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#1

Samsung Galaxy Note8

Samsung's flagship Note device with stunning 6.3" Infinity Display, 12MP Dual rear cameras and 6GB RAM

Features

  • 6.3 inch display
  • Android
  • 12MP camera
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 22 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$52/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From XFINITY Mobile
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 6 Carriers
#2

Samsung Galaxy S8

91/100
Easily Samsung's best phone yet. It's pricey, and there are a few feature misses, but none overshadow what a superb smartphone the Galaxy S8 is.

Features

  • 5.8 inch display
  • Android
  • 12MP camera
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 1 day

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$39.17/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Ting
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 18 Carriers
#3

Samsung Galaxy S7

96/100
The Galaxy S7 is Samsung's best phone yet. Regardless of what you are looking for in a phone, the Galaxy S7 has it and more. It will be a difficult phone to beat in 2016.

Features

  • 5.1 inch display
  • Android
  • 12MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 17 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$33.50/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From XFINITY Mobile
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 19 Carriers
#4

Samsung Galaxy S8+

88/100
Samsung could have the phone of the year right here – and it’s only March. The S8+ is a stunning piece of tech that redefines what a phone should look like. It also ticks all the right boxes when it comes to hardware, coming with a gorgeous display, refined water-resistant design, expandable storage and a great camera setup.The size might put some off, but others will adore the huge canvas.

Features

  • 6.2 inch display
  • Android
  • 12MP camera
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 1 day

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$43.33/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Ting
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 15 Carriers
#5

Motorola Moto E⁴

Budget-friendly Android 7.1 device with 5" display, 8MP camera and 2GB RAM

Features

  • 5 inch display
  • Android
  • 8MP camera
  • 16GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • 72mm wide

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$19.75/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Ting
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 9 Carriers
#6
Editor's Pick

Samsung Galaxy S5

88/100
Samsung doesn’t differentiate its Galaxy flagship this year as well as it has in the past, but this does not belie the fact that the Galaxy S5 is a well-built smartphone that absolutely gets the basics right.

Features

  • 5.1 inch display
  • Android
  • 16MP camera
  • 16GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 21 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$29.12/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Net10
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 6 Carriers
#7
Editor's Pick

Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB

90/100
The combination of this screen, this performance, this camera and Samsung’s outstanding engineering make the Galaxy S6 our favourite phone to date.

Features

  • 5.1 inch display
  • Android
  • 16MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 17 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$33.69/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Net10
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 9 Carriers
#8

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

96/100
Samsung's latest curved wonder is super-stylish, super-powered and simply all-round super

Features

  • 5.5 inch display
  • Android
  • 12MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • 72.6mm wide

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$35.50/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From XFINITY Mobile
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 11 Carriers
#9

LG G6

91/100
The G6 is a return to form for LG's smartphone ambitions, and is an good value, gimmick free flagship that just so happens to look hot as hell. Or alternatively, one might even say it's fly …much like a G6.

Features

  • 5.7 inch display
  • Android
  • 13MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • 71.9mm wide

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$33.58/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Ting
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 6 Carriers
#10

Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge

Android 6.0 device with 5" display, 5MP camera and 1.4GHz processor

Features

  • 5 inch display
  • Android
  • 5MP camera
  • 16GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 23 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $25 Upfront
On a:
$45/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Sprint
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 4 Carriers
#11

ZTE Sonata 3

Marshmallow Android phone with a quad-core processor and a fast mobile data support (4G)

Features

  • 5 inch display
  • Android
  • 5MP camera
  • 8GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 18 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$30/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Cricket
Via Outright Pricing (change)

Availability

On 1 Carrier
#12

LG Stylo 3 Plus

Android 7.0 phablet with stylus pen, fingerprint sensor, 13MP camera and 5.7" display

Features

  • 5.7 inch display
  • Android
  • 13MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 14 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $9 Upfront
On a:
$59/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From T-Mobile
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 2 Carriers
#13

Samsung Galaxy Amp 2

Android 6.0 smartphone with 4.5" display, 5MP camera and 1.3GHz Quad-core CPU

Features

  • 4.5 inch display
  • Android
  • 5MP camera
  • 8GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 12 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$30/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Cricket
Via Outright Pricing (change)

Availability

On 1 Carrier
#14

Essential Phone

Designed by Android co-founder Andy Rubin with 5.71" edge-to-edge display and scratch-, dent- and bend-resistant titanium frame

Features

  • 5.7 inch display
  • Android
  • 13MP camera
  • 128GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 23 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$54.58/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Sprint
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 1 Carrier
#15

LG Tribute 2 / Duo

Android 5.1 Lollipop device with 5MP camera, 4.5-inch screen and 1.2GHz quad-core processor

Features

  • 4.5 inch display
  • Android
  • 5MP camera
  • 8GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 16 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$49.99/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From FreedomPop
Via Outright Pricing (change)

Availability

On 3 Carriers
#16

CoolPad Catalyst

Android 5.1 device with 5MP camera, 1.1GHz Quad-Core CPU and 8GB ROM

Features

  • 5 inch display
  • Android
  • 5MP camera
  • 8GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 9 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $19 Upfront
On a:
$30/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From MetroPCS
Via Outright Pricing (change)

