1. Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) (T-Mobile, AT&T) Editors' Choice - Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) (T-Mobile, AT&T)
A complete package
Coming to 5 carriers in two storage strengths and a total of three colors, the Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone has no shortage of brawn, brain, and beauty. It starts with a 4.8-inch HD screen, a fast processor, and great 8-megapixel camera -- and goes from there.
Price: $189.99 (check prices)
2. Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) (T-Mobile, AT&T)
HTC One X - white (AT&T) Editors' Choice - HTC One X - white (AT&T)
Quad-core processing isn't everything, and AT&T's new $199.99 HTC One X proves it. This advanced Android has style, speed, blazing 4G, and power galore.
Price: $169.99 - $550.00 (check prices)
3. HTC One X - white (AT&T)
; /Apple iPhone 4S (Sprint, AT&T, Verizon) Editors' Choice - Apple iPhone 4S (Sprint, AT&T, Verizon)
Best smartphone for media
The iPhone 4S isn't the king of cell phones, but it's part of the royal family nonetheless. Even without 4G and a giant screen, this phone's smart(ass) voice assistant, Siri, the benefits of iOS 5, and its spectacular camera make it a top choice for anyone ready to upgrade.
Price: $399.99 (check prices)
4. Apple iPhone 4S (Sprint, AT&T, Verizon)
LG Optimus 4X HD (Unlocked)
Best phone you can't get with a carrier
With its lightning-quick CPU, newest Android version, great touch screen, and NFC chip, the LG Optimus 4X HD is firing on all cylinders.
As shown: $566.00
See manufacturer site for availability
5. LG Optimus 4X HD (Unlocked)
Samsung Gusto 2 (Verizon Wireless)
Best simple phone
You'd be shocked how many people ask us for non-smartphone recommendations, especially when looking for something cheap, sturdy, and straightforward. The Gusto 2 is all those, has strong call quality, and adds additional senior-focused features.
Price: $0.00 - $79.99 (check prices)