Being one of the big four carriers in the United States, AT&T customers have plenty to choose from when it comes to picking up new smartphones. Most major OEMs offer at least one option through the carrier, but picking the best might be a little tough. Relax, we’re here to help. These are the best smartphones you can buy right now on AT&T.
The Best Of Android: Samsung Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 Edge
If you’re looking for an Android smartphone on AT&T’s network, your best bet right now is the Galaxy S7 family. Both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are available on AT&T and are packed with water resistance, top-tier specifications, excellent cameras, and Samsung’s dozens of software tricks. The standard S7 has a 5.1-inch display where the larger S7 Edge offers a 5.5-inch display. Both bring glass designs, so you might want to pick up a case along with it.
Monthly financing on the standard S7 starts at $23.17 per month and the S7 Edge starts at $26.50. Full retail pricing lands at $694 and $794, respectively.
The Best Of iOS: iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus
If you’re looking for an option in Apple’s ecosystem, the choice is pretty obvious — the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Apple’s latest hardware brings a lot to the table, and AT&T has both options available in stores and online. The smaller iPhone 7 and the larger iPhone 7 Plus offer top-of-the-line performance, great cameras, good battery life, and a water resistant device, all encased in fantastic hardware. A downside for many buyers might be the lack of a headphone jack, but an adapter is included in the box.
AT&T’s pricing on the iPhone 7 family is actually the cheapest of any carrier, starting at just $21.67 per month for the 32GB iPhone 7. Keep in mind though that AT&T’s monthly financing does run a bit longer. If you’re looking to pick up the iPhone 7 Plus, monthly financing starts at $25.67 a month. Full retail pricing runs $649 and $769, respectively. AT&T offers both devices in black, silver, gold, and rose gold.
Runner Up: LG V20
The LG V20 is one of our favorite phones, and it only hits runner up because the Galaxy S7 is more affordable on AT&T’s network. However, this phone is amazing. With a second display, amazing camera, and incredible DAC for audio, this phone is built for anyone. It lasts a long time on a charge and overall doesn’t get run down. I believe anybody would be happy with the LG V20.
Where it stumbles a bit is in AT&T’s pricing. Monthly financing starts at $27.67 per month, which is reasonable, but the full retail price lands at $829. However, if you do decide to pick up the V20, you won’t regret it.LG V20 at AT&T
The Best Rugged Option: Samsung Galaxy S7 Active
If you love the Galaxy S7, which you should, but need something a bit more durable, which you might, the Galaxy S7 Active is a great option. Packing the same specs and IP68 water resistance as the Galaxy S7, the S7 Active is a powerhouse, but in a protective housing that gives it enhanced protection against drops.
Upgrading to this more durable model isn’t too much more expensive either. Monthly financing options start at $26.50 per month, just $3 more than the S7. Retail pricing, on the other hand, lands at $794, which is a bit on the high end.Samsung Galaxy S7 Active at AT&T
Premium, But Affordable: HTC One A9
If you’re looking for a compact, premium device which is also fairly affordable, the HTC One A9 might be your best bet. Packing a 5-inch display, Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, Android Marshmallow, a fingerprint sensor, and a 13MP camera. All of that is cased in a premium, all aluminum body. Long story short, it’s a solid Android device which gets the job done while feeling premium and not costing an arm and a leg.
Pricing on the HTC One A9 starts at $17.34 per month or $519 full retail.HTC One A9 at AT&T
The Ultra Cheap: LG K10
If you need something super cheap, the LG K10 is a solid option. Featuring a 5.3-inch HD display, a quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and an 8MP camera, the K10 a low-end device for sure, but has enough to get the job done. The 2,300 mAh battery and rear keys only add to the experience. Pricing for the LG K10 starts at just $5 a month, a more than reasonable asking price for this option. Full retail lands at $149.
LG K10 at AT&T