Best Smartphone

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Best Verizon Smartphone:

Verizon has an impressive selection of smart devices which keep getting better as this carrier continues to build out its 4G network; it's becoming less of an early adopter concern and of more interest to general consumers. All of the major cell phone operating systems are represented in Verizon's lineup, with the winner of the Apple iOS vs. Google Android debate ultimately being up to the consumer.

Smartphones now represent the leading edge of consumer electronics, so we’ve chosen the best Verizon smartphones because of their cutting edge technology such as superior camera quality and video capabilities, their excellent compatibility with current and emerging wireless data and voice standards as well as their exceptionally clear display screens. We’ve also consider their practical benefits of these phone, each having lengthy battery lives and housing construction with durable materials to stand up to the rigors of everyday use and occasional fumbles.

iPhone 6s Plus - Verizon

Though it doesn’t look much different than last year’s model, the iPhone 6S is practically an entirely new smartphone. With the addition of harder glass and aluminum, 3D Touch and an improved camera, the iPhone 6S Plus offers upgraders a lot of bang for their buck, making it one of the best buys in smartphones. Read Full Review

iPhone 6s Plus - Verizon

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 - Verizon

Samsung keeps its phablet lineup at the top of the smartphone game with the Note 5. It packs features that are required featured for this year’s crop of premium smartphones, including 4K video and a fingerprint scanner. Additionally it offers extra features like S Pen and being able to pay on non-NFC point of sale devices with Samsung Pay. Read Full Review

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    Samsung Galaxy Note 5 - Verizon

    Google Nexus 6P by Huawei 128gb Aluminum color

    The Google Nexus 6P is notable for delivering pure Android experience, namely no skins, overlays, or any modification to the Android operating system. The phone holds its own when it comes to the included features which boast a fingerprint scanner and 12 megapixel camera that also shoots 4K video. What will be of most interest to those who live on the bleeding edge is the inclusion of a USB-C port, one of the first on a smartphone. Read Full Review

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      Google Nexus 6P by Huawei 128gb Aluminum color

      LG G4 Deep Blue Smartphone - Verizon Wireless

      LG takes what worked on its previous premium offering, the G3, making tweaks to keep the phone competitive in the hyper-competitive mobile market. A better camera sensor and faster processor are the improvements users will take notice of first, along with a truly beautiful display. Read Full Review

      LG G4 Deep Blue Smartphone - Verizon Wireless

      Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

      Although it’s the oldest phone (by about six months) and smaller devices on this list, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge packs high performance, the same image sensor as its larger cousins (the Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+). It also includes optical image stabilization, something the like-sized iPhone 6S and 6 lack. Read Full Review

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        Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

        Best Budget Verizon Smartphone:

        Like most technology, what's initially exclusive becomes commonplace and the same applies to mobile phones. With the explosion of smartphones, it was only a matter of time before they became an everyday device. If you're looking for a new phone, now is the time to consider upgrading to a smartphone as the selection of models and features each can offer are excellent. We've chosen the following best budget Verizon smartphone because of their extended battery lives which can realistically last through a full day of voice, texting, and data usage, they feature durable designs allowing each to survive the rigors of every wear and tear complete with fumbles and drops, enhanced photo/video capabilities, and equipped with excellent camera technology for capturing crisp photo stills and video.

        iPhone 6s Plus - Verizon

        Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus is still an impressive piece of technology, a year after its initial release. Though the company’s released a newer version of the device, the lowered price means that this very capable smartphone can be had at an affordable price. Read Full Review

        iPhone 6s Plus - Verizon

        Motorola Droid Turbo

        While Motorola’s Droid series of phones seems to have been on its last breath, the Droid Turbo proves that there’s a lot of life left in the name. Matching a blazingly fast processor with 21 megapixel sensor, the Droid Turbo also features a kevlar/metallized glass fiber body with a screen in Gorilla Glass 3. Read Full Review

        Motorola Droid Turbo

        Motorola Moto X - 2nd Generation (Verizon)

        The second generation Moto X is the phone the first model should have been. With its larger screen, ring flash for its 13 megapixel camera and metal frame, it’s put together very well at a very attractive price. Read Full Review

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          Motorola Moto X - 2nd Generation (Verizon)

          Apple iPhone 5s (Verizon)

