Best AT&T phones

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Forking out over $600 for a brand new flagship all at once isn’t for everyone, but thankfully companies like AT&T offer different financing options to make that hefty price tag a bit more reasonable. On the downside, not every phone manufacturer is going to be on AT&T, limiting your options. Most carriers seem to play it safe, keeping only phone’s from the big name manufacturers on hand, and right now, that seems to be primarily Samsung and LG.

With that in mind, we’re going to show you all of the best phones that AT&T is currently offering. Stick with us, and you might just find your next phone.

Editor’s Note: This list will be updated on a monthly basis or when necessary. Each time there’s a change, we will note where that happened.

Samsung Galaxy S7 & Galaxy S7 Edge

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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the hottest devices the year, though the S7 Edge may just be a bit more popular than the traditional flat display mode because of its unprecedented design. Either way, both are high-quality devices shaking the market up. Big name manufacturers like LG, HTC and Sony have all launched flagships this year, but Samsung still has been the go-to for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

 Samsung Galaxy S7Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
LaunchedFebruary 21, 2016February 21, 2016
ReleaseMarch 11, 2016March 11, 2016
Display5.1-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) Super AMOLED with Corning Gorilla Glass 45.5-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) Super AMOLED with Corning Gorilla Glass 4
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Samsung Exynos 8890 OctaQualcomm Snapdragon 820 or Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa
RAM4GB4GB
Storage32GB / 64GB with microSD card slot32GB / 64GB with microSD card slot
Rear Camera12MP with phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash12MP with phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash
Front Camera5MP5MP
Battery3000mAh (non-removable)3600mAh (non-removable)
Chargingmicro-USB with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, wireless chargingmicro-USB with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, wireless charging
SoundBottom-facing mono speakerBottom-facing mono speaker
SoftwareAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWizAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWiz
ConnectivityNFC, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acNFC, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
SensorsAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, compass, gyro, barometer, SpO2, heart rate, fingerprintAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, compass, gyro, barometer, SpO2, heart rate, fingerprint
Measurements142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9mm150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7mm
Weight152g157g
ColorsBlack Onyx, Gold Platinum, Titanium SilverBlack Onyx, Gold Platinum, Titanium Silver

It’s hard to determine what sets apart the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge from the rest. At its core, you still get your standard Android phone. There’s nothing really unique about these devices, except that Samsung has truly found out how to make a premium-feeling device with top-of-the-line specifications. And that premium feel might just be what sets these two phones apart from the rest.

Buy it now (Samsung Galaxy S7): AT&T
Buy it now (Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge): AT&T

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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The response to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge has been insane, and Samsung is planning on capitalizing on that with the release of the Galaxy Note 7. The Galaxy Note 7 is an interesting device. The Korean tech giant has decided to capitalize off of the excitement of the unprecedented design found on the S7 Edge and launch this phone exclusively with that curved display. It’s not much different from the S7 Edge as far as internals go, but does amp things up a notch with the S-Pen and some other neat features.

 Samsung Galaxy Note 7
AnnouncedAugust 2, 2016
ReleaseAugust 2016
Display5.7-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) Super AMOLED with Corning Gorilla Glass 5
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 820 / Exynos 8890
RAM4GB
Storage64GB with microSD card slot
Rear Camera12MP with phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash, auto HDR
Front Camera5MP
Battery3500mAh (non-removable)
ChargingUSB Type-C, wireless charging
SoundBottom-facing mono speaker
SoftwareAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWiz
ConnectivityNFC, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
SensorsAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, compass, gyro, barometer, SpO2, heart rate, fingerprint
Measurements153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm
Weight169g
ColorsBlue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium, Black Onyx

The S-Pen was redesigned and actually got slimmer, making writing with it feel more natural. Not only that, but a bunch more Air Commands have been added in this rendition of the phone. The S-Pen is truly what makes the Galaxy Note 7 unique, as there’s really no other big device on this scale that offers that same functionality. And of course, you also get the long-awaited benefit of iris scanning in the Galaxy Note 7. Who could pass that up?

Buy it now: AT&T

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

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The Galaxy S7 has a premium design, but that premium design isn’t always a good thing. Much of it is made of glass, and if you work in a garage, a shop, in construction or in any skilled trade, that phone can break really easy. A case can sometimes keep your device protected, but Samsung has another answer: the Galaxy S7 Active.

 Samsung Galaxy S7 Active
AnnouncedJune 6, 2016
ReleasedJune 2016
Display5.1-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) Super AMOLED
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 820
RAM4GB
Storage32GB, microSD card slot
Rear Camera12MP
Front Camera5MP
Battery4000mAh (non-removable)
Chargingmicro-USB with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, wireless charging
SoundBottom-facing mono speaker
SoftwareAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow with TouchWiz
ConnectivityNFC, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
SensorsAmbient, barometer, gyro, geomagnetic, heart rate, proximity, fingerprint, GPS
Measurements148.8 x 75.0 x 9.9mm
Weight185g
ColorsSandy Gold, Titanium Gray, Camo Green

The Galaxy S7 Active has all of the great internals of the Galaxy S7, but this time encased in a protective polycarbonate shell instead of the glass and aluminum design. This phone has a rugged feel and comes with a bunch of protective certifications. Among those certifications is IP68, bringing water and dust resistance to the device. It’s also MIL-STD-810G certified, bringing you resistance to salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock. It goes without saying: the Galaxy S7 Active is the perfect phone for those in harsher environments.

Buy it now: AT&T

LG G5

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The LG G5 is another great phone on AT&T. The phone is snappy, offering great performance in almost anything. It can handle the most demanding of games. Not only that, but you’re getting a really great media package. With a beautiful display and great sound, the LG G5 won’t disappoint when watching Netflix or catching up on your YouTube subscriptions.

