The 10 Best Verizon Phones of 2019

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Our Top Picks

Best New Release: Samsung Galaxy S10 at Verizon

"With 8GB of RAM and a 2.73GHz, Octa-Core processor, this phone can handle it all with impressive speed."

Best Android: Google Pixel 3 at Verizon

"5.5-inch OLED screen that can show a mind-boggling 16.77 million colors and looks great for videos, games, and your Instagram feed."

Best Phablet: Google Pixel 3 XL at Verizon

"A gargantuan 6.3-inch OLED screen and measures 6.2 x 3 x 0.3 inches, meaning that it’s perfect for watching videos and playing games."

Best Samsung: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 at Verizon

"The 6.4-inch screen has also been taken to the next level, sporting a Quad HD+ resolution (2960 x 1440, 516 PPI) brightened up with the Super AMOLED tech."

Best Big Screen: iPhone 11 Pro Max at Verizon

"You can now capture stunning nature vistas without worrying about backing off the edge of a cliff to fit everything in."

Best Apple: iPhone 11 at Verizon

"Employs wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lenses that let you capture large groups and scenery."

Runner-Up, Best Samsung: Galaxy S9 at Verizon

"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."

Best Value: Moto Z3 at Verizon

"Its Snapdragon 835 processor, 64 GB of storage, and 3,000mAh battery make it reliable throughout the day."

Best LG: LG V40 ThinQ at Verizon

"With a total of five cameras on board, LG’s newest flagship offers unparalleled flexibility."

Runner-Up, Best LG: LG G8 ThinQ at Verizon

"An octa-core 2.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor at its center that puts many lower-end laptops to shame."

Our Top Picks

Best New Release: Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10

 Verizon

4.8

For the Galaxy’s 10th anniversary, Samsung has really brought the big guns. The Galaxy S10 is as powerful as it is beautiful, and even though the brand's past few installments have been amazing futuristic phones, they’ve somehow managed to step it up even further for the S10. The 3040 x 1440 pixels in the 6.1-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED display gives us arguably the best screen we’ve ever seen on a smartphone. That’s further bolstered by the fact that Samsung has virtually done away with bezels by including a “hole punch” on the top right corner of the screen to accommodate the front-facing camera. (And if you opt for the S10+ model, that camera turns into a dual lens setup, which features a dedicated wide-angle lens for wider selfies.) The triple rear-camera system is remarkable because it sports three different dedicated lenses and sensors, with a 12MP wide-angle system that allows you to change the physical aperture.

There’s a lot of power under the hood, too. With 8GB of RAM and a 2.73GHz, Octa-Core processor, this phone can handle it all with impressive speed. The S10 gives you up to 512GB of storage and the S10+ allows you to increase that to up to 1TB — a capacity that was virtually unheard of on a smartphone even two years ago. Plus, with half a dozen colors to choose from, including the stunning Prism White and Flamingo Pink, you’ve got a really amazing entry into the flagship field. 

Best Android: Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 3

 Courtesy of Best Buy

4.8

One of the very best phones you can run on Verizon’s network is the Google Pixel 3, a powerful and versatile Android device that runs the latest Google software and has one of the best phone cameras on the market. The Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch OLED screen that can show a mind-boggling 16.77 million colors and looks great for videos, games, and your Instagram feed. 

This phone is a multitasking powerhouse as well, with 4GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. For charging, you’ll have the option to physically charge via its USB-C port or wirelessly charge via Qi wireless charging. Battery life on the Pixel will last you roughly a day thanks the large 2,915 mAh battery inside. As for the aforementioned camera, it shoots 12.2-megapixel photos and it has dual-pixel phase detection, optical and electronic image stabilization, and a flicker sensor — all of which lead to some of the best photos you’ll find taken on a smartphone.  

Best Phablet: Google Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 XL

 Courtesy of Best Buy

4.8

If you love big screens, the Google Pixel 3 treads a fine line between smartphone and full-on tablet. It has a gargantuan 6.3-inch OLED screen and measures 6.2 x 3 x 0.3 inches, meaning that it’s perfect for watching videos and playing games. It has a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and 4GB of RAM for fast performance even when multiple apps are open. The 3,420 mAh battery can last for more than a day at a time, and when it is time to charge, you have the option to use a cord via the phone’s USB-C port or Qi wireless fast charging via the optional Pixel Stand (sold separately). Just like its smaller sibling, the Pixel 3 XL also comes in white, black, and pink colors for the discerning customer. The only design drawback for some will be the large “notch” that is present on the top middle of the screen, which can be a little distracting.

