When it comes to choosing the right smartphone to suit your needs, the task can be pretty daunting at times. More and more smartphones are coming to market every day, making the choice next to impossible unless someone is pointing you in the right direction.

If you’re in the market for new US cellular phone and are considering Android as your OS of choice, look no further. We’re here to round up the best Android phones you can buy on the nation’s fifth-largest mobile carrier.

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

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 easily one of the best US cellular phones you can buy.

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. Well the LG G6 isn’t a runaway success for the company, it’s still a great US Cellular phone and totally worthy of your consideration.

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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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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Motorola Moto Z2 Force

The Moto Z2 Force is the latest flagship device from Motorola, currently owned by Lenovo, and the successor to the 2016 released Moto Z Force. While it shares a number of features with its predecessor, the Moto Z2 Force has many differences, and some are not for the better.

The Moto Z2 Force has a 5.5-inch 2.560 x 1,440 resolution display, along with Motorola’s Shattershield screen technology which is supposed to help prevent the glass from shattering if it falls on a hard surface. Inside, it has,the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and Android 7.1.1. Nougat out of the box. The phone has 4 GB of RAM in the model sold in the US, but goes up 6 GB of RAM in China and other parts of the world. Onboard storage is set at 64 GB for the US model and 128 GB in the version sold in China.

The Moto Z2 Force has a dual camera sensor setup in the back, with a 12 MP color sensor alongside a 12 MP monochrome sensor. There’s also a 5 MP front-facing camera. The battery in the phone is 2,730 mAh, which unfortunately is much smaller than the 3,500 mAh battery found on the older Moto Z Force. The new phone also lacks a headphone jack.

The Moto Z2 Force supports all of the current and upcoming Moto Mods accessories, which allow it to add new features by quickly attaching these add-ons to its back via magnetic clamps. The Moto Mods include speakers, cameras and batteries, including a new 360 degree camera, along with a game pad that’s available exclusively from Verizon Wireless.

The Moto Z2 Force is available as an unlocked device directly from Motorola’s website for $720, and it’s also available from Best Buy. The five top US carriers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular) are also selling the phone, with payment plans available. If you buy the phone from Motorola on or before September 8, you will also be able to get a free Moto Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod by mail.

Specs

  • Display: 5.5-inch POLED ShatterShield, 2.560 x 1,440 resolution, 535 ppi
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 4/6 GB
  • Storage: 64/128 GB
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP color sensor, 12 MP monochrome sensor
  • Front Camera: 5 MP
  • Battery: 2,730 mAh
  • Operating System: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Dimensions: 155.8 x 76 x 6.1 mm
  • Weight: 143 g

Apple iPhone 7/Plus

Yes, we are an Android site. That said, it’s hard to deny that the iPhone is one of the best selling phones for all US carriers.
Apple’s current flagship phones are the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Both come with iOS 10 out of the box and both come with the company’s own quad-core A10 Fusion processor inside with a clock speed of 2.34 GHz, which is supposed to be twice as fast as the chip inside the older iPhone 6 models. Both can be purchased in 32 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB storage options and both also have 2 GB of RAM.
The iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch LED IPS screen with a display resolution of 1,334 x 750, while the larger iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1.920 x 1,080. The iPhone 7 has a non-removable 1,960 mAh battery, while the iPhone 7 Plus has a 2,900 mAh battery. Both phones have a fingerprint sensor built into their Home button.
Except for their size, perhaps the biggest difference between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus concerns their rear camera set up. The smaller iPhone 7 has a single 12 MP camera, while the iPhone 7 Plus has dual 12 MP sensors in the back. Both phones also have a 7 MP front-facing “FaceTime” camera.
Pricing for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus depends on the carrier, along with the amount of its onboard storage, but the starting prices for the smaller phone begin at $649 up front, or for $32.41 a month for a standard carrier contract. The iPhone 7 Plus has an up front starting price of $769, or a per month payment of $37.41 under contract.

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 7 Plus
  • 5.5-inch display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
  • 2.34 GHz quad-core A10 Fusion processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 32 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB of onboard storage, non-expandable
  • Dual 12 MP rear camers, 7 MP front-facing camera
  • 2,900 mAh battery
  • iOS 10
  • Front-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • 6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches, 6.63 ounces

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