Verizon’s best rated smartphone is Samsung Galaxy Note II. Razr Maxx HD, Droid DNA and iPhone 5 follow
Let’s say you want to buy a new smartphone from Verizon, and you’re curious to know what current users are thinking about the carrier’s line-up. Well, we’ve spent some time analyzing customer reviews online, and found out that the Samsung Galaxy Note II is Verizon’s best rated smartphone at the moment.
The Note II is rated 4.8 (out of 5 stars), with 96% of customers recommending it.
Verizon launched the Samsung Galaxy Note II in November 2012, for $299.99 on contract. The device’s price has not changed since then, although you can buy it for less if you’re willing to get it from Amazon or Wirefly. The Note II runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and is Verizon’s largest smartphone, sporting a 5.5 inch display (Super AMOLED, 1280 x 720 pixels), and featuring an S Pen (alongside a slew of dedicated applications for it).
The second best rated Verizon smartphone is the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD – 4.7 out of 5, with 93% of customers recommending it. The Razr Maxx HD costs as much as the Galaxy Note II ($299.99 on contract), but, again, Amazon lets you have it for less. In case you’re wondering, the regular Razr HD is rated 4.4.
The third place goes to yet another Android handset, namely the HTC Droid DNA (4.6), which was released in November as the first 1080p smartphone to hit the US market. It is currently available for $199.99 with a new 2-yr agreement.
Apple’s iPhone 5 – offered for prices starting at $199.99 (16GB model) – is on the fourth place, with a 4.5 rating. The same rating is shared by two other devices: HTC 8X with Windows Phone 8 ($99.99 on contract), and LG Spectrum 2 ($49.99 on contract).
The Galaxy S III (Samsung’s most popular smartphone ever, sold in more than 40 million units worldwide) only has a 4.2 rating at Verizon. It costs $199.99 on contract (16GB version).
The lowest ratings go to RIM’s BlackBerry Curve 9310 (2.6) and Pantech’s Breakout (2.4), which are offered for $49.99, and $0, respectively.
Back to the Samsung Galaxy Note II – it’s clear that the South Korean company has a winner here. Well, actually this was clear since the company announced that 5 million Note IIs had been shipped around the world. Still, the 4.8 rating seen at Verizon doesn’t necessarily mean all users would be happy with a Note II. Many may find it too big, or they might prefer iOS, or Windows Phone over Android. In fact, numbers show that no less than 6.2 million Verizon customers have bough an iPhone (including older models) from Verizon in Q4 2012, with other 3.6 million getting Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry handsets.
So the iPhone wins when it comes to sales numbers, but the Galaxy Note II offers higher customer satisfaction.