Best Verizon phones

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Verizon takes a lot of flack, with many shouting at them over high prices, too many fees and other complaints. While that crowd might be right, there’s one thing you cannot deny: Verizon has some of the best coverage nationwide. If you’re someone who is on the road a lot for work, travels all over the US frequently or are just looking for top-of-the-line high speed data, Verizon is the carrier for you. Be sure to follow along after the break, as we’re going to show you what are the current and best smartphones to get from the carrier!

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 Note 7

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 packages everything that was awesome about the S7 Edge and improves upon it with some added bonus features. With a plethora of stylus capabilities, a slimmer edge, and iris tracking, the Galaxy Note 7 might be one of Samsung’s most polished handsets yet.

 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

Most of the specifications remain the same as the Galaxy S7 Edge, but the Galaxy Note 7 is still a powerhouse, able to serve you flawless media on a gorgeous display. With its 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, media and some of the most visually intensive games look great. If you’re looking for a daily driver that can take on almost anything, the Note 7 is it.

Buy it now: Verizon

Samsung Galaxy S7 & Galaxy S7 Edge

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Samsung introduced the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge earlier this year as its two flagships and intended successors for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. Both are extremely impressive handsets. The Galaxy S7 Edge provides the larger 5.5-inch display, making it the perfect option for media lovers. The Galaxy S7 has a compact 5.1-inch display, but makes it versatile in almost every way possible.

 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

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are unique because not only do they have the top specifications, but they’re also elegant and firm in the hand. If you’re looking for a high-end phone that looks great, you cannot go wrong here. Not only that, but the Galaxy S7 Edge’s unprecedented design is an attractive selling point.

Buy it now (Samsung Galaxy S7): Verizon
Buy it now (Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge): Verizon

Moto Z & Moto Z Force

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Lenovo’s Moto Z and Moto Z Force are its first two high-end Moto handsets since deciding to slowly (and weirdly) get rid of the Motorola brand name. At first glance, both devices look like any other smartphone out there, but when you look around the back, there’s a level of uniqueness to them. Around the back of the phone you’ll see gold contacts, which is where something called Moto Mods attach and snap to the smartphone. There are a handful of different Moto Mods available–one that improves sound, a projector, and one that will extend your battery life.

 Moto ZMoto Z Force
AnnouncedJune 9, 2016June 9, 2016
ReleaseSummer / Fall 2016Summer / Fall 2016
Display5.5-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) AMOLED with Corning Gorilla Glass 45.5-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) AMOLED with Corning Gorilla Glass 4
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 820Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
RAM4GB4GB
Storage32GB / 64GB with microSD card slot32GB / 64GB with microSD card slot
Rear Camera13MP with optical image stabilization, laser autofocus21MP with optical image stabilization laser autofocus, phase detection autofocus
Front Camera5MP5MP
Battery2600mAh (non-removable)3500mAh (non-removable)
ChargingUSB Type-C with Moto TurboCharge technologyUSB Type-C with Moto TurboCharge technology
SoundFront-facing stereo speakerFront-facing stereo speaker
SoftwareAndroid 6.0.1 MarshmallowAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow
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, fingerprintAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, compass, gyro, barometer, fingerprint
Measurements153.3 x 75.3 x 5.2mm155.9 x 75.8 x 7mm
Weight136g163g
ColorsCustomized through Moto MakerCustomized through Moto Maker

As far as performance goes, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are top-notch. Even the most demanding mobile games can be play on these phones without a hitch. Not only that, but Lenovo threw a AMOLED panel on both devices. This makes colors really “pop,” making them the perfect pair of handsets for media consumption. And if you’re picking up a Moto Z Force, you’ll get a literally shatterproof display.

Buy it now (Moto Z): Verizon
Buy it now (Moto Z Force): Verizon

LG G5

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The LG G5 is another unique handset, following the trend of modular design. It works differently than the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, but follows the same concept. Users will be able to buy modules to improve either the sound, camera or simply swap out the battery for another. Unlike the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, the G5’s modules don’t add nearly as much bulk to the phone. But, unfortunately, there aren’t a whole lot of modules for the handset available, despite the G5 launching near the beginning of the year.

