The best phones 2024 tested and rated

We test and review dozens of phones each year with one mission in mind: to help you buy the best phone for your needs. And with great options from Apple, Samsung, Google and other brands, there are plenty of handsets worthy of your attention.

We're well-positioned to pick the best phone based on a variety of criteria. We spend a lot time in our lab and in the real world testing the top handsets so that we can compare the leading contenders side by side. And we have some expert recommendations on which models rise to the top.

The very best phones offer great cameras, enough performance to easily multitask or play intensive games and the kind of battery life to last the whole day. We test each one of those things for every smartphone we review — and we also evaluate software, display quality and phone design. All of these criteria can separate a great phone from the rest of the pack.

Our latest rankings have the iPhone 15 Pro Max edging out the Galaxy S24 Ultra for the title of best phone —see our Galaxy S24 Ultra vs iPhone 15 Pro Max showdown for an analysis of how the phones compare. But there are other phones worth considering as well, as you'll find a dozen different options if you're looking for a new device. 

If your best phone needs to also be a cheap phone, then currently our top choice is the Google Pixel 7a. But with the Pixel 8a just announced, we may need to revise that ranking very soon.

The quick list

Written by
Philip Michaels
Written by
Philip Michaels

Philip Michaels is the managing editor for mobile at Tom's Guide. He's been covering technology for more than 20 years and writing about smartphones since Steve Jobs showed off the original iPhone back in 2007. He's worked at Tom's Guide since 2015, and visitors to his Northern California home are wowed by the stacks of phones he keeps handy for head-to-head testing.

The best phone overall

The best phone overall

Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch OLED (2796x1290; 1-120Hz)
CPU: A17 Pro
RAM: 8GB
Storage / Expandable: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB / No
Rear camera: 48MP wide (f/1.78), 12MP ultra wide (ƒ/2.2), 12MP telephoto (5x zoom; f/2.8)
Front camera: 12MP (ƒ/1.9)
Weight: 7.8 oz
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 14:02

Reasons to buy

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Light and strong titanium frame
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5x zoom power
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Action button customization
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Amazing performance
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Lengthy battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Price increase over iPhone 14 Pro Max
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Slow charging speeds
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Action button could be more 
Buy it if

✅ You want Apple's best iPhone: The iPhone 15 Pro Max offers the best of Apple's phones, including a mighty 3nm chipset and an exclusive 5x telephoto camera.

✅ You value good design: The iPhone's side rails are now made of a titanium alloy, the display bezels are thinner, and an Action button has replaced the simple mute switch

✅ You value a long-lasting phone: This is one efficient phone, holding out for more than 14 hours on our battery test.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You're on a budget: It may be Apple's best phone, but at $1,199, the iPhone 15 Pro Max also costs the most.

❌ You prefer compact devices: That 6.7-inch display requires a 6.29 x 3.02 x 0.32 frame to house it. The iPhone 15 Pro Max does not fit easily into a pocket.

❌ You want a phone that charges quickly: Apple's moved to USB-C charging, but the speed still caps out at a mere 27W.

The bottom line

📱 The iPhone 15 Pro Max is tops for design, photography and performance. Charging speed and digital zoom features could be further refined, and it's very expensive. But it's still a remarkable device worthy of an upgrade. ★★★★

What you need to know
The iPhone 15 Pro Max is the best iPhone we’ve tested, and that’s because it has everything you could want in a flagship, offering features you won't even find on the iPhone 15 Pro. The design has been made lighter and more premium with titanium sides, the A17 chipset inside the device is more powerful than any Apple silicon before it, and the camera array gets some improvements, too. Apple has roared back to capture the spot for best phone with the iPhone 15 Pro Max, a mobile device that delivers on all fronts.

Cameras: iPhones live and die by their cameras, and the telephoto lens on the iPhone 15 Pro Max is a big improvement over previous Pro Max models, thanks to its 5x zoom capabilities. Its low-light performance is pretty spectacular too. That said, the Galaxy S24 Ultra still has the better zoom feature even if we think the iPhone 15 Pro Max is the best camera phone overall.

