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!

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 - $949.00 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

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 - $809.88 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

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: $630.00 - $642.99 Check prices

4.5 stars Outstanding

HTC One M8 for Windows

While its camera isn't best-in-class and Windows Phone's underwhelming app selection still stings, the elegant and sophisticated HTC One M8 is an enticing alternative to Nokia models.

Price: $699.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best budget Android

Motorola Moto G (4G LTE)

Although the Motorola Moto G with 4G LTE is a bit pricier than its 3G-only sibling, it still has one of the best displays in the budget arena, its processor makes operation enjoyably smooth and its rounded, compact body is both comfortable and attractive. If you're after an affordable all-round entrance into the high speeds of 4G, you've come to the right place.

Price: $199.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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