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Best phones of 2016

Here are the phones with the best cameras, screens and battery life.

  • $899.98 at eBay See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 8 Performance
    • 9 Camera
    Samsung Galaxy Note 7

    The sexiest large-screen phone ever

    The Galaxy Note 7 is the best no-compromise, big-screen phone you can buy if price is no object. All but the most devoted stylus lovers, however, will do just as well with the cheaper S7 models.

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  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    This is the phone to beat

    The Galaxy S7 strikes an ideal balance of features and performance. It has an awesome camera, lightning-fast performance and great battery life -- plus expandable storage and water-resistance.

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    $489.99 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 8 Camera
  • $889.99 at Adorama See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 9 Camera
    Apple iPhone 6S

    Iconic Apple

    An excellent all-arounder and the midsize of three iPhones, the 6S is well-built and easy-to-use, and it's the obvious choice for anyone who also uses an iPad or Mac. Another perk? You can buy it straight from Apple.

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  • OnePlus 3

    Our perfect midprice phone

    At $400, the OnePlus 3 is the best budget Android phone you can buy, with a premium look and feel, and performance fast enough to go head-to-head with any high-end handset on the market.

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    $2.49 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 9 Design
    • 9 Features
    • 9 Performance
    • 8 Camera
  • $149.99 at Amazon.com See all prices

    CNET's Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 7 Features
    • 7 Performance
    • 7 Camera
    Motorola Moto G4

    An unbeatable Android bargain

    When it comes to price, this is the phone that torpedoes every other argument. Sure, it can't compete against top dogs from Samsung and Apple, but it isn't supposed to. You just can't find better value than this.

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Still not convinced?You may want to consider these other options...

  • Too good for wallet-watchers to pass up
    Asus ZenFone 3
  • ZTE's best can't beat the OnePlus 3
    ZTE Axon 7
  • Big screen, big power, big battery
    Oppo R9 Plus
  • A 'modular' phone that just clicks
    Motorola Moto Z
  • Bulky and overpriced
    Motorola Moto Z Force Droid Edition
  • Best-ever Nexus sets new standard for big-screen Android value
    Google Nexus 6P
  • If Superman was a phone
    Cat S60