Huawei Mate 10 Pro
The Mate 10 Pro packs in a big 6-inch screen with a big battery and high-quality Leica cameras.
Samsung Galaxy S9
The slightly cheaper, slightly smaller Galaxy S9 has the same gorgeous screen and curved glass as the Galaxy S9 Plus. You do lose the portrait camera, but it still takes fantastic shots and is one of the best Android phones you can buy.
Galaxy Note 8
The Galaxy Note 8 is the only Android phone with a built-in stylus. If Dad finds himself always taking plenty of notes in meetings, this is the phone for him. It also boasts top-of-the-line specs like water resistance, a dual camera that can take portrait shots, wireless charging and a huge 6.3-inch screen.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
On the other end of the size spectrum, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is a rare 5-inch phone that can shoot high-quality 4K HDR photos and video, as well as super-slow-motion shots. You can pick it up at Best Buy or Amazon.
Google Pixel 2
The Google Pixel 2 comes from the company behind the Android OS. It has excellent integration with Google services and a clean layout and will be the first to get the latest Android update, so it'll continue feeling fresh. Its camera is also right up there in quality.
The LG V30 is LG's most powerful (and priciest) phone to date. It has a stunning 6-inch POLED display with high resolution for vivid colors and crisp pictures, plus it includes a lot of tools for capturing your own home movies. Could your dad be a budding filmmaker?
If your dad wants a smaller, more straightforward new iPhone, but doesn't want to give up the home button, go for the iPhone 8. It's got plenty of Apple's new iPhone tech like wireless charging and a fast A11 processor. Basically it looks and feels like an iPhone 7 or iPhone 6S, but works much faster.
Motorola Moto G6
Motorola's Moto G line has been a longtime budget favorite of ours, and we have high hopes for the $249 Moto G6. The new phone sports a dual camera on the back, a slim design and the most recent version of Android. It'll go on sale in late spring, so keep your eyes peeled.
Moto G6 Play
For long battery life, the even cheaper Moto G6 Play will only set you back $199 and has a large 4,000mAh battery. It's also slated to appear in stores in late spring.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
A tougher version of the Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S8 Active lasted 24 hours in our looping video drain tests and is tough enough that you won't need to buy a case. This phone is all about peace of mind, and you can get it at AT&T.
What about the iPhone SE?
The small-but-good iPhone SE is the simplest iPhone you can buy. We love it because it's comfortable to use one-handed and small enough to pocket. But it's also rumored an iPhone SE 2 is on the way. Either wait for the update or see if the original SE price drops.