Last updated: July 20, 2023 (Changelog)
Seeing how popular our Buyer's guide is, we decided to do one specifically for the US market because it is pretty different from the other parts of the world.
One important difference is that the major Chinese brands are almost absent. Not all of them (there is OnePlus), but the vast majority of popular Chinese brands of smartphones such as Xiaomi, Realme, Oppo, vivo, etc., are only available as gray imports.
In addition, the traditional brands with a presence in the US market offer a more limited selection of their smartphones. For instance, the high-end Nords from OnePlus are not available, Motorola's Edge family is small, while Samsung's Galaxy A series has been reduced to just a couple of phones.
The absence of strong competition from the Chinese brands also gives a fighting chance to some OEMs that wouldn't normally take a big cut of the total shipments. Motorola is just one example.
A few things to keep in mind, we didn't include any phones, which are considered gray imports. For once, you won't be getting after-market support and warranty in most cases, and secondly, it's hard to find a phone that would work with US carriers unless it's specifically made for the US market. That's why we try to keep things as official and retail in our selection as possible, and you will find most, if not all, of the handsets below available through the manufacturers' official stores or via the major retailers and the carriers themselves.
So, without further ado, here's our comprehensive list of devices, which are worthy of your attention and hard-earned cash in descending order.
|128GB 6GB RAM||$ 877.35||C$ 1,349.99|
|256GB 6GB RAM||$ 938.43||C$ 1,479.99|
The iPhone 14 Pro Max is Apple's current best iPhone and we think it’s the best phone you can buy in the US. It has a ProMotion 120Hz display, now with an Always-on option, a redesigned notch that’s now a feature called Dynamic Island, and a more prominent camera upgrade with a 48MP sensor for the main camera with 2x lossless zoom, a better ultrawide camera, and an improved selfie one with autofocus.
The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max offers amazing dust and water resistance, plus its Ceramic Shield is incredibly crack proof. Of course, the latest iPhone is unmatched when it comes to performance. If you are an iPhone type of person, the 14 Pro Max is a no-brainer. If you are after the best flagship - that's also this iPhone 14 Pro Max but you should be willing to give Apple iOS a chance. It's not bad, it's just different.
All of these apply to the regular Pro, in fact. It's up to you to decide which size suits you best. No matter the hardware differences, you will still get the same experience. Got to love Apple for that.Read full review
|256GB 12GB RAM||$ 1,129.99||$ 1,599.99|
|512GB 12GB RAM||$ 1,000.00||$ 1,719.99|
The Galaxy Z Fold4 is among the best smartphones right now even if the Galaxy Z Fold5 is just around the corner. The Fold the wow factor and unique looks. Sure, there are other foldables, but the Fold is the only one that’s available everywhere and is jam-packed with features.
The Galaxy Z Fold4 offers Samsung’s best displays and chipset, some of the best cameras, and it even supports S-Pen if that’s your thing. And being a foldable tablet surely puts it ahead of the competition for its versatility and usability.
Indeed, those who are after productivity are unlikely to find a superior package than the Fold4 - in smartphone or smartphone-like form, that is. The combination of the new Android for large screens, Samsung's proprietary One UI add-ons, and the stylus support, is simply unrivaled.
The Fold4 all-round excellence continue with its speakers, battery life, connectivity. In fact. The only things that fail to impress on this Fold4 are the charging speed and the still present screen crease.
Ultimately though, these are small enough as to be largely immaterial and Galaxy Z Fold4 is the best flagship right now.Read full review
|256GB 8GB RAM||$ 859.00||$ 877.00|
|256GB 12GB RAM||$ 899.50||$ 929.96|
The Galaxy S23 Ultra is one of the best phones right now with pretty much everything you could think of wanting in a smartphone.
If we had to start with the things you can't get here, we'd have to mention that it doesn't bend in half - there's another Galaxy that takes care of that. Naysayers will also point out that it charges too slowly, but that's relative - it's notably better in this respect than iPhone or Pixel competitors, which is arguably what matters. Maybe the Ultra's worst offence is that it's not all that different than last year's model.
That said, the S23 Ultra offers a couple of incremental upgrades here or there, while keeping the basics that already made the S22 Ultra superb. Small tweaks in the design bring meaningful improvement to handling, while the new 200MP camera is more than just a megapixel increase over the old 108MP unit.
