Samsung Galaxy Note 4 ( gold)
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.
Apple iPhone 6 ( 16GB, silver)
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.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus ( 16GB, space gray)
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.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Subtly improved and smartly refined, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is a superior superphone that hits every mark but the sharpest design.
Sony XPERIA Z3 ( black)
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.
LG G3 ( 32GB)
Possessing the right blend of features and design, the G3 finally gives LG the right phone with which to challenge Korean rival Samsung.
Huawei Ascend Mate 7
Although it's let down by its awkward software, the excellent battery life and big, bright screen help make the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 a decent choice for those of you looking for movies and games on the go.
Samsung Galaxy Light
Buy the Samsung Galaxy Light if you're looking for Android on a budget -- just be aware that you're trading price for performance.
Sony Xperia Z3v
It isn't quite the same as the Xperia Z3, but Verizon's version has nearly all the same features and wireless charging, too. Take a look.
Though it doesn't have LTE and takes unimpressive photos, the LG Optimus L90 remains a worthy midrange contender that you should look at if you're on a budget.
Google Nexus 5
Strong performance, high-end specs, and an ultra-affordable price make the Google Nexus 5 not just the best unlocked phone on the market, but the best Nexus phone by far.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha ( frosted gold)
If you love the high-end tech Samsung crams into its phones but hate the plastic bodies, the Galaxy Alpha may well be the phone for you. Its processor and camera perform brilliantly, while its compact 4.7-inch size makes it very comfortable to hold and use in one hand. Its low-resolution display is a big letdown, though, especially when you consider the high price of the phone, which does take the shine off an otherwise brilliant phone.
HTC One M8 for Windows ( 16GB)
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.
Nokia Lumia Icon ( Verizon Wireless)
Buy the Nokia Lumia Icon for its beautiful display and well-rounded features, but skip it if you require gobs of storage, are on a budget, or prefer a power user's OS.
Motorola Droid Maxx
If you can get past its steep price, the massive-screened Motorola Droid Maxx is currently Verizon’s best Android smartphone.
Priced at $50, the LG Optimus L70 is one of the best 4G Android handsets on any prepaid network.
Though it's one of this year's better Android phones on paper, the OnePlus One isn't for everyone, nor is it readily available.
Samsung Galaxy S 5 Active ( AT&T, Ruby Red)
Though it's only marginally more durable than the original Galaxy S5, the Galaxy S5 Active's physical buttons and high-end features keep it in Samsung's hit parade.
Xiaomi Redmi ( black)
Xiaomi's Redmi offers exceptional value for its low price, and blows all other budget handsets out of the water. If you're looking for a cheap Android smartphone without having to compromise performance, look no further.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
Its reliable specs and availability on four carriers make the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini an easy-to-find midtier buy, but you should also compare the S4 Mini with its substantial competition.