Here are the best phones for gaming

best phone for gaming

There are plenty of things that smartphone owners use their devices for on a daily basis. One of the biggest uses, to no one’s surprise, is for gaming. In a survey of smartphone owners by the UK carrier O2 back in 2012, it found that people like to use their phones more for gaming than listening to music, texting or even to make calls.

There are no shortage of games that Android phone owners can check out from the Google Play Store ranging from puzzle titles like Candy Crush to high-end first person shooters. However, even the coolest looking game could look bad on a sub-par phone screen. Also, if your battery runs down quickly, you will soon not be able to play any games at all on the phone.

We decided to offer a selection of what we think are the best phones for gaming fans. We took into account factors like screen size and resolution, along with battery life and even if it had extra features specifically for gaming.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

best phones for gaming

The latest flagship phones from Samsung may also be the best phones for gaming that you can currently buy, if you have the money. The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus both feature large screens (5.8-inch for the S8, 6.2-inches for the S8 Plus) and both of those display have high resolutions (2,960 x 1,440). It doesn’t hurt that both have lots of RAM and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (or Samsung’s Exynos 8895 chip, depending where you live). The battery life is about average for these kind of phones, but it’s not horrible, and they also include some helpful power saving features.

If you are into VR gaming, you can also purchase the 2017 edition of the Samsung Gear VR, which will help extend your experience into virtual reality. A software update is also reportedly coming soon that will add support for Google’s Daydream View VR headset as well. Finally, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus also have new versions of Samsung’s Game Tools. When enabled, they allow the hardcore gamer to play games in Full Screen mode, which fills the entire edge-to-edge display, instead of seeing them in letterboxed mode.

Other Game Tools features lets players quickly take screenshots or record gameplay with little issues, along with a way to temporarily disable the phones’ digital home button and cuts off any notifications from showing up on your screen in the middle of gameplay. All that hardware does make the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus fairly pricey, but if money is no object, then these are the phones to get for the best mobile gaming experience.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S8

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm, 155 g

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 529 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173 g

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OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 was just released a few weeks ago and it’s an excellent choice for gamers who want a lot of power and battery life for not a lot of money. The 5.5-inch display has a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. While that’s not as big or as detailed as the display on the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, it should be plenty for most gamers. More importantly, the phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, which should handle even the most graphically rich games for Android. You can also get a version of the phone with a whopping up to 8 GB of RAM. The battery life is also better than the Galaxy S8, and can last up to a full day on a single charge.
While the OnePlus 5 doesn’t have as many gaming specific features as the Galaxy S8 phones, it does have a Gaming DnD (Do Not Disturb) mode which, when enabled, cuts off notifications from popping up while you play. Finally, the starting price for the OnePlus 5, at $479 for the 6 GB version and $539 for the 8 GB model, make this phone much cheaper than its main competition and easily one of the best phones for gaming on the market.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform
  • 6/8 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • Dual 16 and 20 MP rear cameras, 16 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm, 153 g

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Huawei Mate 9

The Huawei Mate 9 may be a bit older now than the Galaxy S8 or OnePlus 5, but it is still one of the best phones for gaming for one big reason — it’s battery. Before talking about battery, let’s focus on the big 5.9-inch Full HD display. Even with its size, the phone’s slim profile and design actually make it easier to hold compared to other large phones like the Google Nexus 6P or the iPhone 7 Plus.
As already hinted, another excellent reason to get the Mate 9 is how long its battery lasts. You might think that having such a big screen would be a huge power drain, but the Mate 9 is blessed with a big 4,000 mAh battery. Best of all, you can buy the unlocked Huawei Mate 9 right now for about $545, which again is cheaper than the Galaxy S8 and right up there with the OnePlus 5.

Specs

  • 5.9-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 373 ppi
  • Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 20 and 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm, 190 g

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

While the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are both over a year old, they still offer some excellent value for gamers who want some powerful mobile devices, but don’t want to spend a lot of money. Both the 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 and the 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 Edge have high 2,560 x 1,440 resolutions on their displays, which means cleaner graphics for gaming. While the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor in both phones, along with 4 GB of RAM, are not as beefy as other handsets on this list, they should be more than good enough for some excellent gaming.
Both the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge also have versions of Samsung’s Game Tools. As with the same features found on the new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, they offer some extended functions for gamers, including shutting down notifications while playing, easy screenshot and recording modes, and disabling the phones’ Recent and Back buttons.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577 ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm, 152 g

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,600 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157 g

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Motorola Moto Z Play

The Motorola Moto Z Play (known as the Moto Z Play Droid if you get it at Verizon) may be a year old, and this mid-range device may not have the hardware specs of other smartphones that we have discussed in this article. However, the phone still has one very impressive feature that’s vital to mobile gamers: awesome battery life. In regular use, the  3,510 mAh on the phone allows it to offer users up to two days of battery life on a single charge with regular use. While that will drop in heavy gaming, it’s still going to give mobile gamers a lot of time to play any title they want. In fact, the battery is much larger in the Moto Z Play than in the recently released Moto Z2 Play, which just has a 3,000 mAh battery.
There’s also one more factor in the Moto Z Play’s favor. It can use any current and upcoming Moto Mods, the snap-on accessories that Motorola first introduced in 2016. That includes the upcoming Moto Mod GamePad, which will place a control sticks on either side of the phone. It will also add a D-pad and four tactile action buttons, and it will have its own 1,035 mAh battery that is supposed to offer even more gaming time for any Moto Z phone. It’s due out later this summer for $79.99.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 403 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 16 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,510 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 156.4 x 76.4 x 7 mm, 165 g

