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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.

The 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 S20 series

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As usual, Samsung kickstarted the year with its hottest device lineup: the Galaxy S20 family. This includes the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 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.

There are some common features these US Cellular phones share as well. All three are powered by the same processor, come with Android 10 on board 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.

The few difference are in the battery, cameras, and obviously the size. But despite their few variations, the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra are all impressive devices with high-end specs and a great design.


Samsung Galaxy S20 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10


Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10


Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 48, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10


2. Samsung Galaxy S10 series

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Last year’s high-end US Cellular phones are still worthy devices, especially considering the major discount you get for getting an older-generation product. The Samsung Galaxy S10 series is a great choice for many.

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. They 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 come in at 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


3. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series

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The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are phenomenal US Cellular phones. They come with high-end specs including the Snapdragon 855 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, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • 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: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 16, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


4. Google Pixel 4 series

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The Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL are among the best US Cellular phones in terms of camera performance. They may not have a super wide-angle lens, but Google believes the 2x zoom lens is more useful. This makes the Pixel 4 a little less versatile than phones that offer standard, wide, and zoom lenses, but you still get superb image quality.

The Google Pixel 4 offers more than quality glass and a great sensor. The new Google device’s most powerful weapon is software. Computational photography and AI are the way of the future, and Google is proving it with the results we see in their mobile photography. It’s things like Night Mode, astrophotography, HDR, and Google’s smart editing capabilities that make the difference.

But the phones aren’t just about the cameras. They also come with high-end specs including the Snapdragon 855 chipset, 3D facial recognition, and 90Hz displays. Unfortunately, they don’t have a headphone jack or a fingerprint scanner on board.


Google Pixel 4 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8.1MP
  • Battery: 2,915mAh
  • Software: Android 10


Google Pixel 4 XL specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8.1MP
  • Battery: 3,430mAh
  • Software: Android 10


5. Google Pixel 3a series

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Ever since the Nexus 5X days, Google has pretty much exclusively focused on top-tier smartphones. The original Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 were all very pricey at launch, leaving those of us wanting a cheaper Google-made phone out to dry.

Finally, Google is back to its more affordable roots with the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, which are still some of the best US Cellular phones. The Google Pixel 3a has many of the same internals as the Pixel 3, but at a much lower price. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SoC, 4GB of RAM, squeezy sides to access Google Assistant, and a nice OLED display. Oh, and a headphone jack!

The most important aspect brought over from the Pixel 3 is the camera — the Pixel 3a and 3a XL have the exact same rear camera sensor as the Pixel 3 line. That means you’re getting one of the best smartphone cameras on the market.


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-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


6. LG G8 ThinQ

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The LG G8 ThinQ is a great US Cellular 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.

You’ll find 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 is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset and comes with 128GB of storage. The phone also sports a notch and packs a 3,500mAh battery.


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 9.0 Pie


7. Apple iPhone 11 series

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The iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max may not look as impressive on paper, but we know Apple is appreciated for more than mere specs. iOS is clean, highly optimized, and so simple even kids can use it with no problem. And because it is so optimized, the seemingly lesser specs are enough to make the iPhone 11 one of the best US Cellular phones you can get.

Apple’s build quality is also hard to compete with. There is a certain finesse to these handsets, likely thanks to the great designs mixed with clean software. Apple’s devices are made for the masses, which is why they can be recommended to most casual consumers. Some people don’t want the flexibility, customization, and complex features other US Cellular phones have to offer. They may just want a phone that “works,” and these do.


Apple iPhone 11 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 1,729 X 828
  • SoC: Apple A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,110mAh
  • Software: iOS 13.3


Apple iPhone 11 Pro specs:

  • Display: 5.8-inch, 2,436 X 1,125
  • SoC: Apple A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,046mAh
  • Software: iOS 13.3


Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 2,688 x 1,242
  • SoC: Apple A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,969mAh
  • Software: iOS 13.3


8. Your current phone

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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 have to buy a new phone. If you take advantage of the BYOD program, you can even earn some hefty discounts and bill credits.

To check if your device is compatible, click the button below 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!

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