These are the Best Verizon phones in 2022: Samsung, Apple, Google, Motorola & more!

These are the Best Verizon phones in 2022: Samsung, Apple, Google, Motorola & more!

We have seen some excellent smartphone releases in 2021, and 2022 is going to keep that momentum going. 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.

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Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

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 phones’ 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 13 Pro

iPhone 13 Pro

The iPhone 13 Pro is Apple’s latest premium smartphone, and it improves over the 12 Pro in several ways: the cameras gained larger sensors, some with faster aperture, which improves light intake significantly. The telephoto camera has improved to 3x optical zoom, and the iPhone’s video capabilities improved even further by gaining the ability to shoot video in portrait mode.

The notch is smaller, and the display now refreshes at 120Hz, so animations are buttery smooth, and iOS 15 is as intuitive as ever. If you already own an iPad or Mac, the iPhone works seamlessly with those devices for a level of connectivity that Android devices still don’t offer.

    The iPhone 13 Pro is Apple's best smartphone offering, and it packs the most powerful SoC and one of the best camera systems on the market.

Best Point-and-Shoot Camera: Google Pixel 6 Pro

Black Google 6 Pro on a round table

The Google Pixel 6 series is the biggest upgrade Google has given to the Pixel cameras since, well, ever. Finally upgrading its main camera sensor after years, the 50MP, 1/1.31-inch shooter can pull in lots of light while producing natural bokeh. Paired with Google’s own custom SoC the Tensor, the Pixel 6 series can essentially turn any scene, no matter lighting condition, into a good-looking shot that you can post to Instagram immediately.

While the Pixel 6 is very capable, the Pixel 6 Pro is a more complete system, featuring a Periscope zoom lens that’s missing in the standard 6. At 4x optical zoom, it can also produce respectable zoom shots up to at least 15x before shots start to look a bit soft.

There’s also a 12MP ultra-wide camera here that, while not as wide as most other smartphones’ ultra-wide, still can grab sweeping landscape shots without distortion. But ultimately, the main camera is the bread and butter, and this year, the Pixel 6 Pro can beat just about everyone, at least if we’re speaking for phones that sell in the US.

    The Google Pixel 6 Pro is arguably the best camera system in all smartphones right now, and its main camera in particular can produce beautiful shots in any lighting conditions.

Best Value: Google Pixel 6

Pixel 6 back

At $599, the Google Pixel 6 is arguably the best value smartphone right now, because it is almost a premium flagship phone, with the same Google Tensor SoC and 50MP main camera system seen in the Google Pixel 6 Pro. The standard 6 loses out on the Periscope zoom camera, and its OLED screen refreshes at “just” 90Hz instead of 120Hz, but neither of these are absolute must-haves for the average consumer. Of course, you still get the Google software experience here, including the awesome machine learning that allows the Pixel 6 to do a lot of smart tasks like translate text in real-time or digitally remove things and people from photos via “Magic Eraser.”

Yes, there are cheaper phones on Verizon, but those devices have significantly inferior cameras and SoCs compared to what the Pixel 6 offers. For most people, if you’re going to pay $499 for a mid-ranger, you might as well pay $599 for an almost flagship.

    The Google Pixel 6 offers most of what makes the Pixel 6 Pro such an awesome smartphone, at a much lower price tag.

Runner up: Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE in all colors on white background

Also $599, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE has a better display than the Google Pixel 6 (faster 120Hz refresh rate), an actual zoom lens when the Pixel 6 has none, and a headphone jack for those who still prefer one. However, it loses out to the Pixel 6 due to its plasticky build, and its main camera, while good, isn’t as world-beating as the Pixel 6’s main camera. The S21 FE also won’t get Android software updates as fast as the Pixel 6.

Still, if display brilliance is more important, or if you like Samsung’s software and eco-system more than Google’s, the Galaxy S21 FE is a very appealing device. It also packs a larger 4,500 mAh battery and IP68 water and dust resistance, as well as a faster in-display fingerprint sensor.

    The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE brings a lot of what made the S21 series great, at a more appealing price point.

Best Compact: Apple iPhone 13 Mini

iPhone 13 Mini

If you want a compact phone that you can use with one hand easily without compromising on performance, then the iPhone 13 Mini is just about the only game in town, as Android brands have mostly abandoned the small phone. With a 5.4-inch OLED screen, the iPhone 13 Mini is absolutely tiny, and despite its dainty size, it packs the most powerful SoC in mobile right now: the Apple A15 Bionic. The dual-camera system is also very capable, with a 12MP wide and 12MP ultra-wide that grabs brilliant, bright, and sharp images.

The only downside to the iPhone 13 Mini is battery life can be lacking, but there are plenty of battery cases and battery packs that will take care of the problem.

    The iPhone 13 Mini packs a mighty punch that hits way harder than its petite size would suggest. If you find modern smartphones too hard to use with one hand, this is for you.

Best Foldable: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 Phantom Silver back

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 Galaxy 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.

    The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is a polished and well-rounded foldable that addresses many of the complaints consumers may have had in the past.

Best Battery Life: Motorola Moto G Power 2021

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.

    The Moto G Power 2021 is a very capable budget device from Motorola that really shines in the battery department, with a 5,000 mAh cell that can provide an amazing battery life of up to 2 days.

Best Budget Phone: Motorola Moto G Pure

Moto G Pure front and back

If budget is tight, you can consider the $149 Moto G Pure. Featuring a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen, an Helio G23 SoC, 13MP camera with a 4,000 mAh battery, it’s got enough screen, computing and camera prowess, and battery life to complete day to day smartphone tasks. Obviously, at this price point, you can’t expect the newer smartphone features like ultra-thin bezels or a zoom lens, but those are luxury, not necessities.

The Moto G Pure also supports SD card support, which helps offset the fact that it starts with just 32GB of base storage. You do get a headphone jack and “water repellent” design, although the latter doesn’t include an official IP rating.

    The Moto G Pure is a budget phone that gets the job done without any of the extra bells and whistles of new Android phones.

There are a lot of options here, whether you’re looking for a premium flagship in the Galaxy S21 Ultra, an iOS device in the iPhone 13 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.

For a good mix of price to performance, I would personally go for the Galaxy S21 5G, or the Galaxy S21 Ultra if I were looking for something bigger and more premium.

What do you think about our picks? Let us know down below in the comments section.

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Ben Sin
Ben Sin

I'm a senior editor at XDA Developers. I have been a journalist for a decade, the last five years covering the mobile tech scene closely, reviewing just about every phone and attending trade shows and launches. I also run a gadget review channel on YouTube.

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