The best phones deliver great cameras, the performance you need to multitask and the battery life to last the whole day. And with the Samsung Galaxy S21 series now available, there are some new top picks in our rankings.
When it comes to buying a new phone, some people may prefer to have the biggest display possible along with the most advanced specs. And others want a solid mid-range phone that delivers all the basics without feeling cheap. To help you pick the best smartphone for you, we test dozens of handsets in the lab and in the real world to make our recommendations.
Our best smartphone list has something for everyone, including great bargains under $500 and under $300. We’ve ranked all the top phones based on our testing. Here are the best phones right now.
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What are the best phones?
Based on our testing, the new iPhone 12 Pro Max remains the best phone overall, as it delivers great photos, a huge 6.7-inch display, 5G connectivity and the fastest performance of any handset. While other iPhone 12 models impress, the Pro Max gives you the most screen real estate along with the longest long battery life.
If you prefer Android, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, is the best Android phone you can buy. It boasts a dynamic 120Hz display, dual telephoto zoom lenses and optional S Pen support (a first for Galaxy S phones). The regular Galaxy S21 impresses too, thanks to its own dynamic display, camera improvements and sleeker design.