Performance: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip now beats the iPhone on some tests, but the A17 Pro chipset powering the iPhone 15 Pro Max remains a very fast chip. You'll notice the extra oomph when you're performing everyday tasks and switching between apps. For all the Snapdragon's gains in graphics, the iPhone 15 Pro Max still outperforms the latest Galaxy device when it comes to real-world tasks like video transcoding.

Battery life: The battery on the iPhone 15 Pro Max lasts more than 14 hours on our battery test, an outstanding improvement over the already long-lasting iPhone 14 Pro Max. If only the phone could charge quickly, as Apple continues to offer only 27W wired charging and 15W wireless charging.

Value for money: While this model costs $100 more than the starting price of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple has increased the amount of base storage to 256GB. The iPhone 15 Pro offers almost all the same features, but in a smaller body and for a lower starting price. And if it's a big screen you're after, there's the iPhone 15 Plus to consider, too. As for Samsung's comparable device, the Galaxy s24 Ultra saw a price hike, too, so Apple's top device remains the less expensive option.

Read the full review: iPhone 15 Pro Max

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iPhone 15 Pro Max test results
AttributesNotesRating
PriceThis iPhone costs a pretty penny★★★☆☆
CamerasA great main camera but so-so zooms★★★★☆
PerformanceYou won't find a better performing phone★★★★★
Battery lifeDon't worry about running out power ★★★★★

The best Samsung phone

The best phone from Samsung

Specifications

Display: 6.8-inch OLED (3120 x 1440; 1-120Hz)
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
RAM: 12GB
Storage / Expandable: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB / No
Rear camera: 200MP main (f/1.7), 12MP ultra wide (ƒ/2.2), 50MP telephoto (5x zoom; f/3.4), 10MP telephoto (3x zoom) **Front camera:** 12MP (ƒ/2.2)
Weight: 8.2 oz
Battery life: (Hrs:Mins): 16:45

Reasons to buy

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Practical AI features
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7 years of software updates
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Incredible processing power

Reasons to avoid

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5x zoom lens isn't as powerful as S23 Ultra's 10x lens
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More expensive than before
Buy it if

✅ You want the best Android phone available: The Galaxy S24 Ultra offers the peak Android experience, thanks to the fast and power efficient Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset.

✅ You take a lot of photos: Few camera phones can match the Galaxy S24 Ultra for photo quality, particularly in low light.

✅ You want polished AI features: New capabilities like Circle to Search and a tool that auto-formats your notes are helpful, practical additions you'll use every day. 

Don't buy it if:

❌ You can't swing the steep starting price: As good as the Galaxy S24 Ultra is, $1,299 is a lot to pay for a phone, especially when other S24 models offer Galaxy AI. 

❌ You want a 10x optical zoom: The S23 Ultra's 10x zoom lens is replaced by a 5x camera (though it has sharper resolution). It feels like a step back. 

❌ You prefer compact phones: The Galaxy S24 Ultra may use a titanium frame to lighten the load, but a 6.8-inch device is still a chore to lug around.

The bottom line

📱 The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra gives the iPhone all it can handle, lasting longer than Apple's phone on a charge and outperforming it on several benchmark tests. Throw in seven years of software updates and smart AI features, and this is a phone that delivers on value. ★★★★

What you need to know
The Galaxy S24 Ultra has the improvements you'd expect from Samsung's annual flagship upgrade, such as a better processor, a brighter display and camera fine-tuning. But this year's model stands out with the arrival of Galaxy AI features, which tap into artificial intelligence to handle tasks like translation, transcription and summaries. This may be Samsung's first attempt at putting AI front and center, but tools like Circle to Search and notes auto-formatting already feel very polished. And more importantly, they're part of your everyday phone usage.

