Editors' Choice

We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in phones.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 review

Samsung's Note 5 re-establishes its position as the phablet king with a brilliant stylus, plus new bells and whistles like Samsung Pay. See Full Review »

Our Score 9
User Score 4
Our Score 9
User Score 10

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HTC One X Review

  • Fantastic, thin design
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Amazing rear camera
  • Runs Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • Beats Audio included
  • HTC Media Link HD is fun
  • Sense 4.0 UI is puzzling
  • Non-removable battery
  • No microSD
Our Score 9
User Score 9

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Review

  • New Android Ice Cream Sandwich rocks
  • Fast camera shutter speed
  • Clean, buttonless design
  • Feels great to hold
  • 4G LTE, dual-core, and NFC included
  • Screen is big, but manageable
  • Battery life isn’t great
  • Many apps don't take advantage of swiping
  • Camera gets trigger happy
  • Contacts app still needs improving
Our Score 9
User Score 0

Motorola Droid Review

  • Gorgeous WVGA 3.7-inch LCD; 5MP camera; good voice…
  • Slow camera; heavy; music doesn't stay paused in…
Our Score 9
User Score 10

LG G2 Review

  • Most powerful phone around
  • Most comfortable phone to hold
  • Best battery life of a flagship phone (1.2 days)
  • Great 13MP camera
  • 32GB of memory
  • Too many apps pre-installed (62)
  • No MicroSD support
  • Camera app gets laggy
  • Verizon version is fingerprint magnet
  • Verizon version buttons are too small
Our Score 9
User Score 8

Samsung Galaxy S II Review

  • Super AMOLED Plus screen is colorful and bright
  • Great battery life
  • Powerful dual-core processor
  • Super thin and super light
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • TouchWiz UI is much improved
  • Plastic construction
  • AT&T's “4G” data speeds are unimpressive
Our Score 9
User Score 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Review

  • Stylish look and quality build
  • Cool new S-Pen features
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Great camera
  • Quick charging is super fast
  • Glass back picks up fingerprints
  • Samsung Pay isn’t out yet
  • Smaller, non-removable battery
Our Score 9
User Score 4

LG G4 Review

  • Bright screen with gorgeous contrast
  • Excellent camera performance
  • Shooting in RAW and Manual mode
  • Removable battery and MicroSD card slot
  • Leather battery cover rocks
  • Still made of plastic
  • UX features are a mixed bag
  • Battery life is average
  • Speaker quality is weak
Our Score 9
User Score 10

Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review

  • Industry-leading design, build quality
  • Reachability feature makes size manageable
  • Fantastic camera
  • iOS 8 remains a fluid, beautiful OS
  • Large battery
  • 16GB storage on base model is not enough
  • Large size is too big for some hands
  • Specs aren’t much better than iPhone 5S
  • No water resistance
Our Score 9
User Score 5