The best AT&T phones available right now include the hottest new smartphones from Samsung, Apple's premium iPhones, and some nice value picks. Whether you want the best of the best or can settle for something more affordable that will meet your most basic needs, there's a phone here for you.
We've had the opportunity to review many of the best smartphones, and know which are champs, which are flops, and which offer a killer value. We've compared what we know about the best phones to which phones AT&T is offering, and we've considered some of the deals AT&T has to make its phones a better value.
With all of that information in mind, we've ranked the best AT&T phones in a variety of categories so you can find the one that's right for you.
And once you find your phone, we can help you figure out what the best AT&T plan is as well.
- Go straight there: AT&T's phones page
- Pick your plan: The best AT&T plans available this month
- See also: 10 best smartphones in the US
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, iOS or Windows, 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.
How to choose the best AT&T phones for you:
From $6 a month 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.
The best AT&T phone options for every budget:
Best of the best: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
The big version of Samsung's latest flagship, the Galaxy S10 Plus, is the current champion of phones. It has just about everything you could ask for. The Snapdragon 855 chipset inside is wonderfully powerful and backed by a solid battery that can even be used to wirelessly charge other devices. The 6.4-inch screen is dazzling, and has an even more impressive screen-to-body ratio than earlier Samsung flagship. View Deal
Best Apple phone: iPhone XS Max
If you want the best iPhone that Apple has to offer, you’ll be looking at the iPhone XS Max. It features a 6.5-inch OLED display, pushing it well into phablet territory. That display has the iconic screen notch, but the phone is still left with tons of screen space for apps and media. And, with the A12 Bionic chipset inside, the iPhone XS Max is about as powerful as a smartphone can get, giving you fast access to your apps and great performance in games. While it is expensive, AT&T has a buy-one-get-one deal available.View Deal
Best non-Samsung Android: LG G8 ThinQ
Samsung isn't the only one making great Android phones. The LG G8 ThinQ packs a powerful Snapdragon 855 chipset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage that can conveniently be expanded by microSD cards. It's 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC also gives it excellent headphone audio. It also has a nifty OLED screen that vibrates to create sound, rather than relying on a traditional speaker that would take up extra space on the front of the phone.View Deal
Best value phone: Apple iPhone 8
The iPhone 8 might feel like old news, but that’s part of what makes it a compelling value right now. The price has come down from when it launched, yet it still has plenty of power thanks to the A11 Bionic chipset inside and full support for iOS 12. Performance isn’t likely to feel sluggish any time soon, and the camera will be better than just about any earlier phone.View Deal
Best cheap phone: Moto G6 Play
If you’re looking for a budget phone, Motorola is a brand you should always keep an eye on. The company releases great budget phones consistently, and the Moto G6 Play is no exception. It comes with Android 8.0 out of the box and runs on a Snapdragon 430 chipset. It also has a length 5.7-inch screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio for plenty of space to read emails or watch videos. While it’s not going to be the fastest phone out there, it does offer a long battery life, fast charging, a headphone jack, and a low price of just $6 a month on an installment plan.View Deal
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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