The best phone 2024: top smartphones in the US right now

The best phone 2024: top smartphones in the US right now

The best phone you can buy won’t be the same thing for everybody. Some folks might want a feature-packed technology marvel like the Galaxy S24 Ultra, our best phone all around to start 2024. Others might want a more simple and sociable phone that gets everything right, like the Apple iPhone 15. No matter what you need, we’ve got recommendations for all of the best phones available right now. 

Now that we’ve spent time with the Galaxy S24 Ultra, we’re happy to recommend it as the best phone all around, especially if you need a bit more out of your

 
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Best phone 2024: the top smartphones to buy right now

Best phone 2024: the top smartphones to buy right now

The AI phones are here, but that doesn’t mean they’ve really arrived. 2023’s biggest tech trend is trickling down to mobile tech, but the results so far are a mixed bag, to say the least. (Never forget AI Pillow Arm.) AI really could be the start of helpful new ways to interact with our phones! But we’re definitely not there yet. In the meantime, be prepared to hear a lot more about AI on 2024’s new mobile devices — and temper your expectations.

High-end phones are pricey as ever this year, and the highest of the high end got a

 
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Best Phone to Buy for 2024

Best Phone to Buy for 2024

We test every phone in real-world scenarios, focusing on its features, design, performance, cameras, battery life and overall value. We document our findings in an initial review that is periodically updated when there are new software updates, or to compare it against new phones from competitors such as Apple, Samsung, Google and OnePlus.

A man holding an iPhone 14 Pro outdoors on a remote hillside

Emergency SOS debuted on the iPhone 14 series and we got to test the feature out to see how it works.

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Photography

Photography is a major focus for most phones these days, so we take pictures and videos of various subjects in a variety of

 
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Putting Google Pixel’s Real Tone to the test against other phone cameras

Putting Google Pixel’s Real Tone to the test against other phone cameras

Google is trying to make its phone cameras more inclusive. We put it to the test against its rivals.

Not all smartphone cameras handle skin tones the same way. Ijeoma Anyanwu, Carly Roussel, Samuel-Ben Elfner and Corentin Bodros — all of whom we met in San Francisco’s Union Square — show off some of the differences. (Chris Velazco/The Washington Post illustration; Shutterstock)

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Erika Young flew from Florida to San Francisco with her mother for two reasons: to meet up with a family member in the military and to

 
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The Best New Smartphones & Phone Accessories of 2022

The Best New Smartphones & Phone Accessories of 2022

This story is part of our end-of-year series This Year in Gear rounding up the most notable releases of 2022. For more stories like this, click here.


2022 is about to be in the books. Looking back, there were a bunch of smartphones (both iPhone and Android) announced — as well as a ton of chargers, cables and other mobile accessories. These are the best that 2022 had to offer.

iPhone 14 and 14 Plus

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The iPhone 14 is very similar to last year’s iPhone 13. It’s the same size and has a nearly identical 6.1-inch display. It

 
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Three reasons why your phone stinks at phone calls

Three reasons why your phone stinks at phone calls

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If you want to scream because your phone calls sound like garbage, it’s not just you.

The voice quality you’re getting over cell networks on your $1,000 iPhone is generally worse than it was when the landline was the only phone that existed.

“There is a whole generation of mobile users that have never heard a high-quality voice call,” said Sue Rudd, who directs research on mobile networks for Strategy Analytics.

Maybe

 
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