The 17 best smartphones in the world

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As we approach fall, just about every company is getting a jump on the holidays to announce new phones.

Here's our ranking of the best phones you can buy right now in the US based on factors including design, software and hardware features, content selection, carrier availability, and price. We've included the approximate unsubsidized cost for each.

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#17 BlackBerry Passport

#17 BlackBerry Passport

The BlackBerry Passport is a funky-looking phone. It's almost perfectly square with a narrow physical keyboard at the bottom.

A lot of people like to scoff at the Passport, but BlackBerry fans seem to love it.

Price: Around $550

#16 BlackBerry Classic

#16 BlackBerry Classic

The BlackBerry Classic looks a lot like the BlackBerry Bold from a few years ago. It has a physical keyboard, trackpad, and larger touchscreen. If you want a phone with a keyboard, the Classic is the best phone to buy.

Price: Around $330

#15 Nokia Lumia 830

#15 Nokia Lumia 830

The Nokia Lumia 830 is one of the most recent phones from Microsoft. It runs the Windows Phone 8 operating system and has a sharp 5-inch screen.

Price: Around $400

#14 iPhone 5C

#14 iPhone 5C

The iPhone 5C may not be the most advanced phone in the world, but it's a good option for someone who wants access to all things Apple without paying a fortune.

However, Apple is expected to announce new iPhones on September 9. The iPhone 5C might not be around much longer.

Price: $449

#13 Nexus 6

#13 Nexus 6

Google's latest flagship phone is the Nexus 6, a massive device with a 6-inch screen. Google's Nexus phones are good if you want to make sure you get the latest Android features before anyone else.

Google is expected to announce new Nexus phones at the end of September. You might want to wait.

Click here for the Nexus 6 review >>

Price: Starts at $499

#12 iPhone 5S

#12 iPhone 5S

Apple's iPhone 5S may be approaching its second birthday, but it's still a really good phone, especially if you don't want a bigger screen. If you want a great iPhone experience at a discount, get the iPhone 5S.

Click here for the iPhone 5S review>>

Price: Starts at $549

#11 Moto G

#11 Moto G

The new Moto G is a steal.

For just $180, you get a great Android phone without the bloated software extras you typically find in Samsung, LG, and HTC phones. If you want a great phone without spending a fortune, this is your best option.

Click here for a closer look at the Moto G >>

Price: $180

#10 LG G4

#10 LG G4

The G4 is the latest flagship phone from LG. It has one of the best screens and best cameras ever put on a smartphone. But there have been a lot of complaints about the software design.

Click here for the LG G4 review >>

Price: Around $600

#9 HTC One M9

#9 HTC One M9

HTC's flagship phone, the One M9, is a minor iteration over last year's model. It has a better camera, slightly tweaked design, and faster processor. That doesn't make it a bad phone though. HTC consistently makes some of the best Android phones, especially in terms of design and build quality. The M9 is no exception. But other than that, it's pretty much the same phone HTC made before.

Click here for the HTC One M9 review >>

Price: Around $630

#8 OnePlus 2

#8 OnePlus 2

The OnePlus 2 is the sequel to one of the hottest Android phones of 2014.

The phone has premium specs like a fingerprint sensor and powerful camera, but costs half as much as other high-end phones.

Click here for the OnePlus 2 review >>

Price: Starts at $329

#7 Moto X Pure

#7 Moto X Pure

The Moto X Pure proves you don't need to spend a fortune to get a great phone. For a fraction of the cost of a high-end Android phone, the Moto X Pure still has many of the same benefits.

Even better: It runs Google's version of Android, which means you don't have to worry about a lot of unnecessary software and other features found on most Android phones.

Price: $400

#6 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

#6 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is a variation on the company's flagship phone. It can do everything the "regular" Galaxy S6 does, but comes with a curved display that looks really nice.

Click here for the Galaxy S6 review >>

Price: About $750

#5 Samsung Galaxy S6

#5 Samsung Galaxy S6

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is the best Android phone you can get if you don't want a giant screen.

It's Samsung's first phone with a premium metal and glass design. It also has one of the best cameras available in a phone.

Click here for the Samsung Galaxy S6 review >>

Price: Starts at about $650

#4 Samsung Galaxy Note 5

#4 Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung's latest Galaxy Note 5 is a home run. It has a big, beautiful screen, premium design, and an incredible camera.

Click here for the Galaxy Note 5 review >>

Price: Starts at $740

#3 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

#3 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge+ is the best phone the company has ever made. It has a sharp 5.5-inch screen that curves around the edges, giving the device a unique look.

Click here for the Galaxy S6 Edge+ review >>

Price: $815

#2 iPhone 6

#2 iPhone 6

If you don't want a big-screen phablet, the iPhone 6 is the best phone you can buy. Unless you really like using Android or Windows Phones, the iPhone 6 should be your first choice.

Why? It's the perfect mix of design, hardware specs, and app selection. Apple also finally caught up to its competitors by adding a larger screen to the iPhone 6. It's 4.7 inches, up from the 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5S.

However, Apple will announce new iPhones on September 9. You should wait a few more days if you can.

Click here for the iPhone 6 review >>

Price: Starts at $649

#1 iPhone 6 Plus

#1 iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus is the best phone for most people. Yes, the 5.5-inch screen is huge and may feel cumbersome to some, but you get the added bonus of incredible battery life. It's also a lot thinner and easier to manage compared to other phablets.

If you're trying to decide between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, go with the Plus.

However, Apple will announce new iPhones on September 9. You should wait a few more days if you can.

Click here for the iPhone 6 Plus review >>

Price: Starts at $749

BONUS: The iPhone 6S is coming next month

BONUS: The iPhone 6S is coming next month

Apple typically announces new iPhone models in September, and this year probably won't be any different. The company is expected to announce new versions of the iPhone on September 9.

The so-called iPhone 6S is said to look similar to the current iPhone 6, but will have a better camera and a screen that can detect how hard you're pressing down on it.

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