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 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 any further ado, let’s get started!

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


Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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After a controversial 2016, Samsung’s Galaxy Note line is back in full force. With top-of-the-line specs, a stunning design, an all-new dual-camera setup, and new software features, the Galaxy Note 8 is certainly one of the best AT&T phones you can buy right now.

The Note 8’s near-bezel-less 6.3-inch QuadHD+ Infinity Display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio is one of our favorite parts about this phone. DisplayMate agrees with us too. It’s big, maybe too big for some people, but at least the company puts that screen to good use. There’s a new App Pairing feature that allows you to open up two favorited apps in multi-window at the same time, and there are a few new S Pen features that will satisfy the stylus users out there.

What’s more, the new dual-camera setup on the back performs incredibly well. While picture quality isn’t a huge step up from what we saw on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the extra 12 MP sensor with OIS allows you to take clear, concise photos and impressive bokeh shots in just about any situation.

No, it’s not perfect, but no phone is. Samsung’s fingerprint sensor placement is still super annoying, and this phone is expensive. If those things don’t matter to you though, the Note 8 might be the right phone for you. Check out our full review below!

Specs

  • 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 521 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm, 195 g

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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 and easily some of the best AT&T 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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While LG might not be as popular as Samsung, don’t let that fool you, as the LG G6 is one of the best AT&T phones you’ll find. 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 AT&T phones 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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LG V30

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The V30 is the latest flagship phone from LG, which has been struggling to compete, at least in sales, with its biggest Android rival Samsung. It is also the successor to 2016’s LG V20, which included a secondary 2.1-inch screen on top for showing  app shortcuts, media controls, and more. The V30 does away with that secondary display, and instead has one nearly bezel-free 6-inch screen, using LG’s new Plastic OLED (pOLED) panel. LG offers a slide-out menu on the phone’s display (called the Floating Bar) that floats around the screen as a substitute (sort for) for folks who might miss the secondary display.

In terms of hardware specs, the LG V30 has everything you would expect from a flagship phone in 2017. It has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 4 GB RAM, along with 64 GB of onboard storage, a 3,300 mAh battery, and a IP68 dust and water resistance rating.  LG is heavily promoting the advanced camera and photography features on the V30m too. It has a dual rear camera that includes a 16 MP sensor with a f/1.6 aperture, along with a 13 MP sensor with a f/1.9 aperture. The rear camera has a Crystal Clear Lens instead of plastic, which should mean you should get more realistic looking photos with the V30. Video creators should have fun with software features like Cine Video, which allows users to quickly put in video effects, along with Point Zoom, which will let owners zoom into any point in a video.

Audiophiles should also be happy with the LG V30, as it has support for Hi-Fi Quad DAC tuned by B&O Play. It is also the first smartphone to support MQA, which is supposed to let users stream high-res audio, but with a smaller file size and no loss in quality.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is the more rugged version of the company’s current flagship phone, the Galaxy S8. The phone, which has a metal frame and bumper, meets with MIL-STD-810G military specifications, which means that the S8 Active is supposed to be shatter-resistant, dust and water resistant. In the latter case, the phone can still work even when it is submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes.

Because of its rugged frame, the Galaxy S8 Active does not technically have an nearly bezel-free “Infinity Display” like the standard Galaxy S8, but it still has a 5.8 inch Super AMOLED screen with Gorilla Glass 5, with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440. It comes in Meteor Gray or Titanium Gold colors. Inside, the S8 Active has a speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of onboard storage, a 12 MP rear camera and an 8 MP front-facing camera. The biggest hardware difference is with its battery. The S8 Active has a 4,000 mAh battery, compared to the 3,000 mAh battery found on the standard Galaxy S8.

The Galaxy S8 Active is currently on sale as an exclusive for AT&T, which has priced it at $849.99 without a contract, or for $28.34 per month with a 30-month installment agreement.

Specs

  • Display: 5.8-inch Super AMOLED screen, 2,560 x 1,440 resolution
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP
  • Front Camera: 8 MP
  • Battery: 4,000 mAh
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Dimensions: 5.98 x 2.95 x 0.39 inches
  • Weight: 7.34 ounces

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 8/Plus

 

Okay, we know we are an Android site — but it’s hard to leave this one off, considering it is easily one of the best Sprint phones in terms of sales. Apple’s current mainstream phones are the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Both come with iOS 11 out of the box and both come with the company’s own quad-core A11 Bionic processor inside. The two smartphones also support wireless charging, and are waterproof (IP67).The iPhone 8 has a smaller 4.7-inch display, and one rear camera, while the iPhone 8 Plus has a larger 5.5-inch screen and a dual camera setup in the back, along with support for portrait mode (bokeh effect).

The iPhone 8 Plus is priced at for $799 (64 GB) and $949 (256 GB) while the iPhone 8 is cheaper at $699 (64 GB) and $849 (256 GB). Both come in Silver, Gold, and Space Gray. The Sprint phones can be purchased for as low as $29.14 a month for 18 months on the carrier’s payment plan, or even lower if you trade in an older phone. If you don’t want an Android phone,  these Sprint phones might be a good alternative.

iPhone 8 specs

  • 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with 1,334 x 750 resolution, 326 ppi
  • Apple A11 Bionic
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 64/256 GB of on-board storage, not expandable
  • 12 MP rear camera, 7 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 1,821 mAh battery
  • iOS 11
  • 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm, 148 g

iPhone 8 Plus specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 401 ppi
  • Apple A11 Bionic
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 64/256 GB of on-board storage, not expandable
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 7 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,691 mAh battery
  • iOS 11
  • 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm, 202 g

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iPhone X

 
 

Apple did something different this year by launching an even higher end phone than the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. The iPhone X (pronounced as “iPhone 10”) is a radical design change compared to the last several iPhone models. It has a large 5.8-inch display with a slick bezel-less design. It’s also waterproof thanks to its IP67 rating, has a dual-camera setup, supports wireless charging. and includes a glass back.

The iPhone X ditches the fingerprint scanner and instead uses Face ID cameras and sensors on the front to help you unlock your phone. It also doesn’t have a headphone jack. Apple is selling the phone at the highest price ever for an iPhone, with the 64 GB model retailing for $999, while the 256 GB option will set you back $1,149. The Sprint phones version can be bought for as low as $41.67 a month for 18 months.

The device is now available for pre-order, with sales officially kicking off on November 3 in Sprint stores and other locations. This will be one of the most anticipated Sprint phones, so supplies are expected to be limited for the next several months. It will likely be one of the biggest Sprint phones launches ever.

iPhone X specs

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,436 x 1,125 resolution, 458 ppi
  • Apple A11 Bionic
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 64/256 GB of on-board storage, not expandable
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 7 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,716 mAh battery
  • iOS 11.0.2
  • 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm, 174 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!