The new camera is just one in a set of five and together they deliver possibly the most capable camera system in a smartphone overall. The S Pen may not have brought any new features, but existing ones are plenty and it's not like there's any stylus-wielding competition. The spectacular display and excellent battery life round up a top-class showing when it comes to the fundamentals too.Read full review
|128GB 6GB RAM||$ 787.40||C$ 1,259.99|
|256GB 6GB RAM||$ 854.99||C$ 1,379.99|
The iPhone 14 Pro is the smaller Pro model, which has everything the Max has, but battery life due to the smaller battery capacity. It is still one of the two best iPhones in 2022. We’ve already explored the Max here in this chapter, but in case you need a refresh – the iPhone 14 Pro, and Max, offer some of the best screens, cameras, designs, and chipsets on the market right now.
So, if you are after the latest iPhone but don’t want to get the Max, the regular Pro would serve you well, too.Read full review
|256GB 8GB RAM||$ 1,029.00||C$ 1,257.84|
|512GB 12GB RAM||$ 1,049.00||C$ 1,859.65|
The $999 Motorola Razr+, also known as Motorola Razr 40 Ultra elsewhere, packs some impressive flagship hardware. Both displays are great, and we like the foldable screen implementation. They are vivid and bright enough, while the external screen offers almost full functionality. The chipset may not be the most recent one, but it's capable of running everything you find on Play Store. However, there are several pitfalls that are hard to ignore, even in the context of a foldable device.
The stills and videos are cropped when the device is closed, the charging speed is unimpressive, and the battery life is about average. Sustained performance may also be an issue for some of you who like to play demanding games from time to time. And although powerful enough, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 isn't as energy-efficient as its successor, the SD8 Gen 2. A flip phone with such a small battery would have benefitted from the extra hardware efficiency gains.
All in all, the Razr 40 Ultra marks a big improvement over its predecessor. It's competitive in the clamshell foldable category, and its asking price may get you any 2023 flagship smartphone with fast charging, longer battery life and excellent camera performance. That's the price - both literally and metaphorically - for getting this exclusive form factor and iconic name.Read full review
|128GB 8GB RAM||$ 597.00||$ 610.00|
|256GB 8GB RAM||$ 388.94||$ 625.00|
The Galaxy Z Flip went from a fashion-centric device to a full-blown flagship in just a couple of generations. The Flip4 is what the Flip3 should have been from the get-go - a powerful foldable smartphone with excellent camera performance, decent battery life and charging speed.
And indeed, we can say a lot of positive things about the new Z Flip4 - it has a superb water-proofed design that will hit the nostalgia notes across many users. It's a compact flip phone, one that clicks simply great.
The Z Flip4 offers an excellent AMOLED screen, good battery life, good charging speed, and the speakers are nice. It also packs the most powerful Android chip to date, though the thermals lead to throttling. And the camera performance is superb across the board, photo and video, day and night.
We consider the Flip4 as the most affordable foldable smartphone of the current generation, one of the most compact, too. And for its reasonable price, it delivers an outstanding set of features.
It's not an ideal smartphone - it takes a while to get used to its design and form factor. Then you need to live with the crease and the plastic screen protector over the screen. Dust gets in various places, too. But we are recommending it to people who'd like to own a unique phone, small, and yet powerful and capable; to users that will take it with all of its good and not so good aspectsRead full review
|128GB 12GB RAM||$ 579.97||$ 711.00|
|256GB 12GB RAM||$ 621.99||$ 805.00|
Pixels have historically lacked mainstream appeal, and the lack of truly global availability is no small part of why that is so. This year, the list of countries with official Pixel presence has been expanded to 16, and maybe that will drive sales numbers up, even if a lot of the world will still be missing out.
And there's quite a lot to be missing out on. The camera system is the single biggest Pixel 7 Pro selling point that comes to mind, and it brings some welcome improvements, even if a bit modest. That, of course, comes on top of what is a hard to quantify character that you simply can't get on anything that's not a Pixel.
The Pixel 7 Pro is certainly not the best flagship right now - battery life is markedly worse than on a current iPhone, and a Galaxy will likely get you better longevity too. Neither Apple nor Samsung are industry leaders in charging speed, but Google has become an industry... trailer? Two hours for a full charge can turn into an actual issue in day-to-day use, we reckon.