Cameras: Swapping out a 10MP telephoto lens with a 10x zoom for a 50MP shooter with a 5x zoom feel like a step back, even with the higher-resolution photos. (At least you can still enjoy 10x zooms by cropping down those 50MP shots. And the 100x Space Zoom feature is as impressive as before.) Nevertheless, the Galaxy S24 Ultra remains a top camera phone, with a better handle on color than previous Samsung flagships.

Performance: The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 inside the Galaxy S24 Ultra delivers stellar performance — enough to beat the iPhone 15 Pro models in some tests, particularly when it comes to graphics. Unlike other S24 models, which use different chipsets depending on their region, every Galaxy S24 Ultra uses a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, so you're guaranteed the best Android performance no matter where you live in the world.

Battery life: Besides its stellar performance, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 also manages power well, helping the S24 Ultra last for 16 hours and 45 minutes on our battery test. Wired charging speeds remain at 45W, which is good but slower than the OnePlus 12 and its 80W charging speeds.

Value for money: Though its price has gone up by $100 over the previous generation, you still get what you pay for with the Galaxy S24 Ultra. especially if you can find a lower price through the best Galaxy S24 Ultra deals. Seven years of software and security updates helps justify the cost.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

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Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra test results
AttributesNotesRating
PriceA price hike drives up the cost to $1,299★★☆☆☆
CamerasGreat hardware and AI-powere software produce excellent shots★★★★☆
PerformanceThe performance gap with the iPhone has finally been closed★★★★★
Battery lifeThe S24 Ultra lasts all day and more on a charge★★★★★

The best phone under $500

The best phone value right now

Specifications

Display: 6.1-inch OLED (2400 x 1080; 90Hz)
CPU: Tensor G2
RAM: 8GB
Storage / Expandable: 128GB / No
Rear camera: 64MP wide (f/1.89), 13MP ultrawide (f/2.2)
Front camera: 13MP (f/2.2)
Weight: 6.8 ounces
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 10:05 (60Hz)

Reasons to buy

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Faster refresh rate on bright display
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Excellent Tensor G2-powered features
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Main camera offers more megapixels than before

Reasons to avoid

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Colors in photos skew toward darker tones
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Phone gets warm when playing demanding games
Buy it if

✅ You don't want to pay more than $500: If you balk at high phone prices, the Pixel 7a costs less than $500. But you get premium features in return.

✅ You want excellent cameras for the money: The Pixel 7a takes photos that beat more expensive phones with the help of Google's AI-assisted image processing. 

✅ You want the power of Tensor: TheTensor G2 chip powers even more AI-driven features than before. All of the Pixel 7's capabilities are here on this cheaper phone.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You want the latest phone: We expect to see the Pixel 8a in a month or so.

❌ You want expandable storage: The Pixel 7a offers 128GB of on-board capacity with no way to expand that. Comparable Samsung phones offer microSD slots to add storage.

❌ You want to keep this phone for a while: Google's three years of Android OS updates for the Pixel 7a is good. But Samsung offers four years for its midrange models.

The bottom line

📱 The Pixel 7a is like its predecessor — its main appeal lies in the excellent photos this affordable phone takes. But the addition of premium features like a fast-refreshing display make this phone more attractive than before. ★★★★

What you need to know
The Google Pixel 7a continues Google's tradition of producing very capable midrange phones that excel at mobile photography. This time, though, the Pixel 7a offers premium features like a fast-refreshing display, normally found in pricier handsets. You also get wireless charging support — a feature many phones at this price will skimp on.

Cameras: Google has gone big with the Pixel 7a cameras, turning to a 64MP sensor that's physically larger than the 12.2MP shooter in the Pixel 6a. That means sharper images than before, though the colors in Pixel 7a photos continue to have dark, cooler tones. Still, the Pixel 7a excels at low-light photos, and it holds its own against any camera phone, even ones that cost hundreds of dollars more.

