Best 4G Phones

Check out the best 4G phones, as rated by Digital Trends’ expert reviewers.

Best 4G phones

The word 4G has been thrown around a lot in advertisements and marketing, but at Digital Trends, we no longer consider anything truly 4G unless its based on  LTE technology. LTE is roughly 10-20 times faster than 3G standards and is being implemented on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile to varying degrees. But what good is a 4G LTE network without LTE-capable phones? Below are our picks for the best 4G phones available today.

Our best 4G phones list is continually updated as we review new products that enter the market.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

With its slick body and brand-new S Pen, the Galaxy Note 5 is the best phablet you can buy.

  • Operating system Android
  • Launch OS version 5.1 (Lollipop)
  • RAM 4 GB
  • Format support AAC, MP3, WAV
  • Pros: Stylish look and quality build , Cool new S-Pen features , Comfortable to hold , Great camera…
  • Cons: Glass back picks up fingerprints , Samsung Pay isn’t out yet , Smaller, non-removable battery
Our Score 9
User Score 4

LG G4

The LG G4 is the best smartphone of 2015, and it’s camera is so good that it often outperforms the iPhone 6 Plus.

  • Thickness 0.25 in
  • Height 5.86 in
  • Width 3 in
  • Pros: Bright screen with gorgeous contrast , Excellent camera performance , Shooting in RAW and Manual…
  • Cons: Still made of plastic , UX features are a mixed bag , Battery life is average , Speaker quality is…
Our Score 9
User Score 10

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

If you’ve avoided previous iPhones because of their diminutive stature, take another look. The iPhone 6 Plus feels smoother than any other phone, sports a top-notch camera, and has the best app selection.

  • Release price $299.99
  • Thickness 0.28 in
  • Height 6.22 in
  • Width 3.06 in
  • Pros: Industry-leading design, build quality , Reachability feature makes size manageable , Fantastic…
  • Cons: 16GB storage on base model is not enough , Large size is too big for some hands , Specs aren’t…
Our Score 9
User Score 5

Apple iPhone 6

Even though the iPhone 6 is significantly bigger than every previous iPhone, it’s still a manageable size. If you’ve always used an iPhone and aren’t sure you want a phablet, the iPhone 6 might be the way to go.

  • Release date 9/19/2014
  • Release price $199.99
  • Thickness 0.27 in
  • Pros: Crisp, bigger screen , Premium build quality , Great camera with cool video features
  • Cons: Small battery , Not waterproof , No microSD card
Our Score 9
User Score 0

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 Active loses the fingerprint reader in favor of tactile buttons and a solid plastic shell. Inside, it’s the same powerful Galaxy S5, with long battery life and top-end performance.

  • Features Touchscreen, Front-facing camera, External storage, 4G
  • Release price $199.99
  • Operating system Android
  • Launch OS version 4.4
  • Thickness .35"
  • Pros: Very powerful, like the Galaxy S5 , Nice camera , Ruggedized exterior , Long battery life , MircoSD…
  • Cons: No fingerprint reader , Phone vibrates when speaker is cranked
Our Score 9
User Score 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Galaxy Note 4 is a shining example of how great a phablet can be. It's one of the best Android phones available today -- if not the very best.

  • Release date 10/17/2014
  • Release price $250
  • Thickness 0.33 in
  • Height 6 in
  • Width 3.1 in
  • Pros: Fantastic big-screen features , Cutting edge processing power , Great battery life , Best Android…
  • Cons: Not waterproof , S-Pen controls hidden in settings , No good way to manage screen size , S Pen…
Our Score 9
User Score 0

Motorola Moto X (2014)

Motorola wowed us with the first Moto X, but the second generation is even better. The improved screen, high-end processor, and endlessly customizable design make the 2014 Moto X a true flagship smartphone.

  • Release date 9/2014
  • Release price $99.99
  • Thickness 0.39 in
  • Height 5.54 in
  • Width 2.85 in
  • Pros: Personalized design , Fast processor , Great screen size
  • Cons: Not a great camera , Average battery life
Our Score 9
User Score 0

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 is another win for Samsung. If you’re looking to upgrade, there are a lot of watertight reasons to choose GS5.

  • Features Touchscreen, Front-facing camera, External storage, High resolution camera, HD video recording, 4G
  • Release date 4/11/2014
  • Release price $650
  • Operating system Android
  • Launch OS version 4.4.2
  • Pros: Fast, powerful processor , Clean, redesigned interface , Waterproof and dustproof , Built-in…
  • Cons: Stale design , Poor speaker quality , No KnockOn feature , Audio jack is on top of phone , Camera…
Our Score 9
User Score 5

Samsung Galaxy S6

The Galaxy S6 is the best-designed phone Samsung has ever created, and its interface is a true step ahead of the Android pack.

  • Release date 3/2015
  • Pros: Elegant and premium build , Gorgeous display , Better camera features and performance…
  • Cons: No longer waterproof , Non-removable battery , No memory expansion , Gets noticeably hot when pushed…
Our Score 9
User Score 7

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Sony has nailed a market segment that needs some love. The Z1 Compact is the best small smartphone running Android.

  • Features Touchscreen, High Resolution Camera, 4G
  • Operating System Android
  • Launch OS Version 4.3 GHz
  • Thickness 9.5 mm
  • Height 127 mm
  • Pros: Manageable size , Speedy performance , Premium design , Waterproof and dustproof , MicroSD support…
  • Cons: Fingerprint and dust magnet , Big bezels above and below screen , Flaps on ports , No selectable…
Our Score 9
User Score 3