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The best AT&T phones to buy - updated May 2022

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The best AT&T phones to buy - updated May 2022
As one of the big three US carriers, AT&T is responsible for providing wireless services to over 100 million people. Its 4G wireless services cover over two thirds of the population, enabling anything from staying connected with friends and family to watching TV on the go. AT&T's next-generation 5G network is growing steadily and now covers dozens of markets across the US.

Naturally, AT&T offers some of the best phones you can buy today: the newest iPhones, the latest Samsung Galaxy phones, and anything in between to fit any need and budget. But with dozens of great options available, picking becomes quite a challenge. So, which is the best AT&T phone to buy in 2022? Allow us to be your guide.

Best AT&T cell phones available right now:


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3



Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3


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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is here and it brings a few upgrades to the formula that made the Z Fold 2 quite cool. It has a very similar design and hinge, but we now have water resistance, slightly better screens, a new processor, S Pen support, and a new software experience that really makes use of the foldable form factor.

Overall, the new Z Fold 3 still checks all the boxes for a great foldable phone and is definitely the best one you can get right now. Check out our Galaxy Z Fold 3 review for the full scoop.




iPhone 13 Pro Max




Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
9.3

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max


The Good

  • Amazing battery life
  • Super bright display with great colors
  • Fastest performance of any phone
  • Improved camera
  • Best video quality of any phone

The Bad

  • Lacks fast charging
  • Size is a bit extreme and it is a heavy phone
  • Cinematic Mode needs some more polish
  • No USB-C makes life more complicated


The iPhone 13 Pro Max is, for all intents and purposes, the ultimate iPhone to date. With the largest battery on an iPhone to date and paired up with the large 6.7-inch display, the behemoth iPhone is powered by the super-fast Apple A15 Bionic chipset and is available in 128, 256, 512GB and, for the first time ever on an iPhone, a staggering 1TB version to keep store of all your photos and videos. The cameras are also greatly improved, with faster apertures and improved HDR, as well as brand-new features like Photographic Styles, macro shots, and Night mode portraits.

Google Pixel 6 Pro



Google Pixel 6 Pro
9.0

Google Pixel 6 Pro


The Good

  • Superb design
  • Sharp OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate
  • Good battery life
  • Great performance
  • Versatile camera setup
  • Great image quality
  • Loud and rich speakers
  • Wireless charging on board

The Bad

  • Slow fingerprint sensor
  • Android 12 has some quirks

With excellent performance, good battery life, superb P-OLED display, and a great camera package, the Pixel 6 Pro brings back the "wow" factor that was somewhat lost in the most recent Pixel phones. The Pixel 6 Pro is certainly a device that isn’t late to the game, but instead up there with the competition, while simultaneously keeping the pricing surprisingly adequate and attaining an insane bang for the buck. Starting at $899, the Google Pixel 6 Pro is the best premium Android smartphone money can buy in late 2021, and certainly the best phone Google has made so far, more than a viable alternative to the iPhones and Galaxies out there.


Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra



Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
8.8

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra


The Good

  • S Pen in a flagship, great for creatives
  • Industry-leading screen quality
  • Faster charging than before
  • 10X zoom camera is improved significantly
  • Video recording gets smoother stabilization
  • 4 years of major software updates!

The Bad

  • Battery life has gone down from the S21 Ultra
  • You get less RAM than last year
  • No microSD card slot, no headphone jack
  • Loudspeaker quality could be better
  • Jittery swiping, microstutter with gesture nav in One UI

This phone truly has it all: a 4-camera system with a long-range periscope zoom lens, a built-in S Pen that doesn't come at the expense of battery size, the latest and most powerful Android processor, the newest generation Samsung AMOLED display... basically, everything it takes for a blockbuster flagship. Oh, and then add a few bonus features on top like a record-breaking screen brightness, more granular refresh rate and a few fancy colors. Of course, all of that comes at a premium $1,200 price, but not much higher than last year's model, despite the many new features.

Read our full review of the Galaxy S22 Ultra here.

