You need the best Verizon phone to go with one of the best networks in the US. After all, you didn’t sign up with the such a big-name carrier to cheap out on the handset. With the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on sale and the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL competing for your attention, picking the top Verizon Wireless phone can be a difficult decision for January 2017. That’s why we have ranked the absolute best Verizon phones in a small list to help you decide. Not everyone wants the same features from your mobile device, so we picked more than one, but this will certainly help you narrow down all of the choices before heading into your local Verizon store.
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TechRadar’s guide to finding the best Verizon phone for you
To rank the best of the best in Verizon’s world of phones, we reviewed just about every contender and balanced the value of the phone compared to Verizon’s asking price. We also disregarded any personal preferences and/or biases towards specific operating systems, be it Android, iOS or Windows. At the bottom of the page you’ll find the overall top 10 rankings, we reviewed every contender and weighed the value of each against Verizon’s price point.
How to choose the best Verizon phones for you:
All of the phones we chose can be used on The Verizon Plan, the company’s main data sharing option. Through this plan, the cost of your device (or remaining cost if you make a down payment) is split into monthly installments across 24 months. If you’re comparing prices to AT&T plans, Verizon payments are spread over 24 months and AT&T is over 30 months, causing a slight discrepancy in price comparison. In case you’re still shopping around for the perfect Verizon plan, check out our rundown of the best plans the carrier has to offer.
The best Verizon phones for every budget:
Best of the best: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
After much deliberation, we found that the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is the very best handset that Verizon has to offer. Boasting an impressively sharp 12MP camera, the long-awaited return of the SD card slot and arguably the most innovative design on the market, the Galaxy S7 Edge is nothing short of impressive. To top it all off, the phone is natively water resistant for 30 minutes in over 4 feet of water, giving more adventurous customers some peace of mind. This phone starts at $33.00/month. Check out our test of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge for more reasons why it’s simply the best.
Best Apple phone: iPhone 7 Plus
Although we ditched any personal biases while making this ranking, we don’t expect you to do the same, and if you prefer iOS 10, you’re in luck: Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus is in stock at Verizon all throughout the country. It may be backordered at some stores, but the wait is worth it – it’s the Cupertino company’s best entry into the phablet game. If you can deal with the lack of one-handed functionality and no headphone jack over the iPhone SE, you’ll love the new dual-lens camera. It’s simply the best Apple phone that Verizon has to offer. The 32GB version starts at $32.08/month. Here’s our test of Apple’s flagship handset.
Best Android: LG G5
If we were being consistent, the best Android would definitely be either the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, the Galaxy S7 and the Note 7. However, with so many other excellent Android phones offered up by Verizon, the is a golden opportunity to shine the spotlight on an unsung Android hero: the surprisingly impressive LG G5. This phone represents everything people loved about Android from the get go; customization. Something as simple as removing and replacing the battery sort of warms the heart of all of us who always loved tinkering with our phones in days past. This phone also runs at lightning speeds on a glorious 5.3-inch IPS display with a 16MP camera that’s nothing to scoff at. This could be the Android dark horse over at Verizon. The LG G5 starts at $26.00/month.
Best value phone: Apple iPhone SE
Still haven’t found the perfect deal? The iPhone SE might be the phone you’re looking for. Apple’s newest value phone is simple reminder of a day when our cell phones actually fit in our pockets, but don’t let its size fool you. This powerful phone runs on the same guts that power the brilliant iPhone 6S and is home to a swanky 12MP camera with 4K video capture. The best part? The 16GB version starts at only $16.66, making this, in our opinion, the very best value Verizon has to offer. Take a peek at our full test for the iPhone SE.
Best affordable phone: Microsoft Lumia 735
There’s no shame in penny-pinching, especially when you don’t have to sacrifice quality. The Microsoft Lumia 735 is the perfect option for the customer looking to save the big bucks from month to month without giving up smartphones altogether. But this isn’t just an affordable device to get you by — the Lumia 735 is a seriously powerful device. The handset runs Windows Phone 8.1 and features a removable battery, Micro SD card slot and a clear 4.7-inch OLED display. Most importantly, you can get this phone for a jaw-dropping $5.00/month.
The 10 best Verizon phones for you…
Verizon has no shortage of top-of-the-line phones to choose from, ranging from under $10/month to over $30/month, allowing you to decide just how much you want to invest in your smartphone. While you’re free to peruse Verizon’s site for hours to find their best phones, we figured we might as well do it for you. Here’s our breakdown of the very best phones Verizon Wireless has to offer.
1. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge | Android 6.0 | 5.5-inch screen | 12MP/5MP camera | From $33.00/month
Simply put, this is the best phone on the market at the moment. As I mentioned, the native water resistance paired with a sharp camera and an even sharper design make this a phone to covet. I highly recommend this phone to anyone living an active lifestyle, especially around water, or to someone who simply wants the best phone available at the moment. It’s that good.
2. Samsung Galaxy S7 | Android 6.0 | 5.1-inch screen | 12MP/5MP camera | From $28.00/month
This phone would easily be number one on our list, if Samsung hadn’t outdone themselves with the S7 Edge. This phone’s pristine 5.1 inch display paired with the desperately missed SD card slot are just glimpses at what makes this phone second to only the S7 edge.
3. Apple iPhone 7 Plus | iOS 10 | 5.5-inch screen | 12MP/5MP camera | From $32.08/month
Although the standard iPhone 7 is already impressive on its own, the 7 Plus finds a way to best it. As we mentioned earlier, the battery in the iPhone 7 Plus is leagues better than any other iPhone to date. The larger-than-life handset also boasts a Retina display with Force Touch capability and a razor-sharp camera, making this the very best iOS device money can buy.
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4. Apple iPhone 7 | iOS 10 | 4.7-inch screen | 12MP/5MP camera | From $27.08/month
iPhone 7 is the best normal-sized Apple handset on Verizon Wireless, and you may prefer its 4.7-inch screen over the larger iPhone 7 Plus. It’s one-hand-friendly, and that alone is likely just enough to pass over the bigger battery and dual-lens camera of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. If you’re looking to get an iPhone that fits in your pocket with ease, the iPhone 7 might be the one for you.
5. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 | Android 6.0.1 | 5.7-inch screen | 12MP/5MP camera | From $36.00/month
The Galaxy Note 7 is Samsung’s oversized phone that’s had a troubled launch. It was recalled due to overheating batteries that exploded, resulting in burns and fires. That’s a shame because it remains one of the best Android phones on Verizon. It has a larger 5.7-inch display and S-Pen stylus you can’t get on any other phone. It’s now water-resistant and supports microSD cards, but you still can’t swap out the battery. You’ll have to turn to LG for that perk.
6. Moto Z | Android 6.0.1 | 5.5-inch screen | 13MP camera | From $26.00/month
Motorola has the world’s thinnest smartphone, and it launched exclusively on Verizon. It’s making its way to other carriers now, but Verizon’s timed-exclusivity of Droid phones has always been a nice perk. While this phone touts its thinness, it’s not meant to be kept so slender. It’s compatible with a bunch of modular accessory backs, from a mini boom box to a pico projector. If you like accessories, this phone is for you.
7. Moto Z Force | Android 6.0.1 | 5.5-inch screen | 21MP camera | From $30.00/month
Here’s another Motorola exclusive phone for Verizon customers: the Moto Z Force Droid. It’s only a little more expensive than the regular Moto Z and eschews the world’s thinnest phone title to bring you superior camera specs and a shatter-proof screen. There’s also a bigger battery, but like the Moto Z and new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, you won’t find a headphone jack here.
8. LG G5 | Android 6.0 | 5.3-inch screen | 16MP/8MP/8MP camera | From $26.00/month
While this is a stellar Android phone for a host of reasons, its modular design and easy battery access make this a formidable entry into the Android lineup. I would recommend this device to anyone who longs for the Android days of yesteryear and needs a steady, no fuss handset.
9. LG V10 | Android 5.1 | 4.7-inch screen | 16MP/5MP camera | From $28.00/month
The LG V10 is yet another impressive entry from LG. Otherwise known as the selfie king, the LG V10 can take 120 degree wide angle photos with its front facing camera, negating the need to ever look silly with a selfie-stick ever again. Isn’t that reason enough to buy it?
10. iPhone SE | iOS 10 | 4-inch screen | 12MP/1.2MP camera | From $16.66/month
For those longing for the days when the iPhone could fit in the palm of your hand, the iPhone SE is likely exactly what you’ve been waiting for. This thing runs on the same heavy duty guts that the iPhone 6S runs on, with several other features that make it a strong entry into the iPhone line.
If some of these recommendations are a tad bit expensive for your taste, Verizon offers some excellent affordable phones, including our previously recommended Microsoft Lumia 735 and the LG K4 LTE .
- Windows Lumia 735 | Windows Phone 8.1 | 4.7-inch screen | 6.7MP camera | From $5.00/month
- LG K4 LTE | Android 5.1.1 | 4.5-inch screen | 5MP/2MP camera | From $5.00/month