud stereo speakers, and a vibrant, immersive display at its centerpiece. On top of that, you get a 3.5mm headphone jack and a quick charger in the box – extras the iPhone can't brag with. Sure, the Galaxy S9 isn't quite the fastest phone ever, and its battery life could have been better, but overall, its pros greatly outweigh the cons. And since it costs below $800, it's not ridiculously expensive either. 

iPhone 8


Best T-Mobile phones to buy right now (2018)

Cons

  • No Face ID or Portrait selfies
  • Screen resolution could have been higher
  • No fast charger in the box
  • No headphone jack

The iPhone needs no introduction, we hope you'll agree. For fans of Apple's classic design, for those in need of a more compact phone, for those who want to fit within a $700 budget, there's always the iPhone 8. While you won't get any of the more fancy features, such as dual cameras and Portrait mode, Animoji and Face ID, you do get the great performance of Apple's camera and the smoothness of Apple's software. In addition, you'll get to enjoy a nice pair of speakers, as well as wireless charging with a compatible accessory. 


Best big phones: Samsung Galaxy S9+


Best T-Mobile phones to buy right now (2018)

Cons

  • Battery life could be better
  • AR Emoji and face recognition leave room for improvement


Okay, so you consider yourself a power user. You do want the very best a phone can offer right now, and you don't mind that extra screen real estate and additional bulk. Then check this guy out! The Samsung Galaxy S9+ offers all the niceties of the Galaxy S9 – from the bright, beautiful screen and glass-on-metal construction to the rich-in-features Samsung software – and tops it all with a dual camera that enables high-quality zoom and Bokeh photo effects. 

See the complete Samsung Galaxy S9+ specs
Read our Samsung Galaxy S9+ review

Samsung Galaxy Note 8


Best T-Mobile phones to buy right now (2018)

Cons

  • Lacks some S9 features, such as 960fps slow-motion and AR Emoji
  • Expensive, yet runs on last year's Snapdragon 835


An alternative worthy of attention is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. It is the phone to pick if you see yourself using that S Pen often. Samsung's advanced stylus lets you take down notes and annotate documents, among many other things. The Note 8 also has a great dual camera to offer, and photos and videos can be viewed on its big, beautiful display. But if you don't really need the S Pen, then the Galaxy S9+ would be a better pick. It has a faster processor, a more capable camera, and a better set of speakers, all while costing about as much as the Note 8. 

See the complete Samsung Galaxy Note 8 specs
Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review

iPhone 8 Plus


Best T-Mobile phones to buy right now (2018)

Cons

  • Bulky for a phone with a a 5.5-inch screen
  • No Animoji or Portrait selfies
  • No fast charger in the box
  • No headphone jack


If you feel like sticking with camp iPhone, then the iPhone 8 Plus is the phone to go with if a large screen is what you demand. Although the phone is quite bulky for its screen size, the screen itself displays pretty colors and has a classic aspect ratio compatible with most games, apps, and video content. And even though you can't record Animoji or take selfie Portrait shots, the cameras at the back are almost as capable as those on the iPhone X. No less importantly, the iPhone 8 Plus excels when it comes to battery life. 


LG V30


Best T-Mobile phones to buy right now (2018)

Cons

  • Display not quite flagship-grade
  • Image and video quality could be better


Tired of iPhones and Galaxy phones? Then the LG V30 could be the phone to consider. It has the classy, near bezel-less look, the premium, water-resistant construction, and the rich multimedia features you'd expect out of a pricey, modern high-end phone. Something unique about the LG V30 is that it uses a dual-camera arrangement featuring a wide-angle lens, which gives you more flexibility when taking photos and video. Meanwhile, its built-in DAC has the ability to power even the biggest, most demanding wired earphones. 


Best rugged phone: Samsung Galaxy S8 Active


Best T-Mobile phones to buy right now (2018)

Cons

  • Not particularly pretty
  • Bulkier than similar phones
  • Newer, better model likely coming soon


For those who need something a but tougher, there's the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active. On top of being highly water-resistant, it can also withstand drops, vibrations, humidity and heat. At the same time, it matches the performance of last year's Galaxy S8 with its cameras, system chip, and memory. The extra-large battery pack inside it ensures longevity exceeding that of the average smartphone. Just keep in mind that a newer, better Galaxy Active model is likely coming soon, so unless you need a phone today, holding on for a few more weeks could be a good idea.

Best budget phones: HTC U11 Life


Best T-Mobile phones to buy right now (2018)

Cons

  • Feels plasticky
  • No headphone jack or 3.5mm adapter
  • Loudspeaker could be better

If you need an inexpensive smartphone that gets the basics right, check out the HTC U11 Life. It runs well, takes decent photos, and looks pretty in its blue, shiny outfit. Yeah, it may not have a 3.5mm headphone jack for traditional wired earphones, but in the box you get a pair of USB-C earphones that actively reduce noise around you, which is neat. 

Moto Z2 Force Edition 


Best T-Mobile phones to buy right now (2018)

Cons

  • Plastic screen scratches easily
  • Video recording could be better
  • No headphone jack

The Moto Z2 Force may be almost a year old by now, but it still holds plenty of value to be worth picking up. Long story short, it is one of the best-performing 375-dollar phones you'd find, both when it comes to photo quality and real-world use. But the Z2 Force's real stand-out feature is the shatterproof screen – made of plastic instead of glass, it wouldn't crack if the phone is dropped. On the other hand, it does get scratched up more easily, so there's that. 

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