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Moto G6

The Moto G6 is the most well-rounded phone in its category

The 5.7-inch 18:9 display is as vibrant as it is modern, and the combination of 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a Snapdragon 450 processor will keep things running smoothly. The Moto G6 is compatible with all four major U.S. carriers.

$235 at Amazon

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Why the Moto G6 is the best

In our review of the Moto G6, we praised it for its build quality, excellent main camera, and good battery life. It suffers from the occasional software hiccup and doesn't feature NFC, but overall it's hard to beat its overall value and performance.

The Moto G6 has just about everything you could ask of a phone at this price. The software is clean yet clever with the addition of Moto Actions and Moto Display, and it's quick to recharge with Motorola's TurboPower charging. The Prime Exclusive version comes loaded with Amazon software, of course, but for an extra $15, you can buy the Moto G6 directly from Motorola without any bloat.

Best for navel-gazing

Huawei P20 Lite

At $299.99, the Huawei P20 Lite is a terrific phone solid features

The Kirin 659 chipset is speedy and powerful, and the 3000mAh battery provides excellent longevity. Stock Android purists may not love its EMUI software, but it's at least running on top of Android 8.0 Oreo.

$282 from Amazon

Best for stock Android

Nokia 6.1

You'd be hard-pressed to find a better-made phone at this price point

The 5.5-inch 1080p LCD display looks fantastic, and it has one of the better cameras in its segment. On top of that, Nokia releases monthly security updates to keep its phones protected — a rarity for low-cost phones.

$257 from Amazon

Conclusion

The Moto G6 and Nokia 6.1 are very close competitors, but the Moto G6 pulls ahead with its 18:9 display, dual cameras, Moto Actions, and most importantly, its support for all four major U.S. carriers. The Nokia 6.1 is still a great option for those in search of the cleanest possible version of Android, while the P20 Lite wins out in fashion and form.

Best overall

Moto G6

The Moto G6 is the most well-rounded phone in its category

The 5.7-inch 18:9 display is as vibrant as it is modern, and the combination of 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, and a Snapdragon 450 processor will keep things running smoothly. The Moto G6 is compatible with all four major U.S. carriers.

$235 at Amazon

Update June 2018: Replaced the Moto G5S Plus with the Moto G6, and the Honor 7X with the Huawei P20 Lite.