It's a great year to buy a smartphone. These days, even , so it’s hard to go horribly awry if you’re browsing devices at your local retailer. Especially if you're looking at devices over $500, you're almost guaranteed to find good cameras, fast processors, and gorgeous screens. At the same time, phones have never been more expensive, and there are a lot of small pitfalls you can run into, especially if you’re trying to buy a phone that will last you two or three years.

No matter why you’re here, we hope this guide helps. We’ve picked the best smartphones for both major platforms and have a bunch of tips to help you make the best choice possible. Be sure to read our list of and as well. Happy phone hunting!

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