But as far as consistently good and reliable photo and video quality is concerned, the Pixel is one of the best. It is a compelling package that can easily win over other brand loyalists if given a chance, and the enticing pricing helps a lot.Read full review
|256GB 8GB RAM||$ 687.99||$ 749.00|
|512GB 8GB RAM||$ 798.00||$ 832.00|
What the S23+ offers is a solid and dependable Samsung flagship experience with all of the bells and whistles. Samsung has delivered an all-around great device with the S23+. Hardly a surprise, given the company's pedigree and the fact that the S23+ really isn't all that different from its S22+ predecessor. Dare we say it's even a bit boring, but not in a bad way, but rather in a dependable manner, if that makes any sense.
The S23+ features an excellent build with Gorilla Glass Victus 2 and the IP68 ingress protection rating we've gotten used to from Samsung. Its display, while not drastically different from the previous generation, still has plenty of brightness to throw around and a smooth 120Hz refresh rate with excellent automatic refresh rate handling.
Battery life is also excellent this generation, in no small part due to the move to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy mobile platform. What is essentially an overclocked Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip is currently the best the Android world has to offer. Not just in terms of efficiency but also raw performance. The Galaxy S23+ easily tops performance charts and chews through each and every task. One UI 5.1 is extra smooth and responsive thanks to added refinement and polish and is still filled to the brim with useful features, including a powerful multitasking system and the Samsung DeX platform.
Speaking of connectivity, the S23+ has almost every modern bell and whistle, including UWB support. Its stereo speakers are nothing short of excellent too. And so is the camera setup. It is the definition of a great point-and-shoot device. Photos look great across the board on the first try and with amazing consistency from shot to shot.
Honestly, we have very few gripes with the S23+. One of these is the 8-bit color depth of the display. Competitors already manage to offer 10-bit and even 12-bit color in this price segment. Also, for better or worse, Samsung is still sticking to its established battery charging rates which are starting to look slower and slower compared to what the competition is offering. Plus, you don't get a charger in the box.
While it originally launched with a pricy starting MSRP of $1,000 and €1,200 in the US and Europe, respectively, the S23+ has been coming down in price nicely in both markets, making it even more competitive and a great choice for anyone after a true 2023 flagship.Read full review
|128GB 6GB RAM||$ 645.00||C$ 989.49|
|256GB 6GB RAM||$ 778.10||C$ 1,530.00|
The iPhone 14 Plus is one of the best iPhones Apple has ever made, as usual. It does exactly what it is supposed to do - offering the non-Pro experience on a larger display. A big bonus from the new size is the larger battery capacity and hence - the better battery life.
The iPhone 14 Plus is one of the lightest 6.7-inch smartphones around with a flagship-grade design, screen, speakers, battery life, performance and video quality. Meanwhile, its new cameras, including the AF-capable selfie one, are as controversial as usual - it's like their quality hasn't changed for generations because of the heavy processing and over-sharpening.
Still, this iPhone 14 Plus finds its way to the hearts and pockets of people despite the lack of a high refresh rate screen or zoom camera. A lot of users won't mind this. It is well worth considering if you don't need the extra features that the Pro models bring.Read full review
|128GB 6GB RAM||$ 679.95||C$ 969.99|
|256GB 6GB RAM||$ 1,099.00||C$ 1,099.95|
The iPhone 13 Pro is still one of the best iPhones with standout features like the 120Hz ProMotion display, the large main camera sensor and the improved ultrawide camera capable of excellent macro photography.
This 13 Pro model offers water and dust-proofing and Ceramic Shield for increased resistance to drops and scratches. The chipset powering up the handset is one of the most powerful solutions on the market. It's mostly about the OS, though, as iOS might not be everyone's cup of coffee, but given how popular iPhones in the US are, we have a feeling most of the users won't mind it. In case the 14 Pro Max and 13 Pro Max are too big for you, and you are in for a high-end iPhone but don’t want to spend as much, the 13 Pro seems like a logical choice.Read full review
|128GB 8GB RAM||$ 428.95||$ 629.50|
|256GB 8GB RAM||$ 569.25||$ 649.50|
The $800 Samsung Galaxy S23 is one of the most compact Android flagships available and the small size didn't come at the cost of cut features.
The phone has an excellent 6.1-inch OLED screen with high brightness and adaptive refresh rate, the most powerful chipset on the Android market, and a superb quartet of cameras that will reliably capture whatever you put in front of their lenses.
