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Best Verizon Android phones (January 2017)

With the largest network and an excellent selection of phones, it is no wonder why Verizon is largely considered to be the “top dog” out of all the major U.S. carriers. For those on Big Red’s network, there are quite a few options to choose from, including major flagships that are universally available on all carriers, as well as handsets specific to Verizon only.

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We’ve rounded up the best devices you can get on Verizon’s network. When you make your purchase, keep in mind that Verizon has done away with contract pricing. It’s also worth noting that some of these phones are even cheaper from Amazon, so we’ll try to include the relevant Amazon links if we can find cheaper prices for you. Without any further ado, here are the best Android phones available on Verizon’s network!

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.


Google Pixel and Pixel XL

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Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are here, and they truly are some amazing smartphones.

Not only are they the first phones to ship with the Google Assistant on board, they also come with plenty of exclusive software features and some of the best smartphone cameras in existence.

Under the hood, they sport some killer specs, too. Both devices have an AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage and long-lasting batteries. The overall design of these phones may not be the most unique, but they do feel like premium phones through and through.

There are a few things about these phones that will turn some people away, though. For starters, they only sport an IP53 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning they’re not nearly as waterproof as the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. There are ways around that, but none that will make the devices truly waterproof. Plus, since this is a Verizon model, you’ll have to deal with a small amount of bloatware (though you will be able to uninstall it), you won’t be able to unlock the bootloader, and Verizon will be handling all Pixel and Pixel XL software updates (though the company swears it won’t delay them).

Of course, you’ll be able to buy these devices through the Google Store and activate them on Verizon’s network. Doing so will allow you to take advantage of an unlockable bootloader, software updates from Google, and access to Verizon’s HD Voice and Wi-Fi Calling.

If you’re in the market for a new flagship Android phone and don’t mind spending over $650, you should buy the Pixel or Pixel XL… these are two of the best Android phones out there.

Specs

Google Pixel

  • 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,770mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6mm, 143g

Google Pixel XL

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,450mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6mm, 168g

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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Samsung did a killer job with their 2015 flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Design-wise, many would say those two phones were close to perfect. The company forwent a plastic design and instead included glass front and back panels with an aluminum frame. They weren’t without their flaws, though. The S6 and S6 Edge didn’t offer expandable storage or removable batteries — two features Samsung has been known to include in all its smartphones for years.

Now the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have made their way to the masses, and they fix many of the problems the S6 line introduced last year. While they don’t offer removable batteries, Samsung included expandable storage on both handsets in case the 32GB of on-board storage isn’t enough. Samsung mostly stuck to the same design this time around, though they did shrink down the camera bumps on the back and made the devices a little thicker to make room for larger batteries.

In terms of specs, these are top-of-the-line smartphones. They come with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4GB of RAM, great 12MP rear-facing cameras and run the latest version of Android. Instead of featuring the same screen sizes this time around though, Samsung kept the S7 at a smaller 5.1 inches, while the S7 Edge has been bumped up to a larger 5.5-inch panel.

Seriously, these are some incredible smartphones. They are a little pricey, but all in all, we think the high asking price is worth it.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S7

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

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3600mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm, 157g

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LG V20

Best Verizon Android phones (January 2017)

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The V20 is basically the phone for power users. It has a a big Quad HD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, plenty of RAM and on-board storage, dual 16MP rear-facing cameras, and a removable 3,200mAh battery. Of course, the unique Second Screen makes a return this year, along with the addition of Quad DAC, military standard durability, and it’s already running Android 7.0 Nougat.

If top-of-the-line specs and an impressive feature set is what you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with the V20.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 513ppi
    • Secondary display: 2.1-inch IPS LCD display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 513ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 16 and 8MP rear cameras, 5MP front camera
  • Removable 3,200mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm, 174g

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Motorola Moto Z / Moto Z Force (Droid Editions)

Best Verizon Android phones (January 2017)

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Motorola (well, Lenovo actually) is doing something different with their flagship phones this year. Instead of releasing just one flagship under the Moto X moniker, they’ve decided to release two new smartphones that do things a bit out of the ordinary. The Moto Z and Moto Z Force not only bring flagship-level specs, but also support for modules.

