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.

Related: Best prepaid phones for Verizon

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.

Update, September 2016: This month we’ve re-added the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to our list.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 stands out from the competition in more ways than one. Not only is it the best big-screened smartphone out there, it might be the best smartphone on the market right now.

It sports a big, bright 5.7-inch Dual-edge Super AMOLED Quad HD display, a powerful Snapdragon 820 processor, plenty of RAM and on-board storage, an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance, and microSD expansion. It also comes with the same great rear- and front-facing cameras that are present on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The camera package isn’t the only thing the Note 7 borrows form the Galaxy S line. It also features a Dual-edge display, so all of the handy Edge display features found on the S7 Edge are present here, too.

The Note 7’s S Pen has gotten a lot more useful as well. Now you can record pretty much anything on your screen and make it into a GIF, and you can also translate text from other languages, magnify certain parts of your screen, and much, much more.

This is a very pricey device, though, so be sure to weigh your options before spending over $800 on a smartphone.


  • 5.7-inch Dual-edge Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 518ppi
  • Quad-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8890 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,500mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm, 169g

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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 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 top-of-the-line 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.

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


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 3600 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157 g

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Buy the Galaxy S7 from Verizon
Buy the Galaxy S7 Edge from Verizon

Motorola Moto Z / Moto Z Force (Droid Editions)

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.


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 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 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 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 155.9 x 75.8 x 7mm, 163g

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Buy the Moto Z from Verizon
Buy the Moto Z Force from Verizon

HTC 10

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 4 GB of RAM are in line with most other flagships this year, and it also comes with expandable storage up to 200 GB and a 3000 mAh 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?


  • 5.2-inch Super LCD5 display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 565 ppi
  • 2.15 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 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 Marshmallow
  • 145.9 x 71.9 x 9 mm, 161 g

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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 4 GB 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.”


  • 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 554 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 16 and 8 MP dual rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Removable 2800 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm, 159 g

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LG V10

If you aren’t completely satisfied with the LG G4, perhaps the V10 will suit your needs. It has the same powerful Snapdragon 808 processor and 16MP rear-facing camera as the G4, but with a few extra features included. Most notably, the V10 sports a secondary “ticker” display LG calls the Second Screen. This extra display aims to provide its users useful information without the need to turn on the main screen. It will display app shortcuts, notifications, and even weather and battery percentage information. Although the placement is a bit wonky, we’re sure you’ll be pretty happy with the added benefit of having a secondary display.

The V10 also has two front-facing cameras for wide-angle selfies, a fingerprint scanner that’s actually really reliable, a MIL-STD-810G Transit Drop Compliant rating for shock absorption, and a 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC electronic processor with support for Qualcomm’s QFE2550 closed-loop antenna tuning solution. It’s also the first smartphone ever to come with a manual mode for taking video.


  • Main display: 5.7-inch IPS Quantum Display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 513 ppi
    • Secondary display: 2.1-inch IPS Quantum Display with 160 x 1040 resolution, 513 ppi
  • Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 2 TB
  • 16 MP rear-facing camera, 5 MP Dual Lens front-facing camera
  • Removable 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6 mm, 192 g

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Going off-contract?

If you’re not keen on spending $600+ on one of the off-contract smartphones listed above, there are certainly some other smartphones out there that are worth your hard-earned money. The top two off-contract smartphones that we’d recommend can’t be purchased from any carrier, which is why they didn’t make our initial list. So if you’re looking for a great off-contract smartphone, you can’t go wrong with the Nexus 6P or Motorola Moto X Pure Edition.

Nexus 6P

As the successor to last year’s Motorola Nexus 6, Google recently unveiled the Huawei-made Nexus 6P. This device is the higher-end of the two Nexus phones announced at Google’s event, and that’s incredibly apparent when looking at the spec sheet.

It comes with a big 5.7-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, super fast Snapdragon 810 processor, a giant 3450mAh battery and an impressive 12MP rear-facing camera. Want to get your hands on one? The Nexus 6P is pretty cheap, considering the specs and build quality. You can purchase it from the Google Store starting at just $499!

