Best AT&T Phones

The best AT&T phone, according to reviewers, is the Apple iPhone, but the carrier also offers excellent Android and BlackBerry devices. AT&T also has a selection of excellent texting and music phones from HTC, Samsung and LG, among others.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Reviewed August 2013

Rugged GS4 Active more fun, less techy than its predecessor

Pros: Durable and water-resistant, attractive, colorful design, underwater camera mode

Cons: Lower-quality camera than original, less saturated screen than GS4

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Est. $200 with contract
 
HTC One

HTC One

Reviewed July 2013

Power-packed, aesthetically pleasing HTC One wows experts

Pros: Sleek, striking design, top-of-the-line hardware, good low-light camera performance

Cons: Normal lighting camera performance only average, blinkFeed home screen unremovable

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Est. $200 and up with contract
 
Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Reviewed June 2013

All-encompassing Galaxy S4 impressive and overwhelming

Pros: Large, vibrant display with wide viewing angles, wide variety of camera settings and filters, good reception and 4G connectivity, includes apps for virtually every need

Cons: Plastic chassis feels cheap, long list of settings and features can overwhelm

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*Est. $200 and up with contract
 
LG Optimus G

LG Optimus G

Reviewed April 2013

LG's best phone to date hints at more to come

Pros: Ergonomic, lightweight design, crisp, vivid display, solid construction, powerful quad-core processor

Cons: Limited 4G LTE network coverage on Sprint, lower image resolution on AT&T

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*Est. $50 and up with contract
 
Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Reviewed February 2013

A sleek profile, large display and powerful processor make the Galaxy Note II a tempting titan

Pros: Responsive , large display, excellent battery life, above-average call quality, lightning-fast quad-core processor

Cons: One-handed use difficult, display can appear slightly washed out

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*Est. $300 and up with contract
 
HTC One X

HTC One X

Reviewed November 2012

"One" of the most powerful Android smartphones

Pros: Large, high-resolution screen, durable, sleek design, excellent call quality, high-end camera performance, speedy processor

Cons: HTC Sense interface doesn't appeal to everyone, size may be too large for some

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*Est. $100 with contract
 
Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

Reviewed November 2012

With the latest tech and a gorgeous display, the GS3 climbs to the top of the Android heap

Pros: Slim profile, large, vibrant screen, excellent call quality, long battery life, impressive camera, latest Android features

Cons: Plastic design instead of metal, s Voice (voice commands) performs poorly

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*Est. $200 and up with contract
 
Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5

Reviewed October 2012

Taller, thinner, lighter iPhone 5 speeds up with a faster processor and true 4G

Pros: Thinner, lighter design, durable aluminum backing, larger, more vibrant display, improved camera software, 4G LTE capabilities, speedy operating system upgrade

Cons: New charger requires $30 adaptor for old accessories, data plans can be costly, depending on carrier

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*Est. $200 and up with contract
 
BlackBerry Torch 9860

BlackBerry Torch 9860

Reviewed March 2012

Touch-screen BlackBerry installed with RIM's newest operating system

Pros: Snappy processor, blackBerry OS 7, fast browser, good call quality, good battery time, vivid screen

Cons: No physical keyboard, cramped on-screen keyboard, cheap-looking physical buttons

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*Est. $100 with contract
 
Pantech Breeze III

Pantech Breeze III

Reviewed March 2012

Affordable entry-level flip phone keeps it simple

Pros: Great call quality, affordable, spacious keyboard, spacious keyboard

Cons: Headphone jack only takes microUSB, poor image quality, looks exactly like its predecessor

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*Est. $30 with contract
 
Samsung Infuse 4G

Samsung Infuse 4G

Reviewed February 2012

Massive yet thin, the Infuse 4G looks good, but lacks real 4G speed

Pros: Large, colorful screen, thin and light despite large size, good camera, good call quality, long battery life

Cons: Slow 4G data speeds, outdated processor

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*Est. $50 with contract
 
Pantech Crossover

Pantech Crossover

Reviewed February 2012

Affordable Android slider sports physical QWERTY keyboard

Pros: Roomy QWERTY keyboard, great battery life, decent camera

Cons: Mixed call quality, slow data speeds, small display

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Free with contract
 
LG Phoenix

LG Phoenix

Reviewed February 2012

The LG Phoenix is an excellent entry-level Android smartphone, but it's got stiff competition

Pros: Lightweight and easy to hold, excellent battery life, world phone

Cons: Browser unable to play Flash videos, weak camera that lacks a dedicated button, bloated with non-removable AT&T apps

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Free with contract
 
LG Thrive

LG Thrive

Reviewed December 2011

AT&T's first prepaid Android smartphone is simple to use and reliable

Pros: Easy user interface, world phone, long battery life, small and lightweight

Cons: Lack of a dedicated camera button, weak camera, unable to play Flash videos in browser, built-in AT&T apps are not removable