 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

Beyond that, the LG G5’s performance is impressive. It’s fast, snappy, and won’t leave you hanging in a pinch. With great sound and a 5.3-inch Quad HD display, catching up on Netflix or YouTube subscriptions has never been better.

Buy it now: Verizon

LG K8 V

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If you’re not looking to break the bank, but still want to pick up a decent smartphone from Verizon, the LG K8 V is the device to go with. It provides some of the best value-to-price sitting at just $6 per month on a Verizon device payment plan. The handset has a tiny quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor, but you’ll still be able to browse the Internet, play games or scroll through your gallery of photos without any hiccups.

 LG K8 V
AnnouncedJune 6, 2016
ReleaseJune 2016
Display5-inch (1280x720) IPS LCD
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 212
RAM1.5GB of RAM
Storage16GB with microSD cardr slot
Rear Camera8MP
Front Camera5MP
Battery2125mAh (removable)
Chargingmicro-USB
SoundRear-facing mono speaker
SoftwareAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow with LG UX
ConnectivityNFC, Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
SensorsAmbient, proximity, accelerometer, compass, gyro
Measurements144.6 x 71.5 x 8.7mm
Weight158g
ColorsBlack, White

With a 5-inch high-definition IPS display, even on the cheaper K8 V you’ll be able to watch media without a big dip in video quality. Another neat thing about this device is that it does indeed sport the LG brand, one of the few manufacturers to continue offering the ability to remove the back plate and replace the battery. If you’re someone that goes through a phone’s battery like nobody’s business, you can quickly and easily swap batteries in the K8 V.

Buy it now: Verizon

HTC 10

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HTC has been struggling to keep its business afloat, and thus, it’s hoping that the HTC 10 is the answer. It’s a sleek looking smartphone, featuring a stellar camera and great sounding audio. With a 5.2-inch Quad HD display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, and a large 3,000mAh battery, the HTC 10 is an all-around great smartphone.

 HTC 10
AnnouncedApril 12, 2016
ReleasedMay 2016
Display5.2-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) Super LCD 5 with Corning Gorilla Glass
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 820
RAM4GB
Storage32GB / 64GB with microSD card slot
Rear Camera12MP UltraPixel 2 with laser autofocus, optical image stabilization, two-tone LED flash
Front Camera5MP with optical image stabilization
Battery3000mAh (non-removable)
ChargingUSB Type-C with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
SoundHTC BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition with Dolby Audio
SoftwareAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow with HTC Sense 8.0
ConnectivityNFC, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA, AirPlay, Miracast
SensorsAmbient, proximity, motion, compass, gyro, fingerprint
Measurements145.9 x 71.9 x 3.0-9.0mm
Weight161g
ColorsTopaz Gold, Glacial Silver, Carbon Gray

The most unique thing about the HTC 10 is Freestyle Layout, a feature for those looking for a completely customized experience with their home screen. Freestyle Layout lets you ditch the traditional application layout, instead letting you assign applications to stickers you can place on your wallpaper.

Buy it now: Verizon

Samsung Salaxy J3 V

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Samsung’s flagships are getting outrageously expensive, leading some people to look at other more mid-range Samsung-branded handsets. That’s where Galaxy J3 V comes in. It might not sport the best specifications, but the Galaxy J3 V is still a powerhouse with its Exynos 3475 processor. The phone is quick, snappy, and fluid as far as swiping from screen-to-screen goes.

 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 Galaxy J3 V has a lot of value for money. In addition to performing well, it has a large removable battery and its 8-megapixel camera takes decent photos. It certainly doesn’t have any of the features from the higher-end smartphones, such as iris tracking, but in a way, that makes the Galaxy J3 V so much better. It focuses on simplicity, and without all of those extra features, you’ve got more storage space left for what’s important to you–movies, photos, and so on.

Buy it now: Verizon

Closing

These are easily some of the best phones Verizon is offering right now. Whether you’re looking for something high-end from a notable brand or something cheap that offers a lot of value for money, there’s something here for you on this list. And be sure to keep checking back! We plan on keeping this updated as new smartphones are released.


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.