Best Sprint Smartphones - Five Great SmartPhones Offered by Sprint

With HTC's Evo 4G phone debuting from Sprint in just a few days (June 4th, 2010) I decided it was about time I updated this guide to the best Sprint smartphones, especially since by now most of the phones featured here are old and decrepit, including my old faithful Treo 755p.

The old Palm device has done well by me the past couple of years, but now I'm ready to toss her aside in favor of the hottest Android phone on the market, the Evo. I just need to call up Sprint and see what kind of deal they'll give me for finally giving up my SERO account.

I'll try to catch up the list of best Sprint smartphones over the next couple of weeks, but for now I think some info about the Evo will do the trick.

HTC EVO 4G for Sprint
HTC EVO 4G for Sprint

HTC EVO 4G

e HTC EVO 4G has a very sexy and large 4.3 inch screen and its operating system is Android so there are lots of fun and useful apps to get.If you happen to live in an area that already has 4G you should be able to experience very fast data services comparable to your home cable or DSL internet speeds. Outside of the 4G cities, you'll have access to Sprint's 3G network, but they are rolling out 4G continually so hopefully you won't have to wait to long to experience the EVO at peak performance.

One of the primary features of this phone is its wireless tethering capability. By using the add-on service that Sprint will be selling for $29.95 per month you can use the HTC EVO to hook up eight of your devices to the internet, just like a wireless router. When you compare this cost to what it would cost you to run either Sprint or Verizon's mobile hotspot devices (around $60 per month) this is a great deal. Especially since I don't think you are required to maintain a contract for this feature so you could turn it on one month and turn it off the next (at least I think so, waiting to confirm!).

Of course, there are Android apps designed to turn an Android phone into a mobile hotspot so if one turns up for the EVO, you'll save even more money -- but I certainly didn't mention anything like not sending Sprint their $29.95 every month ;)

In addition to the Mobile hot spot feature, the EVO also sports some other neat things like two cameras, one a nice 8megapixels and the other a 1.3 front-facing camera -- so presumably you'll be able to videochat. And you can hook up your EVO to your HDTV to watch HD movies. Umm, how does that work exactly. Are you streaming them over your 4G to the TV?? That will be interesting.


Sprint HTC EVO Smartphone Demo

How much will the EVO phone cost?

The HTC EVO 4G will be going on sales for a subsidized price of $199. If you buy the phone from Sprint, you'll have to pay $299 upfront and then wait for a $100 rebate. If you buy it from Radio Shack or Best Buy, you'll pay just the $199 and won't have to hassle with applying for a mail-in rebate. I believe the full retail price through Sprint will be $449.

As far as plans go, the Everything Data plans work with the EVO, but you'll be paying an extra $10 month data charge on top of what you already pay for the privilege -- even if you don't have 4G in your area yet. I think the base rate is $69.99 and then add another $10 to that for at otal price of $79.99. I guess this is a SUPER BADASS PHONE surcharge. Still cheaper than Verizon or AT&T though.

Best Sprint Smartphones Archive

The following was written back in 2008 when I first bought my Treo 755p. I'll be replacing most of this in the coming weeks, but for now you can see what used to be the greatest Sprint phones :)

This week I've spent most of my time goofing off online shopping for Sprint Smartphones (as I'm switching networks too). I've been using a T-Mobile Sidekick II for the past couple of years and it is has served me fairly well, but I'm really ready for a new cell phone and I decided I wanted one with a lot more features and a superior camera.

When it comes to deciding which is the best Sprint smartphone, a "must have" for me is a QWERTY keyboard on the phone. I spent most of my time on the phone with the data applications and do a lot more email than I do talking and having an actual keyboard to thumb-type on makes a world of difference. I'm pretty quick now too! So all of these phones I'm showcasing have full QWERTY keyboards.

Ultimately I decided on a Palm Treo and switching networks to Sprint, who have some great rate plans and I'll be saving quite a bit of money on my monthly T-Mobile bill. Sprint has a pretty decent selection of Smartphones, in my opinion, and if they have decent service in your area and the places that you frequently travel, you should take a look at their line-up of mobile phones and rate plans.

