The Best Cell Phones and Smartphones in mid-2016

Based on Professional Analysis

If you're shopping for a new phone, the array of possibilities can be daunting. Whether you're looking for a basic cell phone, a budget-friendly smartphone, a text messaging phone, or something else, I can help you find it. Here are links to the lists of today's best phones, organized by type (as of mid-2016).

Cell Phone Chooser Quiz

And if you're not sure what kind of phone you need, take my quick Cell Phone Chooser Quiz to find out.

Best Cell Phones

Samsung Rogue
Samsung Rogue. Image © Samsung

Basic cell phones can handle making calls, checking e-mail, surfing the Web, and snapping a few pictures. If that's what you're looking for, check out this list of today's best handsets.

Best Cheap Cell Phones

LG Remarq
The LG Remarq is an eco-friendly cell phone from Sprint. Sprint

Looking to save some cash? (Who isn't, right?) If you want a basic cell phone, but don't want to spend a lot, check out this list of today's best cheap cell phones. All of the phones on this list can be had for $40 or less.

Best Smartphones

Apple's new iPhone 4. Apple

Today's phones keep getting smarter and smarter, but not all smartphones share the same IQ. Find out which devices are smart enough to earn a spot on my list of today's top 10 smartphones.

Best Budget Smartphones

Smartphones​ may be smart, but that doesn't mean they're expensive. Check this list to see which smartphones can be had for less than $100.

Best Messaging Phones

The LG enV3 from Verizon Wireless. Verizon Wireless

Cell phones, just for talking? That's so last century. Today's phones let you communicate without having to make a call. Here's a list of today's best text messaging phones.

Best Android Phones

Droid X
Motorola's Droid X smartphone features a 4.3-inch touchscreen. Verizon Wireless

New Android phones are appearing almost every day. But not all Android phones are worth your time and attention. Find out which models have earned a spot on this list of today's best Android phones.

Best BlackBerry Phones

BlackBerry Bold 9700
BlackBerry Bold 9700. Image © RIM

BlackBerry phones don't always get the same amount of attention that rivals like the iPhone and Android phones command. But there are plenty of excellent BlackBerry phones available today.