The smartphone war is a constant game of leapfrog, and Apple is currently in the lead. The iPhone 6s Plus is our top pick because of its innovative 3D Touch display, immersive Live Photos feature and class-leading A9 processor. (We prefer the Plus' bigger 5.5-inch display, but those who want to use a phone with one hand will like the iPhone 6s.)
If you'd rather use Android, you might want to wait, as both Samsung and LG are set to unveil new flagship devices Feb. 21. If you need a phone now, though, Google's Nexus 6P is the premium Android to get, while the Huawei Honor 5X is our top budget pick at just $199.
We've tested all the major smartphones in all sizes, shapes and prices to bring you our Best Pick list.
The Galaxy S7 is expected to launch Feb. 21 at Mobile World Congress and will likely go on sale in March. Possible improvements include a pressure-sensitive screen, much better photos in low light and a waterproof design. Get all the latest info in our Galaxy S7 rumor roundup.
LG's G5 is on the horizon, as the company is expected to announce its new phone at Mobile World Congress Feb. 21. The device could pack a powerful Snapdragon 820 processor and a quad HD or even 4K display. The reported accessory slot could be the most compelling feature, allowing you to slip in a battery and other "cartridges."
The iPhone 7 is further down the road and likely won't launch until September or October. According to reports, Apple may ditch the 3.5 headphone jack in favor of the Lightning connector and Bluetooth. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus could also sport a new waterproof design and possibly an OLED display.
How We Rate Phones
We rate smartphones using a combination of subjective criteria (e.g., design, ease of use); our own benchmarks (e.g., our battery, audio and display tests); and synthetic benchmarks (e.g., Geekbench for speed, 3DMark for graphics). We also take photos in different lighting conditions and compare the results.
After we've conducted all of our testing, we rate each device based on its features, performance and overall value. Only the very best devices make our Best list.