We are glad that Samsung took the extra step and made an exclusive deal with Qualcomm for an overclocked version of the SD8G2 chip, and this will surely convince quite a few Exynos-doubting users to grab a Galaxy S23.
The smallest Galaxy S23 offers a decent battery life, too. It is one of the most compact droids available right now, the most powerful, too, and an easy enough recommendation.Read full review
|128GB 6GB RAM||$ 628.57||C$ 879.99|
|256GB 6GB RAM||$ 674.97||C$ 1,374.16|
The iPhone 14 is very much a familiar affair. It is an incremental upgrade over last year's model. It has a major internal redesign that makes it more easily repairable, particularly a back panel or a display swap is now much less of a pain. The iPhone 14 has only a slightly larger battery pack but notably better battery life and even faster charging. The chipset is last year's A15 Bionic, but with five GPU cores, 6GB of RAM (50% more), Bluetooth 5.3, a more energy-efficient Qualcomm 5G modem, new satellite connectivity for SOS messages and new Crash Detection.
The camera department has a new larger 12MP main camera with a 1/1.65" sensor, 1.9-micron pixels, a new 12MP ultrawide and a new 12MP, f/1.9 selfie camera now with autofocus onboard. There is also the new Action Mode video stabilization, 4K Cinematic mode at 30 fps and a new Photonic Engine for better low-light photos.
It's not an insignificant list of changes once you really dig in. Some are obviously more impactful than others, and it will be up to the individual user to judge what constitutes enough reason for an upgrade. The way we see it, anybody on an iPhone 13 has little to no incentive to jump ship. Unless you really need autofocus on your selfie cam, all of those other camera improvements only realistically result in shorter capture times in low light. We would even go as far as to say that iPhone 12 users shouldn't feel too tempted by the 14 and can hold off upgrading for at least another year.
If you are running any iPhone older than that and you are looking to upgrade, then the iPhone 14 is nothing short of a solid and dependable way to go. Sure, it is a bit on the boring side in more ways than one, but you definitely know what you are getting into. For the more adventurous or frugal, there is also the option of picking up an iPhone 13 and potentially banking on some extended software support now that the A15 Bionic has gotten a new lease on life in the iPhone 14. Either way, you will be getting a great phone for the years to come.Read full review
|128GB 8GB RAM||$ 699.99||C$ 999.99|
|256GB 12GB RAM||$ 649.00|
The OnePlus 11 is a perfect fit as a top pick here for its excellent LTPO3 OLED screen, the newest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 under the hood, long battery life, blazing-fast charging, a nice set of stereo speakers and the full set of cameras, including a nice 2x zoom unit. Surely, 2x zoom doesn't really cut it in 2023, but it's a rare find in this price bracket.
In short, for $700, the handset delivers pretty much everything you'd need from a high-end phone, except wireless charging. That's where the 11 comes short. The state of the software is also a bit of a let down, especially for OnePlus die-hard fans. OxygenOS is not the one we remember and it's replaced by Oppo's ColorOS, despite what the marketing says.
As the price settles with time, the OnePlus 11 will become even more desirable, especially in the context of rising smartphone prices in 2023.Read full review
|512GB 8GB RAM||$ 669.95|
The Motorola Edge+ (2023) is a pure flagship sold at an upper midrange price. The new Edge+ impresses with a 165Hz OLED screen with Dolby Vision, there is the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, powerful stereo speakers, waterproof design. The phone has only one version and it comes with 512GB UFS 4.0 storage, which is quite nice.
The camera experience seems great, too. There is a 50MP OIS primary, a 50MP ultrawide with autofocus, and a 12MP 2x zoom tele at the back. 8K video capturing is available. Oh, and inside the small display perforation you will find a high-end 60MP selfie camera with 4K videos.
The phone offers all sorts of connectivity options including Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, dial-SIM 5G (via eSIM), Ready For 3.5 support, even USB 3.2 with DisplayPort 1.4 support.
The only thing that’s probably average on this Moto is the short 2x zoom on the telephoto camera, other phones do better.SPECS
|128GB 4GB RAM||$ 530.00||C$ 779.99|
|256GB 4GB RAM||$ 599.00||C$ 819.54|
As we mentioned as part of our iPhone 14 entry, the iPhone 13 is an equally attractive offer as it is almost an identical phone, cheaper at that. The iPhone 13, just like the 14, does lack a high refresh rate screen – its most notable omission. But the iPhone 13 is still one of the most durable and powerful phones on the market, yet lightweight and comfortable. The OLED screen is great; it has reduced though still huge notch, offers outstanding contrast and brightness, Dolby Vision and HDR10 support.