Samsung Galaxy S22



Samsung Galaxy S22
8.5

Samsung Galaxy S22


The Good

  • Awesome display
  • Compact-ish
  • Good haptics
  • Good camera
  • OneUI is all grown up and fleshed out

The Bad

  • Not a huge improvement over S21
  • Battery life is a bit weak
  • Speakers need improvement

The big flagship star of 2022 has got to be the Galaxy S22 Ultra with its fresh new look, S Pen, and all the bells and whistles, but if you love compact phones, there is another device to be excited about: the regular Galaxy S22 model! With a more compact size than last year's model, the new S22 goes straight for the heart of one-hand phone lovers. The screen size has gone down to just 6.1" and that might not seem like much, but a look at the dimensions shows this phone is actually about as big as the Galaxy S10e, a super compact device that you may remember from a few years ago.


iPhone 13


Apple iPhone 13
8.5

Apple iPhone 13


The Good

  • Much improved battery life
  • Dynamic and jolly photos in more challenging conditions
  • Easy to view outdoors display with perfect calibration
  • Snazzy Cinematic video mode
  • Double the predecessor storage for the same price

The Bad

  • Slow display refresh rate for the price point
  • Wired and wireless charging take comparatively long
  • Cinematic video mode is finicky without good lighting
  • Taller notch eats into some video formats
  • Worse value for money ratio than the iPhone 13 Pro


Don't feel the need to flex with the most expensive iPhone available? The iPhone 13 will give you 95% of the 13 Pro experience for a much lower price. You still get the ultra-wide-angle camera alongside the much-needed camera improvements and the A15 Bionic chip that will ensure your phone will run smooth for years to come. What you sacrifice is mostly the telephoto camera and some storage, even the displays are identical this year. If you're interested to learn more, check our iPhone 13 review.


iPhone SE (2022)



Apple iPhone SE (2022)
8.0

Apple iPhone SE (2022)


The Good

  • Affordable price
  • Light, thin and compact
  • iPhone with a button classic vibe
  • 5G connectivity with C-band support
  • Super fast processor
  • Camera is great for day shots, video

The Bad

  • Feels dated
  • LCD screen instead of AMOLED
  • Screen feels too small for a modern phone
  • Battery life is improved, but still below average
  • Camera lacks night mode, has no ultra-wide lens
  • Only 64GB base storage

The freshest iPhone SE, released earlier in 2022, is the most affordable iPhone you could get on AT&T. With the A15 Bionic chipset, it has plenty of power, but its aged design, small display for the size, and just-"okay" camera make it rather hard sell.

Normally, the phone will cost you $11.95 a month for the base 64GB version, while the 256GB version will set you back $16.12 a month. Outright, the price of admission in the iPhone SE (2022) club on AT&T is $429.99. A trade-in could drive the costs down, though.

Interested in this phone? Learn more from our iPhone SE (2022) review.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE



Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
8.3

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE


The Good

  • Fast performance
  • 120Hz Adaptive refresh rate
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Lightweight construction
  • One of few dual SIM phones in the US

The Bad

  • Priced very close to flagship models
  • Plastic construction might disappoint some
  • No microSD, no headphone jack
  • Thermal throttling is an issue

The fresh new Galaxy S21 FE is available on AT&T starting January 11, 2022. The 128GB will be selling up for $699.99 and the 256 GB one will cost $769. 99. And for a limited time only, you can get the device at $15/mo. for the 128GB or $20/mo. for the 256GB on a qualifying installment plan with no trade-in required.

Despite the delays, the Galaxy S21 FE has shaped up to be an intriguing phone whose existence has only been marred by its close competitors, namely coming from Samsung itself. Powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset and featuring a rare 3X optical camera telephoto, the Galaxy S21 FE is a good choice for those not phased by the upcoming Galaxy S22 series.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G



Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
9.0

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G


The Good

  • Great 120Hz screen
  • Dual speakers do a great job
  • Cameras produce solid image and video quality
  • Excellent battery life
  • Clean design
  • Has microSD expandable storage

The Bad

  • Disappointing haptics
  • Slow fingerprint reader
  • No more headphone jack
  • Gaming experience is a bit of a let down

The Galaxy A53 is Samsung's latest attempt at solidifying its mid-range presence around the globe. Admittedly, the A53 5G isn't a perfect device, suffering from the lack of a headphone jack, unflattering haptics, and a slow fingerprint scanner. Still, it's an excellent offering with good battery life, solid camera performance, and an exotic microSD card slot, even.

The phone can be yours for $12.50/month on AT&T for 36 months, or for $449.99 outright. You could shed more off the price by trading-in another device, or even bring the monthly payments to $5 if you have an eligible unlimited service.
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