Best phones you can buy on Verizon Wireless right now (Q2 2016 edition)
Wondering which is the best Verizon phone on the market? Then you've come to the right place, as today we're going to take a look at Verizon's current phone offering and provide several recommendations.
Selecting the best Verizon phone on the market obviously depends on several criteria such as price range, size, design, build, and OS.
Given that no single answer will satisfy everyone, we're going to break down our selection in three main categories: standard-sized Verizon phones, phablets, and affordable handsets.
Feel free to join the discussion in the comment section and let us know which is the best Verizon phone from your point of view.
Best standard-sized Verizon phones
Price: $649.99 or $27.0/month
If you're not riding the phablet trend, then the Apple iPhone 6s is probably the best Verizon phone at the moment.
The superb performance of the iPhone 6s is complemented by an impressive build quality and the best app ecosystem on the market. Aside these three pillars of the smartphone experience, other details such as the consistent camera quality, the improved battery life, the new pressure-sensitive 3D Touch system, and Apple's timely software updates also work together to round off a very reliable smartphone.
Price: $672.00 or $28/month
One very compelling alternative to the iPhone 6s is the Samsung Galaxy S7, a smartphone that's basically a refined version of last year's Galaxy S6.
The Galaxy S7 retains the same design language and metal-glass sandwich build of its predecessor but introduces improvements such as a curved back that helps with the grip of the phone, water resistance, and a microSD card slot. Other highlights include a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display running at 1440 by 2560 pixels (QHD), Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 820 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM, and a 12MP primary camera that's very tough to beat in low-light conditions.
Price: $648 or $27/month
Having solved nearly all of the problems that plagued its predecessors, in our eyes, the new HTC 10 is the best HTC smartphone of the past several years.
The refined all-metal design works in conjunction with the excellent build quality to define a smartphone that's both pleasing to the eye and comfortable to use. Add a 5.1-inch SLCD5 display running at 1440 by 2560 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 paired with 4GB of RAM, and a camera that can pick a fight with the best of them, and the new HTC 10 shapes up as one of the best phones in Verizon's currently line-up.
Best Verizon phablets
Price: $792 or $33/month
The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is not just one of the best phablet you can get from Verizon, but one of the most interesting smartphones money can currently buy.
Obviously, the main highlight of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is its 5.5-inch QHD display with double curved edges. The unique feature is complemented by a premium - and relatively compact - glass-metal sandwich build that also provides a fair degree of water resistance. Topping this off is a 12MP primary camera that produces amazing results and a blazing-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM.
While many iOS loyalists claim that one-handed use is a primary factor, it turns out that a significant percentage of smartphone users are willing to trade this off in favor of a larger display that's better suited for consuming video and photo content.
The second-generation Apple phablet, the iPhone 6s Plus is another solid phablet that you can get from Verizon. You get all of the advantages of the smaller iPhone 6s, such as the premium build, the processing power, and the app ecosystem, but in a large-screened (5.5-inch) version.
As far as the camera is concerned, the Apple iPhone 6s Plus is the best iPhone on the market, as the smaller iPhone 6s doesn't use optical image stabilization on its 12MP primary sensor.
Best affordable phone on Verizon:
Price: $192 or $8/month
If you're looking to purchase the best Verizon phone that doesn't break the bank, our recommendation is the HTC Desire 626. The handset is priced at just $192 with no contractual obligations, which is a very good deal for what's actually a decent Android smartphone with an exceptional design at the price.
The raw specs include a bright 5-inch display running at 720 by 1280 pixels, an energy-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset with a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable integrated storage, and a 13MP primary camera. That's not bad for a sub-$200 smartphone!