These are the Best Verizon phones in August: Samsung, Apple, Google, Motorola & more!
We’re now firmly in summer 2021 which means the next smartphone release cycle is near. But if you don’t want to wait, there are already plenty of excellent smartphone releases available for purchase now. If you’re a Verizon customer, you have no shortage of options to choose from in the US.
Whether you need a smartphone on a budget or you want some of the most bleeding-edge hardware available out there, you can take advantage of Verizon’s offers and discounts by choosing from their current catalog of budget and flagship smartphones. This list will include both iOS and Android devices in all kinds of price ranges, and will also include, for the most part, full support for Verizon’s network, including their 5G network.
Navigate this guide:
- Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
- Best Point-and-Shoot Camera: Google Pixel 5a
- Best Value: Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
- Best Compact: Apple iPhone SE
- Best Foldable: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
- Best Mid-Range: Google Pixel 5a
- Best Battery Life: Motorola Moto G Power 2021
- Best Budget: Motorola Moto G Play 2021
Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is currently the most premium smartphone in Samsung’s current lineup, and it’s quite a flex of technical prowess. Essentially, the Galaxy S21 Ultra offers the best screen, best cameras and best battery life of any flagship smartphone sold in the US right now.
That 120Hz QHD+ AMOLED screen in particular has to be seen to be believed. At 6.8 inches, it’s huge, which makes consuming content that much more enjoyable. With two zoom lenses, the phone covers both the short and long zoom focal range, and 10x zoom photos look as sharp as other phone’s 1x photos.
You can even use Samsung’s S-Pen stylus with this phone, making it truly a do-it-all device.
- The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is Samsung's new mainstream premium smartphone, with S-Pen support, amazing 108MP cameras and 120Hz display, plenty of processing power, and support for several features such as 100X Space Zoom. You're paying a lot of money for a lot of phone.
Runner-Up: Apple iPhone 12 Pro
The iPhone 12 Pro is Apple’s latest premium smartphone, and it comes with a lot of generational improvements over last year’s iPhone 11 lineup. The 5nm Apple A14 processor is a marked improvement over last year’s smartphone with a lot of processing power. The iPhone 12 Pro also comes with improvements such as a renewed design with flat edges reminiscent of the iPhone 5, ever-so-slightly smaller bezels, better camera prowess with markedly better low-light performance, and a LiDAR scanner for 3D mapping and scanning for AR applications.
It’s the best of the best Apple currently has to offer. Other features include MagSafe support, up to 512GB NVMe storage, Face ID support, and much more. It’s also the first iPhone with 5G support, and you can enjoy Verizon’s 5G network with it.
Best Point-and-Shoot Camera: Google Pixel 5
The Google Pixel 5 was Google going back to the drawing board after the somewhat divisive Pixel 4. Gone was that face scanning system in favor of a more reliable rear fingerprint scanner. All bezels have been shaven for a clean look. And the Pixel 4’s tiny battery has been increased to a satisfactory level here. While the Pixel 5 does not carry a flagship Qualcomm chip, it’s still more than powerful enough for most people. And of course, that excellent Pixel
is Google’s best smartphone so far. It does a lot of things differently to previous Pixel devices in their lineup, for example being the first main flagship entry in the Pixel series not to feature a flagship processor. It has a Snapdragon 765G, which still gives you plenty of performance, and features 8GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. It also has the Pixel series’ big staple — camera performance — that, to this day, remains almost unmatched. Most of the phone’s camera prowess can be attributed to software, so they don’t need any extra fancy sensors as other phones do. It features normal and ultra-wide pictures.
The Pixel 5 can be yours for $699 on Verizon and supports the carrier’s 5G network with the same stock software you love from Google and the same feature set. If you’re a Verizon customer looking for a phone with an amazing camera that doesn’t come that expensive, this is definitely one of the best Verizon phones worth a look.
