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 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.

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.

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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LG G6

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Throughout 2016, the LG G5 struggled to take on the Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and all the other flagships released that year. It’s not a bad phone, per se, it just lacks the level of polish we normally expect from top-tier smartphones nowadays. The phone would have been more widely accepted if it nailed the modular implementation, but unfortunately the whole module-swapping process was wonky and the three “Friends” that launched with the G5 weren’t all that appealing. With the G6, LG has gone back to the basics.

Certainly the most standout feature on the G6 is its 5.7-inch Quad HD LCD display, with its interesting aspect ratio of 18:9 and rounded corners. It also comes with a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4 GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage, an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance and dual 13 MP rear cameras. It’s worth noting that not all LG G6s are created equal. For example, the G6 that’s coming to the U.S. is the only variant that supports wireless charging, while the Hi-Fi Quad DAC is exclusive to South Korea and certain markets in Asia. What’s more, the G6 with 64 GB of storage is only available in a handful of markets.

This isn’t a phone that introduces a bunch of gimmicky features that you’ll never use. It’s simply a solid, well-built smartphone that nails the main areas users care most about.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2880 x 1440 resolution, 564 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 13 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm, 163 g

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge aren’t the biggest and best Samsung phones anymore, but they’re still worth your attention. While they don’t offer removable batteries, Samsung included expandable storage on both handsets in case the 32 GB 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 some great smartphones. They come with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4 GB of RAM, great 12 MP 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.

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 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 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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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 16 MP rear-facing cameras, and a removable 3,200 mAh 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, 513 ppi
    • Secondary display: 2.1-inch IPS LCD display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 513 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 16 and 8 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front camera
  • Removable 3,200 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6 mm, 174 g

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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 4,000 mAh battery that’s extremely difficult to kill in a single day.

Specs

  • 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 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.8 x 74.9 x 9.9 mm, 185 g

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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

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

Google Pixel XL

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

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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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  • SugarFreeTargets

    I’m glad the HTC One M8 isn’t on there. AT&T destroyed the M8 user experience with tons of bloatware and very slow OTA updates(never received 4.4.3, still waiting for 4.4.4, highly doubt I would ever receive it.)

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    • S6EdgePlus IsBoss

      S7Active kills em all

      • squiddy20

        Of course the Samsung fanboy would say this.

        • David

          just ignore him. eventually he will grow a brain or something.

          • squiddy20

            I wish, but after 5+ years of him saying the exact same crap, and still being as unintelligent as ever, I’ve lost all hope.

  • Jonathan Kramer

    Played with the Nexus 6 and Note 4 at the ATT store.. For a tall guy with big hands these phones are just too massive. I’d vote for the Moto X overall but prefer the unlocked versions..I may just stick with my GS3 though since it’s still working good as ever.

    • Katniss Everdeen

      have you tried the LG G3? i own one and it feels pretty nice in the hand without being too big while retaining high specs such as pixel density, screen size, sound, etc. that you would expect to find on a 6-inch phone

      • Jonathan Kramer

        Yep..I did play with it for a minute or two but as I say, I’d prefer a phone without all the bloatware.. screen was pretty amazing though the true test is how it is in sunlight. I don’t feel a big need for a new phone unless it’s a real game changer like the GS3 was.

        • Acnologia

          You could try the nexus 6p o
          or (if the 6p is too big) the nexus 5x(though it isn’t nearly as good as the 6p

  • MarylandUSA

    No love for the 6.44inch Sony Xperia Z Ultra? I use its Google variant, the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition (GPe), running stock Android 5.1.1. It works like a charm on my AT&T prepaid plan. People who see it in my hand can’t believe it fits effortlessly in a standard shirtpocket. Did I mention it offers two ways to charge: micro USB and magnetic?

  • kenkeyessr

    I recently sold my Nexus 6 and went to the BLU Studio 7.0 LTE .
    Yes a large 7 inch phone.
    I wanted the advantages of both worlds even if it meant the lose of speed and clarity of the Nexus 6.
    The BLU phone has only 1 GB of ram so speed is not its strong point but then $145.00 for a LTE phone isn’t a bad deal.
    My use of the phone is not for heavy gaming but for reading books and web browsing.
    I really enjoy the real estate view of a large screen as I get older.
    Paying $800.00 for a phone is just plain nuts.

    • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

      My eyesight is pretty good for my age, but I still prefer a large screen. That’s why I bought a Note. Plus, I love SAMOLED. LCD just doesn’t cut it for me. Otherwise the BLU might have been a good choice. I don’t do gaming on my phone.

