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.

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We’ve rounded up the best Verizon phones you can get. When you make your purchase, remember Verizon has done away with contract pricing. Some of these Verizon phones might also be even cheaper from Amazon, so we’ll try to include the relevant Amazon links if we find cheaper prices. 

Editor’s note — We will update this list as more devices hit the market.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 XL vs Pixel 3 screen

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are here and like all of Google’s previous Pixel phones, they are exclusive to Verizon Wireless in the U.S. While they may not rival the Galaxy Note 9 in specs, these phones improve on what made the Pixel 2 so great — the camera. They still sport the same single rear cameras as the Pixel 2, but there are a ton of camera software improvements here. Top Shot mode will take multiple pictures of your subject and recommend the best one. Night Sight will also arrive for the phones soon, which is supposed to bring next-level low-light photography thanks to computational photography. Finally, there’s a mode called Motion Auto Focus that lets the Pixel 3 focus on a subject in a video, no matter how much they move around.

They both have 18:9 screens (well, 18.5:9 for the XL), but look very different. The Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch Full HD+ screen, which makes it look like a smaller Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 3 XL has a big ol’ notch at the top of its screen. Both phones also come with Qi wireless charging support, no headphone jack (womp womp), and still manage to squeeze in front-facing speakers.

The Pixel 3 could be considered the Android iPhone, but what’s wrong with that? You can get the standard Pixel 3 from Verizon starting at $799.99, or for $33.33 a month for 24 months. The Pixel 3 XL starts at $929.99 a month, or for $38.74 a month for 24 months.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch flexible OLED display with 1,080 x 2,160 resolution (Pixel 3) or 6.3-inch flexible OLED display with
    1,440 x 2,960 resolution (Pixel 3 XL)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of onboard storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.2MP rear camera, dual 8MP front cameras
  • 2,915mAh battery (Pixel 3) or 3,430mAh battery (Pixel 3 XL)
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 68.2 x 145.6 x 7.9mm, 148 g (Pixel 3) or 76.7 x 158.0 x 7.9mm, 184g (Pixel 3 XL)

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Galaxy Note 9 Review

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The Galaxy Note 8 was a beast of a phone, and the Galaxy Note 9 is somehow even better, and it may be the best Verizon phone the carrier currently sells.

The Note 9 is still the big, S Pen-touting flagship we expect from the Note line. It has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6 or 8GB of RAM, a crazy 128 or 512GB of storage, as well as the same dual-camera setup we first saw on the Galaxy S9 Plus. It basically has the best specs you could want on a smartphone in 2018.

There are some upgrades worth pointing out. First, the battery. Samsung increased the battery from 3,300mAh in the Note 8 to 4,000mAh in the Note 9. Plus, the S Pen now supports Bluetooth, so you can actually do things like control your phone’s camera and control music with the S Pen’s button. It’s pretty awesome.

Finally, the dual-camera setup on the back might be the same as the S9 Plus, but the Note 9 can recognize what’s in a photo and automatically pick the best camera settings for each scene.

If you want the Verizon phone version of the Galaxy Note 9, it will cost you. The carrier sels the 128GB version for $999.99, or $44.66 a month for 24 months. The 512GB version costs $1,249.99 at Verizon, or for $52.08 over 24 months.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 516ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/512GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 512GB
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g

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Motorola Moto Z3

The latest member of the Moto Z family is also, as of this writing, a Verizon Wireless exclusive in the U.S. At first glance, the Moto Z3 isn’t so different to 2017’s Moto Z2 Force. In fact, its hardware specs make the phone feel like it should have come out a year ago. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, along with a 3,000mAh battery. It also has a 6.01-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080.

 The Moto Z2 also has dual 12MP cameras in the back, with the main sensor supporting a f/1.7 aperture, with features like Dual Autofocus Pixel. It will also have an 8MP front-facing selfie camera with a f/2.0 wide-angle lens.

While the specs may not be considered to be in the flagship category, the Moto Z3’s price on Verizon is pretty affordable. You can get it for $480, or $20 a month for 24 months on a Verizon device payment plan. However, if you want to be one of the first people to get a 5G phone, this may interest you. Verizon and Motorola will sell a 5G Moto Mod for the Moto Z3 sometime early in 2019, just as the first 5G cities for Verizon are supposed to go online.

Specs

  • 6.01-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 512GB
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 1156.5 x 76.5 x 6.8 m, 156g

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Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are two of the newest and best Verizon phones on the network right now. Visually, they don’t look very different to the older Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, but inside is a different story. Both have the new Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, and both have Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Both have 6 GB of storage, but the 5.8-inch S9 has 4GB of RAM and the 6.2-inch S9 Plus has 6GB of RAM.

