Best Phones of 2017

How To: The 5 Best Phones for Video Chat

Video chatting has become an important factor in the overall smartphone experience. Even just a few years ago, 37% of teens were making video calls on a regular basis, and that number has surely grown. 85% of households with infants have used video chat apps to call relatives in other cities, and it's been shown that toddlers can create bonds and learn from visual cues in video calls.

Ranked: The 4 Best Phones for Music Lovers — Under $400

One of the most popular usages of modern-day smartphones is listening to music. It doesn't matter if you download or stream your tunes, you are part of a massive group of users who do exactly the same. While statistics are a bit foggy on how many smartphones users download music, we do know that over 68% of American smartphone owners stream music on a daily basis.

Ranked: The 3 Best Gaming Phones

Mobile gaming still isn't on par with video game consoles or PCs, but we've come a long way from Snake. Modern games running on the latest smartphones boast downright impressive graphics—even more so when you consider how compact the system has to be in order to fit in people's pockets.

How To: Top 4 Phones for Music Lovers & Audiophiles

While music may not technically be a "universe language," it is the one language listened to by all. There are over 1,500 music genres today—rap, classical, rock, jazz, trap, hip-hop, house, new wave, vaperwave, charred death, nintendocore... and the list goes on. And if you're like most people, you now probably listen to the majority of your music on your phone.

How To: The 5 Best Phones for Rooting & Modding

|Updated September 2017. According to a study done by Tencent, a whopping 27.44% of Android users root their phones. With over 2 billion Android devices out there, that works out to more than 500 million rooted phones and tablets — in other words, there may very well be more rooted Android devices than there are Americans, so root nation is an important demographic that deserves being catered to.

How To: The 4 Best Phones for Privacy & Security

Cell phones — particularly smartphones — are inherently bad for privacy. You've basically got a tracking device in your pocket, pinging off cell towers and locking onto GPS satellites. All the while, the handset's data connection ensures that tracking cookies, advertising IDs, and usage stats follow you around the internet.

News: The 4 Best Phones for Binge-Watching Netflix & Hulu

Streaming video services continue to grow their subscriber bases, and there are no signs that the industry is slowing down. Netflix has almost 50 million subscribers in the US alone, Hulu recently surpassed 12 million domestically, and more than 66 million Americans pay for Amazon Prime (though not everyone takes advantage of Prime Video). The numbers are staggering, and that's not even getting into free services like YouTube, or streaming cable options like Sling TV and DirecTV Now.

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