The 12 Best Verizon Smartphones to Buy in 2019

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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.

Our Top Picks

Best Apple: iPhone Xs

iPhone Xs
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As a proper successor to the iPhone X, the Xs is the best Apple smartphone out there for Verizon customers. It has the same design qualities everyone loves about the X — the OLED screen, the nearly bezel-less look, the premium build materials — with a few choice upgrades that give you some great value. First, the screen resolution is befitting of today’s expectations: a 5.8-inch Super Retina with a 2436 x 1125 pixel count (that’s 458 ppi). There’s now IP68 water/dust resistance, allowing you to submerge this phone up to two meters for as long as 30 minutes without issue. The upgraded A12 Bionic chip amps up the speed and bolsters the neural engine for improved AI, FaceID, and more.

The other centerpiece here is the camera system. The rear-facing setup offers two 12MP sensors: one with a wide-angle lens, the other with a telephoto lens. The front system has a 7MP selfie cam. Both have image stabilization, and both benefit from Apple’s latest software upgrade. You can now take layered composite HDR shots that take both over- and under-exposed pictures and blend them for the ideal light response. You can also employ an updated portrait mode for beautiful, software-realized background bokeh blur that can actually be adjusted after you take the picture. You can pick up this phone in silver, space gray or gold, and you can opt for 64GB, 256GB or 512GB of storage. And with a stainless steel edge, glass front and back, and the latest iOS 12 loaded in, this phone truly feels like a premium Apple product.

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

Runner-Up, Best Apple: iPhone XR

iPhone XR

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Available in an array of colors, the iPhone XR is an outstanding choice for Apple fans. Its 6.1-inch “Liquid Retina” LCD adds a nearly edge-to-edge display that’s beautiful. And it also has one of Apple’s best smartphone cameras ever. The rear 12-megapixel wide-angle camera takes incredible shots that look terrific as prints or on social media. Optical image stabilization helps keep things steady especially while capturing 4K video, and a 7-megapixel front-facing camera works for both FaceTime calls as well as for Apple’s new animojis.  

Taking a look at the hardware, Apple’s “budget” iPhone is anything but. There’s an IP67 rating for water resistance for up to three feet of water for 30 minutes. Wireless charging is along for the ride as well. Face ID has replaced the famous home button, allowing you to unlock your phone by simply looking into the camera. It also doubles as the method with which to purchase apps in the App Store and to confirm your identity when using Apple Pay. 

Best Android: Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 3

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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 Samsung: Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9
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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 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9
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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.

See more reviews of our favorite Samsung phones available for purchase.

Best LG: LG V40 ThinQ

LG V40 ThinQ

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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 G7 ThinQ

LG G7 ThinQ
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The LG G7 ThinQ is a proper flagship from a line of phones that has been turning heads for a few years now, and while it doesn’t offer anything that the other flagships don’t, it doesn’t leave too much on the table either. For starters, the thing is powerful — it puts an octa-core 2.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor at its center that puts many lower-end laptops to shame. To add to that power, there is 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (that you can bolster with more space if you toss in a micro SD card). The 6.1-inch QHD+ screen offers 1,000 nits of brightness, and with a resolution of 3120 x 1440, you’re going to want to see every inch of the screen’s brilliance. There’s a 16MP camera on the back and an 8MP camera on the front and holds its own with the rest of the smartphone pack. But what may be the unsung hero of this phone is its software skin. In a world where people love Google’s stock Android feel and are growing increasingly tired of Samsung’s heavy-handed approach, LG’s refreshingly basic skin gives you Google Assistant, some interesting menu customization, and even hides the notch in the display while using some stock LG apps, making the phone seem truly bezel-less.

Best Design: Red Hydrogen One

Red Hydrogen One

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With the Hydrogen One, Red didn’t just design want to design a phone, but a glimpse into what phones could be. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU and Adreno 540 GPU, the device is aesthetically bold, with raised lines on the back, gold pogo pins, and ridged edges for a unique appearance and better grip. But it’s the 5.7-inch screen that’s been attracting most of the buzz: the 4-View display uses nanotechnology to add depth and texture to every image and lets you view compatible content in 3D. Users can capture their own 4-View images with the 12MP rear and 8MP front dual cameras. 

With additional “mods” hitting the market in 2019, the phone promises to improve with age. The three mods that have been planned so far include an expandable storage mod, a battery mod, and a Cinema mod, which will allow photographers to attach lenses from Nikon to Fujifilm, allowing the phone to function as a DSLR. 

Best Value: Moto Z3

Motorola Z3

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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 Big Screen: iPhone Xs Max

iPhone Xs Max
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While the iPhone Xs has earned our top iPhone spot on the list, we’re also mentioning the Xs Max because it finally takes the edge-to-edge design of the X and gives you an even bigger screen. In fact, at 6.5 inches measured diagonally, it technically gives you more screen than Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9. The display’s size doesn’t hamper the looks either, because it’s an OLED Super Retina screen with a resolution of 2688 x 1242 and a ppi of 458. No sacrificing sharpness here. Add that in with the newly updated A12 Bionic chip, which gives you boosted speeds and an upgraded AI-focused neural network, and you have a powerhouse of a phone.

The rear-facing camera system employs two 12MP sensors for the wide-angle and telephoto lenses, giving you some great flexibility for photography. The front-facing camera has a 7MP sensor which, though relatively low on resolution, works pretty well with the image stabilization and latest iOS software. And that software is where the real upgrade is. Apple has been hard at work to compete with phone cameras from Samsung and Google, and they've delivered. The Xs Max has a truly modern HDR layering function, stellar low-light performance, 4K video recording, and even the ability to adjust the background blur of portrait mode photos after you’ve taken them. Pick up the phone in one of three colors (silver, space gray, and the new gold) with internal storage options ranging from 64GB to 512GB.

Runner-Up, Best Big Screen: Google Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 XL

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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 Small Screen: Palm Companion Phone



Good things really do come in small packages, as proven by Verizon’s Palm Companion Phone. Standing 3.8 inches tall and 1.99 inches wide, it’s about the size of a credit card and features a 720 x 1280-pixel display. The Palm holds a robust 1.4GHz Octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, and an 800 mAH battery (7.5 hours of use). Additionally, this tiny phone boasts 50% higher peak speeds in over 450 cities within the United States.

Think of your Palm Companion as an accessory to your smartphone, similar to an Apple Watch. The compact size allows for easy traveling, and the NumberShare app syncs to your primary device, so you can still answer texts and calls on the go. Also, the Palm’s controls are very user-friendly, offering voice commands and a “quick-action” Gesture Pad to help navigate the small screen. If you're feeling too dependent on your main smartphone — or simply don't want to carry a big screen with you everywhere you go — then the Palm Companion Phone may be a good solution. It's available in gold and titanium gray finishes.

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