The iPhone 13 has the powerful Apple chip with 5G, there is also latest Apple dual-camera with Cinematic mode, you get stereo speakers, fast charging, and even MagSafe support.Read full review
|128GB 8GB RAM||$ 469.00||$ 515.00|
|256GB 8GB RAM||$ 619.99||£ 599.00|
We know that the Zenfone 10 has been announced, but it has no premiere date for the US market just yet. Meanwhile, the Asus Zenfone 9 remains one of the best compact Android flagship you can get. It has commendable qualities across the board. It's built as flagship as it can be - IP68 rating, GG Victus front and a metal frame. There is the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 5G chip with great performance. The camera quality turned out brilliant, no matter day or night, photo or video, or the type of camera you are using.
That's not all. The Zenfone 9 impressed us with its speakers quality, the excellent OLED, and rich connectivity options, including a 3.5mm jack.
Finally, the Zenfone 9 may be a flagship, but its price of $700 is quite reasonable by today’s standards.Read full review
|128GB 8GB RAM||$ 350.00||$ 484.00|
|256GB 8GB RAM||$ 625.00||$ 704.99|
The Pixel 7 is definitely one of the best options in the $600 price range, especially when considering camera quality. It has a flagship-worthy performance, although a bit lower than you'd expect; it's one of the best phones for mobile photography, if not the best-in-class, and it has bright OLED, great-sounding stereo speakers, long battery life (with the size category in mind) and exceptional software ensuring timely updates and smart features.
Sadly, there are a few caveats to consider here. There's no true telephoto camera; the display is limited to 90Hz; some of the most advanced software features are region-dependent, and the charging solution is just way too outdated for a 2022 flagship release.
But we do recommend it- at that price, the Pixel 7 offers a unique combination of ultra-premium camera experience, long battery life and AI-based features that make it the smartest kid on the block.Read full review
|128GB 4GB RAM||$ 719.99||C$ 899.00|
|256GB 4GB RAM||$ 811.92||C$ 838.86|
Even if there is no iPhone 14 mini, probably waiting to be announced as the next iPhone SE, the Apple iPhone 13 mini remains the most compact yet flagship phone you can buy today. It is a smaller version of the iPhone 13 and it's lost nothing. The most important updates over the 12 mini are the larger battery capacity, the smaller screen notch, and the doubled base storage. We sure don't think iPhone 12 mini owners should update, but we do consider the 13 mini as the best compact phone there is right now.
The iPhone 13 mini packs a 5.4" OLED screen of 1080p resolution and the powerful Apple A15 chip with 5G connectivity! It has the same dual-camera as the regular iPhone 13, complete with sensor-shift stabilization, Night Mode and Dolby Vision video capturing. It also enjoys loud stereo speakers and improved battery life. Another best bits - the mini is one of the most durable phones to date as it has the same Ceramic Shield and IP68 water proofing as the standard and Pro models.
The iPhone 13 mini is the best compact smartphone to date, and we wholeheartedly recommend it.Read full review
|256GB 12GB RAM||$ 314.00||$ 510.00|
|512GB 8GB RAM||$ 499.99||$ 999.99|
The $500 Motorola Edge+ (2022), also known as Edge 30 Pro across the European markets, has unique selling points but also some notable shortcomings. On the first list is the 144Hz display - we can appreciate the smoothness but can't quite see it as a substantial advantage over the 120Hz of the competition. We do appreciate the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 hardware, of course.
We also enjoyed the 'stock' Android 12 build, sweetened by Moto enhancements and we can even come up with use cases for the 'ready for' platform. It's in those cases that the latest-gen Snapdragon comes in handy and it doesn't hurt that the Edge 30 Pro shows one of its more stable implementations that we've seen.
The lack of a telephoto camera stands out and it's compounded by all too simple video recording capabilities. Slight missteps in the display and battery departments, while hardly dealbreakers, place the Edge 30 Pro in a somewhat trailing position. Add to that the missing waterproofing in a sea of properly sealed competitors and some odd choices in the BoM and the phone isn't looking very premium either.
