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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 US 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. Moto Z4
  2. Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
  3. LG V50 ThinQ 5G

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


1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus - best Verizon phone

The Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus are both aimed at demanding users, although the Plus model offers more. It has a larger display with a higher resolution, more RAM, a larger battery, and an additional camera at the back — a ToF sensor. It also supports expandable storage.

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The rest of the specs and features are mostly the same between the two devices. You get the Snapdragon 855 chipset, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and wireless charging. Both are also IP68 rated and come with the S Pen, which has a few new tricks up its sleeve — check them out here. All these things combined put the Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus among the best Verizon phones you can currently get.

Verizon is also selling a 5G version of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, which is currently exclusive to the carrier. It’s exactly the same as the regular version of the phone when it comes to specs, features, and design, but can connect to the Verizon’s 5G network.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10 specs:

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


Galaxy Note 10 Plus specs:

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


2. Samsung Galaxy S10 family

Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10e

Samsung upped its game this year by introducing three Galaxy S devices — the Samsung Galaxy S10e, the Galaxy S10, and the Galaxy S10 Plus. There are some key differences between them, 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 designs.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S10 vs the flagship competition

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 side-mounted fingerprint scanner, while the larger two have an in-display 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 Plus 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.


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, Quad HD+
  • 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, Quad HD+
  • 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. LG G8 ThinQ

LG G8 ThinQ from Verizon

The LG G8 ThinQ 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.

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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, it’s the fantastic audio experience that the device offers, which is more than good 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 among the best Verizon phones you can get.


LG G8 ThinQ specs:

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


4. Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a series

Google Pixel 3 XL vs Pixel 3 screen

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.

The Pixel 3 phones shine in the camera department.

These compromises come in the form of missing premium features like water resistance and wireless charging. The affordable Pixels also 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 3s, 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
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front cameras: 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
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front cameras: 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
  • 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
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


5. Moto Z4

Verizon 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 a price point more akin to the Pixel 3a XL than the Pixel 3 XL, the 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 Mods 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 in the US to offer any sort of 5G access for now.


Moto Z4 specs:

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


6. 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. This isn’t just a 5G version the Galaxy S10 Plus, as it offers a larger display, an extra ToF camera at the back, and a larger battery, among other things.

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However, the phone does share a lot of specs and features with the rest of the Galaxy S10 family. It’s powered by the same chipset, sports an in-display fingerprint scanner, and is IP68 rated for protection against water and dust. It also looks more or less the same as the Galaxy S10 Plus with its curved display, glass back, and a punch-hole up front that houses the cameras. 

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.


Samsung Galaxy S10 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP + ToF
  • Front cameras: 10MP + ToF
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


7. LG V50 ThinQ 5G

LG V50 ThinQ Review against brick

The last model on our list of the best Verizon phones is the LG V50 ThinQ 5G. As you can tell by its name, it’s a 5G device, which allows it to achieve much higher internet speeds compared to 4G handsets. Aimed at demanding users, the phone packs the Snapdragon 855 chipset under the hood along with 6GB of RAM, which means it should handle just about any task you throw at it.

The LG V50 ThinQ is a great phone for music lovers.

Like the G8, the V50 is a great choice for music lover, as it features a headphone jack and a 32-bit Quad-DAC, which improves the audio experience with the right headphones. It also has stereo speakers on board. The phone comes with everything else you’d expect from a flagship including wireless charging, an IP68 rating, and a large high-resolution display.

The fingerprint scanner is at the back, sitting below the triple-camera setup that can capture decent photos. It’s not the best in the business, though, so if the camera is a priority for you, a Pixel phone may be a better choice. 


LG V50 ThinQ 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 10 and 5MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


These are the best Verizon phones you can currently get, although there are plenty of other great ones to choose from as well. We’ll update this list with new models once they hit the carrier.