I have always said that you have to find the right carrier before you find the right phone. Most other markets may be luckier, but this is the way things work in the USA, where carriers hold that much power.
If your carrier of choice is AT&T, you also have the advantage that you can bring in unlocked GSM smartphones. We know most of you prefer taking advantage of subsidies and usually go for carrier-specific smartphones, though.
Are you looking for the best AT&T smartphone around? If so, you have come to the right place. Of course, what is “best” is always relative, so we made a list of our favorite AT&T smartphones available. There’s something for everyone here, so let’s take a look at the curated list.
Looking to get the biggest, baddest and latest Nexus device? AT&T has the Nexus 6 available and ready for your pocket. That is, if it fits in there, because the device happens to sport a huge 5.96-inch display. That is definitely something to consider. I love large screens, but you may want to skip this device if you prefer a more compact form factor.
If you like (or don’t mind) large screens, though, the Nexus 6 is one awesome device to own. It comes with the Pure Google Android experience and specs to throw around. It features a powerful Snapdragon 805 and 3 GB of RAM, which should keep your phone running very well.
It’s also a very well-built device, as it’s pretty much carrying the Moto X body… except larger, much larger. And because it’s a Nexus device, it will always get updates before other smartphones.
HTC One M8
There can’t be a “best smartphones” list without the HTC One M8 in it. At least not this year. It may have been released earlier in 2014, but the device lacks nothing the latest high-end devices have to offer.
The HTC One M8 is powerful, fast and comes with great features. Of course, we can’t forget about that design and build quality, which has set a standard in the industry. The device looks gorgeous and feels very solid, unlike any other Android smartphone I have held.
Its specs include a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 5-inch 1080p display, 32 GB of internal storage, a 2600 mAh battery and more. By the way, you can also get the HTC One M8 for Windows, which offers the same build quality and specs, but with Windows Phone packed inside.
iPhone 6 (or iPhone 6 Plus)
I know many of our readers are very much against Apple products, but we can’t deny their phones continue to be among the best in the industry. Their design is now iconic and the platform has the power to change the industry.
The iPhone 6 is beautiful, resourceful, very easy to use and carries a camera that will blow most camera phones out of the water. Not to mention, the battery life has been improved and the new design is surprisingly awesome.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is yet another one of those oversized smartphones. It sports a 5.7-inch QHD (2560x1440p) screen that leaves nothing to be desired. In addition, it comes packed with a 2.7 GHz quad-core processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and a large 3,220 mAh battery.
The device is also great at taking advantage of its ample screen real estate. In fact, I would say it’s the best at it, with many multi-tasking features and S-Pen functionality that no other device can match.
Nokia Lumia 1520
Well it seems like AT&T’s best phones list is full of large smartphones, but these really do deserve to be here. Especially the Nokia Lumia 1520, which is still one of the best Windows Phone devices around.
I happen to love it. It features the same awesome build quality and great design you can find in the whole Lumia line-up. It’s fast, it’s sleek and it’s powerful. It also comes with a 6-inch 1080p display that will keep your experience bright and vivid. And let’s not forget the hefty 3400 mAh battery, which offers 24 hours of talk time.
Alright, so I felt bad about putting so many “phablets” in this list and thought I would give you guys an extra device to choose from. The Moto X is a great smartphone, and the best part is that you can really make it yours.
Motorola allows you to modify colors, accents and even materials to your will when purchasing via Moto Maker. I happen to love the wooden back, but you can do whatever you want with it.
The device also comes with high-end specs and features that can’t be found in many other devices. For example, you can do voice commands and questions when the phone is asleep. In addition, the UI is very simple. The software is very close to vanilla Android, so if you don’t like the bells and whistles the Moto X will be a great choice.