This is really one of the best Android handsets we’ve ever seen. If you have a few hundred dollars to spend and aren’t keen on the best from Samsung or LG, get the Nexus 6P.


  • 5.7-inch AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 resolution, 518 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32/64/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3450 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm, 178 g

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Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (Moto X Style)

With the original Moto X, Motorola proved you don’t need to have the latest specs to get a great user experience. With the second generation, the Lenovo-owned company took no chances and double-downed on the spec side as well, packing the new Moto X (2014) with a dense 5.2-inch AMOLED screen, a beefy processor, and a capable 13MP camera. But with the Moto X Style, Motorola reaches the perfect balance between performance, simplicity, price and… well, style.

By Style we are mostly referring customization capabilities, a factor which has been an integral part of the Moto X experience since day one. Customers can use Moto Maker to manipulate their devices’ aesthetics to their will. You can change the color of the metal areas, engrave the back and even choose from a plethora of back options, including materials leather, wood, rubber and other materials.

The device is not a bad contender in terms of hardware, either. The larger screen puts the phone up with contenders like the OnePlus 2, Nexus 6, LG G4 and the Galaxy Note series. It may not sport the “best” processor in the market, but the Snapdragon 808 is pretty close to the 810, and Motorola has proven time and again they can make a super fast phone without the greatest chipset.

It’s worth noting that the phone will be sold in most markets under the Style branding, though in the United States it will be sold as the Moto X Pure Edition, an unlocked model that will play nice with all U.S. carriers. You can purchase the Moto X Pure Edition from Motorola or Amazon for only $399.99.


  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440p resolution, 520 ppi
  • 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 21 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 153.9 x 76.2 x 11.06 mm, 179 g

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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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  • Darcy Myers

    I will pass. Not wasting my money on that company.

  • Planterz

    Verizon sucks the proverbial cock. Or literal cock. Verizon sucks cock, let’s just leave it at that.

    With T-Mobile, you can buy a Moto G LTE, Nexus 4, or any number of unlocked phones for around $200 (give or take), have no contract, no ETFs, no overages, unlimited high-speed data (if you opt for it), and unlimited music streaming regardless of plan.

    Verizon, however, locks you in to a 2 year contract if you want to subsidize, locks your bootloaders, and doesn’t allow any phone you didn’t buy directly from them. Oh, and #$%@ NFL Mobile up its bloatware ass.

    • kg2105

      Most Verizon customers don’t stay with Verizon because they like it, there are a few idiots that completely believe all of Verizon’s marketing bs but most of us know Verizon is overpriced. The problem is Verizon definitely has the best service in the US, and T-mobile hasn’t caught up nearly enough. T-mobile has much better policies and prices, but the gap in service has to be closer. Even if your argument is “in my area T-mobile service is great, better than Verizon even,” for most of the US Verizon is the best.

      • Planterz

        Indeed, T-Mobile in my area (Tucson, AZ) is better than Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint (duh, what isn’t?). But yeah, if I traveled a lot, I would probably have to go with AT&T or Verizon simply because of coverage.

  • gadgetlover

    Hmmm sounds like some ppl are butt hurt but yet commenting on a blog regarding a company they “allegedly” hate. Must couldn’t get approved haha

    • Darcy Myers

      Or maybe be there done that? I have been there and done that. Such a rip-off.

  • I agree on most of these except the Sony and HTC phones. Stay away from them.

    • [S]unjay

      Sony and HTC are amazing. Why stay away from them?

      • kg2105

        Neither of them are amazing, HTC is pretty good and Sony is poor-mediocre. The Note 4 and Nexus 6 are so far ahead of the pack, it’s not even close.

      • Don’t like HTC Sense, prefer something closer to stock Android launcher. Sony phones are too expensive for what you get.

        • [S]unjay

          I don’t know why you would say that Sony phones are too expensive for what you get after I listed many things that Sony does better or unavailable in competing phone.

          • But some of those things Sony adds to their phones are things that the people I’m advising don’t need. Why pay for something you don’t need?

