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Our Top Picks Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 at Amazon"The display gives you a 2960 x 1440 resolution and a pixel density of 516 PPI."Best Design: Samsung Galaxy S10e at Amazon"Lets more light in for every image and video and produces excellent nighttime photographic results."Best Features: Google Pixel 3 at Best Buy"Promising reliable performance, security, and intelligent features that will make your life easier."Best for Durability: Moto G7 at Amazon"Has a comfy grip, scratch-resistant screen, and is water-resistant."Best Value: OnePlus 7 Pro at Amazon"The battery has been upgraded to 4,000 mAH for superior usage."Runner-Up, Best Value: Google Pixel 3a at Amazon"Expertly crafted for pockets — and wallets — of all shapes and sizes."Best Phablet: Google Pixel 3 XL at Best Buy"With a 6.3-inch screen, you'll most likely want to use two hands when operating this device."Runner-Up, Best Phablet: Samsung Galaxy S10+ at Amazon"The glass display extends from edge to edge for a 93.1% screen-to-body ratio."Best New Release: Oppo RX17 Neo at Amazon"The 1080 x 2340, 6.41-inch Super AMOLED screen is bright and vibrant, with only a small teardrop notch."Best Screen: Sony Xperia XZ3 at Amazon"The six-inch 18:9 screen is the device’s most stunning feature." Our Top Picks Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 4.8 Buy on AmazonBuy on Samsung When it comes to new Samsung releases, the brand seesaws back and forth between a new Galaxy S and a Galaxy Note every year. That makes it pretty hard to draw a line in the sand when choosing the best Samsung phone on the market, but the Note 9’s updates are pretty spectacular. The 6.4-inch, Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display gives you a 2960 x 1440 resolution and a pixel density of 516 PPI. The front camera operates with an 8MP sensor at an aperture of f/1.7, while the back sports two camera systems — a super-speed Dual Pixel 12MP sensor behind a wide-angle lens that shoots at a switchable f/1.5-to-f/2.4 aperture, along with a 12MP AF sensor supporting a telephone lens shooting at f/2.4 aperture. They’ve both got optical image stabilization and the ability to shoot stunning 4K video. Behind the scenes, the phone runs on a super-fast 64-bit Octa-Core Processor (cooking up speeds that max out at 2.8GHz). You can pick it up with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and the storage capacity can be 128GB or 512GB. Plus, if you want to add a MicroSD card, you can score up to 512GB more storage. The updated S Pen gives you great on-screen control, plus the added benefit of external Bluetooth functionality for completely new features. You can pick up the whole package in either Lavender Purple of Ocean Blue. The 8 Best Samsung Phones of 2020 Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review Best Design: Samsung Galaxy S10e 4.7 Buy on Amazon The Android smartphone marketplace has grown to monstrous proportions in the last few years, with top manufacturers expanding to new "budget" categories in response to Chinese manufacturers trying to provide flagship phones at non-flagship prices. The Samsung Galaxy S10e is perhaps the best example of one of those competing phones because it offers so many similar features found on the more expensive S10 and saves you a couple of hundred bucks. The first thing you notice is the 5.8-inch Infinity O display with its beautiful OLED performance and its sharp 2280 x 1080 resolution. It isn’t as sharp as the standard S10, but you do get that fancy hole punch cutout for the 10MP selfie camera. The rear camera system is amazing, too, with a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens and a 12MP standard lens. It’s kind of astounding to see a phone with a dual-camera setup for this price point. The whole thing is powered by the premium Snapdragon 855 processor, which should give you lightning-fast speeds even if it starts at 6GB of RAM. You can get 128GB or 256GB of storage and throw a MicroSD in there to increase it by up to 512GB. Plus, with colors ranging from Prism Black to Flamingo Pink all the way to Canary Yellow (a color you’ll only find on the S10e), it really will match your style. Samsung Galaxy S10e Review Best Features: Google Pixel 3 4.5 Buy on Best Buy The Pixel 3 isn’t just a smartphone — it essentially doubles as a personal assistant. It comes pre-installed with Google Assitant, giving you almost full control over the device with just the power of your voice. Simply start with, "Hey Google," then say any command: play music, screen incoming calls, or even take a group selfie without having to touch the device. The Pixel 3 also offers two exciting new features. First, for the avid online shopper, there’s Google Lens. If you spot something you like while out on the town, like a pair of shoes, just point your camera at the item to scan the image and find the product online. Or, if you spot an interesting landmark on your travels and want to learn more, you can do a quick Google search based on the image. The second special feature, Google Playground, steps up your social media game to a whole new level. With the power of Augmented Reality, you can create reactive 3D characters to add to photos or video recordings. Entertaining features aside, the Pixel 3 promises reliable performance, security, and intelligent features that will make your life easier. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor and is paired with either 64 or 128GB of internal storage. The device features a 5.5-inch OLED screen, boasting deep, rich colors and 2160 x 1080resolution. It's also compatible with wireless charging — pick up Google's new Pixel Stand accessory, a QIienabled charger that is specifically designed to complement the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Google Pixel 3 Review Best for Durability: Moto G7 3.6 Buy on Amazon The Moto G7 is a midrange smartphone with performance that exceeds what might be expected from its competition. The phone is built to be robust and sports a 6.2-inch full HD screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a 2270 x 1080 Max Vision display. It features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (with the ability to expand up to 512GB with a microSD slot) and is powered by a Snapdragon 632 processor. Its 3,000 mAh battery is able to last all day with frequent use, generally with some energy left over, and the USB-C port is compatible with Motorola’s Turbo Power fast charging technology, meant to provide up to nine hours of battery life within 15 minutes. With the phone in hand, you can capture your memories no matter the weather (the Moto G7 has a water-repellent coating) thanks to the dual back cameras, a 12-MP and a 5-MP depth sensor, and an 8-MP front-facing camera. The routine photo experience is upgraded with new tools including Spot Color and Cinemograph, along with Portrait Mode. Whether you’re snapping selfies or returning texts, the curved glass back makes the phone comfortable to hold. Best of all, the screen is scratch-resistant thanks to its Gorilla Glass. Motorola Moto G7 Review Best Value: OnePlus 7 Pro OnePlus 4.7 Buy on Amazon OnePlus has built a whole strategy around offering near-flagship phones for a price that is pretty affordable. For the 7 Pro, OnePlus has made a great phone for the price, which is why it wins our "best value" category. The most notable feature of the phone is its screen, the most prominent part of any smartphone. The 6.67-inch display sits at 3120x1440 pixels and it covers the whole front of the device without a notch because OnePlus has put the 16-megapixel front-facing camera into a motorized housing that pops up on-demand. The rear camera system is comprised of three lenses, an ultra-wide lens at 16MP, a telephoto at 8MP, and a main camera with a whopping 48MP. The Fluid AMOLED display is named for its super-responsive 90Hz refresh rate, making this phone great for gaming. There’s a Snapdragon 855 processor and the option for 12GB of RAM running the whole thing, which bolsters the refresh rate with ultra-snappy performance. Plus, the 4,000 mAh battery can be Warp Charged in under half an hour. You can choose between 128 and 256GB of storage in three colors: gray, blue, or almond. OnePlus 7 Pro Review Runner-Up, Best Value: Google Pixel 3a 4.3 Buy on Amazon Though it’s no doubt the best compact Android phone out there, bragging rights for Google Pixel 3a owners don’t stop there. You can also tell your friends more broadly that you own a high-end smartphone in general, with a price tag that would warrant less from competing brands. Even compared to the standard Google Pixel 3, the Pixel 3a is affordable, at half the price of its premium flagship older sibling. And yet, despite its low price point, the Google Pixel 3a retains many of the same features. For instance, it still has a phenomenal camera, one that subverts the notion that you have to spend a lot of money to take photos above potato quality. Images captured on a Pixel 3a camera are virtually indistinguishable from the Pixel 3, even at night. Its 12.2 MP rear sensor and 8 MP selfie camera are the same as well. While it lacks the Pixel Visual Core processor of the flagship Pixel 3, the photos it takes are so good it makes us wonder why the Pixel 3 really needed the dedicated processor in the first place. Since it’s a Google phone, you can expect the purest version of Android, no bloatware or extra "features" in sight. Later down the line, you’ll have first