          Two years after its initial release, the iPhone 5S still receives updates from Apple is and is compatible with most, if not all, of the apps in its App Store. It’s the oldest phone Apple sells, but it is also the only phone that still fits comfortably in a pocket and with its Touch ID and 64 bit processor, it will continue to be useful for at least a few more years. Read Full Review

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            Apple iPhone 5s (Verizon)

            Motorola Droid Mini (Verizon)

            Android users who are heavy picture takers will be drawn to the Droid Mini’s 10 megapixel sensor. It also comes with the latest version of its 4.4 KitKat operating system and other solid features as well. Read Full Review

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              Motorola Droid Mini (Verizon)

              Best T-Mobile Smartphone:

              Today's most sought after personal devices are smartphones with wars waged online over whose platform is best, whether its Apple's iOS, Google's Android, or BlackBerry. In a recent study, teens and college-aged students ranked a smartphone as more desirable than a car. Being able to use the mobile device of one's choice at work is also ranked highly as an employment perk.

              That said, T-Mobile offers a competitive portfolio of smartphones, including many Android devices, Apple's iPhone and of course Microsoft which is the latest entrant to the modern smartphone “gold rush”. These best T-Mobile smartphones were chosen for their high tech still photography and video camera capabilities, large display screens for easy navigation, lengthy battery lives, and solid construction for absorbing the rigors of daily use and abuse.

              Apple iPhone 6 Plus

              The iPhone 6S Plus may look like more of the iPhone 6 sameness, but there’s a lot going on under the hood. The only thing that’s the same is the design as the metal shell, glass screen, internal processor and even the camera have all been upgraded. There’s even a new way to interact with the phone with the addition of the 3D Touch feature. Read Full Review

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                Apple iPhone 6 Plus

                Samsung Note 5 - T-Mobile

                Samsung’s Note series introduced the world to the concept of a phablet. With increasing competition from all corners, even Apple, the Note 5 defends Samsung’s claim to the large format phone admirably and is possibly the best Android phone available. Users will mark improvements in with its biometric security, screen resolution and the addition of a very usable Samsung Pay. Read Full Review

                Samsung Note 5 - T-Mobile

                Nexus 6p

                While previous Nexus phones have been touted as "reference" devices for developers, Google’s Nexus 6P is being hailed as a premium, lust-worthy device in its own right. The combination of a high resolution screen, excellent camera and a very usable fingerprint scanner makes for one of the best devices available. However, a pure Android experience is the draw for many of its users. Read Full Review

                Nexus 6p

                LG G4

                The LG G4 is the only phone on this list that with a feature that used to be common with Android devices: expandability. While the trend among Android manufacturers is to seal off the battery and data storage, LG continues to offer replaceable batteries and microSD card slots in a very attractive and very capable device. Read Full Review

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                  LG G4

                  Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - T-Mobile

                  The older Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge offers something its larger, newer cousins, the Note 5 and Edge+ do not, a monstrous 128GB option. If you use a lot of data, the S6 Edge is strongly worth considering. With its exceptional camera, Samsung Pay and biometric security, this smartphone more than keeps up with the competition. Read Full Review

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                    Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - T-Mobile

                    Best Budget T-Mobile Smartphone:

                    The proliferation of smartphones means they can now be obtained at a fraction of their once inaccessible costs. These devices allowing you to send multimedia text messages, access the internet and log in to a range of social media channels from Twitter to Facebook. This list is dedicated to helping you navigate middle- to low-end of smartphones and finding you the best device for your needs.

                    We've chosen these best budget phones from T-Mobile because they all have at least a 5 megapixel camera, which is a testament to how important mobile photography has become. These phones also feature Gorilla glass or other durable materials which protect the display against accidental breakage, at least 8 GB of storage or a microSD slot for additional data storage, a battery life lasting of over 9 hours with regular usage, and finally their screens are all a minimum of four inches.

