As we look back on another year, let’s take a moment to talk about some of the best smartphones that hit the market this year. From new iPhones to Galaxies, let’s break down the smartphones that everyone hopes to see under the Christmas tree this year. And don’t sweat it if you haven’t grabbed one of these yet–they’re sure to go on sale very soon.

iPhone 14

It’s hard to beat Apple’s iPhone. The sleek iOS system gives the Apple phone such a massive pull for users who don’t want to fuss with any back-end weirdness. Android might be great for power users, but the average smartphone user loves the straightforward simplicity offered by Apple’s iOS. 

The iPhone 14 is a massive step up from the 13th generation iteration, introducing new features like high-powered cameras and the fastest-ever processor in a smartphone. The new iPhones also got these vast upgrades without a considerable price increase–a critical consideration amid roaring inflation.

Samsung Galaxy S22

Samsung’s Galaxy phones are among the most popular Android smartphones, and there’s a good reason for that. They’re sleek, premium-feeling phones with a gorgeous bespoke operating system that shines Android to a mirror sheen. The Galaxy S22 is among the best Android phones on the market, thanks partly to its beefy processor and eye-catching screen.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra is the best of the bunch, including the productivity-increasing S Pen and a mind-boggling quadruple lens camera. It’s nearly a Galaxy Note, given its massive size and included stylus. However, it’s still the right size to fit in your pocket. It also offers a surprisingly reasonable price tag for its high-end features. 

Google Pixel 7

If you’re an Android user who gets jealous when you see the iPhone’s “walled garden,” you should check out the Google Pixel 7. Google makes the Android operating system, and, as such, Pixel users get the latest OS updates and safety features. It’s the closest thing to an Apple-like user experience you can get without buying an iPhone. 

The Google Pixel 7 is the latest entry in the company’s well-received lineup of handsets. It sports a truly impressive camera array that takes crisp pictures and displays them beautifully on its large OLED display. It’s also the best phone to showcase the buttery-smooth new Android 13 OS. It speeds up even the most complicated apps and multitasking jobs. If you’re in the market for a high-end Android phone, you can’t go wrong with the Pixel.