Best Verizon phones (2017)


Verizon is arguably the top telecom in the USA. Big Red's network offers the most reliable coast-to-coast coverage and some of the highest LTE speeds in the nation, which explains why it has a user base of around 150 million people.

The carrier also supports a very wide selection of smartphones, which might make things a bit difficult if you're a subscriber on the hunt for your next daily driver. 

This is why we've rounded up some of the best handsets Verizon currently has to offer. Of course, what's best for will depend on your budget, needs, and preferences. Thus, we've made sure to list the pros and cons of our candidates, while also separating them into three different categories based on their price. With no further ado, let's dig in!

Contents:

The cream of the crop 
Great specs at a good price
Budget savers


The cream of the crop


Apple iPhone X

Price starts at $41.66/mo ($29.91/mo with trade-in + Verizon Unlimited) for 2 years; Full retail price: $999 ($699) 

Apple iPhone X

  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

Pros

  • Incredibly fast, snappy performance
  • Interface built to take advantage of all-screen display
  • Potent dual-camera
  • New, extra-safe authentication method in FaceID

Cons

  • Priciest phone of the bunch

Apple proudly boasts that its new iPhone X is "the future of the smartphone". Regardless of whether you agree with this bold statement, one can't deny that the iPhone X is quite an intriguing handset. 

Cupertino's latest and greatest comes with an almost bezel-less 5.8-inch OLED display. While this isn't the first smartphone adopting the "all-screen" design, Apple has developed a unique gesture-based version of iOS that takes full advantage of all that screen real estate. Apart from being the most potent mobile chipset on the market, the A11 SoC found inside the iPhone X also features a "Neural Engine". This component enables some unique features such as the new FaceID authentication system, Animoji, and so on.  

If you have a high-end phone in good condition from this year or late 2016, you can trade it in and save $300 on that astronomical, $999 starting price of the iPhone X. Keep in mind that the trade-in also requires you to choose "Verizon Unlimited" as your plan if you aren't already on it.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Price: $40.00/mo for 2 years; Full retail price: $960

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)

Pros

  • Beautiful, large display
  • Potent dual-camera, great in low-light conditions
  • S Pen stylus offers unique functionalities
  • Samsung's software comes with nifty features

Cons

  • Tall hardware makes reaching certain spots difficult
  • Pricey, no Verizon discounts or promos for this phone

Looking for a smartphone with a really big screen? If so, you should definitely consider the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The beautiful 6.3-inch Quad HD display on this handset is one of the largest panels on the market, but the Note 8 isn't that enormous thanks to its near bezel-less design. 

The powerful processor and potent dual-camera of the Note 8 are certainly impressive, but they aren't exactly unique in the heavily-saturated mobile space. What makes this towering device truly stand out is its built-in S Pen stylus which lets you jot down notes, draw, sketch, and offers some great features through the Air Command menu. 

Unfortunately, the Note 8 isn't all that cheaper than the iPhone X, and Verizon currently isn't running any price-slashing promotions.

Google Pixel 2 XL

Price starts at $35.51/mo ($22.91/mo with trade-in) for 2 years; Full retail price: $849.99 ($549.84)

Google Pixel 2 XL

  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3520 mAh

Pros

  • Powerful, easy-to-use camera
  • Clean Android interface, update support for 3 years
  • 2-year manufacturer warranty
  • Trade-in offer is pretty straightforward

Cons

  • Bezel-less design has been done better on other phones
  • Display quality not on par with Note 8, iPhone X
  • Only flagship of the group with no wireless charging

For the second year in a row, Google has delivered a truly amazing Android flagship. Apart from featuring powerful hardware, the Pixel 2 XL breaks new ground when it comes to camera quality. 

It's constantly snapping pictures and gathering data in the camera app, and when you press the shutter button, it smartly combines multiple pictures in a split second to achieve HDR photos with excellent clarity, sharpness, and color. The Pixel 2 XL features a single camera on the front and back, yet both of them are able to shoot in the background-blurring Portrait mode.

Cameras aside, this Google phone also comes with Android Oreo out of the box and will get timely updates and security patches for the next 3 years, a solid commitment that outdoes all other Android phone makers. Last but not least, Verizon is running a decent trade-in offer for this model, allowing you take up to $300 off the Pixel 2 XL's price without committing to more expensive plans. 

LG V30

Price: $35.00/mo for 2 years; Full retail price: $840

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LG V30

  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(16.5h talk time)

Pros

  • The first smartphone camera with F1.6 aperture
  • Cheapest flagship in our selection, nice bonuses on purchase
  • Multimedia madness: enhancements for photography and videography, quad DAC
  • High-fidelity audio recording capabilities
  • 2-year manufacturer warranty

Cons

  • Display quality not on par with Note 8, iPhone X

Without a doubt, the V30 is LG's true heavy-hitter for 2017. It has a 6-inch display with the new 18:9 aspect ratio, minimal bezels, a Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, and 4 GB of RAM. 

What sets the V30 apart is its 16 MP camera with a super-wide F1.6 aperture — a first on smartphones —, its advanced photo and video features, and its quad-DAC aimed at audiophiles. All that while the handset is thin, light, and has an excellent battery life, which is a category LG phones don't usually excel in.

