Everyone may be talking about smartwatches this month, but they’re pretty useless unless you have a good phone too.
Here’s our ranking of the best phones you can buy right now.
We update this list approximately once a month. The best smartphones rankings are based on a variety of factors including design, software and hardware features, content selection, carrier availability, and price. We only consider phones that are available in the U.S. at the time of publication. We list approximate prices for what phones cost without a contract. Prices vary from carrier to carrier and retailer to retailer.
BlackBerry has gone back to the basics. Its latest phone, the Classic, looks a lot like the BlackBerry Bold from a few years ago. It has a physical keyboard, trackpad, and larger screen. If you want a phone with a keyboard, the Classic is the best phone to buy.
Nokia Lumia 830
The Nokia Lumia 830 is one of the newest phones from Microsoft. It runs the Windows Phone 8 operating system and has a sharp 5-inch screen.
HTC One M8 For Windows
The HTC One M8 For Windows is the best phone you can buy running the Windows Phone operating system. It has a gorgeous metal body and the new version of Windows Phone, 8.1, which includes the excellent digital assistant Cortana.
LG’s current flagship, the G3, has one of the sharpest displays ever put on a smartphone. It’s also massive thanks to its 5.5-inch display. That makes the G3 more like a phablet than a standard smartphone.
It’s a good Android phone, but LG put the power and volume keys on the back of the device, which is pretty awkward.
Warning: The LG G4 is coming in May or June, so you may want to wait.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
The Note Edge is similar to the Galaxy Note 4, but it has a secondary screen on the side that changes depending on what app you’re using. The “edge” screen can also display information like news updates and other notifications when the rest of the screen is switched off.
Apple’s iPhone 5S may be well over a year old, but it’s still a really good phone, especially if you don’t want a bigger screen. If you want a great iPhone experience at a discount, get the iPhone 5S. However, if you want the best experience, you’re better off spending the extra $100 on an iPhone 6.