These are my picks for the best Sprint smartphones currently available.

Palm Treo 755p Smartphone

The Treo 755p with the Palm OS is what I decided to get after hemming and hawwing a bit over whether to go with Palm or Windows mobile.

Ultimately I decided to go with the Palm-based Treo 755p because I really enjoyed my old Palm Tungsten. I consigned it to the closet a few years ago after buying my Sidekick because it seemed silly to carry two PDAs with me and clearly it made more sense to carry the PDA that had a phone in it.

But I definitely missed all the Palm apps and since there are so many third party applications available and a great user community built around this rock solid and easy to use operating system, I was happy to make this choice.

The Treo 755p is a great device. It has a 320x320 resolution screen, a 1.3 megapixel camera, can play video and music, has a web browser, a miniSD expansion slot, and Bluetooth. It comes with a Google Maps feature and it can be used as a wireless modem to connect my laptop to the internet, something I seriously could have used while travelling earlier in February.

It can also handle broadband. Since I spend far more time using data features on my phone than I do voice (I might talk 60 minutes a month when I'm not on the road), all of the data features are essential apps for me.

Palm Centro Smartphone

The Palm Centro is the newest smartphone from Palm. It is one of the least expensive Smartphones that you can buy. It is an amazing phone for the price and I almost selected the Centro over the Treo 755p because it has everything the Treo has and more.

The big difference between this phone and the Treo, however, is the Centro's slightly smaller form factor and the fact that it doesn't do voice dialing. Since I spend so much time surfing or writing email on my phone, I decided that it was worth paying the extra money for a the slightly larger screen that the Treo comes with. I also prefer the larger form factor and shape of the Treo.

But if you're in the market for a Smartphone with the Palm OS, then this is one phone you should definitely consider. It will most likely suit your needs. In addition to pink, it also comes in Red and Black.

MOTO Q 9c Smartphone by Motorola

The Motorola Q9c Smartphone is another phone I considered. The friend who convinced me to switch to Sprint with her has this phone and she likes it quite a bit. It's a great choice for anyone who prefers the Windows Mobile operating system as it comes with Windows Mobile 6.

Like my Treo, the Motorola Q9c comes with a 1.3 megapixel camera, bluetooth and a MiniSD port. It can handle broadband and also has WIndows Media Player 10 for playing video and audio. The Q9c also comes with the longest battery life of any smartphone on the market - up to 7.2 hours of talk time. That's about 3 hours more than the Treo gets.

HTC Mogul PPC-6800 Smartphone

The HTC Mogul runs Windows Mobile 6 and features a sliding design which hides the QWERTY keyboard when the device is closed. Another cool feature is that the screen on the phone adjusts its orientation according to the direction in which you are holding the phone so you can read it both vertically and horizontally.

One big advantage of the Mogul over the other phones on my list is built-in wifi. This means that if you're at a hotspot you can use WiFi rather than Sprint's EV-DO Broadband network. You would generally get higher speeds from WiFi, but EV-Do really is no slouch. Still, lots of people want a feature like this on their phone and if you're one of them, the Mogul is one of your best options. And of course, it has bluetooth as well.

The only major drawback of this phone is the camera. While it features 2 megapixels, nearly all of the reviews I've read of the camera complain that it takes crappy pictures. So if your camera is important, check out some of my other suggested phones instead.

Blackberry 8830 Smartphone

If you travel overseas a lot, the Blackberry 8830 is for you. This is the first CDMA Blackberry that also roams on the global GSM/GPRS networks, a critical feature for some business users. Naturally it offers all the standard Blackberry features, including Enterprise Server, but it has some Sprint-specific features as well -- it can run Sprint's Music Choice service and has a built-in media player. Like the Treo, the Blackberry 8830 can also be used as a wireless modem for your laptop and it features Bluetooth.

The only thing the Blackberry doesn't feature is a camera, so I personally wouldn't buy one, but if you are in the market for a world phone, this is one of your best options.

