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Smartphones are perhaps the most personal tech we own. That’s why it’s super important to pick the phone that’s best for your needs. There are many factors to consider, from the design and operating system to security and durability. We fully test every phone we can get our hands on here at Digital Trends, and after conducting hundreds of reviews, we’re confident in recommending whether a particular phone is a good buy for you, or if you’re better off with something else.

After much debate and soul searching, we landed on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus as our top pick for the best phone available right now, though for iOS fans, Apple’s iPhone XS is still a close second. Here’s why the Galaxy S10 ultimately triumphed, and our picks for other smartphone categories. If you’re partial to the Android mobile operating system, we’ve compiled a list of the best Android phones on the market.

Best Smartphones at a glance Best overall smartphone: Samsung Galaxy S10 or S10 Plus Galaxy S10 PlusJulian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

Why you should buy this: You get a stunning, elegant design, cutting-edge hardware, and a versatile camera.

Who it’s for: Anyone who wants the best screen, backed by strong performance.

Why we picked the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus:

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are the culmination of years of refinement. The elegant, minimal design has evolved to be highly desirable, the software experience has been overhauled to offer something slick and truly thoughtful, and the camera suite is one of the most versatile you’ll find.

The first thing you’ll notice about the S10 or S10 Plus is the gorgeous Dynamic AMOLED screen. It covers almost all of the front of the phone, stretching to the edges and curving into the metal frame, broken only by a hole-punch camera at the top right — single lens on the S10 and dual lens on the S10 Plus. That’s one of the few differences between these two phones, so your preference really boils down to the size you want. The S10’s screen is 6.1 inches, while the S10 Plus jumps up to 6.4 inches and is definitely a little harder to handle. Both are sharp, with HDR10+ certification, a wide resolution, and reduced blue light. Those spectacular screens are paired with stereo speakers, making these phones perfect for movie watching.

You won’t see a fingerprint scanner in evidence, because Samsung has slipped it into the display. While you have to be quite precise, it’s the best in-display fingerprint sensor we’ve tested so far. General performance is fluid and snappy thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, which is backed up by 8GB of RAM. There’s also 128GB of storage space and room for a MicroSD card. Samsung also offers a 1TB version of the S10 Plus with a whopping 12GB of RAM.

The One UI, which Samsung layers on top of Android 9.0 Pie, is miles away from TouchWiz and much improved. It’s generally easy to find everything you need and there are lots of customization options. The only negative is that Samsung tends to be slow to update the underlying Android software, so you may have to wait a while for Android Q when it comes out later this year.

Check out the Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL

The Pixel range continues to be the only Android phones that can fully compete with Apple’s iPhone in several key areas — security, timely software updates, and software design. But it goes further with meaningful artificial intelligence features anyone can appreciate. Google manages the Android operating system, and so with the Pixel series, it’s able to optimize the hardware and the software — similar to what Apple does with the iPhone. That approach, plus the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and 4GB of RAM, makes the phone a joy to use. It has the best software experience on a phone, and it performs fluidly.

The Pixel 3’s spotlight feature is its 12.2-megapixel camera, which is one of the best around — more on that below. The Achilles’ heel is the battery life, which will mostly get you through a day with average use, but can cause some anxiety.

Google Pixel 3 review 

Google Pixel 3 XL review

Most manufacturers have stepped up their photography game in recent years and Samsung is no exception. The main camera features three lenses, arranged horizontally on the back. There’s a standard 12-megapixel lens with a variable f/1.5 to f/2.4 aperture, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with a f/2.4 aperture, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with a f/2.2 aperture. This camera is equipped for every situation, whether you’re snapping friends in a nightclub, capturing a beautiful landscape, or zooming in on some action from afar. The camera app is packed with tricks to help you get the most from your photos and videos. On the front, the S10 and S10 Plus sport a 10-megapixel lens with a f/1.9 aperture, but on the S10 Plus it’s paired with an additional 8-megapixel lens with a f/2.2 aperture capable of capturing better depth information for that bokeh effect in selfies.

Battery life is another strength, particularly in the S10 Plus, which has a 4,100mAh battery. The Galaxy S10 has a 3,400mAh battery. Sadly, both are limited to Quick Charge 2.0 speeds for wired charging, but they can charge up pretty quickly via wireless charging pads and they can even share power with other Qi-certified devices, thanks to the Wireless PowerShare feature. Both phones also boast IP68 ratings, so water is nothing to worry about.

The prices may give you pause, at $900 and up for the S10 and $1,000 and up for the S10 Plus, but Samsung is giving you a lot for your money here. These are beautiful, powerful phones that can do whatever you need them to.

