The 5 Best T-Mobile Smartphones [December, 2012]

This year was full of fantastic smartphone releases on every single major carrier in the United States including T-Mobile USA, the nation’s fourth largest cellular operator. We’ve already taken a look at the best smartphones available on its rivals AT&T, Sprint and Verizon and now it’s time to take a look at the best T-Mobile smartphones for the month of December.

Read: Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Best Smartphones.

While 2012 was full of fantastic smartphone releases, there are certainly still consumers out there who are still looking for a new smartphone during the month of December. And specifically, many customers will be looking to snag a new smartphone on T-Mobile’s network.

T-Mobile is the only one of the five largest carriers not to offer 4G LTE data speeds, it won’t have its 4G LTE network up and running until some time in 2013, but it does still offer a nice selection of smartphones for use with its high-speed HSPA+ network. HSPA+ might not be as fast as 4G LTE but for many users, it’s certainly going to do the trick.

Still, even with 4G LTE out of the picture for now, T-Mobile offers a great lineup of devices to choose from. However, given the amount of choices, picking a phone out can be a difficult endeavor. From Android to Windows Phone 8 to the iPhone, T-Mobile has an arsenal of attractive options that consumers are going to want to look at during the month of December.

But which devices are the cream of the crop on the Magenta carrier? This month’s lineup of the best T-Mobile smartphones isn’t much different than last months given that T-Mobile has remained relatively quiet in the past few weeks. That being said,  here are the best of the best and five smartphones that we feel reign supreme on T-Mobile for the month of December.

Nexus 4

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Nexus 4

T-Mobile was and is the only U.S. carrier to offer the Nexus 4, Google's latest Nexus smartphone, on-contract. The unlocked version of the Nexus 4, which is currently backordered, is also compatible with T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42 network, making both solid options for those looking to get a great Android smartphone.

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The Nexus 4 offers all of the perks of a Nexus - quick updates, customizable software, vanilla Android - and combines those with some high end specifications.

Those include a large HD display, quad-core processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, good cameras, a great design and more. The price tag is also affordable with T-Mobile asking $199.99 on-contract. The unlocked Nexus 4 variants are a mere $299 and $349

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