                    Apple iPhone 6 Plus

                    With its larger screen and optical image stabilizer, Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus is the better choice among the company’s two older offerings. But even if you do choose the smaller of the two devices, you’ll be getting a top-notch smartphone that has an excellent balance of performance and price.
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                      Apple iPhone 6 Plus

                      LG G Stylo (Boost Mobile)

                      Are you enamored with phablet with a stylus, but can’t afford the more costly options? LG’s G Stylo may be the smartphone for you. By combining a 5.7 inch IPS display, an excellent camera sensor and, of course, a stylus, the Stylo is smart buy for the Android user. Read Full Review

                      LG G Stylo (Boost Mobile)

                      Samsung Galaxy Grand

                      The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime might be a lower-priced version of its S-series smartphones, but it does have a feature its more expensive counterpart lacks as it accepts microSD cards. While this seems like a minor detail, it is something Samsung loyalists have missed with the latest versions of the company’s flagships.
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                      Samsung Galaxy Grand

                      LG Leon

                      Though LEON is designed for those who require a less costly smartphone, LG packs many of the same Android-specific feature of its more expensive phones into it. Selfies can be taken with a gesture and the device can be locked down with a series of knock on the phone. Read Full Review

                      LG Leon

                      Apple iPhone 5s (T-Mobile)

                      Users on a budget, but who still require an iPhone should strongly consider the iPhone 5S. Though it is the older phone Apple offers for sale, its Touch ID and processor means that it will be of use for several more years before it’s retired.
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                      Apple iPhone 5s (T-Mobile)

                      Best AT&T Smartphone:

                      As one of the largest mobile carriers in the United States, the AT&T wireless lineup of devices encompasses all of the major smartphone platforms. However, the range of amazing choices available to the consumer also means there's sometimes too much to choose from. Competition is fierce among mobile manufacturers and it's a safe bet that any premium smartphone includes features like LTE networking and high definition video cameras.

                      We’ve selected the best AT&T smartphones currently available based on features such their LTE networking for high speed cellular data, their quality touch screen displays which are manufactured with Gorilla glass or similar hardened material to survive those accidental drops, cameras which capture images of exceptional quality with a minimum of 8 megapixel sensors, their ability to wirelessly communicate with other devices thanks to near field communications (NFC) chips, and their real world battery performance of at least 10 hours.

                      Apple iPhone 6 Plus - AT&T

                      Apple’s larger phablet edges out its smaller sibling with a bigger screen and a camera with better performance. But the wealth of features on both phones which include an improved housing, a blazingly fast processor and a better camera than last year’s iPhone 6, just to start, will keep dedicated iPhone users happy. Read Full Review

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                        Apple iPhone 6 Plus - AT&T

                        Samsung Galaxy Note 5

                        The Android ecosystem moves fast and Samsung’s latest phablet keeps up with the increasing demands of its users. First class components like a premium 16 megapixel camera that shoots 4K and a wider usability for Samsung Pay makes the Note 5 a great device for fans of large format phones. Read Full Review

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                          Samsung Galaxy Note 5

                          Google Nexus 6P by Huawei 128gb Aluminum color

                          For fans of a pure Google device, the Nexus 6P is the latest straight, no-chaser Android device, meaning it features no skins or modifications. It holds up well to comparable devices from other devices with regards to its overall performance and camera capability and blazes new ground with the inclusion of USB-C as its connector. Read Full Review

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                            Google Nexus 6P by Huawei 128gb Aluminum color

                            LG G4 Metallic Gray Smartphone - AT&T

                            Last year’s LG G3 won praise for the company and it builds off that success with the G4. While the G4 looks in many ways like the G3, it sports a higher-resolution camera sensor, a better processor, and a beautiful screen. It’s also the only device on this list that offers storage expandability and a replaceable battery. Read Full Review

                            LG G4 Metallic Gray Smartphone - AT&T

                            Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - AT&T

                            Though smaller than the other phones on this list, the Galaxy S6 Edge holds its own. It comes equipped with a highly regarded 16 megapixel sensor, optical image stabilization, and a 128GB storage option that curiously isn’t available on its larger counterparts. Read Full Review

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                              Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge - AT&T

                              Best Budget AT&T Smartphone:

                              If you're looking for a budget mobile device with up-to-date technological capabilities, there's no reason not to take a hard look at these smartphones from AT&T. These high tech phones have proliferated to the point where a range of affordable models are now available to the average consumer.

                              Additional data charges for accessing the internet and utilizing many popular apps are a consideration, but buyers should realize the advantages of having these powerful resources in the palm of their hand. If you're considering getting into the world of smartphones or just want a new inexpensive phone, these models are your best bet.

                              We've chosen the following best budget AT&T smartphones because they've all been designed with durable construction in mind which is resistant to damage, their extended battery lives which allow each pick to keep up with user performance demands, and the inclusion of enhanced options which standard with each device such as crisp photo/video capabilities and hands-free, voice command technology.