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Best phones for gaming – Conclusion

Obviously, the world of smartphones sees new devices released almost every week, so this list will be update when new handsets that are game worthy are launched. In the meantime, we want to hear from you. What do you think of these phones on this list? Are they ready for some heavy mobile gaming, or do you want to see another phone placed on this list? Let us know your opinions in the comments.

Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge update tracker [Update: AT&T rolls out better video calling and more]

Update: AT&T is rolling out an update to the Samsung Galaxy S7 on and S7 Edge with the June Android security patches, as well as addressing some known bugs and issues. The circa 300 MB patch, featuring build number NRD90M.G930AUCU4BQF3, provides fixes for calendar and messaging apps, as well as the Samsung Knox security software. The AT&T patch notes also indicate that video calling has improved, though to what extent isn’t clear.

The update has been rolling out since the end of last week, so you should see the notification to update arriving on your S7 or S7 Edge anytime now. For more information on the latest Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge updates, head below.

Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Android update tracker page. This page covers all major U.S. carriers with a quick reference table for each and a log with links to further details. It will be regularly updated with the latest Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge update information.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge tend to receive their updates simultaneously – or at least very close together. For this reason, they both appear here on this update page. Also, note that we won’t be covering general security patches in our list.

We recommend you bookmark this page so you can stay up to date with the very latest updates.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Android Nougat update

Following a soak test in early January, on January 12 Samsung officially rolled out Nougat for unlocked international Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge devices that were enrolled in the beta program. A few days later on January 17, the update became available for all users (at least internationally). It then slowly creeped its way across Europe and India before making it to U.S. carriers in mid-February.

It wasn’t until a few months later in May that Samsung started rolling out Android Nougat to unlocked Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge owners in the US, concluding the rollout to the devices in that region. We’ll be tracking these updates once more when Android O arrives in its final form.

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Update US

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Android 7.0 Nougat first available: August 22, 2016

First carrier to roll it out for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge: T-Mobile (180 days).

Verizon Galaxy S7 (SM-G930V) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935V) update:

  • March 6, 2017, Verizon became the last of the four major US carriers to roll out Nougat to the S7 and S7 Edge.
  • September 1, 2016, improved voice calls, FM Radio, Barcode Beaming functionality and NextRadio app added.
  • May 9, 2016, DT Ignite added. Helps Verizon package and install apps on devices. Can’t be removed without root.

Number of days it took Verizon to update to Nougat: 196

AT&T Galaxy S7 (SM-G930A) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935A) update:

  • February 18, 2017, AT&T began the Nougat update roll out for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
  • July 27, 2016, Wi-Fi calling arrives.
  • April 21, 2016, DTV Widget added, better Wi-Fi performance when using BTLE, home and volume key responsiveness improved, other performance enhancements arrive.

Number of days it took T-Mobile to update to Nougat: 181

T-Mobile Galaxy S7 (SM-G930T) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935T) update:

  • February 17, 2017, T-Mobile became the first U.S. carrier to roll out Nougat for the S7 and S7 Edge.
  • November 5, 2016, enabled 256/64 QAM, domestic data roaming improvements, system crash fix.
  • May 4, 2016, FM Radio, power and volume key fix, system improvements.

Number of days it took T-Mobile to update to Nougat: 180

Sprint Galaxy S7 (SM-G930P) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935P) update:

  • February 21, 2017, Sprint started rolling out the final Nougat build to its S7 and S7 Edge beta testers. The OTA rollout to non-beta users is expected soon after and to conclude on February 27.
  • May 26, 2016, battery life improvements, Wi-Fi calling added.

Number of days it took Sprint to update to Nougat: 184

International Galaxy S7 (SM-G930F) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935P) update:

  • March 20, 2017: Nougat arrived to Rogers and Telus in Canada.
  • January 17, 2017: Nougat became available for all international unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edges.
  • January 12, 2017: Samsung rolled out Nougat for international unlocked devices enrolled in the beta program.
  • January 4, 2017: Samsung began a limited soak test for the unlocked S7 and S7 Edge.
  • December 21: Vodafone Australia confirmed that the Nougat version they’re testing for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is Android 7.0, not Android 7.1.
  • December 20: The fourth major beta update has rolled out to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge for those enrolled in the Galaxy Beta Program. The update removes the Samsung Notes app and a previous mention of the Samsung Experience interface.
  • December 16, 2016, Vodafone Australia lists the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge in its weekly software update wrap-up. States “testing in progress”, but doesn’t provide an ETA.

