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AT&T and Verizon have been engaged in a bit of a cold war for some time, vying for the top spot in the U.S. 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 AT&T 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.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

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

Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10 Plus

Samsung went all out with its latest flagship smartphone launch, introducing three new handsets for its Galaxy S10 lineup; the Galaxy S10e, the Galaxy S10, and the Galaxy S10 Plus. They are by far the best AT&T phones you can buy at the moment

All three of these Sprint phones share much of the same hardware and features. All of them have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor inside, and all of them have features like a USB-C port for charging, a microSD card slot for expanding their onboard storage, and even the old fashioned 3.5mm headphone jack. All of them also support not only rapid wireless charging but also reverse wireless charging for other Qi-based smartphones and accessories like the Galaxy Watch and the Galaxy Buds. All of the phones have Android 9 Pie installed and out of the box, with Samsung’s new OneUI skin. RAM sizes for these phones are from between 6GB to 12GB, and the onboard storage for these phones are from between 128GB to 1TB, depending on which model you choose. All three phones have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.

The biggest differences for each of the Galaxy S10 phones center around screen size, cameras, and battery sizes. All of the phones use Samsung’s Infinity-O display with a Dynamic AMOLED screen and Gorilla Glass 6 for protection. They support punch-hole front-facing cameras so that they can have very high screen-to-body ratios.  The Galaxy S10e has a 5.8-inch screen with Full HD+ resolution and a captive fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone. The Galaxy S10 has a 6.1-inch display with Quad HD+ resolution, while the Galaxy S10 Plus has a 6.4-inch Quad HD+ display. Both of those phones have an in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

All three phones have one dual-pixel 10MP front camera that can record 4K video, and the Galaxy S10 Plus throws in a second front-facing 8MP depth sensor. The Galaxy S10e has two rear cameras;  an ultra-wide 16MP sensor with a 123-degree field of view and a wide-angle 12MP camera with a 77-degree field of view. Both the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus have those same cameras, and in addition, they also have a third telephoto 12MP camera with a 45-degree field of view.  All the Galaxy S10 rear cameras are capable of capturing 4K video in HDR10+. Finally, the battery sizes range from  3,100mAh for the Galaxy S10e, 3,400mAh for the Galaxy S10 and 4,100mAh for the Galaxy S10 Plus. Again, these are the best AT&T phones that are available as of this writing.

AT&T is selling the Samsung Galaxy S10e for $25 per month, the Galaxy S10 for $30 per month and the Galaxy S10 Plus for $33.34 per month, all for 30 months. Also, for a limited time, anyone can get the Galaxy S10e, the 128GB Galaxy S10 or the  128GB Galaxy S10 Plus on AT&T and get one for free. The second phone will become free via bill credits that will total $1,000 over 30 months. The phones will also be sold via AT&T’s FirstNet service for public safety agencies and first responders.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S10e

  • 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with 2,280 x 1,080 resolution, 438 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • 6/8 GB of RAM
  • 128/256 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 512 GB
  • 16 and 12 MP rear cameras, 10 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,100 mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm, 150 g

Samsung Galaxy S10

  • 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with 3,040 x 1,440 resolution, 550 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 128/512 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 512 GB
  • 16, 12 and 12 MP rear cameras, 10 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,400 mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm, 157 g

Samsung Galaxy S10e Plus

  • 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with 3,040 x 1,440 resolution, 522 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • 8/12 GB of RAM
  • 128GB/512GB/1TB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 512 GB
  • 16, 12 and 12 MP rear cameras, 10 and 8 MP front cameras
  • Non-removable 4,100 mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm, 175 g (198 g for ceramic model)

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S8 Plus are two of the best AT&T phones on the network right now. Visually, they don’t look very different than the older Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, but inside there’s many differences. Both have the new Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, and both have Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Both also have 64 GB of storage, but the 5.8-inch S9 has 4 GB of RAM and the 6.2-inch S9 Plus has 6 GB of RAM.

The biggest change comes in the camera department. The Galaxy S9 includes a single rear 12 MP camera, which includes a dual aperture mode. The main mode has a f/1.5 aperture, but you can press a button to activate mechanical blades that close down over the sensor, which offers a f/2.4 aperture mode for taking better pictures in bright daylight.

The Galaxy S9 Plus has the same 12 MP rear camera with the dual aperture mode as the S9, plus a secondary 12 MP rear sensor with a f/2.4 aperture. It is used as a telephoto lens for the S9 Plus, and also supports a proper portrait mode in Live Focus. If you love to take slow motion videos, the rear cameras on the S9 and S9 Plus can do so at an amazing 960 fps at 720p resolution. Both phones also have a front-facing 8 MP camera at f/1.7 aperture. 

