The 9 Best Verizon Smartphones to Buy in 2018

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If you’ve selected Verizon as your carrier of choice, you can rest comfortably knowing that its large network is matched by an equally large selection of superb phones. From flagships to budget-priced, there’s no shortage of choices whether you are team Android or team iPhone. Verizon’s claim of having the widest coverage is only as good as the device that runs on it, and we’ve looked at Big Red’s entire smartphone lineup, so read on to see which one best suits you.

Apple's iPhone X has an outstanding 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED screen. Fortunately, the iPhone X has even more than just the display to win you over, including the True Depth camera for popular features like portrait photography, wireless charging and the addition of Face ID, which finally does away with Apple’s familiar home button for facial unlocking. Apple’s jump into the Facial ID arena also transitions Apple Pay from a fingerprint-based payment system to scanning your face to confirm payment. Even the addition of Animoji allows you to unlock your inner panda or robot for great conversation with friends and family. The dual 12-megapixel cameras on the rear are easily Apple’s best yet, with larger sensors producing incredible results that will have you leaving the DSLR at home.

Runner-Up, Best Apple: iPhone 8

The iPhone 8 doesn’t look like a whole lot has changed, but beneath the familiar exterior lies one of the most impressive pieces of smartphone hardware ever assembled. The powerful A11 processor helps the iPhone 8 open apps faster and launch the camera quicker and helps games perform smoother. The now classic exterior hides the revamped Retina HD display that features True Tone technology, which adjusts screen brightness depending on the available ambient lighting. Beyond the display, Apple’s added some new features, including wireless charging. The 12-megapixel camera adds a larger sensor for building on the iPhone’s already great photographic results, while the battery lasts up to 14 hours of talk time on a single charge. Available in both 64 and 256GB options in black, silver, and gold color schemes, the iPhone 8 is a great, albeit familiar choice.

Best Samsung: Galaxy S9

The first flagship smartphone to feature the Snapdragon 845 processor, the Galaxy S9 is a speedy Android device that captures excellent photos. With 4K video recording (at 30 fps or 60fps) on board, the 12-megapixel rear camera immediately stands out for its optical image stabilization, 8x digital zoom and dual aperture for capturing more light in every photo. For video playback, the Galaxy S9 adds Dolby Atmos technology and stereo speakers tuned by AKG that feature 40 percent more sound than the previous Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. Samsung’s intelligent Bixby system, a smart personal assistant, is built right into the camera and learns to tell you the number of calories in your mal or translate foreign languages so you can read a menu. Add in water-resistance, a 3,000mAh battery and 64GB of storage and the Galaxy S9 is one of the most versatile smartphones Verizon customers can choose from.

Runner-Up, Best Samsung: Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Galaxy Note 8 has an incredibly sharp 6.3-inch Super AMOLED 2960 x 1440 display. Samsung appropriately calls it an infinity display with a nearly bezel-less design and pairs it with their vaunted S Pen for a host of features, including translations, notes and live messaging. Beyond the display, the inclusion of an IP68 rating enables the Note 8 to survive a trip into a puddle or lake without fear. The rear 12-megapixel camera captures excellent photographic results and 4K video is made even better. Paired with 6GB of RAM, the octa-core processor and 64GB of internal memory allow the Note 8 to run through a gauntlet of applications, phone calls, meetings and more without so much as skipping a beat. With nearly 30 hours of talk time available thanks to the 3300mAh battery, the Note 8 lasts all day on the Verizon network while providing an outstanding Android experience.

Best Android/Best Camera: Google Pixel 2

If you’ve ever wanted your smartphone to be able to just point at a landmark and tell you everything about it, thanks to Google Lens, then the Google Pixel 2 is the smartphone for you. This Google-branded device runs the latest Android software with Oreo 8.0, but adds notable extras like a 12.2-megapixel camera rated as one of the world’s best. Beyond the camera, the five-inch AMOLED 1920 x 1080 display pairs with either 64GB or 128GB of memory. The Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM offers great performance and storage. The Pixel 2's 2700mAh battery can last up to 25 hours of talk time. Available in black, white and an interesting blue denim, the Pixel 2 adds HD voice on Verizon’s network.

Best Durability: LG V30

Right off the bat, LG’s FullVision 2880 x 1440 six-inch OLED display captures your attention as its beautiful colors and rich visuals look great previewing photos or playing back 4K videos recorded at 30fps. The LG’s dual rear cameras help make the display even more valuable, with a 16-megapixel standard-angle lens and a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens that can easily be previewed, edited and shared all while seen in HDR+ glory on the V30’s display.

Powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory, the 3300mAh battery lasts nearly 38 hours on Verizon’s LTE advanced network. Helping to differentiate the LG from the competitive pack is the inclusion of Hi-Fi Quad AC, which brings digital filters and sound presets directly to your smartphone for a playback experience that’s unlike anything else across the smartphone world. Water-resistant and military tested for durability, the LG V30 adds the best of both Verizon and Android worlds and combines them for one fantastic smartphone.

Best 2017 Release: Samsung Galaxy S8

Competition for the best Android phone is fierce, but the Galaxy S8 takes the top spot on our list due to many factors, especially its curvaceous body. “Samsung’s design prowess hasn’t just overtaken Apple, it has been lapped,” said Forbes of the S8.

Measuring 5.86 x 2.68 x .31 inches, the S8 is tall and narrow, ideal for one-handed use. It sheds almost all traces of a bezel to make room for its 5.8-inch, 2,960 x 1,440-pixel Super AMOLED display. It’s no doubt slim, but still manages to include a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. The fingerprint sensor is placed next to the 12-megapixel rear camera lens, which might take some getting used to. While it feels rather fragile, Samsung said that using Gorilla Glass 5 makes it more durable than its predecessor. Not to mention, it’s waterproof.

On the inside, the S8 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, boasting improved graphics, modem capabilities and Web performance, plus a 3,000mAh battery that can get you through the day. It’s an Android phone with not just beauty, but brains, too.

Best Battery: Moto Z Play Droid

As you might be able to tell from our Apple pick above, we love battery life here at Lifewire. It’s one of the most important factors you should consider when choosing a new smartphone because if you don’t have a charge, you don’t have a phone.

Our pick for battery life amongst Verizon phones is the Moto Z Play Droid. This isn’t the flashiest phone overall, but the battery is incredible at nearly two days of mixed usage on a single charge. Motorola claims it can last 50 hours, but even if you’re getting 36 hours during heavy usage, there’s no modern phone that comes to close to beating this in the battery department. This means that even if you forget to charge your phone at night, you’d still be able to make it to work the next day with a decent charge.

The Moto Z Play Droid’s specs outside of battery aren’t as amazing, but they are still quite good. It runs Android 6.01 and has a 5.5-inch 1080p HD screen, a 16-megapixel camera that takes good-but-not-amazing photos, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a headphone jack and a USB-C connector. All of this makes for a great phone that will likely last you a long, long time.

Best Value: iPhone SE

Choosing a smartphone that offers the best value is no simple decision. Looking for the right combination of hardware, camera, battery life and price can lead to a lengthy search. Thankfully, we’ve done all the analysis and searching for you and nailed down the iPhone SE as the best value device on Verizon’s network. The device is a mirror image of the iPhone 6s, just in a more pocket-friendly hardware. The 12-megapixel camera is among the industry’s best, and while the 4” display is small, the screen's retina clarity helps make the text easy to read. The A9 processor is fast and it offers the best battery life of any iPhone on the market; the 1,642mAh battery edges out the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, thanks to some magical energy efficiency paired with the smaller and less resource-intensive display.


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