With all that said, the Motorola Edge+ / 30 Pro isn't a bad package. On the contrary, it's a balanced offering that's easy to recommend.Read full review
|128GB 8GB RAM||$ 444.99||C$ 884.17|
|256GB 8GB RAM||$ 599.00||C$ 1,915.00|
OnePlus 10 Pro is the company’s last year flagship and it’s one of the best phones you can get right now for $430 when sold with an official discount. It comes with an outstanding LTPO2 OLED display, superb sustained performance, and offers reliable camera performance. The best part – the phone is water-resistant for the US market!
Surely, some of you may prefer the newer OnePlus 11 as it's the company's current flagship, but it costs $700 right now, doesn't have wireless charging, has shorter zoom reach and the ultrawide camera on 10 Pro is somewhat better. And besides, OnePlus promises at least three years of major software updates so last year's flagship will remain relevant for a couple more years.
The 10 Pro is certainly a strong contender, but that might depend on who you ask. If you're looking to buy into an expansive ecosystem, you might want to look elsewhere. Otherwise, the 10 Pro does have a capable all-around camera with enough features to keep photographers and casual picture-takers happy while also catering to content creators who appreciate a color-accurate display.Read full review
|128GB 6GB RAM||$ 266.29||$ 346.59|
|128GB 8GB RAM||$ 289.99||$ 299.50|
Following up on the Galaxy A52s was no easy task for the A53, and last year's Galaxy A5x model left us unimpressed. The A54 puts the series back on the right track, we reckon. We're getting a more powerful chipset than last year (though, admittedly, it's roughly on par with the two-year-old A52s), improved battery life, and an even nicer display.
The somewhat generic styling may not be overly eye-catchy, but it does quickly reveal your brand allegiance, and it can easily pass for the brand's flagship too. The dust and water protection rating is almost flagshippy too, and not a given at this price point.
The brand-new primary camera is a significant step up from the A53's, and it's one of the best units of its kind for the class, possibly even punching above its weight. The selfie camera takes great photos too, and the not-so-impressive ultrawide does the job.
That is, so long as you don't need it for video. Add to that the lack of stabilization in 4K, and the A54's viability as a video camera is more than slightly shaken. The fact that you don't get a charger in the box still rubs us the wrong way, and as good as the new chipset may be, it only brings us back to the level the series was at two years ago.
All things considered, we are quite liking the Galaxy A54. It's a meaningful generational improvement and a competent midrange package.Read full review
|64GB 4GB RAM||$ 189.00||C$ 459.00|
|128GB 4GB RAM||$ 358.00||C$ 489.95|
Apple released a new SE in 2022 and it's among our top picks for its incredibly compact and lightweight body. It's hardly perfect though, but Apple has the iPhone 13 mini and 12 mini for those seeking perfection. So, the SE has a dated a form factor introduced years ago and reuses a lot of the iPhone 8 bits. That means a single camera, a small battery, giant screen bezels and - TouchID.
The best bit about the iPhone SE 2022, outside its incredibly compact and lightweight body, is the chipset – it employs the Apple A15 Bionic chip with 5G, the same one behind the latest iPhone 13 generation. The A15 chip is more powerful than even the beefiest Android, and it'll remain capable for years to come, during which time it'll keep getting software updates - the iOS way. It's a very affordable entry into that iOS world too.Read full review
|128GB 6GB RAM||$ 230.00||$ 305.00|
Then there's the Pixel 6a 5G that’s quite the deal. It packs a compact HDR OLED screen, offers excellent performance and top-notch camera quality via the dual-camera system on the back. The phone is also IP67-rated for dust and water resistance.
The Pixels are among the first phones to get the new Android versions, which is nice. The only issue we have with this 6a model is the lack of a high refresh rate support for the screen.Red full review
|128GB 4GB RAM||$ 199.99||$ 499.99|
|128GB 6GB RAM||$ 189.40||C$ 675.00|
The Galaxy A53 is a very good offer even if it’s a downgrade since the Galaxy A52s. The A53 is now competitively priced and offers IP67-rated design, a great 120Hz Super AMOLED screen, snappy performance with 5G, a reliable versatile camera setup with OIS.
The Galaxy A53 supports up to 25W fast charging, but the charger is sold separately. The missing Wi-Fi 6 and audio jack from the A52s are baffling. But even with these, it is one solid allrounder and deserves a spot on this list.Read full review
|256GB 8GB RAM||$ 209.34||$ 499.99|
The Motorola Edge (2022) is available for $350 in US and it’s an incredibly attractive deal – the Edge has a smooth 144Hz OLED screen, powerful enough Dimensity 1050 5G chipset, and good triple-camera on the back with a 50MP OIS primary.