These AT&T phones are available now, with the S9 selling for $599.99 without a contract, or for $20 a month for 30 months. The S9 Plus is available for $699.99 without a contract, and $23.34 a month for 30 months.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 400 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm, 163 g

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 529 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 400 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera and 12 MP secondary camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,500 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm, 189 g

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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The Galaxy Note 8 was a beast of a phone, and the Galaxy Note 9 is somehow even better. It remains one of the best AT&T Android phones available.

The Note 9 is still the big, S Pen-touting flagship we expect from the Note line. It has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6 or 8GB of RAM, a crazy 128 or 512GB of storage, as well as the same dual-camera setup we first saw on the Galaxy S9 Plus. It basically has the best specs you could want on a smartphone in 2018 (or 2019, for that matter).

Samsung increased the battery from 3,300mAh in the Note 8 to 4,000mAh in the Note 9. Plus, the S Pen now supports Bluetooth, so you can actually do things like control your phone’s camera and control music with the S Pen’s button. It’s pretty awesome.

Finally, the dual-camera setup on the back might be the same as the S9 Plus, but the Note 9 can recognize what’s in a photo and automatically pick the best camera settings for each scene.

If you want the AT&T phone version of the Galaxy Note 9, it will cost you. The carrier sells the 128GB version for $999.99, or $33.34 a month for 30 months. The 512GB version costs $1,249.99 at Sprint, or for $41.67 over 30 month.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 516ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/512GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 512GB
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g

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LG V40 ThinQ

LG V40 ThinQ sitting on a window showing home screen

LG’s V series has become an impressive contender in the last few years. The LG V40 ThinQ further refines and adds to what made its predecessors such great options. It’s the first smartphone with a total of five camera sensors (three on the back, and two on the front), but that’s not the only reason it’s one of the best AT&T phones.

The rear camera setup features a standard 12MP camera, wide-angle 16MP camera, and telephoto 12MP camera. Around front are the standard 8MP sensor and 5MP wide-angle sensor. The second front camera also helps capture depth information for portrait mode photos.

We also like the V40 ThinQ’s audio capabilities. The 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC delivered the best-wired headphone experience on a smartphone, while the Boombox Speaker tech turns the phone into a mini speaker. Elsewhere, we also appreciate the V40 ThinQ’s support for wireless charging and Quick Charge 4.0. The phone even retains the 3.5mm headphone jack and IP68 certification of the older LG V30. Inside, the V40 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable storage, along with a 3,300mAh battery. AT&T sells the LG V40 ThinQ for $949.99 without a contract, or $31.67 a month for 30 months under its payment plan.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch OLED FullVision display 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 2TB
  • 12MP, 16MP and 12MP rear cameras, 8MP and 5MP front cameras
  • Non-removable 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 75.8 x 7.7 x 158.7mm, 169g

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Apple iPhone XR/XS/XS Max

The Apple iPhone XR as depicted on stage during the Apple Event 2018.

Okay, we know we are an Android site, but it’s hard to leave this one off. Apple’s latest smartphones are among the best AT&T phones. The iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max all come with iOS 12 out of the box, as well as the company’s newest and fastest A12 Bionic processor inside. The iPhone XR is the new “mainstream” smartphone from Apple. It cuts corners by using an older 6.1-inch LCD display with a lower resolution, 3GB of RAM, an aluminum frame, and it only has a single rear camera compared to the twin rear cameras on the iPhone XS and XS Max. AT&T has a starting price of $749.99 for the iPhone XR, or you can use its payment plan, starting at $20 a month for 30 months.

The iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch OLED screen, and the XS Max goes big with a 6.5-inch OLED display. Both also have twin 12MP rear cameras and a front 7MP camera, and Apple puts in 4GB of RAM as well. AT&T sells the iPhone XS starting at $999.99 without a contract, or its payment plan starts at 33.34 a month for 30 months. The iPhone XS Max begins at $1,099.99 without a contract, and the payment plan method starts at $36.67 a month for 30 months.

iPhone XR specs

  • 6.1-inch IPS LCD display with 828 x 1,792 pixels resolution, 326ppi
  • Apple A12 Bionic
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of onboard storage, not expandable
  • 12MP rear camera, 7MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2942mAh battery
  • iOS 12
  • 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm, 194g

iPhone XS specs

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED  display with 1,125 x 2,436 resolution, 458ppi
  • Apple A12 Bionic
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/256/512GB of onboard storage, not expandable
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 7MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2658mAh battery
  • iOS 12
  • 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm, 177g

iPhone XS Max specs

  • 6.5-inch Super AMOLED  display with 1,242 x 2,688  resolution, 458ppi
  • Apple A12 Bionic
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/256/512GB of onboard storage, not expandable
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 7MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,174mAh battery
  • iOS 12
  • 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm, 209g

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Other AT&T plans, phones, and promos

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AT&T phones – conclusion

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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