For longtime iPhone users, the iPhone X tops them all. It's a splurge, but one that comes with wireless charging, Face ID to unlock the phone with a glance and a slimmer build than the iPhone 8 Plus. Plus, it's got a great camera with dramatic lighting modes.
The Galaxy S9 Plus tops the iPhone X in low-light photography. Take a photo and the variable aperture lens will automatically adjust the lighting -- photos in dark scenes are seriously bright. Plus, portrait mode will help your dad's photos pop.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
Not too cheap, not too pricey, but just right. The Huawei Honor View 10 is a strong performer with dual cameras and good specs, but it's much cheaper than the premium Android competition. You can score one on Huawei's Honor website for $499.
Another good camera phone that's a couple hundred bucks less is the Oppo R11s. Oppo is a Chinese company, but you can find the R11s on Amazon if you want to buy it in the US. Would your dad like the idea of scoring a deal by buying a phone on the open market? This might be the one.
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.