Those of you willing to buy a V30 from Verizon can get a $200 prepaid card and the new Google Daydream View headset for free.

Great specs at a good price


Samsung Galaxy S7

Price (Amazon): $347

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)

Pros

  • Great value-for-money proposition
  • Samsung's software comes with nifty features

Cons

  • Battery life not that impressive
  • A magnet for fingerprints

Not too excited about all-screen smartphones and the price tags that accompany them? If so, a good move is to go for a flagship from 2016. 

The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a great Quad HD screen, a processor that can still chew through any app, cameras capable of taking superb photos, and many of the bells and whistles found on its 2017 successors. Best of all, you won't have to spend $800+ to get it!

Now, Verizon has listed the Galaxy S7 for $576, which is quite high. This is why we ventured to Amazon and found a "Verizon unlocked" version that goes for $347. You can run it on Big Red's network or with other carriers, just don't forget to buy a SIM card. 

Apple iPhone 7

Price starts at $22.91/mo for 2 years; Full retail price: $549.99

Apple iPhone 7

  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A10 Fusion, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 1960 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

Pros

  • A10 chip still very powerful
  • Snappy, stutter-free UI

Cons

  • The most expensive phone in this category
  • Stereo sound balance needs EQ work

When Apple announced the new iPhones in September, its older models received a price cut. If you're a fan of Apple's products, now is the time to purchase an iPhone 7. The 2016 model is still an extremely capable performer and will receive iOS updates for years to come. While the camera on the iPhone 8 is better, the difference between the two 4.7-inch models isn't exactly enormous.

If you purchase an iPhone 7 through Verizon, you can also get a flat $200 off of any iPad model sold by the carrier. Not a bad deal for the upcoming holidays, eh? 

Asus ZenFone V

Price: $16/mo for 2 years; Full retail price: $384.00

Asus ZenFone V

  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 23 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

Pros

  • Solid specs for a mid-range device
  • Attractive price

Cons

  • Only 1 color option
  • Waterproofing would have been nice
  • Plastic frame feels a bit cheap

If you're looking for something different than your Samsungs or iPhones, the Asus ZenFone V is a decent candidate at the sub-$400 range. Although built in 2017, this Verizon exclusive offers the specs of a flagship from last year. Much like the Galaxy S7, the ZenFone V packs a Snapdragon 820 chipset that's coupled with 4GB of RAM. 

The camera and audio departments of this phone are a bit more interesting. At the back, you have a 23 MP sensor with OIS (optical image stabilization), which isn't superior to that of the S7 but takes some pretty decent photos nonetheless. The ZenFone V also features the so-called Smart AMP technology that delivers expansive sound for your multimedia needs.

Budget savers

Moto Z2 Play 

Price: $17/mo for 2 years ($10/mo if you activate new line); Full retail price: $408.00 ($240)

Motorola Moto Z2 Play

  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 626, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h 3G talk time)

Pros

  • Attractive, thin design
  • Motorola's Android UI tweaks work great
  • Moto Mods open the door for new featuresGood battery life

Cons

  • Display not bright enough, colors not accurate
  • Sound quality is not very satisfying

Finally, we have a couple of phones for those of you looking to get something decent on a budget. If you're planning on activating a new line with Verizon, the Moto Z2 Play will cost you just $240. 

For this alluring price, you get a phone with a stylish, slender metal body, a decent processor, a very satisfying camera, and a battery that will get you through a busy day. 

Last but not least, the Z2 Play also features support for the clip-on Moto Mods that can add some cool functionalities to your smartphone (360-degree camera, sound amplifier, wireless charging cases), but trying to collect them all is a rather costly venture.

Moto Z Play Droid

Price: $14/mo for 2 years; Full retail price: $336.00

Motorola Moto Z Play Droid

  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3510 mAh

Pros

  • Outstanding battery life
  • Moto Mods compatibility without a hefty price tag
  • Motorola's Android UI tweaks work great

Cons

  • A slightly more capable 6-series Snapdragon chip would have been lovely
  • Recharge times aren't too impressive

If you're looking for an affordable phone with no strings attached, then the first member of the Z Play series will surely not disappoint. The Moto Z Play Droid features a slightly inferior processor and is bulkier than its successor, but it compensates with a battery life that few other handsets can match. 

It managed to clock in at the impressive 13 hours and 43 minutes in our custom battery test. To put things into perspective, it's more than twice as durable as the LG G6 (6 hours and 9 minutes) and better than every other smartphone on this list. The Z Play Droid is also compatible with Moto Mods, making it a really attractive offering at this price segment.

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6 Comments

1. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Huh. Didn't realize the iPhone X was available yet. Oh wait...

2. nivek4011

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

so....the S7 made the cut but NOT the S8? really?

3. gmm6797

Posts: 7; Member since: May 15, 2010

I agree, very strange!

4. Brewski

Posts: 692; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Also, last years Z play made the list but not the Z2 Force? (Which is a much better phone and has been discounted to $550.) Sometimes I wonder how they put these lists together...

5. mikehunta727 unregistered

I got my Note 8 through Best Buy for $250 off with their promotion, $686 after 2 years, will buy the device out

6. theot14430 unregistered

Verizon is a big rip off.

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