The Desire strikes a perfect balance between design, features and performance, offering users a fun, fast experience and some of the best communications tools available in phones today.
With its combination of excellent features and performance, matched with sleek design and its affordable price tag, Nokia's E71 manages to outshine recently released smartphones as our business phone of choice.
It may not be absolutely perfect, but it's definitely a home run. Xperia Arc is the best Sony Ericsson phone in years, and the first great smartphone of 2011.
An incremental upgrade to the Atom, the Atom Exec is an incredibly feature-rich, well-designed smartphone.
Samsung closed the camera gap with rivals and created a top-of-the-line phone for people who want the best Android has to offer.
The BlackBerry 8700 series is ideal for mobile professionals who require always-on e-mail access, but its cost and functionality won't be attractive to most non-business users.
Despite missing a few minor features, the Note 10's size, price and specs add up to the best all-around Samsung phone you can get right now.
The gorgeous Galaxy S7 Edge makes the best Android phone that much better.
For users who don't mind spending a little time getting to know a new system, the Nokia N900 is truly outstanding. With multitasking and lightning-fast performance, the N900 is pushing smartphones to genius levels.
With its smaller size, better connectivity and improved battery life, the Ultimate 8502 is the excellent smartphone the previous i-mates were so close to being.
Apple may have skipped flashy extras on this year's phones, but the iPhone 11 is the best midtier model the company's ever made.
The Huawei P30 Pro's impressive camera skills and vibrant design easily beat the Galaxy S10 Plus and the Pixel 3, but political entanglements mean the phone won't come to the US.
The Galaxy S10 Plus is an outstanding phone for 2019, although serious photographers will find its nighttime camera shots lacking. Competition, including from the upcoming Galaxy Note 10, is mounting.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro's impressive list of features puts it unquestionably among the top phones of the year. Shame you can't buy it in the US.
The ultrapricey Note 9 is one of the year's best phones, but wait until Samsung announces its Galaxy Note 10 successor to make a decision.
This is our new favorite budget Android, but if you have the OnePlus 3, you don't need to upgrade.
The fast, powerful, beautiful Galaxy S7 phone is 2016's all-around phone to beat.
The iPhone 6S Plus has a few key advantages that give it an edge for serious iPhone users, but its big body still may not fit for a lot of people.