  • AllAjar AtWoT

    Let’s hope they put the Xiaomi Mi5 in the future, though u can’t get it in the U.S. but why should they put the Oneplus X? You could get the Mi5 on eBay too

  • The Doctor

    I really wish my S7 edge had just as good of battery life as my old S6 active.

  • Marty

    “BEST AT&T ANDROID PHONES”

    Heh…that one heck of an oxymoron. ?

    • J.j. Evans

      Especially since AT&T sucks to the point that even the very best super elite god tier devices completely suck.

      • Marty

        Agreed.

  • Rz

    Dear AA:
    $200 =/= $270
    Thanks

  • Jidjofd Ohnoijo

    The rep told me the Samsung’s were the best phones ever when he convinced me to
    have it over the iPhone or Xperia. A Galaxy was the worst phone I’ve ever owned
    for glitches, battery life. Sometimes it just decides to leave things
    running, gets red hot and drains itself in less than hour. Magnificent
    stuff. My Samsung phone sucks. It lags every time and apps crash 60% of the time! It’s a 2015 model and works much worse than a 2010 Blackberry. I’ve been counting down the days to upgrade for a while now and
    am nearly there. I won’t own one of these again. HTC, Sony or Apple next
    time.
    Also, Samsung does nothing to stand apart from the crowd. They just did the
    jump to sleeker phone designs first and now they’re getting all the
    credit for it.There are many better alternatives to Samsung for the same or lower price, like the Moto X by Motorola.

    • Phillip

      tell us how you really fill about Samsung.

  • MJ

    I returned the Nexus 6P because it was to big to carry around but #7 of this list? Someone needs to be drug checked…

    • Jimmy Westenberg

      The Nexus 6P is not part of the original list, as it’s not offered directly from AT&T. Thank you for bringing my drug problem into this, though!

      • MJ

        Thanks for replying (a month later) and my bad… I missed the “Going off-contract?” header.

  • Chris

    FYI ATT has not released Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the Galaxy Note 5 yet. You may want to update that in your list.

    • Jimmy Westenberg

      Thanks for catching that. Fixed. :)

  • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    No HTC phone listed…hmmmm ;)

  • James Stephen Delaney

    What about the Blackberry Priv?

    • Phillip

      what about it a decent phone . that’s just OK

  • Muneerhassan

    OMG, it maybe just a clear dream to me cause I know my fuckin situation 😂😂😂😂

  • rebretz000

    I would put the HTC 10 above the Moto X Style. The HTC 10 blows the Moto X Style away in every category. Better battery life, camera, it has the SD 820 over the SD 808, more RAM.

    • Nibbler

      cost $300 more too

      • rebretz000

        And that $300 is worth it. The Moto X Style wasn’t that good when it was released. A year later it’s garbage.

  • Bikerholic

    >Best AT&T Android Phone?

    Unless is doesn’t contain a single carrier junkware. They are all bad. Since there is no such thing as non sucking bloatware.

  • Alexclr

    I think the HTC 10 is one of the best phones of 2016. I wanna say I do not have an HTC 10 but plan to buy one. There are many reason why I dislike about Samsung’s UI and HTC has always made it an almost stock android experience.

  • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    G5? no way. I thought the Note 5 would be on here, but i just seen they quit selling it. Still a good phone. That 6P, I love this phone.

  • YMTRUkkeR

    does anyone know how the S7/S7edge Screen compare seeing the the difference in PPI?, aside from the screen size.

  • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    i feel like all the carriers have crappy choices of phones right now. AT&T being one of the worst on that list.

  • Mchi5

    another off contract phone is the ZTE Axon 7. about $200-300 cheaper than. the pixel and just as good. probably the best sub $400 out there IMO

    • Jlost

      you mean better than the pixel lol

  • Phillip

    my s7 edge has been a beast since day one . and easily the best camera and build and screen . bring on the s8 can’t wait

  • The phone man

    I am debating between the lgv20 and the s7 active which one should I get

  • Tyler

    anyone looking for LG v20 we’ve got it for half off for new annnd existing customers

  • Juan Lima

    the lg v20 is a very good phone with good battery life and it is avery good phone overall. The lg v20 have a good build and the fact that it has a removable battery while still bing constructed out of metal is pretty good. With everything said it still has some problems like light bleed on the second screen, the finger print reader will sometimes will not respond to my finger when I put my finger on the finger print reader, sometimes when I am not doing much on the lg v20 it starts to act slow like if I had a lot od apps open when I did not. Other than that it is a very good device and lg did a good job make the lg v20. It is a phone that I recommend people that love Android to buy.

  • Kidnova78

    It’s disappointing that AT&T only has 3 options for “premium” phones these days, Samsung, Apple, and LG. There are lots of other companies out there making good phones like Motorola, Google, HTC, ZTE, and others. Where are the options?