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*Est. $150, no contract
 
BlackBerry Torch 9810

BlackBerry Torch 9810

Reviewed November 2011

BlackBerry Torch sports recycled design, but improved specs

Pros: Sharp, responsive touch screen, fast web browser, speedy interface, good battery life, excellent keyboard

Cons: Recycled design, new OS not very different from predecessor, false signal strength, lack of apps, lack of Flash support

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*Est. $50 with contract
 
BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300

BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300

Reviewed November 2011

Affordable smartphone for the BlackBerry loyalist

Pros: Small and slim, wi-Fi calling capability, long battery life

Cons: Identical to older model, poor image quality, small selection of third-party apps, slow browser

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From $0.01 with contract
 
Apple iPhone 4S

Apple iPhone 4S

Reviewed October 2011

iPhone 4S proves that it's what's on the inside that counts

Pros: Improved camera, dual-band world phone, faster, more powerful processor, voice-activated personal assistant feature, new antenna configuration to improve reception

Cons: No change in design from iPhone 4, not 4G-compatible

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*Est. $100 with contract for 16 GB
 
HTC Surround

HTC Surround

Reviewed October 2011

HTC Surround's speakers don't impress, but its operating system does

Pros: High-quality design, bright touch screen, fast and responsive operating system, easy-to-use music player

Cons: Speakers weigh down phone, no expandable memory, unimpressive camera

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Discontinued
 
Pantech Laser

Pantech Laser

Reviewed August 2011

Slim Pantech phone ideal for messaging, otherwise falters

Pros: Bright AMOLED display, slim design, roomy QWERTY keyboard

Cons: Unresponsive touch screen, no 3.5 mm headphone jack, weak reception and average call quality, full of bloatware

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Free with contract
 
HTC Inspire 4G

HTC Inspire 4G

Reviewed July 2011

Sleek, affordable HTC Inspire 4G lags on 4G data speeds

Pros: Price, large screen, easy-to-use menus, excellent call quality, impressive camera

Cons: Large and slightly heavy, data speeds slow for 4G, battery cover difficult to remove

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*Est. $100 with contract
 
Motorola Atrix 4G

Motorola Atrix 4G

Reviewed May 2011

The versatile Motorola Atrix 4G is fast, but not 4G fast

Pros: Responsive interface, large, colorful display, can double as a netbook

Cons: Slow 4G speeds, lags when used with accessory dock

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*Est. $30 with contract
 
HTC Aria

HTC Aria

Reviewed April 2011

HTC Aria shows that good smartphones can come in small packages

Pros: Compact, bright, vibrant screen, fast response time

Cons: Unable to download third-party apps, cramped on-screen keyboard

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Discontinued
 
Pantech Link

Pantech Link

Reviewed December 2010

Affordable messaging phone with a sleek design

Pros: Thin, smartphone-like design, domed keys, affordable

Cons: Call quality is mixed, browser is slow, poor camera quality, requires a data plan

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*Est. $0.01 with contract
 
Pantech Breeze II

Pantech Breeze II

Reviewed December 2010

Cheap, entry-level phone is a breeze to use

Pros: Low monthly fees, easy mode for beginners, easy-to-read keypad, turn-by-turn directions

Cons: Buttons fairly flat against surface

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Discontinued
 
BlackBerry Torch 9800

BlackBerry Torch 9800

Reviewed December 2010

Best BlackBerry gets a new touch screen, browser and OS

Pros: Touch screen and full QWERTY keyboard, faster browser, universal search function, long battery life

Cons: Sluggish performance, display resolution lower than competitors', still not on par with iPhone, Android phones

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Discontinued
 
Pantech Impact

Pantech Impact

Reviewed October 2010

Dependable touch-screen messaging phone for AT&T

Pros: High-quality OLED display, bright, vibrant internal display, good web browser

Cons: Can't use camera when phone is closed, no flash on camera, proprietary headphone jack

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Free with new/renewal contract
 
Apple iPhone 4

Apple iPhone 4

Reviewed August 2010

AT&T's iPhone 4 leads the smartphone pack, but not by much

Pros: Brilliant high-contrast display , powerful 5-megapixel camera, unrivaled app store, easy FaceTime video calling

Cons: Limited multitasking, unreliable reception, faceTime restricted to iPhone 4 owners

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Free with contract for 8 GB
 
Sony Ericsson W518a Walkman

Sony Ericsson W518a Walkman

Reviewed April 2010

Great music player on a mid-tier flip phone

Pros: Excellent music player, bright and clear internal screen, very good Netfront web browser

Cons: Flat navigation controls and keypad difficult to use, no flash on camera, proprietary headphone jack

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Discontinued
 
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