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Top 5 Best Verizon Android Phones

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Verizon offers a wide array of Android smartphones for all taste levels and budgets. If you are happy with Verizon as your carrier, these are the best Android phones worth purchasing.


1. Moto X

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(Motorola)

What makes the Moto X such an appealing Android phone is its advanced voice recognition feature. It learns what your voice sounds like, and offers an intuitive menu system. This attractive phone may not be the latest and greatest anymore, but it was so thoughtfully constructed at launch that it has aged gracefully.

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Pros:

  • Integrates fully with Google Now
  • Notification system designed to minimize battery drain
  • 13 hours of talk time on a single charge
  • Smart migration system makes transferring data from your old Android phone a snap
  • Moto X owners get an extra 50 GB of Google Drive storage (on top of the standard 15 GB) free for two years

  • Cons:

  • Screen is less durable than other Android phones, with limited drop protection
  • Texting interface feels cramped
  • Some users have complained about the quality of Motorola’s customer service
  • Some users have experienced diminished call quality
  • Poor camera quality

  • 2. HTC One (M8)

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    (HTC)

    The new-for-2014 HTC One has a gorgeous metal body, and an improved user interface. The ideal new phone for the design-obsessed, this attractive phone is more than just a pretty face. There’s plenty of power under the hood, too.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Exceptional battery conservation
  • Great reviews for design and interface
  • Metal unibody design makes phone feel ultra-premium
  • Bigger display than original HTC One
  • Includes microSD card slot for expansion

  • Cons:

  • Camera has gotten poor reviews, despite improvements from original model
  • Some reviewers found the previous model to be slightly more sleek
  • Case texture extremely slippery
  • Speakers are high-quality when listening to music, but seem muted during calls
  • “Dot View” case functionality is cool, but rather limited

  • 3. Kyocera Hydro Elite

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    (Kyocera)

    Kyocera often gets overlooked in favor of flashier phones from Samsung, LG, or HTC. However, the Hydro Elite is a perfectly serviceable phone. As the name suggests, this phone has advanced waterproofing, making this a smart buy for people who work outdoors or in situations near a river or beach.

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    Pros:

  • Waterproof in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes
  • Eco Mode with MaxiMZR extends performance automatically by powering down noncritical functions
  • Designed for enhanced call quality in echo-y or loud situations
  • Friendly UI makes this a great choice for first-time touchscreen phone/smartphone buyers
  • Inexpensive option

  • Cons:

  • Camera is a mere 8MP
  • 4.3-inch screen is a bit on the small side
  • Somewhat sluggish processor (1.5 GHz)
  • Some users have complained about Verizon’s bloatware on this phone
  • Phone is advertised at 16GB, but usable memory is under 9GB

  • 4. Motorola DROID MAXX

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    (Motorola)

    With insane battery life and a rugged design, Motorola’s DROID MAXX just feels solid in the palm of your hand. Part of that is due to the tough Kevlar backing, but the DROID MAXX also gets big points for having a great user interface.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • 10MP camera
  • Runs Android KitKat, boasts 2.4 GHz processor
  • Water-resistant coating
  • Designed to last two days between charges
  • Gesture-based and touch-free controls

  • Cons:

  • Display lacks sharpness
  • No microSD support
  • Somewhat more expensive than similar phones
  • Too much Verizon bloatware, which can’t be removed
  • Camera has decent number of megapixels, but auto-focus is slow

  • 5. Samsung Galaxy S5

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    (Samsung)

    Verizon offers tons of Samsung smartphones, but the S5 is the top of the line in terms of both specs and cool features. Samsung has packed a ton of great features into the Galaxy S5, including a power-saving mode, IP67 waterproofing, and a great camera.

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    Pros:

  • IP67 water-resistant rating
  • Great camera on the back of the device
  • Ergonomic design
  • Pairs with Galaxy Gear watches or fitness bands
  • Built-in heart rate monitor and biometric sensor for mobile payments

  • Cons:

  • Front camera is 2MP, compared to 5MP on the HTC One M8
  • Some reviewers find the phone is not enough of a jump ahead from the S4
  • Screen is big, but perhaps not big enough for phablet fans
  • Some find the backing material to be displeasing from a cosmetic standpoint
  • May feel cheaper than all-metal unibody phones

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