                              Apple iPhone 6 Plus - AT&T

                              Apple’s introduction of the iPhone 6 Plus meant it entered the phablet market. Though it refined the device with this year’s iteration of the device (the 6S Plus), the original 6 Plus is a less-costly alternative. This smartphone is packed with technology like Apple Pay and a gorgeous 5.5 inch screen, ensuring it will be of use for years to come. Read Full Review

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                                Apple iPhone 6 Plus - AT&T

                                LG G Flex2, Platinum Silver 32GB (AT&T)

                                LG’s G Flex2 budget phablet is easy on the pocketbook, but its camera will make its users smile. Using a 13 megapixel sensor, the Flex2 also features high-end extras like a laser autofocusing system, a floating lens for stability and it can shoot video in 4K. Read Full Review

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                                  LG G Flex2, Platinum Silver 32GB (AT&T)

                                  HTC A9 (AT&T)

                                  The HTC One A9 continues the company’s tradition of excellent flagship devices. The One A9 is one of the most competitively-priced flagship smartphones available and is one of the few to come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. Read Full Review

                                  HTC A9 (AT&T)

                                  LG G2 (AT&T)

                                  If you’re on a budget, the LG G2 phablet is an excellent phone to add to your short list. With a very capable processor, excellent screen and camera that delivers great shots and video, the G2 delivers amazing value. Read Full Review

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                                    LG G2 (AT&T)

                                    Apple iPhone 5s (AT&T)

                                    The best argument for the Apple 5S (which is the currently the oldest iPhone sells) may not just be financial, but portability as well. It is the only phone in the company’s lineup that will fit comfortably in a pocket, and it features key technologies that will make it of use for at least a few more years. Read Full Review

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                                      Apple iPhone 5s (AT&T)

                                      Best Sprint Smartphone:

                                      With Sprint getting on board with Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile networking, the cell phone carrier is getting serious about selling the devices people want. From the Apple iPhone to the Samsung Galaxy, Sprint’s catalog of phones is expanding as fast as its building cell towers. As one of the underdogs among the nation's largest carriers, Sprint has become serious about offering competitive deals for its voice, text, and data plans as well as putting new devices into the hands of its customers.

                                      These best Sprint smartphones were selected for their 8 megapixel minimum cameras which can take high resolution pictures and shoot excellent video, provide onboard data storage of at least 16GB, offer near field communications (NFC) for wireless data transfer between devices and/or mobile payments, battery life assuring a 10 hour minimum of web browsing, talking, texting and emailing, as well as having user-friendly interfaces for easy phone navigation.

                                      iPhone 6s Plus - Sprint

                                      The biggest mistake one can make in evaluating the iPhone 6S Plus is to dismiss it as the same phone as the 6 Plus because of its appearance. Apple has ripped out and made new a smartphone that was very capable to begin with. A new case, new glass, new processor, new camera and a new processor are just of the improvements that will delight users. Read Full Review

                                      iPhone 6s Plus - Sprint

                                      Samsung Galaxy Note 5 - Sprint

                                      With increasing competition, Samsung continues to make one of the best large format smartphones. The Note 5 is the best Android phablet and, as long as the user is agnostic regarding operating systems, is one of the best smartphones, period. Read Full Review

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                                        Samsung Galaxy Note 5 - Sprint

                                        Google Nexus 6P - Sprint

                                        While Google's Nexus line has been around for years, the Nexus 6P is garner positive buzz because of its features. A gorgeous screen, a superb camera, a fingerprint scanner that works and Google Wallet are all great reasons for users (any user actually) to pick this phone up. However, for power users, the draw here is straight, unfiltered Android goodness. Read Full Review

                                        Google Nexus 6P - Sprint

                                        LG G4 - Sprint

                                        LG's G4 builds on the strengths of its breakthrough device from the previous year, the G3. It enhances its camera resolution, upgrades its processor and continues to deliver an amazing screen. Most importantly, for those who miss adding to their data storage and who require a battery swap, the G4 is still user-accessible when it comes to its microSD slot and power supply. Read Full Review

                                        LG G4 - Sprint

                                        Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

                                        The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is the smallest phone on this list, but don't let its size stop you from considering it. It sports many of the same features as its larger cousins, the Note 5 and Edge+; it also has an option for 128GB of storage, which Samsung doesn't offer on their new phablets. Read Full Review

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                                          Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

                                          Best Budget Sprint Smartphone:

                                          With a smartphone, on-the-go information access more than makes up for the increased price for additional data service. These devices are increasingly becoming a necessity as the price point of these devices keeps dropping. If you’re on Sprint and considering making the switch to a smartphone, consider these budget smartphones. The best budget Sprint smartphones phones on this list are here because they feature at least 8GB of storage or their memory can be expanded with the use of microSD cards, each have robust battery life which can deliver a minimum nine hours of real world usage including talk, text, browsing, email and app usage, and lastly they feature large, touch sensitive screens which measure a minimum of four inches.

