The 17 best smartphones in the world

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samsung galaxy note 5 vs iphone 6 plus

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The Galaxy Note 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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.