Samsung Galaxy S10 review

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review

Best iPhone: Apple iPhone XS iPhone XS MaxJulian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

Why you should buy this: You want the most powerful, secure, and shutterbug-friendly iPhone ever.

Who it’s for: Anyone who wants the best iOS experience.

Why we picked the iPhone XS:

The iPhone XS is good at almost everything. It’s even better than the iPhone XS Max, because it’s the perfect size with its 5.8-inch screen.

Speaking of its screen, the high-resolution OLED is energy-saving and colorful, with inky, deep blacks. The edge-to-edge, or “bezel-less,” design, makes watching videos and movies feel a little more immersive. The all-glass design means you can wirelessly charge the iPhone XS, and it’s the most water-resistant iPhone, with an IP68 rating. The A12 Bionic processor remains unmatched, with reliably fast performance when moving around the home screen or playing intensive augmented reality games using ARKit 2.0.

The TrueDepth camera makes a return, and Face ID is even faster. Apple is still one of the only companies that has a secure facial-recognition tool that can log into all your sensitive apps on a system level. This front-facing camera system also lets you make fun Animojis and Memojis, and the fluidity and tracking capabilities are still unmatched. Then there’s Portrait Mode, which helps up your selfie game.

The battery easily lasts a full day, though like with most flagship smartphones, heavy use will bring it perilously low.

Don’t want to spend $1,000+? Get the iPhone XR

It looks like three iPhones a year are going to be the norm. While the flagships are the iPhone XS and XS Max, the iPhone XR brings you many of the same features at a price that won’t empty your wallet. What’s missing on this $750 phone? There’s no secondary lens, but you can still use a limited version of Portrait Mode. The screen is also an LCD with a 1,792 x 828 resolution, which is low,  but it’s sufficient for most people, and the screen looks sharp at a reasonable distance. You get Smart HDR, which helps keep photos looking well-exposed in high-contrast scenarios, Face ID alongside the bezel-less design, and Apple’s A12 Bionic processor. Sure, the edges around the screen are a little thicker, but you’re saving a lot of cash with the iPhone XR, and that makes it a superb value.

iPhone XR review

iOS 12 is smart, with artificial intelligence powering a lot of the new features. There are Siri Suggestions, where Siri can adapt to your usage patterns and make suggestions like responding to a call or text when it’s been sitting idle for some time.  Grouped notifications also dramatically improve the way you interact with notifications, making them far easier to deal with. On the iPhone XS, it all feels snappy and fluid.

Add to all that Apple’s commitment to your security and privacy, instant software updates, and its industry-leading customer service that lets you walk into any Apple Store and get help for free, and you have one great smartphone.

The lack of a headphone jack is still one of our major issues with the iPhone XS. It comes with Lightning EarPods, but Apple decided to remove the 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter this year. It’s silly not to include it, considering you’re paying so much for the phone. Apple should also include a fast charging cable in the box, like every other manufacturer, since the new iPhone supports it.

This is the best time to buy an iPhone, and the iPhone XS is worth every penny. If you think the screen size is too small, spring for the iPhone XS Max, which has a 6.5-inch screen for the best viewing experience and slightly better battery life.

iPhone XS review

Best budget smartphone: Google Pixel 3a google-pixel-3a-screenJulian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

Why you should buy this: You’re on a strict budget, but you still want a powerful phone.

Who it’s for: Bargain buyers who want a stock Android phone.

Why we picked the Google Pixel 3a:

The Pixel 3a is a fantastically solid smartphone with no real weaknesses. Google’s affordable midrange phone looks a lot like its much more expensive flagship sibling, but is finished in plastic instead of glass. There’s a 5.6-inch OLED display with a 2,220 x 1,080-pixel resolution that’s sharp and legible, even in broad daylight.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor is backed by 4GB of RAM and performs admirably. Part of the silky smoothness comes from the fact it features Android as Google intended, which also ensures the very latest security patches and new Android versions as soon as they’re released.

While midrange and budget smartphones have been growing more and more attractive and powerful, there are certain elements that always tend to be lacking and the camera is the main one. Google’s Pixel 3a changes all that by making our favorite smartphone camera affordable. Google’s A.I. squeezes amazing results from the same single 12.2-megapixel lens you’ll find in the Pixel 3; the Pixel 3a is just a tad slower at processing images. There’s also a capable 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

Looking for a different budget phone? Check the Moto G7

The Moto G series has long held the budget crown, so you may still want to check out the Moto G7 at $300. It boasts a dual-lens camera and fast charging. On the other hand, Motorola has allowed some bloatware to creep in and the price to creep up. If you’re outside the U.S., we recommend the Moto G7 Plus instead.

