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!
The cream of the crop
Price starts at $41.66/mo ($29.91/mo with trade-in + Verizon Unlimited) for 2 years; Full retail price: $999 ($699)
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.
Price: $40.00/mo for 2 years; Full retail price: $960
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.
Price starts at $35.51/mo ($22.91/mo with trade-in) for 2 years; Full retail price: $849.99 ($549.84)
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.
Price: $35.00/mo for 2 years; Full retail price: $840
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
Price (Amazon): $347
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.
Price starts at $22.91/mo for 2 years; Full retail price: $549.99
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?
Price: $16/mo for 2 years; Full retail price: $384.00
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.
Price: $17/mo for 2 years ($10/mo if you activate new line); Full retail price: $408.00 ($240)
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.
Price: $14/mo for 2 years; Full retail price: $336.00
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.