For the most part, a phone’s cost lines up with its performance. Expensive handsets will have the “best” features, fastest processors and the most advanced cameras. You’ll be able to do more on them, and brag to your friends.
Midrange devices are value plays that pack in pretty good features with a slight trade-off in speed, camera tools and nice-to-have extras that most people can live without. If you can happily spend your days without a curved screen or wireless charging, phones in this range will suit you fine.
Finally, low-cost phones are great options for people watching their budgets, first-time phone users and those looking for a secondary or backup device.
I get asked about my phone opinions a lot. But the most important factor when you’re ready to buy isn’t what I like, it’s what you care about most. Is it screen space, camera or something else entirely? At the end of the day, the choice typically comes down to price.
Phones may get slightly new designs and features in 2018, but you’ll wind up buying them the same way you always have: either through your carrier — the method of choice for almost 90 percent of US buyers — or through an online or big-box retailer. A small number of you even buy them online directly from the phone maker.