Moto G7 review

The Pixel 3a comes complete with clever software features like Now Playing, which displays songs playing in your vicinity on the lock screen, and Call Screen, which enables Google Assistant to screen your incoming calls.

You get a decent 64GB of storage inside. There’s no space for a MicroSD card, but you do get a 3.5mm audio jack and a USB-C port for fast wired charging. To round out an excellent phone, there’s a 3,000mAh battery that will easily see you through an average day with change.

If we had to dig out a flaw, the lack of wireless charging is a little disappointing and there’s no IP rating, though Google says the Pixel 3a is splash- and dust-resistant. If you’re sold, but you prefer a bigger screen, then the Pixel 3a XL gives you a bigger, 6-inch screen for an extra $80.

Google Pixel 3a review

Best camera phone: Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL Google Pixel 3 XLJulian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

Why you should buy this: It has the best smartphone camera you can buy.

Who it’s for: Anyone who wants the best smartphone camera.

Why we picked the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL:

Nearly all flagship smartphone cameras these days are excellent, but Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL stand out by reliably capturing remarkable photographs. Both the Pixel 3 and 3 XL have the same exact camera and features, so you can’t go wrong with either, but the smaller Pixel 3 is cheaper.

The Pixel 3 phones have a 12.2-megapixel camera, but it’s Google’s image processing that does all the hard work. There’s virtually zero shutter lag, and while the processing takes a second or two, the results are astonishing. The Pixel excels thanks to Google’s HDR+ technology, where the smartphone captures multiple photos at once, picks the best one, and layers the rest to produce an image with the least amount of noise. This also eliminates overexposed or underexposed parts of an image, resulting in excellent dynamic range.

The triple-lens Mate 20 Pro is also impressive

Huawei’s P20 Pro took the world by storm, offering an three lenses that delivered stunning photographs. The company is now going a step further with the Mate 20 Pro. It’s an excellent camera system, now with one standard 40-megapixel lens, a wide-angle lens, and a 3x optical telephoto lens. This gives you far more versatility, allowing you to capture the perfect photo. It offers incredible detail, super-slow-motion video, and a whole lot of artificial intelligence to help you up your photography game. It’s also fast with the Kirin 980 processor, has fantastic battery life, and comes running with Android 9 Pie. But sadly it’s not officially available in the U.S., and it’s expensive to import.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro review

Though there is only one camera on the rear, Google has a Portrait Mode, which blurs out the background behind a subject. It’s impressive what Google can do with just software, as the camera can very accurately detect depth and the subject in the photo. It’s as good, if not better, than Portrait Mode on the iPhone XS and iPhone XR, and you can also control the blur intensity after you snap the photo. There’s also Super Res Zoom, which uses artificial intelligence to improve digital zoomed photos. The Pixel 3 takes multiple photos before and after you tap the shutter button, and because of this, Top Shot is a new feature that recommends the best frame in case you missed a perfect moment.

A new Photobooth mode lets you place the camera down and make funny faces or smile, allowing you to free your hands as you and your friends take fun selfies, photobooth-style. This uses A.I. to detect the best shots. A.I. is also used with an upcoming feature called Night Sight, which will make low-light photos look dramatically better. Even better, Google has added an extra wide-angle camera on the front, so you can get way more in the shot — especially handy for group photos.

The excellent camera experience is paired with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chip, which is still speedy, along with 4GB of RAM. As we mentioned earlier, Google’s software optimization results in one of the most reliable Android phones ever made. Best of all? The Pixel 3 is water-resistant, and it gets automatic software updates directly from Google, so your phone will always be up to date and perfectly safe. Google also offers 24/7 customer support right in the settings menu, so you can reach out to Google immediately if you have a problem.

Google Pixel 3 review

Google Pixel 3 XL review

Best phone with great battery life: Huawei P30 Pro Huawei P30 Pro reviewAndy Boxall/Digital Trends

Why you should buy this: Smartphones are as good as they last, and you need a phone that can last more than a day.

Who it’s for: People who need a phone that can last two days.

Why we picked the Huawei P30 Pro:

You will find an impressively large 4,200mAh battery in the Huawei P30 Pro, which is enough to see you through two days before you need to find an outlet. It’s not just the big battery that gives this phone such stamina — Huawei has also pulled off some clever software trickery to optimize power management. In addition to boasting a long-lasting battery, the P30 Pro also supports quick charging, with Huawei’s proprietary Super Charge technology offering a full charge from empty in 70 minutes.

There are no compromises under the hood to achieve the solid battery life. The P30 Pro is packing Huawei’s latest Hisilicon Kirin 980 processor, backed by 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage (an 8GB RAM version with 256GB of storage is also available). We found performance to be fast and smooth in our testing.