Performance: The Pixel 7a's Tensor G2 silicon matches what the Pixel 7 offered. And while raw power ins't the story with Google's Tensor chips, the Pixel 7a's Tensor G2 does outperform the Exynos 1380 inside the Galaxy A54 on all benchmarks. Instead, this Tensor chip focuses on AI-powered features, and you'll find those in abundance, including support for Google's Photo Unblur feature, call management tools and on-the-fly dictation. 

Battery life: The Pixel 7a posts a much improved battery life from its predecessors, lasting 10 hours and 5 minutes on our battery test. That's just ahead of the average smartphone. One caveat: we got that time by turning off the display's fast-refresh rate.

Value for money: Though Google raised the Pixel 7a's price by $50 over the Pixel 6a, this phone still costs less than $500, and you can find some premium features not often supported by midrange phones. The Pixel 7a charges wirelessly, for instance, and its 6.1-inch display can refresh at 90Hz for smoother scrolling. Few phones pack in more value while keeping their price tag relatively affordable like the Pixel 7a does. 

But we have to point out that the Pixel 8a just got announced, at the same price that the Pixel 7a was at launch. We’ll get back to you once we’ve tested the 8a, but with its multiple upgrades over the 7a, chances are this spot will belong to the newer model very soon.

Read the full review: Google Pixel 7a

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Google Pixel 7a test results
AttributesNotesRating
PriceEven with a price hike, it's a good value★★★★☆
CamerasThe best cameras on a sub-$500 phone★★★★☆
PerformanceTensor's value comes from AI features, not speed ★★★☆☆
Battery lifeBattery life gets a boost from the Pixel 6a★★★☆☆

The smartest camera phone

The best AI camera phone

Specifications

Display: 6.7-inch OLED (2992x1344; 1-120Hz)
CPU: Tensor G3
RAM: 12GB
Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB / No
Rear camera: 50MP wide (f/1.68), 48MP ultra wide (ƒ/1.95), 48MP telephoto (5x zoom; f/2.8)
Front camera: 10.5MP (ƒ/2.2)
Weight: 7.5 oz
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 10:03

Reasons to buy

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Pro camera features
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7 years of software updates
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Brighter display

Reasons to avoid

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Costs more than  predecessor
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Performance lags rival phones
Buy it if

✅ You want a smart camera: The camera hardware on the Pixel 8 Pro is impressive enough. But the included AI features turn decent photos into excellent shots.

✅ You want a future-proof phone: Google offers seven years of updates to Pixel 8 Pro owners,including  Android updates as well as security patches.

✅ You want a bright display: Past Pixels have taken knocks for dim screens, but the Pixel 8 Pro's display hit 1,526 nits in our testing.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You want blazing performance: The Tensor G3 chipset powering the Pixel 8 Pro excels at AI, but it lags behind the Galaxy S24 Ultra and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

❌ You want a long-lasting device: The Pixel 8 Pro lasts longer than its predecessor on our battery test. But it still delivers only average battery life.

❌ You want to pay less for your phone: A price hike to the Pixel 8 Pro means the $999 device costs as much as an iPhone 15 Pro and Galaxy S24 Plus.

The bottom line

📱 The Google Pixel 8 Pro is a great alternative to top Android phones, especially if you want a top-notch camera. The Tensor G3 chipset inside the Pixel 8 Pro delivers a smarter assistant that can manage your phone calls, fix your grammar and summarize web pages. ★★★★

What you need to know
Long before the Galaxy S24's AI tools grabbed our attention, the Pixel 8 Pro was showing off the power of artificial intelligence in a mobile device. The Google Assistant is both smarter and more human sounding on this Google flagship phone, while smart photo-editing features like Magic Editor and Magic Audio Eraser impress with how they easily handle complex edits. Though it costs more than previous Pro models from Google, the Pixel 8 Pro still a standout phone.