These modules, called Moto Mods, attach to the back of both phones via magnets. There are only a few available right now, but they actually bring some handy features to the phones. You can purchase an external battery module, a powerful speaker, and even a projector!

They both have killer specs, too. Both devices come with a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage, expandable memory, and run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. You might be wondering – what’s the difference between these two phones? The standard Moto Z is super thin at only 5.2mm in thickness, but it only comes with a 2600mAh battery. The Moto Z Force is thicker, has a 3500mAh battery, and also has a shatterproof display.

These aren’t the cheapest phones on the market, but they’re certainly some of the best.

Specs

Moto Z

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 535ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2600mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.2mm, 136g

Moto Z Force

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 535ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 21MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3500mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 155.9 x 75.8 x 7mm, 163g

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HTC 10

Best Verizon Android phones (January 2017)

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HTC needed a saving grace this year, and the 10 just may be it. The Taiwanese company finally designed a phone that’s different enough from its predecessor yet still sports a familiar design language. With an all-metal chassis, front-mounted fingerprint sensor and a new-and-improved speaker setup, the HTC 10 easily made its way to our best Android phones list.

Under the hood, the 10 comes with some killer specs. A 5.2-inch Quad HD display, Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM are in line with most other flagships this year, and it also comes with expandable storage up to 200GB and a 3000mAh battery that will have no problems lasting an entire day on a single charge. HTC also improved the camera this time around, which was a big flaw in last year’s One M9 flagship.

All in all, the HTC 10 is an awesome device. Great specs and a solid build quality are what you’ll get here… what more could you ask for?

Specs

  • 5.2-inch Super LCD5 display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 565ppi
  • 2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 145.9 x 71.9 x 9mm, 161g

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LG G5

Best Verizon Android phones (January 2017)

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While the Galaxy S7 series is a minor refresh in terms of design, the LG G5 sees a massive departure from the design language used in the G series, ditching the rear volume/power setup that first debuted with the LG G2. The G5 also adopts a unibody metallic design that has a removable cap for access to the removable battery and a port for modules that allow users to expand the phone’s capabilities by adding a camera grip and other special accessories.

The distinctly different design of the LG G5 may not be for everyone, but there’s little denying that LG has went out of its way to try and innovate in a market where big changes like this aren’t all that common.

Spec wise, we’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4GB RAM, a 5.3-inch display, and 32 GB storage with microSD for expansion. The specs here are certainly impressive all across the board. It’s also worth mentioning that LG has revamped its software, making it faster and less bloated. One controversial move with the software, however, is the removal of the app drawer in favor of what LG says is a “simplified experience.”

Specs

  • 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 554ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 16 and 8MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Removable 2800mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm, 159g

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How did you like our list? Do you have any other suggestions? If so, feel free to voice your opinion in the comments below!

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LG celebrates its 70th birthday with plans for a major overhaul

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LG started back in 1947 as a small plastics maker. Now, 70 years later, it is South Korea’s second largest conglomerate. But, like its larger rival Samsung, LG saw its fair share of troubles in 2016, most significantly when LG Electronics failed to deliver a smash hit with its modular flagship LG G5 and various LG phones suffered from bootloop issues.

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December 15, 2016

At an executive gathering in South Korea this week, LG chairman Koo Bon-moo told the assembled top brass that overhauling core business units and finding new drivers for growth are the group’s highest priorities in 2017.

The exact nature of that overhaul was not discussed, but LG Electronics’ mobile division was already due to have completed its “business improvement activities” by the end of 2016 in the wake of the G5’s failure to catch on.

Fortunately, the V20, LG’s second “flagship” of 2016 (although it can’t really be called that as it was not released globally), was twice as popular as the V10 in its first couple of weeks. That said, its sustained sales performance is as yet unknown. The Galaxy Note 7 recall may well have helped boost LG Electronics’ fortunes in the final months of the year though.