The Razer Phone 2 has serious stamina

With a 4,000mAh battery, the Razer Phone 2 can easily take you to a second day. it can also just as easily run out after a full day if you leave the special 120Hz screen on all the time and you game at the maximum graphical settings possible, with the logo on the back constantly shining brightly. It’s a gaming phone, so it needs a lot of juice, but for days where you game less, this phone can easily go into a second day. There’s a Snapdragon 845 inside backed by 6GB of RAM, a 5.72-inch Quad HD display, and 128GB of internal storage. The biggest downside is the camera, which doesn’t match the phone’s $800 price tag. But if you need something that will last for extended periods between charges, it’s worth considering, especially since it’s sold in the U.S.

Razer Phone 2 review

The 6.47-inch OLED display is vivid and sharp, with a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels, and there is an excellent triple-lens main camera that combines 40-megapixel standard lens with an 8-megapixel telephoto, as well as a 20-megapixel wide-angle. We also like the design, with a teardrop notch at the top of the screen for the 32-megapixel front-facing camera, and a slim bezel at the bottom. There’s a reliable under-glass fingerprint sensor for securely unlocking the phone. If we had to find a weakness it would be Huawei’s EMUI user interface — which still thankfully runs Android 9 Pie — and the fact this phone isn’t available in the U.S.

You can check out our roundup of other smartphones with the best battery life for other alternatives.

Huawei P30 Pro review

Best value flagship: OnePlus 7 Pro oneplus 7 proAndy Boxall/Digital Trends

Why you should buy this: You get the luxurious feel and look of a flagship, with power to match, for less.

Who it’s for: Anyone seeking a gorgeous, powerful, customizable, Android phone.

Why we picked the OnePlus 7 Pro:

OnePlus has been turning out affordable phones with near flagship specs for years now and the OnePlus 7 Pro is its best release so far. The price has crept up, making it more flagship than flagship killer, but this is an excellent smartphone by any standards.

There’s a truly stunning 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with an impressive 3,140 x 1,440-pixel resolution, a buttery smooth 90Hz refresh rate, and support for HDR10+. It’s bright, with deep blacks, and accurate colors. There isn’t even a notch, because the OnePlus 7 Pro features a pop-up selfie camera.

That wonderful display is backed up by plenty of power with a Snapdragon 855 processor and your choice of 6GB, 8GB, or 12GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage. It’s one of the fastest phones we’ve ever tested. It runs Android 9.0 Pie with Oxygen OS on top, which is packed with handy customization options.

The Asus Zenfone 6 is even more affordable

At just $500, the Asus Zenfone 6 is a real bargain. It has a 6.4-inch LCD screen, a Snapdragon 855 processor with 8GB of RAM, and a some serious stamina thanks to a 5,000mAh battery. There’s also an unusual motorized flip-around camera that can work as the main camera and flip up to serve as the selfie camera. It combines a 48-megapixel main lens with a 13-megapixel ultra-wide lens. We also like the streamlined ZenUI software, which feels close to Google’s Pixels. The only real downsides here are a lack of water resistance and wireless charging, and some people may not like the unique design, but there’s no doubt this phone is great value.

Asus Zenfone 6 review

OnePlus has also worked hard to improve the camera, which has been a weak link for it in the past. The OnePlus 7 Pro has a triple-lens setup comprising a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens with a 117-degree field of view, a 48-megapixel lens with optical and electronic image stabilization (OIS and EIS), and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens also with OIS for a 3x optical zoom or a 10x digital zoom.

The 4,000mAh battery is enough for a busy day, but will likely need to be recharged at bedtime. Luckily, the Warp Charge fast charging system can take the OnePlus 7 Pro from zero to 50% in just 20 minutes.

If you’re looking for cons, then the absence of wireless charging, average battery life, and lack of an IP rating will figure, though OnePlus says the phone is water resistant. All in all, though, it represents fantastic value for money.

OnePlus 7 Pro review

Best small smartphone: Samsung Galaxy S10e Samsung Galaxy s10e hands-onJulian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

Why you should buy this: It’s the perfect size for easy, one-handed operation.

Who it’s for: Anyone seeking a smaller phone that still boasts great design and performance.

Why we picked the Samsung Galaxy S10e:

Samsung has taken some of the best elements of the more expensive S10 and packed them into an even more compact and affordable body in the shape of the Galaxy S10e. You’ll find a top-class 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with a 2,280 x 1,080-pixel resolution and HDR10+ certification. It lacks the curves of its bigger siblings, and it’s not quite as sharp, but it offers excellent color accuracy and you won’t get tired of staring it at it.

