You should have the best Verizon phone you can get, whether that means one that fits a particular budget, comes loaded with features, or is the best that money can buy. Verizon Wireless has some of the best mobile service in the country, but to get the most out of it, you'll need a good phone. We've collected the best options in various smartphone categories to help you find the best Verizon phone to fit your needs.
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Verizon phones: Your options explained
How TechRadar has found the best Verizon phone for you
From premium to budget, and Android to iOS (and even Windows Phone), we've look at the phones Verizon has to offer and determined which are the best options in a number of categories. These choices are based on the value of the phones compared with the price Verizon is charging. Whatever your needs, you should be able to find something that fits in this list.
Understanding your purchasing options
The phones listed here are all available on an installment plan from Verizon that allows you to pay for the device over a set term. We'll include the full price and the installment price so you can clearly understand what you're getting and what you'll pay for it. If you're also looking for a new 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 Note 8
$40/month or $960 total
The Galaxy Note 8 will be at the top of the food chain in the smartphone market for some time to come. Even after the failure of the Note 7, the Note 8 has great promise as the bigger and better version of the Galaxy S8. It has incredible power under the hood, dual-12MP cameras on the back, a super sharp screen with Samsung's signature curved edges and it features the beloved S Pen for extra functionality. All of this comes at a high price, but Verizon will let you spread that cost out over 24 months.
Best Apple phone: iPhone 7 Plus
$32.08/month or $769 total
For the moment, the iPhone 7 Plus remains the best phone Apple has to offer, and that make sit the best Apple phone Verizon can offer. If you want to jump on a new Apple phone right now and can't wait for the iPhone 8, you'll still be a getting a great phone in the iPhone 7 Plus. It has a large 5.5-inch screen and dual-12MP cameras on the back, along with a selfie shooter on the front. Running iOS all but guarantees a smooth and simple user experience. Here's our test of Apple's flagship handset.
Best Android: Moto Z2 Force edition
$31.50/month or $756 total
We might have given this spot to the Galaxy Note 8 again, or the Galaxy S8 for the sake of variety. Instead, we'll highlight another great Android phone that offers some really special perks that few other smartphones can compete with. The Moto Z2 Force is a modular smartphone that can have special mods attached, such as an optical zoom camera lens, a 360-degree camera, a giant battery pack, or even a tiny pico project. The mods are bought separately and attach easily to the slim and powerful Moto Z2 with a simple snap. Topping it off, the phone features dual-12MP cameras on the back, and has a 5.5-inch QHD shatterproof display.
Best value phone: Apple iPhone SE
$16.66/month or $399 total
Apple's iPhone SE is one of the most affordable ways to get an iPhone experience, and it's not much of a sacrifice either. The phone still has a great build quality, comes packing a 12MP camera capable of 4K video capture, and it starts at a great low price. All that, and it easily fits into a pocket thanks to its smaller form factor.
Best affordable phone: Microsoft Lumia 735
$5/month or $120 total
You don't have to pay a ton to get a solid mobile experience. The Lumia 735 has an 4.7-inch HD OLED screen, a long battery life, and can have its storage space expanded big time thanks to a MicroSD card slot. It runs Windows Phone 8.1, and comes with Microsoft's digital assistant, Cortana, built in. It's not the ultimate mobile experience, but it's hard to beat $5 a month. See our review of the Nokia 735 for more info.
Picking your plan
Once you've found the phone you want, make sure you find the best Verizon plan. You'll want to see all the plan options Verizon has available to you can rest easy knowing you're getting the most for your money,
If you want more phone recommendations check our list of the best smartphones we've tested.