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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Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

  • Elegant and premium build
  • Gorgeous display
  • Better camera features and performance
  • Much-improved fingerprint reader
  • Quick charging
  • Supports both wireless charging standards
  • No longer waterproof
  • Non-removable battery
  • No memory expansion
  • Gets noticeably hot when pushed
  • Tinny speaker sound
Our Score 9
User Score 7

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Review

  • Manageable size
  • Speedy performance
  • Premium design
  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • MicroSD support
  • Battery life
  • Fingerprint and dust magnet
  • Big bezels above and below screen
  • Flaps on ports
  • No selectable macro mode
  • Pre-applied ASF
Our Score 9
User Score 3

LG G3 Review

  • Beautiful Quad HD touchscreen
  • Classy metal-look rear panel
  • Laser-autofocus works well
  • Vastly improved UI design
  • Incredibly loud 1w speaker
  • LG Health isn’t effective
  • Smart Notice isn’t that smart
  • Spotty game performance
  • Not waterproof like Galaxy S5
Our Score 9
User Score 7

Motorola Moto G Review

  • An absolute bargain at $180 unconnected
  • Stock Android 4.3 Jelly Bean/Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Fast, capable processor
  • 4.5-inch, 720p screen is just about perfect
  • Excellent battery life
  • The camera is basic
  • A choice of 8GB or 16GB of memory
  • No removable battery
  • External speaker has to be cranked up to hear
  • No 4G LTE capability
Our Score 9
User Score 7

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Review

  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • Beautiful 1080p screen
  • Fast, smooth performance
  • Comfortable, attractive design
  • Tons of features
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Rear camera is weaker than S4 (8MP)
  • TouchWiz interface has cartoony design
Our Score 9
User Score 9

Samsung Galaxy S3 Review

  • Comfortable to hold
  • Amazing rear camera
  • Runs Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • microSD card slot
  • Fun voice and motion features
  • Removable battery
  • Widely available
  • 2GB RAM
  • Difficult homescreen customization
  • Poor battery life
  • Recent Apps button menu hard to find
  • Most new features turned off by default
  • S-Voice is limited, like Siri
Our Score 9
User Score 7

HTC EVO 4G LTE Review

  • Comfortable to hold
  • Amazing rear camera
  • Runs Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • Beats Audio included
  • microSD card slot
  • HD Voice shows promise
  • Ugly black and red design
  • Sense 4.0 UI is puzzling
  • Non-removable battery
  • Sprint 4G LTE network isn't widely available
  • No WiMax compatibility
Our Score 9
User Score 6

Apple iPhone 3GS 32GB Review

  • Offers many new features and improvements over…
  • Addition of video recording capability
  • Doubles as portable media player
  • Bundled with the new iPhone OS 3.0.
  • Camera still lags behind other smartphones (fewer…
  • no flash or zoom)
  • Still no expandable memory solution.
Our Score 9
User Score 10