Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE ( matte white)
It's no flagship, but the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE offers a solid big-screen experience at a budget price point that's hard to beat.
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ ( 32GB, gold platinum)
Buy the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ if you love the idea of a wraparound screen; otherwise, you'll be able to find less expensive phones that do nearly as much.
Apple iPhone 6S ( 16GB, space gray)
The newest iPhones are top-to-bottom better phones with lots of enhancements; iPhone 6 owners don't need the upgrade, but everyone else should seriously consider it.
LG G Stylo ( titanium)
Though the LG G Stylo's stylus is more of an afterthought, it's still a highly affordable big-screen handset.
LG G2 ( black)
If you're willing to live with some minor design compromises, you can't go wrong with LG's ultrafast G2 workhorse.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 ( 32GB, black sapphire)
Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 is excellent overall, and the only phone to buy if you want to write by hand. However, you'll pay a huge premium for a modest upgrade from last year's model, and less pricey competitors will satisfy many.
Sharp Aquos Crystal ( white)
Don't fret about the unremarkable features -- the Sharp Aquos Crystal is a great buy with a compelling edgeless display that renders it unlike any phone currently on the market.
HTC Desire 610 ( dark grey)
The HTC Desire 610 may be affordable, with an iPhone 5C-style plastic body, but its mediocre specs and poor screen resolution mean it's still not a good buy. For much less money you can grab the 4G Motorola Moto G, which has the same processor, Android KitKat software and a higher resolution display.
LG G Flex 2 ( platinum silver)
No longer just a daring experiment, the G Flex 2 finally has the killer screen and top-of-the-line processor that its bold design deserves.
Kyocera DuraXT ( Sprint)
Though its clamshell design isn't pretty, the Kyocera DuraXT is tough as nails, with great call quality, and a respectable camera to boot.