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These are the best phones for your Verizon Wireless plan


Big Red may charge an arm and a leg for its service, but the best Android phones on its network don’t all have to be unattainably expensive. So whether you’re after the top-of-the-line Pixel 6 Pro or you’d rather save some money and pick up something like the Galaxy A42 5G, there are plenty of great options for one of the nation’s top-rated carriers. Here are our top picks for the best Verizon phones on the market right now.

Best overall

Google Pixel 6 – 5G


Staff Pick

The Google Pixel 6 punches above its weight class with the powerful Tensor CPU package delivering smooth performance on the 6.4-inch OLED display. It comes with two cameras on the back with a 50MP primary shooter and an ultra-wide 12MP backup. This phone also supports Verizon 5G with Ultra Wideband support, including the upcoming C-band network.

From $23.33/mo. at Verizon

The complete package

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G – Smartphone


The Galaxy S21 Ultra is Samsung’s ultimate mobile experience, cramming powerful specs and a 6.8-inch 120Hz display into a modern design. It also has an enormously capable camera system with a 108MP primary sensor and up to 100X zoom, plus 8K video capture. You get a massive 5000mAh battery and 5G support, and the S21 Ultra even supports the S Pen stylus.

From $39.99/mo. at Verizon

Compact folding design

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 – Smartphone


The Galaxy Z Flip 3 from Samsung is a cool phone with a 6.7-inch 120Hz AMOLED display that can fold in half to fit in your pocket comfortably. Even with its compact folded size, it’s still powerful with a Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM, and dual outside cameras. This phone is even IPX8 rated for water resistance, meaning you don’t need to worry if you get caught in the rain. Top specs and beautiful design make the Z Flip 3 a fantastic foldable flagship.

$33.33/mo. at Verizon

The best of Android

Google Pixel 6 Pro – 5G


The Google Pixel 6 Pro takes the screen size up to 6.71 inches with a 120Hz refresh rate and adds a 50MP telephoto camera bringing the total to three with the 50MP main camera and 12MP ultra-wide option. It also gets a bump in RAM with 12GB, allowing you to better use the extra screen size. This phone supports Verizon’s 5G network, including Ultra Wideband with C-band.

From $29.99/mo. at Verizon

Best value flagship

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G UW – Smartphone


The S20 FE is one of the best values in the high-end space, offering a flagship-tier Snapdragon 865 processor and a large, 120Hz flat display. You get Samsung’s One UI 3.1 software overlay on top of Android 11, and the S20 FE is available in a wide range of eye-catching colors. It’s already a great value at its usual price, but the S20 FE is an unbeatable deal thanks to current Verizon promotions.

From $19.99/mo. at Verizon

Best value with a stylus

Moto G Stylus – Smartphone


The Moto G Stylus is a solid budget phone that makes control easier for those who want an alternative input option. The included stylus isn’t smart and doesn’t offer any significant benefits beyond a finer point, but it is attached to a solid budget phone. The 6.4-inch display is driven by a Snapdragon 665 CPU and powered by a large 4,000mAh battery.

From $8.33/mo. at Verizon

A budget 5G phone

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G – Smartphone


Faster wireless with 5G has made it to cheap phones, and with the network’s footprint rapidly increasing, it really is time to make sure your phone supports the new tech. The Galaxy A42 5G comes with a Snapdragon 750G with 4GB of RAM and a huge 5,000mAh battery. Samsung has included one of its beautiful AMOLED displays and a 48MP main camera for a solid budget camera experience.

$13.33/mo. at Verizon

A cheaper 5G flagship

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G – Smartphone


The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G is a speedy phone with a Snapdragon 888 and fully supports Verizon’s 5G network. The gorgeous 120Hz AMOLED display measures 6.8 inches and is a great companion to one of the best cameras you can get at this price. A 4,000mAh battery gives you all-day battery life, and since this is one of Samsung’s leading flagship phones, you can be sure you’ll get prompt security updates.

$26.66/mo. at Verizon

Plenty of choice on Verizon’s network

The Google Pixel 6 is priced like a mid-range phone, but it stands toe-to-toe with the best phones on the market with Google’s Tensor CPU delivering plenty of performance and the camera hardware working with the software to provide rich photos with realistic colors. You also get a beautiful display with the 6.4-inch 90Hz OLED showing off the newest builds of Android.

The Galaxy Z Flip 3 takes Samsung’s best hardware and packs it into a stunning folding form factor. This phone has one of the fastest CPUs you can put in a phone, the Snapdragon 888, and 5G support on Verizon’s current and upcoming sub-6 5G as well as mmWave networks. So if your family has signed up for one of the best cell phone plans on Verizon and you want something unique, the Z Flip 3 is the right choice.

Designing the perfect cheap phone requires a ton of finesse since you need to trim features in a way that impacts the user as little as possible. Samsung is an expert in this field and has delivered an attractive phone with solid performance in the Galaxy A42 5G. This phone punches well above its weight with support for Verizon’s 5G network, including Ultra-Wideband, a massive 5,000mAh battery, and an AMOLED display.

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