LG celebrates its 70th birthday with plans for a major overhaul

Chairman Koo did however mention a few more details on the new drivers of growth he’s expecting, stating that the company needs a new focus on innovation in order to “actively cope with the chaotically evolving global business environment.” Let’s just assume he’s not after new innovations like modularity though…

But there is much more to the LG Corporation than just its mobile division: LG dabbles in vehicle components, working with GM on the popular Chevy Bolt EV; it produces LCD panels for TVs and smartphones; makes chemicals, semiconductors, home appliances and batteries; is heavily invested in the telecommunications industry and even works in life sciences, health care and medicines.

Demanding innovation from business units as diverse as those might just sound like lip service, but at the very least, the same cost-cutting, streamlining activities LG Electronics underwent last year are likely to impact the group’s other divisions in 2017. For a company that morphed from a plastics manufacturer to one of South Korea’s largest companies though, adapting quickly to new challenges should come as second nature.

LG’s Music Flow speakers will be adding Google Home support soon

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LG plans to update its Music Flow lineup of wireless speakers in the very near future with two new highly-requested features. The speakers, which already are labeled as “Chromecast built-in” (formerly known as Google Cast) will be adding support for both the digital assistant-based Google Home speaker, as well as Google Multiroom support, sometime before the end of February.

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Google Cast branding is being ditched for ‘Chromecast built-in’

November 23, 2016

Both of these new features will be available via an over-the-air software update, according to an LG support note. The company launched its Music Flow speaker lineup in 2015, but many of its owners have been waiting for the promised Multiroom update for some time. The support note stated that LG has been working with Google on that update, and decided to throw in Google Home support at the same time. The note added this update will be available for both older and more recent Music Flow speakers.

When that update is available, Chromecast users will be able to cast music to multiple Music Flow speakers at once. The Google Home support should also allow users to control playback, volume and other aspects on those same speakers with voice commands.

LG’s speakers aren’t the only products getting Google Home support, though. Earlier this week, VIZIO announced it has added Google Home support to its lineup of SmartCast devices, including its smart TVs, soundbars and other products.

Galaxy S8 or LG G6: which are you most looking forward to?

It’s fast approaching 2017’s flagship smartphone season and the arrival of two very important handsets for Samsung and LG – the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6. For Samsung, this upcoming launch represents an opportunity to recapture momentum after the Note 7 fiasco, while LG is looking for a turnaround after the disappointing reception of the G5. But which handset is looking the more interesting? It’s time to dive into some of the rumored specifications and features to find out.

Starting with the most obvious, we can certainly expect that both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 will ship with Qualcomm’s recently announced Snapdragon 835 processing package. We haven’t heard much about the possibility of a next generation Exynos processor from Samsung, but if such a chip is in development, and it seems likely that it is, we can probably expect it to debut inside the Galaxy S8 as well, possibly following the regional variation patterns of the past. We obviously don’t want to try to compare performance with a chip that may or may not exist, but Qualcomm has made big efforts to improve CPU efficiency and GPU performance with the 835, and a next generation Exynos on a 10nm process with a Mali-G71 GPU would likely be highly competitive.

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LG G6: all the rumors in one place

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Other hardware rumors have pointed to a huge 6GB RAM configuration inside the Galaxy S8 and it seems likely that a lot of flagships will opt for a larger RAM pool this generation. Lower cost flagship manufacturers, such as OnePlus and ASUS, have been pushing the envelope in terms of RAM count, and more costly phones can’t really show up months later with inferior hardware. Furthermore, a greater amount of faster RAM will also be very useful for virtual reality applications. It’s also likely that both phones will make use of fast UFS main memory, and other reports suggest that Samsung may debut UFS memory card support via a new hybrid card slot.

Here’s a quick overview of the hardware specifications that a number of rumors seem to be alluding to. Although obviously some of these features may not actually end up in the finished products. You know rumors.

