Whether you’re looking for the latest and greatest flagship device or a more modest model for basic talking and texting, there’s no shortage of well-made smartphones on our ratings list (available to CR members).
Consumer Reports tests dozens of models each year, checking the basics, including how long the batteries last and how bright the displays are, along with premium features such as multicamera setups and the hinges on “foldable” phones.
But even the most lackluster of smartphones represents a leap in technology from a decade ago. And that means you don’t have to buy the No.1-rated phone to get a great product.
All but 15 of the 60 models currently in CR’s ratings have earned our recommendation. The top 20 are separated by just a few points.
So which is the best smartphone for you? Well, that depends. Are you willing to spend a little or a lot? Is daylong battery life your first priority, or is it a cutting-edge camera setup?
To help you out, here’s a range of smart options, based on our extensive lab testing.