10 best smartphones in the US

Best phones for 2016, from Android to iPhone and back

best smartphones in the US

7. Samsung Galaxy Note 5

As slick as its glass back

OS: Android 6 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1440p | Memory: 4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 5MP

Take note of this high-ranking Samsung phablet, because it's the best phone we've tested with either a spacious 5.7-inch display and a stylus. It has one of the best-looking screens next to the S7 Edge.

It ditches the plastic casing and back everyone disliked about Samsung phones, but it did make a few key sacrifices along the way. The battery is no longer swappable, and the microSD card slot is missing.

While some long-time fans are vocal about these two missing features, the Galaxy Note 5 still has one of the best splitscreen modes and best cameras. It matches the quality of the Samsung Galaxy S6.

It's more expensive than other phones, but has come down in price in recent months. On contract, it costs $99 (a big discount vs the original $249 price), and unlocked it can be had for $579 (down from the full price of $696). Of course, all this means the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 is in the bullpen.

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