Inside, you get the same lightning fast Snapdragon 855 processor, which makes this phone capable of running all the latest games and apps. It comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and there’s room for expansion via the MicroSD card slot.

The iPhone 8 is ideal for Apple fans seeking something smaller

While the design is dated, this svelte smartphone will feel like a comfortable old pair of pajamas for long-time iPhone users. There’s a 4.7-inch screen, zippy performance to match the iPhone X, and a good 12-megapixel main camera. You’ll also find Touch ID and the latest version of iOS on board. The small battery is just enough to see you through a busy day and there’s support for fast wired charging and wireless charging, though you will need to buy an extra kit to take advantage. As phones keep getting bigger, this form factor has all but disappeared, so if you crave something small and you prefer an iPhone, this is the one to get.

Apple iPhone 8 review

Samsung has gone with a dual-lens main camera in the S10e, pairing a standard 12-megapixel lens with a variable f/1.5 to f/2.4 aperture and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with a f/2.2 aperture. You’ll find a wide array of options and modes in the camera app, which also allows you to shoot 4K video in HDR. There’s a 10-megapixel lens with a f/1.9 aperture around front.

The 3,100mAh battery will get you through an average day, but it may need a top up if you’re planning to be out at night. Sadly wired charging isn’t very fast, but you can wirelessly charge at the same speed. Ultimately, you get most of what makes Samsung’s Galaxy flagships special at a knockdown price with the S10e.

Samsung Galaxy S10e review

If you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, then we also have ideas about the best rugged phones, best phones for kids, and the best gaming phones.

Research and buying tips What is an unlocked smartphone?

A locked smartphone is tied to a specific carrier’s network, so if your phone is locked to Verizon, for example, you can only use it with a Verizon SIM and service plan. An unlocked smartphone can be used on any network. If you’ve paid in full for your phone, then it should be free to unlock. We have a guide that will show you how to unlock a phone on every carrier. You can also buy some great unlocked phones that will work with any carrier straight out of the box.

Can smartphones get viruses?

While it is possible to get viruses on iPhones or Android phones, what most people mean when they say virus is malware. Technically, the term virus means software that infects a host, inserting itself into an existing program, and then spreads that infection by self-replicating. They are a very small percentage of malware and extremely rare on smartphones, but malware isn’t. You should definitely think about how to protect your smartphone from hackers because a little common sense can save you from having to work out how to remove malware from your phone.

What should I do with my old smartphone?

The most obvious thing to do with your old smartphone is to pass it on to someone else. If you want to gift it, then make sure to wipe it first; we have guides on how to wipe your Android phone and how to factory reset an iPhone. You may also want to turn that old phone into cash, in which case you’ll want to read up on how to sell your smartphone. You may decide to keep it as a spare in case your new smartphone breaks, but you could also repurpose it with the right apps. It’s better to pass it on to someone who can use it or find another use for it than let it languish in a drawer. If you can’t think of a good way to reuse your smartphone then consider donating it or recycling it.

How long should a smartphone last?

Realistically, you should expect to get two to three years out of your smartphone. You can extend the life of any smartphone by taking proper care of it and it’s always worth shopping for good protective cases. There are also loads of good waterproof phones to choose from nowadays. The problem with many Android phones is that the manufacturers and carriers are slow to push out software updates, so the software can become dated and even insecure over time. Buy a phone from Apple or Google and you won’t have that problem.

Do phones cause cancer?

The question of whether cell phone radiation is dangerous is still hotly contested in some quarters. It is technically classified as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” but that puts it in the same category as coffee, gasoline, and nickel. There have been many studies, but we still lack any scientific evidence to provide a definite answer to the question one way or the other. Most official bodies, including the Federal Communications Commission,  Center for Disease Control, and National Cancer Institute agree there’s no proven link right now, but also acknowledge that we need more research.

How do prepaid phones work?

Prepaid cell phones work just like any other phone, but they come without a monthly contract or long-term commitment. You usually pay for service in advance. When you buy a prepaid phone they tend to come with a fixed number of minutes, text messages, and possibly a fixed amount of mobile data. This removes the chance of any overage charges. When you run out, you simply top up by buying more minutes, texts, and data in blocks.

Which OS is best for you?

This is where things get personal. Picking a smartphone operating system is a huge deal. You’re buying into an entire ecosystem of apps and compatible products when you choose between Android and iOS.

Apple’s iOS is a beautiful, simple operating system and the App Store offers the best app selection imaginable. Each and every aspect of iOS is curated by Apple, and it shows. Android is more open and it has fewer rules, which means more customization options, but it also means that manufacturers and app makers can willfully ignore Google’s Material design language and do whatever they want, sometimes rendering Android unrecognizable and cluttered. Android is gorgeous, as seen on Google’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL, but you don’t always see it like that.

