So far in 2016, a water-resistant flagship phone has returned, a modular design made its grand entrance and a familiar brand adopted a new operating system. There’s plenty of the year still to come, but here are the best Verizon phones to date:
Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge
A supercharged duo in every way, Samsung’s newest models are water-resistant and beautifully designed.
You’ll be obsessed with: Submerge either of these phones in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes, and they’ll keep on keeping on. Their IP68 rating means they’re dust-resistant too. That means less worry when you’re caught in the rain or the sawdust is flying during home repairs.
Only in 2016: A dual-pixel camera that focuses quickly and precisely. Also a game changer: taking photos in the low light of a dim restaurant or outside at dusk. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge capture 95 percent more light compared to their predecessors, which gives you a much brighter, sharper image.
Spec spotlight: 5.5 inches. That’s the size of the Quad HD Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy S7 edge. Big. Bright. Beautiful. And dual-edged to boot. The Galaxy S7 is 5.1 inches.
Made to interact with friends (human and electronic ones), this flagship smartphone features a metal body and an Always-On display, meaning you can check notifications or the time without wearing down your battery or having to press a button.
You’ll be obsessed with: The wide-angle rear camera. No need to take a step back to fit your family lineup in the frame. At 135 degrees, it captures more than the eye can see. That means room for more pinks and oranges in that sunrise photo or taller buildings during your trip downtown.
Only in 2016: A modular design that lets you attach exclusive accessories, or LG Friends, to the phone. Just slide out the battery and slide in the LG CAM Plus. It helps you hold your phone like a traditional point-and-shoot camera, with buttons to record, zoom and more. The LG 360 CAM creates immersive 360-degree panoramic images.
Spec spotlight: 800 nits—that’s the brightness of the screen. It makes the G5 much brighter than your typical phone display (the LG G4™, for comparison, has 500 nits).
Related: LG G5 vs. G4: How do they compare?
PRIV™ by BlackBerry®
Take BlackBerry’s exclusive productivity features, put them on the Android™ operating system and you’ve got the PRIV.
You’ll be obsessed with: The beloved QWERTY keyboard that slides in and out of the phone and lets you type with physical keys. It doubles as a touch-sensitive trackpad, so you can scroll without putting your finger on the screen. And you can use the keyboard to launch custom shortcuts, such as adding a new contact. If swiping is your thing, the touch keyboard is still there, too.
Only in 2016: A one-stop dashboard that helps you monitor privacy and control app access to your camera, location, microphone and personal info. DTEK™ shows at a glance the security rating for your settings, including which screen lock you choose and remote device management. It also offers recommendations to improve your security.
Spec spotlight: A 3,410 mAh battery that offers up to 22.5 hours of battery life.