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    Best Smartphones of 2024

    Searching for a cell phone with great battery life? Awesome cameras? A nice price? Take a look at these options from Apple, OnePlus, and Samsung.

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    the OnePlus 12R, iPhone 15 Pro Max, and Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra
    Top picks in phones include, from left, the OnePlus 12R, iPhone 15 Pro Max, and Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra.Photo: Consumer Reports, Apple, Samsung
    Photo: Consumer Reports, Apple, Samsung

    Whether you’re looking for the latest flagship phone or a more modest pick for talking and texting, there’s no shortage of well-made options in our smartphone ratings (available to CR members).

    Consumer Reports tests dozens of models each year, checking the basics, including battery life, how well the display performs, and premium features such as multicamera setups and the hinges on foldable phones.

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    But even the most rudimentary models represent a leap in technology from a decade ago. And that means you don’t have to buy the No. 1-rated phone to get a great product. All but 13 of the 64 models currently in CR’s ratings performed well enough in our lab tests to earn our recommendation. The top six phones are separated by just three points in Overall Score.

    So which is the best smartphone for you? Well, that depends. Are you willing to spend a little or a lot? Is daylong battery life your top priority, or is it a cutting-edge camera setup? To help you out, here are some smart options, based on our extensive lab testing.

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    Courtney Lindwall

    Courtney Lindwall

    Courtney Lindwall is a writer at Consumer Reports. Since joining CR in 2023, she’s covered the latest on cell phones, smartwatches, and fitness trackers as part of the tech team. Previously, Courtney reported on environmental and climate issues for the Natural Resources Defense Council. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.