Best Samsung: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9
 Courtesy of Verizon
4.8

With a network like Verizon, offering coverage and speeds that stand pretty far ahead of the pack, you need a phone that can take that coverage and run with it. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 steps up the previous generation in a few really amazing ways. First off, their new S Pen, though still a great sketching tool, is now a full-on Bluetooth expression device (you can even use it as an external camera shutter). The 6.4-inch screen has also been taken to the next level, sporting a Quad HD+ resolution (2960 x 1440, 516 ppi) brightened up with the Super AMOLED tech. The selfie cam is 8MP, while the rear cameras are 12MP wide-angle and 12MP telephoto. Plus, the wide-angle lens offers an amazing variable aperture (f/1.5 or f/2.4). The camera will shoot up to 4K video at up to 60 fps, and Samsung has equipped the system with some interesting AI features.

Another standout feature here is the battery: At 4,000 mAh, Samsung is giving you a truly massive power bank that's further bolstered by fast-charging capabilities. The processor is a 64GB Octa-Core running at speeds up to 2.8GHz. You can pick up the phone with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of space or 8GB of RAM and 512GB of space, but in either case, you can expand it up to 512GB more with a micro SD. Even the speakers are upgraded with high-quality, AKG-tuned, Dolby Atmos sound. If you’re a Samsung fan, it’s really hard to go wrong with this offering.

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Best Big Screen: iPhone 11 Pro Max

iPhone 11 Pro Max
4.5

Apple returns to normal numbers with the 2019 iPhone lineup, ousting the prior iPhone XS Max for the new iPhone 11 Pro Max. While the name is a bit of a mouthful, both the "Pro" and "Max" monikers are well-deserved, with performance that runs circles around most other smartphones and an impressive 6.5-inch OLED display that provides rich color and obsidian-deep blacks.

With the new triple-lens system, Apple has added a 13mm ultra-wide-angle shooter to the previous combo of standard wide-angle and telephoto lenses, meaning you can now capture stunning nature vistas without worrying about backing off the edge of a cliff to fit everything in. The A13 Bionic CPU is the fastest chip ever put into a mobile phone, and while it’s more than you’ll need simply for playing games, the real benefit is the advanced photography. Night Mode lets you take visible and highly detailed photos in near-darkness while "Deep Fusion" introduces pixel-level photo blending.

The "Super Retina XDR" OLED display shows off your photos, videos, and movies with incredible color accuracy, thanks to a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 458 PPI pixel density, and True Tone ambient light matching. Dolby Vision and HDR10 mean even feature films look great on the expansive 6.5-inch screen. And with five hours more battery life than the prior "Max" model, you can also keep the movies playing for up to 17 hours on a single charge.

Best Apple: iPhone 11

iPhone 11
4.5

You don’t have to suffer from a fear of missing out if you opt for Apple’s standard iPhone 11, as it has the same A13 Bionic CPU, the same 4GB of RAM, and all of the same iOS features as its more expensive "Pro"-branded counterparts. The machine learning Neural Engine on the A13 powers some pretty cool photography features, too, such as Night Mode and Deep Fusion, which make your photos shine in just about any lighting condition.

The dual-camera system employs wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle lenses that let you capture large groups and scenery without having to take a long walk away. The front TrueDepth camera has also gained an upgrade to 12 megapixels in addition to a slightly wider field of view — perfect for group selfies. While you don’t get the fourth telephoto lens that the higher-end models offer, the three cameras that the iPhone 11 does have are identical to those found on the Pro models. 

The only catch is its LCD screen. Rather than an OLED, Apple has equipped the iPhone 11 with a 6.1-inch, 326 PPI "Liquid Retina" display featuring a wide color gamut and Apple’s True Tone color accuracy. The iPhone 11 also boasts an incredible battery life, allowing for 17 hours of video playback on a single charge.