Since Apple is the only company that makes iPhones, it also has complete control over software updates. As such, iPhone users always get the most recent and best iOS experience possible. Android users don’t have that luxury. Unless you own a Pixel device — and very few of Android users do — you may have to wait months to get software updates.

Software updates contain security updates, which keep your phone safe from malware, viruses, and hackers. Android is the most heavily targeted mobile OS, so it is attacked by the worst bugs, like Stagefright and Heartbleed, both of which remain unpatched for millions of Android users. Google now issues a security patch every month, but many manufacturers don’t push them to users in a timely fashion, if ever.

In contrast, Apple can patch security flaws and send the updated software to all iPhone users immediately. Since most users update their software when prompted, most iOS users are protected from these very real threats. Apple’s iOS also offers full encryption with no compromises.

How we test

A phone is so much more than its spec sheet. Your entire life is stored on it, from your photos and contacts to your music and your favorite apps. For that reason, we take great care when we review phones to recommend only the absolute best out there.

We use each phone we review as our daily driver for an extended period of time to test out all the features. We do benchmarks, play games, take photos, plunge them in water, and use them until their batteries expire. Then we charge ’em up and do it all over again. We test devices like real people use devices. We’re not in some stuffy lab during obscure tests. We’re running around the cities we live in using these phones just like you use your phones. Then we think about each phone in comparison with its competitors to come to a decision: Should you buy this phone or something else? If the answer is “something else,” we tell you what to buy instead.

Smartphone innovation has peaked, and the number of radical new features that come out each year is shrinking. As such, when you’re buying a phone, you’re buying a device that will be with you 24/7 for several years. It’s a big choice, and things like apps, a product ecosystem, customer support, and security should be important factors in your buying decision.

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Android will show a detailed look at your 2019-07-21 07:54:00Google has revealed a handful of new Fast Pair capabilities coming out this year that'll make compatible Bluetooth headsets better competitors to App

US took down Iranian drone using new jammer 2019-07-21 04:06:00When the USS Boxer took down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz, it apparently represented a baptism by fire for new technology. The Wall Stree

'Fortnite' winds down season nine with a giant-sized 2019-07-20 23:54:00Epic is still finding ways to mark Fortnite's season transitions in grand style. The studio just finished a "Final Showdown" event for the end of

Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce is leaving the gaming 2019-07-20 22:23:00Another Blizzard co-founder is stepping away from the company. Just a few months after Mike Morhaime left his role as Blizzard CEO and president, his

Amazon's 'The Expanse' season 4 premieres December 13th 2019-07-20 21:25:00Fans of The Expanse finally know when they can expect Amazon to continue the cult-hit sci-fi series. The internet giant has confirmed that the fourth

'The Orville' season 3 will be a Hulu 2019-07-20 20:40:00You'll have to forget about watching The Orville's third season on Fox. Hulu has announced that it will offer season 3 of the sci-fi series as an e

'Westworld' season 3 trailer shows robots venturing beyond 2019-07-20 19:22:00HBO has released the first full trailer for Westworld's third season, and it's clear that there's much, much more to see than what you caught in th

NASA's Orion crew capsule is ready for its 2019-07-20 17:55:00You knew the US wouldn't mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 without news about the country's next trip to the Moon. Both Lockheed Martin and NA

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Amazon Prime Day 2019: The Absolute Best Tech 2019-07-16 19:30:00We scoured Amazon's labyrinth of discounts to bring you the best Prime Day deals.

The Best Remaining Amazon Prime Day Deals, a 2019-07-16 17:19:23Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.

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32 Best Amazon Prime Day Alternative Deals From 2019-07-16 12:30:00Prime Day is so popular that Amazon competitors like Walmart and Target counter it with their own sales. We've collected the best of the rest.

Google and Nest Device Deals: 11 Prime Day 2019-07-16 11:30:00To combat Amazon's Prime Day, Google is discounting its best devices.

Amazon Prime Day 2019: The Best Kindle Is 2019-07-16 10:30:00We're big fans of Amazon's Kindles, and all three are on sale for Prime Day: Standard, Paperwhite, and Oasis. They're as cheap as we've seen them.

Amazon Prime Day 2019: 11 Things WIRED's Gear 2019-07-16 07:00:00We look at gear all day, every day. Here are the cat caves and chopsticks that we'd spend our own money on.

The Best Gear to Take to the Moon 2019-07-16 07:00:00You're embarking on the craziest 76-hour journey of your life. What on earth (literally) do you bring?

