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AT&T and Verizon have been the top two US carriers for years now, and the race to the top means there are plenty of great devices to try. Verizon has plenty of premium handsets, but AT&T has the edge when it comes to GSM unlocked smartphones. If you’re hoping to take advantage of carrier discounts and monthly payment plans, here are the best AT&T phones you can buy!

See also: AT&T buyer’s guide

The best AT&T phones:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best AT&T phones regularly as new devices launch.


1. Samsung Galaxy S21 series

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Samsung kicked things off this year with its hottest device lineup yet: the Samsung Galaxy S21 family. This includes the Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, and Galaxy S21 Ultra. Along with different sizes and price points, there are some other key differences between the three. But all of them are worth taking a closer look at before you make a final decision.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S21 buyer’s guide

There are some standard features these AT&T phones share as well. All three rely on the same processor, run on Android 11 with Samsung’s One UI skin, and feature dust and water resistance. Their dynamic 2x AMOLED screens are among the best in the industry, and all three devices have the same resolution but in different sizes.

The few difference are in the battery, cameras, and size. But despite their few variations, the Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra are impressive devices with high-end specs and a great design.


Samsung Galaxy S21 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,800mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 10, 10, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series

The Samsung Galaxy S lineup may be more popular, but more demanding Samsung fans will prefer the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 smartphones. Both models come with more powerful specs, a larger display, and an S Pen stylus that will turn your device into a much more productive tool. Prices start at $999, but the Note experience is tough to beat, and these are some of the best AT&T phones.

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This year we have two versions of the Note: the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The most notable differences between the two phones are display, construction, and cameras. There are some other differences, clearly (such as the slightly smaller battery in the Galaxy Note 20), but otherwise, the devices are pretty similar. The Note 20 has a plastic body and a flat display, while the Note 20 Ultra comes with a metal/glass construction and a curved edge screen. Check the specs below to see the differences in more detail.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, WQHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 108MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip unfolded sitting up

In the battle of the foldable screen phones, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is easily the top dog, and it’s one of the best AT&T phones to get. The only real competition is the Moto Razr, and many claim Samsung’s device to be more powerful. Better yet, Samsung’s device costs less.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is for those who want something different. This device is a conversation starter that’s sure to turn some heads. While it doesn’t have all of the top specs, the 5G version has last year’s Snapdragon 865, which is still a great performer. Certain other specs are pretty good, and you get the added benefit of a smaller profile when folded close.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G

Google’s Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G represent the top half of the company’s 2020 offerings, and they’re very similar on paper. Both pack the same camera array as well as a Snapdragon 765G chipset, but it’s their differences that land them both on the list.

See also: Pixel 4a 5G buyer’s guide | Pixel 5 buyer’s guide

As the premier device, the Pixel 5 packs all of the bells and whistles that Google had room for. It’s entirely aluminum wrapped in lightly textured bioresin, but there’s a clever cutout that still allows wireless charging. The Pixel 5 also ditched the headphone jack, but it does sport an IP68 water-resistance rating. You can even grab the Pixel 5 in Sorta Sage, which is an excellent escape from the Just Black of the other Pixels.

On the midrange side, the Pixel 4a 5G jumps back to an all-plastic build. It regains the headphone jack too, but at the cost of wireless charging and a water-resistance rating. The two phones have their differences, but they might be worth it, considering that you can save $200 by opting for the Pixel 4a 5G.


Google Pixel 5 specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,080mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Google Pixel 4a 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,885mAh
  • Software: Android 11

5. Samsung Galaxy A52 5G

Samsung’s Galaxy A52 5G is the OEM’s latest mid-range contestant, and it packs plenty of the features you want in an affordable phone. It’s the sequel to 2020’s Galaxy A51, but it packs a more modern style and looks much closer to a Galaxy S21 sibling.

See also: Samsung Galaxy A52 5G review: Scrappy mid-range fighter

The Galaxy A52 5G is one of the best AT&T phones, especially at a $5 per month price tag. For your money, you’re getting a 6.5-inch 120Hz display with an IP67 rating for your wildest adventures. Samsung tapped the Snapdragon 750G SoC to lead the way, and you can count on 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage to keep you going. The Galaxy A52 also packs a large 4,500mAh battery and 25W charging so that you won’t need long at an outlet.

Even though Samsung went for an older Gorilla Glass construction and weaker secondary cameras, there’s a lot to like about the new Galaxy A52 5G. The 64MP primary shooter won’t let you down, and the build quality feels like a phone that costs twice as much.


Samsung Galaxy A52 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 750G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

6. LG Velvet 5G

LG Velvet back cameras at angle

The LG Velvet isn’t exactly the most powerful of AT&T phones, but the Snapdragon 765G chipset and 8GB of RAM should be enough to keep most users happy. It also comes with a great display, but what has everyone going is the LG Velvet’s design. The device is flashy and fashion-forward. It’s great for those who don’t need the best performance but would like a great-looking handset.


LG Velvet 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 5, 8, and 48MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

7. Motorola Moto One 5G

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Motorola’s Moto One 5G is a brand-new device, yet it’s not entirely as new of an AT&T phone as it seems. It’s strikingly similar to the Moto G 5G Plus, but with one significant change — the Moto One 5G is loaded with a midrange Snapdragon 765G chip.

The Moto One 5G isn’t exactly the most potent 5G device, even compared to other midrange options. It’s rocking just 4GB of RAM, but that should still get most jobs done. The Pixel 4a 5G, by comparison, offers 6GB in a smaller package. Motorola’s Moto One 5G relies on a large 6.7-inch display, a smooth 90Hz refresh rate, and a massive 5,000mAh battery. At least we know where the extra RAM space went.


Motorola Moto One 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 2, 5, 8, and 48MP
  • Front cameras: 16 and 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Apple iPhone 12 series

Apple expanded its selection of smartphones in 2020, offering something for everyone. The iPhone 12 series includes the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. There’s no denying the iPhone 12 devices are among the best AT&T phones available, but which is the right one for you?

More: iPhone buying guide

The iPhone 12 Mini seems to be something of a niche product made for people who want to get a new iPhone but don’t want to deal with the larger screen sizes that are more common today for new flagship phones. The iPhone 12 is perfect for people who want a powerful smartphone but don’t want to pay a lot for it and can live without a few premium features.

The iPhone 12 Pro is for the serious mobile photographer, with its triple camera and LiDAR scanner. Finally, the iPhone Pro Max is for the person who does not consider money to be a limitation and wants to have a massive screen and top-notch camera capabilities.


Apple iPhone 12 Mini specs:

  • Display: 5.4-inch, 2,340 x 1,080
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,227mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, 2,778 x 1,284
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,687mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

9. Apple iPhone SE

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Budget premium phones were all the hype in 2020, with the Pixel 4a and iPhone SE offering impressive quality at very accessible price points. The Pixel 4a isn’t on AT&T’s website yet, but the iPhone SE is available for purchase right now, and it’s easily one of the best AT&T phones to get.

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The iPhone SE offers the Apple promise at about $400. It includes the familiar glass and metal design we saw on the iPhone 8 and has a very competitive single-lens camera. Users will also love that Apple didn’t skimp out on the processor, as the iPhone SE uses the same Apple A13 Bionic processor we see in iPhone 11 handsets. Other benefits over the Pixel 4a include wireless charging and an IP67 rating, two features the Google budget phone lacks.


Apple iPhone SE specs:

  • Display: 4.7-inch, 1,334 x 750
  • SoC: Apple A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Front camera: 7MP
  • Battery: 1,821mAh
  • Software: iOS 13