 Samsung Galaxy S8LG G6
Display5.1/5.5-inch AMOLED
2560x1440
5.7-inch LCD
2880x1440 (18:9 aspect ratio)
SoCSnapdragon 835Snapdragon 835
CPU Config4x 2.45GHz Kryo 280
4x 1.9GHz Kryo 280
4x 2.45GHz Kryo 280
4x 1.9GHz Kryo 280
GPUAdreno 540Adreno 540
RAM6GB6GB
Memory cardMicroSD and UFSMicroSD
CameraSingle rear sensorDual rear sensors
ExtrasUSB Type-C, IP68 rating, wireless charging, Quick Charge 4, iris scanner, fingerprint scanerUSB Type-C, waterproof, wireless charging, Quick Charge 4, iris scanner, fingerprint scanner
Mobile $Android Pay, Samsung PayAndroid Pay, LG Pay
OSAndroid 7.1 NougatAndroid 7.1 Nougat

As with most recent flagship generations, we’re expecting the processing hardware to produce pretty much identical performance. What’s really going to separate these handsets is the extra features packed in. LG begins its product differentiation with a confirmed QHD+ resolution display that features a 18:9 aspect ratio as well as in-TOUCH technology, which brings touch controls into the display hardware to reduce bezel size and increase brightness. The Galaxy S8 is pegged to feature a familiar QHD Super AMOLED display as before but this may feature a diamond pentile pattern that will increase the pixel density over its existing RBG layout. The S8 is also rumored to come with a smaller bezel that will push the handset towards a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, as well as Force Touch technology.

There's looking to be quite a lot of feature crossover between the two handsets, more so than in previous generations.

As for cameras, we imagine that LG will be sticking with its now tried and tested dual camera setup, and will likely be sticking with the wide angle option. Samsung has been rumored to be working on a dual camera setup of its own, but component costs may prevent this from actually making it into the final product. Either way, we can certainly expect a strong camera performance from both flagships again next year. Minor improvements here, but ones that consumers will likely appreciate in terms of what it means for the phones’ designs.

In terms of extras, Samsung will likely be bringing many of the Galaxy Note 7’s features over to the S8. We can expect a USB Type-C port, possible at the expensive of a 3.5mm headphone jack, along with the iris scanning technology that made its debut in the Note 7. Other than that, Samsung also appears to be lining up a faster wireless charging solution, fast charging, and a new optical fingerprint sensor. However, the major selling feature with the Galaxy S8 looks set to be the company’s Bixby virtual assistant. Bixby is said to be built into Samsung’s other apps to allow for deep integration and a wide range of voice controlled interactions.

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Samsung Galaxy S8: all the rumors in one place

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We haven’t heard anything about a virtual assistant from LG, but the company looks to be closing in on Samsung’s feature set. The LG G6 has been rumored to include its own fast charging option and a waterproof body, although we’re not sure exactly what IP rating the handset will have yet. LG also unveiled its own all-in-one iris scanning module and has long been expected to include a MST based mobile payment system known as LG Pay, both of which may finally appear in the G6. The design is also rumored to come with a tempered glass back or metal unibody, which, along with waterproofing, would mean that the modular design of the G5 is out of the window. There’s looking to be quite a lot of feature and design crossover between the two handsets, more so than in previous generations.

If all of this turns out to be true, we could be looking at a LG flagship that is as feature rich as the Galaxy S8. This could perhaps make for a tougher consumer choice than in previous years, but that’s no bad thing. There’s certainly a lot to look forward to in both of these upcoming handsets, but are there are particular features that you really want to see in next years flagships? Are any of these rumors likely to sway you towards one handset or the other?

LG will unveil the G6 on February 26 at MWC Barcelona

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LG has sent out media invites for an event that will take place on February 26 in Barcelona, a day before Mobile World Congress (MWC) officially kicks off. The invite shows a silhouette of a smartphone along with the “See More, Play More” tagline, which is consistent with rumors that LG will unveil the G6 smartphone.

We assume the tagline means that the upcoming flagship from LG will have a larger display when compared with its predecessor, the G5. The South Korean company has already confirmed that the G6 will feature a 5.7-inch QHD+ screen with 18:9 aspect ratio. That’s the exact aspect ratio of the image in the invite. Other specs haven’t been confirmed yet, but the company did release a video about a week ago that hints at some of the features we can expect to see on the upcoming G6 smartphone.

