The smartphone market is filled with choices, ranging from compact handsets to large phablets with pen support. You also need to pick the right OS and features. The stakes are high, because you’ll likely be using your smartphone every day for two full years. Fortunately, by answering a few simple questions, you can find the perfect mobile companion for your lifestyle and budget.

What size phone are you looking for?

Large (Over 5.1-inches): So-called "phablets" (phone + tablets) have bigger screens, which provide a generous viewing area and easier on-screen typing. But they can be bulky.
Standard Size (4.5 to 5.1 inches): The mainstream size for flagship phones like the Galaxy S4, Nokia Lumia 1020 and HTC One.
Compact Size (Below 4.5 inches): Many phones, including the 4-inch iPhone and the 4.3-inch HTC One Mini provide smaller, more pocket-friendly form factors.
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The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. Diane Says:

    I have Sprint as my carrier, and the 2 yr plan is soon to expire. I live in an area where I get no service except for roaming calling. I have experienced this lack of service in many areas, and have to depend on finding wifi to use my smart phone as it was intended. I have not used other carriers but intend to switch for better service.

  2. jedics Says:

    its been this way from the beginning, the iphone offers a lot of features that will render it flat by lunch time if you use them. Given apple refuse to make the battery removable its a deal breaker for me right there.

    I dont care how much better IOS and hardware integration is, if im scared to use it because I know its going to go flat then whats the point? its a ‘mobile’ device ffs.

  3. derek Says:

    v good site

  4. Renee Ramsey Says:

    Tom’s guide is the best site ever! With the most comprehensive Galaxy vs. IPhone possible. Now I can make an intelligent decision as to which of these to purchase. Many thanks!

  5. Dana Thompson Says:

    I Owned Cell Phones Over 25 Years Now & I Think I Mar Get A Smartphone….
    Do Not Want The Data Plan So Wont Be Getting One Till Get It My Way….

  6. Quinlan Says:

    This is doesn’t work well, add an option to the carrier for Unlocked and maybe other preferences like physical keyboard or micro SD card slot.

  7. Ed Says:

    Is there a phone that can be used among Sprint and Tmobile just by changing the sim card? (Samsung?)
    I need Tmobile for international data and Sprint for local calls…T Mobile has very poor service where I live and Sprint has no international data.

  8. Ed Says:

    Where is the best place to buy an unlocked phone, like Samsung note 4, that can be used overseas and with different carriers here? Thx

  9. Muhammad Awais Says:

    I am looking for a smart phone with the following mandatory and optional specs.

    Dual SIM
    Battery 2600+
    Internal Storage: 16GB+
    RAM: 2GB+
    Extendable Storage: YES upto 128GB
    OS: Android
    FM: Yes
    DISPLAY SIZE: 4.7 – 5.2

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