Cameras: Every camera in the Pixel 8 Pro's rear camera array gets an upgrade, particularly the ultrawide lens which now uses a 48MP sensor. The main camera has a wider aperture to let in more light, improving the quality of low-light pics. But it's the photo processing features that help this phone stand out, as Google uses AI to make your pictures look their best. We like how Best Take can improve Group Shots and how Magic Audio Eraser easily removes unwanted sounds from videos.

Performance: The Tensor G3 chip helps the Pixel 8 Pro turn in better benchmark times. But it still can't keep up with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 silicon found in other leading Android phones, let alone the A17 Pro that powers the latest iPhone Pro models. And since the Pixel 8 Pro's release, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 has found its way into leading Android phones, further widening the performance gap.

Battery life: Google's phones don't have a great reputation for battery life, but the Pixel 8 Pro takes steps to correct that. In our test, it lasted 2 hours longer than the Pixel 7 Pro. Still, that's only an average result for smartphones. Other leading smartphones last longer on a charge.

Value for money: You'll have to pay more for the Pixel 8 Pro than you did for its predecessor, thanks toa $100 price hike. But the Pixel 8 Pro still delivers exceptional value, thanks to Google extending support for this device to seven years of software and security updates.

Read the full review: Google Pixel 8 Pro

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Pixel 8 Pro test results
AttributesNotesRating
PriceCosts $100 more than its predecessor★★★☆☆
CamerasHardware improvements plus AI features make for great photos ★★★★★
PerformanceTensor G3 lags other top chipsets but wows with AI★★★☆☆
Battery lifeOnly average results on our battery test★★★☆☆

The best value iPhone

The best bang/buck ratio in Apple phones

Specifications

Display: 6.1-inch OLED (2556x1179; 60Hz)
CPU: A16 Bionic
RAM: 6GB
Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB / No
Rear camera: 48MP wide (f/1.6) w/ 2x zoom, 12MP ultra wide (ƒ/2.4)
Front camera: 12MP (ƒ/1.9)
Weight: 6 oz
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 11:05

Reasons to buy

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Impressive battery life
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Good main camera with 2x zoom
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A16 Bionic is still strong
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Refreshed design
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Improved display brightness

Reasons to avoid

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Charging remains slow
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Still stuck with 60Hz display
Buy it if

✅ You don't want to spend too much on a new iPhone: At $800, this is the minimum you'll have to spend to get a brand-new, up-to-date iPhone. Fortunately, with its new design and colors, the iPhone 15 looks extra fresh.

✅ You want a balance of size and battery life: A 6.1 inches, the iPhone 15 is quite petite, which could have meant disaster for the battery life. Fortunately, it's very efficient, with the A16 chipset still providing excellent performance even though it's a year-old chip.

✅ You still want a few best-in-class features: Apple increased the brightness of the iPhone 15's display so it's now as bright as the Pro models. Plus it's also got its own 48MP main camera too, something non-Pro iPhones didn't have before.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You need a big screen: While some people would appreciate the iPhone 15's compact screen, that 6.1-inch screen will feel cramped if you want a lot of useable real estate. Consider getting the 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Plus instead.

❌ You want a fast-charging phone: Apple still hasn't updated the iPhone 15's 20W wired and 15W wireless charging, meaning no sub-half-hour refills like certain Android rivals can manage.

❌ You want a smooth display: The iPhone 15 is one of the only new smartphones launched this year with a 60Hz display. You won't notice the difference if you've been sticking with non-Pro iPhones, but even cheap Android devices offer 120Hz smoothness these days.

The bottom line

📱 The iPhone 15 is even better value than the iPhone 14 thanks to Apple being more generous with the upgrades this year. We love the new 48MP main camera with its 24MP photos and 2x zoom mode, the more convenient USB-C charging and still excellent performance and battery life. But Apple is short-changing its users by not offering them faster charging or display refresh rates. ★★★★

What you need to know
If you don't want to pay iPhone 15 Pro Max or Galaxy S23 Ultra prices, the iPhone 15 provides quite a lot of the same features but for several hundred dollars less. It's frustrating to see features like the display refresh rate remain the same, but this is still a great phone for all but the most demanding users.