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These include a compact and waterproof body, reliability as well as “capture it all at once” which we assume has something to do with the camera. Other rumors also suggest that the device will sport the Snapdragon 835 chipset, 6 GB of RAM, a dual camera setup, wireless charging, and the latest version of Android with LG’s user interface on top. If you want to know more about the device, check out our “LG G6: all the rumors in one place” post.

In addition to the G6, the company might also announce a couple of new smartwatches at its MWC event, although this obviously hasn’t been confirmed yet. Two LG smartwatches have recently passed through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), so there is a chance that the tech giant will officially announce them alongside its latest smartphone.

LG files patent for possible folding smartphone-tablet hybrid

We have seen lots of patents and mockups of foldable displays and smartphones in the past few years. However, none of them have actually been launched as consumer products. Today, LG is the latest to file a patent for a foldable device, but this time rumors claim that the company really does plan to launch such a product in the near future.

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Samsung’s latest foldable display patent filings look pretty rad

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LG files patent for possible folding smartphone-tablet hybrid

 

LG files patent for possible folding smartphone-tablet hybrid

In its patent, which was recently filed in its home country of South Korea, LG’s diagrams seem to show that this display wraps around the outside of the actual phone/tablet hybrid. There’s a place on the side of the device when in phone mode that is not covered up by the display, which could be used for a front-facing selfie-camera, a fingerprint reader or some other kind of control. It also seems to show virtual media controls on the device’s spine when in phone mode.

LG files patent for possible folding smartphone-tablet hybrid

When the phone opens up to show its full display in tablet mode, the patent designs show that the control strip is covered up, perhaps because LG’s patent creators do not believe users will be accessing those features when the device is in full tablet mode.

It’s important to point out that most of the time, companies that file these kinds of patents don’t usually turn them into full fledged products. However, it’s very possible that aspects of this LG patent could find its way into a future foldable smartphone.

LG Display is reportedly working with several phone companies on the development of out-foldable OLED panels for a launch sometime in 2018, and its likely the company will use these displays in its own phones as well. Meanwhile, rival Samsung, which has been open about developing foldable smartphones in the past few years, is rumored to be working on an actual consumer phone with this feature. It is reportedly being set up for a launch sometime in 2018 as well.

Best AT&T Android phones (January 2017)

AT&T and Verizon have been engaged in a bit of a cold war for the top carrier spot in the United States for some time now. While both carriers have a great selection of phones, many folks claim AT&T’s selection is a bit broader. AT&T has everything from the best flagship devices to mid-range phones, all the way down to budget friendly options. So if you’re looking for the best AT&T phones, we’ve got you covered.

In the list below, we’ve also added a couple unlocked options at the bottom of the post if you’re interested in going off-contract. Without any further ado, let’s get started!

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.


Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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Samsung did a killer job with their 2015 flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Design-wise, many would say those two phones were close to perfect. The company forwent a plastic design and instead included glass front and back panels with an aluminum frame. They weren’t without their flaws, though. The S6 and S6 Edge didn’t offer expandable storage or removable batteries — two features Samsung has been known to include in all its smartphones for years.

Now the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have made their way to the masses, and they fix many of the problems the S6 line introduced last year. While they don’t offer removable batteries, Samsung included expandable storage on both handsets in case the 32GB of on-board storage isn’t enough. Samsung mostly stuck to the same design this time around, though they did shrink down the camera bumps on the back and made the devices a little thicker to make room for larger batteries.

In terms of specs, these are top-of-the-line smartphones. They come with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4GB of RAM, great 12MP rear-facing cameras and run the latest version of Android. Instead of featuring the same screen sizes this time around though, Samsung kept the S7 at a smaller 5.1 inches, while the S7 Edge has been bumped up to a larger 5.5-inch panel.

Seriously, these are some incredible smartphones. They are a little pricey, but all in all, we think the high asking price is worth it.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S7

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

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3600mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm, 157g

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LG V20

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The V20 is basically the phone for power users. It has a a big Quad HD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor, plenty of RAM and on-board storage, dual 16MP rear-facing cameras, and a removable 3,200mAh battery. Of course, the unique Second Screen makes a return this year, along with the addition of Quad DAC, military standard durability, and it’s already running Android 7.0 Nougat.