          • [S]unjay

            Okay, that is understandable. I guess that there’s a phone for everyone like you said.

          • Darcy Myers

            All day battery life is a must.

        • Darcy Myers

          You get waterproof and all day heavy usage. Not to mention powerful. Not mediocre at all.

  • wezi427

    Samsung Galaxy S4 has a SD600, not an 800. I also agree gadgetlover. If it wasn’t for coverage though, I would leave. I buy phones off contract to keep my unlimited, some good choices.

  • findinghomer

    Galaxy s4 has 1.9 ghz sd 600. G2 has better processor , screen and battery than the s4. G2 beats the s4 for sure. G2 is more comparable to the s5.

  • findinghomer

    Wish verizon would get nexus devices.

    • asfd

      Nexus 6 lol

      • findinghomer

        It’s getting the 6?

  • TheSony/AppleFanatic

    For whatever reason this list is better than the article you made of the best android phones.

  • dude

    another USA only post. what about the balance 6.7 billion people on earth?

    • Another Dude

      I didn’t know all 8 billion people on earth all had Verizon!

    • PoisonApple31

      cry baby

    • Because ‘Merica.

  • cstrrider

    Nexus 6?

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    • Tony G.

      You read my mind.

    • Scott Gibbs

      Was at a Verizon store the other day and finally got my grubby little paws on a Nexus 6. It’s a beautiful phone but the size, damn I dunno. I thought a phone that big might be good for me because I don’t use a tablet, but I really don’t know if I could get used to carrying around a phone that big. I have the HTC One M8 right now and I think that’s as big as I could go. Nexus 6 is a great phone, though.

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  • clutchcity

    Nexus 6 should be #1 just saying

  • NinoBrown75

    Waiting for z4v

  • Major_Pita

    Just bought a Note 4 on Edge. The current ‘Notable’ Samsung promo offering a $200.00 rebate applies to buying a Note 4 on Edge because you’re paying full price for the phone albeit spread over time.

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  • Searider

    Moto X 2014?

  • Shamoy Rahman

    G4 and V10 are better than the Z5 Premium? LOLWUT

  • Evan Adams

    This should have a sub category for the buisness account phones which have different options and costs but are still 2 year phomes

  • permazorch

    Why do y’all even countenance this company when they install unwarranted spyware without consent and treat their workers so shabby as to necessitate strike?

    Seriously. Scum behavior is best called out, then exiled from the tribe.
    So, why?

  • anthonytx42

    Psst: the first image for the HTC 10 is a Samsung phone.

    • Abhyuday Krishna

      you’re a Samsung phone

      • anthonytx42

        Yes, I am. How did you kn–BOOM!

  • Dusty

    I lost interest when HTC 10 was mentioned. There is no way that device deserves to be in the best of 2016.

    • Abhyuday Krishna

      the list is not about the best of 2016. it’s about the best available on Verizon. read carefully before making useless comments.

  • Nathan Sassaman

    Why would you have the Samsung Note 7 at the very top of the list? Does a massive recall of said phone due to exploding batteries not a factor? I love Android Authority, however you seriously need to stop being Samsung worshipers….despite their market share.

  • mobilemann

    lol only the s7 / note 7 and iphone 7’s support Verizon’s latest LTE versions for the fastest speeds, this list should include only those phones. minus the iphone because this site freaks out when you mention i things.

  • 4ui812

    The headline should read …. The best android phones on the most expensive carrier.

    • Bryce Elliott

      You mean the carrier with the voice coverage far superior to other carriers? The carrier that has the least dropped calls? The carrier that has the best indoor building penetration? The carrier that was the first to deploy 4G LTE and the first that’s going to be deploying 5G? The carrier that has the most subscribers to their network? Yeah that carrier right. You’re pretty much saying that they have no reason whatsoever to be the most expensive carrier out of all networks, when their is a reason. That reason is coverage and reliability. I like being able to know that I can get coverage everywhere I go even outside major cities and have my phone get a signal at all times, that’s what phones were made for is to be reliable whenever you need it most. If you were to have a phone with no signal or very little signal you might as well just be holding an expensive brick.