Want to take a look at some other options? Check out our guide to figure out which iPhone you should buy

Runner-Up, Best Samsung: Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9
 Courtesy of Verizon
4.4

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.

Best Value: Moto Z3

Motorola Z3

Courtesy of Motorola 

3.8

Good news, Verizon users. With the Motorola Moto Z3, you have access to the first smartphone to promise 5G capabilities thanks to the phone’s 5G Mod. Available in early 2019, the mod will connect to Verizon’s millimeter-wave 5G network to allow for speeds that are up to ten times faster to what users currently get. Containing its own modem, it will also function as a Wi-Fi hotspot and a USB-C modem for a PC.

While you might have to wait to take advantage of the new network, the device itself is a strong competitor among other mid-priced smartphones. Its Snapdragon 835 processor, 64 GB of storage, and 3,000mAh battery make it reliable throughout the day, and Moto Actions allow you to make gestures — like twisting or chopping motions — to launch different apps. The fingerprint sensor has been moved to the right, and though the phone no longer has a 3.5mm headphone jack, the USB-C dongle provides the option of wired audio. Visuals are dynamic and bright thanks to the six-inch, 2160 x 1080 AMOLED screen that offers 402 pixels per inch. 

Best LG: LG V40 ThinQ

LG V40 ThinQ

 Courtesy of Best Buy

3.5

If you’re tired of every smartphone manufacturer claiming to have the best camera, get ready for one more. Except this time, the LG V40 ThinQ actually brings something truly new to the table. With a total of five cameras onboard, LG’s newest flagship offers unparalleled flexibility.

The rear of the device is decorated with three cameras that capture standard photos, wide-angle shots, and close-ups. The two front cameras are perfect for video calling and selfies — they can even capture extra-wide views for group shots that fit all your friends. The addition of these different fields of view makes the V40 truly stand out from the flagship pack.

The 6.4-inch OLED display adds 3120 x 1440 resolution for vibrant colors that are really impressive. The V40 also keeps its headphone jack in an age when most manufacturers are eliminating them (a boon for those who’ve been reluctant to go all Bluetooth). There’s also IP68 ruggedization for extra durability, wireless charging for doing away with cords and Android 8.1 software for the latest Android goodness.

Add in a 3300mAh battery for all-day use and the LG quickly becomes the only smartphone — and camera — you need. 

Check out our guide to the best LG phones.

Runner-Up, Best LG: LG G8 ThinQ

The latest addition to LG’s flagship line, the LG G8 ThinQ wants to make its mark among high-end smartphones. LG fans might recognize the 19:5:9 aspect ratio, wide notch, and 3,120 x 1,440 resolution from the LG G7 ThinQ, but the G8 more than builds on the success of its predecessor.

The supercharged octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor is complemented by a 3,500 mAh battery with up to 16 hours of power for all-day speed. If the 128 GB of internal memory is not sufficient, it can be upgraded to up to 2 TB with a microSD card. Unlock your phone with your face, your fingerprint, or your hand; 3D sensors on the Z Camera system scan the veins on your palm through Hand ID.

The same system also lets you increase volume, take photos, or answer calls with a wave or gesture with Air Motion, which captures hand movements so you can control your phone without touching it. But despite its forward-looking tech, the phone is sturdy, with an IP68 rating against water and dust. 

How We Tested

We bought eight top-rated Verizon smartphones and our reviewers tested them for more than 500 hours. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these Verizon smartphones, from their camera quality to their durability. We’ve outlined the major points here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

The Ultimate Verizon Phone Buying Guide

Apple vs. Android - The first decision you’ll likely make when choosing a smartphone is whether you want an iOS or Android device. While iOS smartphones are generally more popular, there are many more Android options; the most high-end of these are more advanced than Apple’s offerings.

Camera - Many of us have ditched traditional point-and-shoot cameras in favor of the ones on our smartphones. If you plan to use your phone’s camera often, it’s important to make sure that the model you choose has one that’s capable of taking great pictures. Some phones even allow you to shoot 4K video.

Durability - Many phones have glass on both the front and back, which looks gorgeous but is also more fragile; a simple drop can leave you stuck with a pricey repair bill. If you’re fairly accident-prone, or if you like to carry a phone without a case, it’s worth keeping durability in mind before you make a purchase.

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