Last Update
May 2017
This month we removed the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge from our list.

With the largest network and an excellent selection of phones, it is no wonder why Verizon is widely considered “top dog” out of all the major U.S. carriers. For those on Big Red’s network, there are quite a few options to choose from, including major flagships universally available on all carriers, as well as exclusive Verizon phones. Here’s a roundup of the best Verizon phones you can buy!

Best Verizon phones:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S10 family
  2. LG G8 ThinQ
  3. Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a series
  4. Motorola Moto Z4
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  6. Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

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


Samsung Galaxy S10 family

Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10e

Samsung upped its flagship game this year by introducing three new devices that make up its Galaxy S10 lineup – the Samsung Galaxy S10e, the Galaxy S10, and the Galaxy S10 Plus. These are by far the best Samsung phones you can buy at the moment. There are some key differences between the three, but they are certainly all worth considering.

Of course, there are some common features that these phones share as well. All three are powered by the same processor, come with Android 9 Pie on-board with Samsung’s One UI skin, and feature dust and water resistance. All three retain the increasingly rare 3.5mm headphone jack and offer microSD expansion. You also get Super AMOLED displays with all, albeit with different sizes and resolutions. They come with punch-hole front-facing cameras, allowing for high screen-to-body ratios and beautiful design.

The differences begin with the screen. The smaller Galaxy S10e comes with a lower resolution display and dual rear camera setup. It also comes with a standard fingerprint scanner on the back while the larger two also have an under-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. Both the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus have the two cameras of the S10e, but add a telephoto lens to the mix as well. Up front, the Galaxy S10 expands the punch hole to house a dual front-facing setup.

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is a fantastic option for those who are looking for all the power that Samsung has to offer at a comparatively cheaper price point. A better camera setup, more RAM, a larger display, and bigger battery are what you get with the Galaxy S10, and the Galaxy S10 Plus takes things one step further. If you’re looking to plant your flag at the absolute top of the Samsung Galaxy S mountain, the Galaxy S10 Plus with a whopping 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage is the model you want.


Galaxy S10e specs:

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


Galaxy S10 specs:

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


Galaxy S10 Plus specs:

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


LG G8 ThinQ

LG G8 ThinQ Review display

The LG G8 ThinQ is the company’s latest high-end offering and deserves a lot more attention than it gets. When compared to its predecessor, it might look like not a lot has changed on the surface, but it’s another story when you peek under the hood.

LG upgraded the display to an OLED panel, resulting in a far better viewing experience. You get the processing package that powers every 2019 flagship and other premium features like water resistance and wireless charging are also available. LG also introduced a couple of unique unlocking methods with the phone, like Vein ID and Air Motion.

If there’s one thing that sets the LG G8 apart though, it’s the fantastic audio experience that the device offers, more than enough to entice any audiophile. Excellent performance, good front and rear cameras, and decent battery life round out the many reasons why the LG G8 ThinQ is worth considering.


LG G8 ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Rear camera: 12 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP and TOF 3D
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a series

Google Pixel 3 XL vs Pixel 3 screen

At Google I/O 2019, Google introduced two affordable alternatives to the flagship Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL, with the aptly named Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL. Until I/O, the only network carrier the Pixel 3’s were available from was Verizon Wireless. Picking any one of the four is a great choice if what you really want is an excellent camera.

The Pixel 3 line is the flagship series that comes with a high-end processing package and premium features. The Pixel 3a devices aren’t bad options either for those okay with a mid-range processor and few other compromises, given that they are almost half the price of their flagship siblings.

Pixel 3a Next to Pixel 3a XL

Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

These compromises come in the form of missing premium features like water resistance and wireless charging. The affordable Pixels have polycarbonate bodies that don’t look and feel as good as the glass construction of the Pixel 3.

However, there is one department where all four smartphones continue to shine — the camera. The mid-range Pixel 3a’s come with the same camera setup as the Pixel 3’s, and includes all the camera software improvements and features that are available like Top Shot mode and Night Sight. If a fantastic camera experience is what you’re after at a more affordable price point, the Pixel 3a certainly delivers.


Pixel 3 specs:

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


Pixel 3 XL specs:

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


Pixel 3a specs:

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


Pixel 3a XL specs:

  • Display: 6.0-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Rear camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Motorola Moto Z4

Motorola Moto Z4 review left rear profile

Motorola has moved on from true flagship offerings and has instead re-purposed its Z-series to fill a crucial space in the smartphone market – the premium mid-range. With specs, features, and price point more akin to the Pixel 3a XL than the Pixel 3 XL, the Verizon-exclusive Motorola Moto Z4 is an excellent option for those looking for a powerful mid-range device that doesn’t break the bank.

The general design of the Moto Z4 hasn’t changed much given the need for Moto Mod compatibility. However, Motorola has managed to squeeze a larger display into the same body, courtesy of thin bezels and a notch. It also helps that the display is one of the best we’ve seen on a Motorola smartphone.

What makes the Moto Z4 stand out from the crowd are the Moto Mods that add a lot of new functionality to an otherwise standard smartphone. The key addition to the Moto Mod lineup is the 5G Mod that lets you add blazing fast 5G connectivity to the Moto Z4. Even though an additional accessory is required, the Moto Z4 is the only mid-range smartphone to offer any sort of 5G access for now.


Motorola Moto Z4 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 675
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Rear camera: 48MP
  • Front camera: 25MP
  • Battery: 3,600mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

As is now expected from the series, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the epitome of powerhouse. It shares much of its predecessor’s design language, with flatter sides and refinements like better fingerprint scanner placement and a smaller camera visor. The Galaxy Note 9 is another great example to show Samsung knows how to make a premium smartphone.

It features one of the best smartphone display around, with numbers to prove it. It’s got the exact same setup as the Galaxy S9 Plus, with a few new software tricks to further enhance an already excellent experience. The specs are 2018 flagship, but you are certainly not going to feel like the phone isn’t fast enough by any stretch of the imagination.

What lets the Galaxy Note 9 retain a place on this list is its defining feature — the S-Pen. Samsung has brought more value and convenience with the stylus every year, and the Galaxy Note 9’s S-Pen comes with a lot of new features and capabilities. There are a lot of Galaxy Note fans in the U.S., and the Note 9 is not going to leave anyone disappointed.


Galaxy Note 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo


Honorable mention: Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Verizon Wireless 1245Gbps

If you want to be at the absolute cutting edge of mobile technology and enjoy blazing fast data, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is the device you’ll need to get. If you don’t want to rely on an accessory like Motorola’s 5G mod, the Galaxy S10 5G is the only device from Verizon that can access the 5G network (the LG V50 ThinQ 5G will be available on Verizon soon).

Of course, network coverage is extremely limited right now and there’s a long way to go before 5G is anywhere close to being ready for the mainstream. Unless you’re planning for well into the future, get the Galaxy S10 5G only if you live in an area where Verizon’s 5G network is available.


LG V50 ThinQ 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Rear camera: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP and 3D depth
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


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