dibs on updates, too. Google hasn’t skimped on the design and specs here either which, for a sub-$500 smartphone, are respectable. The design is similar enough to the Pixel 3 that you’ll have a hard time telling them apart at a glance (although the body is made out of plastic rather than metal). The screen is OLED, and the Snapdragon 670 2.0 GHz CPU is plenty fast enough to hold its own. In the end, the few tradeoffs it makes to achieve its tasty pricing are well worth the compromise. Google Pixel 3a Review Best Phablet: Google Pixel 3 XL Courtesy of Best Buy 4.1 Buy on Best Buy In 2017, our choice for this category was a close race between the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, and the Google Pixel XL. Well, a new year means it’s time to pick a new reigning champion. For 2018, the Google Pixel 3 XL has successfully claimed the title. With a 6.3-inch screen, you'll most likely want to use two hands when operating this device, but its rich colors and 2960 x 1440 resolution is well worth it. The Pixel 3 XL also boasts an increased aspect ratio, 18:9, which adds another level of visual quality for streaming videos. In terms of hardware, the Pixel 3 XL features most of the same specs as the standard Pixel 3: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB RAM, and the option for either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. The battery offers 18-watt power for extra-fast charging, and is compatible with Qi wireless devices. The front and dual rear-facing cameras also hold the same HD specifications, promising 4K resolution for photos and videos. You’ll also be able to enjoy the same smart features available on the Pixel 3, such as Google Assistant, Google Lens, and Playground. Google Pixel 3a XL Review Runner-Up, Best Phablet: Samsung Galaxy S10+ Buy on Amazon With an impressive 6.4-inch QHD+ display, the Galaxy S10+ is in very close competition with the Pixel 3 XL as this year’s premiere "phablet" phone. The device takes advantage of its available real-estate, with glass extending from edge to edge, for a 93.1% screen-to-body ratio. While the screen is a definite show-stopper, the camera setup is equally impressive. Equipped with five cameras and an average resolution of 12MP per lens, the Plus guarantees perfect, Instagram-worthy shots with every snap. Its main feature is the 16MP ultra-wide lens that comes with a 123-degree field of vision, allowing you to capture more in each frame. Fitting everyone into a group photo has never been so simple. Also, the phone’s additional telephoto and normal wide-angle lenses accommodate for tighter shots. The S10+ features most of the same specs as its companion, the S10, but with some additional perks. It holds the same powerful, ultra-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, capable of reaching up to 2.0 Gbps. The Plus’s starting specs also include 8GB of RAM and a 128GB memory but can expand to 12GB RAM and 1TB of storage. Additionally, the device is compatible with wireless charging and offers the S10’s exclusive PowerShare feature, so you can share your battery with other Galaxy devices. Best New Release: Oppo RX17 Neo Buy on Amazon Though it might not have the name recognition of other smartphones, the moderately-priced Oppo RX17 Neo is a scaled-down version of big sibling Oppo RX17 Pro. The Chinese phone’s eye-catching appearance — the plastic backs come in striking colors — is paired with shiny new tech, like an in-screen fingerprint scanner. Inside you’ll also find a Snapdragon 660 processor and 128GB of storage. It’s rare to find an OLED screen at this price, and the 1080 x 2340, 6.41-inch Super AMOLED screen is bright and vibrant, with only a small teardrop notch. Images appear dynamic no matter the time of day. The 3,600mAh battery also punches above its weight, lasting for up to a day. You can stream videos or snap photos using the 16/2MP dual rear cameras and 25MP front camera. While the camera isn’t especially innovative, the Auto HDR does justice to the details. Best Screen: Sony Xperia XZ3 Buy on Amazon Sony has defined itself as a force to be reckoned with thanks to its premium headphones and TVs, and with its new Xperia XZ3 — the brand's first Bravia OLED effort — its phones now fall into the category, too. The 6-inch 18:9 screen is the device’s most stunning feature, resulting in realism, vibrancy, and depth whether you’re streaming videos or playing your favorite game. To capture your own memories, the 13MP front-facing camera includes a background blur option and improved digital stabilization, and videos can be recorded in 4K HDR. The Xperia SZ3 features a Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and microSD support up to 512GB. The 3,330mAh battery is combined with wireless charging. Striking and sleek, the phone is water-resistant and encased in Gorilla Glass 5. It also has a physical camera button and includes an easily-removable SIM card/microS card tray. The Xperia intelligence engine can monitor your usage, displaying different apps — such as the weather, maps, Uber, or Spotify — depending on the time and your location. Tested by How We Tested We bought 11 of the most popular Android smartphones and our reviewers spent more than 600 hours testing them. They used them at home and on the go, experimenting with texting, calling, and taking photos. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these Android smartphones, from user interface to size and speed. We've outlined the key points here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping. What to Look for in an Android Phone Hardware - When picking the perfect Android device for your lifestyle, keep a close eye on the hardware. If you’re a photography enthusiast, go for a device with a superb camera and screen. If you’ll be firing off emails constantly, consider one with a large screen and excellent battery life.Software - Different manufacturers customize their Android smartphones in various ways. Before you buy a phone, look at its interface and think about whether you’ll enjoy using it on a daily basis. Also, consider additional software features that some manufacturers might include such as face unlock, virtual assistants, and the ability to pay for purchases with your device.Carrier - Not all smartphones will work with your mobile carrier. Whether you have T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, or another service provider, double-check that your selected device will work with your existing network. Test Results: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (Best Overall) 4.8 Buy on AmazonBuy on Samsung What We Like Easy setup Superb battery life Immaculate display What We Don't Like Delicate build A seamless setup process, stellar battery life, and a vibrant screen display were some of the things our testers loved about this phone. They also enjoyed watching videos: "Streaming felt really luxurious," one reviewer noted. "It didn't feel like I was watching videos on a phone, but on a really nice tiny TV." One thing our testers were nervous about was the phone’s durability. "It feels a little too delicate to be able to comfortably utilize it to its full capacity,” said one tester. "I think it might end up being more of a liability for accident-prone people." (If that’s you, make sure to invest in a case right off the bat!) Test Results: Samsung Galaxy 10e (Best Design) 4.7 Buy on Amazon What We Like Distinctive hole-punch design Excellent display Top-tier processor Dual-camera setup Less expensive than the S10 What We Don't Like No QHD+ display Awkward fingerprint sensor location No 2x zoom camera Lifewire Lifewire Lifewire Lifewire Lifewire Our tester loved this phone’s "bright and beautiful" AMOLED display, ultra-fast processor, and unique hole-punch design: "It has a little hole in the upper right corner for the front-facing camera," he said, "which minimizes the bezel around the screen and makes for a more alluring product." In terms of negatives, he thought that its fingerprint sensor was in a slightly awkward place: "The fingerprint sensor is in the power button on the right side," he explained, "and it feels just out of reach for left-hand use." He also said that the dual-camera setup could have been slightly better: "It doesn’t have a 2x zoom camera," he said, "which is a frustrating omission." Overall, though, he thought that the phone was a great investment: "It’s almost as impressive as its pricier Samsung siblings, and it won't hurt your wallet quite as much in the process." Test Results: Google Pixel 3 XL (Best Phablet) Courtesy of Best Buy 4.8 Buy on Best Buy What We Like Beautiful design Easy to use Great features What We Don't Like Screen not bright enough Back of phone scratches easily "The Pixel 3 XL is a great all-around phone," raved one of our testers. "It’s a beautiful, well-built device packed with AI features that can assist you throughout your busy day — for example, the Google Assistant has the ability to screen and answer your incoming phone calls." In terms of negatives, one reviewer felt that the screen wasn’t as bright as she’d hoped: "The general consensus is that the screen’s brightness maxes out at around 360-424 nits, which pales in comparison to competitors like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the iPhone XS." One of our testers also found that the back of the phone scratched easily: "I wish Google would have utilized a different material or method of frosting the glass on the back," she explained, "as it has proven to be highly prone to scratches."