With 2019 underway, a lot of people have resolved to do something different in the new year. Be it personal, professional, or something else, many of us have grand schemes for the coming months.
Will you rely on your phone to help with your resolution? We bet you will. Why not start 2019 with a new device? If you are a Verizon subscriber and looking to pick up a new handset, you’ve got plenty to consider. We’re here to help!
What follows are the best Android phones you can purchase from Verizon. These are in no particular order and all are worth your money.
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 Verizon today.
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. $980
What can be said of Google’s latest flagship that you likely haven’t already heard? The phone is the real deal and it’s the best experience Google has offered to date. The design looks similar to its predecessors but moves in a slightly different direction.
We simply love that wireless charging is finally present in the Google family. It’s one of those features we’ve come to rely on and the Pixel Stand makes it even better.
The camera experience is unlike no other and is a seriously impressive and compelling reason to consider the phone. When everyone else goes with two and three cameras on the back Google pushes forward with one super-smart and excellent sensor.
A Verizon Wireless exclusive for the US market, the Moto Z3 isn’t all that much different from the previous edition, the Moto Z2 Force. The hardware closely resembles the 2017 edition, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage.
With a 6.01-inch display and 3,000mAh power source, the Moto Z3 houses a pair of 12-megapixel cameras around back. Up front is an 8-megapixel shooter with a f/2.0 wide-angle lens.
This marks not only another MotoMod-ready phone, but it’s the first to handle Verizon’s 5G network. Indeed, an add-on module is due in 2019 which adds the next-gen data capability to the phone.
Although this isn’t quite flagship-beating stuff, at least Verizon and Motorola have a justifiable price. It’s a great all-around option for users who don’t demand much but like flexibility. $480
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
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.
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), $930 (S9 Plus)
This one features a 6.0-inch 18:9 display and 3,520mAh battery which makes it big and long-lasting. Introduced with Android 8.0 Oreo, the phone has already received its update to Android 9 Pie. Additionally, it’s backed by three years of software support so it’s likely going to see Android 10 and 11.
In terms of hardware, you’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 825 processor which is bolstered by 4GB RAM. Internal storage comes in the form of 64GB and 128GB options. In other words, it can still hang with today’s big devices.
Toss in a best-in-class camera experience and IP67 rating and you’ve got a real force to be reckoned with — and cheaper than most others listed here. $850
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. $240