Smartphone shoppers generally fall into one of two camps: iPhone and Android. We can help settle that debate. The best smartphone overall is the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S6 ($199 on a two-year contract). It's faster, sports a bigger and higher-res display than the iPhone, a camera that excels in low light and a sexier glass-and-metal design. Check out our Galaxy S6 versus iPhone 6 face-off for all the details.
Still, if you prefer 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. Looking for something a little different? The Android-powered LG G4 packs a lot of power and a camera with pro-level controls. Also check out our favorite unlocked phone bargain and a rugged smartphone that can really take a beating.
* Not confirmed, based on teardowns ** With AT&T SIM Card
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