If top-of-the-line specs and an impressive feature set is what you’re looking for, you can’t go wrong with the V20.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 513ppi
    • Secondary display: 2.1-inch IPS LCD display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 513ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 16 and 8MP rear cameras, 5MP front camera
  • Removable 3,200mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6mm, 174g

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

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You’re constantly dropping your phone. You always use one of those indestructible phone cases. Your phone has taken a swim more than you have this summer.

Does this sound like you? If so, you should probably pick up the Galaxy S7 Active.

It has mostly all the same specifications as the standard Galaxy S7, but this one comes with a handful of improvements for those who need a more rugged device. It’s IP68 certified for dust proofing and water resistance, and also comes with a MIL-STD-810G certification for salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistance. Oh, and it comes with a massive 4,000mAh battery that’s extremely difficult to kill in a single day.

Specs

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4000mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 148.8 x 74.9 x 9.9mm, 185g

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LG G5

Best AT&T Android phones (January 2017)

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While the Galaxy S7 series is a minor refresh in terms of design, the LG G5 sees a massive departure from the design language used in the G series, ditching the rear volume/power setup that first debuted with the LG G2. The G5 also adopts a unibody metallic design that has a removable cap for access to the removable battery and a port for modules that allow users to expand the phone’s capabilities by adding a camera grip and other special accessories.

The distinctly different design of the LG G5 may not be for everyone, but there’s little denying that LG has went out of its way to try and innovate in a market where big changes like this aren’t all that common.

Spec wise, we’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 4GB RAM, a 5.3-inch display, and 32GB storage with microSD for expansion. The specs here are certainly impressive all across the board. It’s also worth mentioning that LG has revamped its software, making it faster and less bloated. One controversial move with the software, however, is the removal of the app drawer in favor of what LG says is a “simplified experience.”

Specs

  • 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 554ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200GB
  • 16 and 8MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Removable 2800mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm, 159g

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Going off-contract?

If you don’t mind buying your next smartphone through another retailer, you should absolutely go for Google’s new Pixel or Pixel XL. When you buy one of these phones through the Google Store, you’ll be able to activate it on AT&T’s network. Plus, if you don’t feel like spending $650+ outright, Google also has some decent financing options.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL

Best AT&T Android phones (January 2017)

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Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL are here, and they truly are some amazing smartphones.

Not only are they the first phones to ship with the Google Assistant on board, they also come with plenty of exclusive software features and some of the best smartphone cameras in existence.

Under the hood, they sport some killer specs, too. Both devices have an AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage and long-lasting batteries. The overall design of these phones may not be the most unique, but they do feel like premium phones through and through.

There are a few things about these phones that will turn some people away, though. For starters, they only sport an IP53 rating for dust and water resistance, meaning they’re not nearly as waterproof as the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge. There are ways around that, but none that will make the devices truly waterproof. Plus, if you buy the Verizon model, you’ll have to deal with a small amount of bloatware (though you will be able to uninstall it), you won’t be able to unlock the bootloader, and Verizon will be handling all Pixel and Pixel XL software updates (though the company swears it won’t delay them).

If you’re in the market for a new flagship Android phone and don’t mind spending over $650, you should buy the Pixel or Pixel XL… these are two of the best Android phones out there.

Specs

Google Pixel

  • 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,770mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.6mm, 143g

Google Pixel XL

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32/128GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,450mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6mm, 168g

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How did you like our list of the best AT&T phones? Do you have any other suggestions? If so, feel free to voice your opinion in the comments below!

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Google rumored to help launch Android One phones in US

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Google is reportedly planning to push its less pricey Android One smartphone platform into the US. A new report claims that the first such phone is scheduled to be launched in mid-2017 and will be priced between $200 and $300.

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The story comes from The Information, citing unnamed sources. While the maker of the US-based Android One handset has yet to be revealed, the story claims that LG could be the first out of the gate. Google will offer regular software updates for the phone up to two years after it goes on sale, much like it does for its own Nexus and Pixel devices. The story adds that Google plans to fund a major ad campaign for this Android One phone when it launches. After it arrives Google will consider adding more Android One phones from other companies on a case-by-case basis.