Cameras: With the addition of a 48MP camera, Apple's unlocked a lot of photography potential in the iPhone 15. It can now take more detailed 24MP shots rather than the 12MP standard of previous iPhones. It can now also use a lossless 2x zoom mode without needing a telephoto camera too, which helps bridge the gap between itself and the Pro models.

Performance: The A16 Bionic chipset within the iPhone 15 is still potent, and still beats the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered Android phones on many benchmarks. From multitasking to graphically intense games, the iPhone 15 can handle just about anything.

Battery life: Apple's larger iPhones have more room for bigger batteries but the iPhone 15 still lasts over 11 hours on a single charge. Charging is pretty slow though, with 20W wired speeds still in place from older models.

Value for money: The $799 starting price of the iPhone 15 is still a considerable amount of money, but considering an iPhone 15 Pro starts at $999, it's still good value in Apple World.

Read the full review: iPhone 15

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iPhone 15 test results
AttributesNotesRating
PriceA lot to pay, but premium features are worth it ★★★★☆
CamerasThe 48MP main camera does a lot, but it still can't beat a Pro iPhone★★★☆☆
PerformanceNo longer Apple's best chipset, but still very powerful★★★★☆
Battery lifeA strong result, especially for a phone this size★★★★☆

Mosft affordable AI phone

An affordable phone with AI powers

Specifications

Display: 6.2-inch OLED (2340x1080; 1-120Hz)
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 / Exynos 2400
RAM: 8GB
Storage / Expandable: 128GB, 256GB / No
Rear camera: 50MP wide (f/1.8), 12MP ultra wide (ƒ/2.2), 10MP telephoto (3x zoom; f/2.4)
Front camera: 12MP (ƒ/2.2)
Weight: 5.9 oz
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 13:28

Reasons to buy

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Excellent battery life in a compact phone
+
Same Galaxy AI features as more expensive S24 models
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Brighter display than before

Reasons to avoid

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No big camera improvements
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Snapdragon chipset only in North American models
Buy it if

✅ You want Galaxy AI for less: You get the same Galaxy AI features in a $799 phone as you do in the $1,299 S24 Ultra.

✅ You like compact phones: At 5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches, the Galaxy S24 fits easily into your hand while still providing a 6.2-inch display.

✅ You need a long-lasting phone: The Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset inside the North American version sips power, allowing the S24 to last nearly 13.5 hours on our battery test.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You prefer big screens: Even though the screen size has increased from previous Galaxy S models, big phone fans may find a 6.2-inch display too cramped.

❌ You want a more powerful zoom: While the Galaxy S24 has a dedicated zoom lens — rare for a $799 phone — it only supports a 3x zoom. 

❌ You need faster charging: Wired charging remains at 25W for the Galaxy S24. The Plus and Ultra versions support 45W charging.

The bottom line

📱 The Galaxy S24 may not be Samsung's most feature-packed flagship, but it offersa telephoto lens, Galaxy AI capabilities and — in North America, at least — a powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset. ★★★★

What you need to know
The Galaxy S24 delivers the best value among Samsung's trio of new flagships, thanks to its $799 starting price and the fact that it has the same Galaxy AI capabilities found on the pricier Plus and Ultra models. In addition, the S24 makes big gains over its predecessor when it comes to performance and battery life.

Cameras: Very little has changed with the Galaxy S24 cameras compared to the S23, though that's not necessarily a bad thing. Samsung's flagships produce excellent photos, and the S24 was no exception, though some photos turned out a little dark in our testing.

Performance: North American Galaxy S24 models run on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, which is good news for Samsung. That silicon produces numbers that surpass Apple's mobile chips in some tests. Elsewhere, S24 shoppers will have to settle for the Exynos 2400 system-on-chip.

