Best Verizon smartphones for summer & fall

There are some fantastic smartphones heading to Verizon in the next few months and just in case you were only thinking of the Samsung Galaxy S3 or Apple iPhone 5 we wanted to show you that there are some other great alternatives. However we’ve included those two in our look at some of the best Verizon smartphones for summer and fall as they are likely to be the major sellers over the next few months. Read on for our pick on what’s coming soon on Verizon.

We’re just looking at smartphones that we know are headed to Verizon although there are other phones we know of but carriers have not yet been confirmed. We should also remind you that the new Windows Phone 8 OS is due soon and the BlackBerry 10 OS in the fall and there will be no doubt be devices running on those operating systems showing up soon. This is not intended to be a list of every single Verizon phone to be released over the coming months, just a pick of some of the very best so it may help you make your mind up if you’re intending to purchase a new smartphone soon. We have not listed official specs and features for each as some have not yet been confirmed but we have given either official specs or an idea of what to expect.

Firstly we have to start with the Galaxy S3 (S III), the flagship Samsung smartphone that has just been released in some regions and is set to be launched on Verizon on July 9 or 10. The release date has not yet been confirmed and it looks as though it will be available on other US carriers first but there’s still not too much longer to wait, hopefully.

Specs and features of the Verizon Galaxy S3 include a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display with Corning Glass 2.0, 8-megapixel rear camera with HD video capture, 1.9-megapixel front-facing shooter, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB internal storage and 4G LTE connectivity and it runs on Android 4.0 ICS. It will be in Pebble Blue or Marble White and is priced at $199.99 for the 16GB model or $249.99 for the 32GB model. As far as many people in the know are concerned, if you’re an Android enthusiast then this is the one to beat.

Next up we have the other handset heading to the top of the field, the Apple iPhone 5, an iOS device. This is not yet confirmed and even the name has not yet been finalized and so it could be the New iPhone or indeed anything else. As this has not yet been officially announced and specs and features are not yet confirmed, you may wonder why we’re including this. Simply on past performances we know that the next iPhone will be good and we also know that it will be a huge seller. Rumored specs and features include an A5X or A6 processor, LTE connectivity, a larger 4-inch screen than the iPhone 4S along with higher resolution, iOS 6, higher capacity battery and also a step up in camera. To tie in with everything else we don’t know so far for the iPhone 5 we also don’t know a release date or pricing or carriers but we have include this because Verizon is pretty much guaranteed to carry it. Although many people had hoped to hear about it at WWDC last week we had said this seemed unlikely and a fall release is still the most widely-expected timeframe.

Next look at the LG Optimus LTE2, formerly known as the VS930. The name of this could yet be changed before launch and there is still no official release date but we do know that it will be carried by Verizon and was rumored for the summer. We also told recently how shipping boxes had been spotted for the U.S. so hopefully that’s a positive sign for an imminent release. Specs that make this one stand out are 2GB of RAM and other inclusions expected are a 4.7-inch HD display, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 2150mAh battery and of course 4G LTE connectivity and it will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. No price news on this one yet.

The HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE is another smartphone much awaited on Verizon. We have an unconfirmed release date for this of June 21 and specs and features include a 4-inch Super LCD display, 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 8GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD), 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE connectivity, HTC Beats Audio and Android 4.0 ICS. The expected price of this one is around $299 on contract.

Another to consider is the Motorola Droid RAZR HD aka the Droid Fighter with rumored specs and features that include a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core CPU, 4.6-inch Super AMOLED HD display, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE connectivity, 13-megapixel camera, 3300mAh battery and Android 4.0 ICS. There have been indications of a release soon but nothing solid yet although it will be here in the coming months. So far the price is not yet known.

That completes our look and we feel that all of these smartphones have a lot to offer. We believe these to be the cream of the crop of Verizon smartphones coming in summer and fall although more could be on the way that we haven’t yet heard about. If you have any ideas for other upcoming Verizon smartphones that you think should be included then let us know by sending your comments. Have you decided on one of these smartphones as your next phone purchase? If so let us know which is your pick and why?


12 thoughts on “Best Verizon smartphones for summer & fall”

  1. Bella839 says:

    HTC Droid Incredible 4G Lte. I have an old one from 2-3 yrs ago and it’s been great! But it just can’t handle how advanced new apps are and runs out of space. While many people I know have been through at least 2 iphones, my lil droid continued to work properly. I fear though that all these new phones were made to be dispensible and force people to always have to buy new models. I hope my next Incredible performs just as well as my current droid! ….hmmm that LG Optimus looks super nice too.

  2. Glen49 says:

    Major driver for SGS3 is that this id the last new 4g phones that will be elegible for users to upgrade and keep their unlimited data plans. Verizon will end unlimited data for those who currently have it and upgrade on June 28. Even though the S3 will be released after this date, those who preorder may retain their unlimited data plans.

  3. yarrellray says:

    It will be the GALAXY S3 for me but not on Verizon. They will be dumped for T-Mobile instead. I want an untouched model from an software standpoint where I can download the applications I want T-Mobile will allow choice to it’s customers not a device with pre installed bloatware apps from carrier like the Verizon model. Plus I want a GSM device ONLY after the fiasco with the CDMA Verizon Galaxy Nexus verizon can take a hike..

  4. Janet says:

    I have preordered the Samsung Galaxy S3 on Verizon.  I am thinking of switching to T-Mobile as their plans are cheaper and give you more.  Also the Droid Incredible really looks tempting but I can’t afford that hefty price.  I had one before and it was really a good phone.  So, I’m probably going to stick with the Galaxy S3; but, not sure on what carrier.

  5. Trejo495 says:

    I am waiting for the iphone 5. I’m with Verizon at the current time, however, the way Verizon is messing with their customers, i might have to wait until it comes out through Tmobile and just switch carrier.

  6. eestubbs104 says:

    Does anyone know if these phones have replaceable batteries?  Galaxy S3, LG Optimus LTE2, HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE or the Motorola Droid RAZR HD. They all seem to have nice battery capacity, but I would still like to beabel to change the battery.

    1. Doctordhd says:

       In addition to knowing whether they have a replaceable batter, you should also see what you need to do to replace it.  On the original Droid all you did was slide off the back.  On the Thunderbolt, you have to snap the case open.  Not something you want to do several times a day to change to a freshly charged battery!

      1. Eestubbs104 says:

        You are completely right, I still remember the first time I changed the battery on my Thunderbolt, I dreaded it and also did a little cosmetic damage to the cover (I think while using a nail file).  Took me a while to learn how to do it right.

        Thanks for reminding me  🙂

  7. what’s the best way to determine which phone would be ideal to go with for my first smartphone. I have a Macbook but also a PC at home and office. is there a simplified site to help me decide pros and cons?

  8. Jblack says:

    My verizon Droid Razr Maxx has a really bad battery overheating problem that drains the life of the battery out in a few minutes.  It gets so hot it burns your hand (or too hot to leave in your pocket)!  Great phone when the battery is not dead!  This phone will not be in the market long with this battery overheating problem.  Did I mention this is my second one in 90 days and they tell me they never saw this problem before.  It is all over the internet.

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