Our updated picks for the best T-Mobile phones including the HTC One S, Amaze 4G, MyTouch 4G Slide, Galaxy S II, and HTC Radar.
T-Mobile is behind. It still doesn’t have the iPhone and because it thought it would be bought by AT&T last year, it still doesn’t have a 4G LTE network either. Still, the carrier continues to offer some of the best prices and devices. There are plenty of good handsets to choose from. Below are our favorite T-Mobile handsets on the market right now.
Description: If you want the best HTC phone currently on the market, look no further than the One S, it’s a great size that shouldn’t be too small or too big for most users and is one of the fastest (as fast as quad-core phones) and sleekest devices on the market. It also runs Android 4.0, which is great. There just aren’t any big downsides to the One S. It’s like the Amaze with an even better camera, twice the processing speed, a better screen, and decent battery life.
HTC Amaze 4G
Screen: 4.3 inches, 540×960 pixels Specs: 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage OS: Android 2.3 with HTC Sense 3.0 Camera: 8MP rear (LED flash, 1080p rec), 2MP front Price: Free with two-year contract (promotional price)
Description: The Amaze isn’t as flashy as it was a few months ago, but if you can get it at a discount (it’s currently free on the T-Mobile store as of 4/18) then it’s still a solid phone. Its HTC Sense 3.0 interface is among the best looking and most customizable Android interfaces and HTC isn’t known to skip on build or camera quality. The Amaze also has what could be the best camera on the market outside of the iPhone 4S and other HTC phones like the One S.
T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide
Screen: 3.7 inches, 480×800 pixels Specs: 1.2GHz dual-core, 768MB RAM, 9GB storage OS: Android 2.3 with HTC Sense 3.0 Camera: 8MP rear (LED flash, 1080p rec), 0.3MP VGA front Price: $200 with two-year contract
Description: If you prefer a QWERTY keyboard, you’ll find no better option than the 4G Slide, which packs almost as powerful a punch as the Amaze 4G. We’ve reviewed this phone and found it to be one of the best phones on T-Mobile. The touchpad is useful as well, though we didn’t use T-Mobile’s MyTouch button very much.
Samsung Galaxy S II
Screen: 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus, 480×800 Specs: 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage OS: Android 2.3 with Samsung TouchWiz 4.0 Camera: 8MP rear (LED flash, 1080p rec), 2MP front Price: $230 with two-year contract
Description: The Galaxy S II took its sweet time coming to North America, but it was worth the wait. It doesn’t disappoint in any one area, though its plastic construction may turn off some (we like how light it is). Samsung’s TouchWiz 4.0 interface rivals HTC’s Sense as does Samsung’s cameras. The only problem with the Galaxy S II on T-Mobile is its size, which may be too large for some, and its price, which exceeds $200.
HTC Radar 4G
Screen: 4.3-inch LCD, 480×800 pixels Specs: 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 16GB storage OS: Windows Phone 7.5 Camera: 5MP rear (LED flash, 720p rec), no front camera Price: $100 with two-year contract
Description: Though the Nokia Lumia 710 is a fine device for a lower price, we prefer HTC’s Radar. It has a great feel to it and a solid metal shell. We recommend everybody spend some time with Windows Phone. We’re very impressed with Microsoft’s new OS. If there isn’t anything tying you to iOS or Android, give the Radar a try. The WP7 app library is getting larger and its media player (based on Zune) is fantastic. Xbox Live integration and games are good too. Check out our Best Windows Phone 7 Apps article for a guide to some of the software available.