Whether you’re looking for a new flagship device or looking to save a little dough, AT&T offers some of the best devices on the market today. As a site that’s always on the lookout for the best phones and the best value, we bring you a list of the best devices you can purchase from AT&T today.
With the big, popular shopping season underway, it’s the best time of the year to purchase a flagship — or two.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9
So, what do we love about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9? Well, kind of everything.
Let’s start with that display. The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel is the largest ever on a Note device. If you’re a power user or someone who is looking to get a little work done while on your commute, all of that real estate makes those tasks even easier. Combined with the ability to have multiple apps open at the same time, this thing is productivity powerhouse.
Speaking of productivity, the S Pen is worth its weight in gold for professionals. Sure, you could always use it sign documents or easily write emails. But, now that the S Pen has Bluetooth built-in, you can do even more.
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 possibilities are almost endless.
Samsung listened to its users and fixed the one thing people could previously complain about: battery life. Samsung was understandably gun-shy after the Note 7 debacle and didn’t push the envelope with the Note 8. That’s not the case with today. 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.
If you have $1,000 to pony up, it’s hard for us to recommend another device!
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung’s newest phones are also its best phones. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus came out less than a month ago to high praise around the tech industry. While there aren’t huge changes from last year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, there didn’t need to be for Samsung to stay atop the Android ladder.
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. This allows the camera to let in more light when it needs it. In practice, pictures look absolutely fantastic, just like they did last year.
The new camera setup does improve the reduction of noise in low-light situations and maintaining fine lines in pictures. While most may not notice a difference, it is there and camera hounds will know what to look for.
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Another notable change is how Samsung is differentiating the two devices. While last year’s devices both featured a single camera and 4 GB of RAM, that’s not the case this year. Spending the extra ~$120 on the Galaxy S9 Plus will get you an extra 2 GB of RAM (to 6 GB total) which matches the Galaxy Note 8. It also has a dual camera system, where the S9 just has a single shooter.
Despite their differences, the devices are largely the same. Both feature the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that promises better performance and better battery life. Both have all-day battery life and Android Oreo on board, along with Samsung’s own software enhancements.
Red Hydrogen One
One of the more intriguing smartphones of the year, the Hydrogen One is built by cinema camera company Red. It’s among the most expensive handsets on the market, but it does have what it takes to compete — at least on paper.
Powered by Android 8 Oreo, there’s a hell of a lot of hardware in the 6GB RAM and octa-core processor. Internal storage is a whopping 128GB but the microSD expansion card slot allows for another 512MB, too.
Unlike other flagships which have glass bodies, cutout displays, and thin curvy bodies, the Hydrogen One is thicker and offers scalloped edges.
The most interesting feature, though, is the 3D screen which provides a “”holographic”” image. Employing motion-tracking cameras on the front to create its 3D-like experience, it ultimately comes across somewhere between the Nintendo 3DS and Amazon Fire Phone.
Motorola Moto G6 Play
A fraction of the cost of what other phone makers command for a 2018 mid-range phone, the Moto G6 Play is one of our favorites — for a number of reasons.
Let’s start with the recent version of Android in the 8.0 Oreo release. Not only is that among the most current you can buy on the market, it’s pretty much unaltered. You get what Google envisions for the platform, plus a few opt-in goodies.
The 5.7-inch display is easy on the eyes, and the internals are enough to satisfy the needs of many. We also appreciate that there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack and a protective water-repellent coating.
LG V35 ThinQ
AT&T is the only carrier to sell the minor update to the LG V30 (it carries the V35 in lieu of the LG G7). While that makes it an exclusive, it’s not one that we think you should switch to the carrier for. This is a minor update to the V30, but it still a pretty nice upgrade while we wait on 2018’s LG V40.
One of the first things you’ll notice about the LG V35 is just how small it is for a phone with a big screen. Like most flagship devices, the V35 moved to the new 18:9 aspect ration (the display is twice as tall as it is wide) but the V35 still feels excellent in the hand. It’s easy to use and even if you can’t reach the top of the screen, LG included some smart software tweaks to let you check your notifications with a button located in the navigation tray that drops the notification shade.
One of the most compelling reasons to pick up the LG V35 is not that it kept the headphone jack, but it offers a quad-DAC to make everything coming out of that jack sound excellent. If you often listen to music through wired headphones, the LG V35 should be at the top of your list when you’re looking for a new phone.
LG is also known for putting great cameras in its phones, and the V35 is no exception. The dual camera setup offers one regular lens and one wide-angle lens with a 120-degree field of view. The video camera is no slouch either offering features like color grading options, point zoom control, log video, and a quick editor mode.
BlackBerry put out one of the most surprising devices in 2017 with the KEYone. We know people who absolutely swear by the device and refuse to let go of their physical keyboards.
If you were to focus solely on specs, you’d miss out what makes the KEYone special. Sure, it has a midrange processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 625) and a standard amount of RAM and storage (4 GB and 64 GB respectively). But that keyboard. The KEYone is one of the only devices on the market to feature a physical keyboard and for those of us who grew up with them, typing on those buttons feels like home.
The keyboard is there to attract business class customers who are used to BlackBerry phones of old. But, BlackBerry also focused on software features that will appeal to enterprise customers as well. The phone has second to none security features for those who work with sensitive information.
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