These are the best phones for Verizon’s massive network
Google Pixel 6
The Google Pixel 6 punches above its weight class with the powerful Google Tensor CPU package, delivering smooth performance on the 6.4-inch OLED display with the latest version of Android. It comes with two cameras on the back with a 50MP primary shooter, and an ultra-wide 12MP backup that our Pixel 6 review found to be sharp and accurate. This phone also supports Verizon 5G with Ultra Wideband support, including the upcoming C-band network.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is the best of the best Samsung offers, with a huge display, blazing-fast CPU, and of course, the S Pen. On the back, you get one of the most advanced camera packages on any phone, with a massive 108MP main shooter and the software to make the most of it. In our S22 Ultra review, we were happy to see Android 12 out of the box with plenty of OS updates planned.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
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. Our Z Flip 3 review found the phone to be a solid option for those looking for a large display.
Google Pixel 6 Pro
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. Our review found the Tensor chip from Google to deliver more than enough performance. This phone supports Verizon’s 5G network, including Ultra Wideband with C-band.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
With a sharp 120Hz AMOLED display, 5G support, a 64MP camera, and a massive 5,000mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is one of the most capable phones you’ll find at this price. Our A53 review found this mid-range phone’s performance to be more similar to flagships with the Exynos 1280 CPU, running Android 12 buttery smooth. It’s even got IP67 dust and water resistance with four years of planned OS updates.
Moto G Stylus 5G (2022)
Our Moto G Stylus 5G review shows just how much of an upgrade the Snapdragon 695 5G CPU in this phone is, with smooth and snappy performance on Android 12. If you want a stylus for input, but don’t need the features of an S22 Ultra, the Moto G Stylus might be the perfect fit. With good 5G support on Verizon’s network including mmWave and C-band, just make sure to get the 2022 version with the centered hole-punch camera.
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
Fast 5G has made it to cheaper phones, with the Galaxy A42 5G supporting Verizon’s nationwide and Ultra Wideband 5G network, including C-band. This phone comes with a Snapdragon 750G with 4GB of RAM and a huge 5,000mAh battery, which our review found lasts to the end of a day with ease. Samsung has included one of its beautiful AMOLED displays and a 48MP main camera for a solid budget camera experience.
Samsung Galaxy S22 5G
The Samsung Galaxy S22 keeps its eye on the prize, with a sensible level of restraint missing from the rest of the S22 series. This phone has the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU package as the rest of the line, with a 6.1-inch 120Hz display, glass out to the edge, and a hole-punch camera. Around the back, you get a 50MP main shooter alongside, a 12MP ultra-wide and 10MP telephoto camera, so you’re ready for any situation.
Kyocera DuraSport 5G UW
This durable Kyocera phone isn’t designed to be fast; it’s designed to be tough. With an IP68 water and dust resistance rating and MIL-STD-810H drop rating, this phone can withstand the elements. The Snapdragon 480 CPU inside isn’t breaking any records, but it has plenty of power for daily tasks as well as 5G support on Verizon. The battery is fairly large at 4,500mAh and should easily make it through a day of work without dying.
Plenty of choice on Verizon’s network
Verizon supports the majority of the best Android phones if you want to buy unlocked. If you want to buy your phone from Verizon, you can pay full price to get the phone from the carrier, or can opt for monthly payments on your bill. The latter is required for some discounts, so it can be worth it. However, with 36-month payment plans being the only option, you may find yourself paying the device off early if you like to upgrade frequently.
The Google Pixel 6 is priced like a mid-range phone, but it stands toe-to-toe with the best phones on the market. Google’s Tensor CPU delivers plenty of performance, and the camera hardware works with the software to provide rich photos and 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. 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. If you’re a Samsung fan, you can also get the latest Galaxy S22 phones on the carrier.
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 snappy 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.