There are a lot of great smartphone options available at any given moment, so it can be a challenge to sort through them all if you’re trying to choose the absolute best one. The stakes here can’t be understated: your smartphone is most likely the most important gadget in your life, and you’ll probably be living with the one you buy for at least a year, if not two or three.
One thing you should consider: smartphones come in seasons, and it’s often best to wait for the right time. iPhones and Google phones land in the September / October time frame, while everybody else is scattered throughout the year. So if you are in the market for a phone but don’t have to buy right away, consider waiting until later in the year to see what’s coming next.
Samsung Galaxy 8 / 8 Plus
At this moment, the best phone you can buy is Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8 Plus. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 / S8 Plus is the best phone for most people.
It has the best display on any smartphone right now, a head-turning, premium design, a top-of-the-line camera, reliable battery life, and fast performance.
The S8 comes in two flavors: the standard model and the larger S8 Plus. Deciding between the two basically comes down to whether you want a larger 6.2-inch screen or a more manageable-in-one-hand 5.8-inch display. Everything else (except for price, the Plus model is about $100 more) is the same between the two models.
The mostly glass design of the S8 might concern you about durability, but in the couple of months that we’ve been regularly using the phone, it hasn’t been much of an issue. The S8 also has IP68 water resistance, so you don’t need to worry about dropping it in a puddle or getting it wet at the beach.
Not everything is perfect with the S8 — the placement of the fingerprint scanner is its biggest flaw — but it gets enough right that we’re confident recommending it to everyone.
iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
If you’re not into the S8’s curvy design or are locked into Apple’s ecosystem, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are the best options for you.
Both models have great build quality, sharp, color-accurate screens, fast performance, and easy-to-use software.
The larger 7 Plus not only gives you a bigger screen, but it also offers a dual-camera system that allows for unique photographic tricks.
If you are in desperate need of a new phone right now, the iPhone 7 is an good choice, but if you’re able to wait a few months, Apple is expected to release a new model this fall with a new design and larger display.