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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Hi ambicta, I am interested in a new phone. I have just the basic one at the moment. It is with telstra. Now I only went with them because we live in West Australia. And as we were going east across the nullabor I thought I would be able to have contact all the way.

How WRONG was I. We lost contact for 3 days after leaving Norseman. Until I reached Ceduna. Even people with the new 3 G phone could not contact people. So what is the good of paying out all that money for nothing. This possibly only applies to australia I am not sure.

I man died from a bee sting the other day because he bought the new phone and he could not get help. He would be alive today if he had kept his cdma one.

Telstra have a lot to answer for. Good hub. Although more confused than ever now. Do not know what to buy


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embitca 8 years ago from Boston Author

Hi Eileen, I should probably note at the top of my hub that I can only speak about phones for the US Market. I don't know what the situation is like in Australia. Having lived there in the 90s though, I would think one of the issues Australians have to deal with is a lack of cellphone towers in more remote locations.

If I spent a lot of time travelling in such remote areas, then I think the best and safest phone for emergency use would have to be a satellite phone. That's what folks like mountain climbers and serious adventure travelers and people who need to go to the arctic, the desert or the jungle use.

Cellphones just won't do the job because no company is going to build cellphone towers in places where people don't live and if I'm thinking about the right part of Aus. not a lot of people live in the Nullabor, right?

Honestly, as far as cellphone coverage has come,if I truly needed to rely on a phone for critical emergency situations, I would get a satellite phone. I don't consider cellphone service to be reliable enough to put my life in its hands. Maybe I will do a hub about satellite phones! They are very expensive, but for some people they may truly be the only real solution.


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Rapidwriter 8 years ago from UK

As someone who only ever uses her mobile in emergencies all this information is amazing. I am stunned and impressed and will be referring to this often, to brief myself!


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embitca 8 years ago from Boston Author

Hey Rapidwriter, thanks for commenting. I think cellphones are probably fine for your average emergency in well-populated areas, but they are seriously deficient for thinly populated locations. I've travelled extensively back and forth across the US by car and there are a lot of areas out West where there is no coverage whatsoever. I usually keep some emergency supplies in the car with me just in case I'm stuck someplace and its a dead zone.

But if you live in a city, cellphones are probably adequate. Just make sure you know the local phone number for emergency services and have it in your speed dial. It will be faster than calling 911 from your cellphone because that often hooks you to a regional 911 operator and they will then have to transfer you to the right local center.


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

I heard that the Palms have bad ratings. :-\ I told my dad I liked their look, but he said when he was looking around at smartphone reviews, Palms had poor ratings. I'm looking at the Blackberry Pearl with Sprint.


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embitca 8 years ago from Boston Author

Palm actually makes a great phone. If it gets a bad rating, it is probably because the Operating System is a bit out of date. They haven't bothered to release a new one in a couple of years. A new OS is due out late this year. Personally though, I far prefer Palm OS devices to Windows Mobile. Palm is easy to operate, very stable and has tons of software available for it.

I think the most useless OS out there for phones is probably the Blackberry LOL It is really for corporate use and is very limited in how it can be modified or even in its basic features. While the Pearl is being marketing to consumers, it is still just a Blackberry.

So different strokes for different folks, I guess, because I'd always choose a Palm over a Blackberry. You'll find that all reviews online, even mine, need to be taken with a grain of salt because a lot of it will come down to the reviewer's own preferences about Operating systems, etc. It is kind of like the whole PC vs Mac debate. If you are a diehard Mac person, you'd never give a good review to anything that was PC. Windows Mobile users don't like Palm. Palm users don't like Windows Mobile. It is kind of like Mac vs PC.


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

The only reason I like the Pearl is because of how it felt in my hand when I went to the Sprint store. I mean I'd rather spend so much less on a razor when I renew my contract, but I just like the feeling of that phone in my hand. It just felt right, which is crazy to say about a cell phone, but it did.

As with any smartphone, you can add software. My dad was going to get the BlackJack, and the guy at the store told him if he didn't get internet there was not point in the phone. The cell phone employees aren't really aware of it, but you can get tons of software to download onto these phones. I have a few hubs about software for smart phones. Blackberries aren't just for commercial use; yeah the internet's cool but too expensive for me.

