Phones:

Best phones of 2014

Updated

No-contract carriers sell mobile phones at full retail prices, but you can save money in the long run with cheaper monthly rates. Follow the links at the left to drill deeper into our favorite mobile phones by type. These lists change frequently, so check back!

Android phablet rules with a pen

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will thrill anyone who loves a fast phone with a large screen, but it's best for compulsive scribblers willing to pay a lot for its winning stylus.

Price: $299.99 - $749.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Apple gets serious

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus is too big for everyone to love it, but it's Apple's best phone this year. If your budget and your pocket can make room for it, give the iPhone 6 Plus serious consideration.

Price: $299.99 - $799.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

High fives all around

Samsung Galaxy S5

Just about every aspect of Samsung's marquee mobile is better than ever, with souped-up specs under the hood revving up performance at every turn.

Price: $199.99 - $749.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

iPhone grows up

Apple iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 delivers a bigger screen while remaining easy to handle, with plenty of features to satisfy everyone -- and the promise of Apple Pay on the horizon to potentially sweeten the deal even further.

Price: $199.99 - $799.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

All-around great

LG G3

Possessing the right blend of features and design, the G3 finally gives LG the right phone with which to challenge Korean rival Samsung.

Price: $149.99 - $629.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Sleek and powerful

Sony Xperia Z3

The Sony Xperia Z3 is Sony's most formidable to date with a formidable display and promising features that easily give Android competition from HTC, LG and Samsung a run for their money.

Price: $572.99 - $630.00 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

Motorola's charming cheapie

Motorola Moto G

Motorola's new Moto G exemplifies the budget Android phone, but if you prefer your data LTE-flavored, it's best to wait for that model.

3 stars Good
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