The Best T-Mobile Phones for 2023

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According to our Best Mobile Network tests, as well as data from Ookla, T-Mobile is the top carrier in the US. After driving through 30 cities and six rural regions across more than 10,000 miles, we found that T-Mobile’s mid-band 5G network is as good as it gets. If you haven’t gotten on the T-Mobile 5G train, it is definitely time to jump on board. You need a new 5G phone to take advantage of the network, though, and that’s where this list of our favorite phones we’ve tested can help. If you’re shopping on your own, make sure that your phone supports LTE frequency bands 12 and 71, as well as 5G band n41, to ensure the best coverage on T-Mobile.

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Deeper Dive: Our Top Tested Picks

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

Best for Content Creators

Bottom Line:

The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max is the best iPhone overall, with excellent performance, stellar battery life, sharp cameras, and a number of useful features you don’t get with the standard models.


  • High-quality hardware
  • Always-on display includes widgets
  • Top-notch cameras
  • Stellar wireless performance


  • Pricey
  • Dated design and Lightning connector

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

Best for Artists and Power Users

Bottom Line:

The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is large and pricey, but an exceptional mix of features, performance, and quality makes it the best high-end Android phone you can buy.


  • Large, bright display
  • Speedy performance
  • Excellent cameras
  • S Pen integration
  • Solid battery life
  • Durable hardware
  • Strong software update commitment


  • Expensive
  • Big, heavy build

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5

Best Folding Phone

Bottom Line:

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is a foldable phone done right, with a sleeker, lighter build than previous models, loads of power, and genuinely useful continuity between its two screens.


  • Incredibly versatile
  • Excellent productivity software
  • Beautiful screens
  • Slimmer, lighter design than previous generation


  • Pricey
  • Odd speaker placement

Google Pixel 7

Best Value Flagship

Bottom Line:

The Google Pixel 7 is the best $600 Android phone you can buy, particularly if you want flagship features and performance on a budget.


  • Fantastic value
  • Incredible cameras
  • Excellent performance
  • Great-looking display
  • Smooth Android 13 experience

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G

Best Affordable Phone

Bottom Line:

The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G’s excellent battery life and impressive design are a winning combination for budget-phone shoppers, but AT&T customers will want to buy it directly from the carrier


  • Handsome design
  • Durable Gorilla Glass 5 display
  • Capable cameras
  • Long battery life
  • Impressive performance for the price
  • Excellent software upgrade policy


  • Low-resolution display
  • Mediocre speaker
  • Back panel scratches easily

Google Pixel 7 Pro

Best Pixel Phone Overall

Bottom Line:

Google’s Pixel 7 Pro offers comparative flagship performance to other high-end Android phones at a slightly lower price.


  • Excellent photography features
  • Powerful software tools
  • Fast, pixel-rich display


  • Shorter battery life than the Pixel 7
  • Connectivity could be better

Apple iPhone 14

Best All-Around iPhone

Bottom Line:

While the iPhone 14 doesn’t offer all of the innovative new features available to the Pro line, Apple has made plenty of small tweaks under the hood to boost its performance and keep it competitive.


  • Solid performance
  • Capable cameras
  • Helpful emergency features


  • Not that different from the iPhone 13
  • Dated design and Lightning connector

Motorola Moto Edge+ (2023)

Best All-Around Android Flagship

Bottom Line:

Motorola’s 2023 Moto Edge+ combines excellent performance and leading battery life in an attractive design, making it your best bet for high-end Android performance under $1,000.


  • Stellar battery life
  • Solid performance
  • Attractive curved screen
  • Rapid charging


  • Display is only 1080p
  • Finicky fingerprint reader

Buying Guide: The Best T-Mobile Phones for 2023

The Best 5G Phones for T-Mobile

T-Mobile uses the whole menu of 5G frequencies—low, middle, and high—but mid-band is the sweet spot. The carrier’s low-band 5G network has great coverage but not much effect on performance; its high-band network hasn’t expanded much beyond its initial few cities. On the other hand, mid-band is available in most major and midsized cities, plus it performs considerably better than 4G.

Focusing on mid-band right now is key. All the 5G phones T-Mobile currently sells have mid-band, so you can just choose a phone you like and not worry too much. To that end, we’re only featuring 5G-capable smartphones in this T-Mobile roundup now. There are enough of them and are worth investing in at this point.

For more, see our list of the best 5G phones.

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The Best Voice Phones for T-Mobile

The unlocked Sunbeam F1 is a rugged, reliable, and high-quality flip phone that we highly recommend. You don’t need to look any further than it.

Alternatives to T-Mobile

T-Mobile isn’t the only option out there, of course. Take a look at our lists of the best phones on AT&T and Verizon Wireless, and see our Readers’ Choice awards for the top mobile carriers.

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Steven Winkelman contributed to this story.

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