Our list of the 20 best smartphones in the world was shaken up a little after the announcement of three new phones this month.
They have amazing features and stunning looks. Can you guess which ones we’re talking about?
Here’s our ranking of the best phones you can buy. But maybe hold off on buying anything this second, as we’re expecting a few new phones from the biggest names in the business later this month.
Note: All prices below indicate how much the phones typically cost without a carrier contract. Prices may vary depending on the retailer.
Steve Kovach contributed to this report.
No. 20: BlackBerry Passport
The BlackBerry Passport may look strange, but a lot of BlackBerry fans seem to love it. It has a really nice physical keyboard, but the key feature is its unique square design.
No. 19: BlackBerry Classic
If you were a BlackBerry fan back in the company’s heyday, you’re going to love the BlackBerry Classic. It looks similar to older models, but features a sharp touchscreen and an excellent physical keyboard.
No. 18: Microsoft Lumia 950
If you must have a Windows phone, there’s only one device to consider: Microsoft’s Lumia 950. Although reviews were pretty bad, this phone does hold some promise for people who need Microsoft apps to do everything. It also has a really nice camera and can connect to a keyboard, mouse, and monitor and let you run a lightweight version of Windows.
No. 17: BlackBerry Priv
The BlackBerry Priv is a huge departure for the company. Instead of running BlackBerry’s operating system, the Priv runs Android. While it may look like a standard Android phone, the Priv actually has a slide-out keyboard. This could be a great device for people who want a physical keyboard but still have access to Google’s apps and services that aren’t available on other BlackBerry devices.
No. 16: OnePlus X
The OnePlus X is a good option if you want a cheap Android phone. It has a nice design and decent specs, but costs only $250.
No. 15: Moto G
If you’re looking for a decent Android phone at a rock-bottom price, you should check out the Moto G. It’s not the most powerful, but it will be good enough for just about anything the average user can throw at it. And it’s tough to beat that price tag.
No. 14: HTC One A9
It may look like an iPhone, but the HTC One A9 is totally different on the inside. The latest device from HTC sports a premium hardware design and minimal changes to Android. It’s a great experience if you don’t mind the fact that some may confuse it for an iPhone.
No. 13: HTC One M9
The HTC One M9 is the latest flagship phone from the company. It has a nice, premium design, but it’s nothing special other than that. It’s also missing key features like a mobile-payments system and a fingerprint sensor.
Warning: We expect HTC to announce the One M10 sometime in March, so you might want to hold off getting the One M9 if you want the latest and greatest.
No. 12: iPhone 6 Plus
The iPhone 6 Plus is still one of the best jumbo-sized phones you can buy. And by buying last year’s model, you can get nearly the same experience as the new iPhone 6S Plus while saving $100.
No. 11: iPhone 6
The iPhone 6 may be over a year old, but it’s still a good option if you want to save some money on an iPhone. Plus, it looks exactly like the iPhone 6S. No one will know you have last year’s phone.
No. 10: OnePlus 2
The OnePlus 2 is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a well-made phone with premium specs but don’t want to spend too much. The device is made by a Chinese startup, and the only way to get one is by ordering through the company directly. But be patient: Supplies are extremely limited.
No. 9: Moto X Pure Edition
The Moto X Pure Edition is one of the most surprising new phones to launch in the last year. It runs a nearly pure version of Android, although there are some Motorola-specific apps and features. They’re not intrusive at all, though.
No. 8: Samsung Galaxy Note 5
No. 7: LG G5
LG’s G5 smartphone has a gorgeous new all-metal design. It also has a removable bottom that lets you swap out a dead battery with a fresh one. The removable bottom can also be exchanged with “modules” that offer new functions, like a camera grip with a zoom dial and a shutter button for better control.
If that weren’t enough, it’s also got a dual-lens camera, which gives you unmatched versatility when it comes to taking pictures. LG announced the G5 in February, but there’s no information yet on pricing and availability. We’d guess “not cheap” and “soon,” respectively.
No. 6: Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung reintroduced popular features into the Galaxy S7 line after removing them in last year’s model, the S6. Samsung’s signature water resistance and a microSD card slot for expandable storage are back this year. The S7 also sports an “always on” display that shows you the time and basic notification info without having to wake the screen, which is good for glancing.
Of course, Samsung Pay features in the S7, as well as a fast fingerprint sensor.
It’s available for preorder now and will be available to buy on March 11. You’ll get a free Gear VR headset if you preorder before March 11, too!
No. 5: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
The Galaxy S7 Edge has a bigger 5.5-inch display and a larger battery than the regular Galaxy S7 while retaining the same features (water-resistance, a microSD card slot for expandable storage, and an always-on display).
It’s out for preorder now and will be available to buy on March 11. You’ll get a free Gear VR headset if you preorder, too. And you should!
No. 4: Nexus 5X
The Nexus 5X is one of Google’s newest flagships, and it’s one of the best phones you can buy today. The only true rivals it has are its big brother, the Nexus 6P, and the iPhone. If you don’t want an iPhone but want to see the best of Android, then the Nexus 5X won’t disappoint.
No. 3: Nexus 6P
The Nexus 6P is a slightly larger version of the new Nexus 5X. It’s made by Huawei, a Chinese company with an excellent reputation for hardware. It’s also the best Android phone you can buy today.
No. 2: iPhone 6S Plus
The new iPhone 6S Plus is the best of the big-screen phones. It may look the same as the previous model, but it has some new features like 3D Touch, which can detect how hard you press down on the screen and open up a new layer of controls for your apps.
No. 1: iPhone 6S
The iPhone 6S is the best phone you can buy.
In addition to beautiful hardware, iPhone owners are guaranteed to always get the best apps first from third-party developers and reliable software updates with the latest and greatest features from Apple. No other device can offer that.
BONUS: The HTC One M10 could be announced in March.
HTC’s next flagship phone, the One M10, is coming soon. Rumors claim that HTC will finally add a fingerprint sensor to the One M10.
Surprisingly, we might see HTC’s UltraPixel camera technology in the M10, too. Reports claim that it’ll be 12 UltraPixels compared to the One M8’s 4-UltraPixel camera, which wasn’t popular because of the lack of sharpness.
Expect to see the M10 in March.
BONUS: A new iPhone 5SE is coming out in March.
All rumors are pointing to a new iPhone 5SE from Apple, which will look like a mash-up of many of Apple’s most recent phones.
It’ll have the 4-inch screen, 8-megapixel camera, Apple Pay, Live Photos, and the same processor as the iPhone 6S. It’ll look similar to the iPhone 5S, but with rounded edges on the front, according to 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman.
Fans of smaller screens may want to hold off buying a new phone until Apple makes its announcement, which we’re expecting in March.