                                          iPhone 6s Plus - Sprint

                                          Apple’s first attempt at a phablet, the iPhone 6 Plus, proved to be what many users wanted. Though it’s been replaced by a newer model, the iPhone 6 Plus continues to be a great device and is still a great choice for users on a budget looking to upgrade. Read Full Review

                                          iPhone 6s Plus - Sprint

                                          LG G Flex2, Platinum Silver 32GB (Sprint)

                                          With a price that’s truly nice, the LG G Flex2 packs some fairly impressive features between its curved case and screen. The 5.5 inch phablet features a 13 megapixel camera sensor that also shoots in 4K and can accommodate microSD cards up to 2TB. Read Full Review

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                                            LG G Flex2, Platinum Silver 32GB (Sprint)

                                            HTC One A9 (Sprint)

                                            The latest flagship from HTC, the One A9, is packed with features at a very attractive price. It’s one of the few devices that come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box and the camera comes with a 13 megapixel sensor and optical image stabilization. Read Full Review

                                            HTC One A9 (Sprint)

                                            Samsung Galaxy Grand

                                            The Samsung Galaxy Grand is not a flagship device for the company, but it does add a feature many fans of the company have missed with the Edge, S and Note. The Grand features a microSD slot but the catch is the slot is the only way to add data storage to the device. Read Full Review

                                            Samsung Galaxy Grand

                                            Apple iPhone 5s (Sprint)

                                            Fans of Apple who are saving up for other priorities (or who want a phone that fits into a pocket) will find what they’re looking for in the iPhone 5S. Two years is a long time in the lifetime of a smartphone, but the 5S features a 64-bit processor, meaning it will continue to be compatible with iOS updates and apps, as well as Touch ID for biometric security. Read Full Review

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                                              Apple iPhone 5s (Sprint)

                                              Best Android Phone:

                                              With a wide range of manufacturers and features, Android phones are a favorite of smartphone buyers who want a lot of options. With a huge library of apps numbering in the hundreds of thousands along with an immense user base, the popularity of Android devices is at an all time peak. However, with the diversity of devices available, choosing the right one can be a daunting task. We've selected these picks as the best android phones were evaluated on the merits of their long battery life for extended operating times, large screen sizes and high resolution, as well as their durable build quality so these picks can survives the pitfalls of daily use.

                                              Samsung Galaxy Note 5

                                              The Note 5 isn’t just the largest phone Samsung offers, it’s also the largest. With is combination of excellent performance and features, like being able to shoot 4K video and a fingerprint scanner, it may also be the best Android phone available.
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                                                LG G4 - Sprint

                                                Though many though that LG was on the way out of the smartphone market, the company proved them wrong with the release of the G3. LG keeps up the pace with its G4, tweaking and improving the features that users are more in touch with, namely the camera and display. Read Full Review

                                                LG G4 - Sprint

                                                Google Nexus 6P by Huawei 128gb Aluminum color

                                                Google’s Nexus 6P is meant to be a device for those who want (or require) a pure Android experience. There’s no skins or overlays, which some feel are user, but for those that don’t, the 6P will be the cutting-edge device they’re looking for. This includes a fingerprint scanner, a 12 megapixel camera that shoots in 4K and a USB-C port. Read Full Review

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                                                  Google Nexus 6P by Huawei 128gb Aluminum color

                                                  HTC One M9

                                                  The HTC One A9 is an attractive device that comes at a very nice price. Features like Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a 13 megapixel camera are welcome features. It’s proof that manufacturers are still capable of designing and manufacturing flagships that can compete with Samsung. Read Full Review

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                                                    Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

                                                    In the hyper-competitive mobile device market, six months is a long time. However, Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge is still among of the best devices in the mix, six months after its debut at the time of this review. Their screens, camera and design are still up-to-date among other smartphones.
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                                                      Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

                                                      Best Blackberry:

                                                      It’s no secret BlackBerry’s having a tough time. Once king of the hill in the smartphone game, Apple and Android have chipped away at their dominance until Blackberry has gotten to the position they’re in today. However, there are still many corporations where BlackBerry use is mandatory along with a diehard user base of users. If your IT department still demands you use a BlackBerry or if you’re keeping the faith, consider one of the following picks. These best Blackberrys were chosen based on their large display screens for a good field of view, long lasting battery life to allow for extended use, in addition to their durable build which can withstand the physical demands of typical, everyday use as well as the occasional fumble.