The story says one of the reasons why Google wants to bring Android One to the US is to help promote the Android brand itself.  Most consumers are more aware of Samsung’s Galaxy devices rather than Android itself, and Google wants to change that.

Google first announced the Android One platform in 2014, with the company’s idea of bringing affordable Android phones, with a stock version of the OS, to developing countries. The first such phones from third-party companies launched in Asia and Africa and later they were sold in parts of Europe and Japan. So far the sales results have been mixed, but it looks like Google is sticking with its plan and expanding into one of the biggest markets for phones.

Google teaming up with LG for two new Android Wear watches, the Watch Sport and Watch Style

We’ve heard plenty of rumors in recent months regarding Google’s plans to release two new wearable devices alongside its big Android Wear 2.0 refresh. Details have been pretty scarce about the devices themselves, with rumors and speculation pieces only giving us the bare minimum about the two new Android Wear-powered smartwatches. That’s changing today, though.

According to a new report from VentureBeat, Google has teamed up with LG to create two new Android Wear devices, similar to what it used to do with the Nexus line of smartphones. These two new devices, dubbed LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style, will reportedly be unveiled on February 9 at an event for the the big Android Wear 2.0 unveiling. Both watches will go on sale the next day, February 10. The watches will continue to roll out to other regions through February and March, and will be on display at MWC 2017 in Barcelona on February 27.

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While both devices will supposedly feature plastic OLED displays, the Watch Sport will come with a larger, higher resolution display of 1.38 inches and 480 x 480, versus the Watch Style’s 1.2-inch display with a resolution of 360 x 360. The Watch Sport also comes with 768MB of RAM and a 430mAh battery compared to the Watch Style’s 512MB and 240mAh cell. Both devices will have 4GB of on-board storage. LG wasn’t able to pack all of this extra tech into the Sport without a bump up in overall size, though – the Watch Sport will measure 14.2mm thick, while the Style will measure only 10.8mm.

A few other design notes: the Watch Sport will come in Titanium and Dark Blue color options and come with an IP68 rating, while the Style, with its interchangeable straps, will come in Titanium, Silver and Rose Gold color options and have an IP67 rating.

The LG Watch Sport is definitely the beefier of the two models

Both devices come with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, though the Watch Sport will support 3G and LTE data connections, as well as GPS and NFC. The Sport model will be able to make payments with Android Pay, as well. Both of these new smartwatches will be compatible with iOS, and will both come with Google Assistant on-board. In addition, the Sport and Style will have a new digital crown button that serves as another way to navigate through the Android Wear interface. Both watches have touchscreen displays, though, so the digital crown isn’t going to be the only way to navigate.

Android Wear 2.0 is slated to roll out to legacy devices on February 9. For a full list of devices slated to receive the 2.0 update, head here.

Mark your calendars, folks. February is going to be a big month for Android Wear.

Next: Which smartwatches will get updated to Android Wear 2.0?

Nougat-powered LG Aristo arriving at MetroPCS for just $59 on January 23

In this day and age where new phones are still being released with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, it’s great to hear about new, budget-friendly handsets that are running the latest version of Android out of the box. In this case, MetroPCS will be selling such a phone, the LG Aristo, for just $59 starting on Monday, January 23. That price comes after a $70 instant rebate.

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December 9, 2016

The 5-inch phone has a display resolution of 1280 x 720. Inside, the LG Aristo will have a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, along with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage, and a microSD card slot that can increase that storage by up to 32GB. It also has a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera, and a removable 2,410mAh battery. It also sports a rear-mounted fingerprint reader below the camera..

Obviously, the hardware specs on the LG Aristo are on the lower end, but this phone might be good to get for a secondary device, and it does have the latest Android OS version pre-installed, which is definitely a plus.

If you don’t want to mess with buying a phone from MetroPCS, its parent company, T-Mobile, will sell the same device on January 25. It will cost $144 for its full retail price, or you can get it $0 down and just $6 per month for 24 months.