Best Smartphones

Here’s our ranking of the best phones you can buy.

10. Blackberry Motion

The BlackBerry Motion is a full touchscreen model with similar design features found in the BlackBerry KEYone. It packs a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with a 650MHz Adreno 506 GPU and 4GB of RAM, a 5.5 inch 1920 x 1080 IPS LCD display, massive 4000 mAh battery to give you long battery life, 12 megapixel rear camera and 8 megapixel front camera, and microSD expansion card slot.

BlackBerry has been building a reputation for timely software and security updates, often releasing these updates just days after Google releases them to its Pixel line. BlackBerry Hub is also a very efficient communications tool to help you be more productive.

The BlackBerry Motion scored a solid 7.5/10 score in the full ZDNet review and is worth considering if you need a BlackBerry device to get your work done.

9. OnePlus 5T

If you’re looking for a huge bargain, the OnePlus 5T is the Android phone to get. It’s a fantastic phone that’s only made better by its incredible $500 starting price.

It comes with more memory than any other smartphone we’ve tried, guaranteeing top performance. On top of that, its great camera comes with a portrait mode that competes with those of the iPhone X and Google’s Pixel 2. And it has one of my favorite features in an Android phone: It runs a near-stock version of the operating system.

8. iPhone 7

Without a doubt, the iPhone 7 brings the best apps and ecosystem to its users. And by ecosystem, we mean the support you get from Apple if something goes wrong, as well as getting the latest software updates straight from Apple. It also works amazingly well with other Apple products, too, like the new AirPods wireless earphones.

The hardware also got a few improvements over the iPhone 6s, like water-resistance, a camera that performs better in low light, a more powerful processor than its predecessor, and even redesigned antenna bands.

7. iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 Plus is the best smartphone you can buy for the apps, ecosystem, water resistance, and its dual-lens camera.

The dual-lens camera is the key feature that places the larger iPhone 7 Plus in the top spot over the iPhone 7. It lets you take pictures with a professional-looking “bokeh” effect where the background is blurry in contrast to the subject — that particular feature won’t go live until later this year, but you can still use the iPhone 7 Plus’ second telephoto lens to achieve 2x optical zoom, which means it zooms into subjects without sacrificing picture quality like digital zoom does on most smartphone cameras.

6. Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8 Plus

The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are among the best-looking smartphones out right now. They’re more attractive than Apple’s iPhone 8 and sleeker than Samsung’s Note 8.

With the S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung refined the curved glass design it used with the S7. Meanwhile, the ultranarrow borders around the devices’ screens make them the new standard for premium smartphone design.

In addition to their good looks, the Galaxy S8 phones are full of great features. They’re water-resistant. They have taller-than-average screens, allowing you to see more of your apps or webpages. They support both fast and wireless charging and face and iris recognition.

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

With its gorgeous design, ultrathin borders around its screen, a beautiful display, fast performance, a dual-lens camera system, and fancy stylus-based features, the Note 8 takes the best attributes of Samsung’s Galaxy S and Note smartphone lines and smashes them together into a phone that’s hard to beat.

4. Google Pixel 2 XL

The Pixel 2 XL has nearly the same components and features that make the Pixel 2 great. But it comes in a bigger package with a larger display and a fresher-looking design. The Pixel 2 XL isn’t the best-looking Android phone, but with the narrow borders around its screen, it looks sleeker and more refined than its smaller sibling or its predecessors from last year.

And the unadulterated Android experience it offers is unbeatable.

Users and reviewers initially reported encountering several problems with the Pixel 2 XL, mostly with its screen. Some reported that the colors it displayed weren’t as vibrant as those on other top Android phones. Google later issued an update that made colors appear more vibrant.

3. Apple iPhone 8 / 8 plus

The new Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus look like the iPhone 7/7 Plus, but have glass backs for wireless charging support. In addition the new iPhones have a slightly improved processor, improved camera, and improved LCD display.

There are stereo speakers for good sound performance, but no standard 3.5mm headphone jack. These new iPhones do have fast charging support so they can gain up to 50 percent of battery capacity in 30 minutes.

There is no longer an 128GB capacity option with 64GB and 256GB models available. The iPhone 8 is priced at $699 and $849 while the iPhone 8 Plus is priced at $749 and $949.

2. Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9 Plus

Samsung recently announced the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus with devices arriving in the hands of buyers this week. It’s an evolution in the Galaxy S line, but one that leads as close to perfection as you can expect for a smartphone today.

Samsung’s Infinity Display continues to take the top spot with every new release, trumping the Apple iPhone X that lived in that spot for a few months. There is 6GB of RAM, the fastest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile processor, a rear dual aperture camera, another one with super slow motion support (S9 Plus only), the ability to add inexpensive microSD cards, improved Bixby assitant and a hardware button dedicated to its use, Samsung Pay payment technology, wireless and fast charging, IP68 dust and water resistance, a USB Type-C standard port, and traditional 3.5mm headset jack. It also launches with Android 8.0 Oreo. There is nothing missing from the Galaxy S9 Plus and it deserves the top spot.

1. Apple iPhone X

It’s undeniable. The iPhone X is the best smartphone on the market today. It is the highest price mass market phone to launch with a starting price of $999 for 64GB and $1,149 for 256GB, but it seems the majority of people are buying it on a payment plan so that the cost is spread out over time and not as shocking as a lump sum price.

The iPhone X is the first unique iPhone design we have seen since the original iPhone launched 10 years ago. It has a large 5.8-inch front display with minimal bezels and no front home button. A Samsung OLED panel is used for the first time on an iPhone. There is a dual rear camera setup with a new way to use the iPhone due to the lack of a home button and traditional power button.

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