Best smartphones to buy from Verizon
When it comes to buying a smartphone, there's a huge list of devices to choose from. Today's market is flooded with handsets spread across different price tiers and niche sectors. Then, we have mobile carriers offering various discounts, deals, or monthly payment plans to make the purchase of that one expensive handset that much easier for the customer.
One of these carriers Verizon Wireless... you know — only the largest wireless telecommunications provider in the US currently. Chances are, you may be looking to sign a new contract with Verizon and may be wondering which of their phones would make for a good purchase.
Well, no worries, we're here with a buying guide for you! Just decide how much you are willing to spend on that new handset and then click on the appropriate category below:
$0 - $10 per month (up to $250 retail)
($0 per month or $161 retail)
The cheapest Verizon phone you can get would be the Asus ZenFone V Live, which can be had for $0 per month ($30 one-time activation fee applies). So, yeah, free as long as you grab a 2-year plan with the carrier. The phone is not mindblowing, but at least it has a rather large 3,000 mAh battery, which should do well with the low-power hardware. It has a Snapdragon 425 humming under its hood, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of memory, which is nothing to write home about, but at least it's a bit more generous than Samsung's entry-level J3 when it comes to specs. We'd also skip the LG Stylo 2 V since it's a year-and-a-half old entry-level device.
($5 per month or $240 retail)
The best cheap phone from Verizon right now would be the Moto G6. The G series has long been the darling of the smartphone fandom due to its pure Android, snappy performance, and rather timely updates all for pretty decent price tags. The G6 continues this trend but also gives you a nice, shiny build with its glass sandwich design. It's also the first G series phone to adopt the extra-wide 18:9 display.
$10 – $17 per month ($250 to $400 retail)
In this midrange price tier, we have a few refurbished iPhones to look at, plus a rugged phone for those that put their device in danger often.
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus (refurbished)
($12.49 - $16.66 per month or $299.99 - $399.99 retail)
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus feature 3D Touch, a mechanical home button with Touch ID, and a headphone jack, but lack any dual camera options or water-resistance. In terms of future-proofing — the 6s generation is still being sold by Apple, so it seems the company doesn't intend to stop updating it any time soon. As far as hardware power goes — the 2017 iPad 9.7 is also powered by the Apple A9 chip, so we'd say you can expect solid performance.
($17 per month or $408 retail)
Now, for the Kyocera DuraForce Pro — this one is getting a bit long in the tooth and isn't aging as well as the iPhones. The DuraForce Pro was launched in 2016 and is powered by a Snapdragon 617 with 2 GB of RAM. If ruggedness is a priority and the phone is only meant for light use — sure, get the Kyocera. Otherwise, look elsewhere.
$18 – $25 per month ($400 to $600 retail)
($18.74 - $23.74 per month or $449.99 - $569.99 retail)
The iPhone 7 is a pretty good device to buy right now. It's still powerful, it doesn't have the slippery glass back that the iPhone 8 has, it's water- and dust-resistant and it does have the stereo speaker setup. If you are an iOS guy and don't want to shell out for the newest Apple phones, the 7 is probably your best choice. Also, it comes in two different types of black!
$26 - $33 per month ($600 to $800 retail)
OK, we are in legit flagship territory now. Here, we see all of the recognizable top-tier devices that we review and compare on a daily basis.
Considering the time of the year, we'd skip on the LG G6 and Moto Z2 Force — both of these are due to get a refresh pretty soon. It'd be interesting to see how good their successors are first. Even if you do have your heart set on one of the currently-available phones, their prices might drop as soon as the new ones launch, which would mean you're throwing money away by not waiting for a month or so.
($29 - $29.16 per month or $696 - $891.66 retail)
If you are after one of these gorgeous Samsung Infinity Displays but would rather spend less cash when possible — check out the S8 or the Note 8. They are not that different to this year's S9 and Note 9. Sure, the new phones have the Tuned by AKG stereo speakers and the latest chip. That aside, the older models have a very similar look and feel, with that glass sandwich design.
($31.25 per month or $750 retail)
LG's 2018 flagship is a pretty solid phone. It doesn't do something insane or push the envelope in some manner, but it has a solid build, a very bright display, nice cameras, and still has a headphone jack while also offering water-resistance. LG's phones are still the only mainstream phone that offer a wide-angle lens for their secondary camera, making the life of vloggers (or those that just want to fit tons of stuff within one picture) much easier. It doesn't have stereo speakers but LG's latest Boombox speaker is kind of nice. And hey, it my be $750, but it's still among the cheapest flagships for 2018. Yeah, that's a crazy thing to consider.
$35 per month and above ($800+ retail)
($35.41 per month or $849.99 retail)
The best choice to go with is if you want to get pure Android, the way Google intended for it to be, is the Google Pixel 2 XL. It's large, fast, and mean, with stereo speakers, an OK AMOLED display, and a squeeze trigger (a-la HTC Edge Sense) for the Google Assistant. Its camera is also among the best out there thanks to Google's pristine HDR+ software. However, do keep in mind that the Pixel 3 launch is right around the corner, so splurging $850 for this phone right now is probably not a great investment.
($38.74 - $41.66 per month or $929.99 - $999.99 retail)
The best that Samsung has to offer you is in this duo of phones. A large, beautiful, curved screen, a dual camera with Portrait Mode and a mechanical variable aperture, a “properly” placed fingerprint scanner, combined iris and face scanning, the experimental blood pressure reader, good-sounding stereo speakers, and the latest-and-greatest hardware — it's the full package. If you like the idea of writing with an S Pen — go for the Note 9, otherwise save a few bucks and pick the S9+ instead. Both are killer devices.
($41.66 - $45.83 per month or $999.99 - $1099.99 retail)
And on the Apple side, these are the best iPhones you can buy. This year, Apple evolved the iPhone X by adding a larger version of it — the iPhone XS Max. If you are a fan of a more conventional size — the XS is shaped just like last year's X.
You get stereo speakers, 3D Touch, awesome new cameras, Animoji and Memoji, and a device to hook up one of these new Apple Watches, too. Downside — these are pricey, especially if you want to go for a higher storage tier and / or the oversized Max version.