The biggest change comes in the camera department. The Galaxy S9 includes a single rear 12 MP camera, which includes a dual aperture mode. The main mode has a f/1.5 aperture, but you can press a button to activate mechanical blades that close down over the sensor, which offers a f/2.4 aperture mode for taking better pictures in bright daylight.

The Galaxy S9 Plus has the same 12 MP rear camera with the dual aperture mode as the S9, plus a secondary 12 MP rear sensor with a f/2.4 aperture. It is used as a telephoto lens for the S9 Plus, and also supports a proper portrait mode in Live Focus. If you love to take slow motion videos, the rear cameras on the S9 and S9 Plus can do so at an amazing 960fps at 720p resolution. Both phones also have a front facing 8 MP camera at f/1.7 aperture. 

These Verizon phones are available now, with the S9 selling for $799.99 without a contract, or for $25 a month for 24 months. The S9 Plus is available for $929.99 without a contract, and $26.24 a month for 24 months.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 400GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm, 163g

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 529ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 400GB
  • 12MP rear camera and 12MP secondary camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,500mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm, 189g

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LG V40 ThinQ

LG V40 ThinQ sitting on a window showing home screen

LG’s V series has become an impressive contender in the last few years. The LG V40 ThinQ further refines and adds to what made its predecessors such great options. It’s the first smartphone with a total of five camera sensors (three on the back, and two on the front), but that’s not the only reason it’s one of the best Verizon Wireless phones.

The rear camera setup features a standard 12MP camera, wide-angle 16MP camera, and telephoto 12MP camera. Around front are the standard 8MP sensor and 5MP wide-angle sensor. The second front camera also helps capture depth information for self-portraits.

We also like the V40 ThinQ’s audio capabilities. The 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC delivered the best-wired headphone experience on a smartphone, while the Boombox Speaker tech turns the phone into a mini speaker. Elsewhere, we also appreciate the V40 ThinQ’s support for wireless charging and Quick Charge 4.0. The phone even retains the 3.5mm headphone jack and IP68 certification of the older LG V30. Inside, the V40 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable storage, along with a 3,300mAh battery. Verizon sells the LG V40 ThinQ for $979.99 without a contract, or $40.83 a month for 24 months under its payment plan.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch OLED FullVision display 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 2TB
  • 12MP, 16MP and 12MP rear cameras, 8MP and 5MP front cameras
  • Non-removable 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 75.8 x 7.7 x 158.7mm, 169g

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Apple iPhone XR/XS/XS Max

The Apple iPhone XR as depicted on stage during the Apple Event 2018.

Okay, we know we are an Android site, but it’s hard to leave this one off. Apple’s latest smartphones are among the best Verizon phones. Apple’s current phones are the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max. All three come with iOS 12 out of the box, as well as the company’s newest and fastest A12 Bionic processor inside. The iPhone XR is the new “mainstream” smartphone from Apple. It cuts corners by using an older 6.1-inch LCD display with a lower resolution, 3GB of RAM, an aluminum frame, and it only has a single rear camera compared to the twin rear cameras on the iPhone XS and XS Max. Verizon has a starting price of $749.99 for the iPhone XR, or you can use its payment plan, starting at $31.24 a month for 24 months.

The iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch OLED screen, and the XS Max goes big with a 6.5-inch OLED display. Both also have twin 12MP rear cameras and a front 7MP camera, and Apple puts in 4GB of RAM as well. Verizon sells the iPhone XS starting at $999.99 without a contract, or its payment plan starts at $41.66 a month for 24 months. The iPhone XS Max begins at $1,099.99 without a contract, and the payment plan method starts at $45.83 a month for 24 months.

iPhone XR specs

  • 6.1-inch IPS LCD display with 828 x 1,792 pixels resolution, 326ppi
  • Apple A12 Bionic
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of onboard storage, not expandable
  • 12MP rear camera, 7MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2942mAh battery
  • iOS 12
  • 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm, 194g

iPhone XS specs

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED  display with 1,125 x 2,436 resolution, 458ppi
  • Apple A12 Bionic
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/256/512GB of onboard storage, not expandable
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 7MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2658mAh battery
  • iOS 12
  • 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm, 177g

iPhone XS Max specs

  • 6.5-inch Super AMOLED  display with 1,242 x 2,688  resolution, 458ppi
  • Apple A12 Bionic
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/256/512GB of onboard storage, not expandable
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 7MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,174mAh battery
  • iOS 12
  • 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm, 209g

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