These are the Best T-Mobile Phones to buy in August: Samsung, Apple, OnePlus, and more!

These are the Best T-Mobile Phones to buy in August: Samsung, Apple, OnePlus, and more!

If you’re renewing your T-Mobile contract or are planning to switch over for the fastest and most reliable 5G network in the country, then you may also want to pick up a new phone along the way. There are a lot of excellent options for you to choose from. Whether it’s the best Android flagship, best budget option, or best phone period, T-Mobile has something for you. Here’s our handy guide to help you with your decision.

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Best T-Mobile phone for most people: Apple iPhone 12

Apple's iPhone 12 in white standing on its own

Apple’s iPhone 12 is the phone most T-Mobile customers should buy, because it’s not too expensive, yet has the most powerful SoC on this list. It works wonderfully on its own, but also has the more quality accessories. It doesn’t have the most complicated or advanced camera hardware, but is probably the easiest phone to take point-and-shoot photos and videos. And of course, the iPhone 12 runs flawlessly on T-Mobile’s 5G networks.

    iPhone 12
    The iPhone 12 lacks the bells and whistles of some of the flagships on the rest of this list but it does everything most people need very well and comes at a great monthly installment price right now.

Best T-Mobile premium flagship phone: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

The Galaxy S21 Ultra in black

If you want a phone with not the absolute most cutting-edge smartphone hardware with all the bells and whistles, then the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is it. It’s got a screen that’s larger, brighter, more pixel-dense with a faster refresh rate than the iPhone 12, and its main camera system has four cameras covering the widest focal length spectrum of any smartphone right now. Whether it’s a sweeping ultra-wide landscape shot, a telephoto portrait style shot, or a 10x zoom, the S21 Ultra can produce a crisp, beautiful image.

The Galaxy S21 Ultra also has the most powerful SoC in Android right now, the Snapdragon 888, along with support for Samsung features such as the S-Pen and DeX. Other than folding in half, there isn’t a single new smartphone feature that isn’t in this phone.

    Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
    The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the apex slab smartphone with every feature imaginable. It's not cheap but if you have the money to spend, this is the best possible slab phone you can buy.

Also great T-Mobile premium flagship phone: Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

iPhone 12 Pro Max in the hand

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is Apple’s best possible iPhone hardware right now, with a slightly larger image sensor over the other iPhone 12s, and a superior 2.5x telephoto zoom lens over the 12 Pro’s 2x zoom (the iPhone 12 listed above doesn’t have a zoom lens at all). It’s also got a big wide 6.7-inch screen, although we wish iOS would take better advantage of the extra screen real estate.

This phone takes the runner-up spot here because the Galaxy S21 Ultra is just a bit more capable all around, with an even larger image sensor, better zoom, etc. But if you know you want to go iPhone and want the best possible one, this is it.

    iPhone 12 Pro Max
    The iPhone 12 Pro Max is Apple's largest and best iPhone, and it's one of the top options if you want the best phone money can buy.

Best mid-range T-Mobile phone: Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G in white, black, blue and purple held out in hand

Featuring a 6.5-inch, 90Hz Samsung AMOLED display, 5G connectivity and a solid 64MP main camera, the Samsung Galaxy A52 5G brings a lot to the table for a mid-range phone that costs half the price of the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The phone also comes in vibrant fun colors, and IP67 water and rust resistance, and 25W fast wired charging with the charging brick included in the box.

There are some compromises of course, including a plasticky body and a pair of mostly pointless depth-and macro-sensors, but it’s a fair trade-off for the lower price. This is a phone that gives you the essentials.

    Samsung Galaxy A52 5G
    The Galaxy A52 5G is a good looking mid-range smartphone that packs enough power and style for most people.

Best T-Mobile foldable phone: Motorola Razr 5G

Motorola Razr 5G

The Motorola Razr 5G is at once a piece of futuristic new tech and also a throwback to the good ol’ days of the clamshell cell phone. Compact when folded, yet offering a 6.2-inch OLED screen when opened up, it’s a smartphone that can fit into smaller pockets such as those seen on men’s button-down shirts or women’s jeans.

Packing a Snapdragon 765G with a clean version of Android, the Motorola Razr 5G zips around with ease. With a secondary screen on the outside, the phone can be used even when in folded form, something Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip can’t match.

    Motorola Razr 5G
    The Motorola Razr 5G is a clamshell foldable that offers a 6.2-inch screen in a highly compact package -- and a bit of nostalgia to boot.

Best T-Mobile budget phone: OnePlus Nord N200

OnePlus Nord N200 5G

Priced at $216 on T-Mobile (and with a two-year monthly installment plan of just $9), the OnePlus Nord N200 is the second cheapest phone on this list. While you can’t expect flagship components here at this price point, you’re still getting a modern design with slim bezels wrapping around a 6.5-inch 90Hz screen, and a Snapdragon 480 SoC that supports 5G connectivity.

You also get a huge 5,000 mAh battery that all but guarantees at least a day and a half battery life. Although the 4GB of RAM and UFS 2.1 storage means this phone won’t zip around as quickly as higher-priced phones on this list.

    OnePlus Nord N200 5G
    The OnePlus Nord N200 5G is one of the cheapest 5G phones in the US right now, and you get a nice modern design, a high refresh screen, and a huge battery with the package.

Also great T-Mobile budget phone: T-Mobile Revvl V Plus 5G

T-Mobile Revvl V Plus

If you really want a new phone at the lowest price possible, T-Mobile has a 5G ready handset named Revvl V Plus that costs just $199 or $8.34 a month over 24 months. The Revvl V Plus runs on a MediaTek Dimensity 700, and packs a huge screen (6.8-inch, HD+ LCD) and battery (5,000 mAh) along with a 16MP main camera.

We like the color scheme and the flat sides of the device, but the bezels look a bit dated compared to the similarly priced OnePlus Nord N200.

    T-Mobile Revvl V Plus
    The T-Mobile Revvl V Plus is one of the cheapest 5G phones that works on T-Mobile's networks.

Ever since T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint, its networks have upgraded to provide even stronger and faster networks, so picking any of these phones will ensure you get the best possible speeds. We’re partial to the Galaxy S21 Ultra for its world-beating cameras, but the iPhone 12 and Galaxy A52 5G are also excellent daily drivers. We’ll update this list regularly so check back for the latest list!

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Ben Sin
Ben Sin

I'm a senior editor at XDA Developers. I have been a journalist for a decade, the last five years covering the mobile tech scene closely, reviewing just about every phone and attending trade shows and launches. I also run a gadget review channel on YouTube.