Yeti Hopper Cooler Deal: $90 Off for Amazon 2019-07-15 18:30:00Yeti's tough, durable coolers rarely go on sale. If you're in the market, you may want to snatch the Hopper Flip 18 up.

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The Snapdragon 855 is getting an upgrade to 2019-07-15 10:56:00Devices ship soon, starting with the Asus ROG Phone 2 later this month.

Dealmaster: All the best Amazon Prime Day 2019 2019-07-15 07:50:40No, it's not all garbage. Here are the Prime Day tech deals we actually like.

Dealmaster: Amazon discounts almost its entire product lineup 2019-07-14 15:41:18Save big on Echo speakers, Fire TV Sticks, Kindles, and more.

OurPact returns to App Store, reviving debates about 2019-07-12 18:15:54What OurPact's return means for similar apps, iOS security, and antitrust cases against Apple.

Teardowns and benchmarks: All the details about Apple’s 2019-07-12 14:30:33Even faster performance comes with a lower repairability rating.

The latest barrier to 5G speeds? The summer 2019-07-12 14:08:16Hands-on report says "persistent overheating" issues plague 5G hardware.

Amazon Music Unlimited is growing faster than Apple 2019-07-12 07:30:29Amazon still has a long way to go to catch up with Apple or Spotify, though.

Microsoft Teams is now officially bigger than Slack 2019-07-11 18:35:18It's the first official milestone for Microsoft's group chat, and it's a big one.

Google workers listen to your “OK Google” queries—one 2019-07-11 15:31:04News service identified Google users by listening to 1,000 leaked recordings.

DeepMind AI is secretly lurking on the public 2019-07-11 13:51:33European players who opt-in have a chance to match up against AlphaStar.

Official Galaxy Note 10 images leak, show off 2019-07-11 10:24:00It's big. It's rectangular. It probably doesn't have a headphone jack.

Third parties confirm AMD’s outstanding Ryzen 3000 numbers 2019-07-10 14:30:46AMD has pulled ahead of Intel for the first time in 20 years.

TechCrunch » Gadgets

Nintendo introduces a Switch model refresh with better 2019-07-17 08:48:46Nintendo already announced an entirely new Switch console this month, the Switch Lite, and now it’s bumping some of the specs on the existing Sw

Nexar’s Live Map is like Street View with 2019-07-17 08:31:16We all rely on maps to get where we're going or investigate a neighborhood for potential brunch places, but the data we're looking at is often old,

Voyant Photonics raises $4.3M to fit lidar on 2019-07-16 12:45:09Lidar is a critical method by which robots and autonomous vehicles sense the world around them, but the lasers and sensors generally take up a conside

Sony’s new A7R IV camera is a 61 2019-07-16 10:53:13Sony unveiled the latest in its line of interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras on Tuesday, debuting the A7R IV, its top-of-the-line full-frame digita

Petcube’s Bites 2 and Play 2 amuse pets 2019-07-15 08:46:58Petcube’s original Bites smart treat dispenser and Play pet camera with a built-in laser pointer were great for pet parents who couldn’t a

Hero Labs raises £2.5M for its ultrasonic device 2019-07-15 04:00:39Hero Labs, a London-based startup that is developing “smart” technology to help prevent water leaks in U.K. properties, has raised £

Archinaut snags $73 million in NASA funding to 2019-07-12 19:12:32A project to 3-D print bulky components in space rather than bring them up there has collected a $73.7 million contract from NASA to demonstrate the t

These robo-ants can work together in swarms to 2019-07-12 17:43:30While the agility of a Spot or Atlas robot is something to behold, there's a special merit reserved for tiny, simple robots that work not as a versat

Amazon reportedly ramps development on Alexa-powered home robot 2019-07-12 09:06:40Bloomberg reported last April that Amazon was working on a home robot codenamed “Vesta” (after the Roman goddess of the hearth and home),

Amazon said to be launching new Echo speaker 2019-07-12 08:42:18Amazon is reportedly looking to offer an Echo that more directly competes with high-end speakers like the Sonos line of devices or Apple’s HomeP

Luminar eyes production vehicles with $100M round and 2019-07-11 11:13:15Luminar is one of the major players in the new crop of lidar companies that have sprung up all over the world, and it's moving fast to outpace its pe

‘World’s first Bluetooth hair straighteners’ can be easily 2019-07-11 10:10:42Here’s a thing that should have never been a thing: Bluetooth-connected hair straighteners. Glamoriser, a U.K. firm that bills itself as the mak

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Save 97% in the Ultimate AWS Data Master 2019-07-19 11:01:51 We have a great deal on the Ultimate AWS Data Master Class Bundle in the Geeky Gadgets Deals store today, you can save97% off the normal price. The U