Battery life: With a time of 13 hours and 28 minutes on our battery test, the Galaxy S24 bests the average smartphone by 3.5 hours. The 25W charging speed is a little disappointing.

Value for money: It's hard to argue with a phone that delivers both a telephoto lens and Galaxy AI features for less than $800. Seven years of software and security support are even more impressive.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S24

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Samsung Galaxy S24 test results
AttributesNotesRating
PriceYou get a lot of phone for your S799★★★★☆
CamerasNot many changes from previous models★★★★☆
PerformanceSnapdragon-powered models impress in our testing★★★★☆
Battery lifeThis is a big improvement over the Galaxy S23★★★★☆

The best value flagship

A great flagship value

Specifications

Display: 6.82-inch OLED (3168x1440; 1-120Hz)
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 3
RAM: 12GB, 16GB
Storage / Expandable: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB / No
Rear camera: 50MP main (f/1.6), 48MP ultra wide (ƒ/2.2), 64MP telephoto (3x zoom; f/2.6)
Front camera: 32MP (ƒ/2.4)
Weight: 7.8 oz
Battery life (Hrs:Mins): 17:41

Reasons to buy

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Sharper 3x periscope camera
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Responsive performance
+
Wireless charging returns

Reasons to avoid

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Few AI features compared to Galaxy S24
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Low-light photos disappoint
Buy it if

✅ You need to charge your phone quickly: The OnePlus 12's 80W charging speeds let you fully charge the phone in 30 minutes.

✅ You want top Android performance: Like the Galaxy S24 lineup, the OnePlus 12 runs on a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, which delivers iPhone-beating performance in some tests.

✅ You want to save money: While the price of the OnePlus 12 went up by $100 to $799, you can knock that price back down to $699 by trading in any phone in any condition.

Don't buy it if:

❌ You want lots of AI features: Unlike the Galaxy S24 and Pixel 8, artificial intelligence takes a back seat on the OnePlus 12.

❌ You shoot lots of low light photos: As much as we like the cameras on the OnePlus 12, the phone produced under-exposed images in low-light.

❌ You're looking for strong water resistance: The OnePlus 12 has an IP65 water resistance rating, so don't drop it in water.

The bottom line

📱 The OnePlus 12 is the most complete OnePlus offering to date, featuring Qualcomm's best chipset, a triple camera system designed with Hasselblad, speedy wired charging, and the much requested return of wireless charging. ★★★★

What you need to know
The OnePlus 12 can hold its own against just about any Android phone. OnePlus continues to improve camera performance, while equipping its flagship with the best silicon available to Android devices. A bigger display with impressive brightness completes the package.

Cameras: The telephoto lens can now offer a 3x zoom — it was 2x on previous models — as the OnePlus 12 features the fourth generation Hasselblad camera system. Low-light photos turned out under-exposed, but in other conditions, images looked sharp and well-composed.

Performance: A Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset means the OnePlus 12 can go toe-to-toe with top performers like the Galaxy S24 and not miss a step. On graphics testing, the OnePlus 12 even tops the latest iPhones.

Battery life: Outside of gaming phones, you won't find longer-lasting devices than OnePlus handsets. The OnePlus 12 lasted more than 17.5 hours on our test, where the average smartphone flags around the 10-hour mark. With 80W wired charging and the return of wireless charging, you'll always be able to keep the battery juiced.

Value for money: A $100 price hike over the OnePlus 11 is a bit of a bummer, but at least a very liberal trade-in program wipes out that price hike, bringing the OnePlus 12 down to a bargain $699.

Read the full review: OnePlus 12

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OnePlus 12 test results
AttributesNotesRating
PriceEven at $799, the OnePlus 12 is a good value★★★★☆
CamerasLow-light shooting could be better★★★☆☆
PerformanceSpeed can match any Android phone★★★★☆
Battery lifeA long-lasting battery can be charged up very quickly★★★★★