It’s a new year, and we’re on the cusp of another major smartphone release cycle.
In the meantime, we’ve already seen a few new smartphones come out like Sony’s (SNE) waterproof Z1S and LG’s curved-screen G Flex.
Here’s a look at the best smartphones you can buy right now.
Note: We update this list approximately once a month. We skipped January because there weren’t any major new smartphone launches. Our rankings are based on a variety of factors including design, software and hardware features, content selection, carrier availability, and price. We only consider phones that are on sale in the U.S. at the time of publication.
#16 BlackBerry Q10
If you absolutely must have a phone with a physical keyboard, the BlackBerry (BBRY) Q10 is your best (and pretty much only) option.
Like the Z10, the Q10 runs the new BlackBerry 10 operating system. The phone is great for those who want an old-school look and feel. However, the only reason to buy this phone is for the keyboard. There are far better options out there.
#15 LG G Flex
LG released the first-ever curved screen phone, the G Flex, in the U.S. this month. The G Flex has a large, 6-inch curved screen and a self-healing backing that can repair itself from minor scratches.
Unfortunately, LG had to make a few compromises to get that curved screen on the device. The resolution is a lot lower than Apple and Samsung phones, so images, text, and video look very grainy in comparison. LG’s user interface for Android is also unattractive and buggy.
#14 HTC One Max
The HTC One Max is HTC’s first ever phablet. It has a 5.9-inch screen and looks like a jumbo-sized version of the company’s flagship HTC One phone. It also has a fingerprint sensor on the back so you can unlock the phone without a passcode.
However, it’s very thick and heavy compared to other phablets, which will probably be a turn off for a lot of people.
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