Old Crow Mustang to be Auctioned for Charity 2019-07-19 09:55:44 Ford and Roush have teamed up to make a custom 2019 Ford Mustang GT that will be auctioned off at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 2019

Samsung Galaxy A80 launched in India 2019-07-19 09:35:56 The Samsung Galaxy A80 is launching in India, the handset will be available for INR 47,990 which is about $696 at the current exchange rate. The devi

Vodafone offering free Galaxy Buds when you Buy 2019-07-19 08:31:36 Vodafone is offering a free pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds when you buy either a Samsing Galaxy S10+ or a Galaxy S10 5G smartphone. The offer will be av

Specialized S-Works Turbo Creo SL Founder’s Edition electric 2019-07-19 08:15:13 Performance bicycle bike design and manufacturing company Specialized has unveiled their latest creation in the form of the $16,500 S-Works Turbo Cre

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airSniffler lightweight, affordable, wearable air pollution monitor 2019-07-19 07:59:02 If you are in the market for a lightweight, affordable, wearable air pollution monitor you may be interested in the aptly named airSniffler which has

SpeakEasy audio system with intergrated Google Assistant 2019-07-19 07:38:03 A new audio system has been launched by Indiegogo this month in the form of the SpeakEasy which offers a true high fidelity stereo system complete wi

Barsys robot bartender uses AI to mix cocktails 2019-07-19 07:27:48 Barsys 2.0 is a new robotic bartender that uses artificial intelligence to help mix your perfect cocktail. Watch the demonstration video below to lea

Huawei Mate X folding smartphone could launch soon 2019-07-19 07:15:03 It looks like the Huawei Mate X folding smartphone could be about to launch. The handset was originally unveiled at Mobile World Congress back in Feb

PlayStation VR Paper Beast teaser 2019-07-19 07:12:02 A new teaser trailer has been released by games developer Pixel Reef this week providing a glimpse of what you can expect from the PlayStation VR Pap

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Vivo Y90 Leaked Images Tip 4,030mAh Battery, Black New! 2019-07-22 04:48:49Alleged leaked images of the Vivo Y90 suggest that the entry-level phone will pack a 4,030mAh battery and will come in Black and Gold colour options.

Chandrayaan-2 Launch: When and How to Watch Live New! 2019-07-22 04:18:14Chandrayaan-2 ISRO mission aboard the GSLV Mk-III rocket will lift off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota today. At 1:40pm, the fillin

Vivo S1 India Launch - Here's Everything We New! 2019-07-22 04:11:49Vivo S1, the budget phone that was launched in Indonesia earlier this month with a price tag of IDR 3,599,000 (roughly Rs. 17,800), is launching in In

Fiio M11 High Resolution Lossless Audio Player Launched New! 2019-07-22 03:31:27Fiio's latest high-resolution audio player is a serious step-up in functionality and capabilities, and is priced at Rs. 39,990.

Equifax Set to Pay Around $700 Million for New! 2019-07-22 03:26:47Equifax is reportedly close to reaching an agreement with authorities for a $700 million fine over a 2017 data breach.

NASA Prepares to Send 'First Woman and Next New! 2019-07-22 03:17:22NASA said it has doubled down on its next giant leap with the Artemis programme that would take "the first woman and the next man" to the lunar surf

Redmi Phone With 64-Megapixel Camera Teased via Camera New! 2019-07-22 02:49:11Xiaomi has posted a camera sample on Weibo to confirm the development of a new Redmi phone carrying a 64-megapixel camera sensor.

Vivo Z5 With Triple Rear Cameras Set to New! 2019-07-22 02:43:36Vivo has confirmed that that the Vivo Z5 with triple rear cameras will be launched at an event in China on July 31.

Google Finds Cheap Way Out of Multibillion-Dollar 'Wi-Spy' New! 2019-07-22 02:36:44Google is poised to pay a modest $13 million to end a 2010 privacy lawsuit that was once called the biggest US wiretap case ever and threatened the In

TikTok Parent ByteDance to Set Up Data Centre New! 2019-07-22 02:29:54ByteDance, which owns the popular short video-sharing app TikTok, on Sunday said it was planning to set up a data centre in India.

Twitter Blocks Accounts of Iranian State Media Outlets New! 2019-07-22 02:25:30A day after Twitter suspended the accounts of several Iranian state media outlets, the social networking service said Saturday it acted after harassme

Samsung Galaxy M-Series Phones Discounted by Up To New! 2019-07-22 01:46:43Samsung Galaxy M30, Galaxy M20, and Galaxy M10 are currently available with a discount of up to Rs. 1,000 on their original asking price, and more off


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