Your phone is only as good as the network it's on, and Verizon's network is consistently rated the best in the U.S. That means you'll rarely ever be without coverage. With Verizon's impressive lineup and unlimited plans, you get a wide variety of smartphone options to choose from.
- Best overall: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Stylish stylus: Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
- Astrophotography: Google Pixel 4 XL
- Best value flagship: OnePlus 7T
- 5G on a budget: Motorola Moto Z4
- Best budget phone: Google Pixel 3a XL
The Galaxy S20 Ultra is Samsung's ultimate mobile experience, cramming powerful specs and a 6.9-inch display into a modern design with an enormously capable camera system that features a 108MP main sensor and up to 100X zoom with the telephoto camera. You also get a massive 5,000mAh battery and 5G support.
The S20 Ultra isn't the only phone on Verizon with 5G support. The Note 10+ has the same incredible build quality, a triple camera system that gives you options for wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto, and of course, the mighty S Pen. With it, you can take remote photos, take handwritten notes, and draw with precision and pressure sensitivity.
If you value clean software and timely updates above all else, there's no better choice than a Pixel. Of course, the Pixel 4 XL also takes incredible photos, particularly in low light thanks to Night Sight, and the new Astrophotography mode lets you shoot stunning pictures of the stars. You also get face unlock and Soli motion gestures.
The OnePlus 7T isn't available directly through Verizon, but it works great on Big Red, and it's an unbeatable phone for the money. You get the same top-tier specs as the other phones on this list, along with a nearly bezel-less 90Hz display that makes everything look incredibly smooth. You also get three great cameras and extra-customizable software.
There's no need to spend invest heavily into 5G while the network is still in its infancy — but if you can get it for cheap, why not give it a shot? The Moto Z4 has a modular design that, when paired with the 5G Moto Mod, allows it to connect to Verizon's fastest network. It's not a bad phone on its own either, with a large display and clean, snappy software.
The Pixel 3a XL is a cheaper version of the Pixel 3, with a nearly identical design and the same barebones Android software. Its performance isn't quite as snappy, but the Pixel 3a packs the same incredible camera as its pricier counterpart, including fan favorites like Night Sight and Portrait Mode. This is by far the best photography experience you can get for the money.
The S20 Ultra isn't your only option
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If you're looking for the best combination of fast performance, superb cameras, and all-day battery life, the Galaxy S20 Ultra is the phone to beat. It packs all of the best specs you can ask for and includes everything from 5G support to reverse wireless charging, water resistance, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and a 100X telephoto camera. Its 6.9-inch display is surprisingly easy to manage thanks to ultra-tight bezels, and the 108MP main sensor takes stunningly good photos.
Samsung isn't the only manufacturer making great phones for the masses, though. The Pixel 4 XL isn't quite as flashy in terms of design or features, but its camera takes terrific shots in any lighting situation and the software is updated constantly. Most of the Pixel's photographic prowess comes from machine learning, and it can even handle extremely low light thanks to the wildly popular Night Sight and Astrophotography shooting modes.
The beauty of today's market is that you don't have to buy directly from your carrier if there's a better deal elsewhere. Sitting outside of Verizon's selection is the OnePlus 7T, which brings a lot of what makes the other phones in this list great into a cheaper flagship. For hundreds less than the close competition, you get the brand new Snapdragon 855+, an incredible edge-to-edge 90Hz display, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. You don't get official water resistance certification, and the cameras are a bit lacking compared to the other options, but it's an excellent all-around phone for considerably less money.
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