                                                      Priv Blackberry Unlocked Smartphone

                                                      When is a BlackBerry not a BlackBerry? The Priv poses this existential questions to its users. Jettisoning BB10, the Priv is a completely Android-powered device. Android users missing a physical keyboard will also gravitate toward it, keeping with the company’s long history of excellent keyboards. Read Full Review

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                                                        Priv Blackberry Unlocked Smartphone

                                                        BlackBerry Classic Smartphone

                                                        Blackberry’s Classic is a retro device that’s meant for users pining for an update of their old 9900-series Bolds. With average specs, Blackberry isn’t looking to convert new users to their QWERTY keyboard dogma, this latest play is strictly a holding action. But if what you really wanted was an updated Bold, the Blackberry Classic is for you. Read Full Review

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                                                          BlackBerry Leap Unlocked Cellphone

                                                          Meant for deployment in large numbers across a corporation, the Leap is a well-built device at a price that’s nice. As you’d expect for a device of this type, it’s fairly middle of the road, but its camera, surprisingly, shines. Read Full Review

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                                                            BlackBerry Passport

                                                            Blackberry is pushing the Passport as a device for its core business-minded users that made its original devices a success. The company's classic designs paired with a physical keyboard, answer the demand from a vocal number of Blackberry users who wanted a return to this format. While the device has very good specs, it’s hard to tell if this is enough to hold onto the company's line of core users. Read Full Review

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                                                              BlackBerry Q10 Smartphone

                                                              Both the Q10 and the P’9983 are essentially the same device, the detail that divides them is primarily price. If you need a device that’s much like the older models of BlackBerry in its heyday with a Porsche Design touch, the P’9983 is for you. If you’re everyone else, the Q10 is your device, with no real advantage, we choose the Q10. Read Full Review

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                                                                Best Windows Mobile Phone:

                                                                Microsoft is the number one name in productivity, bringing us such business standards as Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and of course, Windows. Windows Phone, the smartphone edition of Microsoft's pervasive operating system, is designed to work seamlessly with all of the most vital functions on your desktop or laptop.

                                                                Windows Phone smartphones let you edit and view Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and Word documents, sync emails and contacts with Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Live, browse the web with Internet Explorer, access Twitter, Facebook, and other social media, and download third-party applications from Microsoft Mobile Marketplace. Because Windows Mobile plays so nicely with all the essentials, it's become widely popular among business users.

                                                                It's important to note that some cheaper Windows Phones are running the older 7 and 7.5 versions of the operating system. Due to hardware requirements, those phones are a dead end for an upgrade to Windows Phone 8, the latest version of the mobile OS. However, if you don't mind slightly older hardware and software, there are deals to be had.

                                                                We've chosen these phones based on the their battery life, the ability to stand up to knocks and spills that smartphones are exposed to on a daily basis and the features that are included with the device -- internal data capacity, expandable data capacity, still and video resolution as well as virtual assistant technology.

                                                                HTC One M8 Verizon

                                                                A favorite with Android users, HTC’s One (M8) for Windows looks like it’ll also be a big hit with Windows Phone users are well. With long battery life, upgradable storage and killer construction, the One (M8) for Windows is what many may be looking for a phone. Read Full Review

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                                                                  Nokia Lumia 1520 - AT&T

                                                                  If you’re a Windows Phone fanatic, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is the best you can get at the moment. Its features and hardware match and even exceed anything Android or Apple has to offer. Read Full Review

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                                                                    Nokia Lumia 1520 - AT&T

                                                                    Nokia Lumia Icon

                                                                    The Nokia Lumia Icon is one of the best phones available for the Windows Phone faithful. The Icon continues Nokia’s focus on packing an excellent camera into its phones. Read Full Review

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                                                                      Nokia Lumia 1020

