The best AT&T phones available in September 2017

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The field of great smartphones is forever shifting, but we're keeping track of which offer the best features and which have the best prices.

Here we'll go over the best phones AT&T has to offer, and make it clear how much they'll cost you and what all you get with each.

Whether you want a phone that's top of the line, or just want a good phone at an affordable price, we'll help you find what you're looking for. And once you find your phone, we can help you figure out what the best AT&T plan is as well. 

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TechRadar's guide to finding the best AT&T phone for you

We've reviewed the contenders for best AT&T phone, and compared the value to the price. Ignoring any personal preferences and/or biases towards specific operating systems, be it Android, iOS or Windows, we've picks AT&T's best phones in a number of categories. 

All of these phones are available through an AT&T installment plan, which spreads the cost of the phone over a set amount of time. For this article, we'll be looking at the AT&T Next 24 plan, which spreads the cost of the phone over 30 months, with an option for upgrade after 24 months.

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How to choose the best AT&T phones for you:

From $5 a month to $30 or more a month, AT&T's phones come in at all prices. And you always have the option to pay the full price of the device up front. How much you want to pay for a new phone is up to you, but the best phones don't come cheap.

Here we've done the tough work of going through what AT&T has to offer and picking out the best AT&T phones. Let's find the perfect phone for you.

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The best AT&T phone options for every budget:

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Best of the best: Samsung Note 8

The best phone is also one of the most expensive. The Galaxy Note 8 comes in at $31.67/month or a total of $949, but for that price you get one of the most powerful, fully featured phones on the market. The Galaxy Note 8 comes with a massive 6.3 QHD+ display with curved edges, it packs the powerful Snapdragon 835 chipset, and has two 12MP cameras on the back for some fancy photography. Of course, it also feature's the Samsung Note line's signature S Pen stylus for more tablet-like use.

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Best Apple phone: iPhone 7

It's a bit of a tossup between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus for the title of AT&T's best Apple phone, but the iPhone 7 wins out on value. While it lacks the size and of the iPhone 7 Plus and doesn't have the dual-lens camera, it still performs on par with the bigger phone, and it does it at a cheap price. The 32GB model comes at $21.67/month or $649 total. Of course, you could wait for the iPhone 8 so you can get an even better phone, or so you can just get a better price on the iPhone 7.

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Best non-Samsung Android: LG G6

These days, it's hard for any phone to take the title of Best Android Phone without having Samsung in its name. But the LG G6 is a great phone at a great price. It comes with a large 5.7-inch QHD display, dual 13MP cameras on the rear, and is ready for adventures with an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance. At a total price of $584, it's also a lot cheaper than the Note 8.

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Best value phone: Apple iPhone SE

For all the hate from Android users, Apple doesn't make bad phones. Unfortunately, it doesn't really make cheap phones either. But the iPhone SE stands out as a great value, as it comes with great hardware, runs on the easy-to-use iOS, and it has a much lower price tag than a new iPhone 7 Plus. The full retail price is only $499, making it a great value phone for use on AT&T's network.

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Best cheap phone: LG K20

They don't come cheaper than the LG K20, but that doesn't mean you're getting nothing. For the price, the LG K20 surprisingly comes with a 5.3-inch HD screen, and a built-in fingerprint scanner. It has ample battery, and can be expanded with a MicroSD card to have as much as 2TB of storage. Don't expect an insanely powerful phone, but don't expect $4 a month to hurt your budget either.

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Now find the best AT&T plan

Once you've picked out the best AT&T phone, you're going to want to pair it with the best AT&T plan. We've looked at all AT&T has to offer and have all the details on AT&T plans here.

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