- What’s the best smartphone? This list focuses primarily on high-end flagship devices, but the best flagship smartphones don’t have to be the most expensive.
- Value plays a huge role in this list, and there’s a mid-range device here that’s well worth considering for more budget-minded buyers.
- In fact, the top three phones in this list aren’t the top flagship models everyone expects from Apple or Samsung.
It would be much easier to rank these smartphones based purely on specs and the number of features each offers, but that would mean the most expensive smartphones would always rank in the top three, and they’re not the first phones I’d usually recommend.
One of the biggest factors for me when ranking and recommending a phone is its value in relation to its specs and features. That typically leads me to recommend phones that may have fewer features or a less sleek design than the ultra-premium models that command four-figure price tags.
Indeed, just because a phone has everything and the kitchen sink doesn’t mean you have to buy it — it’s just an option for those who might have a larger budget. The same logic applies to pretty much anything you can buy. Do you pick the most expensive model of everything you buy? If you don’t, the top three will suit you well. If you always go with the top of the line, then you probably already know the phone you want.
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20. BlackBerry Key2
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The BlackBerry Key2 is arguably the most unique smartphone on this list because of its physical keyboard. The trade-off here is you sacrifice some screen space to make way for the keyboard. That might appeal to some BlackBerry enthusiasts, but not so much to regular smartphone users.
19. LG G8
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Unfortunately for LG, the new LG G8 at its $820 price places it pretty low on this list. It’s comparable to the $750 Galaxy S10e, but without the sleek design and with little to show for the extra $70 you’d spend.
Still, it’s a solid device that checks all the right boxes, but doesn’t excel in any particular thing.
You can find the LG G8 for $700 at Best Buy and B&H Photo, which is what the LG G8 should have been priced at to begin with. I wouldn’t recommend buying it for its full price tag from carriers, however.
18. Moto G7
Motorola’s Moto G series of smartphones has been our favorite mid-range option ever since they were first released back in 2013, and they’ve only been getting better every generation. Last year’s Moto G6 was a fantastic device that made me forget I was using a $250 phone, and not one that cost more $800.
The new $300 Moto G7 comes with updated specs, design, and even a few rare, out-of-style features that many smartphone users still value.
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