With the largest network and an excellent selection of phones, it is no wonder why Verizon is largely considered to be the “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 that are universally available on all carriers, as well as Verizon phones that are exclusive to the carrier.

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We’ve rounded up the best Verizon phones you can get on its network. When you make your purchase, keep in mind that Verizon has done away with contract pricing. It’s also worth noting that some of these Verizon phones might be even cheaper from Amazon, so we’ll try to include the relevant Amazon links if we can find cheaper prices for you. Without any further ado, here are the best Verizon phones available.

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.


Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S8 Plus are two of the newest and best Verizon phones on the network right now. Visually, they don’t look very different than the older Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, but inside there’s many differences. Both have the new Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, and both have Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Both also have 64 GB of storage, but the 5.8-inch S9 has 4 GB of RAM and the 6.2-inch S9 Plus has 6 GB 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 960 fps 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, 570 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 400 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm, 163 g

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

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

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LG V30

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The V30 is the latest flagship phone from LG, which has been struggling to compete, at least in sales, with its biggest Android rival Samsung. It is also the successor to 2016’s LG V20, which included a secondary 2.1-inch screen on top for showing  app shortcuts, media controls, and more. The V30 does away with that secondary display, and instead has one nearly bezel-free 6-inch screen, using LG’s new Plastic-OLED (POLED) panel. LG offers a slide-out menu on the phone’s display (called the Floating Bar) that floats around the screen as a substitute (sort for) for folks who might miss the secondary display.

In terms of hardware specs, the LG V30 has everything you would expect from a flagship phone in 2017. It has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 4 GB RAM, along with 64 GB of onboard storage, a 3,300 mAh battery, and a IP68 dust and water resistance rating.  LG is heavily promoting the advanced camera and photography features on the V30m too. It has a dual rear camera that includes a 16 MP sensor with a f/1.6 aperture, along with a 13 MP sensor with a f/1.9 aperture. The rear camera has a Crystal Clear Lens instead of plastic, which should mean you should get more realistic looking photos with the V30. Video creators should have fun with software features like Cine Video, which allows users to quickly put in video effects, along with Point Zoom, which will let owners zoom into any point in a video.

Audiophiles should also be happy with the LG V30, as it has support for Hi-Fi Quad DAC tuned by B&O Play. It is also the first smartphone to support MQA, which is supposed to let users stream high-res audio, but with a smaller file size and no loss in quality.

We’re still working on our full review, but we’re sure the V30 will make its way on this best Verzion phones list one way or another.

Specs

  • 6.0-inch P-OLED FullVision display 2,880 x 1,440 resolution, 538 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 (V30) / 128 (V30 Plus) GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 2 TB
  • Dual 16 and 13 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm, 158 g

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Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Google’s 2017 flagship phones are finally here, and they’re great. Both are also exclusive Verizon phones, although they are also available direct from Google. Both the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL feature top-of-the-line specs, IP67 ratings for dust and water resistance (finally), as well as the best smartphone cameras on the market, according to DxOMark. They’ll also be the first devices to include Google Lens, and will also come with three full years of OS updates. More specifically, the Pixel 2 has a 5.0-inch display and a 2,700 mAh battery, while the Pixel 2 XL sports a 6.0-inch pOLED 18:9 display and a bigger 3,520 mAh battery, but other than that, these two phones are pretty much identical. Both have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and onboard storage options of 64 GB and 128 GB, but with no microSD card slots.

To learn more about the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, check out our related coverage below. We’re still working on our full review, but we’re sure these phones will make its way on this list one way or another.

Specs

Google Pixel 2

  • 5.0-inch OLED display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 441 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.2 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,700 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm 143 g

Google Pixel 2 XL

  • 6.0-inch pOLED display with 2,880 x 1,440 resolution, 538 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.2 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,520 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm, 175 g

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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After a controversial 2016, Samsung’s Galaxy Note line is back in full force. With top-of-the-line specs, a stunning design, an all-new dual-camera setup, and new software features, the Galaxy Note 8 is the best Android phone you can buy right now.

The Note 8’s near-bezel-less 6.3-inch QuadHD+ Infinity Display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio is one of our favorite parts about this phone. DisplayMate agrees with us too. It’s big, maybe too big for some people, but at least the company puts that screen to good use. There’s a new App Pairing feature that allows you to open up two favorited apps in multi-window at the same time, and there are a few new S Pen features that will satisfy the stylus users out there.

