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The gap between good and great smartphones is getting smaller and smaller, and ranking smartphones is becoming harder and harder.

There’s a lot to consider here like specs, features, design, and price. Thankfully, most of these smartphones come with more than enough power, great designs, and are bursting with features. 

The biggest thing to watch out for this month is price. Phones like the OnePlus 5T and Essential Phone cost as low as $500, and there isn’t a huge difference compared to rival $800+ phones in this list. Indeed, big-name smartphone prices are going up, but the moderately priced premium Android phone is clearly making a comeback, and it’s better than ever. 

Check out the top 20 smartphones you can buy:


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20. BlackBerry Classic

If you’re still a BlackBerry fan, you’ll love the Classic. It looks similar to older BlackBerry models but features a sharp touchscreen and an excellent physical keyboard.

Price: $239

19. Sony XZ Premium

Jeff Dunn, my former colleague, reviewed this phone for Business Insider, and he summed it up perfectly:

On the one hand, he wrote, “This is a good phone. The screen is great, the software is clean, and the whole thing is superfast.”

But on the other, he added, “With its underwhelming battery and slippery, sometimes uncomfortable design, it’s not the device that should reverse Sony’s fortunes.”

Previously priced at $800, the XZ Premium is now available for less than $600 on Amazon, which makes it easier to live with its shortcomings.

Price: $574

Read the Sony XZ Premium review » 

18. BlackBerry KeyOne

The KeyOne is BlackBerry’s successor to the Priv. Both run Android and feature physical keyboards. But while the Priv’s keyboard slid out from behind its screen, the KeyOne’s is permanently located just below its display. 

The KeyOne is a great device for those who want a physical keyboard but also want access to Google’s apps and services, which aren’t available on other BlackBerry devices.

Price: $500

Read the BlackBerry KeyOne review »

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