For most of us, mobile phones are at the center of our universe. The typical feature set of these palm-sized marvels is astounding. It’s your phone, messaging device, web browser, camera, music player, GPS, and more. The phone you choose affects your life in a multitude of ways. That’s why we’re here to help you pick exactly the right one.
We’re a smartphone-dominated nation, with 5G now widely available across much of the land from three major, nationwide wireless carriers (Dish is also slowly building out a 5G network). But some of our choices have constricted a bit: The smartphone OS marketplace is basically down to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. It’s surprisingly difficult to find a really good simple voice phone nowadays, too.
We’ve reviewed almost every smartphone available for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, as well as for many of their sub-brands such as Cricket, Metro, and Visible. But rather than simply choosing the phones with the highest ratings here, we aim to deliver a list of devices that covers every budget and use case. We generally focus on the hottest, newest releases, but you can also find great value in slightly older phones, so make sure to shop around. We also include some helpful buying advice below the list that can help you throughout your search.