>Summer Cell Phone Buying Guide: Sprint

Summer is upon us and many people get their upgrades or look switch things up this time of year. Be it for school, work, or play, over the next few days we’ll be helping you find the hottest handset to start the summer off right, one carrier at a time. Keep in mind, all the pricing we list is from the carriers themselves. Obviously you can shop around and find your next phone for a lot cheaper.

Best of the Best: Samsung Nexus S 4G
If you’re looking to get the absolute best phone that Sprint has to offer, you gotta grab a Samsung Nexus S 4G. For $200, you’re going to get Android 2.3 on a beautiful 4” Super AMOLED screen, 4G data, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 5 megapixel camera with 720p video on the back, and a VGA cam in the front for video conferencing. It comes with 16GB of internal memory in addition to a microSD card slot. You’ll get access to Google Wallet with the NFC chip (when it launches in your city), and most importantly, it is uninhibited Android. No carrier customization, no bloatware, just the real deal.

Runner Up: Samsung Epic 4G


Best for the Least: LG Optimus S
Not looking to break the bank but still want all the goodness? The LG Optimus S is a pretty solid phone for the great price of $0. It’s a little weak with just a 600MHz processor, but it runs Android 2.2 quite well. You get a basic 3 megapixel camera but without a flash. It doesn’t seem like it should be a good phone, but it will surprise you. There’s less lag than you’d expect on most apps you’d use daily like Facebook, Twitter, and texting, and it still plays Angry Birds pretty well.

Runner Up: BlackBerry Style


Best Non-Android: HTC Arrive
Not down with the Droid? The HTC Arrive is going to be worth a look. This Windows Phone 7 device has a nice 3.6” touchscreen with a slide out QWERTY keyboard. When the keyboard is out, the screen pops up a bit too for a great view while you’re tapping away. The 1GHz processor runs the latest version of WP7 very well, the 5 megapixel camera works very well, and you’ve got 16GB of memory to work with. It’ll set you back $200, but you really won’t be disappointed.


What To Look Forward To: HTC EVO 3D
We’ve talked about it before, but the HTC EVO 3D will be upon us somewhat soon. The successor to the EVO 4G will look pretty similar with it’s 4.3” screen running Android on Sprint’s 4G network, but that’s where the similarities end. The EVO’s screen is qHD on 2D, and rocks the glasses-free stereoscopic 3D, which will work great on The Green Hornet, which comes preloaded. You have a 1GHz dual-core processor to help the dual 5 megapixel cameras for 3D pictures and video taking. It’s not official, but you can expect it for $200 sometime in the near future.

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