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The best AT&T phones available in September 2020

There's such a vast array of good phones available right now on AT&T, so many in fact that you might even have trouble deciding. No worries though, we've researched and reviewed all the options to determine which are the best AT&T phones for most users.

Best AT&T phones: quick links

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1. iPhones
2. Android phones

Everything's been sectioned out just down below - with options for both iPhone and Android preferences. All budgets are being considered here, not just the most expensive phones, so if you're feeling the pinch right now don't worry - there's plenty of options for cheap or even free phones.

Since we’ve reviewed many of the best phones, giving them substantial hands-on time to figure out what makes them truly compelling devices, we know which of AT&T’s phones are worth your consideration. We’ve looked at the many phones on offer and picked out a variety of options, from the best of the best to the value champions.

We’ve also considered what kinds of deals AT&T has available to bring the price of the phone down, so you can be sure you’re getting a good phone and a good deal.

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AT&T phones: Your options explained

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 or iOS, we've picked 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 plans that spread the cost of the phone over 30 months, with an option for upgrade after 80-percent of the device's sales price is paid off.

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

From free to $30 or more a month, AT&T's best 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:

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

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Best Apple phone

Apple iPhone 11: starting from $23/month ($699 retail)
The iPhone 11 isn't actually the most expensive in the past year's lineup, but its blend of features and value makes it a true winner. You get two powerful cameras on the rear that keep up Apple's legacy of quality photography. It runs on the latest version of iOS with support for years to come, and the A13 Bionic chipset is incredibly powerful. AT&T will give new unlimited plan customers porting in a phone number up to $700 off with a trade in.View Deal

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Best value

Apple iPhone XS: starting from $1/month at AT&T
The iPhone XS might feel like old news, but you'll find little on this phone that feels old. The price has come down from when it launched, yet it still has plenty of power thanks to the A12 Bionic chipset inside and full support for iOS 13. Performance isn’t likely to feel sluggish any time soon, and the camera will be better than just about any earlier phone. AT&T is offering the phone for just $1 a month right now, cheaper than even the iPhone SE - making this the value iPhone of choice right now.
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Best for power users

Apple iPhone 11 Pro: save up to $1,000 at AT&T with an eligible trade-in
The iPhone 11 Pro is the current Apple flagship to beat and subsequently carries a hefty price tag to match. Luckily for us though, AT&T will currently knock up to $1,000 off your cell phone bill if you're trading in an old device. That's essentially a free phone right there, and even if your trade-in doesn't cover the whole upfront cost, you're still potentially getting a huge discount there.
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Best of the best

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: save up to $700 at AT&T when you switch
The big version of Samsung's latest flagship, the Galaxy S20 Plus, is the current champion of phones. It has just about everything you could ask for. The Snapdragon 865 chipset inside is wonderfully powerful and backed by a solid battery that can even be used to wirelessly charge other devices. The 6.7-inch AMOLED screen is dazzling, and has an even more impressive screen-to-body ratio than earlier Samsung flagship. You can get up to $700 off you switch to AT&T with a trade-in and new unlimited plan.View Deal

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Best non-Samsung Android

Google Pixel 4 XL: starting from $10/month ($959 retail)
You can get a clean Android experience from Google with the Pixel 4 XL. The phone gives you a big OLED screen to help you take pictures with the new dual-sensor camera. The PIxel 4 XL takes some of the best pictures of any smartphone you can get, and Google will keep it up-to-date with timely upgrades to new versions of Android. AT&T has the phone for $32/month right now, but anyone getting a new line on a qualifying unlimited plan can get it for just $10/month over 30 monthly installments.View Deal

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Best value

Samsung Galaxy A11: free at A&T with a new Unlimited plan
If you're picking up a new unlimited line at AT&T you can get the Galaxy A11 for free right now. The phone is definitely the more budget orientated of the new Galaxy devices, but its much more affordable, and its size makes it easier to use with one hand. You're also still getting a triple-lens rear camera and 8 MP front camera on this device, which is almost unbelievable considering the price.
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Best 5G phone

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Save up to $1,000 at AT&T with eligible trade-in
For those wanting access to AT&T's 5G network, there's a superb new choice in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. This new flagship phablet is barely a month old but still has a great trade-in deal over at AT&T with potential savings of up to $1,000. As you'd expect, it's got a lot of screen space, perfect for taking notes or streaming videos and the new array of cameras means absolutely stunning pictures.
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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. If you're interested in casting the net out further, then check out the best Verizon phones available right now, or alternatively save some cash with the best cell phone deals

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