Best Smartphones on the Market Now

Smartphone shoppers generally fall into one of two camps: iPhone and Android. If you prefer more flexibility in your phone experience, the best choice overall is the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S6 ($199 on a two-year contract). It boasts a bigger and sharper display than the iPhone in a sexier design, plus a camera that excels in low light. The S6 Edge Plus is another great option if you're willing to splurge and prefer a bigger curved display.

Still, if you're a fan of Apple's ecosystem, the iPhone 6 is a great choice for those who want access to the latest apps first and who want a phone that's really easy to use with a high-quality camera. On a budget? Pick up the third-gen Moto G, which starts at just $179 unlocked and offers a bright 5-inch display, long battery life and a good camera.

* Not confirmed, based on teardowns     ** With AT&T SIM Card

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70 comments
  • Not on this list, but I wouldn't trade my Moto X for any of these phones. Well, maybe I'd trade it, sell it, buy a new Moto X and pocket the extra cash, haha. I did quite a bit of research before buying it a few weeks ago. Had it narrowed down to a S5, Xperia Z1 Compact and the Moto X. I certainly made the right decision.
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  • therealduckofdeath
    Haha, OnePlus One "best value phone"... I guess you can call it that as you save a whole lot of money by not being able to spend any money on buying one.... :)
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  • good that
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  • I wouldn't trade my LG G2 for any of these.
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  • Quote:
    Not on this list, but I wouldn't trade my Moto X for any of these phones. Well, maybe I'd trade it, sell it, buy a new Moto X and pocket the extra cash, haha. I did quite a bit of research before buying it a few weeks ago. Had it narrowed down to a S5, Xperia Z1 Compact and the Moto X. I certainly made the right decision.



    The first model Moto X wouldn't even be considered on this list because when it was released last year it was already behind on specs yet wasn't very cheap. Not sure how you think you could sell it, buy the new one for well over $400 and have money to leftover to pocket.
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  • HTC One M8 Android > WP Version; in my opinion. I got hands on with the windows 8.1 version the other week and cortana is pretty cute but it's not that integrated yet. They should iron out some flaws on it which mostly include just overall system utliization and optimization of it as it got a bit warmer when I played with it for an extended period of time.

    Still like my android M8 and not planning on switching.
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    HTC One M8 Android > WP Version; in my opinion. I got hands on with the windows 8.1 version the other week and cortana is pretty cute but it's not that integrated yet. They should iron out some flaws on it which mostly include just overall system utliization and optimization of it as it got a bit warmer when I played with it for an extended period of time. Still like my android M8 and not planning on switching.

    Cortana is just like siri when she was first released, pretty buggy and useless at this point in time
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  • I just love the features of HTC, I am looking forward to buy an amazing Smartphone with some unique features. I liked these ones also - http://bit.ly/1lJgP0p
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  • Iphone 6 Plus best camera phone??? That all thanks to an 'inspiring' Apple speech, a new marketing term like iSight and maybe a couple of minutes hands on. Amazing how you can then decide it is better than, let's say, a Lumia 1020 with a proven Pureview camera. Tom's Guide has fallen hard from an authority on hardware to a blabbering, non thinking scribbler on the web.
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    Iphone 6 Plus best camera phone??? That all thanks to an 'inspiring' Apple speech, a new marketing term like iSight and maybe a couple of minutes hands on. Amazing how you can then decide it is better than, let's say, a Lumia 1020 with a proven Pureview camera. Tom's Guide has fallen hard from an authority on hardware to a blabbering, non thinking scribbler on the web.


    Maybe the OP meant "best camera among iPhones". Otherwise I would not understand why a phone that's NOT on the market yet made it on the "Best Smartphones on the Market Now" list.
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  • I just bought the M8 android, 128gb sd, BT keyb, UAG maverick cover
    well, i'm not a videomaker or photographer and i don't plan to swim and take selfies in water with it... i like quality material, performance and battery life. I was a Nokia fanboy when the world wasn't crazy about touchscreens
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  • Sony Xperia are better than all the phones
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  • I'm also not comfortable with the fact that a phone that was just launched, and has no proper review coverage, not to mention feedback from actual users, made it in this list.
    I knew Tom's was more thorough in its statements, that in the past, were formulated after extensive tests, not just marketing promises/terms and some very little reviewer hands-on experience.
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  • NexusbetterthanGalaxy
    Actually, the Google Nexus 5 is better than the Samsung Galaxy S5 because it has pure Android, making it faster. Also, the Nexus gets new system updates sooner than Galaxy S5.
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  • This guy is crazy! Xperia Z2 not on the list. I'm not even comming back on this website.
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  • HTC one M 8 andtiod wins the contest by long margin while as LG 3 and Experia Z3 hold second spot. I phobe 6 at no 3...
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  • Baby start doing some research non of the above are good phones had you done some research you would realise that there is nothing better then the LG G3.
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  • Surprised the nexus 5 didnt make it onto this list. It has great hardware, the lean android interface w/o any useless stuff, and has an amazing price.
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  • Mark Spoonauer said:
    Here are the best smartphones for 2014. We name the best phones in a variety of categories: best overall, best value, best camera and more. Best Smartphones on the Market Now : Read more


    This is a good list, but where's the G3? And the Xperia Z3? Those are fantastic devices.
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