The Motorola Edge (2022) also offers loud stereo speakers, like most of the Moto phones, one large battery and a variety of charging options including wireless.
Finally, being a Moto, also guarantees a clean Android experience and a couple of major updates in the future.SPECS
|256GB 6GB RAM||$ 299.99|
The Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2023) can be found at about $300 and it’s an outstanding mid-range phone with a 120Hz display, good performance and incredibly reliable cameras with 4K video capturing. The large battery is a thumbs up, too.
The Motorola Moto G Stylus 5G (2023) also offers clean no-nonsense Android experience. There are stereo speakers and plenty of storage, too And for that – it is our top pick in this category,SPECS
|64GB 4GB RAM||$ 157.99||$ 269.99|
Nokia G400 is a very tempting offer in this affordable category. It has a 120Hz LCD screen and is powered by the rather good Snapdragon 480+ 5G chipset. The phone also features three cameras on its back and comes with a large 5,000mAh battery.
The Nokia G400 has no-nonsense design and runs on a clean Android 12. If you budget is around $300, you should give this one a try.SPECS
|64GB 4GB RAM||$ 149.99||$ 299.99|
|128GB 4GB RAM||$ 229.99||£ 190.00|
The $260 Galaxy A23 5G deserves a spot here. It is a well-rounded phone with a smooth-running screen, likable design, powerful enough hardware, plenty of cameras, and a large battery with reasonably fast charging. We appreciate the latest software suite and the various fan-favorite features like a standalone microSD slot, a 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, and even the old notch shape.
The 4GB RAM model is a bit slow, but it is also the cheaper one, and it makes sense to get it if you are not too fussy about performance.
While far from perfect, we can see why the Galaxy A23 5G can make sense for some people – it comes from a popular brand with the latest software and offers enough to be a good daily driver – like excellent battery life and good camera.Read our full review
|256GB 6GB RAM||$ 249.99||C$ 512.15|
The $250 Moto G Power 5G has a 120Hz LCD screen, a decent performing Dimensity 930 5g chipset, and a large 5,000mAh battery – and that’s why it is one of the best phones under $300.
The G Power 5G comes with water-repellent coating, there are stereo speakers on board, and it runs on Android 13. It has no ultrawide camera or NFC, but at this price point – we didn’t expect an all-round package anyway.SPECS
|128GB 8GB RAM||$ 299.99|
Overall, we like the OnePlus Nord N30 5G. It has a 120Hz display, a high-res camera, decent performance, stereo speakers, fast charging on a large battery.
We really wish the N30 had an OLED or, failing that, a better and brighter LCD and one backed up by proper high refresh rate handling. The Snapdragon 695 also leaves us kind of wanting, particularly in the video recording department, with its unfortunate 1080p capture limit. Some sort of ingress protection is also attainable in this price range.
However, having said all that, we still don't think the Nord N30 5G is a disappointment. Seeing how the US market has limited options in this price range, the Nord N30 does have a fairly decent market standing. We wouldn't recommend you actively go out to buy one, but you might not have too many alternatives and if you do end up owning it through some amazing deal or another circumstance, it is a solid budget device overall.Read our full review
|128GB 6GB RAM||$ 154.99||C$ 219.72|
In the context of the US market, OnePlus is in a great position with T-Mobile and Metro to be offering smartphones in its Nord lineup that are well-equipped and intended for the pre-paid market. The $150 Nord N20 has a great AMOLED screen with in-display scanner, excellent battery life, all packed in an attractive and sleek plastic body.
Overall, the Nord N20 is a well-equipped device with enough features to satisfy the above-average smartphone user. It plays games very well - with minimal throttling - and it yields excellent battery life. Not to mention, it charges up very quickly thanks to the included SuperVOOC charger.
This display, although not a high-refresh rate one, is still brighter and produces a nicer image than equivalent LCD panels in this class. To wrap it all up, the Nord N20's Snapdragon 695 also brings 5G to this affordable price point.Read full review
|64GB 4GB RAM||$ 99.88||$ 197.99|
|128GB 4GB RAM||$ 172.00||$ 175.00|
By definition, the Galaxy A14 5G doesn't excite - as is to be expected from a smartphone that is meant to deliver value for money, and not a lot of money. But it does succeed at precisely that.
