AT&T highest-rated handsets

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The Best AT&T Phones

We've got AT&T's highest-rated handsets, from rugged voice phones to ultra-powerful smartphones.

The Best AT&T Phones (Update)  


Now that you've chosen AT&T as your carrier, it's time to pick a phone. Luckily, AT&T has a plethora of choices—especially if you're looking for a touch-screen smartphone. But with so many options, and so many phones with unique capabilities, it can be tough to make a decision. And with most users signing up for two-year contracts, you certainly don't want to get stuck with a dud.

We're here to help. We put each new phone released by each of the major wireless carriers through a series of rigorous testing in the PCMag Labs to find out which ones live up to their ad copy and which ones are just phoning it in. If you're buying a phone on AT&T right now, these are the best you can get.

The first thing you need to decide is what type of user you are. Do you just need an inexpensive phone to make the occasional call home? If so, a simple voice phone will do you just fine. Text more than talk? Then check out our pick for the best texting phone.

If you're looking for something more advanced, then you're looking for a smartphone. The good news is that, as we discovered in our special report, The Fastest Mobile Networks, AT&T offers great 3G data speeds in the United States. But AT&T's new, super fast 4G LTE network is quickly expanding, so if you want a phone that stays relevant until the end of your contract, you should go for LTE.

And there are still plenty of users looking for a smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard instead of a touch-screen-only handset, so we've given at least one good option for each type.

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While two years is a long time to commit to anything, you really can't go wrong with any of the best-of-their-class phones below. But if you need more help buying a cell phone, check out our cell phone product guide for more recent reviews.


Not looking for a phone on AT&T? Check out our guides for the best phones on SprintT-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.


HTC One X 
 With Ice Cream Sandwich, a stunning screen, and fast AT&T LTE, the HTC One X is one of the top Android smartphones available today.

Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III 
Price: $199.99
 With top-of-the-line everything and plenty of innovative features, the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III delivers the ultimate LTE Android smartphone experience. 

LG Nitro HD 

Price: $49.99
 The LG Nitro HD combines AT&T's blazing 4G LTE with scorching dual-core performance and an incredible 720p display. 

Samsung Rugby Smart
Price: $99.99
The Samsung Rugby Smart is tough, fast, and slick—it's got pretty much everything you'd want in a rugged smartphone.

Apple iPhone 4S 
Price: $199.99-399.99
The Apple iPhone 4S for AT&T is the fastest iPhone there is, with an unbeatable app selection, but the world is moving to 4G.

Nokia Lumia 900 (AT&T)

Nokia Lumia 900 
Price: $99.99
The Nokia Lumia 900 is a powerful, easy-to-use Windows Phone. It's great, as long as you don't need Words With Friends or some other apps you might find on an iPhone or an Android phone



Samsung Captivate Glide 
Price: $99.99
 The Samsung Captivate Glide combines fast performance and a beautiful screen with an excellent physical keyboard.


Pantech Link II 
Price: $39.99
For texting fiends or anyone looking to avoid smartphone-like monthly fees, the Pantech Link II is a solid choice.


Samsung Rugby II SGH-A847 
Price: $99.99
 The Samsung Rugby II is a top choice for voice-focused consumers, field workers, and bargain hunters alike, with its excellent call quality and sensible pricing. 

Prices are with a two-year AT&T contract, and were accurate at the time of this writing.

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