 LG G5
AnnouncedFebruary 21, 2016
ReleaseApril 2016
Display5.3-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) IPS LCD
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 820
RAM4GB
Storage32GB with microSD card slot
Rear Camera16MP + 8MP with laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash
Front Camera8MP
Battery2800mAh
ChargingUSB Type-C with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
SoundBottom-facing mono speaker
SoftwareAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow with LG UX 5.0
ConnectivityNFC, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
SensorsAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, compass, gyro, barometer, fingerprint
Measurements149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm
Weight159g
ColorsSilver, Titan, Gold, Pink

We’ve heard of “modules” on phones quite a bit, with Project Ara being the most notable modular device. However, LG decided to give it a shot in a limited sense with the LG G5, allowing you to add either improved, high-fidelity sound to the device or a better camera.

Buy it now: AT&T

LG V10

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Last up on our list is the LG V10. When it launched, this phone was essentially a much better LG G4. It has some powerful specifications as well as a unique design. You get your standard Android flagship phone here–powerful internals that allow you to use your phone for almost anything as well as lightweight software for a snappier user experience.

 LG V10
AnnouncedSeptember 30, 2015
ReleaseOctober 2015
Display5.7-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) IPS LCD with Gorilla Glass 4, 2.1-inch (160x1040) secondary screen
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 808
RAM4GB
Storage32GB / 64GB with microSD card slot
Rear Camera16MP with LED flash, laser autofocus, optical image stabilization
Front Camera5MP
Battery3000mAh (removable)
Chargingmicro-USB with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0
SoundBottom-facing mono speaker
SoftwareAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
ConnectivityNFC, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
SensorsAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, compass, gyro, fingerprint
Measurements159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6mm
Weight192g
ColorsSpace Black, Luxe White, Modern Beige, Ocean Blue, Opal Blue

As far as what’s unique in this phone goes, LG tried to focus on creators in this phone. With that in mind, the V10 is equipped with a bunch of manual video controls, allowing creators to take far greater control over the content they’re trying to capture. Additionally, LG added a”secondary display” to the phone, which serves as a hub for quick access to your favorite apps, time, weather, and so on.

Buy it now: AT&T

Samsung Galaxy J3

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There are a lot of great options on AT&T from Samsung–the Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge and the Galaxy Note 7. The only problem is, they’re all very high-end and expensive phones. That’s where the Galaxy J3 comes in, a decidedly mid-range phone at a low price.

 Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
AnnouncedNovember 2015
ReleaseJanuary 2016
Display5.0-inch (1280x720) Super AMOLED with Asahi Dragontrail Glass
ProcessorSamsung Exynos 3475
RAM1.5GB of RAM
Storage8GB / 16GB with microSD card slot
Rear Camera8MP / 5MP with autofocus, LED flash
Front Camera5MP / 2MP
Battery2600mAh (removable)
Chargingmicro-USB
SoundRear-facing speaker
SoftwareAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
ConnectivityNFC, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
SensorsAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, gyro
Measurements142.3 x 71 x 7.9mm
Weight138g
ColorsWhite, Black, Gold

The neat thing about the Galaxy J3 is that, while it does have mid-range specifications, it’s still a very smooth running phone with Android 6.0 Marshmallow onboard. Sure, you don’t get all of the special software features on the higher-end phones, but in a way, that makes the J3 a lot better in performance as well as the amount of storage available to the user. If you don’t want to break the bank, but still want a decent Samsung deivce, the Galaxy J3 is the way to go.

Buy it now: AT&T

LG G Vista 2

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The LG G Vista 2 is another mid-ranger, but one of the more impressive ones. With a Snapdragon 617 processor and 2GB of RAM, you cannot go wrong with the G Vista 2. It has a lot of your basic features, but what makes it stand out is that it’s equipped with a stylus. There’s very few devices out there with that, making the G Vista 2 the perfect fit for that crowd.

 LG G Vista 2
AnnouncedOctober 2015
ReleaseNovember 2015
Display5.7-inch Full HD (1920x1080) IPS LCD
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 617
RAM2GB
Storage16GB with microSD card slot
Rear Camera16MP with laser autofocus, LED flash, optical image stabilization
Front Camera5MP
Battery3000mAh (removable)
Chargingmicro-USB
SoundRear-facing mono speaker
SoftwareAndroid 5.1 Lollipop
ConnectivityNFC, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
SensorsAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, compass, gyro
Measurements154.4 x 79.8 x 9.7mm
Weight169.8g
ColorsMetallic Black

The G Vista 2 can also take nice photos with its 13-megapixel rear camera. It has a 5-megapixel shooter on the front, and in true LG fashion, you get a 3000mAh removable battery, something that’s rarely seen these days. A small downside is that the device is only running Android 5.1 Lollipop and probably won’t ever be upgraded beyond that.

For a mid-ranger, it’s fairly pricey at $450, but AT&T offers some fairly nice financing options, such as $50 per month on a two-year contract or as low as $15 per month on a 30-month AT&T Next plan.

Buy it now: AT&T

Closing

These phones on this list are easily the best that A&T has to offer right now. Whether you’re searching for a high-end phone with payment plans or a mid-range phone with an attractive one-time price, you have options.


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • penultimateName

    more like a Samsung and LG commercial. The Windows phone 950xl is a beautiful phone. While many have panned the plastic build I think the criticism is more than deserved. In terms of specs it is equal to the best phones out on the market. One may argue it is not as good as the ones selected in this article but is still deserving of being on the same list.