Admittedly, it charges slower than most of its peers. Its display is also not as bright as some competitors, if not really trailing by a lot. And the fact that it's missing a wide-angle camera is somewhat of a serious blemish. But at its level, none of these are deal breaking offenses.
On the flipside, the A14 has its set of strong suits and battery life is one of them. Circling back to cameras, it may lack a wide-angle one, but the others that it does have do a great job for the class - the rear camera is solid, and selfies are nice too. It's also running the latest Android with a more feature-packed One UI on top than the 'Core' branding has meant in the past.
All in all, the Galaxy A14 5G is the most phone you can get for $200 in the US.Read full review
|32GB 2GB RAM||$ 159.99||$ 159.99|
|32GB 3GB RAM||$ 129.50||£ 98.00|
The Galaxy A03s is a good entry-level smartphone - that's undeniable. It has a good screen, a reliable battery, a recent Android OS with OneUI interface, and a non-nonsense primary camera.
It is a cheap phone with rather cheaper screen and subpar performance, but at $169 we just cannot ask for more.Read full review
|32GB 3GB RAM||$ 77.00||C$ 127.99|
The $70 Moto G Pure has a large 720p LCD screen and a 4,000mAh battery. It is a cheap phone with clean Android, which also offers decent smartphone experience.
The G Pure can be found even cheaper across various retailers, so if you want the cheapest smartphone possible, keep an eye for this one.SPECS
July 20, 2023: Added the Galaxy S23, Motorola Razr+, Motorola Edge+ (2023), Moto G Stylus 5G, Moto G Power 5G. Removed the Galaxy S21 FE, Moto G Stylus 5G (2022), Motorola one 5G UW ace, Moto G Power (2022), OnePlus 10T, Motorola Edge 30 Fusion. Moved the Galaxy S23+, Motorola Edge 30 Pro, OnePlus 10 Pro, Motorola Edge (2022) and OnePlus Nord N20 5G to other categories.
April 12, 2023: Replaced Galaxy S22 Ultra with the Galaxy S23 Ultra. Replaced the Galaxy S20 FE with the Galaxy S21 FE. Replaced the Galaxy A23 with the Galaxy A23 5G. Moved the Galaxy S23+ to a different price category (cheaper). Added the OnePlus 11, Samsung Galaxy A54 5G, Motorola Edge Fusion 30, Apple iPhone 13 mini. Removed the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy S22+, OnePlus 9 Pro, OnePlus 9, Samsung Galaxy A42 5G, Samsung Galaxy Xcover6 Pro, Apple iPhone 12 mini.
March 21, 2023: Replaced Galaxy A13 with Galaxy A14 5G (new top under $200).
November 23, 2022: Added Samsung Galaxy S23+.
November 23, 2022: Added iPhone 14 Pro Max, Galaxy Z Fold4, Galaxy Z Flip4, Google Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7, Zenfone 9, iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, OnePlus 10T, Galaxy S22+, Motorola Edge+ (2022), iPhone 13, iPhone 12 mini, Galaxy Xcover6 Pro, Nokia G400, Galaxy A13 5G, Galaxy A23 5G, Moto G Pure, OnePlus 9 Pro, Galaxy S20 FE. Removed Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Pixel 6 Pro, OnePlus 10 Pro, Galaxy S22, iPhone 12, Zenfone 8 Flip, iPhone 13 mini, Galaxy S21 FE, Pixel 6, iPhone 11, Galaxy A52 5G, Motorola Edge (2021), Nokia G20.
August 3, 2022: Added Galaxy S22 Ultra, OnePlus 10 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S22 5G, Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, Asus Zenfone Flip 8, iPhone SE (2022), Galaxy A53, Pixel 6a, OnePlus Nord 20 5G, Samsung Galaxy A03s, Motorola G Power (2022). Removed Galaxy Z Flip3, ROG Phone 6s, OnePlus 9 Pro, Galaxy S21 5G, Zenfone 8, OnePlus 8T, Pixel 5a 5G, iPhone SE (2020), Samsung Galaxy A32 5G, Samsung Galaxy A12.
Dec 16, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G with the Motorola One 5G Ace as our Editor's Choice in the sub-$300 category.
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With the exception of 1+ this list also applies to the Canadian market; 1+ isn't widely available here. Nokia, Motorola, Google, Asus and Sony can be ordered by Amazon or some Staples or Best Buy stores. Samsung and Apple are the dominant bran...