What’s more, the new dual-camera setup on the back performs incredibly well. While picture quality isn’t a huge step up from what we saw on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the extra 12 MP sensor with OIS allows you to take clear, concise photos and impressive bokeh shots in just about any situation.

No, it’s not perfect, but no phone is. Samsung’s fingerprint sensor placement is still super annoying, and this phone is expensive. If those things don’t matter to you though, the Note 8 might be the right phone for you. Check out our full review below!

Specs

  • 6.3-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 521 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm, 195 g

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

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Following a successful launch of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung seemed to have a pretty good idea as to what users want in a smartphone. Solid battery life, high-res screens, impressive camera performance and more were all things the company achieved with the 2016 flagships. And while the Note 7 seemed to improve even more in those areas, overheating problems caused the device to enter total recall mode.

Now we get to see what Samsung has in store for us in 2017. It should come as no surprise that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus feature top-of-the-line specifications, great cameras and an all-new design that’s truly futuristic. Without a doubt, this is one of the hottest Verizon phones on this list!

This time around, Samsung included a curved screen on both the S8 and S8 Plus, as well as a unique 18.5:9 aspect ratio that allows for a much more comfortable in-hand feel. The company even ditched its famous physical home button and included on-screen navigation keys (finally). Under the hood, these devices come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (or Exynos 8895, depending on the region), 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of on-board storage, and one of the latest versions of Android, 7.0 Nougat.

Samsung even launched a few extra accessories alongside the S8 that you should definitely consider checking out. The new Samsung DeX dock lets you use your S8 as a desktop computer, and there’s also a new Gear 360 camera that allows for shooting video in 4K and live streaming to YouTube. Of course, there’s also a new Galaxy S8-compatible Gear VR headset, complete with a controller for easier navigation.

All in all, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are two of the most promising smartphones launching in 2017 and a must on our best Verizon phones list.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S8

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm, 155 g

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 529 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173 g

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Apple iPhone 8/Plus

 

Yes, we know we are an Android site. While the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus isn’t a phone many (if any) of our staff would personally recommend, we recognize it’s popularity and concede they are one of the best Verizon phones out there. After all, this is about the best Verizon phones… and so we have to represent the whole package!

Apple’s current flagship phones are the iPhone 8 and iPhone 1 Plus. Both come with iOS 11 out of the box and both come with the company’s own quad-core A11 Bionic processor inside that has a 64-bit six-core CPU (four high-efficiency cores/two performance cores), as well as an Apple-designed GPU that’s supposedly 30 percent faster than the older A10 found in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus can be purchased in 64 GB and 256 GB storage options and both also have 2 GB of RAM.
 
The iPhone 8 has a 4.7-inch diplay, while the larger iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen, and both use Apple’s new  Retina HD display technology. The iPhone 8 has a non-removable 1,821 mAh battery, while the iPhone 8 Plus has a 2,691 mAh battery. Both phones have a fingerprint sensor built into their Home button.
 
Except for their size, perhaps the biggest difference between the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus concerns their rear camera set up. The smaller iPhone 8 has a new 12 MP sensor, complete with a new color filter and OIS, while the 8 Plus comes with dual 12 MP sensors with apertures of f/1.8 and f/2.4.  Both phones also support slow motion 1080 video recording at 240 fps and both have 7 MP front-facing cameras. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are also the first phones from Apple to support wireless charging and both have stereo speakers that are around 25 percent louder than the iPhone 7 models.
 
Pricing for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus depends on the carrier, along with the amount of its onboard storage, but the starting prices for the smaller phone begin at $699 up front, or for $29.16 a month for a standard carrier contract. The iPhone 8 Plus has an up front starting price of $799, or a per month payment of $33.33 under contract.

Specs

iPhone 8
  • 4.7-inch display with 1,334 x 750 resolution
  • Hexa-core A11 Bionic processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 64 GB or 256 GB of onboard storage, non-expandable
  • 12 MP rear camera, 7 MP front-facing camera
  • 1,821 mAh battery
  • iOS 11
  • Front-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm, 148 g
iPhone 8 Plus
  • 5.5-inch display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
  • Hexa-core A11 Bionic processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 64 GB or 256 GB of onboard storage, non-expandable
  • Dual 12 MP rear camers, 7 MP front-facing camera
  • 2,691 mAh battery
  • iOS 11
  • Front-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm, 202 g

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Best Verizon phones – Conclusion

How did you like our list of best Verizon phones? Do you have any other suggestions for Verizon phones that should be in this article? If so, feel free to voice your opinion in the comments below!

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