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Best Straight Talk phones (July 2017)

Straight Talk is the prepaid, no contract service that you find in Walmart locations. If you’re looking to grab the best Straight Talk phone possible, look no further.

There are a lot of cheap Straight Talk phones out there, though honestly most of them aren’t worth the asking price. That’s why we’ve chose to focus mostly on their more premium offerings like the Galaxy S8. If you want a cheap phone, you’re probably better looking at unlocked options.

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

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Following a successful launch of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung seemed to have a pretty good idea as to what users want in a smartphone. Solid battery life, high-res screens, impressive camera performance and more were all things the company achieved with the 2016 flagships. And while the Note 7 seemed to improve even more in those areas, overheating problems caused the device to enter total recall mode.

Now we get to see what Samsung has in store for us in 2017. It should come as no surprise that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus feature top-of-the-line specifications, great cameras and an all-new design that’s truly futuristic.

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This time around, Samsung included a curved screen on both the S8 and S8 Plus, as well as a unique 18.5:9 aspect ratio that allows for a much more comfortable in-hand feel. The company even ditched its famous physical home button and included on-screen navigation keys (finally). Under the hood, these devices come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (or Exynos 8895, depending on the region), 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of on-board storage, and one of the latest versions of Android, 7.0 Nougat.

Samsung even launched a few extra accessories alongside the S8 that you should definitely consider checking out. The new Samsung DeX dock lets you use your S8 as a desktop computer, and there’s also a new Gear 360 camera that allows for shooting video in 4K and live streaming to YouTube. Of course, there’s also a new Galaxy S8-compatible Gear VR headset, complete with a controller for easier navigation.

All in all, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are two of the most promising smartphones launching in 2017 and two of the best Straight Talk phones you’ll find.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S8

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm, 155 g

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 529 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173 g

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Samsung Galaxy S6

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The Galaxy S6 is starting to show its age now, but if you don’t want the S8, the next best choice on Straight Talk is the S6 — no, for some reason they don’t directly offer the S7 series anymore, though you might be able to find some left over stock in stores.

The under-the-hood specifications on the Galaxy S6 are still mostly up to date, and it continues to perform well in day to day use. This device is fast, comes with a great rear-facing camera, and they’ve recently been updated to the latest version of Android. Oh, and since the arrival of the S7 and S7 Edge, the price on this baby has dropped quite a bit. If you’re interested in learning more about the Galaxy S6, check out our reviews linked below.

This might not be the newest phone, but it is still a great Straight Talk phone that’s worth picking up.

Specs

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577 ppi
  • Samsung Exynos 7420 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128 GB storage options, no microSD expansion
  • 16 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,550 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm, 138 g

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LG Stylo 3

LG Stylo 3

First announced as part of LG’s phone lineup at CES 2017 earlier this year, the Stylo 3 is a pretty large phablet that includes its own built-in stylus for taking notes on the display. However, both of these features are included in a phone that has mostly mid-range hardware specs. The 5.7-inch display only has a screen resolution of 1,280 x 720, which means it doesn’t even reach True HD levels.

Inside, the Android 7.0 Nougat phone has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor running with a clock speed of 1.4 GHz, along with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded to up to 2 TB with its microSD card slot. There’s also a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front-facing camera, along with a removable 3,200 mAh battery. Finally, there’s a fingerprint sensor located in the back of the phone, below the rear camera.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch display with 1,280 x 720 resolution
  • 1.4 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor
  • Adreno 505 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB built-in storage, microSD card expansion support up to 2 TB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 3,200 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • 6.13 x 3.15 x 0.29 inches, 5.3 ounces

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Camp Apple – iPhone 6s or iPhone 7

Yes we are an Android site, but we couldn’t really do a “best phones from X carrier” list right if we left out Apple. While we obviously prefer Android, there are many folks out there that would rather own an Apple. If you are one of these folks, you’ll be happy to know that StraightTalk offers several models, going back even to the iPhone SE and iPhone 5 family.
Still, more than likely you’ll want to stick with the iPhone 6s or iPhone 7 if you plan to go Apple.

Specs:

iPhone 7
  • 4.7-inch display with 1,334 x 750 resolution
  • 2.34 GHz quad-core A10 Fusion processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 32 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB of onboard storage, non-expandable
  • 12 MP rear camera, 7 MP front-facing camera
  • 1,960 mAh battery
  • iOS 10
  • Front-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches, 4.87 ounces
iPhone 6S
  • 4.7-inch display with 1,334 x 750 resolution
  • 1.84 GHz dual-core A9 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 32 GB and 128 GB of onboard storage, non-expandable
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera
  • 1,715 mAh battery
  • iOS 9
  • Front-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches, 4.87 ounces

While the phones on the list aren’t bad at all, if you are looking for more options you’ll be happy to know that the MVNO has a great BYOP (bring your own phone) program, allowing you to activate your existing GSM or CDMA phone on its network. All you need to do is buy the right SIM card. For more information on bringing your own phone to Straight Talk, follow this link.

If you don’t have an existing phone and aren’t a fan of anything on this list, feel free to check out our best cheap Android phones list!

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