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Best US Cellular phones

If US Cellular is your preferred network, there are far fewer choices as compared to other carriers. Therefore, picking the right smartphone can be a daunting task. You’ll find a list of the best US Cellular phones below, which should help you narrow down your options. We also give you some info on how you can bring your own device to the network and save big! Let’s dive in.

Best US Cellular phones:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best US Cellular phones regularly as new devices launch.


1. Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10 Plus - one of the Best US Cellular phones

The Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10 Plus share much of the same hardware and features. All of them have the Snapdragon 855 processor, a USB-C port for charging, a microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. All of them also support wireless charging and come with Android 9.0 Pie.

The biggest differences for each of the Galaxy S10 phones center around screen size, cameras, and battery sizes. The Galaxy S10e has a 5.8-inch flat display with Full HD+ resolution and a fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone. The Galaxy S10 has a 6.1-inch curved display with Quad HD+ resolution, while the Galaxy S10 Plus has a 6.4-inch curved Quad HD+ display. Both of those phones have an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

All three phones have one 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 and a wide-angle 12MP camera. Both the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus have those same cameras, and in addition, they also have a third telephoto 12MP sensor.

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.


Samsung Galaxy S10e specs:

  • Display: 5.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM:6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Samsung Galaxy S10 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,400mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB and 1TB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 10 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus by US Cellular

The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are phenomenal devices. They come fully specced with a Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9825 processor, up to 12GB of RAM, an S-Pen stylus, and a triple-camera setup at the very least (the Note 10 Plus gets a ToF camera too).

As for other major differences between the two phones, the Note 10 Plus has a larger, sharper screen (6.8-inch QHD+ versus the Note 10’s 6.3-inch FHD+ panel), a bigger battery (4,300mAh versus 3,500mAh), and an optional 512GB variant.

There are a couple of disappointing omissions here, though. The Galaxy Note 10 doesn’t have a microSD card slot, while both devices lack a headphone jack. If these two features are deal-breakers for you, one of the Galaxy S10 phones should be more up your alley.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10 specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9825
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 16, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9825
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 16, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

3. Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 XL vs Pixel 3 - one of the Best US Cellular phones

A combination of high-end specs, a great software experience, and a fantastic camera is what makes the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL two of the best US Cellular phones you can buy.

The Pixel 3 and 3 XL only sport a single camera at the back, but are still among the best phones for photography. They can capture fantastic images even in low-light conditions, thanks to Google’s Night Sight technology. Being Google devices, they will also be among the first to get updated to the latest Android versions.

The phones are similar in terms of specs, both featuring the same chipset, camera, and memory options. However, the Pixel 3 XL does have a larger display with a higher resolution, a bigger battery, and a huge notch.


Google Pixel 3 specs:

  • Display: 5.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front cameras: 8 and 8MP
  • Battery: 2,915mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Google Pixel 3 XL specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front cameras: 8 and 8MP
  • Battery: 3,430mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


4. LG V40 ThinQ

LG V40 ThinQ sitting on a window showing home screen

The LG V40 ThinQ was the first smartphone with a total of five camera sensors (three on the back, and two on the front), but there’s more to why it’s one of the best US Cellular phones.

The V40 ThinQ has some incredible audio capabilities. The 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC delivers the best-wired headphone experience on a smartphone (because it still has a headphone jack!), while the Boombox Speaker tech turns the phone into a mini speaker.

We also appreciate the V40 ThinQ’s support for wireless charging and Quick Charge 4.0. The phone has IP68 certification, which means it’s resistant to water and dust. Inside, the V40 has a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable storage, along with a 3,300mAh battery.


LG V40 ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12 and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 8 and 5MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo


5. Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL

Pixel 3a back on table

The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are Google’s contribution to the mid-range market, which it hasn’t really been a part of since retiring the Nexus series. The design language stays largely the same as Google’s flagship Pixel range mentioned earlier on this list of the best US Cellular phones. The shift from matte to glossy plastic on the back doesn’t look much different from the glass of the Pixel 3.

The biggest selling point of the Pixel 3a series, though, is the fact that it provides the same camera experience and quality you get with its flagship sibling, but at a much lower price. Some compromises have been made to get to this price, of course. The Pixel 3a smartphones pack less power under the hood, don’t have wireless charging, and lack an IP rating. As far as the differences between the two phones are concerned, the XL model sports a larger display,  packs a bigger battery, and is the more expensive


Google Pixel 3a specs:

  • Display: 5.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Google Pixel 3a XL specs:

  • Display: 6.0-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


6. LG G8 ThinQ

LG G8 ThinQ Review display

The LG G8 ThinQ is a great phone for music lovers. It sports a headphone jack, stereo speakers, and a Hi-Fi Quad DAC for an improved audio experience with the right headphones. It’s also IP68-rated for protection against water and dust, supports expandable storage, and has a decent dual-camera setup.

The biggest difference between the V40 and the G8 is an innovative front-facing time-of-flight (ToF) sensor on this device. It can map out the veins in your palm, which can then be used to unlock the device. It also lets you take a screenshot or open an app of choice with hand gestures, all without touching the screen. But as noted in our review, these features don’t work quite as well as we’d like.

The G8 also has a newer processor compared to the V40 and twice as much internal storage. The phone also sports a smaller notch and packs a slightly larger battery in a smaller form factor.

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LG G8 ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 8MP and ToF sensor
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie


7. Samsung Galaxy S9

Best US Cellular phones -- Galaxy S9

Of all the devices on this list of the best US Cellular phones, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is the oldest. However, US Cellular still sells the phone and it’s absolutely worth a look if you’re on the hunt for a cheaper handset that will still deliver lots of power and features.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 offers a typical 2018 smartphone form factor, with the majority of the front being covered by a display, but sporting a “forehead” where the front-facing sensors get housed. The back features a fingerprint scanner that sits below a solitary camera lens. This phone is certainly no powerhouse in 2019, but it will deliver an exceptional user experience if you don’t need all the latest bells-and-whistles.


Samsung Galaxy S9 specs:

  • Display: 5.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo


8. Your current phone

Nokia 7.2 at US Cellular

Although this list of the best US Cellular phones only includes devices you can actually buy from the carrier, you aren’t stuck with these. US Cellular has a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program with a pretty hefty list of compatible smartphones.

With that in mind, if you are looking to switch to US Cellular and already own an unlocked version of a compatible device, you don’t even need to buy a new phone. If you take advantage of the BYOD program, you can even earn some hefty discounts and bill credits.

The full rundown of what US Cellular’s BYOD program offers is here. To check if your device is compatible, click here and enter your device’s IMEI number, which you can locate by dialing “*#06#” using your phone’s built-in dialer app.


That’s our look at the picks for the best US Cellular phones at the moment. Stay tuned as we’ll be updating this list regularly as new devices launch!