Best Value: Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE was one of Samsung’s greatest hits from last year, providing one of the best price-to-performance ratios we’ve seen from Samsung in the last few years. While the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G is actually meant to succeed the Galaxy S20 from last year, prices got slashed $200 across the board with all Samsung Galaxy S21 devices, bringing the regular Galaxy S21 a lot closer to the price of the Galaxy S20 FE, making it a much more compelling deal overall. The Galaxy S21 has the same Snapdragon 888 processor, 120Hz display, and most internal specs while also cutting down on aspects such as the camera to keep the costs down.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 is definitely one of the best Verizon phones currently available.
Best Compact: Apple iPhone SE
The second-generation iPhone SE from Apple may look a bit dated — those bezels! — but the device has its appeals, as there are some who missed the iconic Apple home button, as well as the iPhone SE’s smaller size. This device is basically the iPhone 11’s internals crammed inside the body of an iPhone 7/8. Even with the iPhone 13 around the corner, the iPhone 11’s A13 Bionic SoC is still very powerful and capable.
It’s also the cheapest one around, starting at a digestible $399 for the 64GB model. It’s not the best phone you can get at Verizon right now, and it doesn’t support 5G, but it is still an iPhone, and that’s enough for some.
Best Foldable: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
The newest phone on this list is also the one that will drop the most jaws. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is Samsung’s newest top dog foldable and it improves on the already excellent Z Fold 2 in many areas, including added IPX8 water resistance and S-Pen stylus support. The outside screen also saw its refresh rate bumped up to 120Hz for a smoother UX everywhere.
The Z Fold 3, in case you’re unaware, is essentially a 7.6 inch tablet that can fold in half to become a TV remote-shaped smartphone with a 6.2 inch narrow screen. It’s highly portable and pocketable, making it an ideal device for people who need more screens, whether for work or to play.
Best Mid-Range: Google Pixel 4a
The Google Pixel 4a continues the successful formula that Google started with the Pixel 3a lineup. This is a really cheap smartphone with very average mid-range specifications, but also packs everything that makes a Pixel smartphone so good and iconic. It packs Google’s fast updates and clean, stock Android software, and also comes with Google’s world-class camera processing, although the dual lenses that come with the higher-end smartphones are dialed back to a single rear camera sensor.
It comes with its downsides though, the main one being that this smartphone doesn’t support 5G connectivity. But still, it’s a pretty solid offering from Google.
Best Battery Life: Motorola Moto G Power 2021
If you just want a cheap device that can provide you with amazing battery life, then the Motorola Moto G Power 2021 is the phone for you. The specs? Nothing amazing. There’s a Snapdragon 662 SoC, up to 4 GB of RAM, a rear 48MP camera, and up to 64GB of storage. The selling point of the phone though is the battery. The phone packs a 5,000 mAh battery cell which can provide the phone with up to, according to Motorola at least, 2 days of juice on a single charge. The Snapdragon 662 is built in an 11nm process and sips battery, which definitely helps the Moto G Power’s case here.
Don’t expect 5G or any other fancy features, but if what you want is simply a smartphone that can endure a lot of abuse without being connected to a wall every six hours, then the Moto G Power 2021 is the phone for you. It’s one of the best Verizon phones in terms of battery life.
Best Budget Phone: Motorola Moto G Play 2021
The Motorola Moto G Play 2021 isn’t going to blow your socks off either if you’re expecting the same amount of features that are featured on some of the other smartphones on this list. In fact, “Play” smartphones in Motorola’s lineup are usually among the less powerful options available. But if you want a smartphone that focuses on the essentials and comes with a few extra perks, then you won’t want to miss this one. Unlike the Moto G Power, the Moto G Stylus goes down to a Snapdragon 460 and up to 3GB of RAM. It also comes with a measly 32GB of storage, although that’s expandable, and the camera is nothing to write home about either, with a main 13MP sensor.
It’s one of the best phones to consider if you’re looking for something on Verizon that actually gets the essentials right.
There’s a lot of options here, whether you’re looking for a premium flagship in the Galaxy S21 Ultra, an iOS device in the iPhone 12 Pro, or a more affordable option in the shape of the Galaxy S21 or going all the way down to Motorola’s Moto G lineup. Depending on whatever you want to do with your device, there are some options that are better than others.
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