My dad has several nursing programs that he put on his old smartphone before he dropped it and it sat overnight in the rain. You can find arcade game programs, travel software (currency converters, dictionaries, etc), time management programs, gps, tons of medical programs, etc.

I do realize that most reviews are towards the critics personal tastes, but it's always something to base your purchases on. I mean if say 7 out of 10 peole didn't like something, I don't think I'd buy it. Actually, it would also depend on whether or not there was anything written about the product- pros and cons.


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embitca 8 years ago from Boston Author

No, I think it makes perfect sense to buy a phone because of the way it feels in your hand. That's one of the reasons I like my Treo so much. And let's face it, unless you use a headset all the time, you do end up holding the phone in your hand a lot so it might as well feel good.

As for the Palm Treos, I've read tons of reviews and very few bad ones for any of them. The one I picked has solid reviews across the board and everyone I know who has it loves the phone. I honestly can't imagine where your dad is getting his information from. The only grumble I ever hear about them is that Palm should update their OS and that they should enable WiFi.

I'll check out some of your software hubs :)


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Whitney05 8 years ago from Georgia

As far as I know he was reading the Cingular reviews.


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livelonger 8 years ago from San Francisco

I have the Blackberry Pearl through Sprint and I love it! The only drawback is the browser, which is clumsy (Opera's is only a slight improvement). But I love the fact that it's small and lightweight - about half the weight of my old Treo 650!


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embitca 8 years ago from Boston Author

Whitney, now that's interesting. I didn't check any of the phones offered through Cingular because I knew I wasn't going to switch to them. I just checked T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint. :)

Livelonger, glad you like the Pearl. It is a nice looking phone.


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AndyBaker 7 years ago from UK

I've always been torn about getting a smart phone or sticking with a regular one.

Still haven't made the switch.


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intogadget 6 years ago

great post, i have sprint service as well and their rate plans are by far the best for any wireless carrier, but I am sad to see that you did not include the blackberry 8330 on this list


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Jezzzz 6 years ago

I enjoyed this hub so much I needed to tweet it to my friends. Great work.


sprintfedup 5 years ago

I've been with sprint for about 10 years now. I can say that I hate their plans now, it's no longer feasiable to have a cell with them. I upgraded to a phone I really wasn't sure about. Took it back and they hassled me for a freakin hour about keeping it then jacked up the return. Their plans are expensive and not at all what they should for families. I pay 150 a month for crap I really don't need but the phone i have "demands" it. When my other phone is up for renewal, we won't renew, we are going to a prepaid, less drama, less hassle, less expensive. Sprint needs to get with the times instead of making bigger plans with more fees, smaller plans, more affordable and maybe they would keep people.


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Jacob S 5 years ago from California

Hey this is a nice Hub Page! To my surprise I hadn't even heard of those Palm smartphones LOL. Probably because everyone is stuck on popular phones like the Iphone 4. I'm glad the Palm Centro comes in other colors than just pink, anyways thanks for sharing.


theo Simmons 5 years ago

I'm so upset that I've just found out that the 4 G phone that I purchased isn't a true 4G phone, I was misled by this company and I had to find out that the real 4G is on the verizon phones. I did have the priviledge to speak with someone overseas and they stated that we are definitely behind the times when it comes to true 4G technology. Here's another reason why I miffed customers are getting charged for 4G service that's really not. Do people know that NYC is new too 4G but the bandwidth is not worth it. Now where are we with this dilemma Japan, and Germany are on 8G already and look at where we at. PISSED OF TO ALL OF THE PISSTIVITY.


Aloha101 5 years ago

just got the Motorola Photon 4G 3 day's ago and had to charge it 6x already...... this battery sucks,,, what good does it do when you have 16GB can download all kinda things but then you have to put the phone on 3G to save the batterie and the batterie still empties out like crazy. I don't really use the phone so here we go let's charge it up AGAIN. I guess I have to switch it

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