                                                                      The Nokia Lumia 1020 is a very capable smartphone. But for some people, that won’t be the reason why they rock it; the 41 MP camera offers excellent resolution making it a very tempting option for smartphone photographers. Read Full Review

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                                                                        Nokia Lumia 1020

                                                                        Nokia Lumia 920, Yellow 32GB (AT&T)

                                                                        If you're partial to Windows Phone, the subsidized price of $99.99 for the flagship Nokia 920 is a steal. It comes loaded with features like an 8-megapixel camera, LTE, and Windows Phone 8. Read Full Review

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                                                                          Nokia Lumia 920, Yellow 32GB (AT&T)

                                                                          Best Teen Cell Phone:

                                                                          Phones for teens are a balancing act between the cost of the phone and the monthly cost of voice service, data, and texting. While your high schooler or college student may want the best smartphone on the market, the demands of their social life are usually hard on electronic devices. But the necessity of keeping in touch with you and their friends means a mobile phone is far from a luxury, and the ability to access information anywhere comes in handy when they least expect it.

                                                                          The phones on this list sport features that teens care about the most: high performance cameras boasting at least 8 megapixels, 802.11g or n as well as LTE high speed data to keep up with their bandwidth demands, screen sizes measuring a minimum of at least 4 inches, data capacities of more than 8 GB for apps and videos and images, as well as battery life to assure real world phone usage of at least 10 hours.

                                                                          Apple iPhone 6 Plus

                                                                          For the parents of teens balancing an cost of an iPhone with a smartphone that’s best suited for their teen, we suggest the iPhone 6 Plus. Last year’s latest and greatest iDevice was Apple’s first phablet and for many, it replaced the need for a tablet. It’s one of the those rare devices that can actually replace a more costly device. Read Full Review

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                                                                            Apple iPhone 6 Plus

                                                                            Motorola Droid Turbo

                                                                            When selecting a device for a teen, survivability is an important consideration. The Motorola Droid Turbo features a kevlar body and a display that uses Gorilla Glass 3. The overall specs of the device are very impressive as well. Read Full Review

                                                                            Motorola Droid Turbo

                                                                            HTC One A9 (Sprint)

                                                                            HTC’s One A9 is a flagship Android device at a very competitive price. It has specs that keeps up with other premier smartphones and its unibody construction offers durable build quality that’s also aesthetically pleasing. For teens who are invested in Android, the device is one of the few that comes with 6.0, or Marshmallow, out of the box. Read Full Review

                                                                            HTC One A9 (Sprint)

                                                                            Apple iPhone 5s (Verizon)

                                                                            The Apple iPhone 5s’ fingerprint security will allow teens to lock their phones down in the case it’s lost or stolen. In addition to Touch ID, an 8 megapixel camera, and LTE data networking, the phone also features an excellent camera and battery life that should last most of the day with normal use. Read Full Review

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                                                                              Apple iPhone 5s (Verizon)

                                                                              LG G3 (Verizon)

                                                                              The LG G3 features the largest screen on this list, but don’t think that’s its only feature. This phone packs an impressive list of features including an outstanding camera, expandable data storage, and excellent data connectivity options. Read Full Review

                                                                              LG G3 (Verizon)
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                                                                              • SFTS SFTS

                                                                              I think the Nokia E7 should be in the chart.

                                                                              Posted on 9/7/2011 9:11 pm | Reply
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                                                                              LG enV Touch is very similar to the enV 3 but with two large screens one connected to the touch screen and the other connected to a full QWERTY keyboard.online tv

                                                                              Posted on 2/25/2010 7:20 am | Reply
                                                                              • Anonymous Anonymous

                                                                              Comparing $600 cellphones with $100 cellphones? Hmmm... I wonder why the chart is dominated by smartphones? How about splitting it up into smartphones and non smartphones since many people won't buy a smart phone due to extra monthly costs.

                                                                              Posted on 8/8/2009 9:51 am | Reply
                                                                              • Dan Murillo Dan Murillo

                                                                              The 3G iPhone has horrible call dropping issues. I've gone through two different 3G iPhones and calls drop all the time in areas with perfect reception. Apple has acknowledged this as a problem and has tried to fix it with a software update but without much success. Moreover, core applications like safari and email crash all the time. If my PC applications crashed as much I'd have thrown away my PC and gone back to pen and paper. Incredibly frustrating.

                                                                              Posted on 9/1/2008 2:45 am | Reply