Availability

On 1 Carrier
#17

LG Stylo/Stylus 3

Android 7.0 Smartphone with stylus pen, fingerprint sensor, 13MP camera and 5.7" display

Features

  • 5.7 inch display
  • Android
  • 13MP camera
  • 16GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 1 day 1 hour

Pricing

Phone:
From $30 Upfront
On a:
$50/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Sprint
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 4 Carriers
#18

LG K20 Plus

Android 7.0 Nougat smartphone with finger print ID, large 5.3" HD display and 13 MP camera

Features

  • 5.3 inch display
  • Android
  • 13MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 14 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $8 Upfront
On a:
$58/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From T-Mobile
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 2 Carriers
#19

ZTE MAX XL

Android 7.1 device with 6" display, 13MP camera and 1.4GHz Octa-core CPU

Features

  • 6 inch display
  • Android
  • 13MP camera
  • 16GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 1 day 2 hours 36 minutes

Pricing

Phone:
From $25 Upfront
On a:
$45/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Sprint
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 2 Carriers
#20

LG Tribute HD

Android 6.0 smartphone with 5" HD display, 8MP camera and 1.3 GHz Quad-Core

Features

  • 5 inch display
  • Android
  • 8MP camera
  • 16GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 15 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $25 Upfront
On a:
$45/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Sprint
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 3 Carriers
#6
Editor's Pick

Samsung Galaxy S5

88/100
Samsung doesn’t differentiate its Galaxy flagship this year as well as it has in the past, but this does not belie the fact that the Galaxy S5 is a well-built smartphone that absolutely gets the basics right.

Features

  • 5.1 inch display
  • Android
  • 16MP camera
  • 16GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 21 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$29.12/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Net10
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 6 Carriers
#7
Editor's Pick

Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB

90/100
The combination of this screen, this performance, this camera and Samsung’s outstanding engineering make the Galaxy S6 our favourite phone to date.

Features

  • 5.1 inch display
  • Android
  • 16MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 17 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$33.69/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Net10
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 9 Carriers
#33
Editor's Pick

Motorola Moto Z² Force Edition

Updated model with shatter-resistant screen, dual 12MP rear camera, 4GB RAM and 2.35 GHz Octa-Core CPU

Features

  • 5.5 inch display
  • Android
  • 12MP camera
  • 64GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • 76mm wide

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$71.12/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From U.S. Cellular
Via Instalments + Upgrade Pricing (change)

Availability

On 5 Carriers
#72
Editor's Pick

Motorola Moto Z Play Droid

Customizable phone with Moto Mods, 16MP camera, 3GB RAM and up to 50 hours of mixed usage

Features

  • 5.5 inch display
  • Android
  • 16MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 2 days 2 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$69/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Verizon Wireless
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 2 Carriers
#77
Editor's Pick

Motorola Moto Z² Play

Updated model with 12MP camera with dual pixel autofocus, 3GB RAM and 2.2 GHz Octa-Core CPU

Features

  • 5.5 inch display
  • Android
  • 12MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 1 day 6 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$65/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Verizon Wireless
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 1 Carrier
#92
Editor's Pick

Samsung Galaxy Note5 32GB

Follow up to the flagship Note 4 with S Pen, 2.1GHz octa-core processor and 4GB RAM

Features

  • 5.7 inch display
  • Android
  • 16MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 1 day 1 hour

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$40.55/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Net10
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 2 Carriers
#145
Editor's Pick

LG G4

85/100
In terms of general build design, the LG G4 is exceptional. Like the G3, its large 5.5 inch screen makes little impact on the overall size of the device thanks to super-thin bezels. As a measure for comparison, the iPhone 6 Plus has the same-sized screen (with a lower resolution), but the G4 is almost a full 1cm shorter from bottom to top.

Features

  • 5.5 inch display
  • Android
  • 16MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 10 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $389 Upfront
On a:
$5/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From US Mobile
Via Outright Pricing (change)

Availability

On 1 Carrier
#177
Editor's Pick

Motorola Moto Z Droid

80/100
The Moto Z is a brilliant execution of an average idea. Through its Moto Mods system, Motorola has turned the idea of a modular smartphone where you can add and remove features on the fly into a simple, easy-to-use accessories. The problem is Moto Mods are fun, but not necessary. Mods aside, the Moto Z is a striking smartphone that almost feels like it's been ripped out of the future. There's a few quirks that come with "ultra-thin" territory, but the Moto Z is an interesting and innovative challenger device.

Features

  • 5.5 inch display
  • Android
  • 13MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 1 day 6 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$81/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Verizon Wireless
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 2 Carriers
#178
Editor's Pick

Motorola Moto Z Force Droid

Motorola's 2016 flagship phone with 21MP camera, 4GB RAM and customizable with Moto Mods

Features

  • 5.5 inch display
  • Android
  • 21MP camera
  • 32GB int. memory (useable capacity will be less)
  • Talk Time (3G): Up to 1 day 5 hours

Pricing

Phone:
From $0 Upfront
On a:
$85/mo Plan
Cheapest Price From Verizon Wireless
Via Installments Pricing (change)

Availability

On 1 Carrier
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