The best phones you can buy at AT&T right now (January 2019)

    It’s the start of a new year, and for a lot of us that means clean slates. For some of us this marks the time to kick our old phone to the curb and pick up something new.

    Are you starting out 2019 with a new device? If you are an AT&T subscriber and looking to pick up a new handset, you’ve got a number of handsets to consider. We’re here to help!

    What follows are the best Android phones you can purchase from AT&T. These are not strictly chosen based on having the best hardware; they speak to different demographics and user types.

    Best of the Best

    When it comes to smartphones, there’s never a shortage of high-end hardware. As much as the landscape seems to evolve, user demand can’t keep up with the specifications. If you buy a flagship experience, you’re going to be hard-pressed to put the phone through its paces. These are some of the most powerful phones you can get from AT&T today.

    LG V40 ThinQ

    The LG V40 ThinQ features a 6.4-inch QHD POLED display. 6GB of RAM and a Qualcomm 845 round out the main specs of this flagship. Storage is your choice of 64GB or 128GB of internal with microSD expansion.

    The V-series continues its lineage of content creation with an additional third rear camera. This brings the combination to a 12MP f/1.5 lens plus a 16MP f/1.9 wide-angle lens and a 12MP f/2.4 2X optical zoom lens. There are even a double 8MP and 5MP front-facing camera layout.

    LG also keeps the 3.5mm headphone jack in an age where companies are consistently abandoning it and adds a QuadDAC for superior audio playback. Lastly, the phone offers all-day battery life with a 3,300mAh power cell. $950

    Samsung Galaxy Note 9

    The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel is the largest ever on a Note device and, if you’re a power user, all of that real estate makes tasks so much easier. Combined with the ability to have multiple apps open at the same time, this thing is productivity powerhouse.

    The pen has programmable actions depending on the app you have open. That means if you’re conducting a presentation with slides, it can advance your slide show. Want to take a great selfie with a group of friends? Set your phone down, take a step back and use the S Pen to capture the perfect picture.

    The Note 9 features a 4,000 mAh battery that promises all all-day battery life. If you’re running dry, you can either use a fast charger to top off and get through the day or throw it on a wireless charging dock to charge while you’re doing something else. $1,000

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    Worth a close look

    Not everybody needs, or even wants, a tier-one smartphone. In fact, it appears that users are growing increasingly content with picking up a previous generation device and saving a few bucks. Here are three other models definitely worth a look.

    Samsung Galaxy S9

    It’s approaching its first anniversary but that doesn’t mean this phone’s a slouch. Samsung offers consumers a pair of very attractive options in the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus.

    The most notable new addition to the devices is the dual mechanical aperture lens. Depending on your lighting, the lens will change between a f/1.5 aperture and a f/2.4 aperture, letting in more light when it needs it. Pictures look absolutely fantastic.

    The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are largely the same experience for most users. Both feature a powerful Snapdragon 845 processor with great performance and increased battery life. Opt for the larger version and you’ll get more memory and a souped-up camera configuration. $800 (S9), $915 (S9 Plus)

    BlackBerry KEYone

    Half of today’s smartphone users probably don’t remember the heyday of BlackBerry. Don’t let that fool you, though, as this one’s a really solid experience that features a hard keyboard with familiar chiclet keys.

    If you are the type who prefers their work device to be strong and versatile, you’ll appreciate what you’ll get here. The 4.5-inch display is plenty big for reading and composing emails and messaging while the dedicated keys respond incredibly well to touch. The cameras are also solid, particularly if you need something for video conferencing and chat.

    One of the best things about BlackBerry is the software experience which brings best-in-class privacy, security, and data protection.

    Toss in a generous battery, and tough, scratch-resistant finish, and you’ve got a device that’s as strong as your morning coffee. $400

    Motorola Moto G6

    If there’s a sleeper hit on this list, it’s this phone. You’ll spend less on the Moto G6 but still come away with one of the best all-around phones.

    There’s no need to spend twice as much money on something if you’re not pushing it to its limits. As such, the Motorola phone handles everyday tasks, apps, and games as well as others.

    We’re big fans of the way Motorola largely leaves Android alone, sprinkling only the lightest of extras on top. It’s not the sexiest or biggest one on the list but 5.7-inches is still larger than your last phone. $180

    Razer Phone 2

    Given the pace at which phone hardware moves, we’re starting to find that devices rival our laptops and home computers. And, if you’re a gamer, that’s music to your ears. There’s nothing quite like a laundry list of killer specifications that fit in your pocket.

    Built from one of the bigger names in gaming, the Razer 2 folds together a suite of top-tier hardware. It’s not cheap by any means, but you don’t want last year’s components for this year’s games. To do that you need to spend a little money.

    Things are going to look sharp on the 5.7-inch display and the 120 frames per second refresh means you’re in the exact moment. That’s a big deal if you’re taking down a handful of enemies in a first-person shooter.

    Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 8GB RAM, the phone also has plenty of storage space. Best of all, the 4,000mAh battery ensures you’re not stuck to the wall. $800

    Kyocera DuraForce PRO

    Not everyone wants a glamorous, sexy phone. There are some of us who are pretty rough on our devices or need to use them in tough conditions. Contractors, plumbers, technicians, and other people who work in the field can’t worry about drops, scuffs, and scrapes.

    The DuraForce PRO provides peace of mind in more ways than one. Not only is it built for dropping and mode than moderate bumps, it’s also equipped for the elements. It won’t be bothered by the likes of rain, dust, salt fog, humidity, or shock. In fact, it can even be used in hazardous locations with flammable gas, vapors, or mists.

    It doesn’t hurt that the phone is rather powerful, too. So, when you’re home and have the feet up, go ahead and play a few games. $418