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.
If you’re seeking the purest Android phone around, get the Google Pixel. There’s nothing separating you from the way Google sees its platform. Unlike other phones, the Pixel offers an experience that’ll remain fresh for at least two years through software updates. And, because Google is in control of both hardware and software, you’ll be using a phone that performs smooth at all times. Everything was fine-tuned for each other inside.
The Pixel features a 5-inch Full HD or 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821, 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 128GB of internal storage, a 12.3MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, a 2770mAh or 3450mAh battery, a USB-C port, a fingerprint scanner, and Android 7.1.2 Nougat.
While on the expensive side, the Pixel is definitely worth every penny. Its display is second to only Samsung’s 2017 flagship, and the camera is what we view as the best in the world today. Google created an algorithm that results in insanely accurate pictures and videos. Plus, you know you’ll always have the latest version of Android. Oh and you get Google Assistant built-in as an integral part of the Pixel’s experience.
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung is still on top. No company sells more Android devices every year than Samsung, and it’s why the company is always trying to one-up Apple. The Galaxy S8 brings with it cutting-edge specifications in a body being called the most beautiful ever. Created from glass and metal, Samsung’s must-have phone for 2017 exudes quality craftsmanship. There may never be a phone as stunning as this one.
The Galaxy S8 features a 5.8-inch or 6.2-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, a 12MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, a 3000mAh or 3500mAh battery, wireless charging, a USB-C port, a fingerprint scanner, and Android 7.0 Nougat.
Looks aside, the Galaxy S8 is a beast. It has an in-house display you can’t find anywhere else, the world’s best processor for mobile devices, and a camera capable of pulling off crisp shots in all conditions. Yes, Samsung is charging a fortune for this phone. But you get what you pay for and then some. Included with Android is Samsung’s suite of services like Samsung Pay, Samsung Connect, and Samsung+.
LG K20 V
It’s a budget phone, but the K20 V is far from useless. This exclusive for Verizon customers comes with a compact body, enough power to last you through two days or so, and the latest version of Android. We’re thinking it’ll continue to get software updates, too, since LG’s track record for its non-flagship phones has been strong as of late.
The K20 V features a 5.3-inch HD IPS LCD display with scratch-resistant glass, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 425, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, a 2800mAh battery, a micro-USB port, and Android 7.0 Nougat.
You can walk into a Verizon store today and leave with this phone for less than $200, or you can spread the payments across two years at $7 per month. Of the budget phones offered by Verizon, the K20 V is the best you can choose.
Buy it now: Verizon
Moto Z Force DROID
Lenovo brought back the DROID brand in 2016, introducing us to the Moto Z DROID and Moto Z Force DROID. While we appreciate the regular model, the Moto Z Force is the better choice. You get an unbreakable display and a larger battery. No one will complain about those benefits.
The Moto Z Force DROID features a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED display with shatterproof glass, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, a 21MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, a 3500mAh battery, a USB-C port, Moto Mods, and Android 7.0 Nougat.
Aside from being durable and long-lasting, the phone shows one of the cleanest takes on Android. Lenovo doesn’t care about including its own services. You get the necessities and that’s it. If you want to spice things up, just add a Moto Mod. All Moto Mods from the past and present work with the Moto Z Force DROID.
Flagship at a less-than-flagship price? Yes, please! The LG G6 brings you everything you expect from a high-end phone in 2017 without that massive price. Metal and glass are all around, and the curved back makes the G6 one of the most comfortable phones to hold. It sits gently in one hand or two. But that’s not the most important part. You’re getting a display with a bezel that’s barely present, so it feels like it’s just you and your screen.
The G6 features a 5.7-inch Quad HD+ IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821, 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, a 13MP + 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, a 3300mAh battery, wireless charging, a USB-C port, and Android 7.0 Nougat.
Because it’s LG, you know the G6 will continue to get software updates for the foreseeable future. Close integration with Google also means Assistant is built-in and always ready to help. And LG’s done a marvelous job cleaning up its software and letting Android breathe. Meanwhile, you get the G6 while not emptying your bank account.
Those are our picks for the best Verizon phones around. What’s your pick for number one? Let us know in the comments section.